Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

Today marks 3 years since the hubby & I got married! I can't believe how fast time goes.

It seems just like yesterday that we were in college and just started dating!


Joe,
I can't believe I got so lucky to have found you so early in life. Some people wait a lifetime to find their other half. Without you my life wouldn't be nearly as funny, happy, or purposeful... you truly are the best part of my life.


I am thankful to have a husband who loves me unconditionally and will support me no matter what.


I may not tell you often enough, but I love you and appreciate everything you do! We have been together almost 8 years and I hope for many more years of happiness ahead of us.



Happy Anniversary to the best husband and partner in crime I could ever ask for!


I look back and remember that day like it was yesterday. It always brings a smile to my face to look back at pictures or hearing our wedding song. Happy anniversary!




Until next time,

Kara

Monday, September 22, 2014

Homemade Halloween Decorations

I love this time of year. It is full of holidays, fall weather and family gatherings. I love to decorate our house to reflect the current holiday season.

I am gearing up for Halloween. Each year I try to catch stuff on clearance to use for the next season, so after I got out my Halloween stuff, I realized I still needed a few things. The Hubby and I headed out to the Dollar Tree and I set out to find a craft project.

I have always seen on HGTV or in magazines the bowls on the coffee tables with ornamental balls that match the room decor. Well if you have ever seen those at the store each ball can cost $7 and up. That is crazy, so I decided to make a Halloween version with googly eyes. Is googly a word? I'm not sure, but lets just roll with it.

This project is super easy and inexpensive. I used three packs of googly eyes, three golf balls and two wiffle balls. I got the craft eyes and wiffle balls at the Dollar tree for a total of $4. I stole the golf balls from the Hubby's pile of not very good balls.


Halloween Ornamental Ball Centerpiece
  • 3 packs of craft eyes
  • Wiffle Balls
  • Golf Balls or any other size balls you want
  • Hot glue gun
This project is super simple. Just take whatever size ball you are working with and cover a small area with hot glue. Then just randomly place the different size eyes all around. Keep working in small areas with the glue until they are completely covered.

Since I was using a wiffle ball which contains holes, I covered part of the holes, but once I was through I put orange tulle in the center of the wiffle balls for just a little extra color.

I loved the way they turned out! I think they are super fun.

Until next time,

Kara

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

In the summer I hate to turn the oven on while it's hot outside. These slow cooker baked potatoes are a perfect solution to having a baked item without heating up the house!



Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

  • 6-8 Idaho potatoes
  • Aluminum foil
  • Slow Cooker
  • Toppings for baked potatoes
Take your potatoes and wash and scrub them off. Wrap in aluminum foil. Place in your slow cooker on low for 5-6 hours until the potatoes are tender.

Serve with all your favorite toppings. Our family likes bacon, green onions, sour cream and cheese.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Kara

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Halloween Decor

I love to decorate for every holiday. I especially love the fall seasons because of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. My three favorite holidays to decorate the house for. I try to decorate as early as I can. 

I love to decorate with different, modern digital prints in picture frames for each holiday. It is an inexpensive way to make a big impact.

Below is a free digital print I created to decorate with this year! Feel free to save it and print it for your home!



Until next time,

Kara

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fried Chicken Recipe

I love fried chicken tenders, but they are expensive to buy at the grocery store. I decided to try and make a recipe for at home. It is super crispy and delicious. 

Fried Chicken Tenders

  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • oil for frying
Now cut up the chicken breasts into strips or cubes and set it aside. 

Now we are going to set up a breading station. You will need three separate dishes. In dish one crack the two eggs and take a fork to beat them up to make an egg wash. 
  

In the second dish dump the flour and season it with pepper. 

In the third and final dish add the crushed Ritz crackers and Parmesan cheese.

Place about 1/2 inch of oil in a frying pan. Heat the pan over a medium heat. 

Now we need to bread the chicken. First roll it in the flour, then put it in the egg and last in the cracker crumbs. Continue until all chicken is breaded. 


Test your oil by putting a little flour in it. If the oil sizzles then it is ready for the chicken. Place the chicken in the pan and fry until golden brown on each side. It will be about 4-5 minutes on each side.


When both sides are browned, place the chicken on a paper towels to drain any excess oil and season with a little salt.


Enjoy!

Until next time,

Kara

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Friday!

Another work week has came to an end! We have had a pretty calm week, considering that golf season is wrapping up.

The hubby celebrated his birthday this week. I ordered a birthday gift online for him. Surprise, surprise shipping didn't come in time for his birthday, but it arrived today.


I can't wait to play! It looks like so much fun. The hubby loves to play Clue, so I thought this might be a fun twist on the original version we already have. I just have to throw in that I beat him in Clue last weekend. I think that is the first time in 7 years... it was only a matter of time, but now I'm afraid I might have to wait another 7 years before I will win again!

Until next time,

Kara

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the best husband! I don't know what I did to deserve you, but I am thankful every day that you chose me!


I hope you have a great day! I hope to celebrate 60 more birthdays together... we start to get really old after that point. 

I love you! Here  is one of our favorite songs.


Kara

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mountain Dew Cake Recipe

For my birthday I received a bundt pan. I was super excited because I wanted it for this specific recipe! I received it just in time to make this cake for my Origami Owl jewelry party! It's super easy and good!


Mountain Dew Cake
• 1 box lemon cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
• 1 (12 oz) can Mountain Dew
• 3/4 c. Vegetable Oil
• 4 large eggs
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 1/4 cup Mountain Dew


The recipe is super easy. Combine all ingredients and mix on medium for 2 minutes. Spray a bundt pan with non stick cooking spray. Pour the cake batter into the bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then turn onto a cooling rack until it is completely cool.
In the meantime, to make the glaze for the cake, combine the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of Mountain Dew until smooth. Pour over the completely cool cake. Allow the glaze time to set up and then it's ready to serve!
This was a hit at the party and the leftovers were a hit at work the next day! Even my husband said it was yummy!
Enjoy!
Until next time,
Kara