Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Kids Craft

 Here is a fun and cute kids craft to do this Spring and Easter season. 
My kids enjoyed doing something a little different--getting to use scissors and glue and mom's pretty paper. :)

Here's what you do!

1. Get lots of strips of paper of various widths. 

 2. Draw the shape of an egg on 2 pieces of white copy paper--trace them so they are the same.

3. Start gluing your strips of paper onto and over one of the egg shapes as shown below. 

 4. Now, cut out the egg shape from the other white paper. I started from the middle to preserve a nice edge since this will be the frame.

5. Now, when you have all your strips glued over the first egg, glue the frame on top as shown in the follow two pictures. 

6. Now, trim off any papers that need it, hang it up and enjoy. :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Crochet Floor Poufs

I've been eyeing floor poufs for a loooong time.
And for good reason--they are so cute! They can be useful foot rests for any room in your house, or in my case, they can be great little poufy chairs for your kids.

I realized the other day that I've never posted these floor poufs--they were gifts for my kids at Christmas time. I made one and my girls' great grandma made two of them! It was a great project for us to do together--I know only a little about crochet and she's and expert, so I was pleased that she wanted to help. Plus, lets be honest, I knew I wouldn't be able to get all three finished before Christmas, so hurray for grandmas! 

I thought for a long time about what pattern to do, whether to make them each different, etc. 
In the end I decided on this simple pattern from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Crochet Floor Pouf Pattern

 I liked how it was simple and had clean lines. Since I am new to crocheting, I also liked that there were only two stitches involved! :) easy peasy.

These floor poufs are stuffed with poly-fil and old clothes! :)  I had a stack of old knit tees and such that I decided to stuff into the middle with the poly-fil, which worked great and was a great re-cycle.

I decided to also sew a quick liner for the poufs--I just bought random white stretchy knit fabric one the clearance rack and whipped out some (not-very pretty but functional) liners. I'm glad I did--I think I'd have fluff coming out for years to come otherwise!

I've recently been turned on to shopping for yarn online, and that's what I did for these poufs as well--I found a great deal in colors that I thought my girls would like. Each pouf takes about 5 skeins of bulky yarn, so it can be quite the spendy project to make 3, but huray for bargain shopping! 

I've mentioned off and on lately that we are preparing for a move, so even these were part of the plan. They currently live in the "toy room," but when we move, the colors will match each of the girls' bedrooms. 
  • yellow for my middle's soft yellow, pink, blue and green room
  • baby pink for my youngest's lavender and baby pink room
  • "watermelon" for my oldest white with super brights room

 It was a fun project and the results are just what I wanted.
And I knew the girls would like them, but I didn't realize how much they would like them. 

They pack them around everywhere. 
Sit on them to read.
Lay on them.
Use them for a soft landing when jumping or rolling off of furniture.
Use them for obstacles in an obstacle course.
Put them in a line and pretend they are lily pads as they jump from pad to pad.

And these are only the things I've actually noticed. :)


Thanks grandma for showing me how and helping me to make these!
I can't wait for their rooms to be done...they'll be so cute!

Here's another project we've done in preparation for their new rooms: pom pom garlands!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Best Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

 This is my favorite corned beef and cabbage recipe. It is pretty standard--nothing unusual, but I like how it has lots of veggies and it always tastes scrumptious and festively Irish. :)

It can be found here on

 Corned Beef and Cabbage
3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
10 small red potatoes
5 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
1 large head cabbage, cut into small wedges
optional: other veggies like turnips, mushrooms, quartered onions

1. Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Sometimes we add a few garlic cloves here. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.
2. Add whole potatoes and carrots and any other vegetables you may be using, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes.
3. Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain

Enjoy. :)