Posts Tagged ‘Crafting’

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 10.02.13

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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Amy’s Notebook 09.11.13

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Pumpkin-Spice-Latte-Cupcakes

Source: Inside BruCrew Life

 

It’s no secret around here how much I love my Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes, so you’re probably not surprised that these Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes would catch my attention, right?

How about some easy shopping and meal planning help? 20 Meals from Costco for $150 includes recipes and printable shopping lists to make your busy weeknight menu planning go more smoothly. I love articles like this!

And 39 Ways to Use Leftover Pickle Juice? Brilliant – even if there are only a few of these ideas I’d actually use, I love having options rather than throwing it out (most interesting use: PMS remedy!).

Okay, you absolutely have to check out this $10 thrift store cabinet makeover – the before and after is truly amazing!

These DIY Wordy Hairpins are really cool – think of all the fun sayings, names or monograms  you could choose - but the fact that they’re made from alphabet pasta? Awesome!

Finally, I love this article on Choosing Cheerfulness, including this great quote: “by making other people feel good, something wonderful happens to us, too.”

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Fabulous Fall Drinks Round-Up

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I am SO excited for one of my favorite times of the year, fall! While I enjoy every season and the special things we like to do in each, there’s something about the falling leaves and the cooling temperatures – and the fun holidays we get to celebrate – that makes the autumn months some of my absolute favorites.

Fabulous Fall Drinks  MomAdvice.com

And I’m here to admit that one of the reasons I look forward to the fall is all the fabulous flavored hot drinks I can enjoy again during the cold weather! You know I’m a coffee girl, and adding flavor to coffee is probably one of the greatest inventions ever in my book! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite hot drinks I’ve created as well as a few others I’ve found that I can’t wait to try.

The only thing I have to decide: which one first?

Mom Advice Classics:

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Homemade Salted Caramel Mocha

DIY_Starbucks_Peppermint_Mocha

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

Homemade_Vanilla_Chai

Homemade Vanilla Chai Mix or Cocoa Mix

(these make great gifts for anyone who needs a warm weather pick-me-up!)

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Homemade Gingerbread Latte

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DIY Flavored Coffee Creamers

Here are more fabulous drinks I found for you to try – including a couple for adults-only!

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Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Latte @ Lunch Box Bunch

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Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate @ How Sweet It Is

SprinkleBakes Whiteout Cocoa

Whiteout Cocoa @ Sprinkle Bakes

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffe @ iVillage

tiramisu tippers

Tiramisu Tippers @ Better Homes & Gardens

And here’s a fun bonus – one of my favorite ways to keep warm on-the-go drinks from being uncomfortable to hold: easy handmade knitted coffee cozies!

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You can find even more great drink ideas on our Drinks Pinterest board and if you’d like a few more cooler-weather ideas, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards: Soups & Stews, Slow Cooker Dishes, and my favorite, Knitting!

Well, are you ready for the cooler fall weather now? I know I am!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 09.04.13

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

washi tape pumpkin

Source: Sugar Bee Crafts

 

It’s September, can you believe it? And it seems pumpkins and fall decorating are already on a lot of people’s minds from looking at my Pinterest page! This fun washi tape pumpkin is cool-looking and easy – my kind of craft!

And here are five more Simple DIY Pumpkin ideas to add to the washi tape version – I’m liking the chalkboard pumpkin the best, I think – which is your favorite?

Has your child been invited to a costume birthday party? Then you’ll want to check out this awesome 10 minute Super Hero Costume.

We’re still enjoying peaches – and a bit of warm weather – so these Fresh Peach Popsicles are really appealing to me!

Or maybe I should switch it up, use nectarines and make this Easy Nectarine Crisp with Granola?

Gooey, Crunchy, Chocolate-Filled S’mores Pie…um, drool!

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Amy’s Notebook 08.28.13

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

ombre-paint-wall

Source: Thrifty Decor Chick

 

This ombre-painted-squares wall turned out SO cool! I can’t believe it was done to work around existing squares, it seems like it was totally planned this way, doesn’t it?

Think how many ways fun, scrabble-style chalkboard tile place cards could be used: on kids desks as name plates, as food labels at potlucks, as holiday decorations (how about ‘Boo!’ or ‘Welcome’?), and of course as place cards!

Love these simple ‘balloon’ cupcake toppers made from suckers – what a fabulous idea!

Yes, yes, yes – heart healthy power banana split bars with quinoa, oats, dried cherries and other good stuff.

I’m feeling the need for a bit of school food inspiration (already!) so these after school snack ideas are perfect timing!

And since the season of busy weeknights is here again, Spinach Pesto Chicken with pasta sounds like a yummy and quick dinner for our menu.

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Amy’s Notebook 08.21.13

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

 

What a great, kid-friendly way to use August’s plentiful zucchini: Zucchini, Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies – yum!

And since we’re loving all the fresh peaches in season now, this Stone Fruit Sangria is calling to me!

I’m completely intrigued by the cilantro vinaigrette included in Shrimp and Bell Pepper Stir Fry with Asian-Cilantro Vinaigrette – doesn’t it sound amazing?

Speaking of amazing, check out this Massachusetts Farmhouse Where Color & Pattern Meet – love it!

And while these adorable diy Felt Play Mail Envelopes and Postcards were intended for Valentines Day, they are too cute not to use year around and would make a perfect little addition to a playhouse area.

You know I love knitting, so you’re probably not surprised that I’m psyched about the new Purl Soho Video Tutorials from The Purl Bee – the first one about Yarn Overs is so clear and easy to follow!

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