Monday, November 30, 2009

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I found this yummy recipe at this website that I LOVE! It's called Recipezaar and people post their recipes and others make it and rate it and give their feedback. There are tons and tons of recipes to look has saved me more than once ;) So here is a recipe for Chicken and Wild Rice soup. Put it in a bread bowl and you will be in heaven....



  1. Boil chicken in 6 cups of water until well done.
  2. Take chicken out let cool a while.
  3. Now you need to add your wild rice.
  4. Add carrots cook 5 minutes then add in celery, onion and garlic.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes.
  6. Debone chicken pieces and pull apart using hands making small pieces of chicken.
  7. Add to soup mixture.
  8. Now it is time to add all your dry seasonings to your soup.
  9. It is also time to add your peas and corn.
  10. After this is the time to add your heavy cream.
  11. Cook on a medium temperature, stirring often until you see it start to cook down or thicken up.
  12. This will be a process of about 2 hours cooking time.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Wishing all of you a very Happy and Full Thanksgiving!

Some things I am most certainly grateful for:
My wonderful husband
My "keeps my on my toes, love 'em to death" kids
My husbands job
The closeness I share with my brothers
My relationship with my parents
Fried pickles :)
Grey's Anatomy
People magazine!
My membership in the church
Good, Great friends!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ho Ho Ho

Since Christmas is just around the corner (can you believe it?!) here is an idea I thought of last night while staring at my I stained the blocks and painted the front a cream color. Then I stenciled the letters on in black, sanded (my favorite thing to do) and stained the front after it was completely dry. I really sanded the front a ton because it gave it a really old, paint peeling kind of look which I love! Wouldn't these make great neighbor gifts? And really inexpensive too...I am going to sell these in my shop if you can't stand to make them yourself :) I personally LOVE the pumpkins! I didn't really realize that till just now...oh well!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Here's the deal. I am starting a new "Family" blog so I can keep it private for all my close fam and friends.....(you know who you are) I love, love this craft sharing, money saving, tips and ideas blog, but trying to combine the two is just becoming confusing and kind of you would like to keep in touch with my life-life :) go here and leave me a comment with your email so I can send you an invite! I will leave it up for about a week before I go private. In the meantime ignore the blahzahness of the blog, I'm workin on it :)

Thank You Much

Printables for anything!

I get so excited when I find new and fun sites with crazy cute things and tons of great ideas!

I just love, love this site! She had so many great ideas and free printables and will be on there for hours....just a warning :)

Go here for Christmas tags

With these you fold along the black center line and staple over a plastic baggie.....sooo cute!
Go here to download!

For these beautiful Thanksgiving place cards click here to download.

Cute owl gift tags and below are jar toppers for gifts.

Fair warning will be on this site for hours as well!

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Feelin like this....
but that's not going to stop me from seeing this tonight!

I'm on amoxicillin trying to kick it in the butt.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Family room face lift

Who knew unknown gift cards could bring so much joy! We bought this sofa table the other day from RC Willey (I have been wanting one for quite a while) and had some unused gift cards under our account....happy day. My hubby knew as soon as I got it home it would be up and decorated within minutes.....and it was :) I added my pumpkins, my jars and my letter G! What do you guys think? I still want to add some things to the bottom and of course put something in that bare vase. I will probably change it at least a dozen times before I like the way it looks!

Also, here is a look at what I filled my jars with for Thanksgiving. And I have my Christmas fillers ready to! It's taking every ounce of restraint in me to not bust out the Christmas decor :( I want to soooooo BAD!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Peachy Cheap!

I am so in love with this website! Each day they advertise a scrapbook product that can be anywhere from 30% to 90% off the regular retail price! They leave that product featured for only one day so you need to act fast because they can sell out pretty quickly. Head on over there right now (click on the image below) to see the cute metal Christmas embellishment plaques!
You WILL become addicted!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gold G turned fab!

Here is my seriously ugly letter from Hobby Lobby for $4.00. I decided to mod podge paper about 3/4 of the way around and with the remaining painted it black, sanded and stained it! I think it turned out I just need to figure out where to put it?!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Getting out of debt and making money at the same time?

I have become apart of an amazing organization dedicated to helping you get out of debt and also build your own business at the same time! This is not some corporation where the rich get richer, it is an amazing system that is revolutionizing the distribution of profits. I promise, you will not be disappointed! To visit my website just click on the image below! Feel free to watch the videos (the 15 minutes one explains it the best) If you are interested or if you would like to borrow a more detailed video leave me a comment and I will make sure to get one to you!
Thanks my blogging peeps!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Need something to hold all those bows?

