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Need some low cost Valentine ideas?

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Make your own card with a personal message and a treat inside.

I used card stock and some stickers form the Dollar Store. Personalize your message and put a treat inside. The pocket valentine was so easy by folding the card stock and stapling. Create your own personal message.

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Make a personalized mug filled with goodies.

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 I bought this like new mug at the thrift store for .99 cents. I used card stock to create my pattern to draw around, and used double sided tape to stick it to the mug.

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I used an oil based paint pen and traced around my pattern with dots.

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Then I gently removed the pattern and set it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. When it was done baking I turned the oven off and let it sit until cooled down with the oven door ajar.

Personalize it with your own message or drawing.

Vintage glass tray filled with sweets

I found this darling vintage glass tray at the thrift store for a $1.99, filled it with $1.50 worth of treats and wrapped it in some tulle and tied it off with ribbon.

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The ribbon cost $1 per roll and I actually had the tulle in my extra fabric stash. So for under $5 I made this cute valentine. The glass tray can be used to hold jewelry, trinkets or soaps afterwards.

Sugar Cookies with Orange Zest

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Whatever the season, whatever the reason, we love sugar cookies! I thought I would share what I use in my sugar cookie recipe. Many times the recipe might suggest to add almond extract, which is good, but I prefer to add orange zest. I usually add the zest of a small to medium size orange. I have also used pure organic sweet orange essential oil when I didn’t have an orange on hand. I add about 6-8 drops in a batch of dough. The taste of the orange in the cookie is delicious!  

I needed a large heart shaped cookie cutter so I made my own out of card stock. I just traced around the dough with a small knife.

Here is the recipe I used:

 

Sugar Cookies with Orange Zest

1 cup butter softened

1 egg

1 ½ cups powdered sugar

1 ½  tsp. vanilla

Zest of 1 small to medium orange, or 6-8 drops orange essential oil

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

Mix butter, egg, powdered sugar, vanilla and orange zest.

Mix in flour and baking soda. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes.

Note: I like my cookies a little thick, so I leave the dough a little thicker before cutting into shapes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Frosting

4 cups powdered sugar

1 stick of softened butter (yes, an entire stick of butter!)

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ cup milk (or to desired spreading consistency)

Put all of the ingredients into mixing bowl, mix on medium speed till creamy.

Make sure your cookies have cooled before frosting them.

Thrift Store Finds

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I recently came across three items from my thrift store shopping I couldn't pass up. Look at this red "Guess" coat I found in mint condition for $10! Seriously, $10. I love the color red and have really enjoyed wearing it.

As you can see, you can dress it up or down! Which boots do your like? They both have their purpose, but just as soon as I'm ready to go somewhere, I usually have to run outside and take care of the critters. The rubber boots were a thrift store find as well, only $6.99, like new.

I also found this casual "Dollhouse" jacket for $14.97. It was in new condition and I really like the fact it has a removable hoodie liner. As it warms up, I can just remove it.

If you are looking for something particular such as a coat, just go to that section and browse through. I literally found the red Guess coat in the first 10 minutes of shopping. The Dollhouse jacket was just being tagged at the check out counter and I asked to look at it. It was my size, so it took an entire minute to make my selection. I spied the rubber boots on my way out of the store. I was very happy to snag those since I really needed a pair. So, as you can see, it doesn't have to take long at all!

Dresser Redo

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Look at this amazing redo of a chest of drawers my niece’s husband James did!  This project was a surprise for their daughter Kapri. I absolutely love this redo and the color combo. Wow James, I must say you used your most awesome craftiness!

Here’s how he did it:

He bought a used dresser for $20 and then searched Pinterest for ideas. His wife Katie told him she wanted a Chevron pattern in pink, dark grey, and white to match the girl’s room.

He sanded it down and gave it a coat of white spray paint. He removed the old handles and bought new knobs for $1 each at a local Home Improvement Center.

He took the drawers out and taped off the chevron pattern on them with some painters tape, which you can buy in a variety of width’s. He spray painted over the drawers with the dark grey and replaced the old knobs with new pink knobs.

 It looks like Kapri is very happy with her new dresser!

Awesome Chicken Salad

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I am a huge chicken salad lover. It’s one of those lunch or dinner recipes that can be made ahead, which helps when you are on the go. It has options as to what you will add or if you will serve it up on a bed of lettuce, kale or as a sandwich. It also works wonderful for an event. Make a big bowl and let your guest’s help themselves or make small finger sammie’s, either way it’s a surefire hit!

