Friday, February 5, 2016

Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup



Nothing is better on a cold winter's night than a good, hearty soup. This black bean soup uses a slow-cooker so you don't have to worry about soaking the beans overnight. Just place everything in your crockpot in the morning and the beans will be nice and soft by dinner time. It is also full of flavor without being spicy.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shotgun Shell Necklace


If you or a family member are an avid hunter or just into shooting sports, odds are you have a bunch of spent shotgun shells laying around. If you can't reload them, try upcycling them into a necklace!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Bacon Wrapped Deer Tenderloin


Whenever we eat something new, my husband almost always says, "Is it the best _______ you ever laid your lips on?" Well this deer tenderloin is definitely the best! Shelby got it from one of the guys he works with at the welding shop. I swear a redneck man could be incapable of making himself something as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich but you put a piece of wild game in front of him and he becomes a gourmet chef! ;) This recipe makes the venison perfectly moist and tender with hardly any of the usual gamey flavor.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Mini Burlap Wreath


Continuing with the rustic Christmas style, I made some cute mini burlap wreaths!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Pallet Wood Christmas Countdown


In December little kids (and overgrown ones) often start every day by asking how many more until Christmas. So it can be helpful to have a countdown calendar so you don't have to calculate it every morning. This pallet wood countdown goes perfectly with rustic Christmas decor. Even if you don't want to make a countdown, this tutorial can be helpful to make other pallet wood signs. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Cinnamon Spice Ornaments


Cinnamon spice ornaments are a classic. They make your home smell amazing work with any decorating style. They look particularly great with a rustic or primitive tree. 

Since they are made with edible ingredients they are safe for little ones to work with. My guys (both the little one and my husband) proved this when they decided to try a bite of the dough because it smelled so good. Haha! Apparently it doesn't taste terrible.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Eggnog Crumb Cake


This delicious crumb cake is like coffee cake fused with eggnog. A perfect treat for breakfast on Christmas morning!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pecan Pie Cheesecake


Just in time for Thanksgiving, here is a delicious recipe for Pecan Pie Cheesecake! It goes great with Pumpkin Cheesecake and is the perfect end to your family meal. 

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get this post up in time because I have been busy getting ready for my very first craft show! It is less than two weeks away and I am really starting to freak out! Every spare moment until show will be spent crafting away. Hopefully I will be able to finish everything in time and people will like my work enough to buy a bunch of stuff 'cause we got serious medical bills to pay y'all. On the plus side, regardless of how the show goes, I will have tons of projects to share very soon. :)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

FREE 2016 Printable Planner


I first created this printable planner for August 2014 - July 2015 and it was so popular that people requested pages for August 2015 - December 2015. Since then, I have had additional requests for a 2016 Calendar. I had hoped to make this available sooner but I switched software programs which made updating the planner more complicated. Then my son had some health issues that required surgery and pushed me into a long blogging hiatus. Now life is returning to our new "normal" and I am back to blogging. Better late than never, right? Anyway, here are updated calendar pages for 2016! Sometime soon I hope to share some pages that allow you to enter the dates yourself so that you can continue to use this calendar even if I am not able to update it for subsequent years. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hot Wheel Pincushion


Want to make your sewing space a little more fun? Try turning a Hot Wheel into a pincushion! This would also make a cute gift for the sewers in your life. :)