December 17, 2014

Ice Skating



We have been ice skating only a handful of times, its super fun but hard work if your not use to it. Caleb started off holding onto the wall and at the end he was not using the wall. I still was. I was gripping on to the wall for dear life. God help us all.





December 8, 2014

French Onion Soup



I'm re-visiting a post from a few years ago, because its that good. May be one of my all time favorite soups. Homemade French onion soup! Its soup weather and this one will not disappoint. Its so thick with flavors and topped with gooey cheesy goodness and flakey bread. I had enough leftovers to enjoy this disk the next day

First time I blogged about it here

French Onion Soup
  • 8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Pounds Yellow Onions
  • 2 Tsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Cup Sherry Wine
  • 6 Cups Beef Stock
  • 4 Tsp Fresh Thyme or 1½ Tsp Dried Thyme
  • French Bread
  • Gruyere Cheese
First peel all of your onions. Once this is done, get your biggest pan/pot on medium-low heat, with your butter in it. Next, slice all of your onions, once you slice all your onions  put them in your pan/pot with the sugar and begin the CARAMELIZATION!  If you don’t have very large pans, feel free to split the butter and onions up and get two going at the same time, which will speed up the process! {I did this~}
 
caramelizing the onions will take 1-2 hours, Let the onions caramelize, stirring only as often as needed, without having them burn or stick to the pan, you don’t want to stir too often, as this will prevent them from browning and caramelizing. Once they become a deep golden brown, like in the picture, turn the heat to medium, and after a minute or two, mix in your flour and then add your sherry, allowing it to cook for a few minutes, burning off the alcohol. Next combine your onions, beef broth and thyme, bringing it to a simmer, allowing it to remain there for 30-45 minutes.
 
Put your oven on broil, grab some oven proof bowls, your cheese and slice up some French bread (small enough to fit in the bowl) and toast for a few minutes. Fill your bowls with some soup, top with the bread and a generous amount of Gruyere! Place in the oven and broil until the cheese is gooey and bubbly! Let cool for a few minutes


December 3, 2014

Christmas Tree Farm


I have always had artificial Christmas trees, so much easier to store and break back out yearly. We have however had one real tree when my son was a baby, I loved the smell of a real tree. This year we decided to do a real tree and the first that my son will be able to remember. I didn't just want any ole' tree, so we found a you cut it tree farm here in Colorado. Was only a hours drive and was totally different that you would think it looks like, not fairytale'ish at all . Out in the middle of no where, trees spread far apart, growing in the wild. A lot had two trees growing into one, so it wasn't a easy task finding one that would due for us. Lots of wandering and walking around, in freezing temps. Was very cold and windy, our eyes were watering and running down our faces. But it was worth it, we found one that worked for us. 6 foot with lots of bare spots {kind of a Charlie Brown tree}. We used a saw and cut it down and tied it to the top of my 4 door sedan car. It made it home safe and its all decorated and ready to go. Would I do it again? Maybe. I think people should do it at least once in their life









December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend


I didn't get a chance to post our Thanksgiving, so better late then never! My son and I spent our first Thanksgiving day together, alone and we did great. Last year my son was with his father and their part of the family and I was all by myself. It was a adjustment and a bit of a shock the first year to be alone, as I'm always use to being around a larger crowd one way or another. This Christmas my son will be with his dad and again this is a first for me, always lots of firsts.


So I baked turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, carmalized brussel sprouts, deviled eggs and a frozen pie. It was all very yummy. I had seen this idea on Pinterest, to cover the kitchen table with this printable draw together thanksgiving set, took it to Fed Ex and was only 10$ to print it to fit the size of our kitchen table. It kept my son and I both busy for days after Thanksgiving. Very fun and artistic





November 26, 2014

Handmade Personalized Group Giveaway // Fifteen Winners!

 
You all know me and how much I love running giveaways, this time its something different and its HUGE. You don't want to miss out on this opportunity, specially with Christmas right around the corner. Its the largest group giveaway ever for all 100% hand crafted homemade, hand stamped personalized jewelry and accessories!!
 
I have been part of this amazing Etsy and Facebook team for years now called handstampingcrazies, this is where all of us women got together to host this amazing giveaway for you all. Special thanks to all you ladies who are participating in our first giveaway ever!
 
The best part? There are 15 winners, YES you read that right. The odds are in your favor.
 
The giveaway is open for 7 days, each winner will be emailed after it ends.
Please make sure your providing a good email address.
If you don't respond within 3 days it will go on to the next winner.
Open to USA only
 
Lets show our support and thank these amazing shops//stores that offered their time and talents to make this a successful and brilliant giveaway!
 
1. andiestevens //   Personalized Men's leather Cuff
                            2. harperleejewelry // Personalized Hand Stamped Pewter Pebble Necklace
                         3. TesoroJewelry // Latitude and Longitude Coordinates Keychain
4. reginaanndesigns // Personalized Sterling Silver "Hope" Necklace
5. patsdesign // Couple Lucky Us keychain set
                                 6. CharitableCreations // Alis Volat Propriis Copper Adjustable Bracelet
7. BeachCoveJewelry // Sterling silver beach girl necklace with genuine seafoam sea glass
8. mybeadedbutterfly // Personalized Snowflake Ornament
                                  9. shawnalanecreations // Personalized Stainless Steel Expandable Mother's Bracelet with up to 5 hearts
10. delenasdesigns // Personalized Hand Stamped Triple Layer Mother's Necklace
                                 11. twocharmingdreams // Infinity bracelet Eternity Personalized bracelet name
12. MotherDaughterJewel // Personalized Hand Stamped Stainless Steel Ring
                               13. JustDuckieDesigns //  Iridescent Druzy (16" Sterling Silver Necklace)
14. completelywiredjewelry // $25 certificate
15. yourcharmedlife // couples personalized infinity keychain
 
