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DIY Crayon Art

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Ever since I joined Pinterest last year, I have seen these Crayon Art projects pop up on my feed all the time.  I always thought they were really cool, and immediately looked into how to do them.  A couple weeks after seeing them I was grocery shopping and spotted a ton of 24 count crayola crayon boxes on clearance.  It was a sign!  I decided it would be a fun activity for the twins and I to do one rainy day.  I looked for the best tutorial and found one at the Nap Time Craft Time Blog.  Instead of trying to use the sun though, I just went straight to the hair dryer.  I found it took a … [Read more...]

Salsa Poached Eggs & Cheese Grits

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I have posted a couple other recipes involving eggs, so it is probably pretty obvious that we eat a lot of eggs and we love them in our house.  I have been digging poached eggs lately, and when I saw this budget friendly recipe for Salsa Poached Eggs on Budget Bytes, I was so excited to try it.  But......then I noticed the side she used in the original recipe were grits.  I am not a huge fan of grits, although they have grown on me a little bit since living in the south.  I actually really didn't like them until I had the most amazing tomato basil cheese grits at Buckhead … [Read more...]

Vertical Garden? Sure, why not?!

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For the longest time I have wanted to start my own garden.  Growing up in Michigan, my dad had a small garden in the backyard.  He would grow horseradish, which took over a huge area, zucchini's, onions, and tomatoes (and I might be forgetting some other things).  I remember having tomato 'fights' when my cousins would come to visit, and we would all wind up stained with tomato juice.....and my dad would be wondering where all his cherry tomatoes disappeared too...oops!   When I lived in California, I was able to help with the family garden which was awesome.  It was more of a vegetable … [Read more...]

Maps!

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With decorating the new house, I have been searching the internet trying to find inspiration.  One thing we already have that we like a lot, are maps.  For the last 5 or 6 years I have had 2 vintage type maps...one of San Francisco, one of New York City.  My husband and I both love traveling, and have been many places, so I think it's a cute way to incorporate thoughts and images of our favorite places.  I would love to have maps of cities where we have lived....New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, Greenwich, Detroit, Atlanta...  I haven't been able to find any good ones for Atlanta or … [Read more...]

Roasted Rosemary Potato Wedges

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This recipe is from a Weight Watchers recipe book, and it's very simple and easy.  The recipe called for pre-packaged potato wedges, but I decided to make them from scratch since I couldn't find those at the store (super easy anyway).  I would consider this a 'pantry recipe', because you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry (maybe not the potatoes, but close enough!). These potato wedges would be a great side to any meal.  They have only 2 WW points per serving (1 cup of wedges), so you can have a generous portion.   … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Hot Dogs…a kid’s meal!

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When I saw this activity/meal on Pinterest I knew I had to try it with the kids I nanny.  They love hot dogs and spaghetti, so how could they not like this?!?!  I noticed it when it was popping up as a fun Halloween meal (worm spaghetti anyone?!), and that is when we did it first.  Now we make this occasionally, and the kids have a lot of fun putting the spaghetti through the hot hot dogs!  It's great for little hands because the pieces of hot dog are big enough for them to hold with one hand, and put the spaghetti through with the other.  Using thick spaghetti is key, because … [Read more...]