Sunday, June 30, 2013

Meet and Greet and a Paypal Giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone!  Today is an exciting day here!  I'm hosting a meet and greet party with Stringtown Home and some other great bloggers. And guess what?  We're giving away $100!  Yes, you read that right. $100. Why? Because we think you're so totally awesome and we know you could all use some extra dough.  What would you use it for? 

Be sure to enter, link up, and follow all of the hosts (they are linking up too). 

I'll let Heather explain everything you need to know!  Good luck!


Hi, everyone! Can you believe that it is JULY?! Holy. cow. Where did the time go?

This is one of our BIGGEST & BEST Monthly Meet & Greet linky parties to date...
Why? Because there are {10} Blogs & Businesses, which means 10 x the amount of exposure you would get from one party!
AAAANNNDDDD! There is a $100 prize giveaway!
You can enter that, here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway Now... don't forget to share the party with your friends! You can do so by grabbing this button & embedding it wherever HTML is accepted on your site:  
Stringtown Home
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  Lastly, the rules for the linky party are simple...  
 (1) Link up any site that you would like for us to follow...   (2)Make sure you enter the giveaway, and follow all of your hosts there. They have so graciously provided the $100 cash prize, so you definitely want to show them some love!   (3)Visit your fellow linkers! (haha! that sounds funny). Make friends, and get new followers - that's the fun of this party!   Are you interested in being a cohost for August's party?   If so, the cost is $10. The prize is going to be $100 cash, again.   You can pay your $10 below:  

Include Your Email Address
And, now... Link up! Link up! We're so glad you're joining!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Back to School: College Days

The kiddos and I were walking around Target today stocking up on essentials and we saw that a lot of the summer dishes and decor were on clearance.  What? It's not even the 4th of July yet.  They are making way for all the fun back-to-school items they will carry. 

Every year they put out all these great organizing items, bookshelves, baskets, office supplies...  I love that time of year!  As I was dreaming of the shelves I want to buy and doctor up for the craft room, I was reminded of what it was like to set up my first dorm room and then my first apartment.  It was the basement of an elementary school principal's house in a small town in North Dakota.  We had jobs but my friends and I needed to save money anywhere we could!
One place that would have been so nice to save is on your textbooks.  They are a necessity and, let's face it, they are EXPENSIVE! 
If you or maybe someone you know and love will be hitting the books this year in college, you need to know about Campus Book Rentals.
Here are just a few benefits of renting your textbooks:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-we donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
-and more
Maybe you have some textbooks sitting around that you would like to rent out.  RentBack is a way to make a little money off those books you paid for and now are just sitting on your shelf collecting dust.  Rent 'em out!
Want to know how it works? Head on over to Campus Book Rentals and see what you can find!

**I received compensation for writing this post**

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies: A Heritage Recipe

Before we headed to the pool this morning, I whipped up a batch of our favorite peanut butter cookies. This recipe has been passed down and is a family favorite. There is just something about baking (or cooking) something that has a history.
Did you know that you can make the fork marks after they have baked in the oven? Never fails. I always forget to make the marks and end up so bummed when the timer goes off. 
They're peanut butter cookies! They need to have the fork marks on them!  
Kayla asked why. I told her, "that's just the way it has always been for peanut butter cookies".  So I pulled out the hot pan and gently pressed my fork on each one of those little babies. And you know what? It worked! 
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup peanut butter, softened
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1tsp vanilla
2 3/4 - 3 cups flour (I use 3)
Cream sugars and butter. Add eggs, peanut butter, soda, salt, and vanilla; mix well. Work in flour until mixture will easily roll into balls. Press balls down with fork and bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes. 

I take them out when the bottom is just starting to brown.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chevron Burlap Wreath

Hey there! I'm sooo excited to share with you how this wreath turned out! Isn't it just adorable?! And chevron ribbon... Be still my heart! I think it's my new favorite thing. Thank you Hobby Lobby!
This wreath is headed up to a great home in MN. She said she wanted a wreath she didn't have to change with every season.
There are several chevron ribbon colors that make it easy to create a look you love!  The wreath is a simple bubble wreath. You can read my post at The Taylor House to see how to make one here. The plain burlap ribbon in this wreath does not have wire.  
The flowers are strips of a new white t-shirt. The letter is painted, distressed, and glued to the sturdier chevron ribbon.

