Versatile Blogger Award!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Guess what!? Today I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award! 
That's pretty exciting to me! It's nice to know that people find some enjoyment through my blog and what I like to do and share. 

Thanks so much to Brandy over at With a Shot of Brandy for choosing to award me!

THANK YOU SO MUCH BRANDY! .. for awarding me, and for taking the time to read my blog. 

Here are the rules for this reward: 

* Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award
* Share 7 things about yourself
* Send the award to 10 other bloggers and let them know you have awarded them!

7 Things About Me

1. I'm a lover of many things crafty and creative :) 
2. Originally from California, I met my Canadian hubby in Wisconsin during grad school.
3. Currently a waitress at a small restaurant
4. Home schooled from K-12th grade -- thank you mom! 
5. Brought up in a Christian home, saved at age 5, and have a desire for the Lord and His work in my life! 
6. I spend way too much time online
7. My weakness is ice cream and I can never say NO :) 

And now my 10 awards go to . . . 

 All of these bloggers are my favorites and I enjoy reading each of their blogs!

Congrats!! :) 

Cheap Earring Displey Holder: Craft Room

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hello, it's me! ... I feel like a stranger on my own blog! Oh how I've missed blogging about crafts and projects and such.. I just don't have much to share these days. There are a few larger projects that I'm in the middle of procrastinating working on for our master bedroom though, and I can't wait to finish those up! So until I have those projects complete I think I all stick to some smaller projects that I can finish right away without sweat, tears and involving laziness! 

This week I made myself an earring holder for some of my shop earrings.

I  just bought a grease strainer thingy at the dollar store . . .
(I saw this done before online somewhere but don't remember where)

 . . . and painted it with my pretty new Krylon Watermelon paint that Hubby got me for my birthday. 
(I'm using it sparingly and saving most of it for something good because it's special).

Then I hot glued twine around the handle and glued on a little loop for hanging.

Filled it up with earrings and there you go! 
Told you it was one of those quick projects :)

For now I like it.. until I'm inspired with a better idea for displaying my shop earrings! :) 

The color looks nice and pretty next to my bright blue cork board! Oops, sorry for not photographing that though.. my camera was dying on me. But I am working on putting a few more things on my craft room wall and then I'll get some nicer pictures to show. Promise.

Crock Pot Apple Crisp

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I. Love. Fall. 

.. I know, I've said it before.. many times, but I just really do love it! When the days start turning into fall I get this feeling in me.. The smells of fall, .. in the outdoors, in the kitchen, candles.. The chilliness, coziness, pulling out some light scarves, comfy sweaters... Yes, I'm getting to my point of this post, I'm just building it up! 

Fall makes me want to bake things! Lately I'm wanting to bake all sorts of yummy sweets. I haven't jumped at every urge to bake something though, thank goodness! But I was recently inspired by one of the blogs I follow {A Law Student's Journey} to make apple crisp in the crock pot! Mmmmm. So I tried it! And boy was it gooooood. I looked online for some recipes, and I kind of followed a few different recipes. 

How to make Apple Crisp in your crock pot

I peeled and sliced about 8 to 10 apples (6 cups sliced apples). 
Mine were actually small apples, so you may want less apples if yours are larger. I just bought a bag of apples. 

After peeling and slicing, I threw the apples into the crock pot. 
Then in a small mixing bowl I added these ingredients: 

1/3 cup white sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch 
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mixed that up then dumped it into the pot with apples and stirred it up. 
Then I added 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and stirred that up.

{The smells were already getting to me!} 

Next for the topping.. 

Mixed these ingredients in a bowl: 

1/2 cup of flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup white sugar 
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch of salt

 {one of the recipes I was following didn't include oats, so I added oats from another recipe, and cut out half the flour. Not sure if cutting the flour is necessary.. but that's what I did}

Then I cut 1/2 cup of butter into little pieces, added that to the flour, sugar and spice mixture and squished it all up with my hands into a crumbly mixture- great fun :)

Mmmmm I love crumble toppings! 
The topping mixture just goes right on top of the apples. Y.U.M.

On goes the lid, temperature set to LOW. Leave it for about 3 hours then take the lid off for about an hour so the crust topping can .. do what it's supposed to.

I couldn't wait to find out how this would turn out! I've never made an apple crisp  in my life! I've actually never done these kinds of baked goods before. Apple pies, apple crisps, other fruit pies.. 

Here's a look at it all done and ready to be eaten up

And it was definitely eaten up! We had Hub's parents over that night to enjoy some of it with us. They loved it and said it was super yummy! I'm not really crazy about apple desserts, but this was great! 

Y.U.M - Y.U.M - Y.U.M - Y.U.M - Y.U.M 

This is me beaming with pride for making my first apple crisp 

And this is Hub's saying to himself, "My wife is AWESOME!" :) 
{Yes, I have attained the gift of reading my husband's mind.}

Enjoy, and have yourself a yummy fall treat!

Sweet Blossom Earrings Giveaway at Domestic Fashionista!

Hi Friends! I feel that I've been neglecting the blogging stuff these days... I feel like there is so much I need to do and plan and plus there's the job I have now. I need to get myself more organized and disciplined! .. yeah right

Well I do have something exciting for you today! 
Remember my Sweet Blossom Earrings??? 

Ashley from Domestic Fashionista is having a giveaway on her blog RIGHT NOW, and someone's going to win a pair of my earrings!!!

So what are you waiting for??