Thursday, November 29, 2012

Weekend Wonders #17



One of my *favorite* parts about blogging is all of the amazing creativity out there in blogland! I'm so excited to see what everyone shares! Plus, since I'm co-hosting this link party, everything you share here will also be shared over at The Thriftiness Miss. So, twice the blogs equals twice times the exposure for your awesomeness!

Now...on to the party. The party will be open until Wednesday at midnight and we'll both be sharing our features at the party next week. Be sure and come back then to find out if you were featured. Plus, we'll both be sharing other favorites throughout the week on our facebook pages, so if you're not already a fan, you can find me here. We'll also be pinning the features to our Weekend Wonders Pinterest Board


Weekend Wonders Guidelines...
  1. Follow your hosts: Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, RSS or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will return the favor.
  2. Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  3. Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of!
  4. Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.
  5. Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback. 
Love and Laundry

Now lets party! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Slow Cooker Posole

I grew up in New Mexico. New Mexico is famous for green chilies. Famous like Idaho is famous for potatoes. To the locals, food is just not food without green chilies. All fast food restaurants - including McDonald's - carry a green chili cheeseburger on the menu. People even use green chilies as a pizza topping. It's good too. You should try it. I'm not really much of a hot and spicy kind of person, but the wonderful thing about green chili is you can have it hot or extremely mild. The flavor of mild green chili is really warm and yummy. One of my favorite green chili recipes is for Posole. It's actually a very traditional New Mexican Christmas soup. But, we like it any time of year. Especially during the winter.



1 Tbsp canola oil
2 lb pork loin roast, cut into 1" pieces
2 14.5 oz cans enchilada sauce (I use the green enchilada sauce)
2 15.5 oz cans white hominy, drained
1 onion, sliced
1/2 C green chilies, diced (or 2 4 oz cans will work too)
4 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste (I always leave this out because I like it really mild)
2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 C cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp salt

Brown pork in canola oil in a skillet. Next, place the meat in a slow cooker. Add enchilada sauce, hominy, onions, chilies, garlic, cayenne pepper, and oregano. Pour in enough water to fill the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6-7 hours. Stir in the cilantro and salt. Cook on low for 30 minutes more.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Doorknocker Earrings Giveaway (Introducing Juanita Tortilla)


I am so inspired by creative people. So, when Juanita contacted me about doing a giveaway, I definitely couldn't resist! Aren't those earrings beautiful?!? It only takes one look at her blog or Etsy shop to see that she is one talented lady! Oh...and did I mention that she lives in Switzerland? How amazing! So, Juanita generously offered to ship these earring anywhere in the world!




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Friday, November 23, 2012

Crafty Cornucopia Paint Challenge Link Party!

Did you get to see all of the awesome projects shared at all of the blogs this week for the Crafty Cornucopia Challenge? Just in case you missed them, here they are!



Give Thanks Canvas on this here blog. =)




Winter Wonderland - Easy Framed Art shared by Silo Hill Farm




Stenciled Glass Ornaments at One Artsy Mama



Painted Festive Earrings from Sugar Bee Crafts


Now it's time to link up your projects! The winners will be chosen and have the chance to win 
either a $25 gift card to Starbucks thanks to Silo Hill Farm, OR ad space and earrings from One Artsy Mama. Good luck everyone!!



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Staying Healthy During the Holidays

I really love this time of year! The only problem is all of the yummy (and completely unhealthy) food. It’s no wonder we all start the new year with goals of getting healthy. So this year, I wanted to try my hardest to keep on track. At least a little bit. That way I won’t feel so guilty when I enjoy just a few too many sugar cookies. So, here’s my plan:


Drink Lots of Water. 

We all know how beneficial drinking water can be. Plus it helps us stay full longer – which could mean less snacking on too many holiday treats!

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Stay active.

In my book, holiday shopping is about as active as a person can get. Am I right?!? All that walking and toting heavy bags around. Not to mention the wrapping that comes afterward. That’s good for fine muscle toning. ;)

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And lastly, keep lots of healthy snacks on hand. 

That way if you do get a sugar craving, you have a healthy (and delicious) alternative to reach for. What’s my pick for a healthy snack?

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Perfectly Simple bars by Zone Perfect! These are SO delicious!! They are made from simple ingredients. You know the saying that if you can’t pronounce what’s on the label, it’s probably not good for you. None of that here!! Plus, these babies are packed with protein (read: stay full longer!) AND they are gluten free!
They come in three different flavors.

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Want to know which one was my favorite? I honestly thought it would be the Toasted Coconut, which I really did love. But, the Peanut Crunch is so divine! But, really, you can’t go wrong with any of them!

