Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

the easiest cupcakes ever

I made these cute balloon cupcakes to go with......

this clown cake. The cupcakes were way more cute!!! What a bust! The cake took way more time, money etc. And the cupcakes were as simple as frosting and curling ribbon! What do you do.............

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

funiture refinishing 101......

I went through a phase about 2 years ago, where I was refinishing EVERYTHING. I slowly burned out I guess. But, lately with money (not to mention my pants) being tight I'm getting the itch to start up again!! Lucky for me I ran across these tips from Blue Cricket Design! Look for me in the paint aisle!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

i did it!!....i made a craft!!

I got this cute little firecracker idea here from An Altered State of mind. I am so impressed that I actually had most of the stuff I needed! Guess where it was............yep the craft pile in the garage! I knew that crap would come in handy one day! Anyway I wrapped them up and took them to my neighbors.

FYI the blog it tells you to use a roll of LifeSavers, but I came to find that the rolls are extremely hard to find now!! They mostly sell the candy in the bags wrapped individually . Luckily, breath savers still uses the roll format.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

okay, i really am doing this one!!!

How freakin' cute is this onesie!! Here is my one problem with this. I would get so bummed if after I actually finished a craft to see my darling boy just barf all over it.
Oh well, totally worth it to see him look so dashing!
Check out the tutorial on Nap Time Crafting.

P.S. I've really been getting my stalk on. Check out all the new links!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

sneaky momma

Need some blog tips??? This nice Momma gives free tutorials on how to make your blog look super swanky. Personally, I've always wondered how to make buttons, and how to get that cute signature on the end of your post. SO when I get a free second to actually do it..........we'll see if I can! (Even with detailed instructions I'm a techno moron.) Check her blog out here.

Thank you sneaky Momma!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Family Fav

I've made this recipe twice now, and it is ALWAYS a huge hit. It's extremely easy, and a real crowd pleaser. You'll want to put it in your pot luck rotation!!

** I did not add the bacon though. But, I wonder how a couple of thinly sliced purple onions would be? Yum, next time.

Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Barbecue Chicken Pizza

2009 April 14
by ournewkitchen

One morning — and I can’t remember when, but it was recently — Gina and I happened to be watching Rachael Ray’s talk show and she had a couple of women on competing in some sort of recipe contest. One lady was putting her white chicken chili up against the other’s barbecue chicken pizza.

Both of the recipes looked simple to make and tasty to eat so we grabbed them from the Rachael Ray web site. Since it’s too warm here for chili we decided to put the pizza into this week’s list of recipes. Tuesday night it got the call.

Our verdict, not bad. Gina said that as certain as she was that she wasn’t going to like it, she actually thought it was good. I did too. It didn’t taste like pizza, but a saucy barbecue chicken sandwich. That’s not a bad thing.

The ingredient list was short the way we made it. Crescent rolls for the crust. Sauce for the well, sauce. Pre-cooked chicken strips to go on top. Some real bacon bits from a jar and then a bag of cheese.

In terms of simplicity, putting this together couldn’t be much easier. The hardest part was baking the crust. Just do that according to package directions. Top the pizza with the sauce, chicken, bacon, and cheese. Stick it under the broiler for three or four minutes until the cheese melts and browns. Remove. Cut. Eat.

Here is an official list of what you’ll need and what you’ll need to do with it. The official Rachael Ray recipe is a bit different. This is our take. This is what it looks like before.



  • 2 tubes of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce
  • 2 packages of pre-cooked chicken strips, chopped
  • real bacon bits
  • 2 cups 2% milk cheddar cheese


  • Roll the crescent rolls out onto a cookie sheet. Pinch the sheets together. Bake about 10 minutes on 375 degrees until golden brown.
  • Spread the sauce over dough. Add chicken, bacon, and cheese.
  • Place under broiler for three or four minutes until cheese is melted and slightly browned.

And this is what it looked like after on my plate. Hate to say it, but I had a third piece.


We both were happy with the way the rolls worked as the crust. We went with the reduced fat crescent rolls and saved calories there. The cheese was also low fat so we saved there too.

After we ate we talked about a couple of ways to tweak the toppings. The only thing we didn’t get was the satisfaction of eating pizza. But we did enjoy this and there are plenty of leftovers. I have a feeling that variations on this recipe could be making some appearances here.

Monday, June 8, 2009

u create

Feeling the need to get your craft on?

Head over to U-Create. She compiles a bunch of DIY projects into one blog.
Make sure you have a minute to browse though, you'll want to see them all!

I'm lovin' this one! I wanna do it! (you know what that means though.......garage city)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

mom jeans

Sometimes the truth hurts.


Sorry you have to follow the link, I can't figure out how to post Hulu on Blogger.
But it's worth the click!

Monday, June 1, 2009

white chocolate marshmallow popcorn

I volunteered to bring something to an "all things pink" baby shower the other day. While thinking of the many possibilities I remembered seeing this popcorn off of the "Hot Garlic" blog. Surprise surprise..........I had all of the ingredients! I may not have had anything to cook my family for dinner that night, but I had everything for the seriously yummy
White Chocolate and Marshmallow Popcorn.

I can't even tell you what a hit this was, I even heard people talking
about it the next day!
It's a perfect thing to bring to a party and
it's super easy!

Here are my own personal tips when making this recipe:
1. I usually melt chocolate on the stove, but when combining
marshmallows and chocolate I recommend the microwave!
2. Spray your large mixing bowl with Pam before hand
(clean-up was real sticky!)
3. Pick out all of the unpopped kernals that you can.
They are no fun to bite down on!
4. Drizzle melted milk chocolate over the top, it's just pretty.
I forgot to take a picture of mine, oops!

