Grandma Gift

It is always difficult to pick a present for mom or grandma that means something and they can use often.

My mom and mother in-law are both big cooks and bakers. They spend a lot of time in the kitchen and they rely on their aprons to keep their clothes clean of flour.

At the end of last month my mother in-law had a birthday. They boys made her this apron and although my youngest’s hand print looks like he has seven fingers, I know she will use it for a long time.

What you will need:

  • plain black apron.
  • White paint
  • white puff paint (for the words)
  • sponge brush

Directions:

  1. Lay the apron on a flat surface
  2. Paint your child’s hand with the white paint using the sponge brush.
  3. Carefully place your child’s hand on the apron where ever you want it.
  4. Repeat this step for however many children you have.
  5. Write their names over their hand prints using the puff paint.
  6. Let it dry before moving it from the flat surface so the paint won’t smudge. 
The boys had a lot of fun making this present for their Nana and the cost was less than $10.

DIY cabinet door chalkboard

I wasn’t planning on painting my cabinet door with chalkboard paint but I found a can for half off at my local grocery store and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. This is a really simple and cheap project that you can do on any budget.

Supplies:

  • Chalkboard paint ($4.99)
  • Foam brush ($.89)
We had to do four coats of paint so the white wouldn’t show through but the paint dried quickly and the whole project took maybe an hour at most. We were doing other things while it dried so I don’t have an exact time frame. 
Our friend also drew this really cool taco ti illustrate our menu for the night. I don’t want to erase it so we will be having tacos every night for the rest of our lives…

 

Findings Friday

I’ve had a lot of time to scour Pinterest this week and find you some really awesome finds. Check out the list below to see what I pined or follow this link to check out my boards.

  • I have these Macho Nachos on the menu for the week. They look amazingly delicious and I can’t wait to try them.
  • Because its been such a hard week with my dad’s heart attack, I’ve relied a lot on my faith to get me through. Here are some inspiring bible versus for hard times.
  • I couldn’t get through my week without a little fashion. Check out this amazing dress and find a new fashion blog to follow.
  • If you’re a cat person like I am, you know that when you need a little comforting your feline companion is always there.
  • Our country has some amazing natural sense. Check out this site to see some awesome photos of the natural beauty that surrounds us.
That’s all for today. If you have a photo that you would like featured send it my way at shenderson(at)gmail.com and I’ll share it here on my blog.

Menu: Week 110

It’s strange to think that life can change in the blink of an eye. Yesterday started out like any other Saturday, but by noon it had been flipped on its head and we faced uncertainty.

I got a call from my brother while I was at work. I didn’t answer but I figured if it was important he would leave a message. There was no message. Fifteen minutes later my mother called. She never calls when I’m at work unless its an emergency. This time I answered.

With sirens blaring in the back ground I learned that my Dad was having a heart attack and he was on his way to the hospital.

It was unreal. My father has always been strong and he’s still so young. This couldn’t be happening.

Many things were going through my head at that moment, but there was always one thing that I could rely on in moments like that, my faith. I know I don’t get religious on my blog often, but in moments of uncertainty whether you are religious or not a prayer sent up to heaven never goes unheard.

My Dad will be ok. He will need time to rest and recover, but I truly believe that all the prayers sent his way gave everyone the strength to get through this tough time.

I hope you all hug your loved ones a little closer this week and please enjoy a meal around the table as you reflect on your day. Enjoy this weeks menu. I know I will.

Monday
Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Tuesday
Nachos

Wednesday
Chicken Tacos

Thursday
Blue cheese burgers

Friday
Tortellini and chicken skillet

Saturday
Chicken and broccoli stir fry

Sunday
– Pizza

Gluten Free Mini Muffins

As a mother with a gluten free child it’s some times hard to find snacks that are both safe and delicious for my son. He’s still young enough that if I mention gluten free he turns up his nose to it, but if I don’t mention it, he wont know the difference.
These gluten free muffins are amazing. Every single person in my family loved them and the kids had no idea that they were gluten free. Plus, they are tiny enough to put them in their school lunches and they still have room for their cheese sticks. Here’s the recipe.
Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cups gluten free all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag chocolate chips
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place muffin liners in mini muffin tin or grease tin.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until creamy then mix in the milk and the olive oil.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Mix well.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips, but don’t mix to much, the batter will be very thick.
  6. Scoop the batter into the muffin tins, filling only to the brim. Don’t over fill.
  7. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Larger muffins will take longer.

