7.30.2012

Yummy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

When I was in college, my roommate made and shared these oatmeal cookies with me and since then – this has been the ONLY recipe I ever use! It is the best! The cookies come out plump and soft and super yummy!

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I made a batch over the weekend and wanted to share this yummy goodness with all of you guys!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

1 1/4 Cup Flour
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
{MIX}

Then add…

1 Cup Soft Butter
1/4 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Small package instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
{MIX}

Add 3 1/2 Cups Oats and 1/2 bag of  Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips.
Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes

Enjoy!!

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7.27.2012

12 Olympic Ideas!!

Yipee!! The Olympics start today!!!

I have been so excited for them! I love seeing all the athletes and their amazing abilities!
I have rounded up some fun Olympic ideas to help you celebrate the next couple of weeks! Let’s go USA!!


Free Olympic Cupcake Topper Printables


Oreo Olympic Gold Medals

Olympic candy jars
Olympic Rings Candy Jars


Olympic Memories Sheet


Olympic Cookie Medals


Olympic Torch Cake Cones


Popcorn Torches


Patriotic Twizzlers


Olympic Ring Waffles

olympic treat toppers
Athletes Treats


Union Jack Cupcakes

olympic gold medal cookies
Cookie Gold Medals

Are you going to be watching?

Happy Olympics!!

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7.26.2012

Backyard Update -

I have been meaning to post this for a little bit but for some reason I just kept waiting – or forgetting to take the pictures but I finally got my act together to show you our grass in our backyard – I posted about our nightmare backyard in June – so you can read all the details but just as a little refresher – it used to look like this -

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and then like this:

And now it looks like this:

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Glorious, beautiful grass!!!

Our family has been loving it and Spencer and I don’t know why we didn’t do it years ago! I love sitting out there watching my munchkins running their little hearts out, falling down, rolling around and giggling the entire time! And we finally set up our little pool for them to play in and that is lovely too! I thank the Lord for it every night – it has been that wonderful to have!

Our garden boxes are growing (finally) too! They had a hard time at first – I probably planted them too late – but they finally perked up and started growing! It is fun to see the before:

And the Now!

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And if you look really close – you can see veggies growing!!

We still have a few projects out there to finish up – but don’t you think it looks so MUCH better!!!??

Me too!!!

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7.25.2012

Delish Orange Julius {Recipe}

Do you have a favorite treat you remember from your childhood that you have not made in years?
I do! Or at least I did until I remembered how much I loved an Orange Julius and decided to make them for my little family!

I hadn’t had one in years and now we have them once or twice a week and my kids cannot get enough of them –
I have to double the recipe just for them!

Delish Orange Julius Recipe

1/2 Can of Frozen Orange Juice
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
10 Ice Cubes

Blend in a blender and enjoy!!

*Note: If you don’t have frozen orange juice, you can use regular orange juice – just use 3/4 cup orange juice and leave out the water!

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7.23.2012

Jelly Roll Slipcover Pillow {Tutorial}

Hi Friends!! I hope you had a great weekend!
It was my birthday so I spent the weekend playing with my family and eating lots of cake and ice cream!!
I also saw Batman!! Loved it!!

And of course – I keep plugging along on my kids rooms! I know I haven’t shared anything with the boys room – but trust me – it is coming along!! This past week I was sewing and was thinking about that bag of scraps that I told you about when I posted the Botany Bedspread – and thought it would be fun to whip up a pillow for Tenley’s bed – and so I did! A lot of the scraps belong to a jelly roll – so I whipped up this striped little beauty!

First – I dumped out all my scraps on the table!!

Then I started picking out some of my favorite patterns and colors that I thought looked nice together and laying them out.

The pillow form I have is a 14x14 – so I knew I needed to sew a few together to get about 14-15 inches. I sewed them with a 1/2” seam and kept measuring when I thought I was about to 14” to make sure I didn’t go over too much. It ended up working out perfectly and I ended up with almost a 15” piece – I like my pillows to be full and fluffy so I knew that I wanted it to be a little bit less than 14x14 so the pillow would be shoved in and full.

When I had my width – I cut off the ends to make them even. Each piece of the jelly roll was a little bit bigger or smaller so I just trimmed up the end. One end was perfectly straight since that was the end I sewed from.

When both ends were straight, I hemmed them up and made a nice seam. Since this will be a slipcover, I like my seams to be a 1/2”.

With right sides touching, I folded over each end until I had 14 inches – then I stitched the top and bottom together using a 1/2”. Make sure your stripes are lined up as best as you can!

Then simply snip the corners …

… shove your pillow form in and your done!!

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I love this line with the all the fun patterns, colors and flowers and think it turned out just lovely!

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So before you go throwing all your scraps away --- remember you just might need them for a fun little project!
Have a happy Monday and great week! 

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7.18.2012

Create Binding From Fabric {Tutorial}

I have been a busy girl this summer getting things ready for the new baby – One thing that I have been busy doing is sewing up new items for his and my {soon to be 3-year olds} room, making baby blankets and remaking a room for my daughter. It’s a lot – but it has been fun and I have learned a few new things that I will be sharing over the next couple months. One thing that rooms and blankets brings to the plate is binding – I have been making fabric binding (like the stuff I used to bind this quilt/bedspread) like crazy and I thought it would be a fun to share the tutorial of exactly how I do it (since you will be seeing it again and again!)

The first thing you want to do is cut your fabric into strips. I use 2 1/2 inch strips and 6” strips – either will work just perfect it just depends on what you are using it for and what you want the outcome to look like.

After all your strips are cut, you are going to sew them together – this is a BIG part of how your binding will turn out! You want to lay your fabric strips with right sides together at a 90 degree angle.

Next, you will want to stitch from corner to corner. This diagonal stitch is the key to a great binding!  If you are new to sewing you will want to take a pen and mark the line and then stitch it. You can see my stitches next to the white line so you can see which corners I am talking about.  When I am making my fabric binding, I always lay the fabric the same way and always stitch the same corner-to-corner.

When you open up the fabric after you have stitched it, your fabric strip should look like this: (yes, I know my stripes are off!)

If you accidently sewed the wrong corners (no worries! I have done it before too) it will be backwards and you simply need to unpick and try once again! Keep sewing your strips together with the diagonal stitch until you have ONE long continuous piece.

After you have one long strip, go back and snip off the extra material above your diagonal stitch leaving about 1/2 an inch.

Press each one open.

Last, you will want to fold your fabric together with the right sides facing out and press.

Your fabric binding is complete and you are ready to bind your quilt/blanket!

To learn to bind a quilt you can follow this tutorial – it is the best one I have found – and she does her binding just like me!!

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