Friday, May 29, 2009


I'm starting a new category with all things homemade and crafty.

Here is my own personal craft process:

Find something adorable
2. Obsess over how cute it is for a couple of days
3. Tell all of my friends about it
4. Finally decide to go buy all of the materials for the project
5. Somehow involve my mother in the project (why? I don't know why.)
6. Put all materials for project into a cardboard box
7. Let that box sit on my laundry room floor for 6 months
8. Let the box get on my nerves for about more month
9. Finally put that box in the garage where it won't bug me anymore.

And Voila! Soon you will have a house full of unfinished crafts. It is quite the accomplishment.

Enough about me though, let me direct you to someone who does it 100X's better than me. Her name is Jill and she does all of those awesome crafts you've been dying to figure out. Plus, she puts the templates & tutorials on her blog (awesome).
Check out her diaper wipes clutch, diaper cake, vinyl bibs, tote bags, quiet books etc.

I'm lovin' the wipes clutch. I wonder how that would look in my garage............

Check Jill's blog out here.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Luuuuuurve These!

I'm finally on the right track to finding cute boy things!! Keep sending them my way!!
This will be on the side bar under Peanut Posh.

Thanks Jocee!

Also, the little hair bows are adorable as well!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

No, it's not just your family......

Check out www.awkwardfamilyphotos.com

Some of these had me laughing out loud!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

If you are looking for the most adorable baby shoes you have ever seen..... look no further. These shoes were given at a baby shower I went to last night and were the biggest hit! (forget about the sleeper I got a Target!) I'm going to link them in the "Baby Accessories" category. Or here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

baby slings

I am now officially a sling advocate. Let's be honest, once you have your third kid, you need those extra hands! This is the first baby that I have used a baby sling with. I have LOVED it! Especially in the 1st two months! Not to mention he loves it too. When he was a new born I could tell that he was so comfortable to be snuggled up tight to his Mama. Plus, he looked cute.

This is a new baby "must have". There are a couple links to
sling web sites under Baby Accessories.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

crap pot

So I tried one of the crockpot recipies.......... don't think I did it right.

I went for the easiest recipe I could find. There were only 3 ingredients for heaven's sake!
1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce
1 Box Noodles

Layer the ingredients, turn on crock pot. Simple enough eh?

Well, my noodles were crunchy and seriously dry. I think I would've done a lot better opening a can of spaghetti o's. Perhaps if I had doubled the sauce and cooked in on low it would've worked better. Or, maybe I can just stick to what I know...............take out.

I'm still not giving up on the crock pot yet.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm having a lot of mixed emotions about summer this year. On one hand, I can't wait to be warm, and get some color on my legs again. On the other................holy mama, I DO NOT want to prance around in a swimsuit! I've thought of using the "I just had a baby" excuse over and over, but my baby is 5 months old now! Plenty of time to get on that treadmill! Well, I've got 12 days to memorial day.
Wish me luck.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mothers Day: For me it's a day of feeling the overwhelming love for my kids but, also the day that I feel the pressure of not being good enough. It sounds strange, but I'll tell you why. We receive adorable gifts from our kids filled with poetry hand prints and photos in the morning. Then, you are off to church. Let's be honest here, getting your family entirely ready for church by 9:00 is not only a struggle, but will put anyone in a less than cheery mood.

When I finally get settled in my seat I am then bombarded with speakers rambling about their "angel mom's". Then, I start worrying about what will happen if my children ever get asked to speak in church on Mother's Day. Will they say things like "My mom constantly called me a little turd", or "My mom threatened to send me to another family" etc.

That's why I am a new fan of this woman's blog: "The Meanest Mom". Not only is she a great writer but, in her day to day life she helps up remember that we can't all be "angel mom's" all the time. Sometimes we are just the Meanest Mom alive.

Check out her link on the sidebar.

Friday, May 8, 2009

random thought

My MIL owns a cleaning company,
and as sweet as she is.......
I'm sure she cringes when she sees the state of my house.

C'est la vie right?
Or in her case: asi es la vida....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

new do's

So the other day I thought I would "shake things up" in my 6 year olds normal hair styles by putting a part in her every day pony tail. (instead of just pulling it straight back)

I know, goin' a little crazy with that hair right?!

Well come to find out there are TONS of fun blog from ladies doing fun stuff with their girls hair! They even give you step by step instructions!

But, here is my question: Do their girls hold on to their ears, scream bloody murder, wake up their babies, and give them anxiety attacks while doing their hair? If so, PLEASE someone post the remedy for that!

Anyway, I had to put up a whole new category on the side bar just for girls hairstyles. Now I have no more excuses for plain hair!

Monday, May 4, 2009

We all know that there are TONS of cute things out there for the little girls,
but what about the boys????

Do y'all know of any cute new things/accessories made for the little guys?

muchas gracias!

Thanks for all of the blog suggestions!!! Keep 'em coming!

P.S. I'm really intrigued with these crock pot dinner blogs!
Tomorrow I'll be trying out the Chicken Parmesan in the CP!
I'll let you know the verdict.........................

Friday, May 1, 2009

blog under construction

I'm always finding the cutest things while doin' a little "blog stalking" but, afterward I can never remember where I saw it!!

So, I thought for my sake I would put together a little blog directory full of fun businesses, funny sites, recipe blogs etc. Hopefully with help from friends find some more fun stuff to put on it!

I'll be featuring my favorite finds weekly. Also, trying some things out!

So friends, feel free to browse my directory, and please email me at lilcupcake801@yahoo.com or leave a comment of more great blogs/sites to add!