Monday, June 23, 2014

PATRIOTIC GRADIENT VOTIVE HOLDERS


These little votive holders were so much fun to create.
Come over to the SILHOUETTE AMERICA blog to find out how I created them.  
Click ----> HERE and it will take you right there.  

These will be perfect for 4th of July coming up.  

~NICOLE

Saturday, June 21, 2014

MEXICAN LASAGNA



Recently I was browsing around on pinterest and I came across a recipe that looked pretty good.  I decided to try it out for dinner one night.  I did however change some things on the original recipe to make it a little different.  
HERE is the one I cam across, and it was called a taco bake, and I changed the name of ours.  

I am going to share with you my version which I call 

MEXICAN LASAGNA 
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WHAT YOU NEED :
flour tortillas
4 cups of shredded cheese ( I used mexican blend and cheddar )
a large can of refried beans
taco seasoning
ground beef ( I used about 3 pounds for ours )
2 jars of salsa con queso ( I bought the Newman's Own brand, but you can use whatever brand you want )

DIRECTIONS :


1. Brown the hamburger meat and drain it. Add taco season and mix well.  Let cook for a bit to get the taco seasoning soa
While you are doing this turn on your oven to preheat to 350 degrees.  


2. Add the 2 jars of salsa con queso.  


3. Layer the bottom of your baking dish (or in my case a throw out metal tin) with tortillas .  I just cut my tortillas in half and layered them to cover the bottom. 


4. Add a layer of refried beans on top of the tortillas, then a layer of the meat mixture, then top with shredded cheese.  ( I made 4 layers so I did 1/4 of each thing for each layer )
REPEAT the layers.


5.  Finish the very top with a little extra cheese and cover with foil. 
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  


Slice up like lasagna and top with your choice of toppings.  
We used shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and a little sour cream on top.  

It is very good and a definite keeper on our dinner list.  

~NICOLE

Friday, June 20, 2014

MILK JUG WATERING CAN


Chloe loves to help water, well she just loves to be our little helper for many things.
So we were at Target the other day and she was dying to get this Hello Kitty watering can over in the garden section.  It wasn't too expensive, I think like $5.99.  However we are trying to teach her that she doesn't get something every single time we go to the store, so we didn't buy it.  
She does have a little tiny one she plays in the tub with too.  But it got me to thinking when we got home.  I have seen this many times before and thought I would give it a try.
We go through milk in this house very quickly, so as soon as we were done with the one in the fridge, I cleaned it all out and let it dry completely.  
Once dry I took it out to the garage and found a small drill bit and drilled many little holes in the top of the milk jug lid.
I didn't want the holes too small, but not too big either, so they are more like a medium size.  

No pattern or rhyme or reason to where to holes went, just random all over to fill the lid.  



I added some vinyl flowers and letters to the jug to make it special just for her. 
She was so excited when I gave it to her, she instantly asked  me to fill it with water for her to go water the strawberries.  


This was a quick and pretty easy project, but I knew it would just be something fun that my little Chloe would love.  The milk jug is perfect for this project because it has a built in handle .  I think though a half gallon jug would be a little better for her because when it is full of water, it is a bit heavy for her.  So we just fill it half way so she can still carry it.
Its a summer fun quick and easy project that she loves, so that is all that matters in the end right.  :)
~NICOLE

Thursday, June 19, 2014

GARDEN UPDATE




I thought it would be fun to show you how our garden is coming along.  Man those suckers are growing so fast.  It is so exciting to see everything just coming along so quickly and know we will be eating all the stuff from here sooner than we know it.  
Earlier this week Jacob went out there to water and found some stuff had been dug up and a few leaves chewed on, so we think it might be a squirrel, so we are keeping watch of that very closely.  It would be so frustrating for him to put in all the hard daily work he does on this garden and have some creature come eat it all.  No way!
I still don't know what I am most excited about, all of it I think.  
We did add a few things.  We added a planter of strawberries in the front yard.  Then we added a grape vine, and plan to add 2 more of those and also we now have 2 peach trees.  Jacob got them both for Father's Day.  I know we won't get any fruit from those this year, but it is still exciting to just know we have them  
So now I will show you some pictures of how the garden is coming along.  

This is the corn on the cob.  I have to tell you these pictures I took last week and they are even bigger this week by alot.  

Look at all the hair from these carrots.  So cute!

Radishes that are going to take over here pretty soon I swear lol.  

I only use radishes in my salsa so I hope the peppers catch up to these suckers soon lol. 

Watermellon.  I can taste it already.  

Here is the one grape vine so far, and we plan to add 2 more in this spot right when you walk in through the gate into the garden.  

Here is the strawberry planter.  This is funny how this came to be the strawberry planter actually.  We were driving somewhere one day and I saw this box outside of thrift store and Jacob stopped to look at it on our way back home.  They only took cash and I didn't have the $10.00 on me.  So I was going to go back later.  I did, and it was gone.  Well Jacob had stopped and bought it for me on his way to work that afternoon.  
Well he gave it to me and I wanted it to store vinyl rolls in, in the office.
Well they didn't fit like I had hoped because they were too long and would just fall out.  
So then we thought we were going to make it into an herb garden box.  Well we didn't have many herbs to plant so we just planted those in the garden.  Then Jacob decided to plant all the strawberries in it.  PERFECT! 
So that is how this little box became the new strawberry home.  I know we won't get strawberries this year ( at least that is what I have read online), but still knowing they are in there growing is exciting.  

So here is a little peek into our garden.  I'll share again soon so you can see how it is coming along.  

~NICOLE

Monday, June 16, 2014

HELLO SUMMER DISPLAY FRAME and PRINT AND CUT TUTORIAL


Today I am over on the SILHOUETTE AMERICA blog sharing this fun summer fun display frame.  
I also talk about making your own print and cuts.
I thought I would go ahead and share the details on making your own print and cuts right here on my blog as well.
You can go HERE to find my entire post over on the SILHOUETTE blog.  

Now let me give you a quick step by step on how to turn a cut file into a print and cut.
( I used a general file to just cut it really big to show you how to do it )
  • Start by making sure you turn on the registration marks on your page so you know where to place your images.
  • Size your image or images to fit inside the red square and not to go into the grey area.

  • Release compound path and ungroup the images.
  • Now fill each separate section with the color you desire.
  • To find the fill option, to go the top bar and the little bucket on the right side is where you choose the colors.
  • CHANGE the LINE color to no line.  This will insure that not every individual piece will cut out.
  • LEAVE the outermost line color to red.  Or whatever is to be cut out around the design will ONLY stay as a red line.  This is the only line that will cut.
  • Put the images back together how you want them.  Notice only the line around the outermost teal image is red.
  • Group your images back together in case you need to move it around.
  • Under the FILE tab on the top left PRINT your image on your printer.
  • Place paper right onto your SILHOUETTE CUTTING MAT and load it into your SILHOUETTE CAMEO


  • Make sure your cut settings are set to cardstock and not the material you used with your previous project.
  • This red line shows the only place that your image will actually cut.
  • Send to SILHOUETTE
  • It will read the registration marks before it starts cutting.

  • There you have your own print and cut from a cut file.
  • This made cutting out all the squares for my Summer fun CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR so quick and easy.



I can only imagine the amount of things I can now make with my own print and cuts.  Super easy and I can't wait to make more.  I think I am going to definately put this to good use for some birthday party decor soon.  :)

~NICOLE

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