Dollar Tree Easter Table Center Piece

 

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This is an easy Easter table centerpiece idea using Dollartree.com for supplies. Take a look and see the finished product today. Do you enjoy crafts, but not sure how to start or where to get your supplies? Dollartree.com may have the solution you’re looking for. At Dollartree.com they sell bulk items ($1 per unit and up) for crafting and other projects. Check out http://Dollartree.com today!

This is an easy Easter center piece that anyone can do (even those who are craft challenged). I got the supplies from Dollar Tree to complete this project and it only takes a few minutes to make this cute center piece.

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What you need:

Easter grass

Plastic eggs

Easter Buckets

Easter flowers

How to assemble:

  1. Place Easter grass into each bucket(about half full).

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3. Place plastic eggs in the front of the bucket.

When you’re finished it will look something like this:

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Just place this on the table for Easter Dinner or lunch  to add a festive Easter look.

I also got some Easter plush animals with my order because my granddaughter was just born. She is too little to remember this Easter but I still wanted her to have a basket this year. So I used some of the items I got from Dollar Tree to make a basket for her and my daughter’s friends 2 littles. For little one’s that are old enough you can add something in the eggs and add other stuff to make it more of an Easter basket. This is how the baskets turned out:

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I’m telling you, these are so easy to do! So get on over to Dollartree.com to get your supplies for Easter!

Have a great day!

Renee

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Peanut butter Fudge

This recipe for peanut butter fudge is so simple and it tastes amazing! It only takes about 10 min to make plus cooling and set time.

On the back of marshmallow cream is a recipe for chocolate fudge.  While I love chocolate fudge, I wanted something different this year so I substituted the chocolate for peanut butter. It was amazing!

Peanut Butter Fudge

3 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter

1 5 oz. can evaporated milk (NOT sweetened condensed)

1 1/2 cup peanut butter

1 7 oz. jar marshmallow cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. coat a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, evaporated milk, and sugar. Cook until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil 5 minutes and then remove from heat.
  3. Stir in peanut butter, marshmallow cream, and vanilla until mixed through. Pour into baking dish and spread eavenly. Cool and refigerate until firm.
  4. Cut into 1 inch squares and store in an airtight container.

When the sugar, butter, and evaporated milk have boiled for about 5 minutes, it should look like this:

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After the fudge cools it will look like this:

Peanut Butter Fudge

Makers Kit Subscription Box

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I have been getting the Makers Kit subscription box for several months now and I love it. They send you a box every month with 2 – 3 DIY kits inside. This month there were 3 which included the Eucalyptus Sand Art Vase (pictured below), Magnet light switch, and Glass Pebble Tic-Tac-Toe. Plus for fun they threw in throwback treats which included pixie sticks for starters. I have always enjoyed do-it-yourself projects, but I hate having to go out and get everything I need. This makes that a non-issue because they send it to your door every month.

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The picture above shows the completed project. I love how this one went together. The next 2 pictures show what came with the project. They send you everything you need to complete the project so there is no having to run out to the store because you forgot something.

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This particular kit came with 2 different colors sand: beige and black, dried eucalyptus, twigs, moss,  and dried flowers, and the glass vase to put them into. You layer the sand in a way that looks good to you. Then you place the moss on top of the sand. Then add the twigs and other decorations to the glass vase. It’s so easy and having everything you need is a plus too.

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As I said earlier, I have gotten this subscription box for a few months now and they have sent some great kits so far. Last month they sent a kit to make an oil diffuser. They have also sent bath bombs and a kit to make a body oil. This kits are awesome! I think this is one box that I will continue to get for a long time because I love everything they have sent so far.

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If you would like to try out this subscription box you can go to Makers Kit  to get yours. If you do get one, let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you.

Have a great day!

Renee

Breaking Down Pumpkins to use for Cooking and Baking

This is probably my most favorite time of year! One reason for this is breaking down pumpkins to use for cooking and baking. I love baking! I picked up a couple pumpkins at the store the other day so that I could roast them and break them down to use in pies, breads, and muffins.

This process is really simple, it just takes time.

You have to roast the pumpkins first to be able to get the flesh out that you will then process down for baking and cooking. So this is what I started with:

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I roasted the pumpkins the night before and scrapped out the flesh. I put it in ziploc bags to let it cool plus I wasn’t going to start processing it until the next day.  This process is simple, but it takes time. I had 4 ziploc bags of pumpkin meat to get through and it took me about 4 hours to do it all and package it for use later.Breaking down Pumpkins to use in Cooking and Baking http://homeandlovingit.com

So, the next morning, I pulled out the trusty processor to get busy making pumpkin puree. To get started, you place the pumpkin meat into the processor with a blade fitting.

