Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sneak Peak

At the dinner table each person gives their best and worst thing that happened to them that day. It's a great way to share things that are happening in our lives. So here is my best and worst today:
Best: Working on my next Moda Bake Shop project coming in April- the pic is a sneak peak!
Worst: I had my iPod stolen and then someone backed into my car. Seriously the best day. But it can only get better, right? Right?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Menu Planning + Free Printable!

It's a Monday. My parents were visiting this week and they left this morning (insert sniffles here). So it's back to the business of running my little household. Mondays (and Thursdays) are laundry day. It's also the day I plan my menus for the week, make my lists and go grocery shopping. I post a simple menu plan on the fridge so the family knows what's for dinner. I've recently discovered They send you weekly menu plans with a grocery shopping list catered to the specials at your grocery store. Talk about easy. I'm going to try it out.

I also post a simple menu plan on the fridge so the family knows what's for dinner. Here's the one I created for my family. You can download it yourself here. I print two to a page and then it's the perfect fridge size.

 I also made a version that says "What's for Dinner?" at the top. You can download that one here. If you have any problems, just send me an email at and I can email it to you directly. Happy planning!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Blueberry Jam

This is what my kitchen looked liked this weekend. Full canning mode! I have never made blueberry jam before and blueberries were on sale for $1.99 a pint, so I had to jump on it.
 Seriously, doesn't that look divine?
Of course I had to make some labels. And I've already given away half of what I made. That's the best part. Share the love! For great canning tips and recipes go to

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Kitchen Cafe Sign

I have this black arrow sign hanger that holds cute plaques over the holidays. It's in the kitchen and seen when you walk in the door. I didn't want to take it down, but I needed something that could be there year-round.
It needed to be simple and cheap! I got this wood plaque from Michaels with a 50% off coupon. I rummaged through my scrapbook paper and found these. And then some off-white paint and some fun brads.
And here you go! A little Cafe Roberts sign. Here's what I did:

Painted the wood with the off-white paint
Traced the green polka-dot paper with the sign
Cut it out and stuck it on with spray adhesive
Made the flowers with different flower shapes and papers
Stuck a brad in the middle of each
Stuck those on the sign with a little E-600
Cut out lettering with my Cricut on vinyl
Stuck those on
Used Distressing ink and inked the sign and the flowers
Here is a close-up of the flowers. I bent up the edges on everything to make them more "3-D".
Cheap and easy, yay!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fifty-One Percent!

This makes me so happy.


I'm going to try and beat it next week.

Not bad for a week's worth of groceries for a family of six.

I'm still smiling.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy March!

The last part of February has not been the most fun. 4/6 of us have been sick in one way or another, there have been lots of big homework projects, hubby has been really busy at work, and just life stuff, ya know!? I'm just happy it's all behind us!
My 7 year old, Maggie is part of a cute little book club. Each month the girls take turns picking out a book and then hosting the book club at their home. March is our month, so we chose a "green" book! I made a little invitation and a book mark for each girl to go with the book. Now I've got a couple of weeks to figure out what we're going to do for the club. Any fun recycling crafts for kids out there?
In my "spare" time I have finally been able to baste and start quilting my "Heart Garden" quilt. Hoping to have the quilting done by the weekend. Fingers crossed!

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