Sunday, November 13, 2011

Being Frugal

So like many out their I have a sensitivity to scents. I have always had this but not bad till I had Miss M. She made it unbearable to the point of being ill from scents. Well Febreeze is one of them. I have yet to be able to use their product with out ending in a near migraine. So I have used alternatives but some are good others are ok but they are either just as expensive as Febreeze or more expensive for a quarter if the price. Well last night while tending to my addiction I stumbled across this recipe....

Refill for a 32 oz Febreeze Spray Bottle: 1/8 Cup of Your Favorite Fabric Softener 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda Hot Tap Water - To Fill the Bottle to the Top Shake it up in your Spray Bottle and you're ready to go and fight those Stinky Dog Odors!

Which linked back to this recipe...

Febreeze for Less What You Need: 2 cups warm water 1/4 cup liquid fabric softener 1 tsp. baking soda Simply mix these three ingredients together in a spray bottle, shake well, and get spraying! The great part about this recipe (aside from how well it works and how much money you can save) is that the scent isn't terribly strong or overpowering. Our home smells like clean laundry for a short time, then the scent quickly dissipates taking any bad smells with it!

I will be making this for sure and trying it out. Has anyone used a recipe like this before? Have any tips for me???

I have also found a recipe for homemade liquid/powder laundry detergent. Have you made it before do you love it hate it? Have a great recipe? Sent me any feed back before I get into deep! Hope you week all goes well.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

I know I know! Well I am alive barely.

Well I haven't been doing much of anything crafty wise...I have been pinning like a mad woman tho! I have been keeping up on my Project 52 pages tho! So since Sept has flown past and now October, November is going to slow down right??? Please??? I want to start taking some classes!

So to pick up today is the day before Halloween. What a crazy day its been between making treats, a friends birthday party for the girl, our best friends daughters birthday and pumpkin carving. Plus all the daily other stuff that goes on top of that.

We made Monster Munch to share with our friends and classmates. I found a recipe on
but the recipe included peanuts and since our school is peanut-free we made some changes.

Monster Munch {Halloween Popcorn Mix}
Recipe by Our Best Bites
1 package Almond Bark (1 lb)
12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernals)
1 C candy corn
1 C dry roasted, salted peanuts
1/2 C Reeces Pieces
Pop popcorn and place in a large bowl. Much larger than you think you need. The largest you have. It will make mixing easier! Pour peanuts, candy corn, and reeces pieces on top.
Take a large knife and break up almond bark. Melt according to package directions. I just chop it up a little and microwave it in intervals until smooth and melted.
Pour over popcorn mixture.

Stir until everything is well coated and then spread out onto waxed paper, parchment, or foil. Let sit until completely dry and then break up into clumps.

My version....

Monster Munch {Halloween Popcorn Mix}
Orange, white & Dark Merkins
Microwave Butter flavor popcorn
Candy corn
Craisin's or M&M's
Pop popcorn and place on a large parchment lined cookie sheet. Mine are as wide as my oven. Put a large thick layer of popcorn mine took 2 bags per sheet. Pour pretzels, candy corn, and m&m's on top.

Melt according to package directions. I just microwave it in intervals until smooth and melted. Drizzle each color over popcorn mixture.

Let sit until completely dry and then break up into clumps and place into bags. 

We love the salty sweet combination!  I am pretty sure we will be making this at Christmas and call it Reindeer Food or something else but change up the combinations for sure. 

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I used Lil' Ghosts & Goblins by The Scrapping Kat.

Let us know what you come up with.....or if you followed our recipe or adapted it for your own!

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Happy Halloween safe and eat plenty of chocolate!
I plan to be back more and with some good news for the new year....I promise!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Facebook & friends

Facebook is a great thing for the most part. Keeps you in touch with friends near and far. Its great for following my scrapbooking, couponing & crafting sites/groups. So here is a question for you all....are you a facebook friend junky? Got to have as many friends as you can? Not me...I regularly clean out my list and am completely snobbish in who I have as friends now. I have many reasons for it. #1 I have kids. #2 I don't need everyone and their dogs knowing my life. I may have known you 100 yrs ago but there was a reason we aren't friends anymore!

I have made some great friends living in my little city. I have also made some friends who I thought would be great friends till they have turned on me. This has really bothered me for a while now. It is basically one person that was in my life (and many of my friends lives) that used us up for all we had and all our friends then snubbing, ignoring and pretending they are bigger and better than everyone else! Why are people like this? Why would you treat people like this? We all have feelings....don't become a friend very close and use me for I have to offer than snub me like I have the plague. You are no better or worse than me I feel we are all the same. I may not believe in what you believe and you may not believe in what I believe but can't we just all get along. We are not 13 and high school anymore are we? I thought we were all grown adults? No we aren't? Really? Wow!

