Sunday, October 23, 2016

Clothespin Picture Frame


I bought this old window frame from a contractor in Fredericksburg, Texas. The glass had already been broken so I just used a staple gun to attach the twine to the back. Then I bought some cute clothespins from Hobby Lobby and attached the photos. Super cute! I've made a few of these now for weddings and home decor for friends. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Wooden Pumpkins


It's FALL!!! I love fall!! It's so festive and the weather is gorgeous! I bought the cheapest 2x4 wood I could find at Lowe's and cut it into 3 different sizes (4 inches, 6 inches, 7.5 inches). I spray painted them white as a primer, so the wood grain wouldn't show through as much. I guess you could just spray paint them orange, but I didn't think of that at the time. I then painted them with orange acrylic paint (I think it was like $3 at Walmart). Once the paint had dried, I added the little sticks to the top using wood glue. I found a branch on the side of the road and just cut it into little pieces. I then used twine to make little bows, super cute!! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pillows



I am LOVING my Cricut!! I used my Cricut to create the design and cut it out on Freezer Paper. I then ironed the Freezer Paper stencil onto the pillowcase. Next, I inserted a paper bag inside the pillowcase. You can use anything that will stop the paint from bleeding through to the back of the pillowcase. I then painted the pillowcase using fabric paint and a foam brush. I immediately removed the Freezer Paper stencil from the pillowcase. If you leave the Freezer Paper on the pillowcase for too long, it's hard to remove and the paint is more likely to bleed through. I can't wait to make one of these for every holiday!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Whole 30: Banana Muffins


Ingredients

3 mashed bananas
2 eggs
3 tbsp apple sauce
2 cups almond meal
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly coat a muffin pan with coconut oil spray.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix together using an electric hand mixer.
  • Pour the batter into the muffin pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Whole 30: Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


Ingredients

4 medium sweet potatoes
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb ground beef
4 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

Directions


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Pierce your sweet potatoes with a fork. Line a baking sheet with foil and bake the sweet potatoes for about 45 minutes. 
  2. While the sweet potatoes are baking, prepare the sauce. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan and saute the onions. 
  3. Once the onions are cooked, add the beef to the pan. Cook the beef and then drain the grease.
  4. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
  5. Add the chili powder, cumin, and salt. Stir well.
  6. Add the tomato sauce to the mixture, and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Once the sweet potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and cut them open. Scoop the sauce into the sweet potatoes and enjoy! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pedernales Cellars



We went to our favorite town (Fredericksburg) for the day. I really needed to relax from a long week at work, and I've always wanted to do grape stomping at a winery. We saw that Pedernales Cellars had grape stomping this weekend, so we decided to check it out. Pedernales Cellars is a little off the main road, but it's definitely worth the extra drive. They have a great view and some really good wines. We sat out on their patio enjoying the gorgeous Texas weather and yes...I finally got to stomp in some grapes!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese


Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
7-8 slices bacon
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 (5oz) bag baby spinach
2 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the spaghetti squash in half (hardest part of the entire meal) and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle the olive oil over the spaghetti squash. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes. Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove the bacon and break it into small pieces. You can cut the bacon into pieces prior to cooking it, but I just prefer to do it afterwards. Add the bacon back into the skillet.
  3. Reduce the heat to low. Add the red wine vinegar to the bacon and bacon grease. Cook for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the maple syrup to the mixture and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the baby spinach to the mixture, one handful at a time. Cook until all of the spinach is combined.
  6. Go back over to your spaghetti squash. Using a fork, scoop out the inside of the spaghetti squash. 
  7. Combine the spaghetti squash, bacon/spinach mixture, and goat cheese.