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Before starting your set up should look about like this:

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Then you’ll run the processor until the pumpkin looks like a puree (pictured below). This takes me about 10-15 minutes or so per batch. You will want to stop it every few minutes and use a spatula to push the chunks of pumpkin down and scrape the sides of the bowl. The start it again until it looks like what is pictured below.

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Because pumpkin is pretty wet, I place the puree in a strainer and let it drain for about 5 minutes. The juice from the pumpkin can be used in soups or in other dishes as well so you can save it or if you have chickens, they will absolutely love this as a treat. In the summer you can freeze it into cubes to place out for them.

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From the 2 pumpkins that I did, I got about a cup of juice which I gave to my chickens and they LOVED it.

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After pureeing and straining, I place my pumpkin puree into Quart size ziploc bags with the date put on them (pictured below). And then the fun starts. You can make pumpkin bread or muffins and many, many other things with the pumpkin puree.

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I put about 4 cups of pumpkin puree into each quart size bag as this is usually about the amount I use for each time baking. After the puree is placed in the bags, you can freeze it for a pretty long time (roughly about a year) or use it right away from the refrigerator.

Have a great day!

Renee

DIY Spider Webs

On a recent trip to the dollar store, I managed to pick up a few things really cheap to make these DIY Spider Webs for decoration in the yard for Halloween this year. Anyone who knows me, knows that this is my favorite time of year. Not just Halloween, but Thanksgiving and Christmas too. This is just the best time of year.

Anyway, back to the point of this post. While I was at the dollar store I came across some “Creepy Cloth” and the spider rings that are always out this time of year.  I grabbed 2 of the Creepy Cloth and a box of spider rings: Total $3.00!

DIY spider-webs

Now the spider rings don’t come with an opening in the ring any more (they used to years ago). So I just pulled out a pair of scissors and cut the rings. It was really easy to cut through them. When you open up the Creepy Cloth, it kinda looks like spider web so we attached the spiders to the creepy cloth and this is what we came up with.

DIY spider-webs

The white one obviously looks better than the black one, but at night the black one is better because you can’t see it so it’s more like a spider web when you go under it.

I’m pleased with how well they turned and for only $3 you can’t beat it.

Have a great day!

Renee

 

Chicken Chimis

These chicken chimis are so easy to make, but they do take a little bit of time depending on the chicken you get to make them with. My family loves these chimis and wishes that I would make them more often…lol. Because they are fried, I tend to only make them a few times a year.

Chicken Chimis

 

The hardest part of this recipe is shredding the chicken. There are several ways you can go about this. I usually buy a whole chicken and boil it until the meat practically falls off the bones (about 1 hour). You could also purchase boneless skinless chicken and boil it. After the chicken cools, you would shred it down into small pieces.

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Once the chicken is shredded, place it in a skillet or large pot and mix with salsa (whatever kind you prefer, we usually use pace). I’ve never actually measured how much salsa I use. Just make sure that there is enough in there to coat the chicken well. Then you would roll them into burritos as pictured below.

Chicken Chimis

Place your pan over flame and pour in about 1/2 cup of oil. Then you just place the burritos into the hot oil and let them fry until a light golden brown. I usually serve this with beans and rice. You could also add sour cream and/or guacamole on the top or the sides.

Chicken Chimis

Chicken Chimis

Chicken either 1 whole or boneless skinless pieces

Salsa

Shredded Cheese ( I usually use cheddar but any type will work)

Flour Tortillas

oil for frying

  1. Boil chicken for around an hour or until your desired doneness. Let cool.
  2. Shred chicken.
  3. Heat chicken with salsa.
  4. Place frying pan on flame and add oil to heat it.
  5. Roll chicken and cheese into burritos.
  6. Place in oil and fry until lightly golden brown.
  7. Serve with refried beans and/or rice.

As I said. These take a bit of time to make but so worth it. If you try this, let me know how you like them.

Have a great day!

Renee

House Cleaning Checklist

House Cleaning Checklist
House Cleaning Checklist

Who doesn’t love a clean house? It has taken me quite a while to figure out how to get everything done in the day that I need to. I have, however, finally come up with this checklist that works for the whole month. I just check off under the date once I complete a task.

One sheet will be used for the entire month, so not only will have a clean house, but your will be saving paper in the long run too.

How do you get this House Cleaning Checklist for free do you ask? Just sign up for my newsletter and I will send it to you once you confirm your subscription. I hope this list is a helpful for you as it has been for me.

Have a great day!

