Monday, March 18, 2013

It's still looking a lot like...

Christmas -- but its the middle of March, folks!

Over the weekend I saw pictures of Rachel & Alan mulching their garden plot in Kansas. I saw pictures of Anna, who is currently on a missions trip to Honduras (palm trees in the background? short sleeves, anyone?)

And this morning I wake up to see even more snow falling from the sky, adding to the piles and mounds still covering the ground.

So to celebrate cold weather this bright, Monday morning, I bring a you a few pictures and a quote from a famous children's author that made me chuckle:

"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily.
"AND freezing. 
However," he said, brightening up a little,
"we haven't had an earthquake lately!"
-AA Milne

 Arianna's first snowmen
{Fact: snowmen are not good at keeping themselves together while doing handstands}

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cranberry Apple Crisp

What do I do with a surplus of cranberries sitting in my freezer?

Experiment and try something new, of course. 
(Maybe this is an old recipe and I just never saw it.)
But now it's a favorite.

Simple and yummy. Make this. 
Your tummy will thank you!

Peel and slice 6-8 apples, set aside.

Mix 1 tsp cornstarch and 1/4 C sugar in bowl, add 3/4 cup cranberries and toss to cover berries.

Add the apples and gently mix. Place fruit in a 8x8 square pan.

Mix up the crumble topping:
-3/4 cup brown sugar (or cut it to 1/2. Or increase it to 1 cup. Or use natural sweeteners. Or use a mixture of both.)
-3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
-3/4 cup flour
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 cup butter, softened

Sprinkle topping over fruit and bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve while still slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (Okay, the ice cream is optional -- but highly recommended!)

The cranberries taste like tart little cherries and go perfectly with apples. {Hopefully you like tart little cherries?!}


Monday, March 11, 2013

DIY: my 'new' bookshelf

My bookshelf is now sporting chevron! And I love the lil' personality and pop of color it brings to the room. 

Supplies I used:
cardboard, scissors, heavy-duty tape (duck tape works great!), non-glossy wrapping paper, and a measuring tape.

(I've seen tutorials also recommending fabric. Which I'm sure works great, just plan on it being a little more pricey. But that is why I recommend a non-glossy wrapping paper. Glossy wrapping paper will definitely give you the paper look and show every little bend and crease whereas non-gloss will leave people guessing...maybe. Hopefully.)  

I remembered to snap a before picture! Never mind the clutter. {grin}

Instead of cutting cardboard the size of each individual shelf and then wrapping it, I tried saving time by removing all the shelves that I could -- which left two big sections of bookshelf to back. (I was attempting to do this all while Arianna was napping. A big roll of paper on the floor that can't get crinkled really doesn't mix with a toddler crawling all over!) 

After measuring the two big sections, I cut the cardboard to size (I still had some big cardboard pieces from moving... if you don't have big enough pieces, I do recommend doing each shelf individually.) After attempting to cut straight lines, I laid the thin cardboard pieces on the wrapping paper and folded the edges over and taped them down. 

Pick up. Insert in bookshelf. Slide shelves back in. Put books back on and there you have it! 

The completed look.

It was so quick and easy. And makes me happy. 

And did I mention it only cost me $3.99?!
(I had everything on hand except the wrapping paper, which I found on clearance.)

What a fun, simple way to add freshness to an old bookshelf!

And chevron is cool, too. {smile}

And while were talking about DIY projects, you should go check out my cousin Nicole's DIY blog. Instead of using paper and tape, she and her husband are using primer and paint and nails and wood and tools and all sorts of cool stuff to fix up an old house.

What new projects have you been inspired to tried lately?  

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Book addict problem #172:

 a trip to the library results in returning one book and checking out five more...
even though there are still four library books sitting on my shelf at home, waiting to be read.

my instagram 
which mostly consists of pics of a cute baby and yummy food