April 1, 2015

April Fools Day Ideas


Play any tricks today?
What did you do?

I got my son bright and early this morning with him going to a jug of milk in the fridge and opening the door to see a bunch of food items staring at him with 'google eyes'. He laughed so hard.


Then I rigged the toilet bowl with a helium balloon, so when he opened it. It popped out and went up. I keep a tank at home for birthday parties



Later in the day I told him to "Help himself to the Brownies on the stove"
Get it, "Brown E's"? *Insert dorky snorting



Then the last one for today, he walked away to use the potty and said
"Mom, I SEE THAT! Good one"

We had a good April fools!

March 31, 2015

Printable Egg Filler Coupons


Looking for ideas to fill up those Easter eggs?
I found a wonderful printable here of Easter Egg "Coupons" that you can gift your kiddos. Add in some Robin Egg and Jelly Bean Candies like I did above and your set!!
BTW I found the prettiest Glitter eggs at Target, if you havent looked in the Easter section yet this year, do so! Tons of cute items




March 30, 2015

DIY Easter Egg Tree + Salt Dough Ornaments



I have always admired Easter egg trees and recently went on a quest to find DIY tutorials on how to make the ornaments. I found a great post here that shows you how to make ornaments out of salt dough. 

So my son and I set ourselves down one evening and made our first Easter Egg Tree, its super easy too and a wonderful way to add some Holiday cheer!

What you will need:
-Tree branches, we found ours with buds on them. A fallen branch on the ground.
  I have seen some that look really pretty spray painted White, we left ours a natural color.
-Twine or ribbon
-A vase to put branches in, we found ours at Micheals craft store for 50% off
-Ribbon, optional. Again we got ours half off at Micheals 
-Acrylic Paint
-Protective spray coating
- paint pen, optional

Ornaments:
- batch (or two) of salt dough
- rolling pin
- shape cutters
- spatula
- straw, for making holes
- parchment-paper covered baking sheets

How to make Ornaments:

Mix up your favorite salt dough recipe. For this project, I used the following recipe:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt1/2 cup water
Stir together all three ingredients until a dough forms. Kneading the dough a couple times can help make it smoother.

Roll it out (I rolled mine to 1/4 inch thick) and cut out desired shapes.
Place the cut-outs on the parchment-covered baking sheets. Remember to make a hole so you can hang the ornaments — a straw works perfectly!
Bake at 250F for 2 hours.
Once the shapes are adequately baked, dried and then adequately cooled, it’s painting time. I like using spray paint because it’s faster and easier but acrylics work just as well.
Allow the paint to thoroughly dry. Use paint pens to add polka dots or lines of decorations to the eggs. Optional: To further protect the color and design, add a clear coat sealer.
Good bonding time.




March 23, 2015

How to cook Lobster


I have never cooked Lobster before and was craving it, so I found a wonderful tutorial on how to cook fresh Lobster. I found my lobster at the store Wholefoods, if you have one near by I strongly recommend them for all your sea food needs. Quality food. 

This was alot easier then I thought and its fully cooked under 10 minutes, my son gets a kick out of how they start Grey Brown and turn bright Red at the end. When they turn bright Red you know they are finished. Pair it up with some yummy melted butter and your set. 

This was found here


To begin making your lobster tail, start with a large pot of water. Season it with 4-5 bay leaves, 2 tablespoons of dried basil, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Bring to a boil. It will emit a nice herbal smell throughout the house as the aroma comes off the water.


 Take your fine mesh screen, place it over the pot, and arrange the lobster tail on top. Cover with a lid and set your timer for 8 minutes. Don’t peek! The lobster will soak up the aroma coming off the water and give it a flavor that will just be incredible to your taste buds.


 After 8 minutes, lift your lid. Your lobster will be a nice Salmon color! How cool is that? It went from a dark, dull gray color to a vibrant pink in just EIGHT minutes! This is where you’ll step back and say “Oh, so pretty!!” And they are!

The best way to get to the lobster meat is to crack and peel the echo skeleton off from the underbelly. It can be a little tricky but be persistent! Peel off the covering and the meat will be exposed for your taking! Melt a mixture of butter with garlic powder to your own taste. Dipping the meat in the butter will be the highlight of your life! So buttery, flavorful and succulent!

