Brought to you by boys...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I just {had} to share this photo with you right??? I uploaded it to FB and one of my girlfriends commented "ew, ew, ew" LOL

The boys LOVE snails... they run around the yard calling them, "nail, nail!!!!" It's too cute!

Yeah, that's our vegetable garden in the background... I swore I wasn't planting one again this summer yet here we are... slaves to the sun and watering hose LOL

What are little boys made of?

Dirt and snails and mischievous males.

Meatloaf Cupcakes

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

This recipe is amazing! My kids are always asking for cupcakes... now they can have them for dinner too!!! 

Essentially meatloaf in a muffin tin with mashed potatoe 'icing'.

Cameron was like, "Cupcake!!!??!!" then he tried a bite and was like, "cupcake???"
Not what he expected. LOL
I used my MILs meatloaf recipe. 2 lbs ground beef, 2 eggs, 1 diced onion and 1/2 c bread crumbs.

Stuffed into a muffin tin! Baked for 25-30 min at 350 degrees F.
Traditional mashed potatoes {the hubs favorite recipe} with margarine, sour cream and s+p.

Fresh outta the oven, looking a little un-yum! I put my mashed potatoes into a piping bag and swirled on top of my meatloaf.


Design ~ Scorpio Tattoo

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Okay, so it's kinda like a craft.... The hubs has wanted to get a tattoo for awhile now and finally bit the bullet.

The tattoo represents his sign, Scorpio, and our boys {who are both scorpios}. I'm a Taurus... is that a bad thing?!?!? LOL

I found a swirly scorpion on the net and revamped him to include an
M with arrow and a 3 {as in scorpio cubed}.

Some of my other doodles.

Thanks for checking it!

Test Kitch - Best Beef Dip Ever

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Here's the recipe that I had originally shared on Mommas Kinda Crafty:

I simply love anything that tastes amazing and is a cinch to make! That's the definition of this Best Beef Dip Ever!

Ummm..... YUM!!!

The goods:
4lbs of beef chuck roast
1 Tbsp diced garlic
1 Tbsp rosemary
About 6 peppercorns
3/4 Cup of soy sauce
1/4 Cup Worcestershire sauce
6 Cups of water
Combine all ingredients and cook on low for 6 - 10 hours.

After 8 hours....

I sauteed up some sliced mushrooms, onions and peppers. What's my secret ingredient?!??! Oyster Sauce! We can no longer have sauteed mushrooms with out it! Sooo good!

My bun all ready to be dipped in au jus and devoured!


Monogram T-shirt Tutorial

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I just have to share my latest T-shirts with you!!! They turned out super~freakin'~cute! Here's the tute:

Monogram Applique T-shirts
I used a pair of old, too small PJs. Probably too tattered to hand-me-down anyway :P

I began by sketching and cutting out a stencil {in pink!}

I traced my stencil onto my patterned fabric, ironed on heat n' bond and cut out my shape(s). My husband was like "what's with the two E's?"

Then I ironed my applique onto my t-shirt and stitched around the edges. {Fun ~ seriously!}

I used three different colours of thread and alternated my stitch (ie. zig zag, straight etc.)

My finished T's... okay maybe the "I" does look like two E's and the "C" like a cent symbol ~ artistic expression honey!

A super cheap project! The t-shirts were $3 at Walmart!!! :D


I used the legs of my old PJs to create sleeves for Cameron's t-shirt.

More deets.
{Behind the scenes}
The orange stitching on the arms looks like a rats nest on the inside! AND the sleeves turned out to be waaaay too short! LOL

Now on to the party!!

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Cherry Raspberry Jello Parfait

Monday, July 19, 2010

It's Barbeque Season!!!! Which means hot, hot, hot weather!!! And who wants their oven on in this heat?!?! Not me! :P
I came up with these Cherry Raspberry Jello Parfaits to serve as dessert on the deck after another grilled dinner... so easy!

I used rasperry jello, orange jello, diced cherries, cut up oranges and whipping cream.

I had my orange jello and oranges set up in my glasses. I had the raspberry jello and cherries set up in a separate pan, cut it into cubes then layered everything.

Mini Parfaits for the boys.

Tastes as good as it looks.....

Thanks for peeking in!

Camping Tips with two year olds

Saturday, July 17, 2010

We're camping again! Without daddy ~ who has to work ~ eeek! Isn't this the cutest pic of Isaiah during our travels last weekend?

A few tips for camping with two, two year olds:

Don't go {ha ha just kidding}
Be sure to zip tie alternate exits to the tent {so that Baby B doesn't try to deek off into the woods like a yeti}
Pack folding pink dolly strollers {for miscellaneous stick, rock, firewood pushing}
Be prepared for marshmallow goo to stick everywhere {and for everything to stick to it!}
Throw your dirt phobia out the window {Baby A did, even going so far as to give good ol' dirt a taste test}
Don't forget to bring more than one movie for the portable DVD Player {or you too will be able to quote CARS at will} ps. how did our parents ever live without this thing?
Most importantly be safe, have fun and enjoy making memories!!!

Tissue Paper Pom Tutorial

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We're back from our camping trip! So much fun!!! And now back to our regularly scheduled program... LOL.

I love to create tissue paper pom poms for all of my parties! They add a bright burst of colour to any event. Now, I know that Martha has a tute but mine is 100 times simpler and faster {I promise}!

I've used them here.
And here.


Oh, and here!

You will need 1/2 - 1" styrofoam balls, tissue paper (cut into squares), hot glue gun (and glue sticks) and string / ribbon.
Start by gathering all of your squares of tissue in the centre to form a {sort of} flower.
Glue your ribbon to your ball.

Glue the centre of each gathered piece of tissue to the ball.

Keep glueing on tissue, one piece at a time, until you no longer have any styrofoam showing.


Ta Da!!! And they only cost about a quarter each!!!
Try making some... seriously easy peasy!

Linking to these fab parties!