Oh well I guess it takes all kinds to make the work go around and I am at peace with the person I am and I will accept everyone for all their flaws and misgivings cause we are not all perfect but we all need our friends in our lives!

To my friends near, far and online.....Thank you for all coming into my life and helping me be who I am today. I hope I have helped you all in some way little or big! I love and appreciate you all!!!

Now back to our regularly scheduled life.....Thank you!


Yes I am still alive

We have had a super busy yet laid back summer. The kids have been back to school and I have been getting back into a routine and worked up for all the after school activities starting soon!

But yesterday we had so me friends over to watch the Labor Day Classic (Canadian Football for my not so Canadian friends) and eat and hang out! We watched, drank and laughed....So much fun. So happy to say our team won (finally!!!) and we were all happy after the game!

We also discovered a wonderful drink thanks to a friend. Called a Porn Star....yes a Porn Star. It tasted like a popsicle. Yummy!

Here is the recipe for you to try.

Porn Star Cocktail
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Red Sour Puss
4oz - 6 oz 7up


Combine the two alcohols in a shooter glass. Fill a cocktail glass with 7 Up. Drop Shot in glass... Enjoy~!

I lost count at how many I that bad? I do know I had 2 right after our friends left. I can see getting into trouble drinking these. Some recipes add pineapple juice too....yep that would be yummy too.

So now back to the real world....yep I am tired not hung over but getting up at stupid o'clock on a holiday is not my favorite thing to do....but the kids crawled into bed with me this am and snuggled so it did make it quite a bit better! So here I sit wondering if I should finally move everything from my laptop to my fancy new desktop or clean or maybe even nap? Hmmmmm napping sounds so good but I know it wouldn't last long enough! LOL!

I am still doing the Project 52 Weeks. I think I have only missed 2 weeks so far not to bad right??? I think so. i did even win one week and make LOTD too. It was a nice surprise!

This is the LOTD one.....
Here are the last couple of weeks.

SO what  do you think....I think I am getting much better but its not great....some of those ladies are amazing!!!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Stromboli - Panzerotti?

Call it what you will we ate it for supper and it was gooooood! Our go to pizza dough recipe is from this book. I firstly took the book out from the local public library and ended up buying it! So worth it for sure. So we popped the ingredients in the pizza maker...forgetting how much dough it makes ahhhh we decide to make a double recipe. Yah I don't recommend a double batch in a bread machine. I so should have taken a picture. I came in from picking raspberry and peas from the garden to find the dough had lifted the lid up about 5 inches and it was oozing up down and every thing. Took forever to clean. Funniest part was hubby and son came in and saw it was pretty poofy but never thought anything to come tell me! Geeze boys!

So we then took about 1 lb of ground turkey (you could use beef but we are a chicken and turkey family) cooked it up with a chopped medium onion, a chopped yellow bell pepper and about 6-8 large mushrooms....cook all the moisture out....then add your choice of sauce ours is an organic sugar free marinara/pasta sauce you can buy from Costco. (It is pretty much the only thing besides Ragu I can get the girl to eat) I also added about 1 tbsp italian seasoning some fresh ground pepper to taste. Cook cook cook.

While the filling was cooking I rolled out the dough (recipe will be at the end of my long drawn out post! Hahaha - Keep reading!) We made ours sized for each person so the girl got a small sized one, son got a larger one, Mine was a bit bigger and Dad's was biggest. We also made 2 extra one for Dad's lunch tomorrow and one for a grab and go lunch for later for the Dad.

So the trick roll it oval/squarish shaped. Then fill top with cheese and fold over and then take the edges up and over and pinch with a fork. I know not good at describing but I hope you understand. We coated ours in some Olive oil...made them nice and golden brown. Bake for 15 to 20 mins....we like ours super crispy!

Pizza Dough Master Recipe from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook

1 1/3 cups water
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast (I used instant and it worked wonderfully)

I also added about 1 Tbsp of Greek Epicure Salad dressing mix....may add more next time.

Also I had to add more water as the dough mixed as it is a bit drier out so it needed about 1/2 to 3/4 cup more water. (just a hint/tip for you to remember)

Combine all the ingredients in the pan according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Program for the dough or pizza dough cycle and press start. When it is ready the dough will be soft.

