Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkin Seeds

We carved our pumpkins last night! Hers what we do with the seeds. They never last more than a day or two!

1/2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tspgarlic powder
2 cups seeds washed and patted dry
4-6 shakes Lea & Perrins 

Spread out in one layer on a foil lined  baking sheet and bake for one hour at 275, stirring once or twice during the cooking time. 

Have a great Halloween!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tips and Tricks: Outdoor Decor

Hey everyone! It's time for Tips and Tricks again! Let's jump right in...

This week we are featuring The Casual Craftlete's Halloween Orange Sherbet Punch. It was our most pinned link up!
Halloween Orange Sherbet Punch

This week our theme is outdoor decor. Here is what I am sharing for this theme.  
You can read about my fall wreath here.
But I also want to keep it real.... I don't have much as far as decor this year. Usually there are big mums, lots of pumpkins. Here is what it looks like this year.
Wah wah wah.
The kids made signs for the door and were so proud of them that I just had to leave them up.
That's it. It's just one of those years. My man was off for the government shutdown and we weren't sure how long we would be without a paycheck. Three weeks is a long time! We had to cut back on some extras for a bit. No mums yet. 
I still have time though.
There is still hope for my boring front step! let's see your fab outdoor posts! I will live vicariously through your gorgeous pictures! And just a reminder: Next week's theme is Halloween! Hope to see you back next week! We're growing and that's exciting!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How to Turn a Dresser into Media Station in 10 Minutes

We have our TV hung above our fireplace and we love it. It makes it easy to have one focal main focal point. HOWEVER....I have never known what to do with the stuff. The DVD player, the satellite box, movies, etc. There are two windows around our fireplace so we ran all the wires to another wall.

In about 10 minutes, I turned this dresser into a media station.  By removing the bottom drawer I could store the DVD player, the satellite box and our movie cases. (Every movie we own is in one of those cases. Music is in the other. I throw all the original cases.) I didn't bother painting the inside of the space because you can't see very much of it but you could paint it if you wanted to.

In the back of the open space, I drilled a hole for all the cords to go through.
That's it.


Now just hook all your electronics back up. You can see the cords in this picture because I was sitting on the floor to take the shot. I promise you that you can not see them when you are in the living room.

In the drawers I stored toys and small games. The favorite drawer is the spy drawer. It has walkie talkies, flashlights, hats and masks, glasses, mustaches, watches...basically anything to make a disguise. The top drawer holds small games, remotes and coasters.

10 minutes and my problem is solved!

You can read about my super fast lamp makeover here.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

An Organized Home is a Happy Home

On Friday I shared my plan to get myself and my home in order. If you missed it, be sure to read it. Especially if you love a new way to make a list. And while you're there, order the book. I'm so excited for mine to come in the mail I can hardly stand it!
Look! My favorite in the world pens have new colors! These and a new notebook came home with me today. Don't you love office supplies!
Every morning (or even the night before) I write a to-do list for that day. I write down everything. What I have to do before dropping the kids off, what I plan to clean that day, washing a load of clothes, errands, prepping dinner and what we will have, blog/business tasks for the day. It's not crazy long but helps me stay on task.
This weekend my football-loving husband was out of a football I took the opportunity to go crazy organizing and purging. Do you do that too? A couple of late nights and I'm feeling better already. Last week I was overwhelmed at what I wasn't keeping up with.
I started in the playroom and went through everything. I threw away so much junk that was just taking up space. Markers that don't work. Every crayon they have ever had, old pieces of paper and toys they don't play with. ***Do this when your kids are asleep-and be sure to take out the trash so they don't have a meltdown about you throwing away their favorite (fill in the blank)*** 

I brought in a bookshelf from another space and gave it a quick and easy makeover. Here's a sneak peek.  I have a couple of smaller projects for organizing the shelves so I'll give you the full reveal when that is done.

I also took care of the pantry yesterday. We found ants Saturday night so I moved the pantry up on the list.
That's all I have for today! I am knocking the A's off my list left and right!  Oh, this guy wanted to say hi and let you know how happy his mama is now that things are getting organized around here.

