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Footprint Casting

Wow... a lot of you were really interested in how I did the footprint castings for Ella and Liam.

This is the kit that I used with both of them.  


I thought it was easy and very forgiving.  Both my kids were not happy during the process and the castings still turned out fine.  I did have my mom help me with them though.

I would love to know if you do one for yourself!!

xxLiz

Find Your Craft Friday {Party 4}

Hey, y'all!!!
I hope you are all ready for this weekend!
Happy New Year!

I will share my craft for this week and then we'll get on with the features and link-up.

Recycled cardboard turned GIFT TAGS  (click link to see tutorial)

{Quick's Features}

Mrs. Fox's Sweets delivers Yummy Cupcake bites


The Pink Ruffle designs a Nordstrom Knock-off Bracelet 

Petites Passion crafted a Dryer Sheet Tree

SweetGirl Expressions made a Distressed Mirror Knock-off

Adventures of a DIY mom created a Fancy Dress



If you see your project, feel free to grab our featured button for your blog... If not, visit Emily at BabyBerry to see if you made her top 5!!


BabyBerry


Here are a few things that you need to know before you link up!
PARTY RULES:
  1. Please link directly to your POSTS, not your main blog. This way, visitors won't have to search through all of your posts to find what they're looking for! {NO other giveaways, link parties, or shops please}
  2. Please link posts only pertaining to your latest projects involving one or more of the following: crafts, organization, holiday traditions, decorating, recipes or any other creative ideas.
  3. Please follow your hostesses, The Quick Journey and BabyBerry
  4. Please post our FIND YOUR CRAFT FRIDAY button under your posts, so that others can join in on all of the fun!
  5. Most importantly, stop by and visit other party goers... Say Hi or leave a comment, because you know we ALL love a good comment! :)
  6. Come back next week to see if we chose YOUR link as one of our TOP FIVE!
 Ready to join in?
Grab a button and HAVE FUN!!

BabyBerry

*Once again, please don't link up your giveaways, link parties, or shops... All of these will be removed.
Thanks!

{Quick} Christmas 2011 Recap

Christmas Eve Tradition:  Christmas Jammies!!!


Christmas Eve Reading:  Jesus' Birth and Humphrey's First Christmas (great book!)
(liam trying to escape reading time to test Santa's cookies)

Christmas Morning:  Presents, Homemade Breakfast Scones, Church


We hope you had a great Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!


xxLiz

Footprints

I love these ornaments. 
You can see every crease and wrinkle in my babes' baby feet.
They were cast within their first month of breathing.
(ella's tiny foot)

(liam's rather large foot)

This was their Christmas present for their first Christmas with us.
I adore them and look at them often when the tree is up.
I'm glad that I didn't let the exhaustion and crazy post-pregnancy hormones keep me from 
casting my babies' feet.

A true keepsake...

xxLiz


Whole Wheat Bread and Treats {Recipe}

I have been on the hunt for the perfect bread recipe that I can actually get to turn out.
Let's be honest... that is tough.

I have researched and tried my hand at many recipes.
Most have turned out dense and literally feel like a brick.
I have thrown a lot of dough away... sigh.

Not.Any.More!
I have finally succeeded at making the prefect bread from scratch with freshly milled flour made by my WonderMill Grain Mill- Yum!

It might not look like much in that pic- but, trust... it is heavenly!

And, so are the cinnamon rolls that I made with the dough as well (recipe makes 2 loaves, or a loaf and then dough for cinnamon rolls).
  
Here is the recipe taken from DreaWood:

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup hot water
1/3 cup oil (I use coconut oil, but canola would work fine)
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp. salt (I use sea salt)
1 egg (optional)
2 Tbs. Lecithin
1 tsp. gluten (optional)
4 – 4 1/2 cup freshly milled flour
1 tbs. Yeast

*Combine the water, oil, honey, salt and egg into a large bowl. Once stirred mix in the lecithin, gluten and half the flour. Mix well. 
*Add yeast in next and enough flour to make a soft dough. 
*Knead dough until it forms a nice firm ball.  I had to knead for 5 minutes, by hand (cover hands with flour).
*Once dough is formed into a ball, place into a sprayed bowl – and let it rise until doubled.

Drea's Tip: If you pre-heat your oven to 170F (or the lowest temp possible) – and allow for it to heat your oven a bit, it will help with the rising process. Just be sure to CUT THE OVEN OFF, while the dough is in the oven rising… you don’t want it getting to hot.
Once the dough doubles (this took me about an hour, or so) – take out of bowl, knead down again on floured surface… split the ball into two pieces… placing one piece back into the bowl.
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Loaf Bread:
I put one ball (shaped like a loaf) in a greased loaf pan and let it rise again for another 45- 60 minutes in the warm oven.
Once it rose a little more I set the oven for 350 and baked for around 25-30 minutes.  Enjoy!

Cinnamon Rolls:
I rolled the other half of the dough out into a oval shape.  Cover in melted butter, sugar, brown sugar, and  cinnamon.  Roll into a jellyroll and slice.  Place in a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Let rise until doubled and bake for 30 minutes in 350 oven.  Enjoy!

Wow!  That was a long post!

xxLiz






Christmas {Traditions}

The kids and I made sugar cookies to share with our close family and friends.  
They helped me roll and cut the cookie dough.
I rolled the "good" cookies that we would deliver to our peeps,
while they played with the extras.


I seem to have forgotten to take pics of the final products.  
Disappointing...




We all had fun making the little treats.  Ella took her time rolling and cutting carefully, while Liam man-handled his dough.  

