Monday Motivation

I’m feeling pretty good about this weekend, even with the time change. We had an abundance of time spent with our family and friends and got to relax at home today. By relax, I mean get some work done around the house.  With the time change, I’m moving a little slow this morning and could use a little motivation to get going.

I ran across this image on Pinterest and just had to share.

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Here’s the full verse for your Monday morning:  So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

Autumny Caramel Apple Cake

Can you believe it’s the end of October already?? Me neither. I’m late with my fall decorations and shrub trimming in front of our house, so why not be late to the apple scene.

I was given a few apples picked fresh, so I decided to put them to good use this time. This caramel apple cake is just what this recipe says…”moist.” The title describes it perfectly. It was a very moist yellow cake, with apples mixed in and a delicious caramel topping. For those of you interested, it’s a recipe I found years ago on kraftfoods.com. I don’t usually use box cake mix, but this made it very easy to throw together. If you’re still looking to get some autumn baking in before winter hits, give this one a try!

Excuse the iPhone photo and my only word of advice to change the recipe is to let the cake cook a little bit longer in the pan before flipping it over. We’ll just say that the half of the cake not pictured was not pictured for a reason.

Caramel Apple Cake

I’m drooling over that caramel drizzle…yum!

Enjoy! Oh and cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals for me, would ya?

Friday Finds: Featuring a Cat Cheese Ball for Humans!

Hey! How’s your week going? I’m sooo happy it’s Friday!

This week has been very weird. On Tuesday, I thought it was Monday. On Wednesday, I thought it was Thursday. And, yeah. You know how those weeks go, I’m sure.

I’m headed to watch some high school football tonight and will be at the Bon Jovi concert on Sunday! It’s going to be a great weekend! I hope you all have fun weekend plans. I’m trying to start up a Friday Find post on, you guessed it, Fridays! Here’s to keeping track of the days a little better than this week!

My plan is really to mix this up with some fun things I’ve found in person or online. It just wouldn’t be a post from me without a picture of a cat, so without further ado…. The black cat cheese ball.

Halloween Cat Cheese Ball, recipe, party food

What do you think James would do if I made this? Throw me out? If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, you know that I am a cat fan. My husband is still warming up to that…

Finally, the easiest pillow case I have ever made. With some inspiration from Better Homes and Gardens and Pinterest, I was able to really “class up” our bedroom with a few decorative pillows/ pillowcases. I went the cheaper way and just made the pillow cases to go with some pillows we already had in our house. I’ve since decided that all future pillowcases should be made this way and this way only.

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Alright, I better run. It’s time go watch some football. Go team! I hope you all have a great weekend!!

Getting Back on my Horse

Have you ever done something you’re really excited about and then suddenly stopped without a real good excuse?

I guess that’s what happened here on the ole blog, but I’m going to try to get back on that horse and hope that it comes back to me just as it did before. Just like riding a bike, right?? I hope so.

A lot has happened in the last seven months and that’s not a real good excuse, but I’m trying to get back into this blog. To my storage place for my recipes and crafts and a place to share my story with you.

So, here’s my teaser for things that have happened and for things to come:

Summer-Recap

  1. James and I went to Wisconsin a few weeks ago. He’s a HUGE Packer fan! It was a beautiful day at Lambeau Field. I was very thankful that it was not “the frozen tundra” that day!
  2. I made this casserole carrier! I can’t wait for someone to invite us over for a meal so I can use it!
  3. James and Chloe just doing what they do.
  4. My brother and I ran the Buffalo Run again this fall! It’s a hilly five-mile race that makes me so proud to finish! I cussed a lot in my head, but I ran all the way up that darned hill!

 

I’m off for now to make my schedule for this blog. Any advice on how to get back on track? I’d love to hear your tips!

A New Mousepad (DIY!)

Call me old-fashioned, but I miss my mousepad. When I moved, it was in pretty poor shape, so I decided to toss it. I didn’t really need it. I mean, I’ve got an old-school mouse with the ball on the bottom. (Do they even sell those anymore?)

Anyways, when I saw this DIY, it gave me the perfect excuse to get my crafty on and give myself a very cheap mousepad.

Drumroll please…

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I didn’t really trust her not “finishing” the edges, so I did. With the mod podge, I think you would be okay either way. I always prefer a pop of color though, so the pink is perfect around the outside. It turns out it works a little better with James’s laser mouse and I’m not so sure he’s a fan of the pink edging! 🙂

If you’re looking for something to make with your fabric scraps, here’s a great option! The best part is that I used materials from around the house and didn’t spend a dime. WIN!

Are you working on any DIY projects lately?

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A garden without rabbits would make our day.

So, here’s the deal. We’ve got a lot of rabbits living in our yard. Almost every time you looks outside, there will be a rabbit. Usually sleeping or pooping, because they think we’re nice and we have no way to keep them away.

This year, we decided to try our luck and build a raised garden. (Okay, so it was James’s idea. He’s always wanted one and is really making it happen.)

Our Raised Garden Bed

That photo was right after we planted and the fence is not up yet. (Also, if it would ever stop raining I would take a legitimate picture.) I think he did a pretty swell job and I’m only taking credit for helping pick out plants and digging a few holes.

Are you curious as to what we planted? I sure hope so, because my husband is also quite and artist and made these fancy markers to put in the garden. We’re fancy like that.

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Anyways, I’ll keep you updated on the progress.

Aside from a fence around the garden, do you have any suggestions to ward off rabbits (besides getting a dog)? Let me know in the comments. I really want to plant some pretty flowers around the bushes, but from what I’m told, it hasn’t worked out so well in the past…

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Winter Weather Chicken Noodle Soup

What is up with the weather these days?!?

It’s pretty rare that I think to myself, “Boy, a nice bowl of chicken noodle soup would really warm me up today.” But today, a lot of rain, a little sleet and some snow on the way, really had me thinking SOUP!

We had some leftover carrots and celery and, when I cleaned out the kitchen a few weeks ago, I discovered that we had a ton of chicken broth. It only seemed logical that I make chicken noodle soup tonight.

I was going to make up the recipe and pray that it turned out edible, but at the last second, as I was stopped at the grocery store, I decided to find a legitimate recipe. It was pretty darn similar to what I had going on in my head, so I was pretty proud.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (adopted from Iowa Girl Eats)

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Butter
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 onion, finely chopped
1 lg carrot, thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
salt & pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
46 oz. chicken broth
8 oz. frozen egg noodles

Directions:

1.) Melt butter in olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
2.) Add onion, carrot, celery and salt and pepper and sauté for about 10 minutes or until soft.
3.) Add garlic and sauté for another minute.
4.) Add chicken and chicken broth and turn stove to high until boiling.
5.) Add egg noodles and cook for 20-25 minutes or until noodles are soft.

P.S. It’s probably smart that when a recipe says 1/4 onion, you should read and pay attention and not put any more than that in it.

P.P.S. I was supposed to be outside playing sand volleyball right now. And here are the current weather conditions, in case you’re wondering.

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And with that, happy May Day!

Now, go cuddle up in a blanket next the fireplace and hope that tomorrow brings spring. (Or summer, really. At this point, I’d be down for either.)

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Note: Yes I did type this on May Day and I’m still posting it today!