Archive | May, 2009

Creative Fridays: Chalkboard Projects

29 May

Ok, I know these projects have been around the block here in blogland, but they have been on my to-do list for awhile and I finally got them done.

I found this cute platter at my local thrift store for $1.

{I hung it on my front door for now.
Repainting this door is on my list of things to do this Summer.}

I don’t know where I first saw this project done. I loved the idea of a chalkboard wall somewhere in my home, but couldn’t find a wall that would work. I painted the door to my food pantry and now I have a place where I can put reminders in the kitchen. I also painted the bottom panel so the kids could decorate it.

Have a Fantastic Friday and a super weekend!

Tasty Tidbits Thursday: Grandma’s 7 minute frosting

28 May

I’ve had some requests for the recipe, so I thought it would be appropriate to post it for my Tasty Tidbits Thursday this week.
This is a recipe that has been around for a long time. My mom remembers cakes frosted with this recipe from her childhood.This is a really fluffy frosting with the consistency of whipped marshmallows. It is pretty easy to make, fast and you only need a few ingredients. Plus, it is FAT FREE. That’s right, no fat — compared to over 7 grams on a typical slice of cake.

{you will need one of these}

The downside is that this frosting does not keep well overnight, so make it and frost it the day you serve it. It’s so yummy that there probably won’t be any leftovers anyway. Enjoy!
Grandma’s 7 Minute Frosting

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (or 2 teaspoons ligh-colored corn syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In the top of a double boiler combine sugar, cold water, egg whites, and cream of tartar or corn syrup.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds.
  3. Place over boiling water (upper pan should not touch water). Cook, beating constantly with the electric mixer on high speed, about 7 minutes or until frosting forms stiff peaks.
  4. Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Beat 2 to 3 minutes more or until frosting reaches spreading consistency.

**This frosts the tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers or one 10-inch tube cake.
***Store frosted cake in the refrigerator and serve the same day it is made. Makes 4 cups.

And, if you are looking for a tasty cake recipe to go along with the frosting, check out THIS Coconut Cupcake recipe.

Have a tasty Thursday!

Things we ♥♥♥ about Idaho

26 May

I hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend!

Creative Fridays: Summertime projects

22 May

I am counting down the days til Summer break. And I’m compiling a list of projects that I can do this summer with my kids. Here are two cute ones I found this week to add to the list:


I came across a great blogger named Leigh Ann, who’s blog The object Project is so wonderful – she has all sorts of crafty projects tutorials. Leigh Ann made a bracelet purse for her daughter that is so easy, even I could sew it. Click HERE to go to her tutorial.

{I love it!!}

{her daughter Audrey with the purse}

Mrs. D. Lightful has a tutorial on how to make the cutest hair clips. As you know, Mrs. D Lightful does it all. I love going over to her blog for some crafty inspiration. Thanks Mrs. D! Click HERE to go to the tutorial.

How cute are these??

Have a great Memorial weekend?

Do you have any fun plans??
We are off to Idaho to see Wenderful!
(I heard a rumor that they got a cow….}

Doing it all

22 May
{photo courtesy of touch of memory}

Things are spinning out of control. Do you feel this way too? Pleeeeease say you do, and I am not the only one feeling like there are not enough hours in the day… With the end of school, there are plays, concerts, performances, awards and of course a million special projects, reports, makeup work and other assignments that we are trying to finish up in the last two weeks of school. Plus, yard work, and gardening to be done — whew!


I am sorry I haven’t been around as much as I want to. Thank you for being great friends and hanging with me while I flake out. I think you’re awe-summ and deserve some awards!Thank you to my friend Laurel at Ducks in a Row for the award. Laurel is such a sweetheart. She has a darling family, she is very creative AND organized!

And thanks to Pam at Cocomama for the Awe-summm award! Pam also has a cute family, she is also very crafty and a great seamstress – you should see the costumes she is making! Thanks Pam!

So for the Awe-summ award, I am supposed to list 7 things I am awe-summ at. Hmmmmm….

  1. I am a mom to four sweet children. I hope I am awe-summ at that – sometimes I wonder…
  2. I am a wife to a kind, understanding husband.
  3. I like to be creative.
  4. I love to read.
  5. I love spending time with my family – my sisters. mom, in-laws and sister-in-law.
  6. I am trying to get healthier.
  7. I love my blogging friends.

Thanks so much for being great blogging friends. I would like to give these awards to you!

And, I just wanted to share something Awe-summ I found on etsy. I don’t know if I told you, but I have been working on my oldest girl’s room. I haven’t posted about it because it’s not quite done, but it is looking really cute. My oldest daughter, Hayley, is 13 and we wanted to turn her room into something a little more sophisticated and something that will take her through middle school and high school. I found this vinyl wall art on etsy and I think it will be perfect on her wall. I ordered it last night, so I hope it comes next week. I will take a picture of it when we get it up. And post some pictures of the room — before and after!

{obviously it will read Hayley}
Have a wonderful day!

Extreme Makeover Me: healthier snack ideas

20 May

It’s Wednesday and time for Amber’s Extreme Makeover: Me Edition. This week the question is

Name your guilty pleasure.
Think of a healthier choice
you could use as a substitute.

I am a Big snacker. So in order to get healthier I have had to make a few adjustments to my favorite snacks.

  • Tortilla chips and salsa ————————————Baked Lays and salsa
{7 grams of fat, 200 calories}{1.5 grams of fat, 110 calories}
  • Ice cream sundays—————————————–Jello pudding snacks (frozen)
{Dairy Queen small sunday: 10 grams fat, 400 calories}{1.5 grams fat, 110 calories}
  • Snicker bars———————————————Junior Mints (frozen)
{11 grams fat, 266 calories}
{3 grams fat, 170 calories}
  • Wendy’s 1/4 pound single, loaded——————Wendy’s Jr. Hamburger, no mayo -or a baked potato
{1/4 single: 40 grams fat, 860 calories — jr: 8 grams fat, 230 calories}
{sour cream and no butter – 3.5 grams fat, 300 calories}


This week I was doing pretty well until I put my back out. I have been taking Ella for a walk in the jog stroller and running half of the time, walking the other half for 1 hour each time. And at night I have been doing 300 sit ups each night. Until last night. Hopefully my back will feel better soon so I can keep going. I am down 3 pounds.


Go on over to Amber’s to join in the EM:ME fun! It’s a great support as we try to get healthier!


Trendy Tuesdays: If I Could Have A Do-Over

20 May
I had the best time this weekend visiting with my two college roommates. We hadn’t all been together in 15 years! It was so fun to laugh and reminisce about our funny college times. I am excited to post pictures soon of our reunion soon!{photo by Rebekah Westover Photography}

One of my roommates just got engaged. I am so excited for her. She wants to have a 40’s-inspired wedding dress – how cool is that? It got me thinking about my own wedding. My tastes have changed so much since then. Wouldn’t it be fun to plan a wedding now? What would I choose?


I think I would choose a clean, classic silhouette.

{Vera Wang dress, picture from Alta Moda}{Adrianna Papell Laser Cut Satin Gown}

With some great details.
Or maybe I would opt for a classic suit or tea-length dress.

{Photos from Green Wedding Shoes}
If you could have a re-do, what would you pick?
Would you stick with your original dress or go with something completely different?