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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hunger Games Shirts

so I know Hunger Games is old news by now, but I've been pretty lazy and keep forgetting to blog about the shirt I made for it. The hubby and I happen to be lucky to go opening weekend, but that meant I wanted a shirt.   Nothing better than making one myself and with some friends who are as crazy as me. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pizza Rolls

So here is another really quick and easy recipe for you that is sure to be a family favorite. I took the idea from here, but made a few changes due to what I had available in the refrigerator. 

Ingredients:
Crescent rolls
Pepperoni
Mozzarella cheese (I used string cheese =])
Italian Seasoning
Spaghetti Sauce

So you simply put pepperoni and cheese inside a crescent roll and then roll it up. After all of them were done I poured spaghetti sauce over them and sprinkled italian seasoning on them. I would recommend dipping it in Alfredo or spaghetti sauce afterwords. They were really good and took me like 10 minutes to prepare. Then I cooked them based on whatever directions were on the crescent rolls case. I think it was like 350 for 13-15 minutes.

Enjoy and keep being awesome!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Shake it, shake it like a Polaroid picture...Part 2


For the past few years I have been wanting to put a picture collage on my wall in my room but I moved so often it didn't seem worth the work, but I finally am in a somewhat permanent location and can now finally do it. I decided to go with the Polaroid method that Havalah showed here.
The great thing about this idea is you can do any design you want. Here are a few good examples:  
And if you look close at the pictures below you can see finger prints. The program that you use for this project randomly puts the finger prints on the prints in order to make them look more authentic.

So go try it and if you come up with a cool/original design share it with us. Keep being awesome!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another book set in the very distant future of Earth with a twist on the classic story of Cinderella. Although very different from the classic fairy tale, Cinder being a cyborg, is like Cinderella in the sense that "Cinder is a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, and reviled by her stepmother...But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future."

Upon starting this book, I expected another futuristic novel with a really broken down protagonist who must save the day as well as a mushy teen romance. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the character of Cinder and her development throughout the novel. Although she has had a rough life, she is a very like able and hardy character, very different from the typical fairy tale princess.

The story it self is very intriguing, although a little predictable, but non-the less I found it unique and couldn't help getting sucked into the world that Marissa Meyer's created. As soon as I finished it, I went to find the next one, only to be disappointed to find it is not yet published. Sad day.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake - The Simple Version

As you may or may not have heard I graduated last week from BYU-Idaho, so now I have all of this extra time that I am not use to, so cross your fingers that this will mean more food masterpieces or maybe even a little bit of savvy style. Here is my first meal since graduation, not the best in the world but super easy and hopefully they will get more exciting over time. 

The recipe is found here, however, because I  was busy yesterday I decided to make it a simple and super quick version. Instead of making the sauce like they said I just mixed in alfredo sauce and spaghetti sauce:

Alfredo sauce
Spaghetti sauce
Tomatoes
Chicken
Noodles
Mozzarella Cheese

Step 1: Boil noodles
Step 2: Defrost chicken and chop into cubes and then cook. (I just fried them up on the stove)
Step 3: Chop tomatoes
Step 4: Mix all ingredients into a pan
Step 5: Cook at 350 for 15 minutes.

Enjoy and keep being awesome!
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Friday, April 13, 2012

to all mothers

Has anyone else been up in arms about the Hilary Rosen attacking Ann Romney?

if so, here is a great blog post empowering mothers who stay at home or work: Hilary Rosen will never know the joy of changing "10,000" diapers


blazers are cool!

My latest thrift store find (actually from a couple of months ago) was this blazer. I was inspired by this one here. Basically, did you know that blazers are cool? because they are cool.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shabby Apple dress recreation - The Friendship Hill Dress

On my recent trip to Joanne's, I found some pretty green fabric on sale big time. I didn't plan on doing anything with it, but when I got home I realized I had enough to make a dress. I didn't have a pattern for a dress just lying around, but I found this Shabby Apple beauty that I just loved. 
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So I thought, why not try to make it myself? I figured it shouldn't be that hard. I was wrong and right. It was challenging but I knew what I needed to do. I had a shirt pattern with darts, so I basically used that as my main guide. But, well I'm not sure how I got by without an actual dress pattern. Basically the completion of the dress took miracle and this wonderful book
The New Complete Guide to Sewing: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories Updated Edition with All-New Projects and Simplicity Patterns (Reader's Digest)
I got this book a few years ago, for my college sewing class, but never looked at it once back then (probably the reason why I barely got by in that class), but I suddenly remembered that I had it and it was a life saver. I highly recommend this book to any seamstress from beginner to pro. 
Here's how the dress turned out. Not quite like the Shabby Apple version, but I like my version just as much. However, next time I might use a different fabric (I used cotton) so that it doesn't wrinkle so easy.

The reason I called it "The Friendship Hill Dress", is because that's where we took pictures of it and I thought it fit perfectly in with the beauty of the spring at Friendship Hill (was the home of Albert Gallatin, the 4th United States Secretary of Treasury-don't worry, I didn't know who he was before I went there either)
Also, your totally going to laugh at this. I made it barely too short (for my standards that is). It's fine when I walk, but when I sit, it comes up to high on my thigh. It's not pictured here, but I recently just added a little ruffle at the bottom to make it longer (I'll post a picture of the new version as soon as I wear it again)

We also encountered the Fire Swamp while there; after testing the vines, I was about to jump into the sand pit, but then I chickened out. We'll save the quick sand diving for Wesley and Buttercup. 

Oh and I was still able to carry the little one while wearing the dress. Double bonus points. 



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Monday, April 2, 2012

R.I.P my beloved jeans


Am I the only one to have these moments? this is exactly how Monday greeted me. I had started the day/week off most excellently-for the first time in like forever. I made it running, had a delicious hot shower, read my scriptures, and then I was looking forward to my favorite jeans. Alas, today was not that day. I guess my other jeans were getting jealous, so it's time to show them some love too.


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