After the rising cycle ends, at the beep, immediately remove the pizza dough and place on a work surface lightly sprinkled with yellow cornmeal, semolina, or rice flour. Divide into the desired number of portions or leave whole. With a rolling pin or pressing with your fingers and the heels of your hands, roll out the dough from the center outward, rotating the dough as your roll or press to get an even circle. Lift up the dough and pull to get the desired size. Place the dough on a cornmeal or semolina sprinkled pizza pan, pressing a ½” rim around the crust. For a thin crust, proceed directly to the next step (This is exactly what I did. See above about my impatience with dough). For a thick crust, cover the crust with a clean tea towel and let rise at room temperature until puffy and doubled in bulk, 30-40 minutes, before topping and baking.

Spread with sauce almost to the rim with a large rubber spatula, sprinkle with some cheese and arrange any other toppings on top. Finish with a big more melting cheese. Fresh cheeses that melt well are best for pizza, such as mozzarella, (is Aldi shredded mozzarella a “fresh” cheese. Nope, but that is what I used and it worked just fine!) Gorgonzola, provolone, Monterey Jack, fontina, Brie, feta, & fresh goat cheese. Top with a drizzle of olive oil.

Immediately place the assembled pizza in its pan directly on the stone in the oven and bake until the crust is brown and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes (5-8 minutes longer for a thin crust) at 450 degrees. Check the underside of the crust by lifting with a metal spatula to be sure it is browned enough. With heavy oven mitts, transfer the pizza to a cutting board and slide off the pan. Cut into wedges with a pizza wheel, kitchen shears, or a serrated knife. Eat it hot!

* This recipe yields 1 ½ pounds of dough, enough for two thin 12-14-inch rounds, on ¼ inch-thick round or deep dish crust, four 8-inch crusts, six individual mini-crusts, or one crust to fit into an 11x17-inch rectangular baking sheet.*

Please let us know if you like this and try it and use it for any other recipes that we'd love to try!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Trying to & a recipe...

So I had some banana's that were needed something done either a trip to the freezer of something simply made. Well this is simple! And yummy! The 4 of us all gave it 6 thumbs up! If you try let me know what you think! I will be adding this to my everyday recipe folder!

Chocolate-Banana Snack Cake

Munch on a snack cake that needs no frosting! Chocolate chips bake on top of a moist chocolate-banana cake.

Prep Time
15 Minutes

Total Time

Makes 9 servings

2 very ripe medium bananas (I used 3 - 2 super ripe and one half black)
1 1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar (Sub'd Splenda)
1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350°F. Place bananas in ungreased 8-inch square pan; mash with fork. Stir in remaining ingredients except chocolate chips. Sprinkle chocolate chips over batter.
Bake 35 to 37 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.

Did You Know
Freeze ripe bananas in their peels when they can't be used right away. Thaw each banana 30 to 60 seconds in microwave before using in recipes.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving (1 Serving)

Calories 257
(Calories from Fat 100),


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Preschool Graduation

Well we have officially started summer holidays and just trying to get caught up after all the stress and drama.
Here are the pictures from the Preschool Grad night...



Monday, May 23, 2011

Chicken Taco Soup

We have been so insanely busy and haven't had time for much. Miss. M turned 6 last week and she kept me hopping all last week. We also had a long weekend this weekend and took the kidlets to Drumheller to the Royal Tyrell Dinosaur Museum, it was wasn't busy at all. Except for the mosquito's man they are gonna have a huge problem there this year!

So since we had a house full and cooked enough for a small army, we now have ALOT of left overs....So what to make??? Well tonight was....

Chicken Taco Soup

1/2 lb chopped cooked chicken
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 cup water
1 (8 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes with green chili
1 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, with liquid
1 cup tomato sauce (I used a garlic pasta sauce)
2 tablespoons taco seasoning (I have a homemade recipe that is awesome!)
2% cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
plain yogurt or sour cream (optional)
avocados, slices (optional)
Cook onion in medium saucepan over medium heat until tender. Drain.
Mix in water, tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Serve topped with cheese, yogurt and avocado slices if desired.

It was delicious and would like to know if you have a recipe like this how is it different??? I would love to try it.


Friday, May 6, 2011

The Knit Wit By Shair: Wholly Guacamole Giveaway!

The Knit Wit By Shair: Wholly Guacamole Giveaway!: "When you think Victoria Day weekend, what do you think?  Bbqs and snacking are my top 2 things! Have you heard about Wholly Guacamol..."


Monday, May 2, 2011

What a weekend!

Sunday we drove up to Calgary to have a day of shopping at Cross Iron Mills (Holy crap it was HUGE)....some swimming and watersliding. Well we ran into a little guy from M's class heading to California Monday. The kids had a blast with no tiring in site! LOL! The kids passed out and Mom and Dad turned on the TV to the breaking news of Bin Laden being caught and killed. A sign but really there isn't going to be an end of all this war. No matter how much we would like it to be.

