Friday, November 30, 2012

crock pot Red beans and rice

crock pot Red beans and rice
I was on the hunt to find something to make with rice, my wonderful brother was kind enough to send me a gift card to bed bath and beyond for my birthday and I purchased a rice cooker! This one here
Digital Simplicity Deluxe Rice Cooker/Steamer
I make the worst rice on earth, every time it would come out soggy or burnt. This gadget is AMAZING, the perfect cooked rice. Plus it steams vegis!
So I found this simple yet yummy looking recipe here and it turned out great! Only warning it is a little on the spicy side [which hubby preferred]
Crock Pot Red Beans and Rice
1 pound red beans
7 cups water
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped or minced
2 cans Campbell's chicken broth
1-1/2 pounds sausage (I used Richards)
2 tablespoons Creole Seasoning (I use Tony's)
Hot cooked rice
Add 7 cups of water to slow cooker and chicken broth
Wash beans, dice up the bell pepper, onion and celery.
 Add all the above into crock pot.
Add in the seasoning, garlic and sliced sausage
Cook 7 hours on high and enjoy!
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

blog hop

It's time to party and meet some new friends! 
Twitter, Facebook and blog hop party on my blog!
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

golfing and go carts

we had some serious fun!! My mother flew up to visit us for Calebs sixth birthday and we spent the day playing mini put put golf and racing go carts.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Calebs chuck e cheeses birthday party!

 chuck e cheeses birthday party
My little boy Caleb turned 6 and we celebrated chuck e cheese style, YES I got brave and invited his entire classroom and some. 16 kids and around 20+ adults total! I had given Caleb some options to choose from and the fun center was his choice. Great time, maybe at 8 years we will try something similar again! Caleb's birthday theme was "Beyblades" I have a custom personalized shirt made for him, invites, balloon etc. were all beyblade as well.

 Caleb and I to the left and my mother and Caleb to the right, my mom flew up from Texas to visit for the week
pizza, drinks, game tokens were part of the package at check e cheese. Caleb's cake on the right, beyblade!
Caleb and chuck e cheese
 A visit from chuck e cheese himself, crowning the birthday boy!
Opening his gifts!

 At home with his birthday party loot! :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

copper squirrel personalized necklace {GIVEAWAY}

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A hand stamped personalized necklace giveaway!
 Created by me, handmade hand stamped rustic copper squirrel charm. Your choice of birthstones hang on the side, hung on a 18" copper chain.
Interested in seeing more hand stamped personalized pieces? I do custom work as well!
 This would make the perfect gift for yourself or someone you know and treasure!
Christmas is coming fast, I will be posting TONS more giveaways for the month of December so check back often and be sure to follow my blog!
 Enter to win this beautiful necklace below via few tasks to complete
Giveaway runs for one week, good luck to you all!
Winner will be picked using the random number generator tool

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

our thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving was a personal and small one, one that I have been wanting and yearning to do for years now. Typically every year we go to my MIL's for dinner and dessert and this year I wanted to do it all on my own with my little family! Lots of work preparing and baking all day, but totally worth the quiteness and less stress.  
Above pic: dinner table set, caleb and I went for a nature walk and collected twigs and branches to create a "thankful tree", which is a tree with tags hung from it with words and things that you are thankful for. Example: God, family, health etc. Our turkey cooked perfectly, 12 pounds and tons of left overs. My plate on right, was STUFFED! Ahh the way it should be on Thanksgiving...

Caleb was taking a break on his scooter on the way to a trail we walked down for the twigs
 Calebs dad got off of work early in the morning and built some legos with him before he headed off to bead, the end result was a huge under water sub. BEFORE I even started on the turkey and dinner foods I had to stamp out some of my Etsy shop orders, they are piling in high right now and having to work just about every day to keep up! Its blessing but also takes away what little free time I have. I did hire help first time ever, she started this week!! Excited! The football game came on after we watched the parade, not sure who even won? Football is def. NOT my thing.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Art


Dedicated to this time of year, remember to give thanks and hope you all have a BEAUTIFUL thanksgiving!! Stay safe. We have plans to have our own thanksgiving at home this year, I have never had the chance to do our own and am excited that it is our first. Usually every year we go to my Mil's house, but I wanted to try something different this year. We will be going there after for pie and so Caleb can run about with his cousins. Anyone doing Black Friday shopping tonight? There are two websites I'll be shopping on, hoping to score some good things. You will not find me in stores this year {again a first}, its always way to hectic for me and I just don't do well in crowds.
Enjoy some of my favorite pics, browsing DA

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday Sales Event!

 First time EVER in my shop history that I am offering you all 20% off of
your order, this is a STEAL people! Personalized jewelry
makes the perfect gifts for anyone!! I have: womens and mens necklaces, ornaments, earrings, bracelets and more!! Stop in and enjoy the savings!
 Sale starts 11.22 and ends 11.24

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

homemade butterfingers

homemade butterfingers
Found this yummy sweet treat at sixsistersstuff, had to be the easiest dessert I have ever made. Super sweet and I know its totally fatening BUT I had to see if they did taste like butterfingers and they did!

Homemade Butterfingers Candy Bars
1 lb candy corn
1 (16 oz) jar creamy peanut butter
1 (16 oz) package chocolate candy coating

Melt candy corn in microwave on high 1 minute. Stir and continue cooking in 15-second intervals until completely melted, stirring after each interval. Stir in peanut butter. Spread mixture in a 9x9" pan lined with wax paper. Let cool completely (put in the fridge if you want it to set up more quickly). Cut into bite-size squares or bars.
Melt chocolate as directed on package. Dip peanut butter bars in melted chocolate candy coating. Lay on waxed paper to set.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Finale [Nurture Photography]

 Finale [Nurture Photography]
A combo of all things great for fall! We took a drive headed towards the mountains and I had hubby stop the car so I could run across the street and take this picture! Was beautiful with all the different colored trees winding around in a large circle. I am so sad to see fall go, however had so much fun doing this photography challenge!!
Caleb ran up a hill to catch up with his daddy

Nurture Photography Autumn 2012 Photo Challenge

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Shop Sale

 Christmas Shop Sale
Its that time of year, where you begin your hunt for the perfect gifts for those you love and hold near and dear!! My shop offers, the PERFECT gifts for this time if year. I create hand stamped personalized necklaces for both men and women! Rustic style, all 100% handmade by my own hands. I am currently 4 weeks into orders and now is the time to place your orders, every year my shop receives hundreds of Christmas orders. Please always read my shop announcement page for current updates on lead times etc.
Now on to the good part:
I'm offering you all 10% off of your purchase, with Etsy shop
 Yourcharmedlife coupon code: Christmas
Simply add this coupon code into the "coupon code" area at checkout and enjoy your savings! This sale will run for one month straight! That means BIG SAVINGS for you!! In a rush and not enough time? Not quite sure what to get that other person? I now offer gift cards! Interested in something custom? I specialize in custom made pieces
I created a list of my most popular sellers from Christmas 2011 below: