DIY Statement Rings

I love these big chunky rings – and the best part is they’re easy to make for yourself!  I buy ring “blanks” at Hobby Lobby for about $2.50 for around a dozen – and hot glue any manner of thing on them.  Here are what the blanks look like:

Here’s one I made last night from the Fabric Flowers we made a few weeks ago.  The best part is that if you use hot glue, you can get them apart if you want to re-use the ring base for something else.

Weekly Menu – Quick and Yummy

Lots of bloggers post their weekly menu plans, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and let you all know what’s going on the table in Hillville this week.

I just got back from picking up my Bountiful Basket of fruit and veggies, so that will deinitely figure prominently in my menu.  If you havent checked out this food co-op, give it a loo – i save about 60% on veggies for the week when I order, and their breads and case quantities are great.  This is where i got the case of apples for my Apple Butter.

So here’s what we’re having this week:

  • Saturday 4-14 – Nachos – with everything but the kitchen sink…the kids are weenies, so we put all the toppings on and everyone builds their own.  For dessert, chocolate brownies – This is a recipe from A Flexible Life and I’d NEVER heard of it before – I’m so trying this!
  • Sunday 4-15Pork Green Chile – A recipe that I found over at but have tweaked a lot, I’ll be rewriting and posting it here shortly.  I got some tomatoes and onions in my basket that will go into this – need to get some green chiles at the market tho.
  • Monday 4-16 – Leftover Green Chile – either with eggs or beans and tortillas
  • Tuesday 4-17 – Chicken Caesar Salad – I got a really nice head of romaine with my veggies – so this will be perfect!
  • Wednesday 4-18 – Spaghetti with meatballs – the sauce is made from the Wildtree Spaghetti Sauce mix I love – try out their stuff – you will love it too.
  • Thursday 4-19 – I’m craving street food from NYC – since that’s not going to happen this week, I’m going to try Alton Brown’s Gyros – with beef.  This recipe has lots of steps, including an overnight step, so i might improvise a bit.  Note:  I don’t do lamb.
  • Friday 4-20 – Grilled Cheese (Maddie Specials, of course) and Sweet Potato Fries….yum……

Homemade GORP or Trail Mix

My kids are nuts….about nuts….

Well truthfully they like trail mix, but I was really tired of spending a ton of money and getting baggies of raisins back in their lunches.  I finally got smart, asked them what they LIKED in trail mix, and started making my own.

I dont even get the baggies back anymore…..

It’s pretty straight forward – the mixture above has M&Ms, chocolate chips, roasted & salted almonds, dried cranberries, salted cashew pieces and dry roasted peanuts.

Mix well, put in a jar, send in lunches……the end!

Free Baby or Toddler Slipper Pattern – Crochet – EASY!

A few months ago I was invited to a Pampered Chef party at the Team Jones clubhouse – and I was so excited because I got to see Princess A – the super adorable.  I had to bring her a little gift, so I found this tutorial online for easy Mary Jane Slippers and gave it a try.  They were super fast and easy to make – I think start to finish it took me about an hour to an hour and a half, and they turned out great.  Luckily, they were the perfect size since I didn’t have the princess’s slipper size 🙂

Aren’t they adorable?

Here is the pattern I used, I ended up sewing the strap on tight with a button instead of a flower, as I didn’t want anything to come off and be a hazard.  You can embellish as you like.

Find the Pattern at

Napkin Tote Bag – Easy DIY Directions for Beginners

My mom is a thrift store junkie – you need something and dont want to pay retail?  Tell my mom and she’ll find it at a thrift store for a fraction of the price.  It might take her a few months, but she’ll find it – or something that will work.

I was at her house last week and she handed me 3 striped cotton napkins and said, “Make me a tote bag for my trip to Branson in May.”  Ummmmm ok….. I’ve stated before I am NOT very good at sewing – and my patience is a bit lacking – so this actually scared me a bit. Continue reading “Napkin Tote Bag – Easy DIY Directions for Beginners”

Turquoise and Leather Bracelet

So i saw this bracelet on Pinterest that I loved – and thought – hey I bet I can make that….so I gave it a whirl.

Bracelet on Pinterest & Obaz

Mine is not identical – but it uses the same thought process.  I kinda like mine better – I used better beads and its really comfortable to wear.

I will say the suede-like straps I used are not the best choice.  I think they’re not sturdy enough.  I think I might try this again with a better leather cording and see what happens.

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