Monday, April 24, 2017

New Entertainment Center

We decided to up grade our entertainment center a few months ago. For the last six and half years we have been using this old Victrola cabinet to house our DVD player, CDs and what not. The cabinet was actually in the room at my in laws' house where I stayed when I was visiting my then fiance. (now husband). We actually don't watch a whole  lot of TV. I think it has been a whole two MONTHS since we have watched it actually! ha ha. But it was still time to get an updated piece of furniture. 


Here is our new cabinet/entertainment center. And our living room! I guess this could count toward a living room tour. The side cabinets have plenty of room for our CDs and blankets. We love to pile under a mound of blankets in the evenings!


Our favorite part is the front cabinet panel that comes off and reveals an electric fireplace! We have been wanting one of these and were thrilled to find an entertainment center/fireplace combination. And when we get tired of it, we can just put the fake cabinet panels back on as in the above picture. 


So there is our most recent home improvement venture. The kids loved "helping" my husband put it together and playing in the huge box that it came in. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Red and Tan Party Favors

This past fall we celebrated my Grandmother's 80th birthday! It was a lot of fun and a little crazy as everyone met up at our place. I made twelve of these little party favors for the day. 

I used tan card stock, burgundy ribbon, and filled them with gold candy. I used my silhouette machine to make the box and the gold leaf. I love how they turned out! 


They were my first big project post baby and I was excited to get them accomplished!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Floral Spring Envelopes

I don't know about you, but I have SO much scrapbook paper! Sometimes I just flip through my paper books and look at all the patterns. However, I have a little more than I need, and I was lacking envelopes so I decided to use some of my paper to make my own envelopes. It was fun, a great use of paper that was just sitting there in my drawer, and I can prolong my envelope purchasing trip a bit longer!


They definitely ended up having a spring like feel and also helped give me some inspiration for some coordinating cards to make.




Enjoy! 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Stamp Cards

Here is what I have been up to lately in the card making relm.  My husband had a whole bunch of old stamps that he wasn't interested in anymore so he said I could use them for whatever I wanted. I have had them for a while and finally was able to use a few on these cards. 


The stamps blend well with the post card scrapbook paper. They are simple, but I am happy with how they turned out! 


I like how they have a vintage feel.


Enjoy! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sabotaging the craft desk

While most people share pictures of their children in idyllic poses and outfits, here is a picture of my daughter sabotaging my craft desk.

She loves my desk and all the mess that is usually on it. However, her most favorite thing to find and play with is my origami paper. Here you can see she found my box of mini origami paper and dumped it all over the floor! I love how my kids keep life interesting. We have reached the stage where I never know what I will find them doing next!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Silhouette Paper Tea light House

I had a little bit of brain power left the other evening after the kids went to bed and had some fun making this little 3D paper tea light house. I love these things! The shape was purchased through the Silhouette store and was really easy to put together. You put a little tea light underneath and it looks like light is shinning through the windows! 


Here it is in the dark. 


Just a fun little project I thought I'd share with you. I think I may use these in my Christmas decorating this year! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cherry Blossoms

My husband and I stumbled across this picture many months ago and bought it for our house. We have a lot of empty walls and are finally filling them up! We liked this one and I just thought I would share it as spring is hopefully coming soon! 


Enjoy your week! 

Monday, March 13, 2017

French Cooking

I recently finished reading the biography of Auguste Escoffier! He was a famous French chef who popularized and modernized French cooking methods. I love reading, but don't delve into the biography or cook book relm much so this was a new bit of reading for me.

I don't like cooking at ALL. But it was still interesting to read about his life and the intricate dishes he prepared. I am SO thankful I live in 2017 with a crock pot and a rice cooker!

 It was a little odd to read about a person talking all about their famousness, but I suppose if you are writing a book about yourself, you will talk primarily about yourself! I would have loved to find out more about his family for reasons mentioned below. What redeemed the account in my eyes, was his humor and his more tragic life experiences. Here are some of my favorite stories from the book:


1. Being a chef, Escoffier served his country for quite some time in the army as a chef. He recounts times where conditions were terrible and there was no food to feed the army he was responsible to feed. He had to resort to cooking and serving the army's horses. He had a whole process for cooking the starved horse meat so it would not be bitter.

2. Apparently in France they eat frog legs. (I had no idea) At the time of one account, Escoffier was a chef at hotel and was a bit humored at the British guests who turned their noses up at frog. He said it became his mission to make them eat frog and enjoy it. He had an event where he served a fancy dish called "Nymphs at Dawn" Everyone ate it an enjoyed it never suspecting that the "nymphs" were actually frogs!

3. During WWI he had a difficult time finding a variety of meats for his restaurant. Venison was one of the only meats that wasn't rationed so he concocted numerous fancy dishes made from venison. Also at this time Escoffier wrote that they had a difficult time procuring fish. And he came up with an elaborate method of preparing, cooking, and serving chicken under the name of a sole fish fillet and no one ever knew!

4.  Escoffier helped pare down French food and food preparation. A funny quote from page 174 reads, "Current fashion and habits are such that one can only spend on hour, or an hour and a half, at any single meal." What a life! I can't imagine taking that long to eat a meal!

Here is a page from the book that pictured some of his menus. I love how detailed and pretty they are! 


What really intrigued me was they actually had a picture of Escoffier's father in this book. Auguste Escoffier was my great great (give or take a few greats) uncle and I was not expecting to find a picture of my great great great (give or take a few greats) grandfather in this book when I requested it through inter library loan. It was a pretty neat surprise! 


The book also includes a picture of this house where August Escoffier grew up. And I would assume his father and brother (my grandfathers) would have lived there as well. It was really neat to be able to find these pictures! 


Well, hope you enjoyed that bit of history today! 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Vrrrooooommm!

These little car cards were a lot of fun to make! Sometimes, when I have a hard time coming up with ideas for cards, I think of an age group and that really helps me think outside the box. I made these cute little car cards for the birthdays of some of my little one's friends! 


Right now all I have are blue cars, but I am hoping to add some red and green ones to my stash!


Enjoy! 



Monday, February 27, 2017

Pumpkin Butter!

Have you ever heard of pumpkin butter? I never had until a few weeks ago when I happened to see it in the store! It is amazing! It reminds me of a cross between applesauce and pumpkin pie. Maybe that isn't a yummy description but it was pretty amazing. 

Best of all, I found it at Aldi so it contains no strange ingredients or preservatives and it was less than two dollars! I love that store! 


My kids love it too!