Thank you, Zone Perfect for sending me these to review. Honestly, I’m sad they’re gone! I’m headed to the store later to stock up on some more.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kid Craft: Indian Corn Napkin Ring

We're hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year. We've only done it a few times and I've been busy planning the food to the last detail. I thought it would be fun for our kids to be involved a little bit, so we made these:

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This is really easy to put together. And fun for kids to pick out the buttons! Here’s what you need:

napkin ring supplies

Craft Sticks (I used 10)
A 4-inch x 5-inch piece of felt
Assorted harvest color buttons
2 pieces of skinny ribbon
Glue (regular white glue won’t stick to the felt, you’ll need either Tacky glue or Hot Glue for that part)


Start by gluing the buttons onto the craft sticks. I just used school glue to put these babies on.

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While that is drying, glue the ribbons onto the back of the felt. I was out of Tacky glue so I used hot glue. If you’re using that option, be sure to supervise kids very closely so they don’t get burned. (p.s. regular white glue won't work on felt).

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After all of the glue is dry, then glue the button filled craft sticks onto the front of the felt and let that dry.
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When it’s completely dry, you can roll it up, tie it together and stuff it with a Thanksgiving napkin.

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Isn’t this going to make a cute kid touch at our Thanksgiving table?

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Give Thanks Canvas–Crafty Cornucopia Project

I’m excited to be sharing my Crafty Cornucopia project! The medium we were supposed to use was paint. I really tried to challenge myself and come up with something that I could make without a trip to the store. It was fun to see how much my creativity was stretched. I need to do that more often!

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To make this project, you need:

A canvas (I used a flat canvas board that was 11x17)
Paint & Brushes or sponges
Glitter
A Vinyl or other Stencil
Mod Podge
A White Paint Pen
Clear Spray Paint


The first step is to paint the canvas in the base color. I used brown.

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The thing I love about painting on canvas is the texture. It really brings dimension to the paint. You can paint over it enough that you lose the texture, but I wanted it to show through. Be sure that you smooth out your brush strokes by running the brush from top to bottom. See the difference?

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After that layer is dry, grab your stencil. I made a vinyl stencil from my Silhouette. I downloaded shape #22533 from the Silhouette online store. Then paint (or sponge) over the Give and Everyday.

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Give that a few minutes to dry. Once it’s dry, add mod podge to the Thanks. Funny story….while I was waiting for my carefully painted orange to dry, I left the room. Well, my 3-year-old decided that he would love to help me finish the rest of the painting. Thus, the scribble paint look that is all over the vinyl. ;)

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Then, sprinkle glitter over the mod podge. I left the vinyl on, but you could probably take it off before applying the glitter as well.

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Give it a few minutes to dry and then peel the vinyl off. I honestly was going to stop there and call it good, but realized that the orange paint and gold glitter didn’t stand out very well against the brown background. Then, I remembered that I had some white Elmer's paint pens in my craft stash, so I grabbed one and outlined the letters by hand.

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I think it gives the paint a chalk on chalkboard type feel. I really love it!


To finish it off, and to keep the glitter in place, give it a coat of clear spray paint.

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And that’s it! I love how it turned out!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Crafty Cornucopia - Paint Challenge

I've been really excited for this week to come. I'm taking part in the Crafty Cornucopia paint week challenge. Read on to find out more!

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We've explored Buttons, Ribbon & Burlap in the Crafty Cornucopia. Now we're moving onto one more challenge round-paint! I know this week's bloggers are ready to share their inspirational tutorials for using paint. Then on Thursday, we'll all be ready to see YOUR projects.
There will be two winners-chosen by our super cool judges Morena and Kadie. You can read more about them HERE. There are two prizes-$25 to Starbucks from Silo Hill Farm and Earrings/Ad Space from One Artsy Mama

Come back each day this week to see what One Artsy Mama, Love and Laundry, Sugar Bee Crafts, and Silo Hill Farm have in store for you. Get inspired, and then get ready to share your PAINT fall creations starting Thursday!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Treats and Fall Fun Link Party FEATURES!

It's been a busy week! I always forget how busy this time of year gets. And of course I love to make homemade Christmas gifts. The problem is, people receiving the gifts read this blog, so I can't post about them. Just yet anyway. So, the posting may be lighter for a few weeks. I hope you'll all be patient with me. My to-post list just gets longer and longer and I hope to soon be back in a more regular posting schedule.

So, anyway....a couple of weeks ago, I co-hosted the Thanksgiving Treats and Fall Fun Link Party. There were over 200 links submitted! I loved looking through what everyone shared! It is a definite to-pin post to use for ideas next year!!

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Thanksgiving Treats and Fall Fun Link Party!

 Claiming Our Space along with Love and Laundry, House on the Way, One Creative Mommy, Mamal Diane, Jane's Adventures in Dinner and 4 You With Love each have selected our two most favorite link ups! Since each of us has our own favorites, you need to stop by each co-host to see you were featured. Here's my features:



I'm a huge cupcake person, so these Carmel Apple Cupcakes from Six Sisters' Stuff really stuck out to me! YUM!!!




If you're looking for a different (read: not canned) cranberry recipe for Thanksgiving, this one from Crystelle Boutique looks delicious! I'm going to add it to my Thanksgiving dinner this year!
 

