Meal Planning Monday

Happy Monday Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Here’s our menu for this week!

Sunday- Carnitas Tacos with chips and salsa

Monday-Chicken Sausage Skillet

Tuesday-Fried Rice

Wednesday-Healthier Lasagna Rolls

Thursday-Creamy Goat Cheese Asparagus Quinoa with Chicken

Friday-Sweet Potato Nachos

Saturday-Hamburgers and Tater Tots

Happy Cooking!!

DIY Shamrock Garland

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Okay friends, this is just about the easiest garland you will ever make. From start to hung up it took about 10 minutes and I even paused periodically to take pictures. And yes, I know it is still February. but March is quickly approaching, so I thought I’d post this today in case you wanted to make it this weekend in preparation for March 1st.

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I started with a package of foam shamrocks that I got at Joann’s at the end of last season for 75% off, but I was at Joann’s the other day and saw they had the same pack again this year, so grab your coupon and run over there so you can make this super cute garland.

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They are 4 different shamrocks in the pack, 2 colors of glitter and 2 plan, I only used the glitter ones for my garland, I’ll have to come up with something else for the plain ones, but you can use any combinations you want.

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I alternated colors and paired my shamrocks with some gold twine for hanging, I cut two 12″ pieces, one for each end. See below for how I attached them.

I used 13 shamrocks to hang in a 6 foot space.

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Using green thread and a normal straight stitch, start feeding your shamrocks through.

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You’ll want to feed one, right after another, without any space between them, just go slowly as you feed your next one through.

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The joint should look like this.

As you are sewing them, you want to stay in the upper 1/3 of the shamrock, this will keep the majority of their weight on the bottom section and help them to lay flat against your hanging area. If you sew right through the middle, they will want to topple over and your garland will look a little wonky.

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On your first and last shamrock you will need to attach your twine. find the middle point of your twine and feed it under your shamrock, go slow and you might need to raise your pressure foot to get it in the right spot. Back stitch over it to secure it firmly in place.

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The back will look like this.

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And that’t it! You’ve got a festive St. Patrick’s Day garland.

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To hang mine, I picked up these clear command strips at the grocery store, I thought they would blend in better than nails and hold better than tape. So far they have been fantastic.

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Eventually I will finish my drapes for this room and the ends will be completely hidden.

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Now I just need to make something else to go with it so it doesn’t look so lonely along my window.

Happy Crafting!!!

Recent World Market Finds (and things I wish I’d gotten)

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I recently purchased the most adorable scone pan while I was at World Market the other day.

While I was there I snagged a few other things I thought I’d share today as well as a few things I wished I brought home.

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Scone Pan– I can’t wait to try this recipe and this one and maybe a few others.

Fresh Baked Pies– I’ve actually wanted this sign for a while, but never pulled the trigger. However after repainting our kitchen last year and making some additional updating plans, I know this will go perfectly with the direction I want to go, it’s on sale too!

Mason Jar Spoon Rest– Ugh! I broke my old spoon rest ages ago and never replaced it, so when I saw this adorable mason jar one, it had to come home with me!

Things I wish I’d gotten (and might go back for):

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Jade Cake Stands– I love jade dishes and am a self proclaimed cake stand hoarder, I want them all! These are so, so pretty! World Market has a whole line of pretty jade dishes that I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection.

Napkins– I LOVE these napkins, they are gorgeous and perfect for those special occasions. I’ve been planning to make myself a some cloth napkins, but they wouldn’t have the delicate details these napkins do, so I would still love to get some.

Bunny Water Bottle– Truth be told, this little gem will probably find it’s way into Brynlee’s Easter basket. I love the vintage style bunnies!

Dining Table– Okay, okay, this table isn’t coming home with me anytime soon. But I’ve always wanted a round dining table and it makes me wish I had a cute little dining nook for it to go. In a different house, at a different time I suppose…

Meal Planning Monday (with a little “Our Weekend” mixed in)

Happy Monday Friends! Sorry for the post being so late, we spent a quick weekend in Vegas and didn’t get home until late yesterday evening, by the time we unpacked and put Brynlee to bed, I was ready for bed myself, add in a toddler who doesn’t think she needs naps anymore and this has been my first free moment since we’ve been home.

 This was our first vacation without Brynlee in a very, very long time and while we definitely missed her, it was a much needed break. We went with my husband’s family and we had so much fun! I’m not really all that into gambling, but I do enjoy playing Black Jack and Roulette while I’m in Vegas. My husband and I always set a certain dollar amount that we are willing to lose because lets face it, the odds aren’t really in your favor and once its gone then no more gambling for you, but this time I actually walked away a winner!!! Oh and you can tell that we had a lot of fun by the lack of pictures I took…

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Brynlee spent the weekend at Grandma’s and had a blast. I’m pretty sure they were on the go having fun from the moment we dropped her off until the time we picked her up. My poor mom is exhausted! But it was great bonding for them and Brynlee hasn’t stopped talking about Grandma and Grandpa’s since.

