Cherry Love!!

It’s cherry season!!! I would venture to say that cherries are my favorite fresh fruit to eat. They are just juicy and delicious… Yum.

Cherry Love title

Well, cherry season is a bit short for my liking, so I went on search for recipes to have ready now that the season is here so that I can make the most of it.

I haven’t tried any of them yet, but I did create a board on Pinterest to share with you all…

I was able to find some drink recipes, main dish recipes, canning recipes, appetizers, and of course dessert recipes.  I am excited to try them all out in the next few weeks!

There is a cherry margarita recipe that is calling my name in particular… margaritas are my drink of choice, so mix that with my fruit of choice and it’s sure to be a winner.  :)  There is also a recipe for canning cherries, but she mentioned using the canned cherries over ice cream and that just sounds absolutely sinful!

Anyways, enough rambling, now I’m off to buy more cherries!

 

‘Remember’ scrapbook layout

It’s been awhile – sorry guys!  I went a little MIA for a few days… we had a lot of family in town over the last few weekends so I decided to take a few days off.  Just a heads up, at the end of July I’ll be going out of town for a few days again.  :)  July is definitely vacation time ’round here – ack! plus I turn 30 in just a few days…

Anywho… today I have a scrapbook layout to share with you.  I did something a little different this time – instead of a voiceover I recorded the video live without being sped up… let me know what you think.

Remember title

When I first pulled out these photos from Easter a few years ago I knew I wanted all the layouts be bright, to go right along with the colored Easter eggs.  This background paper jumped out to me right away, but then I hesitated thinking it might be TOO bright.  But I embraced it, and this is what I came up with.

I had a few goals before I started out – to use a busy (and bright!) background and use word elements in the place of journaling to tell the story, also a goal which I forget to mention at the beginning of the video which is to use a subtle title (since there were so many words on this page a larger title would have looked out of place).

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Here is the video that shows this layout in the making…

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So, pull out those bright, colorful papers and have at it!!

 

Julep June box and Memorial Day Mystery Box #9

Earlier this month I got my June Julep box!  I’m actually surprised, but I still LOVE getting these boxes every month.  They really are fun to get – cute little box with a few goodies inside – what’s not to love?!

So this month I got my regular June box.  I am subscribed to get the Boho Glam box, but I switched it out for the Classic with a Twist box this month, just had more colors I liked in it.  And I also got a second box – the Memorial Day Mystery Game Box #9.  I purchased this one way back in May, but it took about 2 weeks to get here so it didn’t actually show up until June.

Julep June overall

First, in the June Box I got 2 nail polishes (Bergen and Ariana) and the Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat.  I already had the top coat from Julep which I really like, so I can’t wait to try their base coat too.  I also added on a pack of the ‘Swatch Me’ stickers to put on the polishes that didn’t already come with the stickers.

Then, in the Memorial Day box I got 2 more nail polishes (Taylor and Max) and some buffing blocks.  I chose one of the cheapest boxes they had for this promotion since I knew I already had my June box coming, I didn’t want to overload with too many polishes then not get to use them all this month.

Julep June closer

Here’s a closer look at each polish.

Bergen is a nice silver polish – it has some bluish undertones, but it really is a nice shimmery silver.

Julep June Bergen

The second one in the June box was Ariana.  I believe all of the colors for the June boxes where shimmery.  This one is no different, it is like an Amethyst color – rich purple with shimmer, very pretty.

Julep June Ariana

Moving on the Game Box polishes, first we have Taylor.  It is a gorgeous true blue color.  I just love it!  Perfect for summer! Then finally we have Max. This one intrigued me. I wasn’t really sure about it. It’s a clear polish with white and black confetti in it – interesting right? I think on top of the right polish it will be beautiful!

Julep June Taylor Max

That’s all I’ve got for you guys today!  Enjoy your polishes if you’ve already subscribed to Julep, but if you haven’t and you want to check it out…. click here!  (or go to this web address:  http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/517306/

Here is the video associated with this post…

Thanks!!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to you all!!

Face painting (our little tiger was extremely nervous but excited to get his face painted – first time people)… food…fun times with friends… fireworks… and a very exhausted little boy :)

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(these photos are from a Freedom Festival for July 4th though it was actually a few days before the 4th)

I hope you all enjoy today with your families celebrating and watching fireworks (even if you aren’t in the US)!!

