Friday, February 27, 2015

Teal Brass Patina Chevron Necklace // Giveaway

Its time for another Giveaway!! This one is a hand painted patina teal brass coated chevron charm, hung on antiqued brass chain with clasp. Made by me, yourcharmedlife

Open to anyone in the USA
runs for 7 days
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Will email the winner, you have 3 days to respond then goes to the next person.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

slow cooker beef stew

We have been ALOT of soups lately, almost twice a week. I love soups, they are hearty, healthy and fill you up. Most soups yield enough for leftovers and freezer meals for later! This one above was so thick and the meat so tender. It hit the spot. I'm pretty sure I have shared this a few years ago, but its so darn good, I may need to share it every Winter

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • 2 lbs of stewing beef, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium sized onions, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • about 20 mini-potatoes, cut large ones in half, leave smallest ones as is (I like to use a mix of yellow, red and blue, no need to peel)
  • 1  28 oz. can whole tomatoes (I use plum tomatoes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups sodium reduced beef broth, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and then lightly brown the meat in batches. Transfer browned beef to a plate and set aside.
Dump the tomatoes into the slow cooker (juice and all). Crush them with a potato masher or the back of a spoon. Add the onions, celery, carrots and potatoes. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the vegetables and then add the beef and any accumulated drippings. Pour 2 1/2 cups of the beef broth over the beef and vegetables. Give the mixture a quick stir. Add the bay leaves.
Cover and cook on low for 8 – 10 hours.
About 20 minutes before serving, add the peas (no need to defrost first), salt and pepper. In a small bowl whisk together the flour and remaining 1/2 cup of beef broth, creating a smooth paste. Stir into the stew. Replace the slow cooker cover and cook until thickened (about 15-20 minutes).
Remove the bay leaves before serving.
adapted from movitabeaucoup

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sometimes, it's just beautiful....

Sometimes, it truly is just beautiful. I don't like Winter. I never have and never will. I'm a child of Summer and water at heart. However, there is something that puts me in awe of Winter. When everything is coated in a blanket of fresh White snow and things are frozen over and its silent. It was one of those days, fresh from a new snow fall. Caleb & I bundled up with hot coa-coas and went on a adventure. I am lucky enough to live right across the street from a really nice and large state park. We get the yearly pass there and go year round to trail walk, bike and camp. This morning was magical, everything was coated and we spotted a mama deer and her baby.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

One way of saying 'I love you'

I wanted to send my mom, Caleb's grandma something homemade from us for Valentines day. I found this idea on Pinterest and went and purchased in Etsy shop AngelsEyeCreations, then took it too a Fed Ex Print store and they enlarged the image on paper to the size we needed to fit my sons prints on. I bought some cheap Red paint at Walmart to coat his hands and feet, easy clean up. Easy to do and turned out great. The little cylinder mailers are perfect to ship these in. This would make a great gift for anytime of the year, all under 10$

This is how we got ours done, the night before. We taped the corners down, I painted and he pressed down.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentines Day + DIY Homemade Ball Valentines

Happy Valentines Day to you all!

So every year I try my hardest to make homemade Valentines, its more personable and creative. I'm all about being creative and buying those paper ones at the store just are not the same. I want ours to be the "one" Valentine that was different. Yep its a way of life. So I am in love with Pinterest, it is a incredible site that has tons of info at your finger tips, I did a search for homemade Valentines and narrowed it down to the one below and they are so far my favorite ones we have made! The printable is found here

It was simple and affordable, I believe I spent a total of 8$, took a little time to cut out the papers and tape them on the baggies. My son helped me with this and we just got it all done within one night of watching TV and making them. Team work. They turned out AWESOME.

My son this morning before school, he was so excited for his class Valentines party

So we also found something else that we had to try for today, Caleb has a girlfriend {yes I know hes only 8} and we wanted to make her something special so I also found this one while searching Pinterest here. Its a bling "diamond" ring made out of Hershey's kisses and red pipe cleaners. GENIUS and omg so cute. We made one for his girlfriend