Archive | October, 2011

Living in Sin

25 Oct

Well it has been a couple days since I have posted a blog but I though I would post a quick update on what you are going to see on here in the next couple weeks. As of Friday I will be ending my run as a resident  of Franklin county. A few posts back I talked about my new job that will be in Piqua and that I will be moving in with the fiance.

Yes, that’s right I will be living with Kyle before the wedding. Now to most of you it probably isn’t a big deal but some people like to refer to that as “Living in Sin.” Why? In the catholic faith you are not supposed to live with your husband before you get married. Also some of the more traditional people around agree with that. But a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do…I mean we will have separate bedrooms (ok not really, but thats what I will tell the nay sayers).

Meanwhile, we have not gotten the internet situation figured out yet so after Friday my posts will be far and few between. I hope to get internet there ASAP because how else am I supposed to feed my Pinterest addiction! A smartphone can only do so much. I am hoping to get some posts ready to go before I move and then can just hop on and publish at work but we will see what happens (I still have to pack!).

 

 

 

An Apple (Pie) a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

21 Oct

Its almost the weekend, woot! Unfortunately the weather outside still stinks. The weatherman said this morning that we could expect  frost and temps in the 30’s tonight. Its only October folks and I’m not sure I’m ready for winter to set in. I did also hear from a reliable source (no idea where) that this winter is going to be comparable to the winter of 1978! Yikes!

The great blizzard of ’78, I remember seeing pictures of my grandparents house with snow up to the second story. Mom also told me stories about climbing through the windows to get out and what it was like holed up in the house. I can only say I am thankful that I will not be commuting long distances for work and that Kyle told me he’d clean the garage out for me so my car wouldn’t be snow covered!

With a cold weekend ahead I have plans to stay inside and once again be productive. My mother and sister are making the 2 hour trek to Urbana to help me do a little cleaning at Kyles house. For those of you who don’t have a lot of plans for the weekend, I say its time to do some baking!

Mom’s Fool Proof Apple Pie

1 Box Pillsbury Pie Crust (contains enough for 1 double crust pie)
4-6 Apples Depending on Size ( I used large Golden Delicious and Granny Smith)
3/4 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Flour
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

Apples, yum!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel and slice apples into a large bowl. Add in sugar, flour and cinnamon then mix. Place one pie crust into the bottom of your pie plate (don’t crimp edges yet) then pour apples into the pie plate. I try to buy a few extra apples so it the pie doesn’t look full enough you can add in some extras.

It should look like this!

Next you can add on the top crust and crimp the edges together. Make sure you don’t have any crust hanging over the edge of the plate. You can either crimp edges with your fingers or use a fork to press the dough together. Once the top is on use a knife or fork to poke some holes into the top of the dough. This lets the air escape when the pie is baking. My mom always puts a heart or letter in the middle. You can also cut some slits into the top. Lastly, wet your hand with some water and rub the top crust, then sprinkle sugar on top.

Wrap the outside edge of the pie crust with foil so it doesn’t burn during baking. Bake for 35-40 minutes then remove foil and bake for the remaining 5-10 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.

Lovely Pies! One marked with a "D" and one with a Heart.

The best way to eat apple pie is with a little ice cream on the side! Last weekend I took one of my pies to Kyle’s brother Don, sister-in-law Alisia, and daughter Allison, along with his sister Amy, brother-in-law Adam and son Jake, for a little sibling bonding time. It was a lot of fun to just kick back and hang out with them. After we ate dinner I made a quick trip down to Fent’s, a little ice cream place down the road from their house.

Best desert everrr!

I realize that ice cream may be a little silly to eat while its so cold outside but if the pie is warm it will be worth it!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and stay warm!

Amy Marie

Its a Comfort Food Kinda Day

19 Oct

Its a crappy, rainy, gross, grey, cloudy day out! If you are lucky enough to be reading this blog from somewhere nice, I envy you. Its days like this that always make me want something warm and delicious to feed my soul. This past weekend in my cleaning/packing/decorating excursions I took some time out to try a new recipe, Roasted Spaghetti Squash!

