Wednesday Round-Up: If I could do 3 crafts…

Call me lazy, but it’s been a heck-of-a-week so far. I haven’t had much time at all to blog the way I want to right now. So for today’s late roundup, I picked three crafts I’d like to attempt in the next coming weeks or months. I think if I was Martha Stewart I’d say I’d do them in the next 3 days, but we all know I’m not Martha.

1) From Live a Little Wilder we have a cute DIY scarf hanger. This would be really fun to do…. might require some shopping around for scrap wood and unique hooks/door handles/knobs, but it would look amazing hanging in the hall. My scarves would look pretty sweet hanging off it too….

Source: livealittlewilder.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

 2) Here we go, mod-podged letters from Tater Tots and Jello!! I think these are super cute. You could do so much with these on a door or in a room….add lots of color to any space! I want to learn how to do this.

And then finally we have Satsuma Orange Candles! How hard could these be? I found this idea on Honestly WTF … a really fun blog to peruse. She’s got everything from stories of travel adventures to fashion decorating ideas.

Source: honestlywtf.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

Well, readers, that’s about it for me tonight. Hope you’re all having a good week so far. Goodnight!

Roses are Red…

Happy Valentine’s Day readers!

I have lots of fond memories of Valentine’s days at home growing up. My mom would always make a special breakfast and at each of our places at the table we would find a Valentine’s Day poem written by our dad on a doily or red piece of construction paper. His poems to us were the silliest.  He actually just texted me my Valentine for this year:

Evangeline is a kitten as she is so Smitten,
and she has her Colby
and that’s just fine.
But don’t you forget, still you’re my Valentine!

 
As you can tell, my dad is the greatest. 
For more Valentines, check out some of these!

Colby is out of town again so we’ll be celebrating this weekend,… so I think tonight if my friends are busy I’ll probably turn on last night’s re-run of the Bachelor and sit down with some chocolates and soak in all the sappy drama 🙂 … hmmm… that doesn’t sound too bad! haha

Hope you all can enjoy the day! Here’s another cute little project I’ll leave you with from Hi Sugarplum.

Crafty Night: Tea, Valentines, and Downton Abbey!

Today was a good day. We went to church and taught the 1st graders and then on our way home, we stopped at one of my favorite spots near Lynn.

KANE’S DONUTS! Not many people I know know about this place because it’s in Saugus,…but if you are ever driving near there and are around Route 1, it’s worth a trip!

Kanes Donuts

My favorite place for doughnuts used to be Krispy Kreme… when you can go to one of those ones that serves them HOT! Well, there aren’t any Krispy Kremes nearby so Kane’s is my place. It’s full of locals, it’s got a huge assortment of doughnuts, muffins, giant coffee rolls, coffee of course, etc…. You walk in and you feel like you stepped into a cute diner from the 50’s. I love it, so I make Colby take me there from time to time. 🙂 Today we couldn’t just get one doughnut each, so we got 3 and split all of them in half when we got home. So much for trying to start eating healthier!!

kane's doughnuts

I just sat down to watch the Grammy’s and wait for Downton Abbey to start. I’m a huge music fan but it’s been a really long time since I’ve sat down and watched some of the Grammy’s…. I think I’ll try to watch an hour while I drink some tea and make a few Valentines…. then at 9:00 I’ll turn it over to some Masterpiece Theater!

Colby went back to Chicago today so I’m just chilling out tonight. Thankfully, this time, the husband will only be gone til Friday night. After that he starts his actual work and he won’t have to be traveling overnight very much anymore. YAY!

Here’s what’s on my coffee table (and will be spread all over the living room floor) tonight:

Valentine Craft Suppliestea to go along with the crafts

[later] the finished products:

homemade valentines

What’s for Dinner | Crock Pot Time!