 

Awesome Chicken Salad Recipe

Cooked cubed chicken – approx. 2 large chicken breasts (cook chicken breasts on a large cookie sheet lightly covered in olive or avocado oil, salt & pepper at 400 degrees for approx. 30-35 minutes (juices should run clear with no pink left). Let cool, and cut into small bite size pieces. I can my own chicken breast meat, so I have it already cooked and ready to use. To save time, a deli roasted chicken works great).

¼ cup Mayonnaise

¼ cup sour cream

½ tsp. fresh lemon juice

Salt & fresh ground black pepper

1 tsp. dried dill

A sprinkle of fresh chopped or dried parsley

1 cup chopped celery including some chopped leaves at the top (great flavor in the celery leaves)

½ cup chopped fresh apple, small bite size pieces (I chop them and sprinkle with a little lemon juice and toss to coat, to add extra flavor and prevent apples from browning)

3-4 chopped green onions

1/3 cup dried cranberries (or golden raisins)

1/4 cup slivered almonds, chopped walnuts or pecans (just use your favorite. I rotate depending on what sounds best)

I add everything except the nuts, which I add just before serving to preserve the “crunch”. Mix thoroughly and let chill in fridge for approx. 30 minutes or more before serving, allowing flavors to blend. If you feel you need more mayo, add till desired consistency. It’s delish!

 

January Sunshine Break

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In the midst of the Oregon  January rain, we received a most welcome blessing of about 3 hours of sunshine, BREAK!.......time to stop writing, go outside, start up the tractor, grab a bale of straw and clean the chicken coop. Cleaning the coop is even fun when you get to be in the sunshine. The “girls” were happy about it and Leonidas always makes sure he is in the moment; I mean someone has to supervise!

Repurposed Kitchen Island

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Normally when I post a repurposed project I take before photos, but not this time, since I forgot! Ugh, seriously! Well, I thought I would still post the after pic’s and tell you what we did.

We took the end cabinet from a desk we had made which was in golden oak. We removed the door on the cabinet below the drawer. This was going to be the base of the island.

We lightly sanded the back side of the cabinet so that paint primer would adhere better. We took some wainscoting we had left from a previous project and cut it in two pieces, one for each side. Then we attached them to the sides of the cabinet with wood glue and a brad nail gun, then primed and painted them.

We then cut a butcher block wood piece to fit the top, with a 2” overhang on each side (we also had this leftover from a previous project).

I seasoned the butcher block with cold pressed walnut oil. I added two coats the first day and one coat each day for 5 days. I just poured a small amount on the top and rubbed it in with a clean soft cotton kitchen cloth. I then added one new coat a week for a month, to protect the finish.

Next, we added trim in pine wood. We used L shape trim for the cabinet corners and a wide 5 1/2”  piece all around the bottom. We stained the trim with a dark walnut stain.

We added four casters to the bottom for easy rolling. The finished size is 21” x 24.5”.

This was easy and very cheap! When you use the things you already have it makes it affordable.

 

Hidden Veggie Smoothie

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Hello to all you fellow smoothie lovers out there! I got a Ninja Blender for Christmas and I love it! I'm coming up with lots of new smoothie ideas, and thought I’d share a tip with you that will allow you to get your veggies, without actually tasting them. 

I normally blend frozen fruit, such as mixed fruit or triple berry mix, with fresh ginger root, a bit of pineapple juice and about a cup of coconut water and/or coconut/almond milk and a handful of "frozen mixed veggies”. I've been using a mix of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. This is SO great because it keeps your drink cold and the veggies get all blended up and you really don’t even know they’re there! Also, your frozen veggies don’t get old sitting in the freezer waiting for you to use them up.

I do add fresh kale to my smoothies, and I don’t even seem to taste the kale with all the frozen fruit and berries. It’s a great way to “camouflage” those veggies for picky eaters!

If you need a little sweetener in your drink, you can add honey or sugar. I personally use stevia, which works great. Enjoy

#ThriftStoreFinds - Vintage Leather Coat

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Look how stylish and vintage this leather coat looks on my niece Kassie! It looks amazing with leggings and flats.

I found this coat in absolute mint condition for $39. 

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Thrift store shopping is fun and you never know what you might find. People are always asking me, “How do you find those cute things at the thrift store?”. Thrift stores usually have their clothing sectioned by size and color, which makes it easy. One way to cut your time in half when browsing is by looking at the items in the colors you wear most, first.  

If you are considering buying something you might not get enough wear out of to offset the price, check the thrift store. I don’t wear this coat a lot, but on certain occasions its perfect, and so was the price!