An organized home is a happy home!
Be sure to check out the post that explains how and why I'm tackling the whole house!
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Organized Home

Happy Friday! I am so glad the weekend is here. We have a few fun activities planned, but I'm pumped because I am super motivated to get this house into order. 
I have typically been an organized person in the past but something has changed. I think it is a combination of the kids getting older, going to school, doing their own thing (creating mess) and a difference of personal strengths between my husband and myself. (That's a nice way to say it, isn't it?)
I finally decided/realized that dwelling on the things I need to do and what isn't going the way I'd like it to is only causing me more stress.
Being positive and productive is the key.
Here's what I'm doing about it. 
I ordered the book  Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. I can't wait for it to get here in the next few days!
I made a list of everything that I need/want to do in EVERY ROOM. Even outside. I have a habit of dwelling on what I haven't done yet. I tend to only see the big picture and that can be very overwhelming. By making a list and including everything, I can break it down and monitor my progress. I added things like cleaning baseboards, going through the coloring books in the playroom, either painting the kitchen table or buying a new one (we need a bigger table, but it may wait a while). EVERYTHING.
The book came highly recommended by Ruth from Living Well Spending Less. She shared how to rank your tasks as explained in Eat That Frog.
A= Must Be Done  B= Should Be Done 
C= Could Be Done  D= Doesn't Need to be Done Right Now 
After printing my list, I went in and assigned a ranking to every item on my list.
Now my daily to-do list (that I write each morning) will include A's from my main list. After I complete those items, I'll move on to the B's and so on.
This is where I am now. I'll share my progress  next week. I think the public accountability will help keep me motivated!  Want to join along? Be sure to follow by using the links at the top right of the blog. Facebook (Prairie Girl to Southern Belle) and Instagram (@prairiegirltosouthernbelle) are great ways to do so! But remember to like, share, or comment on FB so the posts continue to show up in your feed)
So who is with me? Let's get organized and start knocking those items off our lists!
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tips and Tricks: Mantel

It's Tuesday morning...that means it's time for Tips and Tricks!
Last week we had a 3-way tie for the most pinned link-up. If you missed them, be sure to check them out!
Gratitude and contentment are best friends.
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Today's theme is MANTEL. Show us how you decorate your mantel! Have another great post to share with us? Link it up in the 'anything goes' category. Next week's theme will be outdoor decor. Hope to see you back!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Super Fun Fall Garland

I jumped in on the It's Just Emmy garland exchange fundraiser a few weeks ago. She is raising money for their adoption. What a fun way to do it! Head over to her site and follow here. The updates on the exchanges are through Instagram.
I was so excited when a package arrived on my doorstep this weekend! Gretchen (@spcnurse on Instagram) did such a great job! Here's what I did with them:
 The felted balls are such a great color combo!


Funny thing about the 'happy fall''s made from a Charlie Brown dictionary.  I picked up the same dictionary set this summer at a garage sale!
There is going to be another swap fundraiser around the first of November. I'll share the deets when they are posted in case you want to jump in!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tips and Tricks Party: Fabric

We're off to a bit of a late start and I'm dying to see what you came up with for the fabric theme!
Before we do that I want to tell you the most pinned post from last week. If you didn't pin it, check out 13 Must Try Fall Desserts linked up by My Love for Words.
13 Must Try Fall Desserts
Here's what I came up with for this week: Burlap Banner
Link up below and get your fall mantel post ready for next week!
Ready? Show us whatcha got!

Burlap Banner

Hey there! Come take a peek at my simple fall mantel. 
To add a little texture and cuteness I made a burlap banner and painted the word 'thankful' on it. Using my craft knife I made stencils out of wax paper and painted the letters. After lifting the wax paper away, I went back in and cleaned up any edges that needed it.  
Using hot glue to secure the top flap over the twine makes this a no-sew project! My favorite kind!
These banners are available in my shop. Have a word you'd like on a banner? Email me at PrairieGirlBlog (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll do what I can!
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Homemade Crutons

Every week we stop by the grocery store and pick up a loaf of french bread to make sandwiches for lunch. This weekend we ended up with two partial loaves of bread so we made croutons.
Pretend that these are baked  to a beautiful golden color. I forgot to grab the camera when they came out of the oven. We started snitching and they were so good. We were so excited to eat and they disappeared so fast.
 The bread equaled about half of a loaf.
In a small sauce pan, melt 1 stick of butter. Add about a tsp of basil. (I didn't have fresh, so I used dry) and three cloves of minced garlic. Mix.
While butter is melting, cut the bread into cubes and put in a bowl.
Pour butter mixture over bread and mix.
Spread on a foil-lined pan and bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once or twice during baking time.

Again...the unbaked croutons.
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