Friday, November 21, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nativity Ornament Set Re-Do

 It's Friday and I'm excited to show you this week's From this to that Friday project!

If you have followed me for awhile, you might remember this gorgeous 12 Days of Christmas 12 piece, Nativity Ornament Set I came up with a few years ago.

Well, I don't know about you, but I have some favorites in my holiday decorations each year that I pull out of the attic...well, this is one of mine, BUT I was ready for a new spin with it.

We get this set out every year and with the 12 days leading up to Christmas, we pull one ornament out each day and hang it up. Then on Christmas eve, we pull out the holy family and hang them up last. I love reading from the Bible about the story of Christ's birth each night too. We read the account of the shepherds on the night we put up a shepherd, the account of the wisemen traveling when we put up the wisemen...It also makes a great gift for other friends and families and is fun to take and drop up anonymously at their door each night the 12 days before Christmas. (Another fun tradition of our family....)

Well, this set used to be displayed and hung on a branch turned tree. Love the rustic look of that still, but wanted something different this year.

I found this fun little metal stand at Hobby Lobby last year and thought it would be perfect for showcasing this nativity set! I LOVE it!!!

I love seeing the bulbs and images all together. I love the shine and yet, still a simplicity to this decoration.

AND guess what?! You'd never know it, but the bulbs are PLASTIC! Yep! I got tired of broken bulbs (with 5 kids that's inevitable), so I found these great plastic bulbs that they sell at Hobby Lobby year round now. Best thing ever!

What's your favorite decoration that you pull out every holiday season? Do you ever change it up? Try it this year! Makes it feel brand new again!

And for those of you who are interested in making this as your own DIY project, here is the tutorial on how I made this set of Christmas bulbs. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Heavenly and Healthy Melt in your Mouth Waffles; GF and White refined Sugar Free {Recipe}

I keep promising to share these scrumptious "Melt in your mouth Waffles" and my family keeps eating them all before I can get a picture of one of them! haha

If you have ever tried any GF recipes, it's hard to find ones that are similar to what you are used to having with your "regular" flours. Me? I typically have about 8 different kinds of flour in my house on a regular basis. Over the last couple of years and some experimenting, I am finally happily satisfied (as is my family!) with this recipe! Soooo good and you won't even know it's GF!

So, here's the recipe for you!

Melt in your Mouth GF, Sugar Free Waffles
Mix all together:
2 large eggs
2 cups GF flour of your choice
(I used two different pre-mixed kinds of GF flour)
1 3/4 c almond milk
1/4 c sunflower oil
1/4 c applesauce
1 ripe smashed banana
1 T organic coconut palm sugar
3-4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp iodized sea salt

Seriously, no rhyme or reason necessarily. Just dump it all together in a bowl and mix.

Then add to your waffle maker (We love our Belgian waffle maker! So worth it!) and cook.

Take out and serve promptly while they are warm, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Then to add to this scrumptious waffle, I found this great pumpkin souffle recipe on Instagram from @cleaneatingmom that I altered just a tad, by adding a bit of honey or organic coconut palm sugar to the recipe ( I added less than 1/4 cup) and a couple more spices.

Pumpkin Souffle
1 can pumpkin
1/2 can coconut milk (I substituted with coconut/almond milk)
4 beaten eggs (You can also substitute some of these with gelled flax seeds like I did.)
2 ripe smashed bananas
A dash of cinnamon

Then I also added a bit of cloves and a dash of nutmeg as well and a little less than 1/4 cup of honey or organic coconut palm sugar. (I did a tad of both.)

Bake at 350 degress for about 45 minutes.

It is delicious! By itself OR

on top of the waffles...then with a scoop of Caramel Almond Butter added to top it off just right! Oh my! Heaven!
(This is the blend of GF flour I used in this recipe. If I make up my own blend, I use a mixture of  sorghum flour, millet flour, a little tapioca or potato starch and xanthum gum.)