Our appointment today went well. And we rushed home to vote in our election. Slightly stressed on who to vote for but we did vote and well our vote didn't really help and its gonna be a long few years till we can get someone in to help bring our community out of the dark ages! OH well.

Sooooooo tonight I finally get on Facebook and the posts about Bin Laden and the election are super sickening. I mean yes we all have the right to complain but really some of the people really need to stop and think before they hit the keyboard or open their mouths. Not sure if these people are uneducated or just plain stupid....gah! WOW! After I posted my thought basically saying people need to take a moment to think about what they say.....I feel so so so much better. THEN I read this.....

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that"
- Martin Luther King, Jr

Yes morn the loss, but yes celebrate the enemy that is now gotten what he deserves. Those poor families that never got their family members back to say goodbye....they had no closure. And do you really think us sitting around singing song of love and peace are going to stop the ones that are still here trained to continue on with 'his' hate? Ummm yah no. I am so proud of all the military Canadian, American, British.....any that are taking the time to do what they can to protect us and risk their lives every day! Thank you....Cara, Lil, Bethany, and all my friends that are either serving or holding down the fort back home praying for the safe return of their men!

Ok off my soap box now....stay tuned tomorrow I should be back as I am a day behind on my 1st day of the 31 Day Challenge!! (Altho I have Dance, soccer, & work tomorrow)


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Michael's Picture Perfect Contest

I have entered a picture of myself and my mom and daughter from last Mothers day. It was the first time my Mom had seem my daughter dance on was a great day I cherish everyday! Soooo if you could take some time out of every day for the net week, and vote for our picture and a chance for us to win....

Thanks so much!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Homemakers Challenge.....are you in???

I found this challenge last night on face book from a fellow scrapper....then a few other FB friends posted.  So I went and found out about an E-book by Sarah Mae called 31 Days to Clean - Having a Martha House the Mary Way
31 Days to Clean - Having a Martha House the Mary Way
I got in on her offer to get the e-book free yesterday and I cannot wait to receive it...if not I think $4.99 is super reasonable anyway! So are you in with me?????  Come on it will be fun to support each other....leave me a comment if you are on board and a link to your blog so I can follow your journey too.  (And maybe just maybe I will get caught up and be able to start on all these great project I have lined up!)

Homemakers Challenge

The latest Homemakers Challenge can be found here.

What is the Homemaker’s Challenge?

Homemaker’s Challenge is a weekly link-up blog hop that puts emphasis on having fun and sharing ideas. It features a showcase of women who have stepped up for the challenge and embraced the art of making a home. The additional challenge is crafting it into a blog post.
Where did the idea for Homemaker’s Challenge come from?

The original idea was Amy Bayliss‘. She has since turned it over to me and given me full authority over it. My reason for taking it?

Because I need the motivation to do hard things and so often I find homemaking hard. This is my opportunity to invite a community of women together and just have fun doing life. Homemaking is a sacred calling, but it doesn’t have to be mundane.
How does it work?

Each Friday I will post a new challenge for you (us) to complete. It will be something to do with being a homemaker. If you choose to accept the challenge, you will have one week to complete it and create a blog post conveying your response to the challenge. The link-up will be on my response to the challenge the following Thursday. You have until that day to do the challenge, write your post, and link it to my post. I will be posting my response to the challenges each Thursday.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

The boy is 7 tomorrow!

I can't believe the boy is 7 tomorrow...where has the time gone???? Seriously....We are almost finished grade one man time sure fly's (and I hope we are having fun).

Such a little man you have become.  I would so do anything for you and your birthdays.  (And I have)
 2005 (sad attempt at a cake!)
 2006 Paid for cake that got us $100 grocery credit!
 2006 replacement for sad 1st cake!
 2nd 2006 Cake for another party (long story behind this one)
 2007 Yep much better at making cakes!
 2008 - Cupcakes for school
 2008 Cupcakes joint party with his sister nothing exciting because we had a death in the family and were leaving town the next am!
 2009 Super long cake over 2' long (maybe longer can't remember!)
2010 - Cupcakes simple and easy! (Plus the boy does not eat cake only cupcakes - yes I know they are the same!)

Last year was the first year that I started making the kids invites too! I would show you the boys but apparently the computers/network ate his and the girls is found here.

The boys big party is tomorrow with all his friends.  The theme is LEGO.  Yah big surprise? NOT!!!  LOL.  Her is his invite...

The kit I used for Ty's was Imagination Creation that I won in a contest.  It can be bought here at ScrapMatters Store
The lego guys were made here.
I can't wait for tomorrow the boy has gotten me so excited....but 7 really...he can't be yet!


