“Handmade Tuesdays” with Ladybug Blessings


Have you met Kristen at Ladybug Blessings?  I’m a HUGE fan of hers, and her cute little blog. Last summer, when I was researching ideas for Natalie’s ladybug party, her blog came up on Google search.  She exudes Christ in all she does, and each week she hosts Handmade Tuesdays.  
Anyway….fast forward to now.  I started linking to her party awhile ago {whenever I had anything crafty to link up}, and now I’m sharing her party with you each Tuesday.

Each week, you”ll find her link party code here on My Favorite Finds.  
So, go ahead and link up your projects below.  Next Tuesday, I’ll choose my favorites to feature.  Will it be you?!  

Menu Plan {March 4}

Yay!!! It’s finally March, and we had a few tastes of spring weather wise. We even broke out the grill one evening!

When menu planning, I’ve been trying something new. I’ve been planning at least two meals around what we already have. Then I formulate my grocery list with items to stock up on and a few things I’ll need for the recipes I have coming up.

Here’s our menu for this week:
Sunday: Pizza Night
Monday/Tuesday: Lefovers {boring, I know, but we had a lot this time}
Wednesday: Chicken & Dumplings
Thursday: Chicken Scampi {this was SO good. I can’t wait to share it with you}/Pasta/Broccoli
Friday: Grilled Hamburgers/Tater Tots/Green Beans
Saturday: Dinner out
What works for you in menu planning?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!  

Linked to :  Menu Plan Monday

Hoo Are You? {St. Patrick’s Edition}

Hoo Are You? {St. Patrick's Edition}

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This week’s “Hoo Are You?”  Questions…..

What are some of your favorite green foods?  

Avocados, Broccoli, Salad, Cucumbers



Do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day?
No, I don’t.  I don’t really decorate a lot, seasonally, between Christmas and Easter.

Do you have Irish in  you? 
Nope.  All German, baby.

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
Yes, but for a different reason.  It’s my mother-in-law’s birthday :).

Use one word that represents the word LUCK in your life.

L~Laughter

U~Uber fun

C~Caring

K~Kitchen

Must Try Monday {Avocado Salad}

Welcome to Must Try Monday!  The weekly link party where you can share your favorite recipes…those that everyone “must try”.  To link up, please to the following:

1.  Include a Must Try Monday OR a text link back to My Favorite Finds.  {if you need help with this, let me know :)}
2.  Please link directly to the recipe you are sharing.
3.  Please know that I appreciate you sharing every week {and you might be featured!}

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Avocado is something I LOVE when in a restaurant, and when others cook with it.  I, on the other hand, never bought an avocado until just the other day.  I bought it with the intention of throwing it in with some fresh ingredients to serve as a dip with tortilla chips.  Oh my…it was wonderful!

I just wish that I could find a way to keep the avocados from browning, because when I ate it the day after, they were brown.   Any tips?  They still tasted fine, but didn’t look near as fresh.  
Avocado Salad
Ingredients:
2 avocados, peeled and diced
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 1/2 cups corn {I used frozen}
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 red pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Juice of one lime
1/4 cup EVOO
2-3 Tablespoons lemon juice
Directions:
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, and stir well.  Right before serving, add the avocados.  Serve with chips, or add to tacos/fajitas. 

This was so good, I ate it for lunch for two more days.  I actually ate it with a fork, like a salad, because it was so awesome.
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Friday’s Finds {Pasta Dishes}

We all love some pasta!  Even in the age of eating gluten free, there are some great options out there.  Here are my pasta dish pins that I am sharing on this week’s “Friday’s Finds”.

Giada’s Chicken in Lemon Cream

Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta

Smoked Mozzarella and Chicken Penne

Copycat Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica

Lemon Garlic Spaghetti

Have you been giving some foods you’ve pinned a try?  You should!  You’ll be so glad you did!


Linked to:  Joy in My Kitchen

Must Try Monday {The Features}

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Every Thursday, I post features from this week’s Must Try Monday link party.  Must Try Monday is an opportunity to share your favorite recipes that others “must try”.  If you were featured, grab a button from below and show off yourself!  Thanks so much to everyone who links up each week!

Letters on Canvas

Letters on Canvas

These letters that have been in Natalie’s room have been redone so many times.  Thank heavens for spray paint!  They are just simple wood letters from Michael’s.  They’ve been painted lime green and mounted on the front of her knickknack shelf, most recently painted bright magenta and embellished with buttons.

We hung them, with ribbon, above her closet.  Yet, I wasn’t pleased with how they looked.  It was really hard to get them to line up and look right.  So, I took them down to redo them…again.

I apologize for the bad angle on the top picture.  I have hung them, obviously, but I couldn’t get a good picture of them hung up.  

Supplies:
*Wood letters
*8×10 canvases
*Paint
*Hot glue
*Ribbon
*Command Strips

Directions:

1.  Paint your letters and let them dry.

2.  Next, paint your canvases.  In our case, I painted them black because her room is bright pink and steel gray.  The black canvases really pop against the gray wall.

3.  Embellish your letters with buttons, glitter, stickers, etc.  I had hot glued buttons on them to coordinate with the button monogram she has on the opposing wall.

4.  Next, hot glue an 8 inch strip of ribbon at the top, on the back of your letters.  This will be attached to the underside of the canvas.

5.  Hot glue your letters to the canvas, lining them up with the bottom edge.  I did mine landscape style and lined them up with the bottom edge so I knew they’d all be even.

6.  Next, take the ribbon and hot glue it to the back of the canvas, so it looks like the letters are “hanging” on it.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, even lengths because no one is going to see it.

