Saturday, February 28, 2009

Birthday Party

These are all pictures that I love, love, love! They all go along with the theme for Hudson's birthday party and are just really fun pictures! I have saved them along the way for inspiration and creative ideas.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Appliqued Onesies

These are fun to make, and can make wonderful gifts for a new baby. I made mine on a small t-shirt instead of a onsie for Hudson to wear on his first birthday. I love the dog sillouettes used on this Martha Stewart video, however I used a whale for the one I made. Here is a link to one of the dog templates. Get creative: you can add a button for an eye, extra decorative stitching, embroidery for personalization, or use felt to add a little extra something (as I did with the number 1).

Lambie's Aprons

We called my great-grandmother "Lambie" and she was always making little gifts and things for everyone in the family. My mom gave me a couple of her aprons when I got married and they inspired me to make some of my own. They are very simple and easy to make, but I think turn out very cute! These pictured above are one that Lambie made, and one that I just finished following a similar pattern that she may have used.

Moroccan Oil

This is my new favorite hair product. You use a small amount in your hair when it is wet or dry and it leaves it feeling soft and silky! The products also actually repairs and protects your hair. You can feel the difference in your hair after just using it once. I love it!!! Here's a link for more information. I bought mine at Industry 12 Hair Design located in Scottsdale.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hanger Cafe

Hanger Cafe is located in Chandler, and is a small cafe tucked back by the Chandler Municipal Airport. It is a great place to take your kids and sit on the patio so you can watch the planes go by while you eat. The food and the service are great as well. Click here to get directions.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cranberry Scones

Here's a yummy recipe for cranberry scones. You could also substitute the cranberries with raisins, dried cherries, or currants. They are very good when still warm out of the oven, and taste great plain or with a lemon preserve!

Cranberry Scones

-2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-3 tablespoons sugar
-1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
-3/4 cup dried cranberries
-1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
-1 large egg, lightly beaten
-1 tablespoon milk

-Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
-With a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cranberries. Make a well in the center; add buttermilk and egg. Stir until just combined (do not overmix).
-Transfer dough to lightly floured surface; knead 5 to 6 times. Pat into an 8-inch disk. With a floured 2 1/4-inch biscuit cutter, cut out rounds. Re-roll and cut scraps once.
-Transfer to baking sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Brush rounds with milk and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bake until scones are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.

Nutrition Facts Per Scone:
191 calories, 8.3g fat, 5g saturated fat, 3.5g protein, 26.3g carbohydrates, 1.2g fiber

Recipe from Everyday Food Magazine

Monday, February 16, 2009

Blue's Clues Cake

Here's a cake order that I made for this past weekend. I had a lot of fun making the dog out of fondant! To place a cake order please e-mail me at

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chocolate Sweet Heart Cookies

Here's a great recipe for chocolate cut-out cookies. I have tried several recipes for chocolate cut-out cookies before and most of them came out a little dry; when rolling them out the dough cracks. But this recipe does not have that problem. You roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper and it rolls out beautifully! Not sticky, not dry, but very moist and perfect! I cut out hearts for Valentine's day, but this recipe can be used any time of year. It is found in the February 2009 issue of Everyday Food.

Chocolate Sweet Hearts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg

  1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, place chocolate, butter, and brown sugar; stir frequently until almost completely melted. Remove from heat, and stir until completely melted; let cool slightly.
  2. Add egg to chocolate mixture. With a mixer on low, beat until well blended. Gradually stir in flour mixture (dough will form a ball).
  3. Divide dough in half; roll out each half on a sheet of parchment paper to a 1/4-inch thickness. Transfer each half (still on paper) to a baking sheet; freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Working with one half at a time, flip dough onto a work surface; peel off paper. Using a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies; place, 1/2 inch apart, on two baking sheets. Bake until firm and fragrant, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentine's Day Date Ideas

