Friday, July 30, 2010

Chow Mein Casserole

I've had this recipe for years......I think it came out of an old ward cookbook.  My kids all love this one....even my picky eaters! 

Chow Mein Casserole

1 pkg. Chicken Rice-A-Roni, made as directed
2 C. cooked chicken, cubed (can also use canned chicken)
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
3/4 C. milk
1 small pkg. slivered almonds
1 small pkg. chow mein noodles

Mix cooked Rice-A-Roni and all other ingredients (except chow mein noodles) in a large bowl.  Put in 2 qt. baking dish and top with chow mein noodles.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

**I always double this recipe and bake in a 9x13 pan.  


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bottle Cap Earrings

I've had a bag full of bottle caps sitting on a shelf for a few years now.  The plan was to make necklaces out of them, but I never quite got around to it.  When I saw THIS tutorial from A Beautiful Mess, I found the inspiration I needed to finally do something with all those bottle caps!


These would make such a fun gift for birthdays or Christmas!!  Can't wait to make more!



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Whatever Goes Wednesday @Someday Crafts
Hoo's Got Talent @Night Owl Crafting
Look What I Made! @Creations By Kara
Sugar & Spice Weekly Link Party @seven-thirty-three
Upcycled Awesome @The T-Shirt Diaries
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sew Cute Tuesday {7.27.10}

Happy Tuesday, everyone!!  I'm excited for another fun week of linky inspiration!  Here's a few projects that caught my eye from last week.

How cute is this DIY Travel Play Kitchen Set from Frugal Family Fun Blog?

The Paisley Cupcake showed us how to make a Man Roll.....my husband could use one of these!

These fun DIY Matchbook Notepads from I Can Find The Time are a perfect way to use up scraps!

And Create & Delegate shared her adorable Pleated T-Shirt Dress Tutorial!!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button....you can now find it in my *new* menu bar!!

***For some reason, I've been having problems leaving comments on some of your posts. If you don't see a comment from me, just know that I did visit!!***

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**link to specific blog post, not blog home page!
**link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Thursday, July 29th so you have plenty of time to add your projects!
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!





Monday, July 26, 2010

Cupcake Box

My Father-in-law had a birthday recently, and this is what the kids and I gave him......a very special cupcake in a very cute box! 

The box has a liner to keep the cupcake in place.

And here's a side view of the box....

I love this little box!!  You can find the tutorial HERE from Stamp With Beth!

Friday, July 23, 2010

My Christmas in July Gift!

I was a participant in Craftaholics Anonymous' Christmas in July Gift Exchange, and wanted to share what I got from my gifter, Robin !


My girls have already claimed the flowers as their own.....!  Thanks so much Robin!!  I love it!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Juice Pouch Headband {Tutorial}

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I was super excited to share this tutorial on Someday Crafts last week!!  I thought I'd repost it here in case any of you missed it!!
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Today I'm going to show you how to make a Reversible Juice Pouch Headband!! 

Pretty cute, huh?  My girls love wearing these, and we always get compliments on them when we're out and about!  Alright, let's get started!!

{Juice Pouch Headband Tutorial}

Supplies Needed:

* 4 juice pouches, cleaned and dried
* Fabric
* Tape
* Sewing Machine
* Coordinating Thread
* about 4" of Elastic
* Headband Template (I just found one online that I liked...HERE)

{Step 1}  To get started, let me first show you how I clean out my juice pouches.  All I do is carefully cut a slit in the bottom, wash out in soapy water, and let air dry.  Sometimes if I want to speed up the drying process, I'll put the juice pouches in the dryer on low. 

{Step 2}  Next you'll need to carefully cut off the back of the juice pouch.  Using an Exacto-Knife, start cutting on the bottom of the pouch, where you cut the slit to clean it out.  Keep going until you've cut the whole back of it off.

This will give you a better idea of what it should look like.  The pouch on the left has the back cut off....the one on the right doesn't.