If you have extra batter, you can one of two things, either make the waffles freeze and then toast again to reheat or put them back in the waffle iron for just a bit to warm them back up. OR you can save some of the batter in the fridge to make them fresh again later in the week! Either way, it's a win!

You've got to try them! and then let me know what you think!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to Paint MDF Wood Projects {Tutorial}

Have you ever tried to paint MDF wood? MDF is great for being a cheaper option for wood projects, but it soaks up paint like crazy! Because of that, it is very hard to get the paint job looking great. You find yourself painting coat after coat after coat of paint! And still are not satisfied with the outcome!

Well, I have the answer for you! And it's really soooo very simple!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Nativity Garland Stencil GIVEAWAY!

#nativity #christmas #christmasdecor#christmasdiy #diy #stencil #giveaway #ontheblog #christmasgifts #homemadegifts #gifts

I am feeling the love lately and want to give it back! So, it's GIVEAWAY time!

This is my most popular item right now and soooo easy to make as DIY, so I will be giving away TWO of these Nativity Garland Stencils! 

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter below in the rafflecopter.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Creamy Cauliflower Bacon Soup Recipe

#recipe #recipeoftheday #healthyliving #cleaneating

I have seen so many people use cauliflower for things you would never have thought to try a few years crust for one, and have you seen that picture of a slow roasted head of cauliflower? NEVER would have thought to do that! And it looks so good!!

Well, my husband can't eat broccoli anymore (food sensitivities/allergies) and loves creamy broccoli cheese soup. We also love a good creamy potato soup, but so much starch there!

So I decided to try making a healthier creamy soup with cauliflower. IT.WAS.AWESOME! My 15 year old had FOUR helpings kind of awesome! It even tasted cheesy, but had no cheese in it.

I thought it perfect to share for this super cold weather we have had this week and are expecting more of. There are really minimal ingredients too. So, here you go.

Creamy Cauliflower Bacon Soup Recipe

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Olaf's Mug {Frozen Inspired}

#diy #frozeninspired #olaf #mug #winter #holidaytreat #hotchocolate

My 3 and 4 year old girls have a very affectionate relationship with say the least! haha He is very loved at our house. My 3 year old gets up in your space, about an inch from you face, and whipsers, "Olaf likes warm hugs". She does this often and out of the blue. It cracks me up!

The other day, my daughter totally all on her own, came up with the thought,"Mom! We should make an Olaf mug!" And with the freezing (Brrrr!) temperatures we have this week, it was perfect to make! So we did! 

Bwahaha Get it? It's Olaf's mug. bwahaha)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Life Behind ONE Veteran and his family

I thought it fitting today to just say thank you to all of our veterans out there, past and present. Whether you have a spouse, a father/mother, a grandfather, a cousin, an uncle/aunt, or a friend...most all of us today have someone we know that is dear to us that is a veteran. And I am so grateful for each and every one of them. Personally, I pretty much know a veteran in every single one of those categories, but the one that is the most dear to my heart is my husband.
From the first time I met my husband, he wanted to serve his country. I love the patriotism that is deeply planted in his heart. He loves his country and he believes in it. He has felt it a privilege to live in this country, and has been honored and felt it a duty, for him to serve his country.

Monday, November 10, 2014

May the Chores be with You {Chore Chart} for Kids

#chores #chorechart #appropriatejobsforkids #teachresponsibility

Happy Monday! Are you ready for today and this week? Does your house get destroyed every weekend with your kids home? haha Well, I have the post for you today!

Last week, my son texted me from school and asked me to bring some homework up to him at school that he had left on the kitchen table. Hmmm...

I love being a stay at home mom, and am so thankful that I CAN do this kind of thing for him. BUT, at the same time, I also want to help him learn. Since this is the third or fourth time already this fall, that this has happened...I made a quick change. I said sure, but you'll owe me a chore or $5. Not to say really that he OWES me, but I wanted him to know that my time is also valuable, and that I don't just sit at home with nothing to do. I want him to know what it takes for me to stop what I am doing, find the HW, gather the little ones at home with me together, buckle them in the car, drive up to the school, take them all in with me and the get the picture.

