Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My favourite Unusual Cake recipes for mother's Day

Good Morning dear readers,  I decided to do a roundup of some of my favourite recipes that have been featured on the blog.  Since mothers day will be here before you know it, I'm resharing cakes you can give to your mother.  These are fun yummy cakes to make and surprise your mom with and the kids can help too.  So enjoy and have a great day.  Happy Baking.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Art Journaling-using oil pastels with collage

Good Evening dear readers,  We had a paint party going on over here today.  The boys were doing their own paint projects and I was working in my journal.  At first,  I wanted to go without thickening the pages but that didn't work out.  I ended up adding the phone books scraps to thicken it up.  I got to play with my oil pastels today.  I like the way it adds to the texture.  I picked up some more rubber stamps from thrift store and I'm loving what they do to the page.  The thrift store got  $1,000's of dollars in donations of craft supplies, so I will be visiting them often.  Who knows maybe they'll get dylusion spray ink, fun. I added collages and embellishments to the page and stamped words to make it.  It's my feeling of home. So here's the pictures and enjoy.  If you haven't checked out art journaling give a try.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Frankie's Corner-The Fastidious Feline

Good Morning dear readers, this is later then usual and I apologize playing catch up.  Have you ever noticed how much grooming a cat does everyday.  How they sit there and go over every body part meticulously.  They even clean between the toes.  Sometimes Frankie reminds me of how teenagers are always primping before they go out with there friends.  Do you ever help your cat with his grooming i.e. brush their fur?  I have even heard of people who brush their cats teeth.  Do you brush your cats teeth or do you let the vet do it at the annual teeth cleaning?  Just curious and here's the little nut grooming away.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Frugal Craft-My Spring Wreath

Good Morning dear readers,  I realized I have not made a wreath since  Christmas.  I obtained a lot of supplies and even the wreath form several weeks ago from that great yard sale.  But I was looking for something a little different.  I live in an apartment which as you know most complexes will not let you paint and their walls are almost always white-mine is peach(yuck).  I wanted color some kind to brigthen  up these walls.  Well I was in wal-mart's craft and sewing section and low and behold I found it.  A beautiful roll of blue and white polka dot burlap ribbon this was perfect and not to expensive.  With all the deals I got, it probably cost about $5-$6 to make this wreath.  The burlap being the most expensive item around $3.  It took me about an hour to complete this project. Here's a list of items to make this type of wreath.

wreath form-$.25 at yard sale
snow cone tiles-$.10 each got these from thrift store but I did see some at Joanne's craft store
pink butterfly's-3/$1 at dollar tree
silk flower-$1 for a bunch at yard sale
burlap ribbon-$3? at wal-mart

I wrapped the wreath in the burlap and secured with pins.  Then used Elmer's glue all to place the butterfly's and snow cones on the wreath.  I let sit for a few minutes to hold the items in place.  Tucked the flower in the burlap and there you have a new wreath for spring or summer.  Enjoy the colors and Happy Spring.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Art Journal Page using collage

Good Morning dear readers,  I finished another page in my journal.  I love doing this form of art, its so freeing.  I used alot of different mediums in this piece.  I prepped the page using gesso.  I painted it using acrylics and used a stencil.  The stencil didn't turn out to good.  I'm using a regular paint brush what does every use for acrylics on stencils plmk?  It looks like Frankie put his paws into it and attempted to help me paint trust me he's tried.  I took pages from a magazine and rubber stamped it and put collage pictures on the page from magazines.  My neighbor gave me card stock, so I rubber stamped it and then cut and glued it to the page and here's the finished product.

                                                     Here's the finished page.  For easy pinning

                                                  stencils used to create page                  

                                                         Acrylics paint used.

                                                           Card Stock paper used.

                                                    Rubber stamps used to create page

                                                  He thinks he's helping me.

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Frankies not so Wordless Wednesday

Good Morning dear readers,  I told Frankie we ran out of canned cat food and you should have heard the meows.  So he's taken to doing this routine when I tell him we are out of canned cat food.  Just wait until he finds out about the new cat food Friskies came out with called Cheesy Creations.  There will be a whole Lotta begging going on.

                                              He lays on  his back with paws in the air please canned cat food.

He tried to get my attention my threatening to sit on my new art journal page. 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Little Survey

Good Morning dear readers,  the boys are back in school this morning and I can get back to my routine.  I have a question to ask which I did a little survey of a group of ladies while I was in college and their answers where surprising.  Here's the question, after you have left a bad relationship where your partner was a real control freak or not what was the first thing you did to make yourself feel better.  It doesn't have to be major it could be a little thing.  Surprisely the women in the group CUT THEIR HAIR.  Out of about fifteen women 12 cut their hair.  I was one of the hair cutters plus I dyed it bright red.  So what have you done to make yourself feel better after a situation change in your life.  Would love to know.  Oh couple of the anwers were they went back to school.

Can you tell I was medical before I got sick?

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter From Frankie and Family

                         HAPPY EASTER   

                          (Alright mom I posed give me my can)


Friday, April 18, 2014

Frankie's Corner-Do your Cats Dream?