View out side of my window

Two weekends ago I had bought a spaghetti squash because I had seen a fair amount of recipes and also heard people raving about them. I made up my own recipe because I didn’t have one on hand and figured I couldn’t screw it up!

Garlic Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:
1 Spaghetti Squash
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
2 Teaspoons Black Pepper
2 Teaspoons Salt

Cut squash in half length wise and scoop out seeds/gook (like you would for cantaloupe). Combine garlic powder, pepper and salt together and sprinkle over the 2 halves. Place 1 tablespoon of butter in each half (you don’t need to spread it around since it will melt into the center hole). Place in 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.

When it comes out use a fork to pull away the squash from the skin. Pulling the fork from top to bottom will help you get long, spaghetti like strands.

Results after baking and removing most of the squash.

You can eat it like that or dress it up a little. I added a little bit of grated parmesan cheese and spaghetti sauce.

Bowl of plain spaghetti squash

NOTE: The nature of squash is to take on the flavor of whatever you put it in so for me it really did taste like spaghetti however Kyle did not approve. Give it a try though and see for yourself! The squash only cost about $3 at Kroger.  I baked my for 35 minutes and the squash was still a little undercooked so it had a crunch to it. I didn’t mind that but if you want a softer squash cook for the whole 40-45 minutes.

Let me know how your squash turns out!

Amy Marie

P.S. I know this has nothing to do with “Being Crafty Enough” but everyone loves a new recipe, right?

Another Day, Another Dollar

17 Oct

Well like usual the weekend flew by and with my looming to-do list, it went even faster! Wouldn’t it be nice if the weekends were 5 days and the weeks were only 2?? Any who, lets check back with my to-do list from Friday and see how much I actually accomplished…

1. Bake an apple pie (because I told him I would and I feel bad breaking that promise)
2. Make closet space for some of my clothes
3. Clean spare rooms
4. Decorate tops of kitchen cabinets (Before and After pictures to come)
5. Pick at his grandma’s house for some neat decorations ( I feel like I could have my own show, we could call it Clark County Pickers!)
6. Laundry (going to try Tonya’s version of homemade laundry soap)
7. Convince him it’s time to get internet!

Wow! Looking back I guess I did get more accomplished than I though, 6 out of 7 ain’t bad! Although maybe some of them should only be half crossed off. One thing I didn’t realize until this weekend was that I think Kyle has more clothes than I do!

Now if you know him, you know he isn’t exactly the metro man type who spends time planning out his wardrobe. However his mother does work at Macy’s and loves a good bargain. Point in Case: Kyle has a lot of clothes, many with tags still on them. So in my effort to actually make room for my clothes I took anything that had holes or big grease spots and kindly asked him if I could make rags out of them, many to which he agreed.

As for the rest of the list I can say I accomplished them or at least got a good head start {laundry and internet}. I got the go ahead to check out some prices for cable/dvr, internet and a home phone. I am making progress people!!

Finally, lets get to those before and after of my interior decorating project for the weekend! While looking through the pictures this morning I realized I should have stood on the chair to take the picture, but I think you will get the idea. Enjoy!

Before - Mostly used for stashing stuff that didn't really fit anywhere else!

And here it is, the homier, girlier, countrier {I think I’m making up words} after version of the cupboard decor.

Pretty! Even Kyle said it looked good!

I want to add in some flowers or fabric to try and tie it all together but I think it was a good start! I keep debating on what my favorite find at his grandma’s was…the wire chicken basket or the old half gallon, glass milk jugs (left side, blue carrier).

Hello Love!

Once I found this, Kyle promptly asked me “What the hell are you going to do with that?” I just smiled and said “decorate!”

Amy Marie

P.S. Stay tuned for my Roasted Spaghetti Squash Recipe and photos of Apple Pie! Yummy!!

A Free Weekend

14 Oct

This weekend is the first weekend in what feels like months that Kyle and I have not had something to do! Usually its me, because lets be honest, I don’t want to miss anything. But this weekend we don’t have anything to do {if I said I was doing something with you let me know, ASAP}, and because of that I have been coming up with a to-do list in my head all week!

