Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Etsy Shop is Slowly Reopening! AND A GIVEAWAY! :)

I've been MIA in Etsy & my blog since we moved.  This is largely due to the fact that we don't have the super-fast, unlimited internet that we had in the Residence Hall on campus.  This is also partly due to the fact that I work "normal part-time" hours now (unlike when I was on campus, when I worked nights...so I had all day to craft! :) )  But, I'm determined to make time to craft! :) I have all morning and weekends, so why not, right?? Therefore, I'm slowly re-opening my Etsy shop!

I've got two things listed right now, and I plan on adding more things soon!

Once again, I have Passport Covers.  They'll be made-to-order because I sold out of the pre-made ones I had at the house. (They were a hit! :) )Here's a link! http://www.etsy.com/listing/69389144/handmade-passport-cover-with-elastic-and



I'm also listing something new: Digital Cards for you to print for announcements, holidays, weddings, moving, or just whatever floats your boat! :) If you've seen my Graduation Annoucements or Christmas Card from this year, that's the type of thing I'm talking about.  Here's a link to those! http://www.etsy.com/listing/89231128/custom-announcement-for-graduation



Let me know what you think!! Give me some feedback in the comments section, and I'll pick one person to recieve their choice of either a passport cover or a card design! For a second chance at winning, mention this giveaway on twitter ( @wendyamarie ) with a link to this blog post! :)

I'll draw a name on January 7...and keep your eyes peeled, because even if you don't win the Giveaway, I'll be posting a coupon code to my etsy the day I annouce the winner! :)

Hope you all have a great day! :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

This is a little belated, but Merry Christmas!!! Hope you all had a great Christmas!





Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Best Baked "Fried" Chicken Ever!

Adam saw a recipe for Corn Flake Chicken on the box of Corn Flakes at my parents house, an he's been craving it ever since. The boxes at my grocery store didn't have the recipe printed on the side, so I googled it and found the recipe on Kellogg's website (http://www2.kelloggs.com/RecipeDetail.aspx?id=1058). Of course, we made changes...
I made some delicious bake ranch chicken a few weeks ago, so we sort of mixed the two recipes into one.

Here's the final (healthier!!) recipe!

• Chicken (I had 2 chicken thighs, so roughly a pound of chicken...since I was I only cooking for two people.
• 1 1/2 cup corn flakes
• 1 egg (I recently heard that flax seed and water can be an egg sub..let me know if you know anything about that because that would make this even healthier!)
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1/2 cup white wheat flour
• pinch of salt, pinch of pepper
• 1 1/2 tbs Ranch dressing powder (the kind that comes in a packet. I bought a big bottle of it at Sam's and I'm so glad I did!)
• olive oil (about 2tbs)
**Preheat oven to 350* **

1.Crush the corn flake in a flat dish and set aside
2. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients (minus the chicken and olive oil).
3. Remove any skin from the chicken, coat in the egg mixture, the coat in the corn flakes. Place in an aluminum foil-lined pan.
4. Drizzle olive oil around the chicken (and a smidgen on top).
5. Bake for 35 minutes at 350*.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Easy Peasy S'mores Cupcake!

On a plate, layer the following....

1.Graham cracker
2.Un iced chocolate cupcake with the wrapper off
3.Chocolate fudge (I had some Ghiradelli peppermint chocolate fudge in the fridge...perfect)
4.marshmallows! Minis would probably be easier to stack, but I just had regular sized ones, so I only needed one.

Put in the microwave and microwave at 5 second intervals for 20 seconds. If you do all 20 seconds at once, you might be cleaning out your microwave later...

Eat with a fork!!! Or, if you're going to embrace the stickiness, just eat it! :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

What I Wore...Monday?

I found a new site I like....Polyvore.

I thought you could just look at outfit ideas there. No. You can design them too!

Here is one I was playing with based on what I wore today...
The only thing that is EXACTLY what I wore are the boots from Target and the shirt from Old Navy.
My scarf is a different design, but this one was pretty too!  And I paid $14 for my Silver brand jeans at TJMaxx last December...and my jacket is actually from Wal-Mart ($30..with a hood too!).  The nail polish I'm wearing is Ulta brand, and the ring I'm wearing is a Zales ring my parents got me for graduation.

