Sunday, July 31, 2011

Super Saturday {Dallas Museum of Nature and Science}

We try to make our Saturdays Super!
And this one didn't disappoint
Our Staycation
Boys hyper with anticipation
Dallas Museum of Nature and Science
Imax Movie-Sea Rex (highly recommend)
After the movie
we saw this

 A really cool exhibit of dinosaurs they found in Mongolia
Motorized and scary!
Then off to learn about the body

                                                   {obsessed with DNA}
                                                           the human form
thermal pics

Natural disasters

fun stuff

light show

their favorite of all
a special exhibit of
dallas cityscape in

no idle hands here

we were super tired at the
end of the day
but I highly recommend
the $90 family membership
one year of fun and
special exhibits
4 free tickets to
IMAX, Special Exhibits, and State Fair of Texas!
{plus you get to go in first in line}
So if you are visiting Dallas, you can't miss
this great museum
educational and fun
How do you make your Saturdays Super?


These pics were taken with my cellphone so I apologize for their quality

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Foodie Friday #1 Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Who likes to eat cookie dough?
((raises hands))
If you're like me, you do some serious
taste testing when baking cookies ;)
But the raw eggs are not so good.
Well I invite you to try my very own
dark chocolate chip cookie dough brownies!
You can eat all the cookie dough you want-
All you need is a few
and a few hungry kidlets (count yourself)!

Here's the how to:

Prep time 30 minutes + cooling time

Cook time: 25 minutes



4 oz. unsweetened cocoa powder (for cakelike brownies) OR
4 oz. finely shredded unsweetened chocolate, melted (for fudgy brownies)

1 c butter, room temp.

2 c brown sugar, packed

4 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 c all purpose flour


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray 10X7 inch pan with non-stick spray.

In large mixing bowl, mix butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Mix in cocoa powder OR melted chocolate. Blend in flour and mix but don’t over mix. Spread batter into pan. Bake 25-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake. Cool completely.
Cookie Dough Mix

¾ c butter room temp

¾ c brown sugar, packed

¾ c granulated white sugar

3 Tablespoons milk (add more if your dough is too crumbly)

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all purpose flour

1 c dark chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix in milk and vanilla. Mix in flour just until combined. Stir in dark chocolate chips.

Use your hands to knead the dough and mix in the chocolate chips thoroughly.

After brownies cool in the pan, spread the cookie dough mix onto the top of the brownies using a spatula or your hands.

Place the pan in the fridge or freezer for 10-20 minutes.

½ c dark chocolate chips melted: Drizzle melted dark chocolate by using a plastic baggie with one corner snipped.

Use a sharp knife to cut into square while it still cold. Serve with vanilla ice cream 

Enjoy your weekend!

Adapted from a recipe at
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday #1-Too Much To Carry Alone

It's been 3 months.
It hasn't been easy.
Having a stroke at my age.
A bleeding stroke they call it.
I am in perfect health.
I am planning my Easter dinner.
I talk with my husband.
Making dinner plans.
Shopping at the mall.
Brain being squeezed...
I can't feel my legs.
I can't feel my body.
I am carried into the house.
I can't talk.
I am now in the ER.
I begin to convulse.
The lights dim.

{Me. 3 months post stroke.}

It hasn't been easy.
Tears shed.
Poked and prodded.
Laying in bed.
Learning to walk again.
Will I ever dance again? I asked.
I prayed.
I begged.
I cried again.
A burden on my family.
My yoke-heavy.

Art by-Greg Olsen

Then I remembered what I had read:
"...discipleship is not a promise of protection from pain, hardships, and disappointment. True disciples know that a sinless life was realized only once in mortality. Their faith in the perfect One fills them with joy and strength to carry on and find hope even in uncertain times. The apostle Paul observed, "For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content....every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need" (Phil. 4:11-12)
Through years of discipleship, Paul had learned that joy and fullfillment come through a testimony of the Redeemer, not from an elevated standing in the world."
I have learned to look for blessings even in the hardest of trials.
Being in bed for 2 months gave me a lot of time to think and to converse with a kind Father in Heaven.
To understand my purpose in life.
To understand the purpose of this stroke.
As I read and studied the scriptures, as I talked with HIM every day
I learned to listen.
I learned to appreciate.
I learned not to complain.
My yoke gradually became lighter.
I turned my recovery over to HIM.
I am not the master of my life.
I am not the architect of my destiny.
HE has all the power.
I give HIM complete control.
I carry HIS yoke now.
It is indeed light.

art by Greg Olsen

"When we are honest, we acknowledge that mortality requires too much for us to carry alone. As His disciples, however, He makes all things possible when we take His yoke upon us."
-Camille Fronk Olson

This has become a carry-with-me little book.
It had me think a lot about the Savior and
relying on Him more.
"Take my yoke upon you...and ye shall find rest unto your souls. -Matthew 11:29.

And, oh, by the way.
I can dance again :)

Craigslist Finds #1 - Wednesday July 27, 2011

I thought I'd add this as a regular feature and call it:

Wednesday's Finds
This is where I will list craigslist and other finds
in the north DFW area.
I have no ties to any of these ads
these are just some things I found
a.) seem like a good deal
b.) are something that I'd like to buy
c.) are of good quality for DIY
I will put the link directly under the pic
as the source.
If you are interested in any of these
you simply contact them
Again, I am doing this just as a feature
and a service to my readers in the
northern DFW area.
all ads and content belong to the person
selling the item.
With that being said, here we go:

This looks to be in good condition and is located in Allen. I'd love to have it in an
entry way.