So I am trying to once again get in touch with my crafty self so I dug up a unused black picture frame from our closet. I totally forgot to take a before picture! Anyway....I painted the frame a cream color first (about 2 coats) then went over it, kinda sloppily (can you believe that is a word. Spell check didn't even come up? I know I was shocked too), with a rose pink color. I let it dry then distressed it by sanding it. I lined the inside part from the backing of the frame with paper and then added the brown ribbon and whhhhala! Instant bow girls have a gazillion bows and I might have to upgrade to a 16x20 frame just to fit all of them!

Great deal on pj's for kids!

There is a GREAT deal going on over at the Disney Store! Select PJ Pals are ONLY $5.oo! If you are like my family and have the tradition of opening new pajamas on Christmas Eve, these would be ones kids would love and for a fab price. I bought three pairs (was really bummed that Buzz wasn't included in the sale :( and with tax and my shipping my total was $21.63...How great is that! So hurry up it ends today!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween 2009

Better a little late than never! We had our annual Halloween party at my parents and this was the first year the adults dressed up. The theme for the adults was celebrity couples! We had a great time and ate yummy yummy cheese soup and chilli! I can't believe it's already over!

Look at Hannah's pose....she cracks me up!

Adam and Jeana as Sampson and Delila. What's funny about this is Adam is bald (by choice) and this night his hair was soooo long! And cute little Landon was Spiderman.

My parents as Sunny and Cher....Perfect!

Not much to say about this one. Just that it didn't surprise us coming from Josh.

Brad and I as King Kong and Faye Ray

The kids and grandma and grandpa played don't eat Casper (a fun twist on Don't Eat Pete that we use to play as kids.)

He would much rather eat the frosting then put it on the cookie!

The girls were very concentrated.

I mean seriously, have you seen a cuter 2 year old? He loved just stabbing at the pumpkin. Should I be concerned?

The finished product. Can you believe I actually had to carve them all. Brad was wanting to do a very hard detailed thing and after about an hour and a half I told him he needed to go and get dry ice so I did the Frankenstein on the other side of his pumpkin!

In action

Hope your Halloween was as great as ours!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day 3

Today I am grateful for a husband who works hard at his job and wants to provide the best for his family. I am grateful my husband has a job. Oh and did I mention.....I'm finally getting that yard!
Happy this very moment the Happy Dance is being perform. I know, you wish you could see it :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Day 2

Use the alphabet and make a list for which you feel grateful.

A - Air although I wish it was free for your tires)
B - Boston (my son, not the city. Even though he may destroy my lovely home decor, I still love the little monster) and Brad (my hubby. How he's managed to put up with me so long, I will never know. He knows how to make me laugh)
C - They are building a drive through Chick-Fil-A what could be better, also I think we keep crayola in business.
D - The kindest, most humble and funny people, my dad. Dr. Pepper, enough said.
E - electricity
F - I really did lucked out and got the best family and friends...sorry those of you who think you did. You've been told a lie :)
G - My grandparents are wonderful ( above) and the Gospel
H - My oldest daughter Hannah is the smartest, most beautiful, helpful, kindhearted 7 year old I know.
I - Ice from Sonic :)
J - Anyone with the name
K - Kindness (it doesn't get used enough these days)
L - A toy both kids and mom love.....Legos!
M - My best friend (next to my husband of course) my mom who is beautiful, sassy (that's where olivia gets it from and caring , also magic erasers (refer to letter c)
N - wonderful neighbors
O - My five year old Olivia who is sassy, super funny, and loving.
P - One of my favorite shows Project Runway.
Q - Quilted Bear it provides my play money.
R - I just love love love the rain.
S - Semi sweet chocolate, sweats, soap!
T - I've always wanted to be a teacher, and the obvious Twilight :), technology(i soooo wouldn't have lasted on Little House on the Prairie)
U - umbrellas?
V - vitamins?
W - I know someday I will be able to do the weight loss.
X - absolutely NO idea!
Y - yards (even though I don't have one yet)
Z - zzzzzzzzz's

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Gratitude Challenge...come join!

Can you believe it is November the 1st? Where has the year gone? Hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween (I know I did). Well with Thanksgiving being the next holiday upon us I thought I would share this challenge that I saw on a fellow bloggers blog and I encourage you all to join along!
If you would like to just click on the widget on the top right! And if you decide to join leave me a comment and let me know. I would love to follow your challenge :)

I take part in this challenge to help me see the brighter side and be happier with my surrounding, my situations, and mostly myself. To seek out the small blessing in life that may go overlooked and be grateful for what I have had, do have and will have.