Anywho, what do you think? Have you played around designing clothes on Polyvore?

http://www.polyvore.com/12_11/set?id=40403583
12/5/11




Old Navy fitted tee
$15 - oldnavy.gap.com

Silver Jeans straight jeans
$70 - buckle.com

Boots
target.com

Tahitian pearl ring
$28 - fantasyjewelrybox.com

Leopard print shawl
£45 - fashion-conscience.com

Revlon Nail Enamel : Target
$3.74 - target.com

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pinterest

If you're not on Pinterest...you should be, and if you need an invite, just let me know! :)

If you're on Pinterest...check out my pinboards!! http://pinterest.com/wendyamarie/

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Spaghetti Squash

Raise your hand if you've made this before!! I've heard of it a lot, and never remembered to actually buy the squash while I was at the store....well that changed today! :)  I made this (and sauce to go with it), and it's PERFECT without sauce! So...I'll be saving that for another day! :)

The recipe I found was from Emeril Lagasse, figured I couldn't go wrong there! :) (The link is embedded in the picture below if you want to open it in a new window! :) )


And....to help you out, I've included pictures because I had NO IDEA what this was supposed to look like while I was cooking it!! :)


Spaghetti Squash, ready to be cut! :)
Cut lengthwise! (Looks like a pumpkin inside!) 
Placed facedown in a baking dish.
(I put about 2 cups of water in the dish and it was perfect).


After baking facedown, flipping, baking some more, and taking out to cool, scoop out the seeds just like you would a pumpkin or a butternut squash.  This is what it looks like when you use the fork to pull the "spaghetti" away from the skin of the squash.
Saute in the pan for a little bit...yummm
SO GOOD!! Doesn't even need sauce!!
This tastes like the noodles that comes with some of the dishes at Olive Garden. :)

Hope you love it!! Let me know if you have any other recipes using spaghetti squash! This wasn't cheaper than spaghetti noodles, and wasn't quicker....but oh so good, and worth the extra 50cents-$1 and time! :) If you're curious about the nutritional content of spaghetti squash (without the butter and seasoning added), here's a link with everything you'd ever wonder! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy ...Dateiversary(???) to us!

Eight years ago today I went to the Shades Valley High School Band Banquet with a cute trumpet player and by the end of the night, I had myself a boyfriend! :) Both of our hair has gotten shorter...we've gotten taller...and Adam doesn't have those strawberry blonde curls anymore hehe! I saw two shooting stars that night! One while we were dancing on the porch of the Country Club, right after he asked me to officially be his girlfriend (this was before Facebook was even official haha)...and the second in the car on the way back to my house! He had already met my family, but that was the day I officially met his family! I met his sister on the lunchroom one day, and I had met his mom a year earlier at tenth grade registration, but I didn't know who her or her kids were!

Needless to say, I'm quite glad he invited me to go to Band Banquet that night!! It's been a good 8 years with my bestest friend!! :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pumpkin Muffins!!

I've been meaning to make this for days...and finally remembered to!! :) They're cooking in the oven right now, and they already smell great!! The original recipe is from a book my in-laws gave me for my birthday: 1 Mix, 100 Muffins. My friend Callie and I changed up the recipe a little to make it healthier....here's our version!!

• 2 cups white whole wheat flour (by the way, I was very happy when I saw that this was the same price as regular white flour!!)
• 1 tbsp baking powder
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (see below for how to make your own)
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup milk
• 1/3 cup applesauce with cinnamon
• 15oz can of pumpkin purée

Mix everything (I'm never picky about mixing wet ingredients separate from dry....oops!) and pour into cute muffin wrappers in a muffin tin. Pour any extra into a sprayed loaf pan for a little loaf of bread. Bake at 400* for about 18-20 minutes! Cool slightly and drizzle a yummy glaze of powdered sugar, water, and cinnamon over the top!

Pumpkin Pie Spice...
1 part cinnamon, 1 part nutmeg, 1 part allspice ( we did 1 tsp of each and saved the extra in a spare spice jar for future recipes)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Real Air Force House Wife Of....