March 20, 2015

Friday Favorites #10 // Spring is in the air

Isn't this the sweetest? 

I can't stress to you enough just how much I can't wait for Spring, however living in the mountains of CO we have another full month of snow. I seen for the first time a yellow dandelion near our place of living, I got excited. Some of the trees are getting little buds as well. In celebration of Spring being so close, today's FF's are dedicated to the season of Spring, enjoy.

On my "wants" list, so cute

Love wire wrapped stones


These would look adorable holding pictures too

pop of color

get out you can eat these! What a neat gift idea

These look so light & soft

I couldn't make up my mind, aren't these the cutest? 

love.

nothing like fresh farm eggs


March 4, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese



 Ever get a strong craving for something spicy? This happened and I got to digging around for something I could make and found this awesome receipt here. It was just what my cravings needed!

Ingredients
  • 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded (I used a breast from a grocery store rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 8 slices jalapeno bread
  • 4 ounces Monetary Jack cheese, sliced
  • 4 ounces blue cheese or Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl stir together the shredded chicken breast and Frank’s Red Hot sauce. Spread ½ tablespoon of butter on one side of each slice of the bread, then stack buttered sides together. Layer one ounce of Monetary Jack on each bread stack, then dollop of hot sauce slathered chicken breast and then 1 ounce of blue cheese crumbles. Place bread buttered side down in a fry pan over medium heat. Cover with a lid and let cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and flip sandwich to the other side and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bread is toasty golden and cheese has melted. The second side will cook faster than the first so watch carefully.
  3. Cut in half and enjoy hot.



March 3, 2015

Icicles.


Its been cold here in Colorado with lots of snow this season and a lot of melting then re-freezing. This day my son and I took a brief walk and discovered a building with the longest largest icicles we have ever seen!! They were massive, we had to have them. So I pulled some down and others we tossed round and tossed a things. Its those little things in life that make us the most happy.






February 27, 2015

Teal Brass Patina Chevron Necklace // Giveaway



Its time for another Giveaway!! This one is a hand painted patina teal brass coated chevron charm, hung on antiqued brass chain with clasp. Made by me, yourcharmedlife

Open to anyone in the USA
runs for 7 days
easy entries via Rafflecopter
Will email the winner, you have 3 days to respond then goes to the next person.
Have fun!

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February 23, 2015

slow cooker beef stew


We have been ALOT of soups lately, almost twice a week. I love soups, they are hearty, healthy and fill you up. Most soups yield enough for leftovers and freezer meals for later! This one above was so thick and the meat so tender. It hit the spot. I'm pretty sure I have shared this a few years ago, but its so darn good, I may need to share it every Winter

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • 2 lbs of stewing beef, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium sized onions, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • about 20 mini-potatoes, cut large ones in half, leave smallest ones as is (I like to use a mix of yellow, red and blue, no need to peel)
  • 1  28 oz. can whole tomatoes (I use plum tomatoes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups sodium reduced beef broth, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and then lightly brown the meat in batches. Transfer browned beef to a plate and set aside.
Dump the tomatoes into the slow cooker (juice and all). Crush them with a potato masher or the back of a spoon. Add the onions, celery, carrots and potatoes. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the vegetables and then add the beef and any accumulated drippings. Pour 2 1/2 cups of the beef broth over the beef and vegetables. Give the mixture a quick stir. Add the bay leaves.
Cover and cook on low for 8 – 10 hours.
About 20 minutes before serving, add the peas (no need to defrost first), salt and pepper. In a small bowl whisk together the flour and remaining 1/2 cup of beef broth, creating a smooth paste. Stir into the stew. Replace the slow cooker cover and cook until thickened (about 15-20 minutes).
Remove the bay leaves before serving.
adapted from movitabeaucoup

February 19, 2015

Sometimes, it's just beautiful....


Sometimes, it truly is just beautiful. I don't like Winter. I never have and never will. I'm a child of Summer and water at heart. However, there is something that puts me in awe of Winter. When everything is coated in a blanket of fresh White snow and things are frozen over and its silent. It was one of those days, fresh from a new snow fall. Caleb & I bundled up with hot coa-coas and went on a adventure. I am lucky enough to live right across the street from a really nice and large state park. We get the yearly pass there and go year round to trail walk, bike and camp. This morning was magical, everything was coated and we spotted a mama deer and her baby.