When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. ~Laiko Bahrs

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

No-Sew Blanket

I decided to make my nephew and NY Yankee blanket for his birthday since he is such a big fan. I wanted to make him something that he would keep and could hand down to his kids one day, he is only 10! Here is what you need:

4 yards of your favorite fleece material
rotary cutter and mat
or scissors

Lay material back to back on a flat surface. Place a set of pins along all sides of blanket. Trim 1/2 in off each side.
Next, cut a 4x4 section from each corner. This will allow you to tie the blankets together and not have a kink in the fabric.
Then, along each edge, cut 4 in up and 2 in apart. Once you have one side done, go back and tie strips together into knots. Do not tie too tight or your fabric will look kinked, but tie tight enough it wont come undone.

This is a very easy blanket to make and I hope to make more for Christmas presents this year!

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Fried" Cheese Grits? Yes Please!!

As I fixed cereal for Dillon this morning, I relized that I was starting to get hungry myself. I didn't want cereal, nor did I have any bacon, and I didn't want to eat just eggs... I looked in the fridge and seen that I had a container of leftover Cheese Grits. I had either read before on a blog or seen it on a cooking show, but I decided to try making "Fried" Cheese Grits!

Take any leftover grits and cut into squares. Warm a skillet on med heat and add enough Olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. When oil is heated, add grits...DO NOT TOUCH FOR ATLEAST % MIN. You may need to adjust your heat down, but by not touching them you will get a crispy cheese crust on the outside. After about 5 min or so, check to see if the crust is crispy to your liking. If so, flip and let cook another 3-4 minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, add some shredded cheese.

This was my first time making them, and I WILL be making them again. They were so yummy!! There was a crispy outside but the inside was still fluffy!

I did not however think to take pictures of it. I wasn't planning on add this recipe to the blog, but after I ate the whole plate up, I decided it was too good not to share! Next time I will add pictures and may even make a video!

Hope you enjoy this recipe!!!

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~

Monday, August 22, 2011

A little Bit Happy....

Wow!! Has time gone by or what? The kids have started school! Emma is in 1st grade and Dillon is in his last year of preschool! He will be entering Kindergarten next fall... My babies are growing up so fast! They both are learning so much and actually love school. I hope they keep that attitude all the way through. Emma comes home with homework, we sit down at the kitchen table and as she goes over her work, I marvel at all that she is learning!

Hubby was on vacation all last week. We took a staycation! We stayed home, but ate out and spent money like we were on vacation! But, it was all in good doing! WE renevated the kitchen, dinning room and laundry room! Tore up all the floors and laid new tile, painted, and replaced the french door in the dinning room. Doesnt seem like much but it took 8 long days and even longer nights to get it done! But, we are so glad that we did!! It looks so much better!!

Loving the finished product~
I still have to decor it but that will come!!

Hubby and I also sat down last and started writing out a budget. We need to get a couple of things paid off this year and the only way to do it is to stick to a budget! Luckily, I have a freezer full of meats and veggies, a pantry full of rice and potatoes! So, all I needed to do was purchased some lunch items and milk and some dairy. I spent $67.17 today at our local Kroger! Not too shabby for everything I got:

4 gallons of milk
2 pks nitrite and nitrate free hotdogs (Dillons favorite)
yogurt, all natural
salt, non-iodized
2 pkgs butter (the heathly kind)
2 pkgs bottled water
2 heads of lettuce
1 pkg shredded cheese
3 pkgs slice cheese (I usually get deli sliced but this was on sale this week)
2 pkgs lunch meat ( Same here on the deli sliced but this week was on sale)
1 pkg white cornmeal

I may have missed one or two more items...
We are waiting till the first of the month to set a budget on groceries.

I have been one busy lady here lately. I have done a weeks worth of construction, cooked and feed 100 people, I am PTA president at my daughters school and I am trying to sale my mother-in-laws house! 

In the coming days, I will post a blog about a no-sew blanket that I made my nephew for his birthday! It was super easy and he loved it!!!

I will also started adding videos to my blog and may even start a Youtube channel! Let me know your feed back on that!

Please comment on any ideas that you may have for blogs or videos!  

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~