Next year, it's back to gingerbread houses!!!!

xxLiz


MIA

Life has been crazy, busy at my house to say the least.
I have been cleaning, purging old toys that are neglected, and baking.  
(ella's gingerbread house from last year)

I was talking with a friend about how when we were young it seemed
as if Christmas arrived so slowly, 
but when you have a million presents to buy/make and food to prepare...
as an adult you could use a few more days. 

(below are pics of the kids from last year... haven't taken pics this year.  guess i better get on it!)



I am always ready for Christmas once September is over. 
I really could skip Halloween.
But, once the special day is here...
the wait is always worth it. :)

xxLiz

Find Your Craft Friday~ No. 3

Hey there, friends!
Can you believe we're so close to CHRISTMAS!?!

It's amazing...

Here are my FYCF Features from last week. 
There were so many wonderful link-ups.
Check it out...

{Quick's Top 5 FEATURES}


Snowman Cookies from Mrs. Fox's Sweets


Pillowcase dress and leggings from Fancy Frugal Life


Christmas Ball Art from 52 Mantels


Jingle Bell Ornaments from Turtles and Tails



Glamorous Trees from Bella Nest


If you see your project, feel free to grab our featured button for your blog... If not, visit Emily at BabyBerry to see if you made her top 5!!

BabyBerry


Here are a few things that you need to know before you link up!
PARTY RULES:
  1. Please link directly to your POSTS, not your main blog. This way, visitors won't have to search through all of your posts to find what they're looking for! {NO other giveaways, link parties, or shops please}
  2. Please link posts only pertaining to your latest projects involving one or more of the following: crafts, organization, holiday traditions, decorating, recipes or any other creative ideas.
  3. Please follow your hostesses, The Quick Journey and BabyBerry
  4. Please post our FIND YOUR CRAFT FRIDAY button under your posts, so that others can join in on all of the fun!
  5. Most importantly, stop by and visit other party goers... Say Hi or leave a comment, because you know we ALL love a good comment! :)
  6. Come back next week to see if we chose YOUR link as one of our TOP FIVE!
 Ready to join in?
Grab a button and HAVE FUN!!


BabyBerry

*Once again, please don't link up your giveaways, link parties, or shops... All of these will be removed.
Thanks!

Giveaway at The Pink Ruffle

Headband Giveaway!!!

at 



Go check it out and enter to win!!!

xxLiz

Hazelaid {Natural Living}

I have struggled with eczema ever since I was a freshman in college.  
I get it on my hands and the first time I had an outbreak, I thought it was poison ivy.
Eventually, I went to the clinic to have them give me something for the rash.
It was then that I learned I had eczema.  

(yes... i colored my hair for winter.  i needed a change.)

For me, it is brought on by stress and dry, cold weather.  
Lotions do not help me.
I have to use a strong, prescription cream to take care of it (which I don't like using).   

(check out my Hazelaid necklace)

I was really excited when I heard of a company, Hazelaid, that creates jewelry that helps heal eczema.


They sent me a necklace for myself and Liam (he has eczema, too) to try out and see if it helps us.


To be honest, they are pretty cute and Liam doesn't seem to be bothered by his at all.
He had a patch of eczema on his cheek and within 24 hours it was almost gone...
Serious!


If you want to check Hazelaid out, click their button on my right sidebar and see for yourself.
They help heal a lot of different ailments... even teething pains for littles.
Check them out!!

Enter Quick10 at checkout to get 10% off your entire purchase!!

Happy Healing...

xxLiz

Homemade Crescent Rolls {Recipe}

It's no secret that I'm in love with crescent rolls.  I could eat an entire package of those little rolls.  
The only problem is they are processed and simply not good for you.  
With that being said, I stumbled upon this recipe from How Does She? and decided to give it a try.


Those are my rolls pictured above and they were 100times better than any refrigerated crescent rolls.  
They were easy to make and I froze about 30 rolls to pull out as needed and enjoy.  



We enjoyed ours with yummy, homemade chicken noodle soup.  The roll pictured above was pulled out of the oven a tad early because I had a hungry little man on my hands. :)

I hope you try the recipe...

xxLiz

Perfect Peppermint Patties

I love Christmas, and I love peppermint patties.  With that being said, Christmas time is when I make my homemade peppermint patties.  If you like patties... stay tuned and check out this simple recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 9 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons shortening

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and extract until smooth. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating well.


Roll into balls and place on parchment paper (on cookie sheet) and refrigerate for several hours.


Once chilled, flatten the patties and refrigerate for a few more hours.

Now comes the fun part...

Melt your chocolates and crisco until nice and creamy.
Dip your patties in and place back on parchment paper to firm up.  
Refrigerate until ready to eat. 



Don't they look yummy?  
Enjoy!

xxLiz

Johnny In A Dress

Make sure you go visit Natalie over at Johnny In A Dress.  
She is giving away one of my headbands!!!

WonderMill {Review}

I have been interested in milling my own wheat and making bread for my family.  
Needless to say, it was a HUGE blessing when I received a WonderMill Grain Mill to review for 


Let me start off by giving you a few details about this machine:
*It is electric (no hand cranking going on here)
*It mills the wheat to the perfect consistency
*It is almost a 'whisper' when it is milling the wheat berries


  The flour is so nice and warm... fabulous to bake with!

I even had a little helper with the bread.


And, then there is the reward for the "Little Red Hen" that worked so diligently.
{fyi: I shared with my family}

The bread was so yummy with a hint of honey. 

This whole process was really easy and actually very rewarding.
The kids have been eating a slice of bread every day and are LOVING it!

Thank you WonderMill for the amazing grain mill!!!

xxLiz

Bread recipe to be posted soon