Saturday, April 25, 2015

Another Move!

So, I'm reluctant to say that you won't be seeing much from me in the next few months. But I am excited to say that we are moving again. Moving? Yep. Again? Yes, all the way across country, again. Comical for sure, but it will be worth it! This new job for my husband will allow him to upgrade to Captain sooner, which will in turn help us get out of debt sooner. Yippee for getting out of debt! Not there yet, but we're getting there. :) So, over the next few months we plan to end up in Utah, and then we can settle down a little bit.

Wish me luck as we tackle this crazy move with two little ones, and hopefully I can get back into the swing of things soon.

As always, keep having fun expressing your creativity!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sloppy Joes

I love using fresh hamburger, but it always seems to take longer to make meals. So instead of using fresh hamburger, I buy a bunch, fry it up, and freeze the hamburger into meal sized portions. This saves me a lot of time with a little one, and a baby. Anyway, Sloppy Joes are a great summer meal to serve at a picnic, get-together, or just because they are so tasty.

Sloppy Joes:

1 lb Hamburger
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 lg Onion
1 C Mushroom, diced
1/2 C Celery, sliced
1/2 C Catsup
1 C Tomatoes
3/4 C Water
3 tsp Taco Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
2 Tbs Tapioca (pudding powder)

Brown the hamburger in a skillet, and drain any left over fat. (If you're using frozen and already cooked hamburger, just toss it in the microwave to thaw while you work on the onions.) While hamburger is browning, in a separate skillet caramelize the onions in the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and celery until browned. Combine the hamburger and vegetables into one skillet. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer on low to medium heat for 15 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. Serve warm on hamburger buns, with fresh sliced vegetables and a fruit salad. Serves 6-8.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dragon for Dad

As you know, I was working on a bunch of Christmas gifts in the months prior to Christmas so that I could get them off before the rush of the season. I wanted to wait until after Christmas to post them so as not to spoil the surprise. So you should be seeing some of my Christmas gift ideas soon.

One of the gifts I made over countless hours was a Dragon for my Dad. He has always loved dragons, and likes to collect them. Here are the pictures of the dragon I made for my Dad. I apologize, there will be no instructions for this due to the fact that it is so detailed, and it's a special piece for my Father, but I hope you enjoy the pictures. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Baby, New Adventures

With the birth of our second son Christopher on January 24th, I have been adjusting to our new family life with our precious little one. As many of you know, the first few months are the hardest with the lack of sleep and a constant juggling act with chores, meals, naps, and the ever elusive quality time with each member of the family. But despite the challenges, I count my blessings daily! We had a successful vaginal birth after a c-section, breastfeeding is going well in comparison to a very traumatic experience with our first, and overall, our new baby is a little angel!

I am excited that we are on the road to many new adventures and fun experiences. I am also excited for the chance to pick up where I left off in creating new sculptures, recipes, and other fun things along the way. Please bear with me as I am still getting into the swing of things. But I should be posting about what I made during the Christmas season soon. (I didn't want to spoil the surprise, so I wanted to wait until after Christmas to share my ideas with you.) In the mean time, please enjoy looking around at the things I have posted already, and feel free to comment on anything you like or don't like, I'd love the feedback!
As always, have fun expressing your creativity!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Graham Cracker Crust

This year I made three different pies for Thanksgiving. A pumpkin pie, a pecan pie, and a blueberry pie. I have yet to find the perfect, easy to follow pie crust recipe for regular pies, but I have definitely tweaked enough graham cracker pie crust recipes to find one that is just right. I like to use it for berry pies, meringue pies, cream pies, or my Key Lime Pie. It's easy, and delicious! 

Graham Cracker Crust 

1 Package Graham Crackers
2 Tbs Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
6 Tbs Butter

Crush graham crackers until fine. Mix in sugar and salt. (I combine them all in a large plastic bag and crush the graham crackers until there are no chunks larger than the size of a pea. You could also use a blender or food processor, if you wanted a really consistent texture.) 
Melt the butter and pour over the graham cracker crumbs, stir until moistened. Pat firmly into a 9" pie pan. 

If using for a meringue or cream pie. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. (Cover with foil if you don't want it to turn brown too quickly.) Remove from oven and cool before filling. 

If using for a berry pie or one that needs to bake for  20+ minutes, there is no need to bake the pie crust separately. Just fill the pie crust, and bake at the allotted time for the pie you are making. 

Broccoli Salad

With my Husband being a pilot, we had to postpone celebrating Thanksgiving to last Saturday. But it was fun to tweak a few recipes for Broccoli Salad into a killer one that I just couldn't resist sharing. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Broccoli Salad

3 Broccoli florets (medium) finely chopped
8 Bacon slices (crushed/finely chopped)
1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries (low sugar)
1/3 Cup Cheese (shredded)

3/4 Cup Miracle Whip (mayonaise, but it has a little more kick) (If you use regular mayo, you may need to use a little more apple cider vinegar to get the right amount of zest in this dish)
2 1/2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix together broccoli, bacon, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and cheese. In a separate bowl, blend together miracle whip, apple cider vinegar, sugar, pepper, and salt. Toss dressing into the broccoli mix. Refrigerate until ready to serve, can be made the night before. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Planning Mode

Ok, so I've been a little lame lately. Being 5 months pregnant with a 21month old can take it's toll on how creative one can be. Most of my days consist of cleaning, spending time with my boy, dishes, napping, laundry, picking up toys, and I bet you guessed it, more cleaning. Ok, occasionally I/we get out of the house for some sanity, but it seems far and few between. So when I do get some free time, I usually take a nap, spend some much needed time with my angel Husband, or plan. Yay for planning! Now that baby boy is big enough that I'm feeling him move around and start to kick, I have been going crazy planning where he will be sleeping, getting our house organized for when he comes, packing hospital bags for myself, baby boy, my husband, and a care pack for my oldest.

I've also been planning for Christmas far in advance so I don't have to stress out when I'm 8-9 months pregnant, huge, and uncomfortable. It's sooo much easier to get it done with time to spare, and be able to enjoy the holidays and remember the true meaning behind it all. Thanksgiving isn't just about food, and Christmas isn't just about presents. They are about being grateful for all the bountiful blessings we have been given, spending time with loved ones, helping the needy, and rejoicing over the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. So for me, I love to get things planned, in order, made/bought, and sent a month or two ahead of time so I can not only make the holidays fun, memorable, and magical for my family, but less stressful for me too.

I've been wanting to post the things I've made for Christmas gifts, but that would give away the surprise for the ones I've made them for, so you'll just have to wait until after Christmas. But my Ultimate Pregnancy Check List is something that I thought new moms, or pregnant moms would enjoy. Let me know what you think!

Amy's Ultimate Pregnancy Check List