The winner of our blog giveaway is…

Manda!
Please contact Louise at adorigraphics.com!
Thank You to all that entered

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Switching it up ;-) diy elastic!!

So I had the privilege of making up this little ditty in exchange for a food processor (gotta love the barter system 🙂


But I also promised the mama a how to with elastic! So here you go girl!!
Elastic Tutorial
Ingredient List
Garment
Sewing machine
Elastic
Safety pin
Iron

Step 1
Lay out your partially sewn garment like so


Step 2
Use something to measure the fold to make sure it’s even (I used a Fre because it’s easy to see)
Iron


Step 3
Fold over again and iron (make are your pin and elastic will fit through


Step 4
Sew along the bottom fold


Step 5
Thread your pin through your elastic and close (not to close to the end of the elastic)


Step 6
Thread the pin/elastic through the pocket you created in your garment


Continue


Step 7
Sew one end (the end with pin) in place


Step 8
Pull your elastic


Sew again once it’s the desired size!
Cut rest of the elastic and finish the garment!!


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PSA and Paninis

Sigh! I’m so sorry for the lack of well posts the last week or so!
I have had a run for my money, quite literally 😦
So last month we had a random 300 go missing, my first though being ‘Dammit Corey!’ so I took his card away. Only to check my balance on the 18th :day after payday: to have my jaw drop! We had our car insurance on automatic debit for 194, they took out 460+ in january and 470+ in february!!!! Totally $580.and some change!!!! Well I called farmers (ya I just outed those scammy bastards!) and they had 74820 different reasons none of which made sense, after 4 hours on the phone with them I had to pick up Jay so Corey took over, we got a manager and…there phones stopped working as well as their computers! I lost my shit told them I was filing fraudulent charges, went to my credit union…and this isn’t the first issue they said atleast once a week this happens with insurance companies! I did get my $580 back but have to jump through hoops and paper work up the wahoo- lesson learned and reiterated by the cu never ever let them automatic debit! But the good news, I saved $600 by switching to geico (no shit!) we are saving $100 a month!
After all was said and done I made Paninis for dinner :yumm!:
Enjoy!
Ingredient List
Pear
Brie cheese
Balsamic vinegar
Bread I used wheat French bread from the recipe from earlier this week
Slice your pear into thin pieces

Turn your stove on medium put pear slices in a large skillet and put in 1 tsp balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup water and sauté your pears
Cut your bread into 1/4 inch slices
Put a thin coating of balsamic vinegar on each side of bread VErY LiTTLE
Slice your Brie (one small piece per baggeutte
Put your pear slices I did 2 per bread
Put in toaster over on toast/broil for 3 minutes and enjoy!!!

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Rockstar review and a Giveaway!

I had the pleasure of working with Louise from http://www.adorigraphics.com for my blog design (it’s perfect, Right? Well she has offered to sponsor a giveaway!!! The giveaway is for a vector (the person) and it’s for personal use, no commercial sites or selling things with her image!!! This giveaway will be open for one week you must comment on this post(and become a follower) with your favorite vector from her site (again that is http://www.adorigraphics.com) I will pick a winner and post it on next weeks post you then must contact her within 30 days to claim your prize!! Want double entries? Refer friends to follow us have them post and mention you and you will get an additional entry!
Now for the review…
Louise was astounding! She did everything I asked! My vector really looks similar to me (all the way down to two different eye colors!) The turn around was super fast and the communication (even from the other side of the world!) was prompt, I never had more than a 12 hour wait for a response!! I give her an A+++ she will def be doing my custom blog layout when she is open for customs again!!

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The Finding Frugal Side of It and How Raw this Wound Really Is

So I was listening to pandora the other morning while getting ready, I heard this song Real and I was all that’s so touching until he sang a line Real is a little dream house with a big ole foreclosed sign…then I cried and I realized how real-ly raw this wound still is. I mean taxes are sucky and all but hearing that and thinking back to buying our house, wanting to grow old in it with my husband, bringing my babies home to that house (and having one in the loving room), watching my babies grow in it and seeing myself grow up in it…it was sad, hard and a relief to leave. But it’s still a raw wound

Now for the finding frugal side of things…I think I missed it 😦 I have spent soo much on groceries and I don’t know I almost feel like it’s not any cheaper to make it all myself! Healthier sure, but we will see on the first when we break it all down! It just is hard to see the whole picture from the bottom of the mountain (or is it a mole hill?)
On a lighter note anyone up for…


French Onion Soup!
Altered from allrecipes.com!
Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
3 onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup red wine
2 cans vegetarian broth
1 French baguette
8 ounces sliced Swiss cheese
Directions
Melt butter or margarine in a 4 quart saucepan. Stir in sugar. Cook onions over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Stir in flour until well blended with the onions and pan juices. Add water, wine, and beef broth; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover soup, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Cut four 1 inch thick slices of bread from the loaf. Toast the bread slices at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) just until browned, about 10 minutes. Reserve the remaining bread to serve with the soup.
Ladle soup into four 12 ounce, oven-safe bowls. Place 1 slice toasted bread on top of the soup in each bowl. Fold Swiss cheese slices, and fit onto toasted bread slices. Place soup bowls on a cookie sheet for easier handling.
Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 10 minutes, or just until cheese is melted
Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 732 | Total Fat: 29.4g | Cholesterol: 89mg

