End of the week leftover recreation

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End of the week leftover recreation  is simply where you take your leftovers and the odd items such as that 1 green bell pepper or the three potatoes left in your refrigerator drawer that hand full of baby carrots left in the bag and those two sticks of celery and then of course your leftovers from the week and create something new.  the only leftovers I had with enough in it to recreate another meal was the chicken and dumplings so tonight we’re going to have a hearty chicken soup.

first I’m going to pour all the broth from the chicken and dumplings into the crock pot through a strainer to catch any bits of chicken or the larger dumplings and keep them from going straight into the crock pot then I’ll set the strainer of chicken and dumplings back over the into the bowl I used to store them in the night before so they can finish straining. While the chicken is straining any remaining liquid safely into the bowl I can then move to the stray items I found rolling around in the back of the veggie draw in my fridge.

Can we say disorganized and cluttered!

 

 

About half a bag of yellow potatoes just under a half bag of baby carrots 1 onion half a bell pepper a few celery sticks garlic. Then for the spices salt pepper some concentrated chicken stock to up the flavor some a pinch of ginger a shake or two of celery seed and two to three shakes of garlic powder then I gave everything a good stir and let cook on high for about 5 hours or so tasting on occasion to make sure the flavor was right. We all agree dinner was good last night with the chicken and dumplings but tonight’s dinner was even better I made some corn muffins to go with our hearty chicken soup and there were nothing but empty bowls left at the table tonight.

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Influenster and Dr. Scholles cozy coushions

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This is my Rose Vox Box from Influenster I received all of these products free through this service and anyone can join. All you have to do is go to Influenster.com and sign up. I am skeptical when it comes to sites like this I have tried many that simply filled my in box with junk I did not want and gave no real rewards. So when I heard about this site from one of the YouTubers that I watch frequently I decided to check it out. I thought if nothing else I can kill some time.  imagine my surprise when I got an email inviting me to a Vox Box campaign. I accepted the invite thinking I would get nothing to impressive and then this box shows up and I am impressed.  

In this box I received a pair of Dr. Scholl’s for her cozy cushions. These are insole inserts for boots the tops of them are a plush white fur and the underneath side is a grey gel foam they also have a nice arch support in them. I put them in the shoes I wear thee most, my house boots. I don’t wear shoes inside the house so every member of my family wears either bear feet socks or house shoes. this time of year I have a pair of house boots and the soles are a bit hard so I slipped these inserts in and they feel amazing. My only issue is the boots are a bit wide so it did take a few days for me to get them situated so that they set where I walk. The fist day I had them in my boots I kept stepping off the inside edge of them. Once I figured out were they needed to sit and were my feet needed to be I have been very happy with this product and plan on getting a pair for my other outside boots.

Today’s thoughts!

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the other day I asked everyone on my Facebook when a good time to start decorating with small seasonal decorations was. I got few answers but most thought after thanksgiving was the earliest it should be. This weeks weather report is calling for flurries so im going to let the weather decide when things such as the pinecones and silver bells and candles and such will start to make their appearance in my home if there is snow in the air this week then I will start making my home winter cozy if, on the other hand there is no snow in the air this week I will wait till after thanksgiving to start any seasonal/Holiday decorating.

 

I made this while sorting holiday decorations what do you think acceptable early holiday décor ?

TURKEY TURKEY!!

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My first Thanksgiving nails.

It is now time to start thinking about TURKEY so what better way to do it then on my nails. Now I like cute and silly things anyway and you add to it the fact that I’m not the best artist and you get a googly eyed turkey…lol 

 

I started off with my base coat then 2 layers of Sinfulcolors (skylark) after letting that dry for about 10-15 min, I played online, I out-lined my thumb and pinky then painted a sort of circle at the bottom of the nail on both middle fingers and a feather/leaf shape on my index and ring fingers with Nail Art (Cocoa) and let all that dry for about 3 min.

Then taking SinfulColors nail art (Flower Girl) I filled in the feather/leaf with this sparkling gold. Then I took SinfulColors (exotic green and berry charm) and Spoiled by wet n wild (Designated Driver) and just made some thick short stripes above the brown circle (turkey body) then I took the gold and made a small triangle on the brown for the beak.

wile I waited for the feathers to dry I made two small white dots just above the beak I then put my top coat on all the nails except the middle fingers by the time I was finished with that it was time to put the smaller black dots in the middle of the white dots to finish the eyes. after letting that dry for about 4 min I then top coated it.

Thankful tree

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Thankful tree

To create your own Thankful Tree you need:
1.Gallon mason jar or any sort of tall container like a vase or even decorate an old pringles container.

2. Paper bags from past grocery trips or scrap construction paper.

3.Twine, Sticks from your yard, Scrapbook paper, Scissors Leaf stencil and a Hole punch. If you don’t have a leave stencil then you can just free hand it or simply cut out any shape you want.

What you do:
1.Shred your paper bag and arrange in your jar.