Grab the button if you were featured!

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Mark you calendars for Friday, December 7! That's when the Winter Wonders & Holiday Happenings link party starts.  Just like this party, each of the hosts will have our own projects we will be sharing.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Introducing Redfly Creations {Plus an awesome GIVEAWAY!!!}


Hi, my name is Melissa from Redfly Creations.  I am excited to be able to give a gift to one of Shatzi's wonderful readers!  She has a wonderful blog here at Love and Laundry and what a privilege to be part of it today!

THE GIVEAWAY

The giveaway today is a custom bracelet that is truly unique.  I saw a bracelet like this not too long ago at a boutique and decided to try to make it myself.  Did you notice?  Believe it or not it is made from safety pins and beads.




So, cute, huh?  I would love for you to win this bracelet, it would make a lovely gift to give away this Christmas.  Or... you can simply keep it for yourself.  :0)

HOW TO WIN

There are several ways to get entries into the bracelet giveaway.  Please use Rafflecopter below for each entry you qualify for.

- To enter simply become a follower of Love and Laundry on Facebook if you have not yet joined.

- For an additional entry visit Redfly Creations and become a Facebook follower there.

- To place a third entry share this contest with others by using one of the social media buttons at the bottom of the post.

- Would you like fourth entry?  That is on us.  Go right ahead!

The contest will end and the winner will be drawn on Friday, November 23rd.  

Good Luck!  I hope YOU win!




MORE ABOUT REDFLY CREATIONS

Ok, so a little about me.  I began my blog a little over a year ago as a creative outlet for all the projects that float around in my head.  Just about two years ago my husband became medically disabled.  Life has changed for us quite a bit.  You can read more about our story here.

Here are a few of my favorite projects:











Thank you so much!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pinterest Repin Party (Woot! I'm Co-Hosting!!)



I'm so excited to be co-hosing the Pinterest Repin Party hosting by The DIY Dreamer!! What a great opportunity for us all to get our projects out there!! 
 

Welcome to the Pinterest REPIN Party!!

Your host: The DIY Dreamer This week's co-hosts are: twelveOeight Love and Laundry Mommy Made Polkadot Pretties Life Created Leen Machine Paper Studio

Pinterest is a WONDERFUL tool that can bring in LOTS of traffic to your blog. Do you have a fabulous pin that you would LOVE to have repinned on Pinterest to bring in some more traffic? If so, this is the link up for you!

You get to link up your favorite pin and in return you get at least 9 repins, 7 of which will be from the hosts!!

RULES:
1- Repin the hosts Pinterest pins in the link up. (They would be the first 7 link ups) OPTIONAL (It would be greatly appreciated!) - Follow your hosts Pinterest pages: The DIY Dreamer - twelveOeight - Love and Laundry - Mommy Made - Polkadot Pretties - Life Created - Leen Machine Paper Studio 2- Link up the Pinterest url of what you would like to have repinned (only 1). (The url of your pin. Example: http://pinterest.com/pin/82894449362915069/) 3- Repin the 2 link ups before you. Feel free to repin as many as you like, I'm sure most will return the favor!!
4- Grab the button below and place it somewhere on your blog and/or share this on Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter!
 
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Have fun with the Pinterest repin PARTY!!! We can't wait to see all the pins!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weekend Wonders #15


I love this time of year! It's so fun to see what you are all sharing as we get closer to Thanksgiving! I am truly amazed by your talent!

This week's most viewed link was:

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken from The Recipe Critic. This looks yummy!!!

And a few of my favs:


These silverware pockets that Make It Easy Crafts are too cute! And perfect if you're hosing Thanksgiving!!






I luuuuuv this Little Red Dress that See Love Make made. So much talent!!






I've worked with fondant before, and I kind of stink at it! So, I can appreciate the detail that went into this adorable Minnie Mouse Cake that Amy's Cooking Adventures shared!




I think this Little Chef Attire that Sewing Our Life Together made is so cute! My daughter just had a baking party (that I will post about soon...if life ever seems to slow down!) that these would have been perfect for!

Don't forget to check the features at The Thriftiness Miss! And grab a button if you were featured!


Love and Laundry



One of my *favorite* parts about blogging is all of the amazing creativity out there in blogland! I'm so excited to see what everyone shares! Plus, since I'm co-hosting this link party, everything you share here will also be shared over at The Thriftiness Miss plus our weekly guest host. So, three blogs equals three times the exposure for your awesomeness!

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Now...on to the party. The party will be open until Wednesday at midnight and we'll both be sharing our features at the party next week. Be sure and come back then to find out if you were featured. Plus, we'll both be sharing other favorites throughout the week on our facebook pages, so if you're not already a fan, you can find me here. We'll also be pinning the features to our Weekend Wonders Pinterest Board


Weekend Wonders Guidelines...
  1. Follow your hosts: Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, RSS or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will return the favor.
  2. Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  3. Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of!
  4. Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.
  5. Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback. 
Love and Laundry

Now lets party! 

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