Thursday, July 20, 2017

Girls Camp Sunshine Notes!

After seeing my Girls Camp Pocket Post, you are probably wondering, "What are all the note cards in the pockets?" Well let me tell you......
They........ are.....SUNSHINE NOTES!
My sister Candace came up with Sunshine Notes years ago, and they have become a tradition for her and I to initiate them into the different girls camps we are involved in. 

Simply place colored or white lined notecards on a picnic table with stickers, markers and pens; then watch the fun begin! The girls and leaders get sunshine and love through those notes to last them a LIFETIME! Everyone writes uplifting sweet messages, short and long, to just about everyone at camp. 

There is ONE rule! We give a warning at the start of camp, if there is ever ONE rude or mean remark on a note we stop all sunshine notes! This is a SAFE/ HAPPY place, there is no place for rude/negative comments. We are spreading SUNSHINE, not rain.
It's sad we have to even warn them, but it's better to be safe than sorry. On a lighter note, we have NEVER had anything like this happen, but we always prepare the girls and leaders.

Girls and leaders go away with a STACK of SUNSHINE at the end of camp. I bought over 1000 notecards last year and we RAN OUT! On the last day I was frantically cutting colored paper I just HAPPENED to have thrown in a tub last minute, so girls could write their last sunshine notes! It was BEAUTIFUL.

One girl told me that she put her sunshine notes up from last year as a border in her bedroom! One leader keeps them on a key ring and takes them with her in her purse. She pulls them out when she needs a little pick me up! THESE SUNSHINE NOTES BLESS LIVES!


Our "Sunshine Note Station" was CONSTANTLY overflowing with girls and leaders writing sweet notes. Many leaders/girls took blank notecards back to their tents because there was NO ROOM for them at the table. 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Girls Camp Secret Sister Pockets

Of all the years I've been to Girls Camp, this is BY FAR, THE BEST, EASIEST way to store secret sister gifts. I have used boxes, cans, bags etc. and none compare to these PLASTIC SHOE HOLDERS! This is seriously the BEST investment for Girls Camp! Use them year after year, they store FLAT and are easy to put up.

Hang up the pockets by threading rope through the holes at the top. Take a hole punch and punch holes down the sides of the shoe holders. Take wire or twine and tie each shoe holder together to make a "wall/sheet" of pockets.

Have each girl and leader write their name with a specific colored marker for each ward or branch (See my color key on the right?), then put the "named" masking tape on their pocket.

NOTE TO SELF: When girls camp is over, take off the tape! Don't let the tape sit for a year, the masking tape will NEVER come off!

These pockets are the PERFECT size for Secret Sister gifts!




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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Scripture Candy 2

Guess what?! I was just at Girls Camp AGAIN! My husband and I were talking, and in our 9 years marriage I have gone to Girls Camp 7 of those years. What can I say? I ADORE Girls Camp, and LOVE the youth of our church! Girls Camp is a place where Leaders and Young Women can be themselves; while having a safe, fun and spiritual environment to reboot and strengthen their testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

Well, it is a big deal at Girls Camp to have "Secret Sisters." Secret Sisters is where you draw a name the first day of camp, and give that "sister" small gifts throughout the week of girls camp without them knowing, hence the "secret" part. I have been to my fair share of Girls Camps. So far, I have been to 14 years of Girls Camp. Every Girls Camp is unique and different, but always amazing! In those 14 years of girls camp, I've picked up a few tricks of the trade. I will be posting more details and ideas of my Girls Camp adventures later on. 

Over the years, I have received, and seen MANY different secret sister gifts. They range from extravagant to last minute/thrown together. You have girls that spend days, and DAYS working on special secret sister gifts. While other girls stick a penny on a piece of scrap paper and put, "A penny for your thoughts." While both are obviously acceptable and appreciated, my sister, Candace and I, came up with a "leveling of the playing field" way for secret sister gifts.

We decided last year that everyone would bring candy bars! Other options were fruit snacks, trail mix, gold fish, pretzels, etc. It's edible, portable, won't break and can be eaten at camp. No tiny "fun size" candy bars, no "jumbo/king" candy bars, just NORMAL sized candy bars. PRE-PACKAGED snack sized "snacks," nothing in a ziplock bag. (We don't want a ziploc bag of old potato chips from their house, EWW!) 

