Sunday, May 21, 2017

Strawberry Honey Overnight Oats

We had never tried overnight oats but I kept seeing them on Instagram and figured we might as well try them.  I found a yummy recipe from The Rising Spoon for overnight oats, we tried it and loved it.  Thanks Elaina!  We were hooked!

As we sat and ate our oats we (the guys and me) were all just saying out loud different things that would be good in an overnight oat recipe and this is just one idea we came up with.  We have lots more to try.
Although we named it Strawberry Honey, it has lots more goodness in there too!
You will need these ingredients to remake my recipe:

Old Fashioned Oats
2% Milk
Banana Berry Blend Frozen Fruit
Honey Strawberry Greek Yogurt
Ground Cinnamon
Honey
Optional: Flax Seeds, mixed nuts, granola
I use pint jars with a wide mouth so its easly made, stored and eaten all with one container.

To make your overnight oats, layer the ingredients in the following order.  This is just how I do it, if you feel there is a better way, please do so.

1/2 cup Oats
1/2 cup Yogurt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tblsp Honey
1/2 cup Milk
2 tsp Flax Seed
1/2 cup Frozen Fruit

Seal jar tightly and store in fridge until morning.  When you're ready to eat your oats, carefully stir to mix ingredients and add your choice of toppings. Enjoy!
The guys really had high praise for this recipe and now we can't wait to try more of the recipes we came up with.

Want to see more yummy breakfast recipes?

Banana Blackberry Breakfast Smoothie
Egg-less Pancakes

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

Do you have your hummingbird feeder out yet?  We live in Texas and we've had ours out for a little over a month now.  I always get ours out at the first signs that the little hummers are back.  What normally happens is that I'm working in the flower beds or out in the yard somewhere and I hear one zoom by, then I go and retrieve the feeders and get them ready.
NO RED FOOD COLOR!  Yes, the feeder in the picture above has nectar with 2 drops of food coloring added to it.  I didn't know then, but I know now! Sorry little hummingbirds!

You can buy the premixed nectars at the stores so that all you have to do is add water, but as you probably already know, most of them have a red or pink color to them and they tend to be spendy.

I've been making my own nectar for years because my Granny and my Mama always made their own.  This year, I was looking on Pinterest to see how others made their own nectar and found out that the red coloring is not good for the birds.  I always added a few drops of red food color to mine in previous years, but now I have stopped doing that.  As long as your feeder has some red on it, they will be attracted to it.  Good to know!
No, this is not a pet hummingbird, but one we found that was too weak to fly away.  He was very welcoming to our help and did even try to escape us.  See how puffed out his feathers look?  He was feeling really bad!
My honey nursed him back to strength with some sugar water on a Qtip.  He gladly excepted the gift.
See, his feathers are getting smoother now.  He's feeling better.  He could stand on the feeder perch and get his own drink now.  Weird thing is, he never seemed scared of us at all, he just welcomed the help.
We got him a box with a towel and his very own personal feeder and he stayed there on the patio until he felt better and flew away on his own.  We tried to see if we could pick him out among the others when they visited to feed, but we never could.  This was the most amazing thing I had ever experienced with hummingbirds.  As you know they are amazing and oh so interesting little things to watch, but never in a million years did I think we would ever get this close to one or actually hold it.  Amazing experience for sure!

DIY Hummingbird Nectar

4 cups water
1 cup sugar

1. Bring water to a boil
2. Remove from heat, add sugar and stir
3. Let cool completely
4. Serve to your hummers

Just in case you have a small feeder, the ratio is normally about 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of boiled water.  Be sure to boil your water for at least a few minutes to get rid of all the yucky stuff they add to our drinking water.  Please let the mixture cool before serving to the birds.

You may need to change out the nectar more often when the weather heats up.  If your hummingbird water looks cloudy, please change it.  Here in Texas it gets HOT!  The nectar water will grow "green stuff" real fast if you don't watch it.  Don't let your feeder get dirty, clean feeders help keep the birds healthy.  I have learned from my own personal experience that a glass feeder tends to keep the nectar better than a plastic feeder. 

