Dinner: Beer Butt Chicken

February 26, 2015

Here’s a great roast chicken recipe, seriously it’s the only one you will ever need. Juicy and flavorful and not much fuss.

im going to keep it quick so as not to complicate this easy one.

coat inside and out of a whole chicken with about 3/4 cup salt, set in fridge for 1-2 hours


Next, rinse salt off and coat chicken with a mixture of garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and salt. No need to measure just pour into a little bowl and mix. I used garlic salt and only a tiny bit of salt and a little chili powder so the little ones would still be able to enjoy some krispy skin ๐Ÿ˜Š


Once your chicken is coated in seasoning seat her nicely on a can of beer that is half empty, any kind will do. Your chicken should be sitting with its legs making a sort of tripod to keep it from falling over mid cooking. Tuck her wings so she looks like she’s mad at you ๐Ÿ˜‰ (and so they don’t burn). There she’s all ready to go. Set your oven rack to the lowest so she has room to stand up in there.


Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes or till its 165 in the thickest part. Usually no more than an hour and twenty min.


Now if you could only smell how great this thing is!! Let it set for 10 minutes so the juices settle before cutting into it.

tonight we also had baby carrots cooked with a little butter, water, maple syrup, cinnamon and cloves and Brusselsprouts sautรฉed in leftover bacon grease ๐Ÿ˜Š (those were the best!).


My good lighting was gone by the time we ate๐Ÿ˜ณ

tomorrow I’m boiling down what remains of our roast and making a chicken soup.

i hope you try this and that your children and loved ones fight over the skin and juicy meat and clamor for seconds and thirds like mine do๐Ÿ˜Š


Mail Organizer

February 24, 2015

Today I finished MY mail organizer and I am very happy with how it turned out!! After making my son a little wall hanging/ organizer I wanted to tweak it more to suit my needs (and my ever growing pile of mail!). So tweak I did and trim and eyeball and trim again till it was just what I needed.


I used a heavy duty sew-in stabilizer as my base then stitched the navy and ticking fabrics one at a time onto that adding the ribon to the tops. I embroidered the two linen patches in navy using two different methods. The address one is ironed on with interfacing to give it a “label” look and the other was made to look like a patch and is only attached by the corner stitches. Lastly I bound the linen backing to the front and made my corners as neat as possible, they do seem better than my last so I guess that’s improvment!


A favorite feature is the tiny Eiffel Tower tag. My husband says we have too many Eiffel towers in our house, he is right and I should probably count to see how many times it appears around here. Rainy day kids game! But they are just too great!


A nice little reminder to organize! I actually need a big, HUGE reminder to not only organiz but also clean and pick up but this nice little one will hopefully at least help with the mail organization. The tiny clothespins are from Target’s dollar spot, 20 for a dollar and they are just too cute. I picked them up about a week ago so they might still have them ๐Ÿ˜‰

The crochet ribon trim was a last minute addition and I wasn’t sure if it was too girlie or cutesy so I asked my oldest and he said it looked “cool”, I think he was right.


And now here it is in its final resting place, bad lighting and all by the desk, chocked full of bills and junk to organize! And after filling it I now think it will need to be tacked to the wall so it will hang nicely. Just another tweak โ˜บ๏ธ

A Little Needlebook

February 17, 2015


I stayed up way too late but it felt so good to start and finish a project in one night!

i flowed a Nanacompany Needlebook tutorial (find it on my Pinterest “sew” board), but just like I do my own thing with recipes I wanted to put my own spin on this little thing too.

For Valentine’s Day I had ordered some fancy little needles and an embroidery scissors (who needs flowers anyways?๐Ÿ˜‰) and now I have a perfectly portable place for them.ย image image

I added the little pockets to keep my floss handy and also the little elastic loop to hold the cool little case for storing my embroidery needles in. The inside fabric is Robert Kaufman chevron in teal and the cute little flowers on the cover are by Tasha Noel.image

Here’s the center felt page for storing needles, color coordinating needles too!

Another feature I added was a little snap on a ribbon to hold my new little scissors in place. I think I’ll tweek the placement of these additions on my next book, but worked out pretty well since I was eyeballing it on everything. A little crooked in places but let’s just say that adds to the charm of having something handmade โ˜บ๏ธ

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And in closing, if my son sees these next pictures I will never get my Needlebook back. I was just playing around and thinking of other uses for this. Maybe I’ll have to make him his own. Or even a little lego guy case! Hmmm…

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Soup’s on!

February 15, 2015

i love finding good recipes and to me the easier the better. I’m all about the one pot meal and “Eyeballing” it. A dash of this a little of that is all it takes. Any unnecessary steps that can be eliminated or made easier are put to memory for next time. I often edit as I go and remember what can be fixed for next time. Ok, so I do look at measurements but more for reference and not as a rule.

so be warned: if you are looking for handholding, step by step instructions and exact measurements you are at the wrong place.

However if you are looking for a delicious easy meal for dinner, search no more you have come to the right place!

tonight we have a wonderfully simple winter soup!

Sausage Potato Kale Soup


Start with 1-2lbs Italian sausage hot, mild or both. For a lighter version use turkey sausage.

onion, garlic (I like a couple spoonfuls of the diced kind in the jar)

cook in soup pot over medium high heat chopping the sausage down as it cooks


Next add kale, fresh or frozen about 2-4 cups worth depending how much you have on hand. It will cook down and add not only nutrition but great color and flavor to your soup.

also at this time you may season with about a teaspoon of nutmeg which will add a nice sweetness.