My husband and I even think it would be good for the kids to do everything that I do (like above) sometime (Well, not actually have THEM drive! lol) to see how much effort and time it actually takes to do this.

Anyway...he didn't think I was serious (apparently) but agreed. Later after he got home I reminded him and he laughed saying. "You're serious?" I smiled, and said, "yes." I just asked him to change out a couple of lightbulbs that are up high (and that he can reach more easily than me) and he laughed a bit later and said, "I don't think I will be forgetting things as much." Good kid.

And seems to have worked as a great lesson...? We'll see, but at least I am trying and so is he. Love my kids. And I love them enough to take the time to help them learn. They each have chores.

What kind of chores do you have your kids do around your house? What age do you have them start?

Friday, November 7, 2014

How to Make Homemade Maple Syrup (Without a Maple tree haha) {Recipe}

I don't know about you, but I love the flavor in homemade maple syrup. If I had a maple tree and lived up NE (like my husband's aunt and uncle), I would definitely tap those maple trees (Yep! They do that!). But...I don't.

So...this is the best I can do! And it's sooooo easy! (Yes it is still full of sugar, but at least you know that is ALL that is in there. No preservatives or extra words you can't pronounce. No High Fructose Corn Syrup, and it's also about moderation. This is an occasional treat. I DO want to try this with some coconut palm sugar soon though and see how it comes out.)

To make your own maple syrup, all you need are three ingredients:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Top 10 Pins from the Week

I have another to ten post for you today, but this time it is my Top 10 Favorite Pins for the Week.

They are all so different and so creative! Something for everyone! 
1. How fun are these gluegun window snowflakes from We Lived Happily Ever After:

2. Looking for a new recipe to wow everyone this holiday! This could be the one!! This looks heavenly from In Katrina's Kitchen:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Top 10 Perfect Mini Pumpkin Place Settings for Thanksgiving Dinner

I don't know about you, but I already have a ton of things "on my plate" to get ready before Thanksgiving, so while I LOVE place settings at the table, I also don't want to spend a ton of time on them. I love the bright colors of mini pumpkins and how festive they are as well as the elegant look of the mini white pumpkins. This makes mini pumpkins PERFECT for Thanksgiving dinner place settings! So I've compiled 10 perfect place setting ideas using these cute and classy mini pumpkins. Most of them are so easy, all you need to do is gather a paper and pen, or a sharpie or even print the name!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

An Aggie Owned Longhorn; and A Welding Hobby

It's a wet rainy day here today in NW Arkansas! But I'm not minding it. (Except that means goodbye to more colors in the trees.)  I love getting cozy and warm inside with a cup of hot wassail while it's raining outside. What's your favorite rainy day activity?

Today's post is a perfect example of a great rainy day activity. Years ago, even before we were husband used to have fun playing around with a bit of welding. He sold his welder one year though and hasn't done it since. UNTIL...recently when he started back up again. I love seeing his creations come to life from just a piece of metal. He designs and comes up with them all himself and wants them kept simple. I love it!

Keep reading to see more!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from Two Cuties!

My four year old brought this home from preschool and can't get enough of this!

Happy Halloween from two little cuties!

A Witch's Halloween Decorating Fun

Happy Halloween!! When do you have your costumes decided and done? I used to have them decided much earlier, but this year my kids took their time deciding, some even just decided a little over a week ago! Eek! Had me scrambling a bit.

But this one has had the spirit of Halloween all month, dressing up MANY times a week in different costumes and having fun with them. With all our fun house decorations and her in this witch costume last week, the camera had to come out though!

She told me laughingly, that these boots were just too BIG for her. lol Cracked me up!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fellow Bloggers Featured!

I love finding and sharing the genius of other bloggers and am excited to show you these today!

hahaha Check out some of these 120 ways to decorate your car for Trunk or Treats from the Dating Divas!


120 new and creative ways to decorate your car for a Halloween Trunk or Treat activity!

I love this DIY Lego Tray from Somewhat Simple