Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gifts on a Budget for Friends and Family Just to Say Thank You

This year I have a challenge for myself that I am also giving you. Challenge yourself to pick up small gifts during the year and have ready to give friends and family to say "thank you" for the little things they do.

Here are some ideas that you can pick up now from Michael's that are perfect for any budget! Take a look at this video for ideas.

I know these are perfect and I had to pick up sets for myself also! Here are pictures to help you get an idea of what you pick up. The prices range from $1.50 each to $5.00. See ......perfect for any budget.

Pick up items that can easily be put into sets like I did below.

The 2nd step is all about the presentation. You can wrap a gift on a budget by using coupons and after a holiday sale. Hobby Lobby is my favorite place to pick up my items.  

Be inspired and today find special gifts that you can give your special friends!

Friday, January 23, 2015

DIY Gold Animal Jewerly Holder

Here is an idea that I know you will want to make for yourself and make one as a gift. It is so simple and you can make it in a matter of minutes. Click the video below to see how to make.

You can purchase any type of a tray but I found mine at Hobby Lobby and it was 7.99 and I used the 40% online coupon. The little animal came from Michaels which I also used a coupon for.

This is such a perfect touch of gold on desk or dresser and for a total of $6.00 to make its perfect.

Holds rings and bracelets and so much fun to see!
So do you think you will be making one!!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Homemade Chili Recipe

I found this recipe on Pinterest this week and had to try it. Here is everything for this dish.


2 pounds Ground Chuck
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 can (12-14 Oz. Size) Tomato Sauce
1 can (10 Ounce) Ro-tel (diced Tomatoes And Chilies)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Oregano
1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1 can (14-ounce) Kidney Beans, Drained And Rinsed
1 can (14-ounce) Pinto Beans, Drained And Rinsed
1/4 tablespoon Regular Corn Meal
1/2 cup Warm Water
Individual Bags Of Fritos or one large bag for chili tops
Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Brown ground chuck with garlic in a pot over medium-high heat. Add tomato sauce, Rotel, salt, oregano, cumin, and chili powder.

Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Add drained and rinsed beans. Stir to combine, then cover and simmer for another 20 minutes.

Mix corn meal with water, then add to the chili. Stir to combine and simmer for a final 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside.

If you want to serve in bags you will:
Serve by slicing the Frito bags open lengthwise. Pile in chili and cheese, and diced onion if using.

Or you can serve as we did in large bowl and place chips on top.

Serve immediately. A crowd-pleaser!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter Snowball Cookie Recipe

This is one of my favorite winter cookie recipes. Its a must try and your family will love them hot out of the oven!


1/4 cup sugar
6 oz all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 320 degrees.
In a large bowl combine the flour, pecans, butter, vanilla, and sugar. Mix until combined.
Form the dough into 1 inch balls, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20- 25 minutes, until fully cooked through in the center. Let the cookies cool for at least 5 minutes, then roll the cookies in confectioner's sugar until coated. They are wonderful!
Only tip is do not over cook these, really keep on eye on them. Roll them while they are warm but not hot. So yummy!

Just that easy!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Great Healthier Lasagna Recipe

 I made this one last night and my family loved it. It heats up great the next day for lunch at work.
Watch this link for step by step directions!  


I had to include this photo because I love the smell of sautéed onions while they are cooking.

These are the ingredients you will need.

  1 lb
Lean ground beef
Small white onion, chopped fine
1 tsp
Garlic powder
 2  cups
Spaghetti Sauce
1/2 tsp
Salt (or to taste)
1 tsp
Italian seasoning
Egg, beaten
2 cups
Low fat cottage cheese
2 tbs
Parmesan cheese
 6  Lasagna Noodles, cooked according to package directions

The estimated total time to make this recipe is 1 1/2 hours.
I preheat my oven to 350 and spray a 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a large saucepan, cook the beef (or turkey) and onion and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is browned, stirring to break up meat. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, salt, basil, and oregano; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
In a small bowl combine egg, cottage cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Layer the lasagna in the baking dish starting with 2 cups of the meat sauce. Follow with a layer of three noodles, half of the cottage cheese mixture, and half of the remaining meat sauce. Repeat Layers.
Cover and bake for 50 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and slightly browned on top. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

This is such a great recipe and 100% of the credit goes to Dashing Dish. You should check her site out because she is awesome. Such a wonderful faith based site.

Does your family love lasagna?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Guest Bathroom Makeover and Shower Curtian DIY

This past weekend I took on giving my guest bathroom a makeover! I started by painting a little white bench black and I am so pleased with how it turned out. I have seen so many people painting furniture and it really looks great.

I also wanted to give my shower curtain a warm touch.

Start here with this step by step video of the makeover. You have to see the video for the best view!

 This is what I started with as far as the bench.

During the process...


As for the guest bathroom here is my will notice its a little busy!

Here is the after. I had new granite counter tops put in along with paint. New shower curtain and fixtures! Along with my new black bench which has a new fresh look.


I hope you enjoyed my step by step video! See you next time!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Putting Away and Organizing all of the Christmas Items

I am sure many of you are finished putting up your Christmas items but I wanted to share a look into how I put mine away! Hope you find helpful tips!

Hope you will subscribe to my YouTube channel for many more tips and ideas you can use in your everyday life!


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