From Freezer to Crock Pot: Sneak Peek2!

I’ve researched multiple pins from Pinterest for recipes and tips for creating easy freezer to crock pot meals, and I don’t remember even one person telling me just how much work this is. So, be warned! It’s not as easy as they make it look on Pinterest, folks! ;P Having said that, I did maybe over-do it with so many meals all at once, for a first-timer.

I will say though, that it was nice to get it all done at once. So instead of having to wash and peel carrots 10 times over the next month, I only did it once, which means that there’s way less clean up time. I mean, if I’m scooping up the carrot peels to put in the trash, I might as well scoop all 10 pounds at once. Right? So, I can see how this will save me time in the future! Just get yourself a comfy mat under your feet, and try to stay organized with your recipes, ingredients, baggies, spices, etc.

Here is a peek of the all the meals once prepared. I was getting tired near the end and just scribbling the contents of the bag. So, in the future, I’d like to maybe laminate our recipes and somehow tie them on or use stickers or something. But, hey, you live and learn, right?

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  freezer meals

www.ourinspiredhome.com * freezer meals

I’ll start sharing some of the yummy recipes as we get a chance to try them, since most of them are new to us (or at least the crock pot versions are new to us). So stay tuned!

Scrapbooking: Becky Higgins Project Life

I’ve never been much of a television shopper, but I saw somewhere that HSN was going to be offering a scrapbooking kit TODAY! But, hold on, this isn’t like the old-school scrapbooking kits. This is the Becky Higgins Project Life kit. I discovered Becky Higgins Project Life on Amazon.com last year, and I love it. It’s such a cute way to scrapbook. I can’t even describe it. You just have to see it! Check it out on HSN today, or there is a link to my favorites in the sidebar on amazon.com or also below:

Lemonade Stand Update

Thought you might want an update on our latest project:  The Lemonade Stand.  It is definitely coming along.  It is assembled (except for the corrugated metal top), and is in the process of being painted.  Abby chose lemon yellow and white, and we’re doing angled stripes.  The overall dimensions and most of the project is similar to the example, but there are some differences.  (Remember, we were using up supplies we had on hand… for the most part.)  It’s looking pretty cute!  Can’t wait for the reveal… and the grand opening!

lemonade stand

www.ourinspiredhome.com * Lemonade Stand in progress

From Freezer to Crock Pot: Sneak Peek!

We’ve been so busy lately, so I’m jumping on the Pinterest Freezer to Crock Pot bandwagon. Have you seen all those posts? Basically, you chop and mix and bag all the ingredients in one day for an entire months worth of meals. Then pop them in the freezer, and pull them out each morning to cook all day in the crock pot for a yummy, home-made meal (with no prep!). After reading through several examples, I decided to modify ours with recipes we love (and eliminating certain ingredients we don’t).

I’ll be posting more about all the recipes and ingredients we used, our yumminess rating, and our cost, so keep watching!

veggies

www.ourinspiredhome.com * Freezer to Crock Pot Veggies

Easter Baskets

I have been having a hard time deciding what kind of Easter baskets to get. I thought I wanted traditional Easter Baskets, but I couldn’t find anything I loved in Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I thought about ordering at Pottery Barn Kids, but even though that’s kind of the look I want, it wasn’t exactly what I envisioned. I just hate to spend that much on a basket and liner if I don’t love them. Then I went on Etsy.com, and found lots of adorable ideas, from baskets to buckets, but nothing that was perfect. Then, when I was shopping for something else at Hobby Lobby, inspiration struck. On one of the shelves I was passing by, I spotted these adorable yellow wire baskets. Are they traditional Easter baskets? Well, no. But… we have been working on Abby’s lemonade stand (which will probably have it’s grand opening this weekend!), and a yellow basket would be a great little accessory for her product line. HA! I’m kidding… no products. But, she’s an over-packer like I am, so I’m sure she’ll find a use for it. The other thing I really liked about these particular baskets is that they are stack-able for storage. (I’ve found our other Easter baskets are hard to store.)  So, we can either find a use for them around the house after Easter, or we can easily store them away for next year.

