Monthly Archives: October 2013

Thankful tree


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


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


 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


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 will take you to her page and will take you to the recipe.

  • 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
  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


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

Original recipe makes 12 servings

Makes                                  servings                          USMetricAdjust Recipe             (Help)
    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


  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!