In case you missed it in my last post “Going Green” I have accepted a new job with a company about 20 minutes from Kyles, which means I will be moving in with him, GASP!, before the wedding! Since I will be moving my stuff into his bachelor pad, I have lots of ideas of decorating and updating. My mother keeps wisely telling me to “go slow” as to not scare him off with all my girly antics. I like to think my style is country/farmstead/simple. But I think in his head he sees it as anything but that.

PRIME EXAMPLE OF A BACHELOR FRIDGE

Anyways here is my small to-do list for my “free weekend” at Kyles:

1. Bake an apple pie (because I told him I would and I feel bad breaking that promise)
2. Make closet space for some of my clothes
3. Clean spare rooms
4. Decorate tops of kitchen cabinets (Before and After pictures to come)
5. Pick at his grandma’s house for some neat decorations ( I feel like I could have my own show, we could call it Clark County Pickers!)
6. Laundry (going to try Tonya’s version of homemade laundry soap)
7. Convince him it’s time to get internet!

I think I should stop there…that seems like a pretty manageable list to complete considering most of these will have to be completed with a moose following me around. Stay tuned for an update, maybe even an update from his house if we get internet!

Isn't he the cutest!?

Amy Marie

Going Green

11 Oct

It seems like every other commercial or advertisement has something to do with “Going Green” or “Save the World” these days. I will admit I don’t always do my part but I have recently discovered {via pinterest of course} a pretty way of going green! Everyone has a cupboard or bags full of old grocery bags. I am guilty of this offense, most of the time under my sink is full of them. I decided it was time to tame the beast and do something a little more organized.

I had some old disinfectant wipe containers laying around and found on Pinterest how you can store bags in them. So I gave it a shot and below is a Before and After of making my own bag dispenser.

Ignore the photo quality, Please! My nice camera has a dead battery!

One thing I discovered is that if you roll the bags too tightly it makes it hard to just get one bag out. There is a tutorial here that shows how to rolls the bags and cover your container.

I had also seen another idea of folding your bags and storing them in a container. I thought it would be cute to put the bags in a pretty container, such as a Mason Jar. I folded my bags two different ways: like a flag/paper football and with a bow/bunny ears. The Bunny Ear folding is super easy! Just wrap the bag around two or three fingers and tie a bow with the handles. I learned this way many moons ago from a dear friend at a church luncheon. Below is the photo if two different folds and the Mason Jar!

Again with the picture quality! You'd think I didn't own a real camera...

I am a big fan of mason jars and I think this would look even prettier in a blue or tinted jar. You might not be able to tell that they are plastic bags as much.

Either way you store them is better than the alternative of a sea of plastic bags under the sink or in a closet! What other ways have you come up with to store you plastic bags?

Amy Marie

P.S. This past Friday I received some great, wonderful news and now that I have informed my employer I am proud to share that I have accepted a new job! I will be the Web Marketing Coordinator at A. M. Leonard, Inc. They sell gardening/landscaping tools and stuff {for lack of a better term}. Check out their website if you are into gardening or plants. They have a site for home gardeners, Gardeners Edge and a site for landscapers/greenhouses, A.M. Leonard.

Can I do that?

5 Oct

Last night I decided I should start going through all the boxes of “stuff” in my closet before I made a big move in December {if not sooner}. Most of these boxes are from Ohio State and my summer following graduation. The first one I started to go through was from my marketing internship with Land O’Lakes. Inside I found a notebook from a co-op where we held an event…and because my family doesn’t use the co-op I decided it needed some new life!

Yup, that means I stopped cleaning/packing and decided to craft. Procrastination has always been a strong suite of mine! I knew I had some scraps of fabric left from a Jelly Roll I used for my first quilt, its a Moda fabric. I wasn’t sure if I could use Modge Podge with fabric but I gave it a shot and below is the result! I quite like it. I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do with it. But I did make a list of “Things to make”.

For some reason I couldn’t get the photo to rotate but I’m guessing with WordPress I have to do that before I post it. Oh well, you get the idea!

