Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I'll Just Call Them Jalapeno Cream Cheese Rotellas

My friend Lauren makes these yummy rolled up snacks when we have gatherings at her house and last week I finally asked her what she used in them! I was in the mood for them. I never asked what she calls them or if there was already a name for them so I made up my own, haha!

Any ways it's just:
  • One 8oz brick of cream cheese
  • some diced jalapenos [I bought a jar & used a couple spoonfuls]
  • Some diced green onions
  • Tortillas

I then bought everything I needed then had to ask her how she mixed it, haha! Wasn't sure if she just put it in a bowl or used a mixer. She just said a bowl, mixer would be easier if you're in a hurry, if not let the cream cheese soften up some.

Then just put the mixture on a tortilla and roll it up. I did that and swore it wasn't big enough, so looked online, haha, yep I'm that dork ;) I actually only used half a brick this time since it was just me who was going to eat them and she said she usually used 5 tortillas for these.

Lauren told me after you roll them its easier to cut them if you put them in the fridge for a little, so I did that for maybe an hour max, I can't remember I've been cleaning up the house for Thanksgiving =P They cut very easily that way though and they were de-lish! :) 

I'm not sure if my husband liked it, he ate one bite and didn't have more, but he was also playing a game an already ate dinner before hand. But our 2 & 1/2 year old daughter loved them! I thought they were a touch spicy for me so I thought there's no way she'd like them, but she kept asking for more =P

Well that's all, just wanted to share a quick and easy recipe I learned :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Glitter Shake Bottle

Another craft inspired by Pinterest! I came across THIS on Pinterest and knew I wanted to do it for both of my children! My daughter is 2 & 1/2 and my son is about 7 months. I had everything I need, BUT the bottles so the other day I went to the store and grabbed an 8 pack of pepsi. I've been wanting pepsi for awhile, we don't ever buy soda any more besides once in awhile and I figure with Thanksgiving coming up I might as well, hehe. It wasn't that much and well worth the price since I get to use the bottles for my crafts :) Then last night I texted my friend Lauren and asked if her and her daughter, my daughter's best friend =P wanted to come over to make them with us :) So today we made them together :)

Almost all of the label came off...

 So I got out the Goo Gone! I took the picture while I let it sit on the bottle.
I let it sit on it for a couple minutes and most wiped off, I had to scratch some off.

 Getting ready!

Putting the items in the bottle!
I filled the bottle with water half way first.

 All done!

Another view :)
She put pom poms, beads, letter beads, colored paper clips, erasers, & a jingle bell.
I added the glitter for her & then filled the rest up with water.
*Edit, I think the jingle bell is rusting, oops, I'll have her make another

Very easy & fun!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Real Baby Bottle into a Toy Baby Bottle

The other day I saw the bottle sitting on the container that I've there for a few days now. I needed to go through the ones we have and the one sitting there I decided I would give to my daughter to play with with her dolls. She already has a small real bottle to play with for them so I figured she could use another. After I moved that one I forgot about the rest so I still need to look through them, haha! You know the ounce markings on a bottle, well they are wearing off that's why I decided to let her play with it because I can't use it any more and I have plenty more. We have a son so once I knew what I was doing with the bottle I looked for the extra caps we had and grabbed the pink ones, why use them when I have plenty of 'boy' colored ones, haha. The only thing I didn't let her have is the bottom piece, I can use that with the other ones and the nipple I put in it in a slow one and my son uses the fast ones now.

My daughter wants her play bottle open now and then, well I didn't want to put anything in it in case she got it open and well of course it coming out through the nipple. I cut some paper and stuck it in there, to make it seem like 'milk' was in there. She saw me do it and yea it didn't work, it just sucked, lol! So since my husband sprayed my frame for me I got the idea to spray paint inside the bottle some to make it look like milk was in it. I did this last night:

What do you think? I took the caps off, sprayed inside, just had enough left in the can too! Let it dry over night and then put the caps on. I think it looks great and didn't cost a thing since I already had everything! I haven't given it to my daughter yet, once I do I'll share if she likes it or not =P I've been thinking of using hot glue to keep it shut. She can't open them yet, but when she starts to I rather her not have it open. I'll probably ask my husband what he thinks will be easiest to keep it shut, either way I'll do that before I give it to her :)

*Edit my husband suggested super glue, which I thought of, we actually had enough left so he glued it shut for me :)

Frame Re-Do

I've been gathering ideas for Christmas pictures and I saw THIS one which inspired me to find a frame to use for ours. 

