Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bread Machine Dinner Rolls

These are really good dinner rolls! They are soft and buttery and yummy!
These are the ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp of bread machine yeast
  • 3 TBSP of dry  nonfat milk
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
These are the steps:
  1. Melt butter, warm up milk and water and add the bread machine. 
  2. Add sugar to butter mixture
  3. Add flour, salt and nonfat dry milk
  4. Make a hole in the flour mixture, make sure it is not touching the liquid, so not too deep. Add yeast to the hole.
  5. Set your machine to dough cycle, mine is number 8
  6. Meanwhile, grease two cake sheets with lots of softened butter.
  7. When the dough cycle is finished, take dough out and transfer it into a floured counter
  8. Cut dough into 16 pieces and roll
  9. Put them into greased sheet
  10. Let them rise for about 1 hour
  11. Bake for 22-24 minutes in a 350 degree oven
  12. Brush with butter
Make sure you do follow the machine manufacturer's instructions for the order in which you have to put the ingredients. My machine is a Sunbeam brand.



From carboard box to storage box

I have been on a mission these past years months and that is to get my house kind of organized. I know how difficult that is when we have little children, but it is also good for a mommy's soul to have some kind of an organization in the house so things just do not pile up high along with the stress. I really did not want to spend a lot of money in buying storage boxes and containers at the store, so I came up with a solution. For the past several weeks I have been saving all the boxes I could get. Some include: cereal boxes, diaper boxes, and storage cardboard boxes of different sizes. I even saved up egg containers!! Who knows??? the possibilities are endless!! lol!
I went to Walmart and I got some burlap. I glued the box really well and I put the fabric on the floor. I rolled it around on all 4 sides to see how much fabric I needed.  Then I cut it. I spayed adhesive and I started gluing the fabric. Afterwards, I folded the excess fabric like wrapping a present,and I glued that.
I cut a square of fabric and glued that on the bottom. I thought I might as well do the inside! So I cut another piece of fabric and sprayed the adhesive and glued it on the inside. Then I glued a 12 by 12 inch scrapbook paper and glued it on the inside bottom. I decorated it with black ribbon and glued some stickers with my name on them. Ta da! DONE. One down, 1,000 to go!!
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Final product!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunburst Mirror

I have been wanting to try to attempt to make my own Sunburst mirror. After a lot of researching, I finally came up with my own idea of how I wanted it. These are the materials you will need:
  • A round mirror. I bought mine at the Hobby Lobby in a packet that contained 2 of them!!
  • A roung piece of wood. I purchased mine a HL too for 70 cents
  • Skewers and drowels
  • Glue gun, LOTS of GLUE!!
  • Craft sticks
  • Spray Paint
Step one:
Make sure you have a design in mind. I wanted mine to be for our bedroom, so I wanted to be big enough to hang on top of our bed. I layed out a pattern and visualized how I wanted it.





                                                      Step 2:
Draw lines using a ruler on your wood circle. I did mine halfwise , then in half again, and then I traced it diagonally. This gives you a reference to where to begin gluing the sticks











Step 3:
Glue away! I started with the drowels. I first made a "cross," and after that I started gluing more drowels in between those. I also put a round of glue on top of them.  After this I started gluing the skewers so they looked in this pattern:

After this I glued the craft sticks, and put more and more glue! My finger actually got numb from pressing the glue gun so much!!! LOL!

Step 4:
Let dry. Yes, you have to be patient and let it dry completely.

Step 5:
Spray paint! I used the oiled rubbed bronze color from Krylon

Step 6:
Glue your mirror! make sure that the wood circle cannot be seen from the front. I used the wood glue stick!!
Let dry! You can also put a heavier book on top for weight.

Step 7:
Attach hardware and hang!! I actually used a left over from an old frame...LOL we recycle everything in my house!

Step 8:
Admire! and give yourself a pat in the back! you did it!

I hanged it over my bed





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Letters to Santa

I still have three little kids at home, which I loooooove. But my oldest is 7 and I know that the time is coming when he will be asking for "the truth." I had been thinking about this because I do not want him to feel that we lied, but I hope that he will understand that we were trying to keep the "magic" of Santa. I found a letter written by a mom which was having the same issue. She did so in an amazing way! I think you can never be too prepared for when the time happens (sad), but oh well, life goes on and the reality is that the grow fast. Se let's enjoy them! let's spend more time with them! Let's help them create memories!
If you want to read the letter, click here

Vivian
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