What I Made This Week

I hope everyone has enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend!  Can I use Easter as an excuse for not cooking much?  Well, technically not “cooking” anything at all, unless you count microwaving bacon.

I did whip up a delicious wrap sandwich, however.

VIA Peace Love and Low Carb

These low carb Turkey Club Pinwheels from Peace Love and Low Carb were a great lunch.  They had a very mild flavor and would suit many palettes.  I made them twice last week and the first time I stuck strictly to the recipe.  The second time I used blue cheese dressing instead of Ranch.  This upped the flavor profile a bit.  I would also consider adding something with a hint of spice, like banana peppers, maybe.  I like these because you can use your imagination and make lots of different combos.

Ok, but my favorite thing about these was the fact that I made them at work and I cooked the bacon in the MICROWAVE!  People, I had no idea that in 40 seconds bacon can go from being completely raw to completely cooked.  Does anyone know how dangerous this is??  Here is the scenario playing out in my head. I feel like a snack.  Peruse fridge.  Find a packet of bacon.  Throw a couple or six pieces in the microwave.  Eat. Repeat.  I know bacon is low carb and paleo and everything, but that doesn’t trick me into thinking it’s actually healthy to eat something that exudes that much grease while cooking.  It is an “in moderation” thing, right?  I’m going to need to develop some serious will power or destroy all microwaves in a five mile radius.

I can’t wait to test out more recipes from Peace Love and Low Carb.  What’s your favorite wrap combo?

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Pom Pom Pencils

 

I’m so excited to share this post with you. I know I love this blog because I was totally exhausto tonight when I got home at 8pm after my adorable nephew’s birthday party and then had to finish homework and clean up the Easter grass from yesterday’s wreath.  I told myself I would take a night off.  But I’ve written and published 69 posts and I haven’t missed a night (Sun-Thurs) since I recommitted to the blog a few months ago.  And when I remembered I was going to make these sweet Pom Pom pencils and share them with the world (ok the 10-20 of you who visit, anyway!), I got energized and sat down to work.

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Who wouldn’t want a pack of those in their Easter basket?  Huh, huh???  I totally love them.  Here is the inspiration:

Pom-Pom Pencils

So cute, right?  But, $12 for a set of six, I think, is a bit steep!  I thought even I could DIY those puppies.

Here’s what you need:

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That’s a pack of mini colored pencils (mine are from Target and were about $5), some embroidery floss (I already had a bunch so this was free), some scissors, a glue gun and pretend there is some Elmer’s Glue in that picture.

First thing you will do is make a pom pom.  Coordinate your embroidery floss with your pencils however you would like. I went with sort of a monochromatic/ombre feel, but the inspiration pencils are contrasting colors.  Wait, you don’t know how to make a pom pom?  Oh, you poor creature!  I have instructions here and here.  You will use one finger for these small pom poms and you will wrap 50 times instead of  100.  Once you’ve fluffed up your completed pom pom, hot glue that baby to the top your pencil.

Hey, you’re halfway done!  Next, pick where on your pencil you would like to wrap your embroidery floss.  All the way at the top?  Toward the bottom?  In the middle?  I did a few different spots on different pencils.  I would only suggest not wrapping the floss all the way at the bottom because you may want to someday sharpen your pencil a little.  Lightly coat the pencil with Elmer’s glue where you’ve chosen to wrap your embroidery floss.  You don’t need a lot.  Less is more here. If you want to add a little more as you’re wrapping, you can, but you don’t want there to be too much glue gettin’ all messy and gluey. Know what I’m sayin’?

Guess what? You’re done!  Whoo hoo!  Here are several pictures of mine just cause I’m happy I got some decent shots.

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Make these pencils, will ya??

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Easter Wreath

I found the absolute cutest Spring/Easter Wreath today on The Winthrop Chronicles link up party. The wreath that was featured is from CC McAfee Perspective which is my new favorite blog.  I saw the picture of the wreath and thought, “I love it, but it looks way too hard for me.  What even is that made of??”.  I pinned it anyway.  It kept popping into my mind throughout the day and I went back to take a second look at it.  When I saw there was a video tutorial, I figured it must be impossible, but I watched it anyway.  Guess what, it was SOOOOO easy.  But, of course, Carolyn was probably some super pro blogger who was totally crafty and just made it look easy.  Here’s her masterpiece:

How adorable is that??  It’s not often that something moves me to go out to Michael’s on my lunch break and buy the materials for a project, but this one did.  I HAD to have that wreath.

I’m not going to give instructions because you have to watch this video because in addition to the instructions, this woman is just adorable and totally likeable.  So, please, go watch her and then spend four hours looking at her blog.

I will give a couple of tips that I found helpful:

1.  Those little floral pin thingies kind of hurt if they don’t go in easily on the first try.  I actually cushioned my hand with an unopened bag of Easter grass.  I bet you can think of something better.

2.  Easter grass is super messy.  This is not a tip, just a fact.  Be prepared to clean it up.  Especially if you have cats as my husband just reminded me that cats love eating that and then puking it up.  Oops.

Here is my pretty much exact replica except that I don’t know how to make a bow so I did a cluster of Easter eggs:

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Cute, right?  And I don’t think I mentioned that it took, like 15 minutes, max. This is one for the non-crafty Momma’s out there.( Gotta paint that door.  Add it to the list.)

