May 31, 2012

H20 GO!

In our house....summer has started. Dylan graduated from preschool and today is Kalebs' last day of school. Tomorrow I will wake and be rid of my normal routine. No more taxi mom driving kids to and from school, rushing to make sure everyone has there homework done.
Can you hear me take a big sigh of relief...
Cause I did.
Summer is here.
And I am happy!

Today I took Dylan to a local "spray pool" as we call it, and I couldn't help but smile seeing all the kids run around and laugh and play in the water. Good stuff.








I'm excited for what summer has in store. It's gonna be great, I mean, look at that smile.
april
xoxo

May 30, 2012

Recipe >> New Mexico Style Albondigas Soup

The weather here in Southern California has been surprisingly cool for the end of May,
so I decided to make a big pot of soup for dinner. I love soup, but their aren't very many I actually like. Boo I know, but I really loved this recipe! This soup has a very hearty feel because it has meatballs in it, so even the husband loved it alongside a few warmed tortillas.



You will need:
> 4 Cups (two 1-pound cans) tomatoes
> 2 Cups Beef Bouillon
> 1 1\2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
> 2 Teaspoons Salt
> 2 1\2 Cups Boiling Water
> 1 1\2  Pound Ground Beef
> 1 Slice of Dry Bread
> 1 Egg, Beaten
> 1 Garlic Clove, Minced
> 1\4 teaspoon Each of Crumbled Dry Mint, Ground Sage and Pepper
> 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
> 2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil

Add tomatoes, bouillon, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt and add water. Bring to a boil until about one fourth of the liquid evaporates. 


In a separate bowl combine ground beef, crumbled dry bread, remaining salt, and all other ingrediants except oil and onion. Brown onion in pan and oil until the onions are brown, then take onion out and throw away. Shape meatballs into 3\4-inch balls and brown in the hot oil, turning frequently.  Add meatballs to soup mixture, cover and simmer for 1 hour.


Then strain soup mixture. I placed a strainer over the bowl I was going to serve the soup in. Strain the liquid into your bowl and spoon meatballs out and place back into soup. This removes the tomato dices and leaves a thin broth for your meatballs.
ENJOY!
Happy cooking friends!
april
xoxo

May 29, 2012

5 Ways To Decorate Using Sea Shells

Hello! I hope you had a relaxing and rejuvenating LONG weekend! We sat around the house and BBQ'ed, went for a hike, and took naps in the middle of the day. It was heaven. Ha! I wanted to start this Tuesday off with a few "redecorating" ideas. 
With summer fast approaching I know that many of us like to add new seasonal items to our home according to the upcoming season. Nothing says summer more to me than sea shells. My mom has her entire house decorated with all things beachy, and whenever I go to her house I feel like I have walked into a beach house, like, ON the beach! It's great!

Here are 5 ways to decorate using shells:

Shells As Filler

Shell Planter
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Shell Garland

Shell Wreath

Shell Flower Pots

How do you bring the feel of summer indoors...
Only a few weeks until summer, technically, but here in Southern California it already FEELS like summer with 90 degree weather. I better get to work! 
april
xoxo

May 28, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.40 >> Features

Happy Memorial Day! I'm going to start sharing the features from Sweet Saturday as a separate post because your projects are THAT awesome! Keep a look out on Mondays to see if your project was highlighted!

Here are the features from this week:

Rolled Fabric Flower Tutorial

Grilled Banana S'mores

Nautical Chart Art

Camera Strap Cover Tutorial

If you were featured feel free to grab this button for your blog!

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I hope you a have an awesome holiday!
Thanks again for linking up!
april
xoxo



May 27, 2012

Remember How I Pierced My Own Nose...

Oh wait, you don't know about that yet. Ha! When I present myself as a DIY kinda girl, it's true. I'm legit. I'm so DIY I pierced my own nose today, who wants to pay 50 bucks...
So for those of you wondering, it didn't hurt at all,  aside from the ring I put in, and my sister had warned me about that, she also pierced her own nose. It must run in the family!
 With that said I would do it again without a thought.  I'm sitting on the couch typing this and I can't even feel it.at.all. Have I convinced you yet...
I love it.


Have a great holiday friends!
april
xoxo

May 26, 2012

DIY Mason Jar Lid

 I had a problem.
Every time I used my mason jar, AKA my favorite drinking glass, I didn't have a lid. Then when I was driving or playing with the kids I would spill my yummy iced coffee. Boo. That's just not OK.
But did you know that the lid to a Parmesan cheese container fits almost any size mason jar...just not the big size, but I'm on it, I just haven't found the right lid yet. Ha!


So enjoy your mason jar glass on the go!
You deserve it.
april
xoxo

Recipe >> Watermelon Jello Tarts & Homemade Whipped Cream

With summer fast approaching it's becoming easier to get yummy seasonal fruit at the store, and actually have it taste GOOD.  Dylan LOVES watermelon, and I mean really loves it, he can eat an entire large one by himself in one sitting. It's crazy I know! Well I have been so excited because I can now try out a few recipes and gadgets I've had lying around the house. I bought this vintage yellow mini bundt pan a while back and I thought making Jello in it would be super cute! Oh ya, and the icing on the cake is the homemade whipped cream I slathered on. Your welcome. Ha!