I knew I wanted to check Good Will and the Salvation Army, I went to the Salvation Army first and found one I liked so I grabbed it, $4.27. I forgot to take a picture of the picture & frame, so I had to at least show what the picture was....not my style! =P But it was only $3.99 for that size frame, I had to grab it! I only wanted the frame, but later thought I could make a collage of photos. 

Well since I want to use the frame for Christmas photos I was trying to think of what color I'd like the frame to be. It was that old shiny gold...ugggllly [to me at least, lol]! I didn't want it to be black or silver, I already have enough of those frames. Since we'll be wearing green & red I didn't want the frame to be those either. So I decided on white. I grabbed some spray paint, with the help of my husband, from Wal-Mart, around $4. 

 I went to Toys R' Us and a friends on Saturday and before I left my husband asked if I'd like him to spray paint my frame for me....of course! =P There's a couple spots where it didn't stick to the frame the greatest, but you can barely tell unless you're close to it. I can't wait to use it in our pictures! A few more weeks and we're getting them done, well my friend is taking them for us :-D I think I take pretty nice photos myself, but my camera still isn't the greatest, plus I didn't want to use a tri-pod for taking our pictures. It's easier to have someone take your picture when it's of your whole family :) Any ways, she has a great camera and I always love her photos! She took our family pictures earlier this year, it was relaxed and fun to do! She didn't charge us, although she could charge people, and I of course paid her any ways :)  Here's one of my favorites she took:

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dress-up Toy as Decoration

For my daughter's room I decided I wanted to use butterflies for decorating. Since I'm all about sales and saw some wings at Claire's awhile back, love that store! At that time I bought one, then went back and bought 2, one I gave as a gift, and then the blue ones I added were from my Halloween costume =P

Any ways, I had some 3m command hooks [my friend told me she uses them for hanging pictures, so I got them for that, it's great, but not all frames work with them sadly] so I knew I wanted to use them to hang up the wings. Easy, simple, fun :)

Pumpkin Cookies

A couple years ago my grandmother gave me an easy recipe for pumpkin cookies. Well I called her yesterday asking how to bake them and as we talked I found out I had it written down, haha, oh well it's always nice to talk to my grandma :)

So the recipe, all you need is spice cake mix and 1 can of pumpkin

  • mix ONLY cake mix and pumpkin
  • GREASE cookie sheet - or if you use stoneware like I did, then nothing, it worked fine:)
  • I used an ice cream scoop, my grandmother uses a small cookie scoop - I need to get one of them some day =P I got 30 cookies out of it
  • Bake at 350
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, keep an eye on it and you may need to change it, since I used stoneware mine were more around 18 minutes

And that's it :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I tried the DIY Wallflower

Another Pin-spried idea I tried was the DIY Wallflower. After going HERE, I decided after one of my wallflowers ran out I would give it a try since I just bought some essential oils and well who wants VOCs in they're house?! NOT me! I then did just as the post said, let me tell you, it was a pain getting the wic out! But I kept trying and finally got it. So I filled it, took a little to get the wic back in, but not as tough to get it out, then I went and plugged it in. That was October 25th and I think it was 2 days ago now that I noticed it was empty, so it only lasted a week. Of course I don't want VOCs coming from the wallflower espeically since I have one in my son's room, that's the one I tried it out on. Thankfully peppermint oil is pretty cheap and I didn't use much. Next time I might try to use more oil and less water and see how that lasts. Soon I'm having a Scentsy party and they have plug-ins and they aren't bad for you, I think I'll get one for his room - I have it by the trash to help cover the lovely diaper smell, lol. 

Just wanted to share that I actually tried it out and how it went :) Oh yea, the peppermint smell was pretty strong at first, but only a day or two.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blog Name, What do You Think?

I've really been thinking of names and searching online for tips and once I saw the word "Lucky" I felt that's it I have to use that and then of course "Sweetpea". 

My daughter was born on St. Patrick's Day and since I've called her my lucky charm that's why I felt I had to use that word. As for sweetpea I call my son my sweetpea because he was born in April and that's one of the flowers for that month. Therefore of course I had to combine them somehow :)

Then I thought ok so "Lucky Sweetpea Crafts"? Ehh, it's ok, but I wanted something different so I looked at other words to use and I like the word ingenuity, but f course felt it should be plural for this.

Here's to a new name and more new ingenuities to follow :)

So what do you think of it?