Monday, September 29, 2008

Crafting retro-style

Ready for some free crafting?? I love this retro paper doll set found on the Crafty Crow. I also love that she took the time to upload it and make it free for everyone to download! What an awesome crafter. Included with the cute doll is a set of lacing cards! How fun :)
I think I'll be saving this craft for those cold winter months that are approaching all too soon....

Here is the page of DOWNLOADS.

Cookies ... again ..

Happy Monday!
For today's recipe I'm going to share some yummy chocolate cookies. I made them a couple of weeks ago and loved them. Granted, I made them last night and they were dry and not as good :( Of course it was when I was bringing them to a family dinner that they didn't turn out!! Does anyone else hate that?? I'm bringing salad from now on ....
Oh well, I think the reason they didn't turn out right yesterday was because I was experimenting with a new sugar my health-conscious hubby had picked up at Good Earth. If you stick to the recipe you should have great results :)
Here is the LINK for the recipe.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday time.

Ok, so I was hoping to post a new cookie recipe. I was sure it was going to be tasty and it was a total BOMB. So if anyone has a tasty whole-wheat peanut butter cookie recipe I would love to try it. I hate making food that tastes bad!

Anyway, I'm done ranting. Here is my new favorite chili recipe (discovered in time for freezer meals last month). Has anyone else caught on to the fact that I love to bake and I love beans??
Btw, if you are opposed to using canned beans then this recipe would be a hernia for you ;)

Janes Vegetarian Chili (click on the title for the link to the recipe and the source of the picture).


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese, (optional)

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add 3 cups water and next 8 ingredients (through cannellini beans), stirring to combine.

Combine remaining cup of water and tomato paste in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until blended. Stir tomato paste mixture into bean mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with cheese, if desired.

Friday, September 19, 2008

She slacks again!

So I'm seriously wondering if I should ever do a week theme again! Apparently I don't have the memory or dedication to blog every single day! Here (again) are two days in one of my love of paper!

This picture frame project was done by .... mE. I know, are you going to die of shock that I actually did one of the crafts that I'm blogging about? The whole project (including iron) cost less than $20! I purchased the craft paper to match my home, the $1 frames at Michaels Arts and Crafts (or maybe it was Roberts... they both have them) and then used some Mod Podge to adhere my paper. After the mod podge dried I painted the edges to match, "inking" the edges a little with the paint to blend the edges into the paper. If you look closely you can see that I am NOT a perfectionist and I did not sand my project to give the mod podge a smooth and finished look. My green one ended up with a few bubbles. I'm told you can pop those with a pin but I've never tried it and the bubbles aren't that noticeable. So there you have it ;)

Project Number 5 and the last for the week: Decoupage EVERYTHING in your home. Haha. Here is my example:

My daugher picked out this really really cheapo baby cradle (flimsy plastic) from the dollar store. It was covered in this beyond hideous pink and orange design which emphasized the cheap look. We grabbed some sparkly paper to match and covered up their nasty labels with some pretty paper and voila! a prett(ier) baby cradle for my daugher. This one was totally eyeballed so the lines aren't even that straight but she didn't care (and neither did I!) and I think it looks MUCH cuter now. So get creative! You never know what a little paper and mod podge can do!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

For the Love of Paper Day TWO and Three

Ooops... so it's only day two and I totally slacked.
Here we go with day two AND three of my paper obsession:
Ok, so remember how I said I'm in love with homemade wall art? Here is another example. This beautiful art piece was made using PAPER. Yep, craft paper. It doesn't get much easier than that people! Here is her TUTORIAL.

Ok, I know this idea is old-school -- weren't we all using watered down glue in kindergarten to make pencil holders for our dads on Father's Day? But with the explosion of beautiful and sophisitacated papers out there I think it's time to revisit this kindergarten craft and make our dest a more interesting place to work :)
The picture is courtesy our pal Martha.