The thing that made these special was, you had to put a spiritual quote, scripture or uplifting saying on it! 

Last year was our first year and it was a HUGE HIT! Some wards covered all the secret sister gifts for their girls, so everyone from that ward gave the same thing! GREAT! Other wards had each girl in charge of their own, AWESOME! The girls loved getting a snack/treat at camp they could eat there or save for later... 99% of candy gifts were eaten at camp.
Last year I posted my personal Secret Sister Candy Bars I was giving, and this year I did the same thing only with different candy bars.

So here they are! Secret Sister Scripture Candy #2

(These also make fun Visiting Teaching Pick Me Ups!)


1. Almond Joy
"God didn't design us to be sad, He created us to have -> JOY!"
- President Uchtdorf
Isaiah 55:12

2. Orbit
"God is deter"mint" to make of us more than we thought we could be."
-Jeffrey R. Holland

3. Dove Chocolate
"Do small things with great -> LOVE"
-Mother Teresa
Deuteronomy 30:16

4. Take 5
Take 5 TO CALL!
Jeremiah 29:12&13

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Strawberry Almond Salad

This salad is beyond beautiful and delicious! I made this Strawberry Almond Salad for a family dinner we had a week ago. It was AWESOME! I love getting together with family; we always laugh, play and eat good food! When I walked in with this salad, I got so many oohs.. and ahhhs.. from my nieces (I have 5 nieces) and sister! It was so funny, they were all so excited to eat this beautiful salad.

My Aunt Bugs taught me an invaluable lesson with "berry salads" last time she visited. 
She said, to put your salad on a platter or cookie sheet! 
We've all been there when dishing up our portion of salad, all "the good stuff" falls to the bottom of the bowl! All the berries, nuts and fruit show up with the last few scoops of the bowl. It's almost better to be the LAST to get your salad! So, to ensure everyone gets "the good stuff" put it on a platter or cookie sheet! Aunt Bugs, you are a GENIUS! Everyone gets the perfect scoop of salad when it's on a platter!


Strawberry Almond Salad

1 pkg. Spinach
1 pkg. Garden Salad Mix
1 (1 lb.) Carton of Strawberries, sliced
2 c. Grapes Halved
1 c. Slivered Almonds
1 c. Mozzarella Cheese
Raspberry Vinegrette

Cut or rip your spinach into smaller pieces, for easier eating. (I hate having to shove HUGE leaves of spinach into my mouth! I know I look as ridiculous, as I feel! Do everyone a favor and save them from embarrassing spinach moments.) 

Place ingredients in order on a flat platter or cookie sheet:
Lettuce & Spinach
Strawberries
Grapes
Cheese
Almonds

Drizzle the Raspberry Vinaigrette over everything just before serving. Give it all a small toss and serve!

DELISH! 



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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Lemon Drizzle Cake

This is my Aunt Suzie's Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe, I just added the "frosting!" It's one of our WHOLE family's most favorite lemon cake recipes EVER! 
Personally, I love just about anything with lemon, it's always so fresh and wonderful. To me, lemon is the flavor of summer. Drinking lemonade and watching the kids play in the sprinklers is a tiny piece of heaven. I can't wait to make this again and again for parties or just for us! 
Try it, you will NOT be disappointed that you did!


Lemon Drizzle Cake

Cake:
1 Lemon Cake Mix
1 small Pkg. Lemon Jello
3/4 c. Olive Oil
1 1/2 c. Water
4 Eggs

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. (Batter will be runny)

Pour in a greased 9x13 pan. 

Bake at 375' for 30-35 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool.

Poke holes with A FORK! NOT THE DOWEL END OF A WOODEN SPOON! I tried, and the cake is SOOO moist and perfect that the cake comes off on the handle and leaves HUGE holes! 

Drizzle: 
1/3 c. Lemon Juice
2 c. Powdered Sugar

Mix until smooth then pour over the poked cake.

Frost with Extra Creamy Cool Whip. 