My sister-in-law started a blog this week!!!! If you've been trying to read my blog the last few months, you've probably noticed I've been MIA....due to the fact that I've moved, started a new job, and been out of town at least half of the weekends that we've been in this house (which is so far on the edge of the city limits, I cant get Internet except on my phone haha) Anywho, with my sister-in-law getting her blog started, it has encouraged me to pick mine back up! Yay! As you've noticed, I've posted some new recipes, and there are more to come!! Go check out Julia's blog...it will soon be full of lots of goodies...including good cooking I'm sure!! (I'm sure because I tried a recipe she sent the other day and it was yummy!!) Oh, and she's quiet crafty and loves to sew as well!! Go say hi and let her know I sent you! :)

http://therealairforcehousewifeof.blogspot.com/

Batch "Cooking" and Honey Garlic Chicken!

I've been on pinterest lately....a lot haha! One thing I came across that really caught my eye was batch cooking (particularly for the crockpot). The idea is that you prepare and freeze several meals in one day so that when you have a busy day, you can start it off by plopping a bag full of ingredients in the crockpot and forget about it. As Adam and I taste test them, I'll write them up here with any helpful suggestions for the recipe!

Honey Garlic Chicken

Modified from thekrazycouponlady.com/2011/09/07/crock-pot-freezer-meals-im-sharing-my-recipes

• About one pound chicken breasts
• 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
• 1 teaspoon dried basil
• 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
• 1/2 cup ketchup
• 1/3 cup honey

Add all of the ingredients to a gallon size freezer bag (depending on the size of the chicken, a quart size bag could work). Cook in the crock pot either on high for 3-4 hours or on low 6-8 hours.

This was really good! We cooked it longer than we wanted to...all the way to the 8 hour mark, and the chicken wasn't dry at all! I might knock down the soy sauce amount next time just to make it a little sweeter.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Breakfast smoothie to start your day!

8 oz almond milk
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 tbs honey

Blend, and enjoy! You could also add in 2 tbs flaxseed, but I forgot! :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Nova

We adopted a cutie from the Lee County Humane Society this week! Nova is a 2 and a half month old tabby kitten who looooves to run across the living room and slide into the kitchen, and she loves to crawl on your neck or arm to takes nap. She's about the size of my size 9.5/10 foot right now, but she thinks she's a lot bigger! She's going to be a primarily outdoor cat, but she hasn't been to the doctor yet, so we don't want to leave her outside by herself quite yet! Until she's a little bigger, she's taken over my bathroom haha!

Oh, and the story on her name...we picked Nova because it's an Auburn name. :) One of the eagles that is trained to fly before the football games is named Nova. (In fact, I think they just started letting Nova fly more often in the place of Spirit VI? I could be wrong haha!) Anywho, there have been several eagles named Spirit (I, II, III, IV, V, and VI) so when my sister adopted her cat a few years ago, she named it....Sparkey :). We make fun of her because she got Spirit and Sparkey mixed up, but Sparkey is the perfect name for that cat!! :)

The picture of Nova curled up on me in my red shirt is her as I type haha! She's quite content and is going to be heartbroken when I make her get up so I can get ready for the day! :) The pictures automatically cropped funny from the Blogger app I'm using, but if you click on the pictures, a slide show should open up so you can see them full size. :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hello!! :)

I still haven't ruled out the fabric sale! I juat have to finish rounding up the fabric! I'm going to start by selling on my blog...something like first to comment gets it, then I'll move to selling what's left on ebay, then sell what's left on etsy! The prices will be $1-$2 a yard plus shipping. I'll box everything in flat rate boxes so hopefully shipping won't be too bad!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I might be having a fabric sale...

Moving makes you realize you have a LOT of stuff! I have lots of fabric.......lots and lots of fabric. it would take me YEARS to use it all... So I think I'm going to work on listing some of it on etsy for $1-$2 a yard. I got most of it for a really good price and a some has even just been given to me! I just don't have the space to store all of it and realistically I know I probably will never use it all! :) So... in the next week or so, keep an eyebout for some super low-priced fabric. I'll combine shipping if anyone buys multiple cuts and put as much as I can in flat rate boxes, but I'll figure put the details of that when I start listing them! :) Hope you're all having a great week!! :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Plans, and lack thereof...