7.  Attach some command strips to the canvas and hang it!

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Eleven Questions of Randomness

Last week, I got two emails from two of my favorite bloggers-Amy @ One Artsy Mama and Blythe @ Desperate Craftwives.  


They tagged me in a game of “Blog Tag”, posing random open ended questions to answer.  Then, in turn, I tag 11 other bloggers in this game. They both had awesome questions…and I really wanted to participate in both of their “tags”.  So, I chose 5 questions from Blythe and 6 from Amy to answer for your reading enjoyment today.  


At the end of the post, I’ve tagged 11 other bloggers {so hard to choose when there are so many I love}, to answer 11 questions that I’ve posed.  

RULES

**You must post the rules {?!}

**Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you & then create 11 questions to ask the people you’ve tagged

**Tag 11 people and link them in your post

**Let them know you have tagged them


From Blythe @ Desperate Craftwives
If you could drive any car, what would it be?

An Audi, Q7.

If you had one day where you were the only person on Earth, and everyone would be back the next day, how would you spend it?

I would spend it at home probably.  I know that sounds strange, but I think it would be eerie to be out and about with no one around!  I would craft and scrapbook all day.  

What is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry.  I think because I loved teaching it to my eighth graders.  Also, because the idea of a utopia and the consequences of such a world are so intriguing to me.  

What do you consider your greatest talent?

Encouraging others is probably my greatest talent.


What is your greatest personal goal?

My greatest personal goal is to raise my children to be confident, loving parents and spouses, and to be the best wife possible.

From Amy @ One Artsy Mama…..

If you could have coffee with any one person, living or not, who would it be?

I would have coffee with my sister, Kristin.  

What talent do you wish you had?

I wish I could sing.  I’ve always wished for this talent.  

If you won the lottery {mega-millions}, what would you do with the money?

Pay our house off, support our church financially for 10 years, fund our children’s college educations, give some to our parents, and go on vacation!

Which superpower would you choose: the ability to fly, the ability to read minds, or x-ray vision, and why?

Ability to read minds.  I would choose this because I like it when people are genuine with me. If they’re not being genuine, I’d be able to tell in their thoughts.  


If you could close your eyes right now and be anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Disney World


If you could only eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Anything peanut butter and chocolate.
 


My Eleven Random Questions:

1.  Who is the most memorable teacher you ever had?  Why?
2.  What is the most enjoyable thing your family has done together?
3.  What historical figure would you like to be?  Why?
4.  What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
5.  If you could trade lives with someone you know, who would it be?  Why?
6.  What did you want to be when you grew up?  Is it anything like what you are now?
7.  What is your prized possession?  What meaning does it hold?
8.  What cartoon character best describes you?
9.  What is the most creative thing you’ve made?
10.  What kind of grandparent do you think you’ll be?
11.  When have you felt the most loved?


Tagging the following because I know they’ll have something GREAT to say:

Kristine @ The Foley Fam
I would encourage you to stop by these ladies’ blogs sometime soon. They all have wonderful stuff going on!


Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {Monograms}

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {Monograms}

Welcome to Wednesday Pinterest Favorites!  Each week, I pick a theme, and share with YOU my favorite pins in that theme.  This week is MONOGRAMS!

My first monogram decor I made were these photo collages of Matthew and Lucas.  I had SUCH fun picking out pictures of these cute {handsome} guys, and reliving some of their early years.  They just turned nine last week!

Now, these collages of their first eight years of life hang on their bedroom wall.  LOVE!

Monograms are so much fun, aren’t they?  They add such a personal touch to ANYTHING in your home!  I love decorating with monograms, and this week my Pinterest favorites are several I’ve pinned to try and make.

Monogram Outdoor Floor Mat~so simple, yet so nice!  I replace our outdoor mats a lot, so I’m looking forward to making one of these this spring.

Family Sign Using Tile Backsplash~I love this!  Wouldn’t it make a fun, unique wedding or baby shower gift?

DIY Framed Monogram~I pinned this for my daughter’s room.  She’ll always know her name if I end up making all the cute things I’ve pinned!

Personalized Teacher Gifts~Etching glass with the teacher’s initial on a vase or another glass product makes a great gift.  We gave these to the boys’ teachers at the beginning of the year, and they still love them.

Not on Pinterest, but you would like to be?  Or are you still waiting for them to invite you per your request?  Email me at “foundmyfavorite@gmail.com”, and I’m happy to send you an invite!

Hoo Are You? {The Laundry Edition}

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I’m joining in the fun “Hoo Are You?” party over at Nightowl Crafting.

This is my first time joining in, but each Tuesday she posts some fun questions for others to answer.  This week is about laundry…and many might be surprised to know that the household chore many despise, I actually enjoy.

And the questions are……

1.  Do you fold your laundry right after it comes out of the dryer or do you wait?
No, I don’t ALWAYS fold it right as it comes out the dryer, but most of the time.  
2. What kind of laundry detergent do you use?
I make my own laundry detergent, as of about four months ago.  I use Super Washing Soda, Ivory Soap, and Borax.  Love it!
3. Do you use fabric softener?
Yes, I use fabric softener {whatever is on sale}, AND dryer sheets.  I love the smell of fresh, perfumed laundry!
4. Do you have a front loading washer and dyer or a top loading?
My washer and dryer are both front loaders.  
5. On a scale to 1-10 (1 being the least and 10 being the highest) how well do you like

doing laundry?

Honestly, I think I’m about a 9 on a scale of 1-10.  I don’t know why, but there are many other chores I’d rather NOT do than laundry.  Perhaps it’s because I redecorated our laundry room, so it’s a much more pleasant place to be now!