Jul 22, 2014

NOW SHOWING at Sweet Salvage

This month's theme was NOW SHOWING!
The movie vignettes were incredible!

a castle and a poison apple can only mean one thing...










There was so much more!
I sincerely am in love with Sweet Salvage!!!

Master Packing List - never forget anything again!

We used to reinvent the wheel 
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. we went on a trip. 
I'd fret and fret over trying to remember to pack everything, 
then we would almost always forgot something anyway!  

I started saving all my little scraps and notes with lists 
and eventually we built one MASTER LIST 
that makes packing awesomely smooth. 
We never forget anything anymore!  
Friends, this list is based on years and years of packing experience. 

I have separate categories on my list, 
because various adventures call for different types of packing. 


Jul 14, 2014

Banana Pineapple Nut Bread

Cuz let's face it, sometimes you just don't have enough rotten bananas!

Super Yum!

Banana Pineapple Nut Bread
makes 2 large loaves

2 cups mashed ripe bananas
1 whole can pineapple chunks, blended until smooth & frothy
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
6 Tbs oil
1+ tsp vanilla (cuz I like a lot)
6 eggs
5 1/2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1+ cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional, but I like a lot of these too!)

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Grease bottom only of loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.
2.  In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, except Bisquick and nuts; stir until blended.  Stir in Bisquick and nuts.  Pour into prepared loaf pan.
3.  Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick in center comes out clean.
4.  Cool 10 minutes.  Loosen sides of loaf from pan and remove to wire rack to cool completely.

This picture shows only some of the pineapples chunks from the can.  
I ended up using the whole can!
We loved the hint of pineapple flavor, the extra texture &
mostly the extra moistness of the cake bread when using pineapple!

Maybe next time I'll add some coconut too and call it Pina Colada bread!


Summer Lovin at Sweet Salvage!

I don't love Arizona summers, but I ALWAYS love Arizona's Sweet Salvage!
June was just as fun and adventurous as ever!

It's almost time for July's show, but I really wanted to share June's pickins with you first.
So many of the displays were Americana, and they are still so fun to see.

This cabinet really got my mind rolling. 
We have a similar cabinet, only it has a gazillion drawers!  
Wouldn't that be so pretty?!

I have literally run out of room in my crafting studio for big pieces, 
but ohhhhh, this fella really wanted to come home with me.
I had to leave him behind.  :(

If you've lost your marbles, I know where you can get some more.
Somebody put a LOT of work into this A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. bench!
The cushions and throw pillows are gorgeous!!!

Holy Cow, George Washington!

White dishes always catch my attention!
I love the splashes of red too!

Rustication at it's best!
These etched lanterns are adorable!

The color schemes were so eye-catching!  
Dontcha just love this blue glass?!?!

Ohhhhh, there's always so much girly stuff too!
I just love it!

The next show is THIS WEEK!
Sweet Salvage is only open 4 days a month,
the third Thurs-Sun.

I heart Sweet Salvage!!!

And the best part?
My two Utah besties will be in town and will get to experience it for the first time!

May 10, 2014

Party In A Jar - A Fun Project Book For Everyone!

We've had a blast celebrating the release of my friend Vanessa's new book......

I have two words:



I adooooore me some jars!!!

It's all in the packaging, baby, 
and this book is full of fun projects 
IN the jars and 
special packaging on the OUTSIDE of jars!

Feb 22, 2014

Let's Talk About Food Storage

My smart and savvy friend, Ann, asked me if I'd help her do a presentation on food storage.
I just so happen to know a thing or two about food storage, and it's always good to learn more.
In the process of updating our knowledge, Ann suggested I share our info here.

"We become self-reliant through obtaining sufficient knowledge, education, and literacy; by managing money and resources wisely, being spiritually strong, preparing for emergencies and eventualities; and by having physical health and social and emotional well-being." 
Julie B. Beck

Where to start??

There's SO much info out there, I'll just give you a summary of the best links we've found, and you can go right to the source and get just the info you want!

I love this no-nonsense video that gets right to the point of why and how to have food storage, and where you can hide it in your house!

BRILLIANT way to hide and rotate your cans!
YouTube Video...hide your food storage

Feb 21, 2014

12 Unusual Whole Wheat Recipes From The Vault

I have been collecting wheat recipes for a gazillion years!  I used to make these recipes on a regular basis and rotated my wheat storage like a boss!  I've gotten lazy and don't rotate my food storage like I used to.  I'm reviving these recipes from the vault in an effort to eat more healthy, rotate my food storage, and to save money!

