Showing posts from November, 2019

November Pinterest Challenge-- Zero Point WW Taco Soup

It's the third Tuesday of the month and time for another Pinterest Challenge!  I love a nice hot soup on a cold day and when I saw this pin for Taco Soup on Pinterest (that was also Weight Watchers friendly!) I just knew I had to give it a try.  All three of my boys actually eat tacos so I thought they might be open to trying the soup as well.

I changed the recipe a bit to fit our tastes and what I had in our pantry.


1 lb. lean ground turkey
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix (I make my own but one store bought packet would work)
2 cups reduced fat beef broth
2 cups water
14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with the juice
14.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 package frozen corn kernels

I browned the turkey in a skillet and then added all the ingredients to the crock pot and set it on low for the day.  Within just an hour, you could already smell the taco seasoning.

Since the soup was zero points we could have made corn bread or any sort of homemade bread to serv…

Best Butterfinger No- Bake Dessert

We were having some friends over last month and looking for a decadent but easy dessert to throw together at kind of the last minute.  I suggested a no-bake dessert and Alec headed to Pinterest to see what he could find.  He found a recipe he really liked but we tweaked it (a lot!) to suit our tastes and the ingredients we had on hand.

The dessert consists of 4 layers; a cookie crust, a sweetened cream cheese layer, a pudding layer, and the cool whipped topping.


For the crust:
14 ounces Oreo cookies; Crushed
1 stick melted butter

For the sweetened cream cheese layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup crushed Butterfinger bars (1 small bar from a king size package)

For the pudding layer:
1 package instant chocolate pudding (we used Devil's food)
1 1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
4 Tablespoons powdered sugar

For the whipped cream layer:
1 package cool whip; thawed
Hot Fudge (to drizzle)
1/4 cup…

Faux Mercury Glass Ornament with Vinyl Snowflakes

Every year for the past few years I have taken place in an ornament crafting exchange and it's one of my favorite craft projects of the year!  This year I was paired up withVicki from Two Bees in a Pod. As soon as I saw a picture of her beautiful blue and white tree in her family room with the touches of silver I just knew I wanted to make something for that tree.  

I set about making my own faux murcury glass ornamants.  I read a few different tutorials on how to do this and then tried out my own technique.  Using clear plastic ornaments, some looking glass spray paint and a small water bottled filled with approximately half water and half vinegar I went to work.

First I sprayed a few squirts of the paint into the ornament and shook it up to make sure I had good coverage.  Then I added a few squirts of the water/vinegar mixture and kept swirling the paint and water around for a few minutes.  (As you can see I plugged the hole with paper towels to protect my hand).

I used my hair …

Rae Dunn Inspired Buffalo Check Ornmaents

Every year for the past few years I have taken place in an ornament crafting exchange and it's one of my favorite craft projects of the year!  This year I was paired up with Jenny from Cookies, Coffee, and Crafts.  We exchanged a few e-mails and when she told me "I love buffalo check, Rae Dunn inspired, Farmhouse style" I knew just the thing to make!

I purchased a set of 4" embroidery hoops, some pre-cut 5" buffalo check fabric, and set to work using my Cricut for some Rae Dunn inspired words.

The hardest part for me was to pick the actual pattern of the fabric to use-- sure the larger checks are the true buffalo print but I felt some of the smaller prints looked better on the ornament.  I ultimately decided to make her a set of 4 ornaments in a variety of patterns.

I used my Cricut to draw out the words and played around with some fonts before deciding to use Candara Light.  I did have to unlock the feature that keeps the fonts from going out of shape since …

Ornament Exchange Link Party

Welcome to the 2019 Ornament Exchange Link Party! It’s the fourth year of the blogger ornament exchange and you'll find hundreds of DIY ornament tutorials and inspiration. This link party runs from November 14th through December 14th, so make sure to come back to add as many handmade ornament tutorials before it closes!
(collage image of host ornaments will go here)
This year, we have 38 talented bloggers hosting the handmade ornament exchange link party! The rules of the challenge were simple: create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial (all tutorials are linked below), and ship the ornament off to a new home!

ORNAMENT EXCHANGE LINK PARTY HOSTSMy Pinterventures •  Create and Babble • 2 Bees in a PodAcross the Boulevard •  Elle Marie Home  • Faeries and FaunaHome on the Corner • This Autoimmune Life • Our Unschooling JourneyDomestic Deadline •  Inside the Fox Den • Intelligent DomesticationsCookies, Coffee and Crafts  • Munofore •  Rosewood and GraceRaggedy Bits

Visiting the Fire Museum

We had the chance to visit the Fire Museum a few weeks ago and while I wasn't sure the small museum would be worth the time it took to drive there we reluctantly agreed to go with some friends of ours.

I am so glad we did too as we had the best time!  We had a guided tour and the worker was so knowledgeable about everything in the museum.  We spent 2 1/2 hours exploring every room and floor.

We learned a lot about the history of fire fighting and the history of Connecticut in general.

We learned about the restoration process and costs of many of the old fire trucks they've made good as new.

The boys even got to sit in a few and try out the horns.

This particular firehouse had it's own plates made.

The original fire alarm system is still in pace and the boys got to set off a fire alarm inside the house to see how it worked.