2.Send your hubby outside to gather a few sticks/branches with the kids then
Choose your best sticks from their stash.
3.Put the sticks in your jar of paper bag shreds.
4.Tie some twine around the neck of the jar to decorate it or you can use ribbon or what ever you have.
5.Cut out leaves from your scrapbook paper. If you don’t have scrap book paper you can use construction paper or even computer paper.
6.Start writing what you are thankful for then punch holes in the leaf and loop some twine through so you can hang your leaf. You can also use ribbon or simply make the wholes big enough to slip over the end of the twigs.

Then every night (we plan on doing ours at dinner) everyone gets to put a leaf on the tree and say what they are thankful for. you can also do this for a holiday party and have each of your guests fill out a leaf. You can put this up just a few days before thanksgiving or sooner and have it up for the entire holiday season it up to you.

Enjoying, Learning and Loving Life!
Peggy Sue

DIY gifts for him

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We all know that the man in your life is always the most difficult to buy for when it comes to gifts. Well I wanted to give you some DIY ideals for your man. I have done some of these in past years for my husband and he has truly loved them the others I am planning on doing this year or next.

1. we have all seen the little coupon books in the last minute gift ideal section of most stores well I made my husband one at home that was tailored just for him and he still holds on to it many years later. I asked him one day if he was not going to use any of the coupons why didn’t he just toss it his reply was simple ” you made it for me and it reminds me how well you know me and the fact that you would take the time to make it for me show how much you care”

I simply cut some stripes of white computer paper and punched two holes in each piece, one at the top and one at the bottom, and tied them together with ribbon. I then set down and thought of my husband and what he would like. I then simply and neatly wrote out the coupons with things like, this coupon entitles you to one bubble bath, with this coupon you will receive a meal of your choosing to be made on a night of your choosing, or with this coupon you will receive on free foot massage. I also but some fun ones in there like one free kiss or anything you wish…and yes that one was for he and I time only…he loved that one.

2. My husband loves his baths so I put together a bath time mini spa kit for him and the best part was it coast me nothing but a bit of time on the computer. I simply filled out for some free samples and collected the sample size items that sometimes come with the purchase of full sized items that I needed to get any way.

3. This one I plan on doing for next year and will be starting soon. I am going to get a small note book and write at least one thing each day for an entire year. I plan on writing one thing each day telling how much I love him or why or simply something he did that made me proud that day. just some little thing to remind him of the man I know see and love each day. I know we can sometimes forget but men need to be reminded of there worth and our love just as much as we do.

4. My husband and I are big coffee drinkers so this year I am making a coffee mug for him. I wish I could remember were I saw the post about this but I cant but all you have to do is get a plain white mug and draw or write whatever you want on it with sharpie. Then you bake it in the oven on 350 for about 30-40 min and you have a beautiful custom mug. just a tip though: the cheaper the mug the better the design will hold. this is do to the glaze on the mugs the cheaper ones meld with the sharpie better so dollar store mugs are great for this one.

Enjoying, Learning, and Loving Life!

Peggy Sue

Cartoon nails

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 My first attempt at doing cartoon nail art. 2 coats of any color you prefer, just make it fun, I chose a blue. then you out line the nail with black and use a small nail art brush or toothpick to put just a small white line along one side to represent the shine that the cartoon girls always have on there nails. after about 10 minutes or so finish with top coat.

Pumpkin butter

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Pumpkin butter

I love pumpkin pie and I believe that there is never a bad time for pumpkin pie how ever it is not practical, at least not for me, to have a pumpkin pie just sitting about all the time. So I went on the hunt for an alternative and I have now made my very first batch of pumpkin butter. so simple so good. now I must say I did find this on another bloggers page, I will put a link to her page and the recipe below the photo

the link http://tidymom.net/ will take you to her page and http://tidymom.net/2011/pumpkin-butter/ will take you to the recipe.

Ingredients
  • 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree (about 3.5 cups)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey (optional)
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredient, except for lemon juice, in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 mins, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and let cool.
  5. Pour into airtight jar(s) and store in refrigerator for up to 6 days.

Broccoli cheese soup

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Broccoli Cheese Soup
PREP                                                 10 mins
  •                 COOK                                                 30 mins
  •                 READY IN                                                 40 mins

Original recipe makes 12 servings

Makes                                  servings                          USMetricAdjust Recipe             (Help)
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    1/2 cup                             butter
  •                         
    1                             onion, chopped
  •                         
    1 (16 ounce) package                             frozen chopped broccoli
  •                         
    4 (14.5 ounce) cans                             chicken broth
  •                         
    1 (1 pound) loaf                             processed cheese food, cubed
  •                        
    2 cups                             milk
  •                        
    1 tablespoon                             garlic powder
  •                        
    2/3 cup                             cornstarch
  •                         
    1 cup                             water

Directions

  1. In a stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until softened. Stir in broccoli, and cover with chicken broth. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat, and stir in cheese cubes until melted. Mix in milk and garlic powder.
  3. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into water until dissolved. Stir into soup; cook, stirring frequently, until thick.

I made this for my family just a few nights ago and they all loved it. This is one of those recipes that will defiantly go in MOM’s cook book to be made again and again. I even had enough left over that I have some in my freezer so next time I need a quick meal and I don’t feel like cooking I can pull it out heat it up and I know everyone will love dinner. I hope you enjoy!