Monday, April 11, 2011

So Easter Help

Yes I am still alive and getting back into things....Lots has happened that has kept me from here.  We are just hitting kids birthdays so that it tying up the few spare minutes I had!

I am here to share a blog post from Kidzui a great site for kids.  I am one of 'those' parents that really do not but my kids junk.  Especially at holidays.  Easter is on of those holidays that I have such a hard time handling.  So here is some help for me and I am going to share with you. Healthier alternatives for easter baskets.

Let me know what you do for your kids for Easter.....


Friday, March 11, 2011

Buttermilk info

I found this on a blog I follow and well could not help but share this cause I know that I have run into this problem before.
You all know that I love to bake and cook and eat it too! I recently found this blog and the tips I have gotten are just great!
Check it out and let me know if you have any great tips like this....Lynns Kitchen Aventures Buttermilk Help and a later post Here


Friday, March 4, 2011

Been away.....

Well I have been away....away in Disneyland. Well Southern California to be exact. We had one heck of a one for sure will be to a sunny HOT beach some where. Any family friendly locations you want to share from your personal experience....please share.

So I am now currently in the search for Disney - theme park type scrapbooking kits......HELP anyone know of some good ones out there????

Now that is out of the way and I am now mostly tired from the trip!! We got the fridge well stocked again and tonights menu was homemade pizza (been a long time since we have made it right from scratch!). The crust was devine. I hadn't made it in a super long time (I like to cheat quite a bit when I cook) I came a across this book a long time ago at our local library. 
After so research I found more of her books and bought this one
Pizza Dough Recipe
1 1/3 cup water
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp bread machine or instant yeast
Combine all ingredients in pan according to manufacturers recommendations.  Select dough or pizza dough option on machine and press start.
Preheat oven to 450 or 500 degrees for at least 30 minutes.  Recommends to use a baking stone I have only used a large cookie sheet.  Bake 15 - 20 mins.  I bake ours on convection for that extra crispiness!
If you are interested in books especially cookbooks like me then check out this site....Book Close Outs.  I just checked and they don't have any of her books but check back often as their stock changes frequently and you can get some sweet deals on damaged books like some pages may have a wrinkle or the front cover is damaged.  You can save quite a lot of money there on all types of books.

Then for dessert I whipped up some cinnamon buns...not my regular recipe ( you know the secret one that you have to be my bff for ever and ever to get! LMAO! and that you will never share with anyone or I will hunt you down and .....) I went with my most favorite regular bun recipe from (my most favorite site)

Hot Dog/Hamburger Buns/Rolls/Cinnamon Buns Dough Cycle A.B.M

• 1 1/4 cup skim milk
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil or 1/3 cup canola oil
• 1/4-1/3 cup sugar (use 1/3 for cinnamon buns)
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I have never found the need to use bread flour these rise beautifully)
• 2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Prep Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 1/4 hrs
1. Place all ingredients in order recommended by your bread machine manufacturer.
2. Select dough cycle and start machine.
3. I preheat my oven to 100°F and turn off.
4. When dough cycle is complete remove from machine and proceed.
5. I roll into a long log and cut into 12 pieces for hot dog buns or 9 pieces for large hamburger buns.
6. How big you want them is up to you.
7. For Hot Dog Buns, I roll out till they look like long skinny wieners,.
8. Hamburger Buns, I flatten with my palm till about the thickness of a pancake. They rise beautifully and look as nicely shaped as store bought ones.
9. Put on parchment-lined baking sheet so sides are almost touching.
10. You can brush with melted butter if you wish but I never bother.
11. Cover with cloth and put in the warm oven for 45-60 minutes to rise.
12. When doubled remove from oven.
13. I bake mine on the top shelf in my oven.
14. Turn oven to 400°F and when you put the buns in the oven, reduce temperature immediately to 375° and bake hot dog buns 15 minutes and hamburger buns 17 minutes.
15. CINNAMON BUNS. Use 1/3 cup sugar in recipe. Made 10 large buns.
16. Roll out to about 12 x 15" and spread with butter or margarine. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over all and roll up tightly. Cut into as many buns as you want. I make 10.
17. Set oven to 400° and turn down to 375° when you put buns inches Bake 20 minutes.
This recipe makes a killer bun so why not a cinnamon bun.  I had a butt end before starting in on getting caught up on my TV shows
it was quite yummy.

So I need a favor from you all.......I am in the market for a new bread machine. Do you have one? What kind? what is your favorite feature?

Off to relax and upload some pictures and shop for some scrapbooking kits!