This is an extremely filling soup I served it with Paninis and blueberry muffins with Brie centers topped with apricot glaze…I only did 1/4 cup servings to save on calories, leaving the entire meal at 500 calories (not cheap 😉 but it did provide me with left over lunch for a week

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Strawberry Cream Cheese muffins

Happy VD!
Ya I just typed that!
So, my topic today flows with the holiday spirit well sorta…
Have you ever heard of negotiating infidelity?
Sugarbabe author Holly Hills believes it’s the way to go in long term relationships…
The idea is that you set up boundaries and allow sex outside of your relationship, but not ‘cheating’
Ya I was scratching my head too! So go google it, then come tell me your opinions!
I don’t agree and it wouldn’t fly with me cus I’m a jealous bitch!
Lends new meaning to happy VD too!
On another note this week in chalked full of awesome recipes, a giveaway and monster diy!! Enjoy these lovely strawberry muffins in the mean time 🙂

Ingredient list
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup evoo
1 tablespoon apple sauce
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup diced strawberries

Cream cheese filling
4 tablespoons cream cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Put all top ingredients in one bowl and stir fill your muffin tins 1/2 way with mix

Stir the filling in another bowl until creamy.

Put one tsp cream cheese filling in each muffin tin then cover with the rest of the muffin mix

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Whew I made it! Repurpose Thursday- long sleeve shirt

In leu of the freezing nature of Colorado in February, I thought it would be fun to take an old long sleeve shirt that doesn’t fit or is too well loved to be seen with in public and make it into a fab bag!

So, my lil broham Rick left this shirt at my place like 3 years ago, it’s not becoming to my body type at all so it became my new bag! Thanks Rick!

The Shirt

First I folded it in half


Then I cut the arms off, and across the chest


Next I cut out the neck line area


I pinned the neckline to my ‘bag’ with the tag out, really only because GAP makes awesome tags


I then sewed the pocket to my bag leaving the top open-but I didn’t take a picture because well *duh*
I then put one sleeve inside the other


Wrong sides together
Sew together


Hehe I changed my mind and did opposites cus I think it’s much more punk rocker 😉

I went on and sewed my hand area to the side of my bag


I did end up X boxing these for extra protection to this sew a box and then an x from corner to corner

Now I have a new bag! Perfect for trips to the park where my coach bags aren’t appropriate!


Coreys attempt at picture taking!


Samantha

Marriage and (Grand)Babie

My sons have recently become obsessed with our wedding photos and how daddy was so ‘hamsum’ and how mommy ‘looks like a princess, what happened?’ :they are too young to be asking what happened! Hell I’m too young!!: Well, let me preface this with Jayden my kindergartner thinks ‘getting married’ is the same as sex (or how you get a baby, thanks grandma!). After studying our wedding pics Jayden approaches me with an expression of horror and disgust and asks ‘why did you and dad get married in Church!?’ My response without thinking was ‘because that is where you get married’. A little confused he leaves with an okay…only to return with the question ‘Is that where me and Edie are gonna get married? In a church?’ :Edie is iNgRiDs daughter from Jays previous kindie class: I responded with him I don’t know and texted Ingrid! He then asks if they can name their kids Simba and Mufasa, Edie decided on Limba and Gimba (a boy and a girl) or Bella and Simba (they settled on Bella and Simba). So to recap if you got lost Jayden is planning on getting married to Edie in a church :Jayden is planning on getting a baby in Edies tummy in a Church: Jayden thinks he and his brother and sister were made in a church Jayden and Edie are naming their kids Simba and Bella… I’m old and no longer look like a princess and am also apparently a complete Jezebel!! By the way iNgRiD I am soo excited for our playdate on the 17th, please for both our sakes talk to Edie about protection, bwahahaha or just how to punch my son! Speaking of playdates this is what we will be bringing next week! Pita Pizza Ingredient list Pitas 1 each yellow, red, green pepper slices 2 tablespoons diced asparagus 1/4 red onion sliced 1/4 winter squash diced 1 cup milk 3 tablespoons butter 1 packet alfredo sauce 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons evoo Toppings of choice Sauté all the veggies in balsamic vinegar and a touch of evoo And a wee bit of garlic Take 1/4 of this and put it into a blender or food processor (I used a blender) with the milk and butter, liquify Put the liquid concoction into a small sauce pan with the Alfredo sauce packet Heat and then cool Lightly spread evoo on your pitas to aide in the baking Spread your sauce on the pitas Add topping of choice I did the rest if the veggies, mozzarella and a touch of Brie but Gouda would be tdf also!Bake at 350 for 10 minutes and broil on high for 2 minutes We put ours in the toaster oven for 10 minutes on toast and they turned out perfect!Cut, serve and EAT Pita Pizza