' May 2012 - Sisters, What!

Home Made Chicken Nuggets

This is my attempt at a tutorial, I am sure everyone out there has a great recipe for fried chicken but this one is special. Why you ask? It isn't the ingredients, or the chicken. This is special because my 4 year old - (the I don't eat chicken besides frozen chicken nuggets, 4 year old)- ate this.  I had been struggling for weeks to get my youngest to eat meat of any kind besides frozen chicken nuggets which he only would eat once a week.  I refuse to make special meals so if he found out we were eating meat with dinner he would refuse.  I tried hiding the meat in the potatoes, in salad bites, bribing and letting him go hungry.  Nothing worked, not even the potatoes, he would feel the chicken and spit it out.  So one night I had decided on Fried Chicken and started cooking. For some reason I cut each piece of chicken up small, I am not sure why? Grandpa walked in and said "Why are you cutting it all up?"  I just looked at him and wondered that myself normally we cook each piece whole. But it was a blessing in disguise because we told Colby they were chicken nuggets and down they went.  So a couple weeks later I tried again, this time leaving some larger pieces for the adults. And again Colby ate them.
This is a really basic recipe but I hope you enjoy it.

1. Boil chicken until just starting to cook.
2. Whip up two to three eggs.
3. Make a flour mixture: Flour, Salt, Pepper and rosemary
4. Cut in to small or large pieces.
5. Soak for a minute in eggs.

6. Coat chicken in flour mixture. I find that if I pile the flour on top and let it sit for a minute the flour sticks better.

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth TaleThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"All children mythologize their birth. . . . So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain."

I really didn't know what I was getting into when i started this book, but was immediately mesmerized by the story and writing. I had just read Jane Eyre before reading this book, and was intrigued how the author incorporated it into the story. There were moments that were dark and sad, but essential to the final twist of the story. When I finally thought all the pieces were coming together, a new twist was added to the story, even up until the very end.

I don't think I could really put down in words why I really enjoyed this book...

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Savvy Style: Business with a Pop

So as I promised a long time ago here is finally some fashion advice on how to spice up your work outfits. I really like pencil skirts and I also like blazers, but I'm not brave enough (but I'm working on it) to buy a colored blazer so my last option is to make my shirt something exciting. So here is some examples of taking a normally boring skirt or boring blazer and adding some color. I even have one example of how you can turn that business outfit into a fun weekend outfit. Another thing I'd like to add is if you were like me who was skeptical about this baggy shirt style, I say try it out, they are so comfortable. You can tuck it into a skirt, into jeans, shorts, or even just let it hang. My roommate talked me into this one and now I am a believer.  

 Not sure what is happening here...simply said I love college football. Actually I was telling my dog to stay away from me and my sister got the pose right in time.
  Sadly I am still an awkwardly awesome model...and I still have yet to get rid of the awkward part, maybe I should add this to my list of to do's, but in the meantime enjoy and feel free to laugh.
 Blazer: H&M Top:  Bohme Boutique  Skirt: H&M Sandals: Tillys

Keep being awesome!

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End of the Year Teacher Gift Ideas

This teacher gift idea is perfect for any teacher to get ready for summer. It can be customized for all personalities. This would even make a fun end of school gift for your kids.  
Summers out thank you end of year teacher gift
Make sure to check out our other Thank You Printable Ideas:
Summers out thank you end of year teacher gift
*Check out our recent thank you printable, it involves chocolate ; )

Hey all! It's the end of the year and we all know how much our children's teachers do for our kids everyday. I think it is the least we can do to give them a little something  (like a beach towel, genius!) to show how grateful we are for them. So I have a good friend Jessica who will be sharing here today. She is always coming up with way cute ideas for teacher's gifts and I thought you would all enjoy her latest idea for a end of the year gift for those amazing teachers. Especially these this towel idea! Take it away Jess...

Hey Sisters, Sister's readers!  My name is Jessica Thomas and I am a friend of Joy's!  I am a Mom to three little ones, and I am always trying to find inexpensive fun teacher gifts for their teachers.  I recently designed a cute tag for an end of the year teacher gift, and I think it turned out so cute!  So cute in fact, that I am going to share it with you all!
Download the beach ball and palm tree printable HERE

-a beach towel (I got mine from Marshalls for cheap)
-candy or some good old chocolate 
-ribbon or bakers twine
-and maybe eos lip balm, sunscreen or gum
- or make a bookmark

|| Print and cut out the tags
|| Have your child write their name at the bottom
|| Roll the towel up
|| Wrap the magazine around the towel
|| Place candy on top
|| Tie together with ribbon, and attach the tag

Walah!  Super cute teacher gift!  And really, if you were a teacher, wouldn't you love getting this?!