Normally you would just buy a bag of wheat flour in the grocery store and maybe bake with it or make pancakes.  These recipes have nothing to do with store-bought flour.  Here I'm talkin' you own a wheat grinder and at least a 50 lb bag of wheat!  This is for the hardcore food storage girls!  ;)

Wheat in it's different forms:

Wheat flour
 Wheat Flour

Whole kernels
 Whole Wheat Kernels

Cracked kernels
 Cracked Wheat Kernels

To 'crack' a kernel you will need to process a whole kernel through your wheat grinder.  Not all wheat grinders can do this (check your settings).  All you want to do is barely scrape the edge of the kernel enough to break open the hard outer shell, thus allowing more water inside of the kernel when you cook it.  Hey, just found this video for you on how you can crack your kernels in a regular food processor.

To soften the whole wheat kernels or the cracked kernels, put in medium saucepan and cover 1" above with water.  Cook over medium heat for at least 20 minutes, making sure there is always plenty of water.  After the kernels are soft, rinse off in a strainer.  These softened kernels can be used in different ways.

(I made this one as a sample at a food storage presentation and it was a huge hit!)
 1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup catsup
1 diced tomato
2 cups cooked cracked wheat
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 can drained tuna
Mix.  Serve on tomatoes or with chips.  Also good as a side dish salad.

Jan 31, 2014

Hot Link and Chicken Gumbo

This has been one of our very favorite recipes for M.A.N.Y.  Y.E.A.R.S!

It's a hearty soup that will warm and fill your tummy!

It has been so warm and beautiful here in Arizona, it hasn't really felt like soup weather,
buuuuuuut, I'm always greeted with such big grins from my family when they see that this is what's cookin!

It's super flavorful plus a quick and easy dinner.

Prep Time:  10 minutes

4 cups water
4 bouillon cubes
1/2 lb hot links or Polish sausage, cooked and sliced (the hot links from Costco are fantastic!)
1 1/2 cups cooked white rice (save time by throwing in a cup of uncooked rice and extra water, if needed)
1 bottle Classico spaghetti sauce (Costco)
2 cups cooked diced chicken (or 1 can cooked chicken from Costco to save even more time)
1 can drained corn
1 green bell pepper, diced

I just throw it all in together and let simmer for 10 minutes.  All the flavor comes from the hot links and it's got just a little bit of a kick to it (not too much though).  Seriously, you will LOVE this soup!

FYI:  I always double it!  It's great leftover too!!!

Jan 30, 2014

Blue and Gold Banquet Centerpiece - Tri-fold Photo Frame

It's that time of year again for planning Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquets!

Here's another fun centerpiece idea that we did a while back.  
I love the simplicity of it and how it's 

We did one for each table and the boys got to take theirs home after the banquet!
(we lucked out on the number of our scouts vs the number of dining tables we needed)

They are 9" high and each of the three sides is 5 1/2" wide.
That translates to each piece of blue cardstock should be cut to 9" x 16 3/4".
You'll need that extra 1/4" to create a gluing strip.
I hope that makes sense.
3 sides, 5 1/2" each adds up to 16 1/2", plus that extra 1/4".

I used my Creative Memories circle cutter to cut out the ovals just smaller than the 4" x 6" photos.

I also used a gold stretchy string to tie around each 'corner' to shine it up a bit.
Any gold/yellow ribbon or string would add a nice touch.
I also added a lolly on each of the three sides
and centered it with a gold fleur-de-lis that I cut out with a Martha Stewart punch.

Here's looking down inside from the top.
You can see where we just scotch taped the pictures on the inside of the frame.

It just so happened that we had 3 photos already for each boy 
that we'd taken at activities throughout the year.
If you don't have three photos for each boy already, 
then I'm sure their parents would be happy to email you a few to use.

Here's an angled view.

Cub Scouts are the cutest!!!

Now that the banquet is over and done with,
I store this keepsake with some of my other favorite treasures in my craft room.

Click HERE if you'd like another one of my ideas for a Blue and Gold centerpiece.

Jan 18, 2014

Bottle Cap Necklaces - Come Unto Christ

Come Unto Christ is the 2014 Young Women's Theme 
for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

I haven't been in Young Women's for almost a year, however, I seem to be asked to sub in Relief Society a lot lately, and this theme went along perfectly with my Relief Society lesson on the Savior this month.  

I made this exact same kind of necklace a couple of years ago for girls camp when we had the owl theme.  The girls loved the necklaces and they are so fun to make!