On a side note I found a new quilt I need to make! Check it out! Now it says its for a crib, which I do not have a need for yet but I think it would be wonderful hanging behind the couch. Now I just need to get sewing and have Kyle make me a quilt rack! 🙂 He loves me enough to do that right?

Amy Marie

Midnight Crafting

4 Oct

Well after deciding to start this blog yesterday I thought maybe I should actually do something crafty, but as it would be I took a nap when I got home from work yesterday. Sometimes I still like to pretend I’m in college and I can come home from doing things and nap. Unfortunately when it came time for bed, I was wide awake. So I decided to try my hand at a project I found on Pinterest. The one I found was actually an item for sale on Esty.

Click picture to see Etsy listing

At 11pm when I decided to start my craft for the night I was limited on what supplies I had and I didn’t really feel like leaving my apartment that late {sometimes I still feel afraid of the dark…that’s ok right?}. I looked through my stash of old frames from college and actually found one I had never used and thought a framed button letter would be fun!

Here are the supplies I used for my Project:
Buttons {old, new, used, some even still had thread in them}
Tacky Glue
Picture Fram
Scrapbook Paper

Step One: Trim scrapbook paper to fit into your frame. I quite liked the way my paper looked framed!

Step Two: With a pencil draw your desired letter onto the paper {you can erase lines if your shape changes a little}. I just did a simple letter D on mine. Don’t make the line too wide or else your buttons won’t be able to cover it up.

Step Three: Arrange buttons on your paper. I did mine a couple times to get the design I liked. First I tried with new white buttons that I had left over from a jewelry project but decided I wanted a more antiqued look to my letter. Luckily I have a whole mason jar full of old buttons from my mother.

Try #1

Try #2

Step Four: GLUE! Yup that’s it. Just glue all of your buttons into place. Tacky Glue works great for this but I’m sure if you had Elmers or any other brand of glue that would work too. Since the letter is framed you don’t have to worry too much about the buttons falling off.

Step Five: After waiting about 10 minutes for the glue to dry a little, you can slip your letter into the frame. Then you are all done and can enjoy the fruits of your labor! A cute little letter D fruit!

Here is my finished product! This was a pretty easy project that took me about 40 mins to complete, but that includes doing two different button layouts.

Amy Marie

Wedding Bells

3 Oct

The average cost of a wedding here in the US is $26,542! Holy smokes!! As I begin to plan the wedding of my dreams this number is very daunting. I can’t even begin to imagine what things these brides {and grooms} must be spending their almost $27,000 on. Now I do understand that there are certain things that you simply can’t get by without spending those big bucks {i.e. food} but really, $27,000 on a wedding! I can only hope that I do not spend that much…there are so many more things I could spend that money on.

Things I Could do with $27,000:

  • Buy a new car
  • Donate the money to a good cause, like 4-H, FFA, American Cancer Society, Childrens Hospital, Etc…
  • Pay off some of those dang college loans
  • Buy a new car {I want a new car}
  • Pay back my parents for all the crap they bought me over the years
  • Not work a full time job
  • Buy more craft stuff
  • Get Moose {the dog} enough treats, meat and bones to last for a year, ok maybe a month…hes a big dog

Ok so you get the idea, you can do a lot for $27,000. In all I know that my wedding will not cost that much and partly due to the craftiness/resourcefulness of my family! As I begin making things for my wedding I hope to share with you my ideas, although I will not share it all until after the wedding! I want those coming to have a surprise when the walk in and see just how pretty it is. One can only hope!

Amy Marie

Crafty enough for a blog?

3 Oct

Lets find out! As my string of craft shows/farmers markets are winding down I was thinking I need something to fill up my free time {because planning a wedding doesnt?}. After some thought and comments from friends and family I think I might give it a shot. As my wise and wonderful sister-in-law said, “Just do it. All those craft blogs that you love? They probably didn’t start out so great.”

So here is my “Just do it” blog! I may not update it everyday or even every week, heck sometimes it may be months between updates {lets hope not}! After browsing Pintrest for weeks and weeks I have lots of ideas of things I want to try so stay tuned for my first crafty blog!

Amy Marie