Thanks Jess! Here is another idea she came up with back for teacher appreciation week. I used it and I think the kid's teachers loved it.

Summers out thank you end of year teacher gift
End of the year teacher gift
***GO HERE for updated version of donut printable

check out some of our other teacher gift ideas:
Thank You, you are AWESOME!

you're #1 in my book and fabric bookmark tutorial


Heart on my Knee - Heart Hole Patch

One thing about me and my jeans is that I like to hold on to them for as long as humanly possible; Especially my favorite pairs. As spring descended upon us oh so nicely, I went through my jeans to put them away for winter. One of my pairs was finally at it's wit ends...that is it was time to retire them as pants. But I knew they still had a little life left in them yet.

So I cut off the bottom of the jeans, but still wasn't sure what to do with the big hole. After much serious contemplation, I decided to try out a reverse heart applique. Using other scrap dark jean material, I sewed a heart under my jeans and then cut out the actual jeans to show the heart underneath.
I was so happy how it turned out, but even more happy to give yet another year of life to my beloved jeans. 

Bonus: I could still jump in them : )


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Baby Quilt

Second quilt finished. I love this pattern. My mom actually made a quilt for my 3rd child from this same pattern and he sleeps with it every night. I still love the pattern 2 1/2 years later. There is something about strait lines and stacks that I just love. 

For this one I used the line from Sweetwater called Family Reunion. I debated putting the flower prints in the mix but with the help of my quilting friends I decided that they look OK for boys too. I did however leave out the daisy prints...too much girl in those. I am officially in love with making baby quilts because they come together so quickly...and they fit better on my wall when I hang them. I am calling this one "Backyard Barbecue" because this is what the fabric reminds me of...summer, hot dogs, and family. I wasn't sure what to do for the back but had these two polka dot prints from another Sweetwater line and I think they fit pretty well. Anyway here's to finishing the baby quilt before the baby actually gets here...yay!

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Red and Aqua Quilt

I made three quilts while Zac has been gone...here is the first. I had planned on it being for the baby but it it really too big for a baby. Maybe for when this little guy gets to a big bed or maybe for Jackson when he gets to a big bed come August. Either way I love how it turned out. Any ideas on a name? For the quilt that is...I am open to ideas.


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Mickey Mouse Invitation - Digiscrap

So one of the hobbies I that I love but don't have much time for is digital scrap-booking.  Digital Scrap booking is scrap booking on the computer using photoshop or other programs of that type.  You download all your papers, embellishments, and such then create your pages.  I love it....the best part for me is all the amazing freebies you can find if you search right. And you can reuse the kits over and over. Like I said I haven't had a lot of time but I am hoping this summer that I can share a little bit of what I do with you because I am out of school for the summer.
First up is the invite for my Son's 4th Birthday....he is all about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse right now... well for the last 3 years. So that is what he chose for his party theme.....I had to search hard to find a good Mickey Mouse Kit online and ended up paying for it because I couldn't find any freebies I really liked. The good side is that I can reuse the kit to scrap book pictures of our future disneyland trip, when we finally go.  I design it as a 4x6 and then downloaded to the Costco website to be printed.  At .13 a picture it is a great way to go.

The kit is called Vintage Mickey and I found it HERE
Kellybell designs also has some other great Disney kits and freebies on her blog.


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Reusable Snack Bags

*UPDATE: find my recent tutorial for Reusable Snack Bags HERE
To the happiness of my husband, I recently had a friend give me some fabric. The part that my hubs liked best were the two vinyl table cloths that I acquired (second pic down) and he couldn't possibly imagine what I was going to do with them; hinting all the while that it was not very tasteful fabric. 
 Ignoring his sneaky remarks, I exclaimed that it was time to go back to our Washington roots and use more reusable things. Our first step to this goal: reusable snack bags. Since having a little one, I've noticed how much we go through plastic bags, like super ridiculous amounts. Something needed to happen. Thus were these awesome snack bags born. 

UPDATE: you can find my full tutorial HERE 

Happy snack bag making!
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Copy and Paste - Onsies for Twins

A while ago, I saw this awesome pin on pinterest for a 'copy and paste' set of onsies for same gender twins. Seriously, awesome. Recently, a few of our friends have been fortunate to be pregnant with twins, which gave me the perfect opportunity to make these awesome onsies.
Using the freezer paper stenciling method, I was able to whip up these two set of onsies really quickly.
The Hubby thinks I should make a set for me and our little one because he swears L's personality is an exact replica of mine. What he doesn't know is that all day I spend training L on how best to tease Daddy. It pays to be the one who stays at home with him all day : )

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