door letter

The Letter “B” as Cute Door Decor

One of my nieces just moved into her new college apartment near the KU campus and she sent me a text out of the blue asking if I could make her a cute little something for her bedroom door. After discovering she wanted a letter B with peacock colors, I went in search of a few items to create her new door decor. Since I didn’t really have much to go on, I decided to keep the project pretty simple and when I ran across this cute little picture frame in the wedding section of Hobby Lobby I thought it… Continue reading »

Sorting Out This Kindergarten Thing

Tomorrow my one and only child starts kindergarten. . . and I just don’t know what to say about that. He, on the other hand, has plenty to say. The first words out of his mouth this morning were, “I’m so excited to start kindergarten tomorrow!” Really? Does he have to be quite so excited about the end of my life as I know it? Okay, so that’s a bit over-dramatic, but kind of true. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for almost six years now and I have embraced everything that brings, but at 8:40 tomorrow morning everything changes. Tomorrow I… Continue reading »

color throwdown

My First Color Throwdown Challenge — Yellow, Green & Aqua

Here’s a super simple little card I whipped up this morning for the newest Color Throwdown Challenge. This is a first for me, but one of the awesome paper crafters I follow is a guest designer this month so I thought I would give this challenge a go. This week’s inspiration colors are green, yellow and aqua and a quick survey of my 6×6 paper stash netted me just the right color combination with The Basics Stack by DCWV. This stack is full of geometric patterns in loads of basic colors, so I was able to piece together a very simple design… Continue reading »

barbeque pulled chicken

Barbeque Pulled Chicken and Homemade Buns, Hun

Now these are some good buns, hun (it had to be said)! My latest bread machine creation is a winner, so I just had to brag a bit, but I’m also sharing one of my favorite go-to recipes with all of you so please forgive me for being so pleased with myself. I just get super excited when a new recipe tastes like it should when it comes from my kitchen. . . sad, I know. I made hamburger buns using the dough-only setting on my bread machine and came up with some of the tastiest (fresh and preservative-free) buns we’ve… Continue reading »

blue ribbon

Blue Ribbon Pickles

This summer has been super busy, but somehow I did find a few minutes to enter some items in our local Platte County Fair (the longest continuously running county fair west of the Mississippi River, mind you) and this year I came home with two blue ribbons. I was so excited! I entered a jar of dill pickle spears, yup that’s them with their blue ribbon right there, but I was hoping to enter a jar of our yummy hamburger dills also. Unfortunately, when I went to grab a jar I discovered my husband had eaten every last one. Yes, my husband ate… Continue reading »

bat

The Bats are Back

When we first moved into our home four years ago we used to spy a few bats feasting in our backyard on a fairly regular basis, but somewhere along the way they seemed to move on to better living spaces or tastier places. This made me sad long before the rise of the Zika virus and the new suburban bat lovers who are suddenly embracing these mosquito-eating machines. So imagine my delight this week when I stepped out onto the deck and spied two bats speeding back and forth across our backyard with seemingly ravenous appetites. Maybe it was just coincidence, but this… Continue reading »

trash bag jellyfish

Trash Bag Jellyfish

In a quest to create something cheap and easy for this year’s “Submerged” Vacation Bible School theme,  I found this wonderful trash bag jellyfish project on, where else, Pinterest. These cute little sea creatures have been taking over my home for a week now and I simply love their ethereal presence all around our decorated church. Along the way I discovered that these fun little sea creatures have been assembled in many different ways by several different folks, but I wanted to share with you exactly what worked for me. Start with two trash bags. I used opaque ones, translucent ones, pink… Continue reading »

 

 


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