I am thinking about handpainting a wood heart in a filligree pattern for a corner of the the banner, but that will be something I will have to buy onmy next trip to the craft store.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I completed a project! Whoo Hoo! I really wanted to make a crepe paper wreath for Valentine's Day. After I take my Christmas wreath down, my door is bare until Easter. I decided that I woukd like to make a wreath for every holiday that I don't currently have. I found this super easy crepe paper wreath tutorial on Simple Sage Designs. I just picked some colors that I prefer and wa-la!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
We originally had lots of plans today including a basketball game of Scoop's, some antiquing for me, and a craft project with Doodle in the evening. Plans kinda changed last night when Scoop started puking. Yuck, yuck, yuck. Doodle came home from a sleep over complaining of a sore throat and is now running a slight fever. Flu season stinks!
Stacy's Favorite Vegetable Beef Soup
Stacy's Favorite Vegetable Beef Soup
- 1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat , cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 cups beef broth
- 3 cups v 8 vegetable juice
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1 onion , finely chopped
- 1 stalk celery , chopped
- 2 carrots , peeled and sliced
- 2 russet potatoes , peeled and cubed
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 cups cabbage , chopped
- 1 (14 ounce) can corn , drained
- 1 (14 ounce) can cut green beans , drained
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 beef bouillon cubes
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- Heat vegetable oil in a large stew pot. Add the stew meat and thoroughly brown on all sides. Add red wine and deglaze pot, stirring in all the brown bits on the bottom until the wine is reduced by at least 1/2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and saute for about 5 minutes longer.
- Dump in all the other ingredients and stir well.
- Bring to almost a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let simmer (almost bubbling), covered with the lid slightly ajar, 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until all vegetables are tender.
- Add more salt and pepper to taste, if desired, and discard the bay leaf.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Yes, thanks to Pininterest, my creative juices are flowing. I have spent most of my day today trying to mentally organize all the projects I want to do. To feel less overwhelmed, I have made a list of my top three to accomplish in the next week or so.
- I am in the middle of planning a dinner party with four of my very close girlfriends. The cooking part is easy. I want my menu to consist of lasagna, with my homemade, fresh noodles, Italian wedding soup, salad, bread, wine, and of course dessert. Dessert may be birthday cake because two of the girls are celebrating birthdays in February. This dinner menu is one I am quite comfortable with, so I can focus my attention of the pretty kind of details. My big plan is to make my table beautiful. In my mind, my color scheme is red and gold. It is, after all, the month of love. I have a gorgeous dining room table and I have gotten out of the habit of using that room for how it was originally intended, so this weekend I have made plans with my friend to go antique and thrift shopping to make the table B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! Some items on my search list are tall glass candy jars with lids to use for my table setting and unique printed red and gold plates. I am hoping for some great finds.
- For my second project, my 10-year-old daughter, Doodle is going to be thirlled in helping me with. I have always loved beautiful door wreaths. My goal this year to to make one for every holiday season. First up is this "too cute" Valentine's day wreath. Its a crepe paper wreath that I found on Little Tipsy. She has included all of the step-by-step instructions. She even noted that the she made the accessories deattachable so the wreath can be used for other "red" holidays like the Patriotic Holidays and Christmas. Is that not genius!
- My third project is to finish the small antique buffet table that I began stripping back in late summer. Once the kids went back to school in September, my days went back to chaos. Since I am in Michigan the weather cooled, I admit the project has been stalled. The table is just sitting in the garage begging for some love. I have to take advantage of the warmer days ahead to complete this project. I could well use this storage is my dining room and it will be a beautiful addition to it!
So, there you have it, that is my top three creative project list. I have tons of other ideas and projects that I have placed on the back burner. I will continue to "pin" my my board to do at a later date. I swear, my new love for Pininterest has simply lit my creative spirit once again, even if I am overwhelmed with all the fantastic ideas!. This blog is my little way of sorting it all out and inspiring me to get it done.