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!


Hoo Are You? {The Laundry Edition}

NightOwlCrafting

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!


Have You Joined Pick Your Plum?!?!

Have You Joined Pick Your Plum?!?!

If you haven’t joined Pick Your Plum yet, you so need to.

I.love.it.  I love it so much!  I love it so much, that most days I have to restrain myself from ordering their daily deal.

So, what is Pick Your Plum?  It’s a daily deal website for crafters :).  Yay!

The catch is, you only have one day to buy the featured deal…..and they only have a limited number.

Shipping is a flat rate, no matter how much you order.  I’ve seen shipping at no more than $3.95. Also, they show how many of the item are available, and how many are remaining.

One other catch, is sometimes they limit the amount you can purchase.  For example, they might be selling blank hair pins.  Your limit on those might be 12 packs of 20.  That’s a lot of hairpins!

But, if you have an Etsy shop, or make crafts for craft shows, etc., it could be a good deal for you.

I’ve ordered these super cute ruffled leg warmers for my daughter in cream and pink.

I’ve also started to stock my craft cabinet a bit with some of the deals.

I ordered some vinyl chalkboard and dry erase sheets, some blackboard chip board letters, and some small wood plaques.

I love it!  I would highly encourage you to join Pick Your Plum, especially if you’re a crafter.  It’s a great opportunity to try out new supplies for a discount.

Menu Plan Monday {February 26}

Menu Plan Monday {February 26}

Happy Anniversary to my sweet husband of 12 years!  This weekend we celebrated 12 years of marriage, as well as the birthday of our twin boys :).  We needed to have a make up birthday party for them, since last week’s was sabotaged by the stomach flu in our house.  So, we had a birthday party for the boys on our anniversary.

Don’t I have a sweet looking family?!  
Now, on to what I’m feeding them this week…..
Sunday:  Homemade Pizza Night

Monday:  Potato Chowder/Garlic Bread Bowls {I’ll be sharing that recipe soon}
Tuesday:  Stromboli

 Wednesday:  Crispy Chicken/Homemade French Fries/Green Beans

Thursday:  Chili

Friday:  Anniversary Date Night with the Hubby :)

Saturday:  Dinner @ my brother in law’s wedding

Have you caught the menu planning bug yet?  How’s it working for you?  I’d love to hear about it!

Linked to:  Menu Plan Monday

Must Try Monday {Broccoli Vegetable Chowder}

Must Try Monday {Broccoli Vegetable Chowder}
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!}


FAVE PARTY

I’m branching out.  I’ve seen versions of this pinned on Pinterest, and have been really wanting to try it.  But, I was holding back.  It’s a very veggie packed soup, and I’ve never had this combination in a soup.  But, I REALLY wanted to give it a go.  I did, and I am SOOO glad.  This soup  is hearty, filling, and gives you lots of opportunity to sneak in some veggies to those picky eaters.

Broccoli Vegetable Chowder {adapted from Lulu the Baker}

Ingredients:
1 bag frozen broccoli florets
1 medium onion, chopped
2 potatoes, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
2 cans chicken broth
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 oz cream cheese


Directions:
1.  Chop all the vegetables and put them in the crockpot.

2.  Add the chicken broth, garlic, and cream cheese.
3.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
4.  Twenty minutes before serving, add the frozen broccoli and shredded cheese.  Stir until well incorporated and broccoli is tender.
5.  Serve with additional shredded cheese, bacon, and sour cream for garnish.

 


Friday’s Finds {Sweets and Not So Sweets}

Happy Friday everyone!  Yay, we made it to the end of another week.  This week’s Friday’s Finds don’t have a theme…they are some random recipes that made my to try list!

I always look forward to Friday, because I get to link up with SnoWhite, over at Joy In My Kitchen.  She hosts a fun link party each week, where some bloggers share their recipes they’ve pinned and are looking forward to trying.

Iced Oatmeal Cookies { Shugary Sweets}

Lemon Orzo Salad with Grape Tomaotes & Asparagus {A Big Mouthful}

Maple and Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin {What’s Cooking Chicago?}

Cheesey Grilled Potatoes {Taste of Home}

Cinnamon Sugar Crusted Coffee Cake Muffins {Can You Stay for Dinner?}

Friday’s Finds {Sweets and Not So Sweets}

Happy Friday everyone!  Yay, we made it to the end of another week.  This week’s Friday’s Finds don’t have a theme…they are some random recipes that made my to try list!

I always look forward to Friday, because I get to link up with SnoWhite, over at Joy In My Kitchen.  She hosts a fun link party each week, where some bloggers share their recipes they’ve pinned and are looking forward to trying.

Iced Oatmeal Cookies { Shugary Sweets}

Lemon Orzo Salad with Grape Tomaotes & Asparagus {A Big Mouthful}

Maple and Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin {What’s Cooking Chicago?}

Cheesey Grilled Potatoes {Taste of Home}

Cinnamon Sugar Crusted Coffee Cake Muffins {Can You Stay for Dinner?}

Must Try Monday {The Features}

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It was GREAT to be back in blogging this week, and for sure picking some yummy features from the Must Try Monday link party.  Thanks so much to everyone who linked up with some good food to share.

Here are my favorites, in no particular order:

And if you are featured, brag about it :).

One Artsy Mama
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Cheesy Potato Soup from Semi-Homemade Mom

Slow Cooked Nutella Pound Cake from My Judy the Foodie

Samoa Pudding Mousse from Something Swanky

Cinnamon Roll Donuts from What’s Cooking Love?

Thank you all so much for linking up each week!  I look forward to seeing you next Monday :).

Must Try Monday {The Features}

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It was GREAT to be back in blogging this week, and for sure picking some yummy features from the Must Try Monday link party.  Thanks so much to everyone who linked up with some good food to share.

Here are my favorites, in no particular order:

And if you are featured, brag about it :).

One Artsy Mama
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Cheesy Potato Soup from Semi-Homemade Mom

Slow Cooked Nutella Pound Cake from My Judy the Foodie

Samoa Pudding Mousse from Something Swanky

Cinnamon Roll Donuts from What’s Cooking Love?

Thank you all so much for linking up each week!  I look forward to seeing you next Monday :).

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {Chalkboard Paint Fun}

One quick “business” note.  I am not going to host a link party on Wednesday Pinterest favorites anymore.  As much as I loved it, I’m not getting the amount of links I was hoping for.  So, if I’m not getting the traffic, you probably aren’t either.  I’m sorry.  Maybe in the future I will host a “crafty/DIY” themed link party…I just need to figure out the best route for that, or find another blogger to co host with :).
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One of my first crafts with chalkboard paint was the Chalkboard Magnet Trays I gave as a Christmas gift. From then, I was hooked!  It is so much fun to use, and apparently you can even make it yourself.  I would love to hear if that has worked out for you.

This week’s Wednesday Pinterest Favorites involve using chalkboard paint in a variety of ways.  
Chalkboard Paint on a Coffee Table from Dishfunctional Designs

Kids Chalkboard Table from Thrifty Like Me
DIY Chalkboard Paint from Attempting Aloha
Windowpane Chalkboard from Young House Love
Labeling small belongings