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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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Amy’s Notebook 10.16.13

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Ikea curtain-art holder

Source: Design Mom

 

I’m loving everything about this kid-friendly house that’s still awesomely designed – especially the ideas for organizing kid’s closets, toys, and this great Ikea hack for displaying their art using curtain wire and clips.

My kids would love to have this adorable diy jack-o-lantern pinata at a Halloween Party!

These spooky snow globes are such a cute idea – they would make fun and different Halloween decorations or even a Halloween party hostess gift.

With the holidays approaching, I found these 9 tips for saving money using online coupons helpful. Oh, the allure of shopping from home, having it delivered to my house…and saving money? Yes, please.

I absolutely loved this post on 15 recipes every parent should know – mainly because it got me thinking about our family’s go-to recipes. And also because they included a Manhattan in the category “Bad Day Eraser.” Love that.

And I’m thinking this slow cooker gingerbread oatmeal will be the perfect breakfast to alternate with our slow cooker honey crisp apple oatmeal. In fact, they kinda sound good together – what do you think about a slow cooked oatmeal potluck?

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Amy’s Notebook 10.09.13

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

wool acorns

Source: Celebrate Creativity

 

Oh my goodness, these easy felted wool acorns are so adorable! And they really are easy, because the wool balls are purchased from a craft store instead of making each one!

Have a stash of wine corks cluttering a drawer? I’m loving this diy monogram letter covered in wine corks – a fun decorative piece that uses something we usually throw away.

Map-covered pumpkins are a fun twist on covering pumpkins with paper.

If you’re looking for a different Halloween party spin this year, this vintage ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ party is so unique and sweet – and comes with cute vintage printables.

My kids will flip for these pumpkin pie pop tarts in pumpkin shapes!

After reading how much Erin and her family loved her Sweet ‘n Sour Beef’n Cabbage Tacos, I just have to try them!

Oh, and since you know I love a good quinoa recipe, Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and Pecans is definitely making this list!

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Amy’s Notebook 10.02.13

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Glow-in-the-Dark-Halloween-Garlands

Source: Design Mom

 

I’d love these adorable Halloween garlands anyway, but the fact that they are glow-in-the-dark garlands? Brilliant!!

DIY painted glass jars with mod podge poison labels is another fun Halloween decoration and would be so cute on a buffet table for the holiday.

I love everything about this girly bedroom design – especially the colors and pom poms hanging from the ceiling!

If you’re looking for recipes that use coconut milk, here are 17 delicious ways to cook with coconut milk – I’m looking forward to trying Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon – yum!

Oooh, I know fall is all about warm comfort foods, but this spicy Thai salad with minced pork sounds SO good, I’ll have to make one little exception!

And, not surprisingly, I found another pumpkin recipe for us, and this one my whole family will flip over – Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake. Because with pumpkin and chocolate, everybody wins!

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Amy’s Notebook 09.25.13

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

5-steps-to-the-perfect-front-porch

Source: Tatertots & Jello

 

Flowers, pumpkins, wreath, garland, and even a fun polka-dot rug – this porch decked out for fall is full of great ideas and tips!

Comfort-food casseroles like One Pan Unstuffed Bell Peppers full of rice, vegetables, meat and topped with cheese just seem perfect for fall. And the fact that it’s a one-dish meal means school nights just got that much easier!

I’m loving these simple, natural elements in this autumn living room – this will make it very easy to add a touch of fall to our house!

I’m happy to be reminded of Purl Bee’s classic super easy blankets – aren’t the colorful stripes so cool? I think it would be a great way to use up leftover yarn, too!

Not surprised you’d find pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on the Notebook today, are you? Yum.

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Amy’s Notebook 09.18.13

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Source: Skinny Taste

 

These healthy chocolate chip oatmeal breakfast “cookies” are amazingly made with just three ingredients – yum!

Honey chai-flavored roasted almonds just might become our new favorite snack.

I’m seeing a lot of pumpkin crafts, but this rolled-paper pumpkin tutorial was new to me and is so clever and cute!

This airplane themed boy’s birthday party is so fun and would work for lots of ages – I love the adorable favor bags and could see this with vintagey colors like grey and red as well.

Thinking of hopping on the gold bandwagon in home decor? Here’s a glimpse of 10 homes that get using gold right.

 

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