Monday, September 15, 2014

Time to Vote!

     Okay everyone, it's time to vote! I've redesigned the blog but you, my dear readers, get to vote for the final color!  For the last four weeks you've seen the new header in different colors. Now you get to vote for your favorite.

      The winning color will be announced on the blog next Monday, Sept. 22 with lots of fanfare- cake, ice cream, DJ...okay that will only be here at my house- minus the DJ, but we'll all be celebrating!  That means every button, link and outline will also be changed.  You have until Saturday night to vote, so head on over to the side bar and vote!

Also this week, you can look forward to...

Tuesday- Tips and Tricks
Thursday- New design project! (You don't want to miss this one.)
Friday- Gluten Free Friday recipe

Time to vote!
Here are your choices

Can't wait to see what you choose!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tips and Tricks Tuesday

Happy soggy Tuesday to you all!  It's raining and fall has made it's appearance here!  Not gonna lie, I'm not ready.  I want a bit more sunshine and warm days.  Oh, I love my soup and hot chocolate on cold days, but those are inevitable here in the Rockies of Colorado. So a few more warm days would be much appreciated.

If you're new here, welcome to Lewisville!  Today is Tips and Tricks Tuesday! It's a good day to visit here.  I like finding simple solutions to everyday living and sharing some of my favorite tips with you all!  You can find most of these tips on my Pinterest Tips and Tricks board, where I'd also love to have you follow along.  There's always facebook and twitter, too.  If you want to pin these tips on your own board, just click {source} below each picture.  It will take you to the original source of the tip, and it's always best to pin from the original source.

Tip. 1- How many times has this happened to you?  You've smothered your biscuit in butter and a little "extra" butter and ready to add honey, only to find that your honey has crystallized. No fear, just heat the honey in a pan of water and the particles melt down.  Works every time.

Tip 2. The moving cutting board is sometimes a problem here in Lewisville, but to help out the slippery situation, add a damp paper towel underneath to keep that board from moving.
 Tip 3.  I do this all the time and people think I'm crazy.  Adding a paper towel in your chopped lettuce really does keep it from wilting to quick.  Try this.

Tip 4.  I've always used two 9-inch cake pans to create filled decadent cakes for the family, but recently I've moved to springform pans that produce taller cakes.  To get that filling in there, here's a way to cut through the cake more easily than using a knife.  Dental floss cuts through soft food with clumping up.  Nice.

And dental floss can also cut through soft cheeses and such..

Tip 5.  This has become one of my new favorite items in the kitchen this year.  I have a daughter who loves to bake and we are constantly running out of muffin liners.  Parchment paper is a good alternative though it is more costly, I believe.   It's better than the alternative though, which is just pouring your batter into the pans and scrubbing them later.

Tip 6.  And speaking of scrubbing those pans, all of mine need to be replaced because I didn't do something like this.  They are now beyond a simple scrub, but when those new pans make it home, I'll be sure to use parchment paper.
So did today's tips and tricks help out in any way?  I feel like I always learn something new as I put these post together.  
Just a reminder, next week you'll get to vote on the main color for this blog. Be sure to visit on Monday and cast your ballot!


Monday, September 8, 2014

New Header #4

So here it is, the fourth and final color for the new blog design.  Next week, all my readers will have a chance to vote for their favorite color. I just had to add a little turquoise since that is really my favorite color right now.  This design will include some darker shades if chosen, but for today, it's just plain turquoise.
Here's what we've seen so far.

And then there's today's color.  Voting will start next Monday morning and continue for the week.  I'm excited to see what you all choose.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sweet Baby Gift

So I've been off this whole week thanks to Labor Day.  Oh, I enjoyed our family day together, don't get me wrong, but all day Tuesday, I kept thinking it was Monday.  By Tuesday night, I realized I missed Tips and Tricks, so my sincerest apologies go out to you faithful Tuesday readers.  I'll make up for it next week.
For today, I have a quick and easy DIY baby gift or project, depending on your circumstances.  We are long past the baby stage here in Lewisville, but last week I received an email from a friend who wanted to give an impromptu baby shower for a young mom in our bible study. This mom just recently joined our study, but her husband is serving over seas and we wanted to bless her in some way.
I love gifts that take some thought and have a personal touch, but I don't sew or knit so diy is what I turn to. Here's what I came up with-

When I say quick and easy, I'm not kidding.  I took a frame I've had for years.  By the way, a great place to buy "chunky" frames is your local thrift store.
 Enter my favorite DIY tool of all time- Spray paint!  Primer first, always.  Then spray your favorite color.  You can see here I'm doing a few different projects at once.
 Then, like a truly busy mom and DIYer, I searched for a FREE printable on the internet.  This one was my favorite.  Search for free printable baby quotes.  Be ready to scroll through a thousand. You can download the printable and print it out on a word or publisher type program. I used thick card stock to make it a bit nicer.

Here are a few examples of what I found...

Then put it together and a sweet baby gift is ready.  If you have a few frames that are about the same size, several prints would be even better. 

Thinking outside of Target these days...


Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day everyone! We are enjoying a family day today, complete with a morning parade, a walk with the dog and a visit to a gluten free bakery.  Lots going on for us, but I wanted to introduce you to BLOG LOOK number 3- Red.

How do you like this color compared to the coral header?

Or the Gold color from last week?

You can vote in two week to tell me your favorite.