Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mini Pumpkins

I picked up a bag of mini pumpkins and some small gourds last weekend. I also grabbed some cute Halloween ribbon from the bulk bin.  I put the gourds and a few pumpkins in an old crock bowl and I decided to dress up a few others. 

I simply cut the ribbon to fit around the pumpkins and used pins to keep them in place.

Quick and simple, my kind of craft!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Fall is in the air, school is in full swing, fall festivals are going on and I’m more than ready for the first freeze.  I realized the other day that I currently have no fall scented bath and body products.  Living in small town USA limits the options on where to purchase / find what you’re looking for, that’s why I made my own. 

I’ve made my own salt scrub before, this time I’m thinking pumpkin spice sugar scrub, a nice fall scent. 

I started with 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice.   

Next I added ½ cup of regular vegetable oil.  I don’t recommend olive oil for this one; I don’t like the smell when mixed with the spice.  You can also use   sunflower oil or safflower oil - I used the vegetable oil because it's what I had on hand.

Just mix this up really well, get out all of the lumps. 

I store it in a plastic container by the tub, as I’m a little too clumsy for oil and glass in the bathroom.  Trust me, it wouldn’t be pretty. 


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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cousins and a Rainbow Dog

This weekend was absolutely amazing!  Six cousins all together having fun.  Ages – 19, 15, 13, 13, 6 and 5.   The 15 year old and one of the 13 year olds belong to me – the others are my nephew and nieces.  Considering I live 200 miles from my family, having all the cousins together at my house is rare, I wish we could do it more often.  

We did all sorts of projects – glow in the dark jars, jar lid bracelets, easy hair coloring (it washes right out), fingernails painted. Secrets were told, games were played, movies were watched, dances were danced, stories told, ice cream was eaten, and the goofs were goofy. 

I’ll share some of our projects later this week – for now I’ll leave you with a project that I don’t recommend unless you have a dog who loves you very very much. 

I’m not sure whose idea this was but they had a ball!  The kids used watercolor pastels and “made Parker pretty”.   To color him they just dipped watercolor pastels in cool water and colored him.  He sat there, didn’t growl or nip at anyone.   He’s such a good boy! 

NOTE:  The pastels wash out with warm water and some regular body wash.  The dog shampoo did not get the colors out but Dial body wash took it right out.


Saturday, September 10, 2011


I am so glad fall is here!   I love lows in the 50’s, sleeping with the windows open.  Crunchy leaves and acorns falling from our trees.  It also means some wonderful holidays are right around the corner.  Although my kids are too old to dress up and go out on Halloween, I still enjoy the holiday and decided to get a start on some projects.

The first project is just the simple word boo.

I painted the inside of the letters black. Next I mod podged sheets of scrapbook paper to the letters.  When they were dry, I used a razor blade to trim them up.   I used a couple of embellishments to jazz them up a bit.  I can hardly wait for October to put them up!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Dijon Grilled Chicken

I made a new-to-us chicken dish for supper the other night.  I get bored eating chicken the same way over and over - I needed a new recipe.  And boy did I find a good one.  Dijon Grilled Chicken.  Yum O!

I just threw the marinade together in a freezer bag, added the chicken and put it in the deep freeze. I used chicken breasts and I cut them in to chunks, it lets the marinade soak in to the all the meat, so the flavor is throughout.  The night before I just put the bag in a bowl in the refrigerator to defrost & marinate.  By supper time the chicken was defrosted and just needed grilled.  I followed the recipe as is and Mr. Manly Man said not to loose it, I guess he liked it!

Here's the recipe:

Dijon Grilled Chicken

1.5 – 2 lbs chicken
4 tsp minced garlic       
1 tsp dried parsley
1 Tbs salt
1 tsp pepper
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs Sugar
¼ cup olive oil
1 ½ tsp dried rosemary

Make marinade and add chicken.  Let sit overnight.  Grill


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

M is for . . . . glitter

M is for music, muffins, memories, marriage, meatloaf, Mustangs (the car), Merlot.  More importantly M is for mom and Maloney.  I have several M’s throughout the house, with one of my favorite being the one I made with jute twine.   I recently finished a new one and it's a close second – I loves me some glitter. 

I started by asking Mr. Manly Man to cut me out a fancy M.  He did an amazing job and didn’t complain at all.  He's got some decent amazing scroll saw skills and the patience needed to do stuff like this.

Next it got a couple of coats of blue paint (that matches my bathroom ceiling) and some fine white glitter.   When the paint was dry, I shook off the excess glitter and decided that it looks great.  Glitter is kind of hard to photograph - it looks so much better in person.