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Amy’s Notebook 12.26.13

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

mustard from scratch

Source: Food 52

 

I’m thinking the new year should include learning to make mustard from scratch - and customizing it with flavors like chipotle or local honey.

This slow cooker sausage, hash brown and cheddar breakfast casserole that you prep the night before would make such a perfect New Year’s breakfast!

Yum – I’m eyeing these mini muffin frittatas as a fun addition for an appetizer party.

How about a new year’s resolution to not get locked out of the car again by making a simple magnetic key hider case? Not that I’ve ever done that.

I’m loving this list of some of the best reads for kids from 2013!

I’m thinking a lot of us may be needing 10 cold-day ideas to keep kids busy over the next few months!

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I hope you enjoyed this special after-Christmas edition of the Notebook! A collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and a few ideas to help you ring in the new year. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 12.18.13

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Snowman in a jar

Source: The Connection We Share

 

Aren’t these snowman-in-a-jar playdough kits absolutely adorable? So easy to make and put together, they’d make a great stocking stuffer to be played with all winter long.

I’m in love with these awesome diy star wire ornaments that look way more complicated than they really are. I can see these used so many ways: as ornaments, hanging from a chandelier, as gift toppers…the list goes on!

If you’re looking for a special, heirloom-worthy gift for a little girl check out this sweet diy dollhouse tutorial. This is the type of gift that will be passed down through the generations.

Easy microwave caramels? Sounds just about perfect for our simplified holiday this year!

Do you love eggnog? Here’s a great recipe to make your own eggnog and control the sweetness, spices and type of milk used. Perfect.

Using a yummy jelly-chili sauce glaze on baby carrots? Genius!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 12.11.13

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Baked-Salmon-Cakes-with-Avocado-Dip

Source: Skinny Taste

I love batch cooking, and this recipe for baking salmon cake appetizers for a party is just genius!

I think making a bird seed cake with our kids for our little feathered friends might just become a new post-holiday tradition.

As if Thai coconut chicken soup didn’t sound wonderful enough on a cold winter’s night, being able to cook it in the slow cooker is even better!

Here’s a fringed burlap Christmas tree tutorial that’s as easy as it is adorable.

Since you all know how I feel about reading, you’re probably not surprised that I’m crushing on a few of these amazing christmas trees made from books!

Finally, I’m absolutely inspired by these great tips for families on celebrating St. Nicholas – the real Santa Claus.

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Amy’s Notebook 12.04.13

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

glitter-dipped mug

Source: White House Black Shutters

 

Not only is this glitter-dipped mug adorable and easy to make, it’s also dishwasher safe. Wouldn’t this make a fun gift?

I’m absolutely loving this diy corner gallery wall – and the fact that the tutorial shares how to create it without nail holes is just icing on the cake!

These sweet & simple pdf-downloadable holiday embroidery patterns would be a great introduction for kids to learn embroidery. I’m seeing grandparent gifts, aren’t you?

Looking for new holiday treats to make? Here’s 40 yummy-looking recipes, any of which will make fantastic gifts.

Mmmm, minced chicken with thai basil? Yes. Please.

SO excited to try this recipe for fruit and nut bars (copycat KIND bars) – they seriously look like the real thing!

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Amy’s Notebook 11.27.13

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Cranberry-Margaritas

Source: Gimme Some Oven

 

Ahh, easy cranberry margaritas – just in time for any holiday celebration!

This one pot paleo curry chicken stir fry looks so good – and good for you – I’m thinking it even might be great using leftover turkey, don’t you?

I’d love to send my loved ones home with leftover pie in boxes decorated with these adorable free printable labels for Thanksgiving.

These awesome etched wooden spoons would make a fantastic gift and would even be great paired with my paint-dipped wooden spoons, too!

I’m totally loving the clean look of this merry and bright holiday wall art.

Finally, I’m so happy to find a diy car upholstery cleaner for our, um, slightly dirty car seats.

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Amy’s Notebook 11.20.13

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Butter-Dinner-Rolls

Source: Dine and Dish

 

I’m definitely adding these lovely buttery dinner rolls to my bread machine recipe list- yum!

This honey pecan pie looks like it will make a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving dinner (and since I prepped most of our Thanksgiving feast in advance, I may have time to make it to go along with my fancied-up store-bought pies!).

There are so many great ideas for eating healthfully on a budget from this real food on a food stamp budget series – whether you’re receiving food stamps or just trying to lower your food bill.

Here’s a great diy tutorial on how to make solid lotion bars - I think they are a wonderful natural alternative to store lotions and would make sweet gifts for the ladies on your list.

I’m in love with this beautiful monogrammed jumbo tote bag – I can think of so many things I could use this for!

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Amy’s Notebook 11.13.13

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

felt ornament

Source: Eighteen 25

 

Aren’t these felt ornaments completely adorable? Made with basic supplies and lots of felt circles, I think these ornaments would make such a fun addition to any Christmas tree.

I’m loving these tips for creating budget Thanksgiving decorations!

You’ll definitely want to check out these cool examples if you’ve ever thought of turning your child’s closet into a reading nook (I know have!).

All I can say about this gluten free pumpkin bread pudding is: amazing.

My kids would flip over this oreo peppermint bark – yum.

I’ve just got to make this salmon with apple cherry chutney soon – drool.

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Amy’s Notebook 11.06.13

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

girls room reading corner

Source: Apartment Therapy

 

A simple line drawn roof + adorable felt window = easy & sweet reading corner. I love this!

Such a simple, yet striking, color pallet in this living-room-to-office makeover – plus some great diy storage ideas!

A cute and easy thanksgiving decoration, this PB Kids-inspired Thanksgiving Paper Garland also helps remind us what the holiday is all about.

Looking for different ways to serve brussels sprouts – and not just for Thanksgiving? This article with 11 ways to eat brussels sprouts should do the trick.

Ooo, butternut squash and black bean enchiladas sound like such a unique and flavorful combo, and perfect for fall!

Goodness – cinnamon chipotle twice-baked sweet potatoes? Um, sign me up!

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Amy’s Notebook 10.30.13

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

paleo bfst bowls2

Source: Big Red Kitchen

 

I think these protein and vegetable based paleo (or not) breakfast bowls are such a great idea for busy weekday mornings – just one easy cook-and-layer session on the weekend and tasty bowls are ready all week long!

Oh dear, my love affair with pumpkin continues…pumpkin french toast. Yum.

This less than $400 kitchen remodel is so inspiring – love how they kept what was good and removed what was bad (literally – check out the ceiling!). Proves you don’t have to spend a lot to have a great space.

There is a lot of great ideas for out-of-the-norm lunches in 19 Easy Packed Lunches. Right about the time we may be finding ourselves in a lunch rut…

These printable halloween dog treat tags are just plain cute. Hopefully you’ll get some dog-treaters to hand them out to!

I am SO wanting to make this adorable yarn pumpkin garland! Do you think there’s still time?

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Amy’s Notebook 10.23.13

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

apple cider caramels

Source: Annie’s Eats

 

I think these apple cider caramels look and sound heavenly!

I really love slow cooker recipes – especially the ones that are basically “add all ingredients and walk away’ like this slow cooked three bean chili. Can you say easy?

There are so many good flavors going on in roasted butternut squash, kale, and lemon soup, I think it’s something I really need to try!

I’m loving how this Victorian English home mixes vintage and modern elements giving it a fresh, clean, and bright feeling.

This PB knockoff chalkboard art pillow is totally cool – and really looks like the inspiration photo!

And here’s another amazing knockoff – a no-sew butterfly tea towel inspired by one from Anthropologie, complete with sweet pom pom trim. Love.

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