What a fun wreath to display any time of year!
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Monday, June 17, 2013

All Seasons Wreath

Remember the wreath I put up for New Year's? And how I brought it into Valentine's? Changing the chalkboard sign is so quick and easy. And it can give you a whole new look!  

Can it get much easier than this?  

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment}: a moment that needs no words. a glimpse into our life as it is right now. a moment that makes me want to slow down, enjoy and remember. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Country Crust Bread

Is there anything better than fresh bread?  Or fresh bread with some butter? Maybe you're a cinnamon and sugar person.  

Here's our favorite bread recipe. It is easy to make and delicious. And the crust... The crust is the best part!

... laugh if you must at the shape of my bread. I try to make it look nice but they always come out looking kind of funny!  
Country Crust Bread 

Makes 2 loaves 

2 pkgs dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1/4 cup oil
6-61/2 cups flour 

Sprinkle yeast in warm water and let sit for about 10 minutes. Gently stir and combine with wet ingredients in mixing bowl. Gradually add dry ingredients. Beat until smooth. Beat with dough hook on medium speed 8 to 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turn greased side up, cover and rise one hour. Punch down, divided in half, roll each half into and 9 x 18 rectangle. Roll up tightly beginning at 9 inch and. Press and with hands to seal. Fold under. Place seam side down in buttered loaf pan. Let rise one hour. Bake in 375° oven for 30 minutes. Brush with butter.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Father's Day Gift Idea

Here's a quick and easy Father's Day gift idea for you!
This is a fun way to capture what is special the kids' relationships with Daddy.

I asked the kiddos what their dad does with them that they love the most. Snuggles and a made up game called Lions (I'm sure you can imagine what it's like) were the favorites at this time.  I wrote up a sign for them to hold while I snapped a picture. 
I chose to use four separate frames because I wasn't sure where we would end up hanging this and how it would lay out. 

Scrapbook paper with a subtle pattern went in the first and last frame. I wrote on the glass with a Sharpie 'Daddy, We love you because..." on the first one, and drew a heart on the last.
How will you celebrate the father of your children this year?
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Almost Party Time

I'm prepping like a mad woman today! Birthday party at 1:00 and I'm making the decorations now! 

Why didn't I just stay up late one night and knock this all out? 

They are turning out cute and I can't wait to share them with you next week! 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Friday, June 7, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment}: a moment that needs no words. a glimpse into our life as it is right now. a moment that makes me want to slow down, enjoy and remember. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Plant a Pumpkin

Hey there! I'm here to add another activity to your Summer Activities for Kids list! Have you been keeping up with all the great ideas that have been shared so far? They all look so fun!

 Last week I had the kids plant a pumpkin seed in a jar and we have been observing them ever since.  I saved some seeds from a pie pumpkin last fall. I just let them dry out and stored them in a jar. They seem to be growing well!  If you're starting from scratch, just pick up a packet of seeds next time your out. The kiddos would love to pick out the packet!

When you're ready to plant, place a paper towel in a jar and add soil. Place the pumpkin seed against the side of the jar and against the paper towel. Keep it watered just enough to keep the towel damp.  In just a couple of days, the kids should see it starting to sprout.  When that happened, we started our observation sheet.

To make the data sheet, I folded a piece of construction paper in fourths and labeled each section Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4.  The kids drew what they saw under week 1. I had Kayla write a couple of sentences telling me about it.  Noah told me what he wanted to say and I wrote it down.

Today we recorded our observations for week 2. The roots have grown like crazy and we have leaves! The kids are so excited about their pumpkins!

They drew their pumpkin plant and wrote about it. Noah said, 'My leaves are starting to spread. And it's getting bigger and bigger. It's so exciting!'

Next week I will try and guide their writing so it's a little more specific.  It's the teacher in me....did I tell you that in my previous life I was a teacher?

Pretty soon, these little sprouts will move to our garden. Hopefully we will have some cheery little pumpkins to brighten up our back yard...and then to make a pie! 

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Pinterest Power Party

ATTENTION: We are currently looking for and scheduling co-hosts for this lovely Pinterest Power Party! If you're a newer blogger, this is a WONDERFUL opportunity for you to grow! Don't believe us? Keep reading!

