Sunday, October 28, 2012

Our DIY Halloween 2012 Costumes

We always make our own Halloween costumes (for the most part). Usually I find one stinkin' cheap costume at the store, and plan the rest of the costumes around that. This year, my son got a Buzz Lightyear getup (Disney Store) from my in-laws for his birthday and he decided that was what he wanted to wear for halloween. (All I had to do was add white sweats underneath!) So, with that, I HAD to have Lily dress up as Jessie, from Toy Story. I found the tutorial from this pinterest link.

The WHOLE Jessie costume only put me out about $5! :
-The hat was from the dollar store (ribbon added).
-The clothing pieces were Jack's that he'd out grown, and I added the felt and cow print (with washable fabric glue).
-Belt was made from felt
-Cowboy slippers were a $2 thrift find!

The Hubby and I went as Jack Skellington and Sally from "The Nightmare Before Christmas." ( This picture is a little more frightening, so I didn't make it as big :)

                      I would love to hear about what homemade costumes you did this year!!!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Saturday Spotlight #106

Thanks for joining me this week!

This week, I shared my Crockpot Teriyaki Meatball recipe (which I can't seem to stop making because it's that amazing!).

A few awesome links from the last party:

I'm kinda diggin' this girlie twist on the ghost halloween costume by Schobell Expressions!

And ANOTHER sweet girlie halloween costume by Pinkie for Pink.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Crockpot Teriyaki Meatballs

       This is one of my favorite recipes right now. I have made these four times in the last month. This recipe is adapted to be cooked in a crockpot, from a Teriyaki Meatball recipe by Budget Bytes.
        I made a few changes, one of which is that I have been using ground turkey rather than pork or beef. For one, because it's a little healthier, and two because I really like the soft texture provided by the turkey. They almost melt in your mouth! I also experimented with a substitute for breadcrumbs. I found that ground oats work just as well and provide a little better nutrition.

1 lb.ground turkey (or pork)
1 large egg
1/3 c. ground oats (or 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp soy sauce
2 chopped whole green onions (+ two more for garnish)
15 cranks freshly cracked black pepper

Teriyaki Sauce
{This is just the sauce that the meatballs will cook in. There will just be a small amount left to drizzle on top of your dish. If you'd like to create a glaze, double the sauce recipe. When the meatballs are done cooking, strain the sauce and add 2 Tbsp of cornstarch in a saucepan and cook over medium high heat).

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 + 3 Tbsp cup water
1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
{2 Tbsp corn starch}

1 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 whole green onions, chopped

4 cups cooked rice (about 2 1/2 c dry)

1. Mix all of your meatball ingredients together and form into meatballs.

2. Mix your teriyaki sauce together (except for cornstarch) and pour into the crockpot. Place meatballs in the sauce. Allow to cook for 5 hours on low, or 3 hours on high, turning meatballs halfway through the cooking process.

3. When the meatballs are done, remove them from the crockpot. Then strain the sauce and pour over meatballs , over rice (add a small amount of water if too much water evaporated). Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think!!!

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday Spotlight #105

Thank you so much for joining me this week for the link up!

This week I shared my 8 Days of Baby Hair!

1) First, create a blog entry about something you made yourself. Post our Saturday Spotlight button under your post or somewhere on your blog so that others can find all of your awesome links at Saturday Spotlight. Our linky party button is on the right side of our blog. Just copy the html code to the bottom of your blog post. If you would like to keep it somewhere else on your blog where others can see it, that's also ok.
2) Next, add your blog post name down below and then add the link of the blog entry about your project (not your homepage) . To get your link, click on the title of your blog post that you would like to enter and then copy the address that appears in the address bar up top, and paste it down below. It should look about like this:

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Eight Days of {Fun} Baby Hair!

Ok, so technically Lily is a toddler since she's 18 months old, but her hair still looks like baby hair to me! I felt like after this kid turned one, the whole headband do was not working out so well since her hair was getting longer. So I decided to start testing out some different hair do's! Here is what we came up with:

{Crown of Ponies)

{Pig Tail Messy Buns}

{Slanted Ponies}

**Revision: I just added this hair do...(so technically this is "9 Days of Baby Hair"  :)

{Zig Zag Pig-tails}

{Double Pig-tails}
 (I like this as opposed to regular pig tails because they pull the hair up that usually hangs over the ears).

{Side Ponies}
 (One middle pony tail that connects to a pony tail on one side. I do this when I just want to pull Lily's hair back with a hair flower).

{Snake Ponies}
 (Just keep snaking interconnected pony tails around the head until your little one can't take any more!)

{Side Criss-Cross}
 (I like doing this sideways so that I can still put a bow/flower in Lily's hair).

{Crown of Buns}

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Spooky Halloween Wreath

        I found a SUPER cool wreath from Our Best Bites that inspired me to make myself a new Halloween wreath!

 I didn't do a picture tutorial on it, mostly because you can head over to Our Best Bites for some really great instructions, and then just add embellishments that you like. But here are some basic instructions:

What you will need:
-Small Wreath form (I used pipe insulation from home depot $1)
-Spool of 50 yards of black tulle (bridal section at Joannes)
-Embellishments (I did flowers and feathers)
-Hot glue and scissors

1. If you're using pipe insulation from Home Depot, cut it to make a small wreath form and duct tape together.
2. Start cutting your strips of tulle using one as a pattern for the rest. You want all the tulle pieces to be fairy close in length. Mine were about 12 inches long.
3. Start tying your tulle pieces onto your wreath form using just a regular old knot, pushing tulle together as you go. 
4. Hot glue your fun embellishments to the wreath. I used feathers, ribbon flowers, and silk flowers (the white ones I spray painted BLACK! 

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