{Step 3}  Sew the pouches together.  I like to use a zig-zag stitch, but you can use a straight stitch if you prefer.

{Step 4}  Fold the pouches in half, and tape your headband template on top.  Cut around the template.

Here's what mine looked like after cutting.

{Step 5}  Fold both your fabric and headband in half.  Place juice pouch headband on the fold of the fabric.  Cut out leaving about a 1/2" border.

**Tip:  I put tape on the inside of the juice pouches to keep them in place while cutting out the fabric.

{Step 6}  Unfold the juice pouches and fabric, and place the juice pouches in the center of the fabric, right side up.  The fabric needs to be right side down. 

{Step 7}  Fold fabric to edge of juice pouch, then fold again.

Tape in place.

Here's mine all taped down.

{Step 8}  Sew along the inside edge of fabric, right over the tape.  I used a straight stitch.  DO NOT sew the ends closed!!  Once you're done with both sides, carefully peel off the tape.  After the tape is all off, iron the fabric flat using low heat.

{Step 9}  Sew your elastic in one end, backstitching to secure.

Then do the same with the other end.  Make sure you back stitch a few times!

And that's it!!  You're all done!  Now put on your cute headband and admire your work!! 



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sew Cute Tuesday {7.20.10}

Happy Tuesday, everyone!!  There were some really fun tutorials linked up last week.  Here's just a few that caught my eye!

I thought this Airplane Tray Cover from Serving Pink Lemonade was such a smart idea!!

A Load of Craft shared her Boppy Slipcover Tutorial!!

Making the World Cuter showed us how to make these cute Soap Pockets!!

And I loved these cute Family Napkins from Hippos & Dinosaurs!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button on my sidebar, ladies!!

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**link to specific blog post, not blog home page!
**link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Thursday, July 22nd so you have plenty of time to add your projects!
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!





Friday, July 16, 2010

Cupcakes In a Jar

This was originally a guest post at Attempting Creative's Cupcake Carnival a few weeks ago.  Here it is again, in case you missed it!!

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I'm one of those Moms that {Loves} to make special treats for my kids.  Especially when they've done something to deserve it.....like doing their chores all week without complaining! 
So to reward them for a job well done, I decided to make some "Cupcakes in a Jar".  Cute, right?!


To make these, you'll need:

*Your favorite cake batter (tip: if you use cake mixes like me, try adding 1 c. sour cream to the batter.  Makes it even better!).

*Mason jars (I used pint and 1/2 pint).

1). Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
2). Grease and flour the mason jars. 
3). Fill jars 1/2 full with cake batter, and put jars on a cookie sheet. 
4). Bake for about 20 minutes.
5). Let cupcakes cool completely (careful when taking these out of the oven....the jars are HOT!).

This is what mine looked like when they came out of the oven.  The ones in the pint jars look a little funky, but don't worry.....the frosting will cover it up!

Once your cupcakes have cooled off, decorate with your favorite frosting and sprinkles!!

Hopefully getting these fun 'cupcakes in a jar' will keep my kids motivated to do their chores.  I'll keep my fingers crossed on that one!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Christmas in July Gift Exchange

I was able to participate in Craftaholics Anonymous' Christmas in July Gift Exchange this year.  My 'giftee' told me that she's expecting a baby girl in August, so I decided to make her a Mini Envelope Accordion Album and some cards.  I had so much fun putting these together!!  Here's how they turned out:

I found the idea for the album HERE from Creations by Patti.

Here's a view from the side.

And the pages...


I couldn't give the album without making a cute box to put it in!!  Instructions for this can be found HERE.

Of course, the card box and cards had to match the album!!  I used THIS tutorial from Big Ideas From a Little Girl , only I didn't use the ribbon around the top.

Here's the inside of the box, with the cards and envelopes peeking through.

And the cards.  I made 5 with "Thanks" and 5 without.

I hope my 'giftee' will get some use out of these!!



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