Monday, September 15, 2008

For the LOVE of Paper Day ONE

Ok, this is a little mod-art for me, BUT I think it could easily be transformed to match any taste. The best part? The materials are simply foam core board and paper. Yep, she actually uses sticky wall hanging-stuff instead of nails to paste this art peice on her wall. Don't be surprised if you see a ton of wall-art projects coming from me. I LOVE THEM. I think large pieces of art are generally wayy wayy to expensive, and it's so much fun to make something to fill up that empty white space.
There are so many ways this craft could be fun! I could def. see it in a dorm room or a modern living room.
Here is the tuturial.

Monday Recipe

Well, there is no picture to go with this recipe and that is because "No-Bake" cookies look really barfy. In high school my girlfriend and I dubbed them "Poop Bars." Now perhaps that's not completely fair, but the name seemed to fit because I really didn't like how they tasted either.
Yesterday my husband had a craving for some good ol' no-bakes and I had never made them in my life. Since I had no recipe he called his mom and got her recipe. Well, wouldn't you know it was a Sunday and I was out of a couple of her ingredients. Rather than get daring with substitutions I decided to google a recipe.
The results provided a healthy and tasty version that even I could enjoy -- though they still are a little sweet to me :)

(the original site link)

Health-ier No-bake cookies
(** btw, the links in the recipe come from copy and pasting the recipe. I did not put the links there. I think everyone knows what "Skim Milk" or "Sugar" is. No link needed ;)



  1. Heat milk, sugar and cocoa powder over high heat until boiling, stirring constantly.
  2. Take off heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter; stir until peanut butter has melted completely.
  3. Stir in wheat germ and oatmeal.
  4. Drop by large spoonfuls onto wax paper or eat immediately.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bring on an exciting week..

Ok so I totally have no clue when I turned into such a blog slacker! Well... hmm.. it could be the fact that my children HATE me being on the computer :)
Sorry for the lack of a Monday recipe. To make up for it I'm going to dedicate this new week (monday through friday) to my LOVE OF PAPER. I personally think that beautiful paper makes the world a better place and I'm going to prove it to you -- one project at a time!.
Here is a sneak peak at the excitement to come:
Simple project made amazing using cute paper and Mod Podge. What's not to love??
(photo from THIS site)

Monday, September 8, 2008

How fortune-ate I found this craft....

I love this adorable idea! I actually made them this morning as a surprise for my hubby. I happened to have a Chinese take-out style box and I put a tag on it that said "I'm so fortune-ate to have met you 5 years ago today!" The fortune cookies were really easy to make, though I didn't have cute patterned paper like the lady who made them in the picture. I used plain cream colored paper and they still turned out really cute. You def. need strong adhesive to hold them together though -- mine kept popping apart :)
Here is the simple TUTORIAL. ENjoy :)

Friday, September 5, 2008

dresser do-over

Ok, so it is seriously too late for me to be up blogging ... but what harm will ONE post do right? Ok, so remember back in the day when I blogged about paper covered furniture? And remember how I couldn't find ANY good photos anywhere online? Well, luckily came through for me!

Check out this fun and funky dresser:

Ok, so it is a little bright and retro for my taste, but think how fun this would look in a girls room! WIth pink furry pillows no less ;) Check out the link and see the impressive before and after shots! Hooray for do-it-yourself projects :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Hey ladies, check out this week of awesome giveaways over at

If you're like me, and are a sucker for a good ol' blog giveaway, then check it out!

Photo holders

What a fun craft!! There are so many possibilities with these **simple** binder clips-turned photo holders! For example, what if you spelled "FATHER" and put in pictures of your kids with their dad -- great Father's Day gift. How about spelling "Christmas" and displaying the Christmas cards you receive in the mail. How about spelling "Gratitude" (as a Thanksgiving decoration) and putting up photos of all the things you are grateful for this year. Fun stuff! I'm sharing this idea now because school supplies are on sale everywhere -- so hurry go make some and then e-mail me the photos! :) Here is the link for the instructions.