It is DELICIOUS and SOO EASY! 


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Broccoli Cauli Salad

This is a spin on my classic Broccoli Bacon Salad. This one is just as DELICIOUS!
I had a Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recently at a wedding I attended and LOVED IT! I had never thought about putting cauliflower in it, along with almonds and cranberries. What an AMAZING blend of flavors. So, after day dreaming about this salad for a few days, I came up with my own recipe. I can't wait to make this again and again for back yard parties and barbecues! 
Try it out! You won't be disappointed.


Broccoli Cauli Salad

In a large bowl add:
4 large crowns of Broccoli (chopped small)
1 small head of Cauliflower (chopped small)
(or 12 c. of Broccoli and Cauliflower pieces)

1 c. Celery (finely chopped)
2 c. Crasins
1 (5 oz) bag of Sliced Almonds
1 c. Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese

* Optional 1 c. Red Onion (finely chopped)

Dressing:
2 c. Mayo
1/3 c. Vinegar
1/2 c. Sugar

Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl, then pour over the salad. Toss salad to coat with the dressing. Chill for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. 



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Monday, May 15, 2017

Camper Color - Just Add Pillows!

We recently purchased a camper and I am STOKED! AHHH! 
I grew up camping my whole life and I can't wait to spend family time in the mountains, and raise my kids around nature. 

The camper/trailer we purchased is VERY nice. I was expecting a fixer upper and was shocked when we ended up buying this one. I am BEYOND excited for the camper and can't wait for us to play games, roast smore's, and play in the stream. 
But before we take off to the mountain this summer, I wanted to make a few MINOR colorful decor items to make this already lovely camper even more fun and bright! 

I am CRAZY about cabins and trailers with PLAID! I LLOOOVVEEE PLAID!!!! I had left over plaid fabric from a table runner and pillow I had made this last year for Christmas. So I went digging, and grabbed the plaid from my fabric collection. I was able to make 3 pillows from that! SCORE! But they were all the same pattern. Sigh... I wanted MORE PLAID! Well, I knew who to call.... My MOM! She is the queen of fabric. I asked her if I could check out her plaid stash to see if I could use any. WOOWWWEEE! She hooked me up, BIG TIME! My mom had a TON of red and black plaid fabric that she had bought in the 80's! And guess what?! IT'S STILL IN FASHION! Because red and black plaid NEVER go out of style; it's always classy! She has GREAT taste! My dear, angel mother, let me use most of her fabric to make pillows to spruce up my camper. She was just as excited as I was to use up her collection! (THANKS for the fabric MOM!) So here it is. The reveal of what it looked like before, and what it looks like now, just by adding pillows! 

Here resides a very HAPPY CAMPER!


In case you missed my INGENIOUS invention from last year, here it is! 
Nutella Smore's! Use Nutella instead of hard chocolate! It's already gooey and melted! SERIOUSLY AMAZING, you will never go back.


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Fishing with my dad then, and fishing with my dad last year! Love you dad!


I'm so excited we can continue to go camping as a family and surround ourselves with the beauty that God has created for us!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Make your own Fruit Pizza!

I have wanted to post my Fruit Pizza for a while now, but it always seems to be gone before I get a picture of it. Hmmm.... I wonder how that happens?!

Well, this last "movie night" I was determined to take a picture before we even took a bite! 
I always make a treat for movie night, it makes the evening fun and different. This "Make Your Own" version of Fruit Pizza made our night together even better! The kids could choose what they wanted or didn't want on their "cookie" pizza. That way, I didn't have to worry about fruit going to waste with picky little fingers! 
It was AWESOME and fun; A BIG hit at our house!

(My little boy doesn't like to mix things, so having fruit on the side was a big bonus for him. He could not get over putting fruit on a cookie! It just didn't compute with him. Ha ha)

Make this fun dessert, by having a build your own version, or cover the "pizza" with fruit perfectly laid out for a shower, brunch or party! Both ways ROCK!




Pizza Dough

1 tube of packaged sugar cookie dough

Grease a large pizza pan or a cookie sheet with cooking spray

Use your fingers and press the dough to evenly to cover the pan. Remember to leave an inch or 2 on the sides of your pan, because yes, it's a giant cookie, and cookie dough GROWS! 