Alphabet Bottle Cap Magnets

Bottle Cap title

I think everyone has the little multi-colored alphabet magnets on their refrigerator when their kids are little – we were no different.  But those are long gone, with letters missing and getting broken over time.

Well… now that he’s 3 years old, he’s in full-fledged learning mode (especially having just finished his 2-year old preschool year).  We’ve been practicing recognizing letters and knowing what letters spell his name.  He’s all about pointing letters out and trying to figure out what they are.  Reading is just around the corner!  That is so scary… he’s still my baby!!

Moving on, haha…. I was trying to think of a way to help him with his letters that’s fun for him.  I didn’t want to go buy the plastic letters again so I started looking to see what we had around the house.

I’m one to keep things just in case – bottle caps are no different.  I have a small collection of them for no apparent reason.  So they caught my eye… and this is what I came up with.  A fun, cute way for him to practice his letters.

Here’s what you need…

  • acrylic paint – white and a variety of other colors
  • paint pen or marker
  • glossy finish sealer – I’m using an instant decoupage with a glossy finish
  • paint brushes and water
  • a plate or a palette for your paint
  • a bunch of bottle caps – if you don’t have a collection of them like I do, you can buy just plain ones at a craft store
  • small clothespins
  • magnets
  • glue (I use super glue)

Bottle Cap suppliesFirst, clean your bottle caps – you want to make sure there is nothing sticky on the inside or the outside so your paint goes on smoothly

Bottle Cap clean

Next, clip one of the small clothespins on each bottle cap – this just gives you a way to hold the bottle caps while you paint them without having to get paint all over your fingers (it’s not necessary, but I tried it without them and it’s much  messier without the clothespins)

Bottle Cap clothespins

Now, using the white acrylic paint, paint a layer of white on top of each bottle cap.  Only paint the circle surface – do not paint the sides where the bottle caps are creased.  This acts as a primer for the bottle caps, covering the bulk of pattern on each bottle cap.

Bottle Cap white

And now, do it again, making each bottle cap have 2 coats of white on top… (you may to do a third coat if the white still isn’t covering the pattern on the bottle cap)

Bottle Cap 2nd coat

It’s time to add the color… pick a color (or a bunch of colors) and paint one coat on each bottle cap to color it.  I chose both blue and green – doing half in blue and half in green.

Bottle Cap color 1st

Just like with the white, do a second coat of the paint color on each bottle cap (repeating a third time if necessary to get good coverage)… With so many coats of paint the mini clothespins really come in handy!

Bottle Caps color 2ndLet the bottle caps dry fully – the paint I used only took about 15-20 minutes between each coat.  And take either the paint marker you have or a small paint brush and more of the white paint to write your letters.  I used a Galaxy white marker (used for darker paper) to give me an outline to paint over.  You could just as easily use a pencil to sketch it out on top of the painted bottle cap before you paint your white letters.

Bottle Cap letters

Almost done!  Now add the clear glossy top coat – depending on the type you use, it could apply slightly cloudy, but don’t worry it will dry clear.

Bottle Cap top coat

The final step is glueing the magnets on the backs of the bottle caps once the top coat is dry.  Very simple, just make sure the magnets are thick enough to touch your refrigerator once glued on the backs – I had to double up the magnets I had because they weren’t quite thick enough.

Bottle Cap magnets

That’s it!  An easy project!  Have fun making some Bottle Cap Magnets of your own.

Bottle Cap done

You could try drawing small animals or shapes if you don’t want to use the alphabet, such as hearts or sunshines,etc.  Have fun!

My Studio Calico June Kit

I know it’s nearing the end of June and I’ve had this box in my office for almost two weeks, but I have my Studio Calico June Scrapbook Kit to share with you all today.

SC June supplies

In this kit, you get 4 pieces of 12×12 solid card stock.

SC June cardstock

From left to right… Tranquil (Paper Accents), Sour Apple (Paper Accents) and 2 pieces of White Prismatic Paper (Bazzill).