Renee

P.S. To make it even easier for you I have added the opt-in form below.

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Blessings Jar

Mason jars are great for everything! I know this is the time of year that we all begin to think about what we are thankful for and what we are blessed for. I am no different. So what I wanted to do was make a jar so that during the coming year any time something happens that is good, I or my family can write it down. On New Year’s eve next year we can sit down and go through all the good memories and remember what we had to be blessed for over the entire year. So if you would like to make one as well this is how:

Supplies:

1 mason jar

Scissors

cardboard

Spray Paint (or other decorations for the mason jar)

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  1. Using the cardboard, cut out a circle that will fit into the ring of the mason jar.

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2. Decide how you want to decorate the jar. I cut out a heart shape to tape to the jar before painting. You could use tape to make different designs or other shapes or symbols. Whatever you want to do with the jar is perfect.

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3. Paint the jar. This is the fun part!

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With the spray paint it only took about 15 min to dry which makes this a quick easy project to put together.

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Now I have my jar to add precious memories to for the year! If you decide to do this, I would love to see how yours turned out. This is in response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

Have a great day!

Renee

 

Garlic Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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These are a family favorite! The great thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to make.

  1. cut potatoes into quarters.

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2. Boil for about 45 minutes or so (until you can pierce with a fork easily).

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3. Drain.

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4. Add a little bit of milk and minced garlic. With fork, masher, or hand mixer mash potatoes to desired consistency (my family likes them a little lumpy).

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5. Serve with butter, sour cream, and any other toppings you like on your mashed potatoes.

 

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Let me know what you think.

Have a great day!

Renee

Planting Time!

I’m so excited that it is starting to get warmer. This means that I can start my planting. I have always had a black thumb. I mean seriously, the plants at the nursery generally all wilt when I walk in the door! I have been working on trying to change this and so far I have some luck with lettuce and strawberries. Here is my lettuce now:

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In the pot next to this is the strawberry plant. These both made it through the hard freeze we had a couple months ago. So, I am hoping the curse of the black thumb is getting better. I usually purchase my seeds through Burpee because they have such a good organic selection (And I get cash back through Ebates). Last week I planted:

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I can’t wait to see how they do. My grandfather has given several good pointers that I hope will help with this. I would so love to have fresh veggies and spices rather than those bought at the store. Also we plan to do this with no chemicals. Have you heard the scary things the chemicals can do? It’s crazy that we actually eat this stuff!

As you can see we started these in pots. I did this because we are actually starting these a bit early. Most should not be planted until April or May. I put them in pots so that if we do have really cold nights still I can bring them into the house.

So far, that has not been the case. They have been outside since I planted them. I will post update over the next few months on how they are doing and if my black thumb may actually be turning green. Hopefully, (fingers are crossed) they do well and we will have fresh veggies and herbs to go with the fresh eggs we get from the chickens. Please if you are the praying type, pray for my garden. Thankfully you can’t get arrested for cruelty to plants yet. Cause I tell you what, that is where I would be for all the poor plants that I have killed in the past.

Have a great Day!

Renee

Teriyaki Chicken

This recipe came from Simplified Pantry. The creator, Mystie, has come up with a unique way to ensure good food for your family every day. The best part about the whole thing is that it is very simple to do and inexpensive to boot. Please go check her out with the link above. The books do cost some but, in my humble opinion, are completely worth it.

Teriyaki Chicken

4 -6 Chicken pieces (whatever you prefer, I used breast pieces for this recipe)

1/2 c. soy sauce

1/2 c. brown sugar

Dash or two of ginger

2 T. Sesame Oil

2 T. Cornstarch

  1. Place frozen chicken pieces into the crock pot.

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2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, ginger, oil, brown sugar, Sesame Oil, and cornstarch.

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3. Pour over chicken.

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4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5 hours.

This recipe was amazing! The chicken was so tender it fell apart.

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That’s it! So easy and so good.

Have a great day!

Renee

Make over your Morning Day 14

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Day 14: You made it to the finish line!

Today’s lesson was just a reminder to continue working on and tweaking when needed your goals, your evening routine, and your morning routine to ensure that you are doing what is right for you, now, where you are today. To also continue to re-evaluate when you need to in order to ensure that your routine is working for you. I will continue to keep you updated on how this is working for me. And if anyone went through this with me I would love to hear how things are going for you as well.

Have a great Day!

Renee

Make over your Morning Day 13

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Day 13: What to do when you fail (Because we all do!)

Failure is nothing but evidence that you’re trying” Crystal Paine Money Saving Mom

Step 1: Does your morning routine need to be tweaked?

No. Not at this stage.