This looks like a nice table. I would paint it black and add some nice
upholstered chairs in snazzy fabrics.

This would be so cute in a little girl's room for tea parties!
I'd offer $35 to $40 though :)

This would work as a vanity too. It comes with a cute chair.
I'd offer around $100 for both ;)

This would be nice painted white or as is in a small
breakfast nook or crafting room :)

These have bad pics, and missing wooden slats which can
be easily replaced.  I would offer around $70 for the set. He says he needs it
gone by the 30th.

And here are my go-to places whenever I need something FREE or I need to get RID of something FREE:

So far I have found
*an upright freezer
*a driveway basketball board/pole
*a leather sectional/sofa
*Ikea bunkbeds
*patio brick (enough to make a 10X10 patio)
*full size headboard

So don't dittle dattle- get out there and find those deals!
Or you could drive around your neighborhood and see
what other people consider trash.
It may just be what YOU were looking for :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Denim Ruffled Wreath

So have you caught on yet?
I love ruffles!
And denim.
And wreaths ;)
So what can you do
18 inch plastic straw wreath.
{Do not cut off the plastic wrapper!}
I used a pair of old blue jeans and simply cut at the seams
then took the pants legs and

Save those seams! Don't throw them away. 
 We'll use them later.
Now take your strips of denim and wrap tightly around your wreath.

Make sure that you don't leave

I first pinned it in place to see how it would look. Then I re-did it and glued it down with Mighty Mend It.

After you have it all wrapped, it's time to make the ruffles.
I had some lighter colored denim left over from another project and I simply took that fabric and made several ruffles. You can see how I made them here.

Now it's time to make the denim rosette.
Simply take one of the seams you cut off.
Mine was

Then you simply take one egde and


Take the pin off after a little while when the
glue sets.
In the meantime you can start hemming the ruffles on the 3 sides that are straight. You can do this by 

Now you can do this before ruffling or after like I did (because I forgot)

Once that's taken care of start glueing your ruffles to the wreath.
I started on the lower left hand side but you can put them where you want.
I then took one of the seams and glued it on top so you can't see where
the ruffle's been sown.

Then you can add your next ruffle underneath
the first one. I put it just so the bottom end of the first one covered my next one and you can't see the top.
You will now glue another seam on top of this one just like the first.
You will cover all the top ends with seams to give it a finished look.
Next I added the rosette and two genuine starfish!

Cute for summer or year round beach house.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beachy Elegance Vignette

Howdy everyone! Hope you had a great weekend!
I am here today to share a little bit of  sand and surf.
Since we don't live anywhere near the beach, it's always nice to have a reminder of what we're missing, er what we love ;)
And we love us some sand and sea!
For this vignette, I decided to decorate our mantel in a beachy elegance theme using mostly things I had around the house and repurposing an old denim shirt. The only things I bought were the wreath form and the decorative sand.
Here's what it looked like in the end:

And here's how I put it together:

I repurposed an old shutter that I usually have up at Christmas time (that you can see here). I simply removed the Christmasy spray and bird and hot glued some starfish that I had used, again, at Christmas time (yes, you read that right, starfish at Christmas time you can go here for the post on my Beachy Christmas tree).
{Glue the starfish to shutter}


Then I wanted to make a life preserver to put up on the mantel. To do this, I simply bought a $5 green styrofoam wreath at my local crafts store, spray painted it white (they didn't have white forms or were too expensive :() then simply cut pieces of denim from an old shirt and glued them on. {Now in this picture I am showing how I was measuring red cardstock to put around it. I decided against this since I wanted creams and blues in my vignette.}

Next, I took some rope that I had laying around my crafts room closet and simply glued that to the back of the denim pieces I glued earlier. I took some clothespins to hold it tight while the glue set. After these few simple steps, I had a life saver :D

This glass vase is one of my faves. I love how you can take one simple glass item and transform it so many ways. I took a sandalwood candle I had stashed away and simply glued twine around and around to give it some texture. I put some decorative sand in the vase and set the candle in. It glows so pretty at night.

Next, I wanted to contribute more beachy scenes, so I printed out some photos of our last vacation to Newport Beach and the lake. I took some frames I had and gave them a blue distressed wash to balance off the blue denim on the life preserver.

I threw a net I had from my long ago sea bathroom in our old house to tie everything together. Sprinkled through out are a variety of sea shells and starfish from various parts of the world. Some seashells we actually collected and some were bought. All are authentic :)

And finally the canvas bunting! I have to tell you, I had sooo much fun making this baby. I had some canvas triangles that I bought a few months back. I love the quality of these. For the letters, I made a stencil with my Cricut on vinyl. I then just took some craft paint and stenciled each letter on each of the triangles.

 I love the way it looks!
The best part is that I can now stencil something else on the back! Double duty baby ;)

So after stenciling, I simply glued the twine on the back with my Mighty MendIt glue. To make sure it stuck well, I covered the string and glue with some packing tape. This glue dries clear and is almost invisible so I can switch it back and forth between the front and the back if I decide to use the back part of the bunting. You can make small holes in the corners if you wish and then just string your twine or ribbon thru it.

When decorating a mantle, you can either do it symmetrical where you balance one side with the other, or asymmetrical where it's basically lop sided with one side tall and one side short. In the end, it's what ties it all together that matters; be it a color scheme (here beachy whites, creams and faded blues) or a topical theme (such as picture frames in different heights and textures, a collection of glass vases, etc.)

Your mantle can help convey the mood of your space for little to no money out of pocket. Use items that have sentimental value to you or snazz it up with some colorful and playful things!

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