You will need:

FOR JELLO:
> 1 Package Watermelon Jello
> Butter Spray
> 1 Cup Watermelon Cut Into Small Cubes
> Mini Bundt Pan

FOR WHIPPED CREAM:
> 1 Cup Whipping Cream
> 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
> 1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar

The instructions for the Jello is easy, follow directions on the box and pour over watermelon cubes into greased bundt pan. Let set in refrigerator for about 4 hours. I ran hot water over the top of the bundt pan to ease the Jello out of the mold. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

One part of the whipped cream recipe is you MUST chill the bowl you will mixing your cream into for about 10 minutes, preferably a metal bowl. Whip cream until stiff peaks appear, beat in vanilla and powdered sugar until peaks form. That's it!


OOOOOk, so you are probably wondering why my pile of whipped cream is bigger than the Jello...
What can I say, I love whipped cream and frosting, it's my thing! The kids loved it, and said it taste like a watermelon Jolly Rancher, which is a huge compliment from them.
Enjoy!
april
xoxo

May 25, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.40

Happy Weekend! Are you ready for a loooong weekend....
Are you headed out of town or having a special BBQ...
Maybe staying at home and crafting or trying a new recipe. I hope you enjoy the extra time with your family, I know I will. Let's see what you've been up to!

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Here are a few features from last week:

DIY Cute Crayons
By: Crafting and Creativity










Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles
By: What's Cooking Love



DIY Centerpiece

DIY Spool Necklace


If you were featured feel free to grab a button from the button link.
Congrats!

Here are the details:

  • Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog addressIt would be great
  • If you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread 
  • Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!    
  •  Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured! 
  • Thank you so much for sharing your artsy goodness, I love seeing your creative projects!

Thank you so much!

Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo

May 24, 2012

InstaFriday >> My Projects From Craft Weekend

Happy Friday friends! I can NOT believe that Dylan is graduating from Preschool! I'm sure I will wipe away many tears, happy tears, for my sweet little frat boy. I feel like it was only yesterday I was bringing him home from the hospital and learning how to be a mother of two boys. Swoon.
Look for those pictures tomorrow, I'm sure I will be weepy and flood IG with cap and gown photos. EEK! Look me up at {gingerbreadblog}
This week I wanted to show you the Instagram pics from my craft weekend projects, just because they made me so happy.

This is my canvas art with ric rac and pom pom trim.

I also made a brick bookend, something has to hold up my Hunger Games trilogy, duh!

Hoop art. BAM!

Pallet art, and don't be fooled into thinking I didn't work for this, there are some serious blood, sweat and tears in that wood. Ok, just sweat.

A happy self portrait. I had so much fun, perhaps another craft weekend or day is in my future! Are you interested...
april
xoxo
life rearranged

May 23, 2012

DIY Teacher Gift >> Movie Night

It's no secret that I used to be a teacher, a Kindergarten teacher to be exact. Cute, I know. So at any point of the year when it's time to show my appreciation for my kids' teachers hard work I always give a LOT of thought into what I want to give. This year I tried to remember what gift stuck out in my mind when I was teaching, and I remember getting a movie night basket with candy and popcorn. I still remember taking it home and being tackled by the kids because they were so happy. We ate EVERYTHING, and I even hid my favorite candy for myself, on the refrigerator.
So I decided that was my theme, movie night.



I used an instant popcorn box I bought from Wal-mart. I searched EVERYWHERE for that POPZ box, three stores to be exact. Ha! I had a vision, what can I say. Just fill the microwave popcorn box with all sorts of candy and goodies, I even put a few extra packages of popcorn, just because. 
How are you showing your teacher appreciation...
Happy gifting!
april
xoxo

May 22, 2012

Link List Tuesday >> 8 Rainbow Kids Projects

Happy Tuesday friends! I'm starting a new weekly post called "Link List Tuesday", original I know, I have a way with words. Ha! Anyways, it's going to be a compilation of links under one theme that perks my interest, and I hope yours as well. The links may come from other blogs, Pinterest, or just things I randomly googled, which I have been known to do. 
My first Link List was inspired by this little preschooler and his Mothers' Day present to me. I absolutely died when I opened my hand painted frame that was also covered in glitter. Glitter is good. I started thinking about other rainbow themed kids projects for the summer, aka, the few months I loose my mind. My kids need a project a day, I need to start thinking about what those projects will be. 


Cute right....
Here are 8 rainbow projects that I thought were Link List worthy:

Lego Rainbow

Plant A Rainbow

Rainbow Lunch

Rainbow Waffles

Rainbow Pudding
By: Craft


Rainbow Paper Lantern

Rainbow Rice Crispies

Rainbow Manicure

So fun right....
There is nothing happier than colorful rainbows!
Ok, now I'm going to go make something! :)
april
xoxo

May 21, 2012

A Fairly Fabulous Weekend >> Recap

I had an absolutely amazing time this past weekend at The Fairly Fabulous Crafting Party. I was fortunate enough to catch a Facebook posting made by Little Penelope Lane explaining that she wasn't able to go and she wanted to give her ticket away! What, I know give it away. I was just as surprised and I pounced on that like jack rabbit! Now keep in mind I didn't know anyone going, but after many prayers I thought it would be a great experience to meet new friends and spend some time crafting it up. Words can NOT explain how wonderful the weekend was. I laughed, I ate, we made hoop art. I mean really what else could a girl ask for.....Ha!
Here are a few snapshots of the goodness:

There were happy bunting and colors everywhere!




Pretty much my idea of heaven: Having free reign of all these supplies!


Homemade Sonic cherry limeade.....because Sonic was 30 minutes away!



Meagan's next door neighbors had very friendly horses, I secretly wanted ride them, bareback, I'm being serious.

I can't tell you how lovely the weekend was, and what a great host Meagan was, you can check out her blog HERE.
I hope you have a great week and happy crafting!
april
xoxo