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

DIY Washtub Sink for the Shop

Our blog has been neglected lately and I apologize for that. I'm back at work now and since we've been back from being away for 6 months, we've been catching up on home stuff that is just not blog worthy and if it is, I have tried to capture it in pictures to share here at a later time.  This is one project that my honey did that I thought was pretty cool!  Good job honey!
He's always wanted a sink in the shop so that he'd have a place to wash his hands and other "too dirty" items to bring into the house. 
We already had this work bench in the shop.  My honey found it on 5 mile for $25.  No, it didn't come with a whole in it, but my honey beat me to taking a proper before picture of it before he cut the hole.  That's what happens when I'm running in and out and not "helping" Lol!
He was at Tractor Supply the other day and saw this small (17") galvanized washtub and thought he's give it a whirl.  Find tub HERE.
He used the tub to make the guide line for cutting the hole.  He then measured how far he wanted the tub to sit down in the hole and allowed for that by adding to the first circle he made.
I missed the actual hole cutting.  I was running in and out, remember? lol!  He sanded the top just to get it kind of smooth for the coating he was going to spray it with. The top was really rough due to the previous owner actually using it for a work bench.  Imagine that!
He used a truck bed liner in black to spray on the top to help protect the wood from water damage.  He sprayed on two even thin coats.
Then he decided he wanted a manly design on it so he grabbed a piece of expanded metal he had in his stash an placed it on top of the bench.
He used a blue metallic spray paint we had in our spray paint collection to lightly spray over top of the metal for this design.  Pretty cool huh?
Now, the faucet he totally installed while I was at work so I didn't get to see what he did.  He used copper pipe we already had from another project, but he did have to buy a few connections and a valve for the off and on of the water supply.  All supplies were from Lowe's.
He used a hole saw and cut a hole in the center of the tub for the drain, then installed the drain which we got at Lowe's.
I also did not get to see the drain pipes being install, so no pictures, but it was a kit he got at Lowe's.

Then he had to test it!  His water supply is simply a water hose running from the outside water faucet to a water hose fitting he installed under the bench with all the other plumbing fittings he used for the drainage.
He made a backsplash out of pallet wood and then used his torch to add the burned wood look to it.  Then he decorated it with some old license plates he had.  Now he has a place to wash his "too dirty for in the house" hands out in his shop! YAY!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lucky Shamrock Banner

Do you decorate for St. Patrick's Day? Me too, but to be honest, I only do when Easter falls later on. This year it turned out that I could keep the green stuff up a bit longer and enjoy it.
This little banner was so easy to put together.  I used my Cricut to cut everything out, but you could also just find the shapes online and cut it out by hand as well.
Here's what I used:
Cricut Expressions Machine

Paper Doll Dress Up - I cut the Shamrock at 3" five (5) times using Kraft card stock.

Cuttin' Up - I cut the letters out on the cartoon shadow @ 1 1/2" - L-U-C-K-Y using some green glitter paper.

Tags Bags Boxes & More - I cut using the blackout feature @ 7" five (5) times using old book pages.
First I glued all the pieces together and then folded my tag over towards the back so I had a space to run the cord through for hanging.  I used a piece of jute twine.  I made a loop on each end for hanging.
I hung mine on my chalk board in the kitchen.  So cute!  If you're interested, I have these for sale in my Etsy shop HERE.  I offer FREE shipping!

Here are a few more St. Patrick Day ideas for you:

An Easy Fun Rag Shamrock - HERE
St. Patrick's Day Yarn Wreath - HERE
Easy Pot Full of Shamrocks - HERE

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Pioneer Woman Tablecloth Turned Into Curtains

Hello! We're back! I'm so glad to be back too.  Just a little update, we've been working away from our home and living in an RV for the past 5 1/2 months of our lives.  Let's just say that it was an adventure and we were both grateful to have jobs to go to every day. Yay!

Now back to our regularly scheduled DIY!

I received lots of Pioneer Woman Collection dishes, pots and pans and other odds and ends for Christmas.  After we returned home, I got to get them all out and play with them.  Then I decided I wanted a new curtain for the kitchen because the old one didnt match anymore.  I went to Pinterest of course and then the light bulb went on! Ding!
Disclaimer:  I'm not a seamstress.
I can run a pretty straight line (mostly) and the end product was all that mattered to me and I love how it turned out! 
NOTE: My kitchen window measures 33" x 33".  If your window is smaller or larger, you may end up with a totally different look.
I started with a 70" round tablecloth in the Country Garden print from Walmart. You can find it HERE.  I paid $13.96 for mine and got two small curtains out of it.
First you'll want to wash and dry your new tablecloth to prevent any shrinkage in the future.  Next, I cut mine directly in half.
I knew I wanted a big ruffle on the top so after I had it cut in half I held it up to my window to see how far down I wanted it to hang.  I decide to cut 12" off the unfinished side to make my ruffle.
Next I need to hem all of the raw edges so I pressed them with a steam iron first for easier stitching.  For the lower edge of my ruffle I folded over once like above, pressed, then folded over once again the same width and pressed to make sure I had no ravels (no raw edges showing) in the future.  Stitch in place.
Now that I have all the raw edges stitched, I placed the two pieces together, right sides up, and pinned them in place for stitching.
I needed a sleeve for the tension rod to slide through so I used the other half of the table cloth that was left over and I cut a 3" piece from that.
I folded the edges to the center and then pressed it for stitching.
Next I pinned the sleeve to the curtain back only, I left the ruffle out.  I ran a stitching line on the very lower edge of the sleeve and then the very upper edge of the sleeve.  Lastly, I pressed the whole curtain using some spray starch for a crisp smooth finish.
I threaded the curtain onto the tension rod and then placed it in the window and fluffed as needed to achieve the look I wanted.  I hate that our window frames are a dark color, but that's whole other post isn't it! lol!
Since I had most of the other half of the tablecloth left over and I've always liked how the under sink curtains look, I decided to make these little cuties. 
They are just simple stitching all the way around.  I measured my openings and allowed myself some hemming room and whipped them out in like five minutes.  They are also mounted on a tension rod.  Loves it!
I think the Pioneer Woman Collection is adorable and I'm trying really hard not to fill my whole entire kitchen with it, but its hard yall!