This made me and Adam giggle today! :)
It's pretty much describes what we're doing right now! My plan A, and plan B, and possibly other plans didn't  work as I planned, but that's alright! What's going on now works!  We're just constantly reminding ourselves that God's in charge of plans, not us. :)

Here's the short story.  I graduated with my Master's in May and planned on staying here for my PhD.  That could have worked, but it wasn't God's plan right now.  Then I planned on continuing working as a student employee by taking one class a semester as a non-degree seeking student.  That didn't work (who knew one class a semester as a non-degree student could cost as much as a full-time undergrad's semester? But with no opportunity for financial aid haha). So I waited to hear back about possibly working as a student employee without being a student.  During that time of waiting, I slowly started to see how God was trying to show me that I was just supposed to move on, and let Him show me where to go next.  

That would be a big move.  That meant looking for a new place to live and a new job (since the two went hand-in-hand before).  Friday night, I finally stopped trying to justify why I shouldn't change my plans, and decided I was going to do my best not to worry about what was going to happen.  Within the hour, Adam and I were offered a place to stay until we knew where we were supposed to go next. Awesome right?




That said, we'll see what happens next! :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mandipidy’s Baby Shower! :)

If you don’t follow Mandipidy, you should. :) She has got some cute craft DIY’s, some precious prints for sale (I’ve got one coming in the mail!! Yay!!!!), and some AWESOME devotionals on Sunday.  In addition to that, she’s got a baby on the way! Her little girl, Abigail, is due VERRRRY SOON and some of her readers are contributing to a bloggy baby shower! (What a good idea, right?)  I’ve been thinking all day about what little girls need (besides the obvious diapers, tiny little nail clippers, warm blankets, and cute little socks…) and I’ve decided all little girls need a little dress!! :) Right now, I’m in the process of moving, so my sewing machine and supplies are packed up, but once they’re unpacked, I’ll going to make something very cute for little Abigail…this is my inspiration! :) It may not come out exactly like this, but it’s the idea I have in my head! :)

Congratulations Mandy & David!! :) Can’t wait to “meet” Abigail! :)

baby-dress

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wise words from a 14 year old Wendy


#9 Courage is...
February 16, 2001
Courage is trusting in God that he has a plan for you, and knowing that you have nothing to worry about. Courage is knowing that God is in control all the time. Courage is not just being brave through trials and tribulations, but giving my trials to God, and letting Him handle it all.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

I found a yummy recipe for Cinnamon Bread online I HAD to try out.  It’s so easy…and it starts to smell yummy when you mix the first three ingredients (before the oven is even preheated!! haha!)

I thought about taking the recipe I use for white bread and just spreading a cinnamon mixture on top, rolling it up, and baking it, but when I came across the recipe at Recipe Girl, it sounded so much better (it involves butter hehe!)

Here’s a link to her recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread. She includes pictures of step-by-step instructions, as well as a printable version of her recipe.  If you’ve never made bread with yeast, this is a good one to start with! :)

…And here is (what’s left of) the result! I sent some back with my sister-in-law, then Adam found what was staying here, and we both sampled a few slices haha!downsized_0722010753

I think next time I want to sprinkle a little extra cinnamon-sugar-brownsugar mixture on top of the loaf before I bake it.  As is, it’s got the perfect hint of cinnamon (with cinnamon in the batter itself) and wonderful bursts of cinnamon when you get to a swirl.

I also want to try to roll out the dough thinner before spreading the  cinnamon mixture on top, so that I will have more swirls! :)

If you have a good bread recipe of any kind, let me know!  I’ve got quite a few yummy ones floating around my blog if you want to try one out yourself!

White Sandwich Bread (yeast)

Spiced Honey Pear Bread (no yeast)

Breakfast Bread (no yeast)

Mango Bread (no yeast)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I’ve been Featured!