Step 2: This is not the time to scrap the plan completely (unless it’s simply not working).

Step 3:Mark a time on your calendar in 3 weeks to review your routine.

Set for Feb. 8 which is actually 3 weeks and 2 days.

Have a great Day!

Renee

Make over your Morning Day 12

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Day 12: Building Endurance and strength + Eliminating Decision Fatigue

Step 1: What daily decisions stress you out?

  1. Meal planning
  2. Chores

Step 2: Make a time to create a system to make these easiwer.

On the calendar for Saturday morning.

Step 3: Set a goal for how many days you will stick to your morning routine.

I will re-evaluate on Feb 8.

Have a great day!

Renee

Make over your Morning Day 11

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Day 11: Don’t neglect Diet and Exercise

Step 1: Come up with a few breakfast ideas to prepare ahead of time for easy prep in the morning. Because this is the most important meal of the day!

  1. muffins
  2. eggs
  3. oatmeal

Step 2: Think of two ways you can incorporate more physical activity into your day.

I had a bit of trouble with this one as my days are pretty full already. However,

  1. Park farther away at the store for more walking
  2. Get up 30 minutes earlier and go for a walk.

What do you think about these goals for actually eating breakfast (which I don’t normally do) and adding physical activity to my day?

Have a great day!

Renee

 

 

Make over your Morning Day 10

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Day 10 in the Make over your Morning course is about crushing the mindset of “I can’t do it.”

Step 1: What lies do you tell yourself over and over again?

We will never get out of debt.

Step 2: Are there any lies that need to be replaced with truth?

Yes.

Step 3: Jot down 1-2 bad habits or negative thoughts that you want to replace with good habits.

Old: We will never get out of debt.

New: Making monthy payments will get us out of debt.

Old: I need to stop playing facebook games.

New: Working my morning routine will get me out of this habit.

Have a great day!

Renee

Make of your Morning Day 9

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Day 9 of the Make over your Morning course is about creating the morning routine.

Step 1: List 8-10 things to include in your “ideal” morning routine.

  1. Excercise
  2. Blog
  3. devotion
  4. Gratitude journal
  5. School
  6. Shower
  7. Dress
  8. Coffee
  9. Dad

Step 2: Trim down to the most important 3 -5.

  1. Devotion
  2. Gratitude Journal
  3. Excercise
  4. Blog
  5. School

Step 3: Ensure you have included at least 1 soul-filling component. If not, add that in

I have done this

Step 4: Include 10 -15 minutes to work on goals from days 5 and 6.

I have also done this by including my Blog and School.

Step 5: Post for accountability.

  1. Devotion
  2. Gratitude Journal
  3. Excercise
  4. Blog
  5. School

I will work through this schedule for a few weeks to make sure it will work for me. If not I will re-evaluate what I need to change. I plan on giving it 4 weeks to see if it will work. I will re-evaluate on February 8th.

Make over your Morning Day 8

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Day 8 of the Make over your Morning course is about creating your to-do list for the day ahead.

Step 1: Decide how you are going to make your to-do list

I have chosen a daily to-do list printable that I will use to make out my to-do list.

Step 2: Decide when you will make your to-do list.

I have decided I will make out my to-do list at night before I go to bed. In other words, this will become part of my bedtime routine.

Step 3: Begin creating a “master list” of items that you want to do but haven’t done yet

1.Kitchen Cabinets

2. Crochet

3. reading

4. Shed

5. Clean out the jeep

6. Clean out the Kia

7. Organize my closet

8. Organize bathrooms

That’s it for today

Have a great day!

Renee

 

Make over your Morning Day 7

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Day 7 in the Make over your Morning course is about accountability. I have chosen you to be my accountability partner so once I finish the course and have my morning routine in place I will write a post about it to outline my morning routine and will occasionally post updates on how I am doing with it.

I will also make sure to tell my hubby about my goals and my morning routine so that I have more than one accountability partner.

Have a great Day!

Renee

Make over your Morning Day 6

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Day 6 is about setting goals.

Step 1: Review your goals in each of your areas of responsibility and make changes if needed.

Step 2: Take one area of respnisibility and come up with 1-2 actionable goals.

  1. Finances:
    1. Put 10% (400) a month toward debt
    2. Use resource book to monetize blog by June 1.
  2. School:
    1. Work 2-3 hrs a day toward finishing

Step 3: Write out your goals in actionalble steps.

  1. See above

Step 4: Create a method

This is where you would write out your goals and place them somewhere prominent so you can see them often.

Step5: Visit these goals regularly so that you can tweek or adjust them. And to see how your doing