Tuesday, September 29, 2009
meet my new best friend- Chocolate Eclair Cake.
Combine 2 small fat free boxes of vanillas pudding with 2 2/3 cups of fat free milk and 1 container fat free cool whip.
Pull out your 13x9 pan and grease it up. Put one layer of low fat honey graham crackers on the pan. Pour over it 1/2 of the pudding mix you made. Layer with graham crackers again. Pour the remaining pudding mix on. Generously ice the final layer of graham crackers with chocolate icing.
Cover and refrigerate. The longer is stays in the cold refridgerator the softer the graham crackers will be and thus the better the cake. If you can leave it in the fridge for 24 hours before touching it, I'd be so proud. We left it 1 full hour and enjoyed.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I used ribbon to connect each pennant and attached the ribbon to the triangle with mini clothespins. They are not even glued on. The extra ribbon on the ends and additional clothespins can attach the overall garland to your fireplace, bar, entertainment center. You could also hang this on the wall, across a doorway, etc.
I think this could be lots of fun for a wedding shower with the couple's new last name. In all, I used 1 sheet of paper per letter (1/2 sheet of monkey and 1/2 sheet of green) along with simple colored copy paper for the letters. With the ribbon and clothespins, I would estimate this project at around $5. What a bargain!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
You know God cares about the little things when Carter's does a line that matches your favorite animal and thus your nursery at the same time that you are pregnant.
I got this idea from my friend Alison who decorated for one of my baby showers with buckets of baby goodies. She used lots of cute ribbons on my buckets too.
The cute little round monkeys on the shirts were purchased on Etsy. There are people out there selling fabric already cut and ready with Steam A Seam backing. I got 12 of these circles for under $2. If time is money, I got a big deal!The baby shower this weekend is the third this month! I have October off and then it is time for a monster/alien themed shower in November. It know it sounds crazy, but we've got some cute ideas to share!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
My husband and I looked through a few different catalogs and online for her very first costume. We had strong opinions- it should work in warm or cold weather, it can't constrict her legs (she's a kicker!) and it needed to be something different that she wouldn't likely pick herself. I know the princess and cheerleader years will come.
Look at this cute glow worm costume we decided upon! It is on eBay so we didn't have to spend a lot and we can put tights and a shirt underneathe it depending upon the weather. I just know we will have great fun taking glow worm photos in the grass.
Happy Halloween everyone!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
See Jane Work has released these SUPER.CUTE. planners for next year and I can't decided which one I like best. The skull and crossbones is not a factor, but I love the other three.
I use Outlook and my Blackberry calendar, but there is something satisfying about a paper planner. I am going to give it another shot. We'll just pretend it is still 1995.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Look at this cute trunk turned pot- love it. I also love the old metal chairs mixed in with the newer wood. It is a good representation of the area- new trendy cute stores and old brick buildings.
Look at the storefronts- all of them are personalized like this. This store is going out of business, so I can't wait to see what takes its place next time I am in town.
Before we left the square, we went into my very favorite Marble Falls store- Zoo La La. Their store front is zebra print with hot pink and lime green. They are a kitchen specialty store with every kitchen gadget imagineable. They make me want to be a better cook!
Get the girls together and make a day trip to Marble Falls! And, be sure to invite me!
Friday, September 11, 2009
The end table between the couches is really larger than decor I had left over. So, I used a place mat to define a smaller space and put decor only on the mat. I added another piece of fabric on the metal pumpkin and placed a Cinnamon Apple candle inside it.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
On the counter top in the kitchen, my husband has a bowl. It is his place for his wallet, keys, cell phone, change, etc. I don't mind it all being out, as long as it is in a fun bowl. So, his normal silver star bowl was exchanged for a wooden pumpkin. I also replaced a summer-scented candle with a fall candle inside a metal jack-a-lantern holder.
Tomorrow, is our last day of fall decor and we'll peek at the living room.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
This tin pumpkin was purchased at Round Top Trade Days in October of 2007. He was a pain to carry around the trade days, but I'm glad he made it home with me. I placed him on a cake pedastal to raise him up and make room for the q-tips and cotton balls. These are placed in small ice cream bowls in falls colors. I tied a spare piece of fabric from my Ragamuffin Garland on the pedastal stem.
Tomorrow, we'll look at kitchen and dining room decor.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I threw an old wooden pumpkin on the ledge among my daughter's photos. I think it is also a Hobby Lobby find. I added straw colored raffia to the stem a few year ago.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Tip #3- I bought my ribbon on the roll like this instead of the bolt. It made it quick and easy to cut.
I decided to tie everything onto brown ric rac and bought 3 yards of it. I found it to be sturdy and an inexpensive option.
Tip #4- leave about 6 inches from each end on the string/ribbon/ric rac that you are tying everything to. That will allow you to hang it on the wall or tuck it under a heavy item on your mantle. Make sure the string/ribbon/ric rac blends with your garland in case it shows.
Start tying knots. And, tying knots. And, tie some more. If possible, make sure the pattern is showing on both ends when your knot is tight. It'll help liven it up. After you tie 10 or so, it'll look really flat. Take the ties and twist them up. Doing that will put the tied ends in different directions and give it the fluff you need.
Here is the finished project! More photos to come with the dining room fall decor.
Tip #5- Save your extra fabric strips- they can be used in your decor. I tied them around candlesticks, pumpkin stems, wall decor hangers and more.
Tip #6- I laid my garland on my formal dining room table; however, if you hung it on your mantle you can easily add small clothespins and hang letters to spell "Autumn" or "Harvest" or add matching pictures, like these on etsy.