My sweetheart came home on Wednesday night so I was able to use the crock pot a little bit more this week. It’s hard motivating myself to cook in the crock pot just for myself….even though it’s very easy. My crock pot doesn’t have an auto-off feature and even though it goes to “warm” after a certain amount of hours, I’m still a little worried when I leave it on all day not knowing what time I’ll be able to leave work. I am sure it’s perfectly safe, but I’ve come home with extremely dried up chicken and I haven’t wanted to ruin my meat again like that. It would be better if you could program it to start at a certain time so if you want it to cook for 8 straight hours, you could tell it when you wanted to start. … I’m sure they make those but we got ours on clearance at Target and we weren’t ready to spend a whole lot on it… 🙂

So what did I cook? I went to my Crock Pot pin board and picked out two recipes that didn’t require a lot of shopping. First, I did a really simple Beef Stroganoff from Spicy Richmond. This Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff only asked for 4 ingredients, which I had one of already and I opted out for another one, so it was really my 3-ingredient strog.!

  • 2 cans Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can mushroom stems and pieces (this is what I skipped…. I don’t love lots of shrooms….)
  • 1 lb beef stew chunks
  • 8 oz sour cream

My favorite part of this recipe? You just throw it all in the pot, turn it on, and let it cook while you’re gone. I cooked egg noodles and served it over those when I got home from work.

I was pretty happy with the way it turned out!

My next adventure in the crock pot was Creamy Tortellini Soup from Better Homes and Gardens. I haven’t done much with Tortellini since I started cooking more, but I sure love it! So I was excited to buy the ingredients for this one (didn’t require a lot of shopping) and cook it up.

This is what you’ll need to make this soup:

  • 1 2-oz envelope white sauce mix (I used alfredo mix because I couldn’t find “white sauce mix”)
  • cups water
  • 14-oz can vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • cloves garlic, minced (I just threw in some garlic salt since we were all out of garlic!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8-oz package dried cheese tortellini (about 2 cups)
  • 12-oz can evaporated milk
  • cups fresh baby spinach leaves or torn spinach (I left this out this time)
  • Ground black pepper
  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Even with a few substitutions and things I decided not to put in, this soup turned out delicious. Very creamy and quite filling, but my husband and I really liked it!

my tortellini soup

Wednesday Round-up: Love Feast

To continue on with the V-Day theme (are you sick of it yet? Sorry), this one’s going edible.
Since we’re celebrating a little before Valentines Day I needed to start thinking about what we can make for our special dinner. Here are some of my favorite ideas that are getting repinned 🙂
First we’ll start off with some substance before the sugar rushes…

You probably noticed, but if you didn’t, I meant to point out that this was inspiration, I don’t mean to make all of these sweet desserts!

Of course I had to throw some cake pops in here, because who doesn’t love those?!

Source: etsy.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

If I had some red cups like these, I’d totally do this also!

Source: cutefoodforkids.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

Happy Valentines Day!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Valentines Day

My husband Colby is coming back tomorrow night! The back story to that is he’s been gone since Jan. 8 when he got a new job and had to go to sales training in Chicago. It’s like a 6 week training program so obviously I’m ready to have him home again.

Thankfully I was able to fly out there and see him  the weekend of the 20th so it hasn’t been too long since we’ve seen each other.

In honor of him coming home, and because he won’t be able to be here for Feb. 14th (he has to go back to Chicago for 5 more days next week) I wanted to brighten the living room up a little bit and add some red & pink here and there.

On Saturday, aside from just exploring the many interesting places one can explore in Lynn, I was really on a mission to find cute pink/red fabric and some ribbon. I got a little bit of both, but didn’t have much time tonight to do a whole lot (I’m sleepy!). Have I mentioned I don’t really sew? I was thinking of making bunting with the fabric but I haven’t gotten around to that just yet… So really, I just bought the cheapest coffee beans I could find, put them in a plain vase, added a tea light candle, and tied a ribbon around the vase. Then I rearranged the random knick knacks on our bookshelf in the living room and lit a bunch of candles. It’s not much, but it’s okay for now.

coffee beans/candle