If you're looking for some good ideas for something to do with your special someone on Valentine's Day, but also stay within a budget, here are a few ideas.
  • Go for a picnic at a local park. Try to find one with a trail so you can take a walk, bike ride, or skate after you're done eating. Some parks even have lakes to go fishing.
  • Stay home and enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner together. Cook a fancy dinner together, or order in. After dinner pop some popcorn and snuggle up and watch a movie together.
  • Spend the day at the zoo. Or in the evening the Phoenix Zoo is having Jungle Love Valentine's Day Date Night for adults 21 and over. However, the cost is $70 per couple. Includes drinks, dinner, and entertainment. Reservations are required.
  • In the evening find a local bar that will be having live music.
  • Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix presents Chihuly: The Nature of Glass. They are offering free admission on Valentine's Day, however you must call ahead to make a reservation.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Wesley's Birthday

Tonight we celebrated my sister's birthday. I made the dinner that she always used to request from my mom when we were kids. Roasted chicken with rice, gravy, and string beans with toasted almonds. For her birthday cake I made a yellow cake frosted with chocolate buttercream. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WES!!!

Michaels Coupon

Michaels 40% off printable coupon expires February 14th.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Organizing Tips

One thing that I love to do is organize, so here are some tips that I have found helpful for keeping things in order.
  1. JARS: jars are a great way to keep clutter from collecting around certain areas of the house. Displayed in the first picture are jars that I use in my craft room to hold items such as: buttons, loose ribbons, and fabric scraps. Jars can also double as a decoration in a room, depending upon what you put inside of them. Some places to find jars at reasonable prices: Michael's, Target, Wal-mart, and Ikea. Jars are also great to use in the kitchen pantry for food items that you always have on hand. It keeps the pantry looking neat and organized, and also keeps the item fresher longer.
  2. DRAWERS: these drawers are nice because they are fairly small and also have a place for labels. This allows for each drawer to not become overloaded with many different objects. This way you can know exactly where each item is and where to put it back when you're finished using it. The drawers shown above are from Micheal's and can be purchase either on sale or with a weekly coupon.
  3. PAPER CUBBYHOLES: if you like to scrapbook or do any kind of crafting I am sure you have lots of paper laying around. These cubbyholes are a great way to keep papers organized by color or theme, and from getting bent or torn. They are from Micheal's and can be stacked with the other drawer organizers. They can also be purchased with weekly coupons to save money.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Fancy Clipboards

This is a fun way to dress up a plain clipboard for an office or craft room. I painted the edges of the board black and then covered the center in a piece of scrapbook paper with mod podge. I then added little rhinestone jewels to the corners. You can hang the clipboard on the wall to display it, and also use it to help organize loose papers.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Memory Jar

This is a memory jar that I just made for my Aunt who got married last year on Valentine's Day. The memory jar is customized for their wedding day and contains the following: 12 pictures cards, envelope to hold wedding memorabilia, wedding date card, card with ideas for filling the jar, heart confetti, and cards for their favorite things to do together. If you're interested in ordering a memory jar please e-mail me at

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Here are links to some coupons that I know I use on a regular basis!

Michaels 20% off purchase
(expires Feb. 7th)

Hobby Lobby Coupon (expires Feb. 7th)

Target Grocery Coupons (expire Feb. 28th)

Phoenix Zoo Coupon ($2.00 of adult admission $1.00 of child expires Dec. 09)

Francesca's Collections

If you're looking for a new place to shop for clothes, purses, accessories, and gifts this is a great place to check out.
Francesca's Collections is a very cute boutique that is full of great things with affordable prices. They are always having a great sale of some sort and
a pick of the week, which is also on sale. They have many locations across the US and several here in Arizona.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Valentine's Day Napkins

These are a quick and easy craft that can be made for any holiday or season. I made four valentine's day napkins. Here's how I made mine: I bought four fat quarters of fabric, washed and pressed them. Then I cut them to 16" squares and made a 1/2" fold twice on all sides and pressed with an iron. Then I sewed around all the sides.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Diaper Cakes

Seeing that I love cake decorating, i guess it was only a matter of time before I learned how to decorate diapers. Diaper cakes can be a lot of fun to make and to receive. They can even be kept in the baby's room as a decoration. Here's one I made for my friend Jessica's baby shower that was Rock Star themed.