Then, you get 8 pieces of 12×12 patterned papers…

SC June A side

(a side)

SC June B side

(b side)

These are… Smile (Studio Calico), Beach Towel (Studio Calico), Treasure Hunt (American Crafts), Vintage Charm (Crate Paper), Change (Fancy Pants), Piece by Piece (Fancy Pants), Lime Light (Color Theory Studio Calico), and Up Hill (Studio Calico).

Then, there is a whole slew of embellishments…

SC June embellishments

Which are… Calendar Mask (Studio Calico), 6×12″ Sticker Sheet (Life-Love-Paper for Studio Calico), Sunny Day Color Theory Acrylic Paint (Studio Calico), Something Blue Color Theory Acrylic Paint (Studio Calico), Opaque Gems (Studio Calico), Foam Stamp Set (Hello Forever for Studio Calico), Gold Labels (Studio Calico), Acetate Alpha (Studio Calico), 4″ Gold Doily (Studio Calico), and 5 cut wood circles (Studio Calico).

Here is a video showing each product up close and personal…

I’ve been debating a lot recently on whether or not to switch my subscription box.  I’ve been getting the Studio Calico Scrapbook Kit for a year in July.  I’m considering canceling this one and trying out a card kit and maybe an embellishment kit.  I love the scrapbook box, but I’ve noticed you get different types of products in other boxes so I’m thinking about switching for 6 months or so then coming back to this one.  As it stands right now I still have March and April’s kits untouched (since I was out of town a lot during those months).  Anyways, I’ll keep you all updated on my decision!

If you’d like to check these out for yourself, go here (or copy and paste this link http://www.studiocalico.com/welcome?ref=4590beba)

Thanks for joining me today!!

Recipe: Busy-Day Peach Cobbler… super yum!

My family LOVES the local Farmer’s Market.  I believe it’s actually the biggest one in NC, and it’s just lovely!  We try to go once a week or once every two weeks and load up on fresh fruits and veggies.

You get to walk around the multiple buildings they have to see all the farmers and all the venders – it’s just fun.  We like to visit the cookie stand and get a few cookies.  Sometimes we even splurge for some freshly made kettle corn.  Or we’ll get some muscadine slushies.  Or maybe just a basket of strawberries.  Or, like we did this weekend, a bag full of peaches – oh so juicy peaches!

Peach peaches

I have many fond memories of going peach picking – I suppose the fonder memories were of eating the juicy peaches.  I would venture to say they are my favorite fruit, and that’s saying a lot because I LOVE all kinds of fruit.

Peach titleAnd, you could even say, I probably have just as many memories of making peach cobbler.  I always remember my dad loving dessert – any kind, it didn’t really matter.  So we made this dessert a lot when peaches were in season.

It’s called a Busy-Day Cobbler.  I’m sure there is an official recipe somewhere, but here’s how my family makes it.  It really takes no time at all to put it together.

Peach ingredients

Ingredients…

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2-3 cups of fruit (or a large can of fruit pie filling)
  • 1 cup self-rising flour (I’ll include a recipe of how to make self-rising flour if you only have regular flour)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In your dish (2 quart-ish pan – you just want something deep enough to hold your cobbler) put your stick of butter and place in the oven to melt.

Peach pan

Now if you don’t have self-rising flour, make some.  Just take 1 cup of regular flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and mix together well with a fork.  You could sift this if you want, but mixing with a fork works just fine.

Peach flour

Mix together the cup of self-rising flour, the sugar, and the milk.  Don’t use a blender, just use a spoon.  It may be lumpy, but that is just fine.

Peach mix

Set aside and remove your melted butter from the oven.

Peach melted

Now pour the batter mixture in the pan with the butter.  DO NOT STIR!  This is the most important thing, do not stir.

Peach batter

Lastly, pour in your fruit.  Again, DO NOT STIR.

Peach fruit

Now, bake it at 350 for 45-60 minutes.  Keep an eye on it.  And when it’s done, it will be delicious!  Or ‘licious as Calen says.  :)

Peach done

 

This would also be good with most other fruits.  I didn’t add any sugar to the fresh peaches I used, but if you use other fresh fruits that aren’t as naturally sweet as peaches you can add a 1/4 cup of sugar.

Now, go and make lots and lots of cobbler!!