Bake your "Cookie Pizza Dough" at 375' for 12-13 minutes

Let your pizza cool while you make the frosting!

Frosting

1 pkg. Cream Cheese - softened
1 c. Powdered Sugar

Mix together both ingredients with a hand blender or kitchen aid until smooth.

Frost your "cookie pizza."

Fruit

Wash and cut up any fruit you want on your pizza! 

Keep the fruit on the side for a "Make your own" version, or arrange the fruit to your hearts desire on the frosted pizza!

Enjoy!! 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits

These Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits are a family secret! 
(Sorry Dad, not so much now, I had to share the secret with all my friends!)

My dad has been making these biscuits for over 40 years! 
(Some perfect recipes just stand the test of time) 
They were a family breakfast staple at our house, and I've kept up the tradition in my home.

They taste SO MUCH BETTER than premade biscuits in a tube, and SO EASY! 
I started making these a few years ago and quickly realized why my dad made them so often. 
THEY ARE SOOOO EASY and take next to no time to bake! 

Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits with Honey
Biscuits with Jam
Biscuits with Soup
The list goes on and on.........

Wow your family with these PERFECT Buttermilk Biscuits for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner!

(But don't tell them how easy they are. Make them think you slaved for an hour or two.)


Aren't they GORGEOUS!?!


Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits

Preheat your oven to 450'

In a bowl place:
2 c. Flour
4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar (Makes them SOOO SOFT!)
2 tsp. Sugar
1/2 c. Soft Butter

Cut ingredients until nice and crumbly.

Add:
2/3 c. Buttermilk (I always make my own with milk and a little bit of vinegar. If using "real" buttermilk you may need to use 1/2 c.)
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

Mix to make your dough.

Place your dough on a floured surface. Knead a couple times, then flatten the dough with your hands or with a rolling pin.

Make your dough about 1-1 1/2 inches thick. 

Use a cup/glass you drink from or a 1/2 c. measuring cup to cut your biscuits out! 
This recipe always makes 8 perfect biscuits!

Our family always fights over the "scrap biscuit" (the last biscuit made with just the left over dough pieces) for some reason it always tastes the best! 

Place your biscuits on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 450' for 10-12 minutes.

Serve warm! Mmmmm..........

PERFECTION! ENJOY!


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Simple Framed Wreath

I've been wanting to make a "Framed Wreath" for a LONG time, I just never had the supplies to make it. I finally got what I needed and made it happen;
and I LOVE IT! It seriously only took me 15 minutes to make 2 framed wreaths.

This is a beautiful way to add a little depth and color to a wall, fireplace, or any space you have in mind! Take a look and make it happen!


1. Supplies:
-Frame(s)
(I got my frames from a second hand store!)

-Burlap Ribbon

-Long Greenery Garland
(I bought mine at Oriental Trading HERE)

2. Use wire cutters to cut the garland to desired length.
Fasten the ends together with a piece of wire.

3. Measure and cut ribbon to desired length.

4. Loop the ribbon through the wreath and frame.

5. Hot glue the ribbon the the frame.

VIOLA! 
A gorgeous "Framed Wreath" to hang ANYWHERE!


This is my dining room! 
I AM SO EXCITED about my "Framed Wreaths!" 
They turned out EXACTLY like I wanted them to!




Monday, April 10, 2017

Quinoa Salsa

We've been eating this Quinoa Salsa for the past few years, but I just now have measured out the recipe. I got the original recipe from one of my Aunt's, she is definitely an incredible cook, so I begged for this healthy, DELICIOUS recipe shortly after we first tried it. It's very much a "throw in to your liking" recipe, which makes it fun and different for every family. 
This is a GREAT summer salsa/salad you eat with chips! But, our family puts it on EVERYTHING! My husband likes it on his eggs. We also like it on our tacos, nachos, burgers, grilled chicken etc. It's AWESOME! Put this on your 
"Make ASAP List." 


Quinoa Salsa

1 1/2 c. Quinoa (Rinsed with a strainer under warm water then transferred to a medium pot.)
3 c. Water/ Chicken Broth

Bring quinoa and water/chicken broth to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 17-20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Let cool to room temperature, or put in the fridge to cool.