Would you like to see more about our kitchen remodel?
Tiling Our Kitchen Floor
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 1
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 2
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 3
Building a Corner Cabinet
Building a Drop in Kitchen Cabinet
Installing a Farmhouse Sink
Pantry Remodel
DIY Mosaic Tile Backsplash

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween String Art

Hello again, long time no blog!  I just realized when I got on here to post this, that I last posted about string art too. What is this, a string art blog?  No, but it sure is fun! lol!  I really wanted to share this one with you and I needed to hurry since Halloween is on Monday!
Maybe you've noticed, maybe not, but we haven't done anything for our blog and I haven't blogged either.  We've been encountering a giant life change in our family.  My honey is now working about 5 1/2 hours away from our home.  We up and moved to where he's working and we are currently living in an RV.  This is ok for a weekend or so, but full time in a tiny space is very hard to adjust to. I could go on and on about this experience in its own blog post, but for today I have more string art for you.

You can see my very first string art project HERE and it has all the details and how-to there.  I'll admit that the ladies who do this to make money are very patient and most of all, very talented.  This is a fun craft, but a bit tedious too.  Pick your poison as they say!
I used pallet wood for these, this one is a 6 x 6 piece.  I used an off white to paint the entire piece of wood after I sanded it smooth.  I used my Cricut for this face pattern, but you can find all kinds of faces on the internet as you'll see down below.  I just used black acrylic paint and a tiny paint brush to add the face.  Next is the nail placement.
Lastly is the string.  I used embroidery floss that I find at Walmart.  There are so many colors and shades, you're sure to find what you need.
These cute faces and the B shape are some I googled and printed out, then traced to my pieces of board.  I didn't paint these boards, I just smoothed them out with the hand sander, pounded in my nails and strung the string.
You can add lots of string or a little like I did here.  Each way gives you a totally different look too.
These happy jack-o-lantern faces make me smile!  Who knew pallet wood could be so cute?
For this one I painted the board black and then used the sander to distress it.  TIP: Be sure to use a slightly damp rag to wipe off all the excess dust before beginning your string art.
For the bat, I painted the board, distressed it and then added a moon for more spookiness!
I think they are all cute and not too spooky, maybe just a little, naaaah!!  Have you made any string art projects? Leave me a link, I'd like to see yours too please!

See more of my string art projects here:

String Art with Mason Jar Vase
Doggie Paw String Art Memorial
Flamingo I posted on Instagram

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Paw Print String Art - A Memorial

I hope its not too soon for another string art project. lol!  Remember my first one HERE?  So this is my second try and I made this one for my sister.  Her sweet little dog Prissy passed away and I wanted to make her a little something to remember her by.  She loved her so much.

I included a little plate stand with it because it couldn't stand on its own and I didn't figure she'd want to hang it, but I suppose you could hang it up if you wanted to do so.
So, you will need a piece of board sanded smooth, paint for the board and the name (I used black for the name), paw pattern, small nails and string, oh and a small hammer of course.
I painted my board with acrylic paint in the color Warm Buff.  I gave it two thin coats for a pretty good coverage.  Let that dry really well.
I found the paw print just by searching Google.  You can tell by the pic above that I recycled my paper to resize it to fit my board.  I used my Cricut machine and some vinyl to make a stencil for her name.  Using black paint, I painted the name on first but I have the paw print on there for positioning purposes.

When adding paint to the stencil, use a dry brush technique.  This helps to keep from getting too much paint on there which causes it to seep under the vinyl and go where you don't want it to go.  Also, a dabbing or pouncing motion works better that actual swiping back and forth.  Just an FYI because I learned by trial and error.
Now for the nail holes.  Notice, I said NAIL HOLES.  You want to make the holes all the way around your pattern first, then add all the nails AFTER you remove the pattern.  I learned this trick the first time around! lol!  You can save your pattern and use it over and over again.
Again, if you've been following me for a while, you know I have to distress everything.  I used sand paper to distress the name and the rotary sander to distress the edges.  You don't have to do this of course, it is optional.
Now using a small hammer, tap your nails in each hole you previously made.  Try and make them all the same height, I'm still not good at that yet.
Lastly, add the string of your color choice.  I chose pink just because.  There really is no rhyme or reason to how I add the string, I just go for it, its art.  When I tie off an end I use a tiny bit of liquid-y, fast drying craft glue (Diamond Glaze) to seal the knots and keep them from accidentally coming loose.  That would be bad. :)

For more details visit my first try here:
String Art With a Mason Jar Vase

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