Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Swapping: Save Money and Clear Clutter

As we have been simplifying one of the hardest areas has been our book collection. My husband and I are both avid readers and we have gotten attached to many books in our collection. We were able to get it down from four bookcases to two but the trouble is in keeping the collection from growing again. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chicken Fried Rice

I've never been a huge fan of chicken fried rice - that is until I made some at home. Oh. My. Goodness. It is amazing! This is one of my new favorite recipes and it is super easy! Typically this is served as a side dish but really it makes a great main dish too because it has meat, veggies, and rice. So it's like an Asian casserole. Or "hot dish" if you are from Minnesota. ;)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pac-Man Coasters

Alright, so in the past I have used perler beads to make Super Mario Coasters and Minecraft Coasters. Now it is time for some Pac-Man! I kept it simple with just Pac-Man and some ghosts but you could also make the fruit if you need a larger set.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Christmas Creep

Like it or not, it has started already. Christmas countdowns have begun popping up on Facebook. Netflix has added new Christmas movies. Pintrest is plastered with holiday crafts and recipes. In as little as a week stores will begin stocking their shelves with santas and snowmen.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Freezable Banana Mini Muffins

I made up a few batches of these to put in the freezer and they have been great for a quick breakfast on busy school mornings or as a snack when I am in the mood for something a little sweet. Just pop however many you want in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and you have a nice banana muffin that tastes like it just came out of the oven. You could make these in a regular size muffin tin as well but I like the mini muffins because they heat evenly and I can use my cookie scoop to easily fill the tin evenly. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Minimalism and Craft Blogging

Minimalism is about getting down to just the necessities while craft blogging tends to be about creating excess items. How can these two lifestyles co-exist? As I mentioned in my update about our journey towards simple living, my blogging has been pretty sporadic lately and that was mostly because I was confused by how our new semi-minimalist lifestyle could coincide with craft blogging. The two are kind of on opposite sides of the spectrum. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fried Green Tomatoes

The other day I fried up some green tomatoes for the first time. Why? Because this is the South and apparently we fry everything down here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Super Mario Coin Bank

Just a few months ago I shared a tutorial for a Super Mario Savings Bank using a cardboard box and colored paper. That one worked well and was really cheap to make but I decided that I wanted something smaller and I really like the look of perler beads for 8-bit projects so I made another bank. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

FREE 2014-2015 Printable Planner

While getting the house organized I decided that it was time to consolidate all of my calendars, lists, and paper work. I searched all over the internet and every planner that I found was either too expensive or didn't have all of the features that I wanted. So I decided to make my own and I am sharing all of my files with you in case you want to make one too!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Simple Living

It has been awhile since I updated you on our home life..or much of anything really. My blogging has been pretty sporadic for awhile now but I will get to that another day. Our journey towards simplicity has brought us so much peace and happiness. This last year and a half has taught us a lot about what is really important to us and what direction we want our lives to take.