Place cooled quinoa in a medium/large bowl.

Add:
6-7 diced fresh Tomatoes (We love Roma Tomatoes - they have a little bit more "meat")
1/3 bunch of Cilantro - finely chopped (We use the "top half" of the cilantro (leaves and small stems))
1-2 Limes - squeezed (fresh limes are the BEST! We've tried bottled lime juice and it's just not the same)
1/4 c. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Salt  (salt to taste)

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

OPTIONAL:
To give the salsa a little more "tang/zip" add 1-2 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
You can also add 1/2 chopped onion


Very simple and VERY FRESH!

Eat with your favorite Tortilla Chips, Pita Chips or over Grilled Chicken, options are almost endless! 

Enjoy!



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Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine Jar

I decided to make some SUPER QUICK Valentine Jars today for family and friends. 
They turned out so cute I had to share them with you!
Yes, I do make quite a few things that never end up on my blog, sad, but true. 
These, I couldn't pass up sharing! I know it's last minute, but these jars were last minute ideas too! I put them together in 10 minutes and already had everything on hand. They will be so fun to give to people tomorrow! 
Happy Valentine's Day!


CONTENTS

Wide Mouth Jar

Candy and Valentines (or quotes) - Full size candy bars and fun sized candy
(My kids wanted to give Valentines to EVERYONE! So yes, they have kid valentine's inside, "Frozen" and "Captain America" are in the jars! Ha ha)

Pieces of curled ribbon as "filler"

Tissue Paper

Scrapbook paper "label" taped to the jar

VIOLA! DONE!


Delivered with extra LOVE!


In the back ground of the picture is my Valentine Paper Banner and my Fence Post World Map.




Friday, February 10, 2017

Dad's Candy Car

I am CCRRRAAZZZYYY excited about this post!
 I don't know about you, but I STRUGGLE with "men gifts." SERIOUSLY THEY ARE SOOO HARD! Well, I have just saved our bacon when it comes to men's birthday's or Father's Day!

We were out of town a few months ago and tried a new restaurant for lunch one day. The waitress brought the kid's lunch in these card board cars! I thought they were ADORABLE and said to my kids, 
"BE CAREFUL NOT TO SPILL! I want to keep those!"
(They were excited that we got to keep them too, it wasn't just me.)

Anyway, we've had these fun cardboard boxes for a few months now and have only used them once for a fun snack day. I looked at the cars this morning and thought of my dad. He LOVES cars, especially oldies! I thought to myself,
 "These would be darling birthday decorations for my dad! Get a bunch of these cars and decorate my parent's house with them! Hmm.... WAIT A SECOND! I can fill this car with...... flowers, no, not flowers, you idiot he's a guy!.... Hmm...........CANDY! Like a CANDY CAR!"
(DING! That's the light bulb that literally went off above my head)

I hurried around my house and grabbed the candy I had on hand to take pictures of this so I can share it with you! YES, YES, YES! I had to laugh at myself because, yes it's February, and Father's Day isn't until June, and yes, it's February and my Dad's birthday isn't until September! 

But I am SURE that not EVERYONE'S Dad's birthday's are in September! So HERE you go! All other children of the world; make your dad a "Candy Car" that he won't forget!
This would be cute for ANY occasion really!
Anniversaries, Valentine's, you name it! 







Saturday, January 21, 2017

Snickers Valentines! (Free Printable)

I am so stoked for Valentine's Day! More than usual because I have my house decorated early, and I have these SA-WEET Valentines lined up for my kids! Who else was the kid in school who LOVED to get chocolate for Valentine's Day? Maybe it was just me, but man, if you brought chocolate on a Valentine, I took you VERY SERIOUSLY! Ha ha.

Snickers is one of my most FAVORITE candy bars of all time! I had to get the fun sized bars and make Valentines to share the love! I came up with four phrases with "Snickers" and put these together early; I'm just so excited I can't wait! Click below the picture to get your free printable! 
Hope you love these as much as I do! 
Happy (early) Valentine's Day!





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