Keeping it Simple

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I know Halloween is coming up faster than I'd like at our house. We're in some serious need of easy DIY costumes around here, so I thought we'd start our Block Party with a round-up of some great Costume Ideas.

Now it's time for the Block Party Link-Up hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly  

Polly here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.
I've been crazy busy the last few weeks trying to keep up on orders for Harry Potter themed items in my Pieces by Polly Shop.  (There are still a few days to order scarves and wands in time for Halloween delivery).  I did manage to get one of my own new projects posted this week:
Mummy Wrapped Halloween Letters

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Easy Meal Idea- Sausage Breakfast Burrito #BringHillshireHome

Disclosure: I was chosen and compensated for this campaign through Mom it Forward.  All opinions are my own.

Life is busy.  That is just the way it is and it doesn't seem to be getting any less busy any time soon.  When it gets crazy, I always like to have those super simple meals for dinner that are just so easy, packed with protein and so yummy.  These sausage breakfast burritos made with Jimmy Dean fully cooked sausage is a perfect meal for those crazy evenings.  They are quick and they are a huge hit at my house!
Easy Sausage Breakfast Burrito #BringHillshireHome
This is what you'll:
Jimmy Dean fully cooked sausages
Hash browns
Any other toppings you would like

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The first thing that I cook are the potatoes because they take the longest.  

While the potatoes are cooking, I make up the eggs.  I love to put a little bit of milk and cheese in mine just to make them super fluffy!  
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Since the sausage is already cooked, you just need to heat it up in the microwave.  I love how easy and quick that is!  Plus they still taste amazing.  
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This is the fun part, you just put on the ingredients on the table and everyone gets to make their own burrito.  This was so good!  
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We love Jimmy Dean sausage.  It's always in our fridge for when we need to add protein to a meal.  Like these burritos.  Another way we use it is in spaghetti.  It's super good!  Plus you don't have to worry about thawing out the meat and cooking it, I can just pop them into the microwave and I'm good to go!
Right now the Jimmy Dean products and other Hillshire Farm products have coupons on the Just for U website (or on the Safeway app).  It's a great time to get some now because they are a good price with the coupons.  You can stock up so you can be ready for when you need to add some protein to your meals.

You need to check out these other recipes!  They look amazing!

Pretzel Wrapped Lil Smokies
Pretzel Wrapped Lit'l Smokies, the perfect party food!

Mummy Dogs

Hot Dog Kebabs 
hot dog keba

Pesto Alfredo Tortellini
Pesto Alfredo Tortellini with Smoked Sausage | Belle of the Kitchen

Chicken and Sausage Skillet with Veggies
Chicken And Sausage Skillet

Smoked Sausage Penne

Breakfast For Dinner
breakfast for dinner
Mummy Dogs 
Mummy Dogs for Halloween Fun!  #recipe Halloween Dinner Ideas Creative Hot Dog meals Hot Dogs on Halloween Mummy Hot Dogs Recipe

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Kids Craft Idea- Pumpkin Flower Vase

Disclosure- This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  

Life has been busy lately and it doesn't seem to be calming down anytime soon, so I decided that it was time to take some time to just "smell the roses" :).  I love having some fresh flowers in my house.  There is just something about it.  It's so fun to look at them and to smell them.  They just brighten up any room.  Fresh flowers are just so great, click here to see some amazing flower bouquets!    

I needed a fun vase to put the flowers in and I haven't done a kids craft with my kids in awhile, so I thought it would be fun to have them make one.  It seems like they like to paint, glue and cut things.  So I combined those and came up with this idea. They had a blast and I love how they turned out.  I love just letting the kids create and me sitting back.  
Halloween pumpkin flower vase #kidscraft
This is how we made them:
We took some vases, streamers and mod podge.  Tissue paper would work great too.
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The kids painted on a layer of mod podge onto the glass. 
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Then they put the streamers over it.  I let them cut the streamers and then wrap it around the vase.  It was nice and easy but also very fun!
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Here are the 4 designs that we did.  Aren't they fun?  My kids were very proud of their pumpkins.  
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And that's it!  Super easy, super fun and I love how the flowers look on my kitchen table! 
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I used the other ones for candle holders.  I put a little battery tea light and let them flicker on my mantle.  
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You could also do this with mason jars  or with a fun cup.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Silhouette Portrait® Specialty Media Bundle Promotion

It's no secret that I love my Silhouette.  It buy far my most used crafting tool.  I seriously love it!!  If you haven't gotten one yet, you NEED to.  You will not regret getting this awesome machine!  Right now you can get the Silhouette Portrait® and gold and silver printable foil, dust cover and vellum all for $149!  Just use code SIMPLE at check out.  

The printable foil is super fun!!  Here are a few things that I have done with it:

poison label (5)

print and cut feature

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween or Fall Wreath Idea- Candy Corn Wreath

It's the middle of October and I still didn't have a wreath on my door that I loved.  So I decided that I wanted to make one that I could use for Halloween but would also work for fall too.  Candy corn colors are so fun and festive, so I went with that.  To make it for Halloween, I made a spooky banner.  And once November gets here, I will make one that says autumn.

Halloween Wreath- Candy Corn Wreath
This is how I made it:
I took a straw wreath and some yellow, white and orange yarn.  
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I then started to wrap the yarn around the wreath.  I glued down the  ends to make sure it doesn't move.
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Here is the wreath with all the yarn, isn't it so fun?!
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For the banner, I cut out some little pendants out of black and white fabric.
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Then using my Silhouette, I cut out the word SPOOKY out of silver glitter heat transfer.
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I ironed the letters onto the pendants and then glued the banner onto the wreath.
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And that's it!  Isn't it so fun and festive?  I love how bright it is on my door.
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I got a bigger wreath and I'm so glad that I did! 
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