Because they are wire and have pretty wide gaps that would allow precious Easter candy to fall through, they definitely need a liner.  {wink}  They need a liner.  (But, let’s not get into my husband’s and my disagreement about our needs.  lol.)   Anyway… off to the fabric section I went!

They had so many cute, springy fabrics that would have made adorable liners. But, I wanted something that would coordinate for my 9 year old girl and my 1 year old boy. Then I spotted this Moroccan print in blues, greens and a touch of yellow.  Nearby, was a coordinating plaid in blues and greens.  I’m not sure you can tell in these pictures, but these fabrics look so cute together!  (You’ll see when you view the finished product!!!)

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  Moroccan Print

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  Plaid Print Fabric

After I estimated the yardage I’d need for the baskets, and checked out, I immediately took them to my embroiderer to have their names put on the raw fabric. That’s a little odd, you say? Why, yes, yes it is. But, I know me. If I didn’t take it right then, I would have meant to take it and procrastinated for several days, and would have run out of time for them to get it done. So, I explained what I was making and the lady helped me place the marking tape so that there would be enough for their embroidery ring, as well as for the eventual hem. See, I figure that even if I have to stay up to midnight on the night before Easter to finish them, I at least have a chance. But, there’s nothing I can do if I didn’t get the names on in time. Well, unless they offer rush, with a rush fee… and I don’t want to go there. ;-)

I chose a turquoise for the plaid since that print will allow the name to be read easy enough. The Moroccan print might make it a little hard to see the embroidery, so we chose a dark gray to coordinate with the light gray in the print. I got the same font for both, which was called “Jack and Jill”! It’s not too feminine or masculine, so I thought it would unify them even though they are different fabrics with different colored monogramming.

They should be ready next Wednesday, and I can’t wait to see the monogram finished! (Even though that’s when my work begins!) Oh, and don’t shake your head at me, but I think I might spray paint the 2nd basket a lime green or blue, to coordinate more with that fabric. I know, I’m weird. We’ll see what I end up doing…

Lemonade Stand

My daughter has been bugging me to have a lemonade stand.  But, she doesn’t want just a table set up on the corner.  She spotted this a while back in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine and will settle for nothing less.  Yep, that’s my girl!

Lowes Creative Ideas Lemonade Stand

Lowes Creative Ideas Lemonade Stand

Since she’s off for spring break, we decided to finally tackle this project.  My husband keeps all his wood scraps, so we have decided to build it with only the stuff we have on hand.  For the most part we’ll be following the plans, but depending on what we have on hand, we may make a few modifications.  We don’t have wheels though, so we will have to purchase those.

If you decide to tackle this project yourself, you can find the full plans and a tutorial here:  http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Do-It-Yourself_Lemonade_Stand.aspx

 

Custom Concert t-shirt

My 9 year old was invited by her best friend (and parents) to go to the rodeo, carnival and concert (Kenny Chesney!). So, she and I decided to make the two girls customized t-shirts and surprise her friend.

From the Silhouette software, we went to the online store using the little mouse icon on the left menu bar. We searched for palm trees (since so many of Kenny’s songs are about the beach and he uses palms in his own brand). We ended up choosing the “beach palm tree & sun” graphic. We also needed a heart and chose one called “‘love you’ heart”. Please note that when we browse for graphics, we look for the overall shape, since we rarely use something exactly as shown. This is the perfect example, since our final graphic looks nothing like either of the graphics looked originally.  My 9 year old helped me decide on the graphics and the fonts we used. (We used “GoudyOlSt BT” for the ‘I’ and ‘KC’, and “MA Sexy” for the name on the sleeve.  We ungrouped the graphics, and did a little cleanup getting the palm trees and tilted heart to merge.  Then, we went for the cut!  We used the smooth heat transfer material in white from the SilhouetteAmerica.com store: http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/?page=shop&cat=6  This was the first time I’ve ever used this product, and I was nervous.  But, the whole project was easy from start to finish!  It cut so nicely, and was easy to remove and place on the shirt.  A quick iron and I was done.  We were both so pleased with the final project!

concert t-shirt

www.ourinspiredhome.com * concert t-shirt