Don't forget!
Yourcharmedlife Inc. is having the largest sale of the year this Black Friday, 15% off the entire shop + a 10% off sale on Small Business Saturday! Now is the time to shop
 



November 18, 2014

Small Business Saturday Nov 29th



On ‪#‎SmallBizSat‬, Nov 29, Yourcharmedlife Inc. will be having a 10% off sale for Small Business Saturday! Handmade is the way to go for Christmas shopping and what a wonderful way to do so on a day that acknowledges small business. Yourcharmedlife Inc. Offers personalized hand stamped one of a kind gifts for Men & Women. ‪#‎ShopSmall‬ in your neighborhood & come shop with me!
www.yourcharmedlife.etsy.com



November 14, 2014

Friday Favorites #7 // Gold Edition

I love these Druzy Earrings
 
These lamps
 
This shop has the cutest pillows
 
I kinda have a "thing" for handmade cups & I love this one
 
Adore this display box, would look cute with air plants and mineral stones
 
This site has the coolest cases I have ever seen!
 
simple studs
 
scarf
 
these finger rings
 

November 13, 2014

Veterans Day


I want to take a moment to personal thank and honor my own family members who have served in the various branches. My family has a long line of history of serving. Thank you so much family for putting your lives on the line and for fighting for what you believe in. God bless you & America. My thoughts & prayers are with those... who have fallen.
Picture
Left, large picture: My dad Gary Prososki, US Navy
Bottom left: my grandpa Charles Sr. Prososki, US Army {deceased}
Bottom 2nd picture: my grandpa John Woog, US Army {deceased}
Bottom right picture: my cousin Matthew Coulson. US Army
Middle right: my uncle Lawrence Prososki, US Air Force
Top right: my uncle Charles Jr Prososki, US Army

My sons school honored Veterans day with a assemble of veterans and the kids singing some songs and waving their little flags proudly. Caleb and I made our board overnight and it got hung by the front of the school! What's really cool is Caleb's great uncle sent him his Air Force uniform for him to wear for a few hours during school. He wore it with pride

 


November 12, 2014

Homemade donuts


We recently went to a Apple Orchard and had some apple cider donuts there, they were amazing. So I got to thinking I wonder if I could make them. I found this recipe here on Pinterest for Apple cider donuts and they were pretty darn good. They all got ate, mostly by my son he loved them. I found the donut pan at Target!

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Yield: 18 doughnuts
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

For the doughnuts:

  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 4 tbs. butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (I used non-fat)

For the cinnamon sugar coating:

  • 4 tbs. melted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (or more, if desired)

Directions:

For the doughnuts:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan, boil the apple cider until it is reduced to 1/4 cup (out 15-20 minutes).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and the sugar. Add in the eggs and mix well.
  4. Stir in the buttermilk and reduced cider.
  5. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and the nutmeg.
  6. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients, mix just enough to combine.
  7. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray. Either pipe or spoon the batter into the each mold until they are about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow doughnuts to cool before coating.

For the cinnamon sugar coating:

  1. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
  2. Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter on both sides and in the middle of each doughnut. Dip and roll the doughnut in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts.
 

November 11, 2014

Minecraft Birthday Party


My sons 8th birthday party was over this weekend and we all had a blast, this years theme was Minecraft. I was surprised to find out that the makers of Minecraft have not released rights for many things like: birthday cakes at grocery stores, party supplies etc. So if you want a Minecraft theme, your going to have to make things up and get crafty or find someone that knows how.

I started with Caleb's birthday Invitations, you can purchase them here

 
I went with basic Blacks and Greens for creeper colors and then drew on the face on the party bags, one of our favorite party treats in the bags were these mine craft sword necklaces from Etsy shop LittleShoppeofPixels, they are 100% customizable and the biggest hit out of the bags.


Another favorite from the goodie bags were these minecraft character printable double sided bookmarks. Easy to assemble, just make sure you use some good glue to hold it all together. We also used a heavy card stock to hold up better and not bend once the glue was on it and drying

You can find the download for the bookmarks here

 
For the party decorations I went on Pinterest and did a Minecraft Birthday Party search and found tons of awesome ideas, one of the ones we did was create a table with different foods that represented  elements from the game. I found a website here that we used for printable food cards and water bottle labels.
 

I also found a really cute idea for one of the game elements, to make homemade rice-crispies and dye them Black for Coal. I followed the recipe on the box and then bought the spray tint from Walmart in Black, these were also a huge hit and were told them were good. Speaking of Walmart, I purchased a balloon helium tank for around 22$ and it blew up all our party balloons, as well as a half tank left over for next year! No more paying money for the stores to do it, its super easy and cheaper
 


 
Played games of: Pin the tail on the donkey, limbo and glow in the dark ring toss
 
Opened plenty of gifts
BTW Toys-R-Us has some pretty awesome Minecraft toys that you don't see at normal stores. So for Caleb's cake, as I mentioned above most places don't carry Minecraft cakes. I had to start calling around local cake shops that could custom make one for us. I found someone local here cakesbykaren that made the Minecraft cake, Caleb loved it. I bought the topper figurine at Target. The original plan was to add 3-4 characters, but I forgot all of them but one at home. We were almost late to our own party this year!
 
 
 


Everyone had a great time and it was a awesome birthday party for him, hope this post helped you if you were trying to find ideas and decide if you wanted to go with the same theme!