Friday, October 22, 2010

Skeleton Costume

Awhile back, while brainstorming costume ideas for my son... I came upon this
The minute I saw it, I knew I needed to have it-
that is until I came back to reality and realized I probably shouldn't be spending $50 on a costume.
I went back into Pottery Barn Kids a couple times to check it out (always just to torture myself) and decided that I could make it myself.
And I did. 
I found some black sweats and long sleeve shirt at Walmart for cheap
and bought 1/4 of a yard of felt @ 50% off
Grand total: $7
I used Pottery Barn's costume as a general reference, cut out some bones and hand sewed them on. Took maybe 3 hrs max and I was done!!
(I liked the look of hand sewn better- think how much quicker this would be on the machine!)

It was such a fun costume to make and looks pretty stinkin cute on

Wouldn't you say!!
We had our first Halloween activity today and got to try it out
Let the fun festivities begin!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween Pillowcase!!

I made this a couple weeks ago for a little Halloween present for my son. 
It was a breeze to make and such a fun gift to give!!
 I used the tutorial on the MADE  blog here which was fabulous.

This could also serve multiple purposes!!
When I was probably too old to go trick or treating I took my pillowcase out as my bag and I must say, you can hold way more candy when you bring one of these!!

 I ended up making another one for my son to use after Halloween! Not going to lie, I could have made twenty more they were so quick and easy. 
I'm already on the lookout for some Christmas fabric!!

 If you are looking for a fast, fun project, this is the one for you!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fall Rose Wreath

Ok a break from all the soup for a sec

I had to post this great project!
My friend showed me a wreath she had made last week 
and the minute I saw it I knew I had to make it too.
It's such a fun quick craft and perfect for the fall season
(actually, like always, I want to make one for every season!)
You can find the tutorial here
and another persons take on it here!!
{F.Y.I - For our wreaths, we used 1/4 yard yellow fleece, 1/4 yard green fleece and 1/4 yard brown felt. It was the perfect amount!!}

(just dont even mind the ridiculous amount of shine in some of these pics k!)
Happy Fall

Thursday, October 7, 2010

White Chili

Day 4
White Chili
This recipe will blow your minds, it's that good!!
You must try it out

White Chili

1-2 Tbs. olive oil

2 medium onions, chopped

1 - 4 oz can chopped green chilies

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tsp. cumin

1 1/2 tsp. oregano

4 chicken breats, cooked and shredded (I like to season the chicken with salt & pepper before I add it)

5 cups chicken broth

3 - 16 oz cans of white beans, undrained

3 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded (I like to use Peppered Monterey Jack Cheese for a little extra kick)

Saute onions, green chilies and garlic in olive oil and add spices. Combine beans, broth, and chicken with onion mixture. Stir over medium heat and gradually add the grated jack cheese. Stir until all cheese is melted and combined well with other ingredients. Heat to desired temperature.

Recipe from The Coterie- Any recipe my friend posts is delicious!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tortilla Soup

Day Three

This recipe is from my good friend and we LOVE it! 
I have craved this soup MANY times during this pregnancy-
It's just delicious!

Tortilla Soup

1 Yellow Onion
Cilantro (about 1/3 of the bundle)
1 t Minced Garlic
1 Can of Diced or Stewed Tomatoes
1/2 t Cumin
1 t Crushed Red pepper
4 C Chicken Broth
2-3 Chicken Breasts, Cooked and Shredded

Fry the sliced onion, chopped cilantro, and garlic in a little bit of oil. Puree this mixture with the tomatoes in a blender. Return the sauce to the frying and add the cumin. Simmer 5-6 minutes until the sauce thickens. In a separate pot bring the chicken broth to boil, add the red pepper, chicken and sauce (some people also add corn). Simmer 15-20 minutes to blend the flavors. Serve with tortilla chips and a little cheddar cheese on top. Or (our personal favorite) serve with quesadillas for dipping.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup
This was a delicious new recipe found here that we will for sure use again

Excellent Broccoli Cheese Soup 

Servings 6


1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1-2/3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 pound processed cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat, and mix in the flour. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Mix in the chicken stock and milk, and season with salt and white pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer about 10 minutes.
  2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place the broccoli in the boiling water, and cook 2 minutes, or until just tender. Remove from heat, drain, and set aside.
  3. Gradually mix the processed cheese and Cheddar cheese into the large pot until melted. Mix in the broccoli. Continue cooking about 5 minutes.

For this recipe I thought it would be fun to serve in these pumpkin bread bowls found over at the Idea Room. Great, easy to follow instructions and as an added bonus, they taste good too!

{I made 5 pumpkins with this dough and felt like they were perfect size for my son but about 1/4 the size soup bowl my husband and I needed. We ended up just dipping them in our soup which turned out just fine. Next time I may just make two big ones and one small.....}

Monday, October 4, 2010

Soup Week.. Day One!!

To kick off the wonderful month of October, I love having what we call Soup Week. We LOVE eating soup- so why not dedicate a week to eating it. So for the next week I will be posting some of our favorite soup recipes in hopes to get you in the fall/soup eating mood and maybe even convince you to have a soup week yourself.

Enjoy!!! And please feel free to share your favorite soup recipe. I would love to include it on the blog!!!

Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup from Zupas!!

Taco Soup
It couldn't be soup week without this soup. Our favorite taco soup recipe, one my mother in law has been using for years.  Enjoy!

Taco Soup
1 lb. hamburger, browned
1 onion chopped
1 can chili beans
1 can kidney/black/or pinto beans
1 can whole kernel corn
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 80z can tomato sauce
1 40z can diced green chillies
1 pkg Taco Seasoning
1 cup water

Combine all in slow cooker for 8hrs. Serve with Fritos, cheese and sour cream