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Saturday, September 29, 2012

DIY Jewelry Organizer

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Hello world!
This week I was in the mood for a project.
This is what I was up to, what do you think??  
I'm pretty pleased with it, I especially love the colors!
I've seen this earring holder idea all over Pinterest,
(so I'm not sure who to give credit to for this awesome idea...)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

3 months until Christmas!

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I just wanted to take a moment to tell you all that Christmas is just a short 3 MONTHS AWAY!!!!
(I wonder how many people I just sent into panic mode...)
In honor of that statement I wanted to share a little Christmas craft with you.
A countdown to Christmas!  Yay!
My son and I made this last Christmas, but when we moved (just a short 2 1/2 weeks ago), it got thrown away.  It's ok though, luckily, this is a very cheap and easy craft to make, so we'll probably be making it again this year!
* Since we made this before I had my blog, I don't have a precise step-by-step tutorial, but again it's really easy, and you can just make it your own.
Supplies you'll need
construction paper
poster board
24 cotton balls
First, I typed up the poem and printed it onto the construction paper (yes, the construction paper will work in the printer), I then cut the poster board in half length-wise.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Failure: Cleaning cookie sheets

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The other day my son was playing at a friends house for a little while, I was kind of wandering around trying to figure out what project to start.  
While I was in my kitchen it donned on me, my old horrible-looking cookie sheets!
I had just found a 'trick' on Pinterest, it's supposed to clean off all that dark looking stuff and make them look all silver and shiny again.  All you need to do is grab some baking soda and  hydrogen peroxide, let it sit for a while, and it should wipe right off, NO scrubbing.  (That's the part that caught my eye!)
I am sad to say this is the first time something I've found on Pinterest has let me down :(
Here is what my cookie sheet looked like to start out with, not too pretty, I know...
 I did just what she did, I poured the baking soda on first,

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Magic Cookie Bars (Gluten Free)

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First of all, this will probably be my only post this week.  WE ARE MOVING ON FRIDAY!!  I figured we'll probably be busy with packing, saying good-byes, and lots of crying, so hang in there, I will come back as soon as I can!
First, a little history about my family and I.  
My mom is a Celiac.  
This means she has a severe allergy towards the gluten in wheat flour, rye, and barley.  She has had this allergy since she was in her early 20's.  In the last few years there have been a lot more cases of this allergy, which also means more knowledge about it has come out.  
I have been making this dessert for my family since I was about 8 or 9 years old.  We all love this dessert, but it's my mom's favorite by far.  I've made it for EVERY family get-together.  Sunday dinners, holidays, birthdays, you name it, it's there.
Last Sunday was our last Sunday dinner with my family, so I had to make it for them one more time.
When we left that night there were lots of tears.  I will miss both of our families very much, but I know this move will be good for us, and it will be a fun new adventure.  
Ok, on to the recipe!

This recipe makes 24 bars.
6 c. cereal (I normally use Frosted Flakes because they're already sweetened, but I've also used Corn Chex, Corn Flakes, whatever I've got on hand, and just added a little sugar)
* When you are choosing any cereal for the crust, if you do have a gluten allergy, please check the ingredients label first, just to make sure it doesn't have gluten in it!
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c. unsalted butter
Chocolate chips
sweetened shredded coconut 
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