Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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
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
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?
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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! :) )
|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).
|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. :)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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
• 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
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
Thursday, October 20, 2011
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
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
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?
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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! :)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
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! :)
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
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! :) :)
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
- 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
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
- 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!
Monday, June 6, 2011
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.
2. Glue one piece of paper on each side of the cardboard.
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”)
4. Cut two pieces of contact paper to go on each side of the tag
5. Place the contact paper on each side of the tag and trim with about 1/4” around each side.
6. Using hot glue or some other strong glue, adhere the bias tape around the edges of the tag.
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.
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.
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! :)
Thanks so much for having me over today Michelle! I know you’re loving spending time with your new little one! :)