I posted a picture on Instagram and Facebook recently that I had been making jewelry.
Since then I've gotten lots of questions on how I made these, where I got all the supplies, etc.
So here we are.

As far as supplies go, it kind of depends on how many you plan to make 
as to where you should buy them.
If you're just making a few, buy in small quantities at the craft store.  
I saw these exact same bottle caps at Hobby Lobby in a 6-pack for about $4.99.
If you're making lots of them, then for sure buy online in bulk.

The basic must-haves:
Bottle caps (with the flat 1" surface in the center)
Get them with the hole already punched in them and the split rings already attached!!!
Epoxy dome stickers (mine came with my bottle caps)
Aluminum 18" (or longer!) ball chain necklaces
1" Round printable printed on regular paper
Modge Podge
Small paint brush

The fun extras:
Jewelry pins to string beads on
Special little jewelry ziplock bags to put them in

I got my bottle caps, dome stickers, ball chains and bags on eBay for cheap in bulks of 100!
My Come Unto Christ PRINTABLES I got on Etsy.  
I searched and searched printables.  This is my absolute favorite!
You can literally find any printable on Etsy.
The rest I got at Hobby Lobby.
I just used beads I had leftover from previous projects.
It's always nice to use up some of your stash!

First, print out your printable and cut out with your 1" punch.
Have everything laid out and ready to go before you start gluing.
Modge Podge dries fast!

'Paint' just the flat surface with Modge Podge.

Nov 25, 2013

Fresh Pumpkin Puree Made With Your Microwave!

Thanks to my really good friend Suzi, I've been inspired to cook and freeze my pumpkins instead of pitching them in the trash, like I usually do.

I've cooked them a couple of times before, but it's been many many years
Suzi has a way of doing it that I've never heard of before.
She cooks 'em in the microwave, instead of hassling with a big pot of boiling water.
I hate big pots of boiling water!

I had 6 of these darling little pumpkins
(that I got for free from my HOA after their pumpkin patch event).

Break the stems off (save the stems for another great project I'll show you later).
Cut the pumpkins in half.

Scoop out and save those beautiful, delicious seeds to roast.

Soak 'em in water.
This will make 'destringing' them much easier later.

You can't tell, but this bowl is also full of water.
Can you believe how many seeds I was able to get out of those pumpkins?
*happy dance*

Up until now, this is how I've always seen it done.

But here comes the 'new' part...... 

Oct 20, 2013

Young Women's Values Pinterest Bulletin Board

We were inspired by the Young Women's Pinlight board 
that we found on Pinterest and 
which was designed by Burlap and Denim.

We created the following bulletin board in our Young Women's room with Burlap and Denim's pdf files, but organized the pictures to be grouped with the values and renamed them Value Pins.

I love how it turned out!

Oct 6, 2013


If you know me at all you know that I basically worship the crafting skills of two women.

Rachele Funk, who's a great friend of mine, lives nearby, and I'm lucky enough to get to do stuff with her all the time.


Margie Romney-Aslett.

I barely met her in person once back in the spring at the SNAP Handmade Market.
Margie, {me}, Becki of WhippyCake and Jamie...all amazing women!
I've been following Margie on Instagram (justagirl) for a couple of years now.
She creates her own paper lines.
She does the funnest, most creative SPARK classes online.
Plus she does a million other things.

Her constant flow of creativity blows my doors!

So when I heard that she was coming to Arizona and doing a couple of classes at Scrapbooks, Etc in Mesa, I SIGNED UP IMMEDIATELY.  
Do I dare even admit that I didn't even care what she was teaching?
There were no pictures posted yet of what we'd be making.
I didn't care.
Margie was going to be there......
that's all that mattered.

Yep, I'm a stalker.

By the way, all you 'friends' who never told me before about Scrapbooks, Etc are FIRED!
Especially any of you west-siders, cuz I'll just assume that all you east-siders take it for granted.

Anyway, not only are the projects S.U.P.E.R. C.U.T.E.-E.R.-I.F.F.I.C.,
but Margie is even way more fun in person!
LOVE her creative genius!

Oh, right, so you wanna see the projects?

Wrap your head around this, folks....

I used a sewing machine.

I know.

I sent this pic to my daughter Shelby and friend Kathy cuz they ARE sewers and I just wanted to blow them away.
This may be the first time I've photographed me sewing,
however, I'm not actually IN the photo
so I guess it can't technically be used as proof.
But just know, it was ME using that there machine!

Look what I made!
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