Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Projects

Hey all! I'm just stopping in to share a couple of projects I'm going to try with the kiddos this week and next. 

We need to sprig up our bare tree and this is how we are going to do it!

Sun Catchers from The Handmade Home
DIY Bunny T from Mini Style

These are both great blogs! Head over and check them out!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Homemade Deodorant Powder

This is a weird post.... I will reveal information that I normally wouldn't.  Maybe too much for some of you. 

My deodorant wasn't working.  I don't know about you, but I have better things to do than to worry about how I smell all day long!  I have tried the natural deodorants from the store and you know what? They don't work! 

A friend had suggested Lush's coconut deodorant powder but it looks like they don't have it any more. I knew there must be a way to make my own. 

Here's what I found at The Homemade Experiment.  

Equal parts of cornstarch and baking soda. That's it. 

You know what? We have all been using this for about 3 weeks now and we love it! Just rub some on...maybe while you're standing on your towel or leaning over the sink and that's it!

Would you try making your own deodorant? 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kitchen Workspace

We are enjoying our spring break...even with the cold weather! Today I'm digging out of my pile of laundry and actually getting it folded and put away while the kids are playing gymnastics in the bedroom.
So fare we have...
Had easy mornings,
played the cup song...many times,
played secret spy,
and baked cookies. 
Yesterday I tried a new cookie recipe that will make it into our Christmas baking. Sandwich cookies. Someone made these when I was a kid but I can't remember if it was my grandma or a friend of hers. So yummy and flaky!

Last week I created a small workspace in the kitchen using my sweet Grandma's sewing machine. I love having a place for the computer that isn't on the counter!

To decorate the space I hung up a picture of the kids and drew a frame around it. The idea came from Ashley at The Vanilla Tulip.  I wanted the matting but it was heavy for the washi tape, so I just added a few Scotch tape loops to the back and stuck it on the chalkboard. 

Hope you're enjoying your week! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

RISEN Banner

I made a couple of these Easter banners last week and I love how it looks on the corner of the mantel. I sent the other one off to a sweet friend. Don't you just love happy mail?
The only things you need are book pages, a Sharpie pen (my favorite), a hole punch and some twine. The lettering is just my own handwriting. 

Do you decorate for Easter? 

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Quick and Easy DIY Rug

Why are rugs so darned expensive?  I was on the look out for a cheap rug....but here's the catch....I wanted to like it.  Here's my solution.

I ran to JoAnn fabric store and picked up 2 yards (maybe it was 2 1/2) yards of grizzly fabric and used my 40% off coupon. I planned on making this a bigger rug but when I laid it out on the floor it wasn't as white as I wanted. To fix that quickly, I folded the fabric in half. That's it. No sewing. Nothing underneath. The coffee table holds it into place well enough!  There you go! We LOVE this rug and it was so affordable! When I clean the floors, I simply sweep off anything on the rug or take it outside and shake it.

Simple, easy and cute!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Crawfish or Shrimp Boil Recipe

I always wonder what I should call my husband on the blog. Mr. Prairie Girl... nope. Mr. Southern Belle...not going to work. I'll just call him my man.

Well, my man is going to share his boil recipe with you. We usually have the block of families over in the fall and in the spring for a boil. Getting together and sharing a relaxed meal like this is so fun. Everyone brings something to share and the kids (there's a lot of them) run around and play. They love checking on the crawfish before we start cooking!

Use this recipe for shrimp if that's more your style or if crawfish are hard to find.  This is his recipe for 40 lbs. Enjoy!
Crawfish Recipe
What Ingredients you'll need to cook all 40lbs of crawfish:
35-40lbs live Crawfish (this is one sack of crawfish)
5lbs Red Potatoes (small or new potatoes). If not available quarter red potatoes.
4-5 Ears of Corn (Halved or Cut Into Thirds)
1 White Onion, quartered
8 Garlic Bulbs
6 Lemons, halved
2 small boxes of whole mushrooms
10 bags Zatarain's Crawfish Shrimp & Crab Boil In A Bag (1 bag / 4lbs crawfish)
~1/4 cup Cayenne Pepper
26oz canister of Salt (Morton Salt or other)

You'll need a large pot w/a basket.  I have an 80qt pot, basket + propane burner

For two batches, half recipe:  Fill water to 1/4-1/3 mark (~7 gallons) in pot. To cook all 40lbs at once: Fill water to 1/2 to 2/3 mark (~14 gallons) in pot.

I typically cook 2 batches. 

Directions below are for a half batch (~20lbs crawfish) 
  1. Fill pot to 1/4 to 1/3 mark (~7 gallons in 20 gallon pot)
  2. Place the half the onion, ~2.5 lbs of potatoes, 3 squeezed lemons and 5 Zatarain's spice bags and halved corn (or cut into thirds) in the water.
  3. Slice 4 of the garlic bulbs cross-ways. Meaning, you'll want to have 2 halves of a garlic bulb with all the cloves exposed.  Don't separate out the garlic cloves.  That will be important later.  Place them in the boil.
  4. Salt the water by outing the canister of salt in (half of it)
  5. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Cayenne
  6. Heat water to boiling. Boil for 15min.
  7. Add 1 of the mushroom boxes.  Boil for additional 10min
  8. Sample potatoes to make sure they are soft (well cooked)
  9. Pull out the basket from boiling water to add crawfish.  Add 20lbs of live crawfish to basket.  Place basket back in boiling water. 
  10. The crawfish will cool the water and it'll stop boiling.  Bring water back to a boil or close to a boil (should only take 5-7min)
  11. Turn off burner.
  12. Add 10lbs of ice to cool the water to stop the crawfish from further cooking.  They are cooked.  Now, time to add some flavor.  
  13. Soak crawfish in boil 15min before removing.  Soaking allows the crawfish to soak up additional spice.  The longer the soak, the spicier the crawfish.  Sample as you soak, to establish your spice preference.
  14. Serve crawfish on a table covered with newspapers.  Have a beer and enjoy!
  15. Repeat for 2nd batch!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Hoops on the Wall

We had some friends from church over for a crawfish boil (recipe coming this week) on Saturday. I love opening up our home to friends and family because that's who we are, but I also like it because it's motivation to get some of those little things done that I just let slip otherwise.

 On Saturday I hung up two new hoops that the kids stitched a while back when they were home sick from school.

Is there anything more special than capturing your child's writing or something similar? I love it. I framed some fabric scraps in small hoops and wrote each child's initial in pencil. I showed them what to do with the needle and thread and they traced their letter. They both thought it was a fun little project and Kayla even asked if we could do this for homeschool next year. I'll have to brush up on my skills! 

I also made a quick rug for the living room. The lighting has been horrible the past couple of days. When the sun decides to shine again, I'll photograph it and tell you how I did it. Way easy!  

Moo loves it.

Here's what our weather has been like....except yesterday was pretty chilly again. Come on spring!

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