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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Joy to the World Watercolor

Today I am so super excited to share with you something I've enjoyed working on.  I am a complete beginner but loved this piece so much I had to share it with you.  If you feel so inclined, click, save & print to add to your own Christmas decor!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My "Secret Weapon" for Holiday Cleaning

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#CleanForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias
So now that it's "officially" Christmas-time (now that it's December), let's talk cleaning. I feel like the 2 biggest cleaning times of the year are spring time & the holidays when friends and family are always stopping by.  And really- we're stressed enough about all the other holiday things why add to the stress of cleaning our homes?! I love trying new cleaning products and was so excited to swing by Walmart and grab the new O-Cedar Pro Mist for cleaning my floor.
All of our downstairs is tiled, and while I love it with a toddler, sometimes getting it all clean and keeping it clean gets hard.  I was currently using a different brand of wet mop and was pretty satisfied with it.

But what I loved about the O-Cedar Pro Mist before even using it was that the micro-fiber cleaning pads were washable & therefore re-usable (saving money) and you can use your own cleaning products (also saving money). And seriously guys, those 2 things make all the difference for me. 

So I used it, and I love it.  The pad cleans better than my last mop and it is so simple and easy to use!  I love being able to pull it out right before guests come over, fill up the container, spray the cleaning solution straight from the mop and clean my floor start to finish in about 10 minutes with hardly any effort. 

This is definitely my new favorite cleaning "weapon" this holiday season because it is so easy & simple & money-saving!  And really, those 3 things are like hitting the jackpot around the holidays.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

 (Almost) every year I'm in charge of one of the two...or sometimes both of the two things for Thanksgiving. Sweet Potatoes & made-from-scratch rolls. And every year they never disappoint the crowd.  Super last minute I decided to share them, in case you're need of a new amazing recipe for either. I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving where ever you are and who ever you are with and give thanks for the blessings in your life! Happy Thanksgiving!

Sweet Potatoes

  • 11/2 lb. sweet potatoes (pealed, boiled, drained & mashed)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbls. melted butter

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 350. In mixing bowl beat eggs, then add milk, sugar, vanilla, and butter. Mix thoroughly. Add egg mixture to sweet potatoes and mix thoroughly. Place sweet potato mixture in 2 quart casserole that has been coated with nonstick spray. Set aside. 
Place pecans, flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar in bowl. Mix. Drizzle melted butter over mixture and stir until crumbly. Spread topping evenly over sweet potatoes. Bake for about 30 minutes.

The best ever rolls I've ever made...or will ever make are from Chef in Training

Mixture 1
  • ½ cup Warm Water
  • 4 packages yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
Mixture 2
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
Remaining ingredients
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 7-9 cups flour
  1. Stir to combine Mixture 1.  Let it sit until yeast is activated and happy.
  2. Meanwhile, heat Mixture 2 over medium heat until melted.  Let it cool until just warm.
  3. In Bosch or other bread dough mixer add beaten eggs, Mixture 2 and 4-5 additional cups of flour. You want the consistency at this point to be a pancake consistency. Once pancake consistency is reached, add Mixture 1. Mix in well and then add additional flour cup by cup until bread dough consistency is reached.
  4. Let dough rise for 1 hour.  After an hour, punch down and let sit for an additional 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, punch down again.
  5. Divide dough in half. Roll into a flat circle about 10-12 inches in diameter (like a pizza).
  6. Brush the top with butter.
  7. Cut like a pizza into 8 slices.
  8. Roll each section into a croissant, starting with the thickest part and rolling inward to the thinest point.
  9. Place close together on a greased cookie sheet.
  10. Repeat for other half of the dough.
  11. Cover dough on cookie sheets and let rise until double in size.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and brush with butter.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Girls Movie Night

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MovieNight4Less #CollectiveBias

The only thing better than a movie night is a girl's only movie night full of yummy treats and the BEST is getting it all for a great deal!  Right now at Wal-mart you can find a pallet that features M&M's®Orville Redenbacher's , and an awesome selections of DVDs & Blu-Rays from Warner Brothers.

 Just be sure you grab plenty of M&M's for everyone! I also snatched up mini M&M's for a yummy edible cookie dough treat! The ingredients and recipe is attached at the end of this post for you to print right out and bring with you to the store.

 The table was a huge hit and took the movie night to another level of fun and the best part is it was so easy and cheap to throw together!

Don't those M&M's cookie dough bites look delicious?! Below you'll find the recipe as well as the free printable invitation for you to start planning your own girls movie night.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to our Craft FAIL book giveaway winner....Dee Sallee!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Craft FAIL Book Giveaway

Today I am so excited to share a book that every crafter or hope-to-be crafter can relate to. Craft FAIL by Heather Mann is a hilariously fun book packed full of pictures featuring others failed attempts to re-create their own Pinterest-worthy creations.  Not everything I craft turns out perfectly and I get some sort of joy out of seeing other's failed crafts as well! 
Heather Mann is the amazing woman behind Dollar Store Crafts blog where you can find tons of amazing and fun ideas.

 I've loved flipping through this laughing, feeling bad for and empathizing with other failed craft attempts in so many areas from home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, and kid crafting fails.

The best part is I have 2 copies of this fun book and one of them could be yours!  Just enter below by following Tied Ribbon on facebook and/or following on Twitter. The giveaway ends in one week. Good Luck and may all your crafting adventures be successes!
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