Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Greeting Card Mini Boxes

Many moons ago when I was a younger child I would visit my grandma on her farm during the summer. My grandma is very creative and always liked to take time to teach me new things. Today I want to share these boxes with you:

Start by cutting the front and the back of the card apart.

Next measure the shortest side of the card front and cut the other side the same size so that you have an exact square (you may want to decide where you want your measurements before you cut so that you have the design you want). This will make the top of your box. Repeat with the back of the card except make it a bit smaller than the front of the card.

Find the center by drawing two lines to opposite corners to make an 'X' (this is with the wrong side facing up),

Fold one corner to the center, then fold it in half again, and open flat again. Repeat this with the remaining corners,

Put a dot on the four corners of the small square you will see in the middle of the card. Next choose 2 corners across from each other and make 2 cuts on the creases stopping at the dots on. Repeat this on the other side. You will have 4 cuts total.

Fold the corners of the triangle flaps to the center,

Fold up the wings,

Stand up the side walls,

Fold up the ends and tuck the flaps down. Put a piece of tape or glue dot to secure the tips if you need to. This is the top of your box. Repeat these steps for the bottom.

You could also use pieces of wall paper or card stock.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Taco Soup

1 1/2 lbs ground buffalo (can use beef or turkey whatever floats your boat)
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
2 cans tomatoe sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can water
grated cheddar cheese
cumbled tortilla chips
sour cream

Add all ingredients except chees and chips to slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Dish it up and top with cheese, chips, and sour cream.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Brownie Redo

Want a simple way to spruce up your run of the mill brownie mix? Here's a quick way to do it. Follow the directions on the back of your favorite brownie mix. When those ingredients are mixed together add some toffee bits (found in the baking isle next to the chocolate chips) I use 1/2 of a 12 oz. bag for one box of brownie mix:

and some chopped walnuts or pecans (I use about 3/4 cup you can add more or less depending on your nuttiness level):
Bake in the oven per directions on the box and enjoy!
Want to kick it up to the next sweetness level? Top with vanilla ice cream and warm chocolate syrup.

Want to kick it up to the next sweetness level? Top with vanilla ice cream and warm chocolate syrup.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Frame Redo

I am in a transition of color in my decor. I am going from black, white, and red to blues, browns, and creams/antique white with green plant accents. I am in the middle of a project with a very large frame and had some of the paint left over. I decided to repaint my little silver frame that sits on my shelf by the front door. I love the pop of color it adds and can't wait to change out more of the colors in my decor.
Here is the paint I used:


Don't mind my crooked photograph. :)

The books I want to change out the red and green one. The clock I am trying to decide what to do I might just replace it with something else altogether. The little tools I am thinking of bundling a few together on some twine to hang from the hooks. What do you think?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monkey Bread

My daughter loves to cook. She asks everyday what she can help me make in the kitchen, and sometimes what I can teach her to make on her own. I have tried several different methods/recipes for this and I found this one here and it is definitely my favorite. Cooking it at a lower temperature for a little longer make it so that the middle doesn't end up doughy and the outside isn't over cooked. Hope that you enjoy it as much as we did!


4 cans of biscuits

1 cup sugar
1 bowl with 1 cup sugar, 2 tbsp. cinnamon mixed
1 cube butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)


Cut each biscuit into quarters. Then roll* each quarter in the Cinnamon-Sugar mix. Drop into a well greased Bunt pan. (Layer in the pecans if you choose to use the pecans) In a saucepan, combine the butter and 1 cup of sugar until it's simmers. Pour over the biscuits in the bunt pan. Bake at 300° for 30 minutes or till golden brown.

*instead of rolling each piece in the cinnamon sugar mixture I put it all in a large zip lock bag and shake it up until each piece is coated. It makes less of a mess.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Shelf Redo

For my first post I will share my first project. I found this shelf that someone was throwing away and decided that I could redo and reuse it. Since I wasn't blogging about my redo projects at the time I can't share the paint brand or color with you, but will remember to include these details in the future. This little shelf hangs in my entry way by the front door. The miniature garden tools I purchased from Vintage Farm Furniture. I love their stuff. The other stuff I just had around the house. I plan on changing it up since I am going for a new color scheme in my house, but that will come in time.