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Mother’s Day Deals at The Loft

If you follow along on the old blog, you might remember that just last week I warned the shopping gods that I was on a hiatus and not to tempt me with any more ridiculous coupons.  Well, guess what showed up in my inbox today?

NEW ARRIVALS

Yup.  So not fair.  But, of course, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so I thought I would share what I would by for myself or for any of the other mothers in my life.  The Loft is great because it really has items that are appropriate for almost any age and they even have maternity clothes, so you could do one stop shopping and get a bargain.  Here are my picks:

Cast Petal Stretch BraceletGemstone Clutch

 

 

Twisted Cast Stone Stretch BraceletMixed Stripe Scarf

Multi Cabochon Chain BraceletFloating Cast Stone Bangle Set | Loft

 

What mother would not want one or all of these?

Cast Petal Bracelet - $11.99 after Coupon Code

Gemstone Clutch - $26.99 after Coupon Code

Twisted Cast Stone Stretch Bracelet – $8.93 after Coupon Code

Mixed Stripe Scarf  - $14.93 after Coupon Code

Multi Cabochon Chain Bracelet - $8.93 after Coupon Code

Floating Cast Stone Bangle Bracelet – $24.99 after Coupon Code

                                 Essential Scoop Neck TeeCotton Tank | Loft

These tanks and tees come in tons of colors and they are just $9.90 a pop after the coupon code!

This Beach Pom Pom Stripe Pareo could work as a scarf or a cover up at the beach.  A double duty item for the low, low price of $14.93 after coupon code.

 

Don’t forget the mom’s to be on Mother’s Day!

Maternity Lace Inlay Boatneck Tee  - $17.93 after Coupon Code

Now, a word of advice, get on these sales fast, because stuff sells out quick!!!!

P.S. to anyone in my family who might want to get me a present, I am in love with the first bracelet and the pom pom pareo.

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What I Made This Week

I attempted some Paleo/Low Carb snacks this week.  Two were a success and one was a fail.

 

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Low Carb Deviled Eggs

(I’ve googled whether or not mustard and mayo are considered Paleo, and the jury seems to be out on mustard, but the consensus on mayo is that it is indeed Paleo)

6 Eggs

2T Mayonnaise

1T Dijon Mustard

1.  Boil eggs for 12 minutes until hard boiled

2.  Allow eggs to cool.  To speed this process and to keep your yolks nice and yellow, submerge them in cold water.

3.  Slice eggs in half lengthwise

4.  Scoop out the yolks into a small bowl

5.  Add the Mayonnaise and the Dijon Mustard to the yolks and mix until smooth and creamy

6.  Spoon the yolk mixture back into the egg white

These were yummy and they really are pretty easy to make.

"Fried" Honey Banana... seriously been eating this like every night for my dessert and in love. only honey, banana and cinnamon and ALL good...

The other success was the Fried Honey Bananas I posted on Friday’s favorites post.  These were delicious and sweet.  I basically followed the recipe just as it is on Rachel Schultz.  I did slice the bananas thinner than pictured because I thought that would make them crispier.  It just made them difficult to flip in the frying pan, so slice them to the thickness you see in the picture.  Even sliced too thin, these were still a great sweet snack.  Try these.

And the failure was an attempt at sweet potato chips. I failed in the execution because I didn’t have a mandolin to slice the potatoes with, but I still got them sliced very thinly using a vegetable peeler.  In addition to the failure of execution, they also just didn’t taste very good.  I may try them again but fry them instead of baking.

What did you make this week??

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My Faves This Week!

You know sometimes you’re in a rut or having a bad day and then one thing just captures your attention and gives you a blast of inspiration?  This was it for me this week:

use a curved shower rod for window treatment. gorgeous

Brilliant!  And gorgeous.  Love it.

Colorful Home Accents And Decor - Paint Color Ideas And Home Decor - Redbook

Great place to add a pop of color, the inside of the door.  Interesting.

... -Home Decor

I love this moody wall.

"Fried" Honey Banana... seriously been eating this like every night for my dessert and in love. only honey, banana and cinnamon and ALL good for you. They're amazing crispy goodness by themselves, or give a nice upgrade sprinkled over french toast or a peanut butter banana sandwich

Maybe this banana recipe will murder my sweet tooth once and for all.

Paleo Snacks on-the-go Ideas  Who Says Fast Cant Be Healthy?. http://dietplan-paleo.com/

I have such a hard time controlling snacking.  I’ll have to try some of these.

Quick & Healthy One Dish Dinner: Baked Salmon & Vegetables via momendeavors.com. #paleo #recipes

Mmm.  I would eat that.

THE WORLD'S BEST CHICKEN. Others have called it, “So Good it Can’t Be Described, Explosion on Your Taste Buds Chicken. so, so yummy and easy

I love brussel sprouts.

incredible paleo brownies! after over a year of cooking 100% paleo, this is the FIRST thing my non-paleo hubby said tasted like the "real" thing!

I will try every healthy brownie recipe until I find one that tastes good.  That is my oath to you.

Work outfit

This is adorable and would work on lots of different body types.

Denim jacket coral tank white pants nude heels - not sure I could do white pants with my little kiddos dirty hands always on me, but I like the idea of it!

This is so simple.  It’s basically white jeans, a t-shirt and a denim jacket.

Beach waves. Short hair.

Love that hair.

The most incredible self tanner! She tried all of them and the best one will shock you!

 

It’s time to start thinking about sunless tans, ladies!!

And your weekly funnies:

Yep

 

This is too funny!

that explains so much...