Good Morning dear readers.  Just a few pictures this morning of Frankie.  Frankie's been having bad dreams when he sleeps.  He's doing alot of shaking and twitching in his sleep.  Do your cats dream?  Are they pleasant dreams plmk.  What do you do if they start twitching?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stress Free Art Journal Page

Good Evening dear readers,  I finished another page in my art journal and I love it.  This is such a fun and wonderful hobby.  You can do anything and it doesn't have to be perfect because it's your work of art. Here's how I created this page.  I had pre-prepped glued pages together.  I put gesso on my composition book page and then painted it with yellow acrylic paint.  I used a stencil with oil crayons. I glued the flower picture which came from a magazine and the angel which was from a card. Then I used studio g ink pad in blue with a flower stamp and stamped all over page.  Then I glued Stress Free to the middle of the page and there you have it.  Okay fellow art journalist what is the book you refer to most when researching tips and techniques?  Would love to hear about your favourite book. 

CVS Shopping Trip-deals on candy and shampoo

Good Afternoon dear readers,  I've got my hands under control just so long as I take breaks it doesn't hurt. I made it to CVS to get Easter Candy and Shampoo.  I took advantage of the candy deals to get the ECB's to get the shampoo for cheap.  So here's the break down.

2 Hershey bags for $6 get $2 in ecb's back
2 Snickers bags for $6 get $2 in ecb's back
3 Cadbury Eggs B1G1 for .25 
2 Circus Peanuts
2 Bottle Waters
1 Dr. Pepper

Before coupons/sales/ecbs  $26.65                      O.O.P  $19.63      Savings 26%

2nd Transaction

3 Bottles of VO5  

Before coupons/sales/ecbs  $3.36                           O.O.P.  $1.16        Savings 70%

Found I had a quarterly ecb at the machine for $2.50 so I was able to save my $4 in ecbs today.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Decorative Craft Storage Idea

Good Morning dear readers,  Yes I'm back had some issues with my hands and had to go see my doctor.  I have to be more careful and not spend a lot of time stressing my hands.  I finally finished my new craft storage tier.  This will keep my craft supplies close at hand and let Frankie have his shoe box back.  I've been seeing the tiers on pinterest using the pie pans and the glass candlesticks from dollar tree.  I wanted to make mine a Little different.  I found these little neat black metal candlesticks.  I got different shaped pie tins.  I painted the tins different colors when you live in an apartment you can't paint it.  So you want to surround yourself with color.  The metal pans were a little difficult to paint had to do two coats but I decided I wanted what I refer to has the Hippie Drippy Look  You can  make it anyway you want.  Then I glued the base of the candlesticks using crazy glue but decided wanted it more secure so also duck taped it with my favourite Eiffel Tower pattern.  The top of the candlestick was more flatter so held better to the bottom of the pie tins and I proceed to do each level with the glue.  Really easy and fun no strain on my hands.  You put your stamps or paints pretty much anything in it.

                         For easy pinning
                                             Finished product holding my paints and stamps.

                                                 Balancing it out.

                                                       Painting the tins.

                                                      Attaching the candlestick with the glue.

                                                  Making them more secure with duck tape.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Save Mart Meat Shopping Trip and Tricks

Good Morning dear readers,  Tired of the soaring meat prices and not sure what to do?  A good way to save money besides using coupons is to shop when the items are on clearance.  Your asking me clearance on meat or better known as reduced for quick sale.  Find out from your meat counter person when they put out the reduced for quick sale meat and go early.  Be sure to stock up on what you can. Reduced meat is still good meat its just the store can't sell past a certain date.  This can be frozen and will keep for quite a while. Here's my recent trip to Save mart and what I got from the reduced meats section.

8 packages of meat items

country style ribs--$4.57
FF Fryer Thigh--$2.65
FF Fryer Thigh--$2.72
FF Fryer Thigh--$2.97
FF Fryer Drumsticks--$2.40
FF Fryer Drumsticks--$2.89
Gorton Breaded Shrimp Poppers-$3.99 on sale
Pork Blade Steak--$5.29

TOTAL B/4 coupons/sales/discounts     $31.46                 O.O.P  $22.46     Savings 29%

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Frugal Family Creamy Noodles

Good Morning dear readers,  This week we are doing a frugal family recipe.  If you have days where you go meatless this is the go to recipe.  These noodles can be served with bread and salad for a perfect dinner.  This is so easy the kids can cook it.  In fact Kyles cooked it for a school assignment.  I've even made it for a potluck dinner and everyone loved it.  Another good thing you can spice it up.  I've left out the hot stuff because the boys are not keen on it, but if you like hot you can add them.  So here's what you'll need. This recipe is another one from an old Taste of Home magazine and its been adapted to fit my family.

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons butter
6 ounces cream cheese
3 tablespoons sour cream
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
4 1/2 teaspoons parsley
2 Tbs milk

here's the omitted ingredients
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Cook spaghetti according to directions.  While that's cooking saute garlic in 1 tablespoon of butter until done.  Then add all the other spices and creams except parsley to the mix heat up do not let it boil.  Set aside when done.  Drain your noodles and add sauce to noodles mixing it all up.  Add your parsley and mix then serve with your side dishes. Note when I took the pictures forgot to add parsley until after photos.

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