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She also got to spend some quality time with my niece and they are finally at the age where they play so well with each other. I’m so happy that they get to have moments like this! I want them to be close friends, but since we live a couple of hours away, they don’t always get to see each other that often.

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Anyway, on to meal planning…

Since we were gone all weekend, I only had four days to plan for this week! Wa-hoo!!

Monday- BBQ Chicken Quinoa Casserole

This is a left over from last week, I didn’t end up making it, so since I already had the ingredients, I went ahead and moved it to this week.

Tuesday- Slow Cooker Refried Bean Tacos

Wednesday- 20 Minute Pork and Veggie Stir Fry

Thursday- Sweet Potato Nachos

And just a few things that I’ll be doing this week to make it a little easier on myself during the week night scramble: when I made the BBQ Chicken Quinoa Casserole today I made extra chicken to use for the Sweet Potato Nachos and extra quinoa to use with the stir fry.

Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!!

Sweet Potato Nachos

A couple of weeks ago, in one of my Meal Planning posts, I shared I was making Sweet Potato Nachos and it turned out so good that I thought I would share how I made them.

Ingredients:

2 Sweet Potatoes

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 onion diced

3 cloves of garlic, diced

1 cup cooked chicken, shredded or diced

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

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Start by evenly slicing a couple of sweet potatoes.

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Spread them out on a baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper then bake at 425* for 20-25 minutes, flipping them over half way though.

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Take them out of the oven and add your toppings, I used black beans, corn, a red bell pepper, an onion, garlic, chicken and cheese.

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Put it back in the oven until cheese is melted, 5-10 minutes.

Serve immediately.

This would also be amazing if you layered it in a casserole dish and I will probably try that next time!

Happy Cooking!

First Day Swing Dress

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A few weeks ago I sewed up Brynlee a new dress, the First Day Swing Dress by Dana and it is such a lovely pattern. Last year I also made a couple of First Day Dress in the A-line pattern option and I plan to make a few more of the top options too for Brynlee to wear this summer. They are a quick sew and Dana’s tutorials are super easy to follow.

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This dress features a really full skirt.

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And has the option for a cute placket which I adorned with pearl flower buttons that I found at Joann’s.

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It also has a keyhole opening in back that I just love, I used a matching pearl heart button for the closure. I did make the keyhole 1/2″ longer, the dress is really fitted through the top and with the past dresses I’ve made its been a little difficult to get over Brynlee’s head and shoulders and Brynlee did not like that at all. It’s much easier now, so keep that in mind if you decide to make one. If you are nervous about making apparel because of zippers or buttons this is a perfect pattern to start with and Dana does a wonderful job of explaining exactly what to do, plus the tutorial includes a plethora of color pictures so you can also see what she is doing.

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I got the chambray and floral from Joann’s as well.

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It is so rewarding to make Brynlee’s clothes and I especially love it when she likes what I make her. She kept calling this a princess dress because of the full skirt.

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Plus the small size make them quick to sew and decently inexpensive since you don’t need all that much fabric.

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I should also mention that I made the partially lined version of this dress.

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I made the fully lined version last year for Brynlee’s Easter dress, but since I chose cotton for the skirt of this dress, I decided to partially line it so it would still be light weight and I am so glad I did.

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This dress will be perfect for Brynlee to wear all summer long.

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Meal Planning Monday

I hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love! We had so much fun with Brynlee this year, now that she is old enough to understand what is going on and really participate. On Saturday, Brynlee and I spent some time making Landon a homemade Valentine’s Day card. Brynlee was so proud of her card and worked so hard applying every rhinestone and pom pom in our craft supplies. Yesterday she proudly gave it to her Daddy and said Happy Valentine’s Day!! She loved saying that all day yesterday and especially loved seeing hearts everywhere and pointing them out.

We waited until after dinner to give her her Valentine’s Day surprise and she was so, so excited. Her whole face lit up when she saw her present and as she pulled each item from the bag she squealed with delight. It was too cute!

*Disclaimer- we don’t go all out on buying gifts for Valentine’s Day so she got a few packs of stickers, a new coloring book, a couple other small items and these Lil’ Woodzeez to go with the Camper she got for Christmas. The Lil’ Woodzeez families have been out of stock at our Target since before Christmas and you can’t order them online, so when I happened to checked while I was in there last week and saw they had one, and only one family, I had to snatch it up. Anyway she loves them and has been playing with her bunnies non-stop, except for when she is decorating our entire house with stickers…

Anyway, enough about that, this is a meal planning post, so here it is!

Sunday- We grilled up some of our grass fed steaks and they were so amazing! I also made garlic mashed potatoes and a cheese and hummus board.

Monday- Zuppa Toscana, this recipe looks super easy and only 7 ingredients, perfect for the week night shuffle.

Tuesday-Roasted Cauliflower Pasta, on repeat, its so yummy and Brynlee loves it too!

Wednesday- Stuffed Delicata Squash

Thursday- BBQ Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Friday- Veggie Quesadillas, another repeat, perfect to use up all those leftover veggies from the week and so tasty too!

Saturday- Avocado and Sweet Pea Creamy Pasta

Happy Cooking!!