So, I’ve been in hiding super busy the last two months or so!  But I wanted to fill you all in on something pretty nifty!

I was featured at pocketchange.become.com in their “Best of the Web: Be@Home” blog. :) Go here to see it! ( http://pocketchange.become.com/2011/07/best-of-the-web-be-home-30.html ) They chose the inspiration board I made for Julia’s Bridesmaids’ Weekend as the feature image. :)

And, keep your eyes peeled for some more recipes coming up.  There is cinnamon bread rising on my counter as we speak….it smells wonderful and hasn’t even made it into the oven! :) :)

Be At Home Interior Design Blog

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Blueberry Muffins with a hint of Strawberry

I got a really cool cookbook from my in-laws for my birthday this year, 1 Mix 100 Muffins.  I have LOTS of blueberries from my Paw-Paw's old blueberry bushes, so I decided to make some muffins this morning!! :)

I used their recipe for blueberry muffins, but I made some tweaks (of course) that included swapping out some of the milk for strawberry yogurt.  I think the yogurt made the muffins a little more filling (less fluffy, and still so good!)  Here's my version!

  • 2 cups flour (I always use self-rising)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 400*. Whip together the eggs, yogurt, milk, oil, and vanilla extract.  Add in the flour, brown sugar.  After blended, add in the blueberries.  Spoon into 12 muffin cups (they will be full, but it's ok, they don't rise too terribly much).  Bake for 20-25 minutes (I baked mine for about 23 I believe) and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two more weddings and Two more engagements! :)

This has been a BUSY two weeks!!!  Here's a little summary....

  • SIL & Future BIL came to town
  • Took ^ Engagement pictures....soooo cute
  • Went to a wedding of family friends. (Adam grew up with her and I went to school with her)
  • Littlest sister came to town
  • TWO of my best friends got engaged
    • One of my best friends from high school is engaged to her high school sweetheart
    • One of my best friends from college is engaged to her college sweetheart (who I went to elementary school with)
    • Both of those couples ^ have cute "how we started dating" stories. :) :) :)
  • Went to a wedding of family friends. (I grew up with him, took dance lessons with her, and went to high school with both of them)
    • I wore the dress I made from a skirt!! Sooo cute and comfortable for an outdoor summer wedding!

Now I'm going to start reviewing for my ACSM Certified Personal Trainer test that I'm taking at the end of July!  Which reminds me, I need to update some workouts for my mom and my friend!

Monday, June 6, 2011

No-Sew Upcycled Luggage Tag

A little while back, I wrote a guest post for The Scrap Shoppe.  Just in case you missed it, this is what I shared with her readers! :)  Go have fun making some tags for all your summer luggage! :) :)
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Hi everyone! :)  My name is Wendy and I’m so excited to be visiting The Scrap Shoppe from my blog A and W.  I blog about crafts, cooking, sewing, and life in general as a firefighter’s wife working on finishing Grad school.



Today I’m sharing with you how to make a simple luggage tag using pieces of scrapbook paper, a cardboard box, some bias tape, and contact paper.  Easy enough right? :)
Let’s get started! :)
1. Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper and one piece of cardboard the size you want your luggage tag to be.
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2. Glue one piece of paper on each side of the cardboard.
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3. Print a label (using a cute font like the font found at Kevin and Amanda’s website :) ) and glue it onto one side of the tag. (PS This font is “Pea Hannah Vanilla”)
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4. Cut two pieces of contact paper to go on each side of the tag
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5. Place the contact paper on each side of the tag and trim with about 1/4” around each side.
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6. Using hot glue or some other strong glue, adhere the bias tape around the edges of the tag.
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7. After going around all of the edges, leave a long length of bias tape on the end to make into the loop for the tag to go through.
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8. Glue the bias tape closed, leaving a small space right next to the tag for the end of the bias tape to go into.
9. Cut the end of the bias tape at an angle and tuck it in next to the tag.  Glue in place.
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10. You’re done! :)  If you want to secure it for airport travel, simply stitch a seam in the bias tape.  This is perfect to put on your beach bag before you head to the beach! :)
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Thanks so much for having me over today Michelle! I know you’re loving spending time with your new little one! :)