Old Chair Transformation

17 Nov

I found this deplorable chair at the thrifty store last week and have since un-uglied it.

Here is the chair in its original and yeesh state:

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Yes, very out of date and not a nice chair to loot at.

But now feast your eyes on this beaut!

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I bought this fabric at my favorite fabric place in the world.  I could honestly stand in that cute little store and look at all the eye candy fabric surrounding me for hours.  I went there with my little sis and I think she had to physically pull me out of there.  The fabric store is called Hannah Johnson Fabrics and it is located in Duluth, MN.  Please go there if you need to be happy, because it is such a pretty and happy place.  I am pleading with the owner to perhaps be a part of a giveaway sometime in the future, how cool would that be?

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I love older chairs like this because they are easy to recover and they fit me.  I love that my feet are planted comfortably on the ground, not like the new chairs that seem to swallow me up.

Egg Roll Recipe

11 Nov

I now firmly believe that every household needs a deep fryer.  We were at a “Welcome to Fall Party” a couple months ago (yeah we have pretty cool friends) and the hostess made these babies in her deep fryer.

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I think we ordered our own deep fryer immediately upon returning home, gotta love amazon prime right?  Then two days later this beauty showed up and we had to try it ourself.

Here is the egg rolls recipe:

12 egg roll wraps

1 lb ground pork

2 tsp chopped fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

16 ounce bag cabbage and carrot mix

4 green onions, sliced

1 egg

1 tsp water

(look up the how to instructions since Hudson is sitting on my lap and he might delete this whole post if I try and do that)

And then wait…

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A deep fryer like this makes a fish fry a breeze, it look a fraction of the time to fry the walleyes Jared caught in the Boundary Waters and our stove wasn’t covered in oil for the next few weeks.

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You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make sweet and sour sauce-

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Oh and while your oil is already warm, it would be a shame not to make some donuts!

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In other news this blog has over 100,000 views! Thanks guys, you make me feel so special =)  And my birthday is tomorrow, maybe Jared should make these for me, maybe just the donuts…or maybe both.

Halloween Success

31 Oct

After a few crazy days getting ready and then sending the girls off to school- the door closed and I did a little victory boogie dance because I nailed Halloween.  The girls look awesome in their homemade costumes and we made 42 monster and mummy cupcakes for Aleah’s kindergarten class party.  Phew.

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Along with all other kids in the universe they wanted to be characters from Frozen.  Aleah chose to be Anna, since she has red hair and all.  Sophie chose to be Elsa, since she has blonde hair =)

Here was one evening of working on the waistband for Aleah’s costume while Hudson needed in on the action:

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It is a downright miracle that I had ALL the fabric I needed for Aleah’s costume right in my sewing room, score!

Sophie’s dress came from the Christmas dress I made for her last winter.  All I needed to do was sew on a mesh cape and she was good to go!  Oh yeah and I also made her a long braid too.

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Hudson will be a tiger so he will be warm and especially since it was in our dress up clothes and I didn’t have time to make him an Olaf or Sven costume, sorry buddy.

Lake Jeanette Camping Part 2

25 Oct

I know this campout was a while ago but I have pictures from the weekend so why not do a blog post about it, right?

Camping is such a wonderful way to detach from reality and get in some real forced family activities, aka FFA =)

I love this picture of Jared and Hudson eating breakfast together as the sun is rising.

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While Hudson took a morning tent nap, Jared took the girls out fishing and they caught two northerns.

While Jared was cleaning the fish, Sophie kept saying, “Dad!  You are being so mean.”  And then she would go on to make the northerns kiss each other and demand that Jared cut its eye out so she could play with it.  Yeah, she is one interesting little lady.

I bet you didn’t know a northern could be worn as a belt:

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We had a delish lunch of fresh fish, thanks to the brave fishermen and ladies.

Sometime during that day Aleah took a three hour nap and boy was she a new person when she woke up.

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We even got some “school” in as the girls learned the names of some tree and did leaf rubbings.

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At the end of the day we climbed up a cool lookout spot and the girls found a tree that they scampered up as well.

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I am sad that camping season is over but looking forward to future outings with my family.

And the Winner is…

25 Oct
ElizabethOctober 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm Edit #

Your dress looks fantastic and I LOVE your fabric choice! This book looks like a really great way to learn how to make unique alterations to thrifted clothes. :)

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Please e-mail me your address and the Magic Pattern Book will be on its way!!!

thanks

The Magic Pattern Book Giveaway

21 Oct

I made a dress! Pretty excited about it too. The pattern for this dress came out of the book that was sent to me for FREE =) sometimes I love being a blogger. The general idea for this book is you can redo your wardrobe or at least 36 outfits based off of Amy Barickman’s 6 patterns.

I chose to make the Camilla:

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Here is the finished product after a few nights of sewing in my living room watching some of my favorite DVRed shows.

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I love my boy.

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Yeah I don’t know how to take these things seriously. Jared kept telling me to stop being awkward. Yeah, like that is going to happen when I am in a fancy dress with him taking pictures of me walking around, ha.

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The one major problem I had with this book was the patterns were not included on that tissue paper like stuff. Instead it came with a CD were you had to print off the pattern. Doesn’t sound like a problem right? Wrong. I set the printer to print and then walked away. About ten minutes later I came back and it was STILL printing! It took 48 pages to print off the pattern. Holy moly. I cannot imagine doing that again for a different project I would want to do in the future. I think the CD is a good extra idea since the pattern tissue paper can get worn or torn after many uses, but it should not be the only option.

Oh yeah and this happened during the course of making the dress, arg.

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Other than that I was pleasantly pleased with the ease of directions and pictures included. I am so honored to be a part of this book tour and blog giveaway. In order to get your hands on this beauty, all you have to do is comment on this blog post or like facebook page.

Head over to Chic Steals to continue viewing the blog tour!

Popsicle Recipe

12 Oct

I know we are headed out of popsicle season but since my kids love these so much we will be making them for a few more months.  I experimented with yogurt, fruit and different juices but this ended up being the biggest hit.

Get ready for a very complex and time demanding recipe:

2 cups orange juice

2 cups vanilla coconut milk

Mix these together and then pour into a popsicle holder or a cup with a stick taped to the middle.

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I promise you, these will be a hit.  I believe these are the most delicious frozen treat I have ever tasted and the kids love them just as much as those sugar infused, dye loaded popsicles you can pick up at the grocery store.

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In the above picture this is Aleah in the middle of saying, “Woah! This tastes good!”

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