 

 

 

 

Menu: Week 109

Well, we survived the first week of school with most of our sanity. The boys love going. I’m so glad its another short school week because I still haven’t gotten used to making extra food for school lunches. I get to make more gluten free muffins for the boys today. Maybe I can get them to help me? Maybe…

Enjoy this weeks menu.

Monday
Oven baked chili dogs

Tuesday
Chicken Caesar salad

Wednesday
– Lemon Pepper Chicken Alfredo

Thursday
Sticky Sesame Chicken

Friday
Garlic Ranch Chicken Pizza

Saturday
– Spaghetti

Sunday
– Dinner with the in-laws

Sweet and Sour Pork

I’ve never been a fan of sweet and sour anything, but a few weeks ago my husband requested sweet and sour pork for the weekly menu. I’m up for trying new things and I usually like the things I make. I found this recipe on lilluna.com and tried it out. It was delicious!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Pork steak, or I used pork chops cause they were cheap
  • Oil or shortening for frying
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Paprika 
  • 1 TBS. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 15oz can of pineapple chunks
  • 3 TBS. brown sugar
  • 2 TBS. cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 green pepper chopped up
  • 4 cups rice cooked
Here is how it’s done. It’s super easy:
  1. Heat oil in a pan. Sprinkle pork with paprika and brown in the pan. Cover pan and cook pork for about 20 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Combine in a medium bowl brown sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add the pineapple liquid, soy sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and water until mixture is smooth. Add to meat, cooking over low heat until thick, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in pineapple and green peppers. Cover and simmer over low heat for 6-8 minutes or until the veggies are tender.
  4. Serve over hot cooked rice.
This is really a great recipe and my husband loved it too. Try it out and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below or sending me an email.

Menu: Week 108

Its been another week and I’m kind of glad that summer is over. I’m ready for the cooler weather, the rain and the warm sweaters. Plus, who doesn’t like pumpkin everything?

For this week’s menu I have some amazingly delicious recipes for you. Also, check back on Wednesday for a sweet and sour pork recipe you have to try. It’s delicious!

Enjoy this weeks menu.

Monday
Mongolian beef

Tuesday
Butter garlic chicken wings

Wednesday
Southwestern taco salad

Thursday
Japanese hot cakes

Friday
Parmesan pesto tuna melts

Saturday
Pork shnitzel

Sunday
Chicken Caesar salad

Winter is coming – and you’re gonna need some boots

With my kids going back to school and the talk of cooler weather on the way, I have this urge to get all my winter boots out of the closet. Winter is my favorite season. Warm sweaters, tall boots and pumpkin everything. To get a jump on things, I’ve compiled a must have list of boots for the coming months.

These boots from Sole Society are only $89.95 and they come in many different colors. If you don’t have a pair of gray ankle boots, you  need to get a pair.
Free people have these amazing boots for $285 and they also come in several colors. I would wear these boots on a hike or to a early winter bonfire.
Over at Modern Ego you can pick up these flannel boots for $46. That is super cheap and who doesn’t need a pair of these in their wardrobe. I totally want them.
Combat boots are a huge part of my life. They are so comfortable. Check out this pair from UOIonline.com
I would love to own this pair of boots. How cool is the yarn pattern? If you would like to buy them for me, I am a size 10 and you can get them for $49 at Lulus.com
Here are some of he boots in my wardrobe. I especially love my brown ankle boots from Clarks. They make me six feet tall 🙂
Share your favorite boots with me and I’ll feature them here on the blog, or leave me a link below in the comments.

Findings Friday

It’s been a long week, but it’s Friday again and I’ve found some awesome things to share with you.

  • I’ve been really into cute animals this week. If you want to check out some of the adorableness that I’ve found click here.
  • If you want to know how to paint swallows on your walls, check this out. I know I wan’t to.
  • With fall fast approaching, everyone needs to pick up a few pairs of over sized warm socks.
  • I have a pair of brown boots like this, but I might need to get me a gray pair. Plus they are a good price.
  • I’m already thinking about Halloween so here is a list of 90’s pop culture to get some inspiration from.
  • If you’re looking for some Harry Potter humor, check out this harry wizard list.
  • I love Captain America and this fan art is amazing.
  • There is a fall harvest wreath on this site that I want to make. It looks super awesome!
  • Hedgehog necklace. Enough said.
  • I would definitely wear this world map dress. It is the coolest thing I have seen this week.
That’s all for this week. If you have any suggestions for next week, send them to me and I’ll feature them on Findings Friday.