After the kale has wilted down add your 6-8 cups chicken broth (my husband likes his soups more ย “brothy” and I like mine thicker so I try to get it right in the middle).

next add your diced potatoes, I used about 5cups of red skin ones so I didn’t have to do any peeling. For an even easier option you can always grab a bag of fresh or frozen diced potatoes from the store!

cook till potatoes are tender, about two hours. My best soups are the ones that I let simmer all day so I usually try to start my cooking in the morning after dropping my oldest off at school.


Final step: just before serving add one cup (ish ๐Ÿ˜‰) cream, milk or even coconut milk to finish off your soup with a creamy smooth flavor. Also add any salt or pepper. I like to serve my soups ready to eat but someone always ends up adding extra salt anyways.

this soup was good from the first bowl right down to the last one that my three year old polished off. The perfect balance between broth and hearty. Perfect for a cold winters night (or lunch).

i hope your family will enjoy this as much as mine did!

Valentines Package

February 10, 2015

Every holiday and special occasion I have good intentions of sending a special package to different loved ones, usually my sister. We all know how good intentions work, right? I’m pretty sure this is the first package ever that I’m sending to her! Hopefully the first of many. After all, who doesn’t love to get a package in the mail!?


I hand stitched these little linen hearts for her twin girls. They were super quick and easy to make! Just trace your shape, sew beads on, embroider (you can write directly onto the fabric), and then hold in place with one hand and stitch the boarder with the other. Fill with stuffing (even better with lavendar, but I’m not that on top of things!) and stitch closed.


And there you have them!image

Throw in some chocolate maybe a cute little tag and you are all set!


Add some cozy socks for good measure โ˜บ๏ธimage

Now the trouble is actually making it to the post office!!!

Zakka Wall Hanging

February 6, 2015

this was a fun little project made without a patern from Pinterest finds.


It just happened to fit on my bookcase but it was promised to Conrad and so off to his room it went…


Im sure he will have fun filling the pockets and tiny envelope with his special drawings, favorite books and odds and ends. Such as Steve…image

my favorite part is the hand stitched linen postcard and its little “par avion” stitching…image

Once I figured it out it was pretty easy to stitch up so now that I got some kinks worked out and can eliminate a couple steps I hope to make more of these. With the right hanging straps it could be cute to hang off the oven or freezer door!

Patchwork pillow finally finished!

January 31, 2015

feels like I started on this pillow ages ago but actually I think I only got the fabric about two weeks ago! Just slow going when i can only do bits at a time.image image image

I even had a little fabric picture of his to sew onto the back!!

ill have to work with rick rack again as it didn’t come out well on the boarder, at all.

it was a fun project to work on even if it was less than thrilling colors ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have one very happy three year old and that makes my heart happy ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sewing… Slow going…

January 24, 2015


Working on a patchwork pillow for James. Orange is his favorite color and Thomas is his favorite guy. Not my most favorite fabric and colors to be working with but hard not to love his excitement over it!

Craft fix!

January 24, 2015

Picked up some crafty goodness from Targets dollar spot, love getting my shopping fix for under $10!


The chocolate bar is for my husband and sadly was not in the dollar section.


August 19, 2014

The past few months I’ve been struggling with the thought of one day sending my boys off on their own into the world. I’m sure it’s something that all mothers think about at some point, but my kids are 7,3 and 0!! I have a WHILE! I just feel like time is flying and one day soon they will be teenagers who don’t care what I think or say and I’ll be like “oh crap! I didn’t teach them anything! I missed my chance!”.
The days fly by and are filled with tasks and chores that don’t leave much time for imparting wisdom to toddlers. I struggle to find a balance between preaching to my kids and leaving them to their own ways. Between sheltering them too much and not giving them enough shelter from this crazy world. One truly could go crazy thinking about it all…
Tonight as I rocked my littlest guy before bed it hit me.

He’s on loan, he’s a loaner from God

Now I’ve always known that my children are not my own, that they belong to God and are a gift from him. But probably more in a sense of ‘thanks for the gift that now belongs to me’ way. When I stopped to think it over for a second it really sunk in: he is on loan to me from God. He does not belong to me. He is loaned to me for a short time and I am to care for him for a short while and then return him back to God when he sees fit.


When I think about my children as ‘loaners’ it sure turns on a whole new light. Think of a loaner car… We had one once, I was a very careful driver that week! We never left junk or wrappers in it. Or how about when you watch someone else’s kids? I know I want those kids to have a safe fun time at my house! In the same way that we take better care of things that don’t belong to us, how do you think we would act differently if we care for our children as if they were not ours but belong to God himself? We all tend to have a little more grace and patience for other peoples kids. A little more kindness and maybe more intention about what we do with them.
On the other hand I’m not sitting around worrying about another kids future, wether they will listen to their parents or do what is right when they grow up. What kind of trouble they could get into or any number of worries. No, because the owner is the one who has to ‘worry’ about them! After all doesn’t it clearly say in the bible “cast ALL your worries on Him”? So with this new thought in mind: my children are loaners from God, I am to care for them remembering that they belong to him, I am to trust him and know that he has their future and I don’t need to worry about it…
Now I just need to tattoo it on their heads so I don’t forget!!


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