Thursday, August 30, 2012

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 142

Hello and welcome to our Show Off Your Stuff Party!

Let's get party-ing!

Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!










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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back to School Round Up

We have been very busy enjoying our last few days of summer around here... sorry to have such sparce posting.  I hope to get back on schedule soon!

School starts next week here in Minnesota so I thought I would a round up of the back-to-school crafts we have done here on F&J to get us all ready!







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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 141

Hello and Welcome to our Show off Your Stuff Party!  

On a side note- today is my (Fawnda's) 14th wedding anniversary!  Man- we have come a long ways!
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This week we are showing off:

 And now lets party!

Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!








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Monday, August 20, 2012

Busy Mama's Cookie Pie

There is nothing like a homemade chocolate chip cookie, especially in the Fall. Fall weather really gets me in a baking mood, but with 2 busy little boys at home during the school day, and 3 school-age girls who come home mid-afternoon, it's hard to block a huge chunk of time to dedicate to cookie-baking.

For me, the tedious part is putting all those little balls of dough on the pan. It can take several rounds of bowl-to-pan-to-oven-to-cooling-rack to get all those cookies baked. I like to simplify and shorten this step by pressing the entire (single) batch of dough into a pie pan. I call it Cookie Pie, and the kids think it's great, even though it's just a giant cookie. Use your regular chocolate chip cookie recipe (I use Betty Crocker), then bake for about 22-25 minutes. You'll want to keep an eye on it after about 20 minutes, as ovens vary.


You could probably use any cookie recipe, but this is the only one I've tried. You can also use a square or small rectangle pan, and slice it into "cookie bars."

To make it a little "healthier" I use white whole wheat flour for half the flour. Still not what I'd call healthy, but hey, it's something. I have also found fresh, locally rendered lard at the farmer's market, which I substitute for the butter, and it makes the cookie nice and flaky!  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Show off your stuff party #140

Hello and welcome to our Show off Your Stuff Party!

Sorry I have been MIA this week.  I have some major back issues and have been laid up for the past 3 days.  I hope to feel better soon!

And now lets party!

Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!










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Friday, August 10, 2012

Weekly Coupons and Deals!

I am thinking of starting a coupon and deal post each week... just some links to coupons and deals that I find that I think you might enjoy. We will try it out for a couple weeks and see if you all like it.

 Here are the coupons that I found this week:

  $0.75 off any Smucker's Jam, Jelly, or Preserves $1.00 off TWO Johnsonville Smoked Sausages $1.00 off and 3 Kellogg's Cereals$3.00 off Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist


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Paper Coterie is having a great summer sale too!   
Just use the code: ELEVATE to take 25% off!   Code expires on 8/31/2012
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GroopDealz also has some fabulous deals this week too! Here are a few of my favorites! groopdealz 5



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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 139

Hello and welcome to our Show Off Your Stuff Party!  

The week we are showing off: 




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And now it is YOUR turn!! 

Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!







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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Fresh Tomato Basil Alfredo Recipe

I don't know about you, but here in Northern Indiana, the tomato crop is coming in, and mine is glorious! I love tomatoes. I can't say enough how much I love them. I love to see that burst of orangy red within the green bush when I'm harvesting. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fresh basil.



This recipe is VERY simple, and it's a go-to for me on busy evenings, or nights I just don't feel like cooking. It's best in summer when the tomatoes and basil are fresh and at their peak of flavor.










Ingredients:
1 box pasta of your choice
1/2 pound sage sausage (or chicken or shrimp would also be yummy, or no meat at all if you want a vegetarian option)
about 20 cherry tomatoes, or the equivalent amount of any other tomatoes
a handful of fresh basil, chopped (to taste - I used about 6-7 large leaves)
alfredo sauce (canned or homemade, your choice - I use my Betty Crocker recipe for sauce)

Directions:
1. Cook meat
2. Cook pasta according to package directions, then drain
3. Mix pasta, meat, tomatoes, basil, and sauce together in pan
4. Simmer for a few minutes to warm the tomatoes

{I actually added some swiss chard to mine as well, and nobody noticed - the color blended in with the basil, and the taste was unnoticeable - a good way to sneak in some extra power veggies!}
That's it! SO easy, and so FRESH!

Monday, August 6, 2012

You Make My Future Bright! Teacher Gift {Tutorial!}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


Back-to-school is here... can you believe it?!  I bet most of you moms are ready for school, but if you are a teacher you want to relish in the last days of summer!   
I have a fun and easy back to school  teacher gift brought to you by AstroBrights papers:
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AstroBrights Paper is SUPER bright paper that is very high quality!  The colors are vibrant and would be great for any school project that you want to get noticed (in a good way!) 

Here is what you will need:
AstroBrights papers, Pencils, pens, Mod Podge, Tin buckets (from Target $1 spot)
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1. To create the pens:
You cut a piece of paper that is 5"X1.5"
Cover the strip of paper with Mod Podge
Roll the paper on to the pen.
Cover again with Mod Podge and let dry.Bright Teacher gift 3
Optional- add some cute washi tape for decoration! Bright Teacher gift 4
You can create the pencils the same way, but use a 6.5"X 2" piece of paper.Bright Teacher gift 5
2. To cover the bucket:
"trace" your bucket by rolling it on your paper.Bright Teacher gift 6
Here is the shape I came up with.  I only covered the front of my bucket.  Bright Teacher gift 7
I cut out a background using my silhouette cutting machine to make a cool textureBright Teacher gift 8
I used my front paper as a template on the background shape to cut it the right size.
Then use Mod Podge to attach the front paper
cover the front paper with more Mod Podge and add your texture on top
Cover with more Mod Podge and push out any wrinkles or bubbles.  Let DryBright Teacher gift 9
I also cut out the teacher's name (using my silhouette).  I used Mod Podge to attach it to the front.Bright Teacher gift 10
3. How to make the "You Make My Future Bright" flowers:
Cut out a strip of paper that is 11"X 1.5" and a circle that is 2".  (I used my Silhouette's print and cut option for my circles)
Accordion fold your strip of paper all the way across the strip.
Glue together the ends to make it a ring
Push the middle down to create the flower.
Use a blob of hot glue in the middle of the flower to get it to stay.Bright Teacher gift 11
Glue on your circle to the front of the flower.Bright Teacher gift 12
Use hot glue to attach it to your pencils and/or pensBright Teacher gift 13
Add to your bucket to make a super cute teacher gift!! Bright Teacher gift 14
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What will YOU create with AstroBright Papers?  Be sure to enter  The GIVE a BRIGHTER YEAR sweepstakes!  You could win $30,000 worth of supples for the school of your choice!  Just hop on over to the AstroBrights papers facebook page and "like" it for your chance to enter!
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You can also enter their "Make Something AstroBright" Design challenge.  Submit your AstroBright ideas for your chance to win!   
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