Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Old Crafty Hen Tuesday!

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What a relief! It was questionable but I was able to squeeze in a craft today! That  means, another round of Old Crafty Hen Tuesday!
Several weeks ago, I came across this kit for an Advent Calendar on Sugar Bee. It was a mere $6 so I ordered it. I thought, at the time, it came with everything I needed. Because, apparently, I was so excited with the cuteness of the finished product that I read right over that part. That, or, I just hadn't had enough coffee that morning. However, when it arrived (very soon after I ordered it), I discovered, it was paperless. There was no paper. I had to supply my own. No big deal. I love to peruse scrapbook stores and scrapbook aisles at the craft store. It just meant I couldn't get started as soon as I wanted. Again, no big deal. As long as I got it done before December 1st, I'd be happy.
Yep, I'm happy! It was super easy. You can follow her tutorial. I think it turned out great. And, it's November 30! Just in the Nick of time! ;)
What do ya think?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Brown B(r)aggin'

Yay! With just two days of school this week, that means only 2 days to pack lunch!

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Princess - Wild Rice; Pistachios; Danimal Smoothie; CheezIts; Cookie
Not-to-big-to-say-he-loves-me - Turkey Wrap; Pistachios; Pretzels

Chocolate peanut butter and banana sandwich; grapes; carrots

Menu Plan Monday

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I think cranberry sauce is my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. Do you prefer slick or lumpy?

Monday: chicken breast; roasted fall veggies; whole grain rolls

Tuesday: birthday dinner out

Wednesday: spaghetti; bread; salad

Thursday: turkey; dressing; cranberry sauce; brussels sprouts with chestnuts and sage; sweet potato casserole; rolls; baked apples with cranberries and almonds; ginger cake with caramel apple topping; pie

Friday: broccoli and corn calzones; salad

Saturday: C.O.R.N. (clean out refrigerator night)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thirsty Thursday!

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You guessed it! It's time to play Fill That Glass!

As I write, Hubby is recuperating from hernia surgery. I am totally exhausted. His surgery started at 1:45. It took less than an hour and an hour after that, I was in the recovery room with him. We left the hospital in just enough time to sit in rush-hour traffic. From there, a quick stop at the pharmacy to drop off his scrips then I took him home. Man-cub watched him while I ran to the grocery store to pick up something for dinner and back to the pharmacy to get the pain meds. Then, I fixed dinner, checked on Hubby, put away groceries, cleaned the kitchen, checked on Hubby, did homework with the Princess and Not-too-big-to-say-he-loves-me, checked on Hubby, made lunches for tomorrow, gave Hubby his meds, and had a glass of wine!

Tonight's choice: Pinot Evil Pinot Noir


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Old Crafty Hen Tuesday!

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Another round of my Crafty Tuesday...
I am so excited to finally be starting this craft! I found it waaaaay back in August and knew I had to make lots and lots of these. Of course I'd want one (or several) for myself but I couldn't stop thinking about what a great gift these would make!

Button Rings!

I found the tutorial at Rubies and Pearls and I must say, I love the one she made. That flower button is just the cutest! In my search for buttons, I think I found some really rad ones. Most were bought as sets of three that coordinate. I did buy one honking burgundy button all by itself. Didn't know what I'd put with it but I couldn't pass it up. All of my buttons came from Hancock Fabrics.

So, I started with these buttons...
Of course, you know me, I made a change or two to the tutorial. Instead of a glue gun, I used E6000 adhesive. I find it holds better; and, since some of these are going to be gifts, I didn't want them to fall apart while being worn. So, after my one little change, this is what I ended up with...
The first 5. All buttons.

The second 5. I got a little crazy and added some beads I had.

Now the big decision...which do I allow myself to keep and which will I give away???

Monday, November 15, 2010

Brown B(r)aggin' 11/15

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Aren't these gorgeous carrots?

Lunch for the Princess and Not-to-big-to-say-he-loves-me:

Monday: Chili; Corn Bread

Tuesday: ham sandwiches; celery with peanut butter; apples

Wednesday: Soup; Rolls; brownie muffin

Thursday: Quesadillas; Chips; Salsa; Grapes

Friday: Chicken and Pineapple Slaw Wrap; Carrots; Pretzels

Menu Plan Monday 11/15

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Monday: Quesadillas

Tuesday: Chicken adobo soup with bok choy; rolls

Wednesday: Spaghetti; salad

Thursday: Chicken Pineapple  Slaw Wraps

Friday: Girls' Night

Saturday: Veggie Plate - Roasted Fall Veggies; Quinoa Salad

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thirsty Thursday

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Let's play Fill That Glass!
Yum! It's my first installment of Thirsty Thursday, where I feature a drink of the week. Hope you enjoy!

The Cocktail for This Week is the...
(a variation of the Arnold Palmer)

Step 1: Make sour mix (To do this, you make simple syrup. Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool. Next, you add 1/2 cup lemon juice to 1/4 cup of the simple syrup and refrigerate.)
Step 2: Combine 2 oz. Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and 1 oz. sour mix in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over crushed ice.
Step 3: If you wanna be fancy, garnish with a sugared lemon wedge.

Now, it's time to play Empty That Glass! 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Old Crafty HenTuesday!

Happy to start posting my version of Crafty Tuesday! : )

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Couldn't find anything about A Middle-Aged Crafty Hen (LOL)

Tuesday and Thursday are my days off. Every Tuesday, I craft. Nothing extravagant. Nothing that takes all day. Just one craft. Something. Anything. Creative. Today, I made a Thankful Tree. I found the idea on Coupons Are Great! I opted to make one slight change. Instead of hot gluing the leaves on the branches, I punched a small hole in each leaf (using my Crop-A-Dile II) and used a piece of string tied in a knot to attach them. I thought it would be easier to use the tree this way. Don't want any burnt fingers! I was also worried about Trouble Makers 1.0 and 2.0 eating the leaves before I was able to get them glued on. This way, after the Princess, Not-Too-Big-To- Say-He-Loves-Me, Man-cub, Hubby, and I record our thankfulness, we can simply slide the stringed leaves directly on the branches. The excess leaves lie waiting on a tray beside the tree.


Here's how mine turned out. I kinda like it!

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