A little word from Danielle @ Sew Much Crafting: It wasn't until I started co-hosting blog parties that my blog really took off. It was scary for me to send the email the first few times - I didn't want to impose on the bloggers hosting the party... But let me tell you - it was worth it! And now that I'm a host of two different regular parties, I realize that hosting bloggers are constantly looking for bloggers to co-host!

Even if you're not a newer blogger, you most likely still want to see your blog grow. Don't let that little encouragement for newer bloggers keep you from emailing us too! We'd love to schedule you as a co-host in an upcoming party!

If you're interested in co-hosting, please email Danielle
{sewmuchcrafting [at] yahoo [dot] com} to find out which dates are available!


Okay... Now that that's out of the way.

Happy Wednesday, blog-land friends! Welcome to our Pinterest Power Party - and thanks for coming! If this is your first time, thanks for joining us!! Every Wednesday we host this party in order to focus on YOU - the readers! Do you have a DIY project, frugal gift idea, or delicious recipe you want to share? We want to see them and share them on our Pinterest boards too!!

Sew Much Crafting

Here are our little rules:
{1} Be a Pinterest Follower of your hosts and co-hosts {links below}!
{2} Put our party button on your blog post or party page! This will give our party more exposure which gives your fabulous links more exposure too!
{3} Pin the two links before yours! If everyone pins, we all get exposure on Pinterest!
{4} Please link up no more than four posts! They can be old or new - your old posts are still fabulous {even when they get pushed back by new posts!}.
{5} This is optional - but you don't want to skip it!! Be a follower of our Pinterest Power Party board - we'll be pinning each week's features as well as others that just catch our eye each week! You can follow the Pinterest Power Party board here!

Heather @ Living on Love and Cents: Pinterest | Blog
Chrissy @ The Taylor House: Pinterest | Blog
Danielle @ Sew Much Crafting: Pinterest | Blog

Jessica @ Prairie Girl to Southern Belle: Pinterest | Blog

Megan @ Chaos Served Daily: Pinterest | Blog


Each week we'll be featuring some of our favorite posts!
If you were featured, grab our button - you've earned it!
Sew Much Crafting

Again, if you're interested in co-hosting our fabulous party, send an email to Danielle
{sewmuchcrafting [at] yahoo [dot] com} - we'll get you added to the schedule!

Are you ready to party and get your pin on?
Here are the features from last week!
{1} DIY Washi Tape Frame from Ashley's Dandelion Wishes
{2} Entry Nook Organization from Harvey Ever After
{3} Baked Pizza Spaghetti from Sarah Lynn's Sweets
{4} Peanut Butter Burgers with Slim Jim Fries from Half Baked Harvest

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

The weather is warming up and we're thirsty! Here's our lemonade recipe...although you'll probably want to add more sugar. We like it sour!
Cut up your lemons and juice them. Then throw some of them in the garbage disposal to freshen it up!

Add in some strawberries, water, and sugar then blend it up!
 So pretty! 

I added some chocolate mint leaves from the garden to mine. Yum!

Prairie Girl to Southern Belle's Strawberry Lemonade
2 cups lemon juice
2 cups water
1-2 cups sugar (or to taste)
2 cups strawberries, cut up

Blend and serve very cold!

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36th avenue
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer Sandal Basket

Summer is here! The weather is nice and we are outside as much as possible these days. And what is our shoe of choice when we are running in and out of the back yard? Sandals! And where do those sandals end up? If you answered 'all over the place' you're right! 

During the summer we are home a lot. In and out. Playing in the yard, running in to get a snack, or heading out to water the garden and pick some strawberries. The back door doesn't have a nice place to keep shoes hidden so they pile up.  To help with this, I decided to put a basket (labeled, of course) near the back door. 
 When the kids come in for the day, they pop their sandals in the basket. When they are running out the door in the morning, they are right there, ready to go again.

Thanks for stopping by! It's been a crazy couple of weeks trying to find our summer rhythm.  I'll be back later this week with a fun kids activity. Be sure to check back!

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment}: a moment that needs no words. a glimpse into our life as it is right now. a moment that makes me want to slow down, enjoy and remember.