Thursday, October 27, 2011

I'm still here!

Hellooo there! Yes, it has been a while. Apparently regular blogging is a wee bit difficult when you have small children to tend to. Not to mention one who has decided that in addition to his 4 am bottle he also needs one at midnight, therefore disturbing mommy and daddy's sleep, but I digress. Here's what I've been working on:

A set of coasters for someone in my women's group

 Fleece baby booties for Little Fat (as we so lovingly call my youngest son Ean) We have issues with keeping socks on him so I searched for a simple bootie pattern with elastic. Hopefully these will stay on and keep his cute little fat feet nice and toasty. Tutorial found here and multisized pattern found here. I will mention that I made mine from the pattern at the first link and they look a little small. (It's nap time so I haven't tried them on yet.) However, at his first doctor's visit the doctor walked in, started messing with his legs and said, "Wow, he has big feet." Hahaha. So they may fit your baby just fine.
I'm also thinking of making some Elmo ones in the medium size to give to Evan for Christmas.
 (By the way, you'll probably be seeing a lot of my kitchen floors because that's where the best light is lol. Just ignore any crumbs and whatnot that try to sneak in. Anybody wanna buy me a steam mop? I hear the Shark is good!)

And last but not least, a simple little bag for Evan's Halloween goodies. FYI, freezer paper stenciling is major awesomeness but don't try it on really cheap thin fabric. Ask me how I know. There's a funky lookin' little pumpkin painted under this one.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Extreme Couponing

Do you use coupons? If you don't you really should. It takes minimal effort really and can save you lots of money! I am by no means an extreme couponer. I don't have a coupon binder or stockpile and I don't dumpster dive for coupons. I'm an amateur really but check out what I bought today:

I got all this at Homeland for $34 and some change: 24 yogurt cups, 4 jars of pasta sauce, 4 frozen meals, 1 tub of mashed potatoes, 1 tub of Philly cooking cream, 4 bottles of citrus tea, 1 large bottle of sweet tea, 2 cream of chicken soups, 3 cream of mushroom soups, 5 chicken noodle soups, and 3 cans of chunky soup. I also earned a ticket (maybe 2) to An Affair of the Heart

(If this doesn't seem like much to you for $34 just know that at WalMart's regular prices the yogurt alone would have cost $16)

I use these two sites to find the majority of what I'm going to buy: and

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What's for dinner?

I came across this delicious looking recipe on Pinterest not too long ago...

...and tonight I tried it out. Let me tell you, it tastes even better than it looks. Everybody (including the baby) loved it!

For the filling I used:

about half of a rotisserie chicken from the deli at WalMart
4 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons basil pesto
1/4 cup jarred alfredo sauce
a couple tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese

I switched up the recipe a little because I knew I liked ricotta filling but wasn't sure about the cream cheese and I wanted to save the rest of the cream cheese to make some of these:

The link goes to a recipe for french toast but I just make the sauce and frosting and put it on homemade buttermilk pancakes. Mmm....

Make your own laundry detergent!

Last week I made my own laundry deteregent using the recipe and instructions from here:

Grating the soap is kind of tedious but the rest of the process is easy peasy! After I made mine I read a comment somewhere that you can put the bar of soap in the microwave for two minutes and it will puff up then you'll be able to smush it into a fine powder, so I'll try that on my next batch. But considering that you only use 1 tablespoon per load, that might be a while! The only downside is that your clothes don't smell like lavander/lemons/etc afterwards. However, if you like your clothes to smell like, well, clothes then this is right up your alley! It makes almost no bubbles in the machine, but your clothes will definitely be clean!

If you're interested in making your own laundry detergent check out Google or Pinterest for lots of variations.