Thursday, November 29, 2012

DIY Hand Scrub

I am a huge fan of Mary Kay's Satin Hands. I actually was just gifted the set recently after using up all I had left. When I received my Mary Kay set I came across this blog post that teaches how to make a similar version at a fraction of the price. I figured I would give it a try since I love the stuff so much even though I have more than enough scrub now. The recipe takes a lot of sugar and the pink Dawn was hard to find. I actually picked it up on a recent trip. But it smells wonderful and it's just as good as the Mary Kay version. If anything I think I will be using this Dawn dish soap from now on to wash my dishes.

Monday, November 26, 2012


 {Lobster Picks #310 LPS}

Now all our new party accessories are up and running on our Disposable Plastic Wear site. You can find them under the accessories tab.

 {Metal Seafood Forks/Scoops  #333 SF}
 {Metal Seafood Forks #333 FO}
 {Seafood Set #333 SET}
{Set of 3 Metal Cookie Cutters #333 CC}

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Inspiration: Giving Thanks

Being able to relax and spend time with family yesterday was such a blessing. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 {Not only did we celebrate Thanksgiving but two birthdays in our family}
 {Blackberry Cobbler & Banana Cream Pie}
{My pumpkin pie made with pie pumpkins. Tasted excellent by the way}

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving doggie bags

{paper bags, stencils or stamps, pens or markers}

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I have a lot left to do (since I am hosting) I thought I would keep today's post simple. Inspired by a pin on my Pinterest account I made these Thanksgiving doggie bags for my guests to take home whatever their hearts desire. I always keep plenty of paper bags on hand for just this reason but for tomorrow I'm dressing them up a bit with holiday stencils.

{Close bags with a staple or for a more polished look with twine}

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Prep

{Three small pie pumpkins}

Thanksgiving will be at my house this year and I have already started prepping. I've made three pies so far (pumpkin, blackberry cobbler, and pecan pie) that are in the freezer waiting for Thursday. Below are a few images of my pumpkin pie prep using real pumpkins to get my pumpkin puree instead of from a can. This is my first time using pie pumpkins instead of canned pumpkin can't wait to taste the results and hopefully enjoy the fruits of my labor.

{I cut my pie pumpkin into quarters and scooped out the seeds}
{The pieces go into the oven after which I can easily scoop out the inside}

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Inspiration: Thankful for my Country


Today I would like to say how thankful I am for my country. I am thankful for the freedoms we've enjoyed and hopefully our country will always enjoy. I am thankful for the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us because freedom isn't free. I am thankful for the beauty of our country "from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam." I'm thankful for the freedom of religion. I am thankful for the freedom to elect our leaders, and as an American I am thankful for the opportunity to become anything I want to be.

I am proud to be an American.

Source for image can be found on my Pinterest account.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pumpkin Seeds

Using this recipe I cooked the rest (you can see the other recipe here) of my pumpkin seeds with the hull on this time. They did turn out to be rather yummy as the recipe says. They are very crunchy easy to bite into no problems getting any of the hulls stuck in between my teeth and if you still don't particularly like the hull it's easy to break open and only eat the inside. This recipe was much easier than the last one and I will definitely be making these again.

 {Boiling the seeds first to make them easier to eat}
 {Drying my seeds before cooking them}
 {Packaging some to give away}

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veterans Day

{My husband serving in Viet Nam}
In honor of Veterans Day, we'd like to take a moment to remember all who have served our country and continue to do so. We thank you so much for all that you do for our country as well as honor your loved ones for all they have to go through while you're away.
{My father serving in World War II in the Pacific}

{My uncle who lost his life in the Pacific during World War II}

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Inspiration: Thankful for Family

I am thankful for my family. I am so blessed to have both of my parents still living and in good health. I am thankful that all three of my daughters live close by and I get to see them on a regular basis. And I am blessed to be the grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hulless Pumpkin Seeds

Using the seeds from our carved pumpkins I decided to make a healthy snack. Pumpkin seeds are packed with iron, magnesium, fiber, zinc, potassium, healthy fats, protein, and tryptophan. I used this recipe (hulling boiled seeds) to remove the hulls first before baking them. I have only tried cooking pumpkin seeds once in my life and thought the outside was very tough and not too tasty. When I came across how to hull pumpkin seeds I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. It was pretty easy to get the seed out by squeezing the sides until it popped open or cracked and then I peeled the outside away. This process was very time consuming and I decided to only do two large handfuls of pumpkin seeds and the amount I got after hulling them was a very small but tasty bowl of seeds.

To toast my seeds (after removing the hulls) I soaked them over night in 2/3 c. water with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Next I placed them on a baking pan added melted butter and salt and cooked them at 300 degrees for 20 min. (until golden brown) about every 5 minuets I moved them around with a spatula to keep them from burning. The kids loved them and they taste a lot like popcorn.

 {Boiling the pumpkin seeds in salt}
{Pumpkin seeds ready to be hulled}
 {After my seeds were done cooking}

Monday, November 5, 2012

Red, White, and Blue


First and foremost in our minds are the people out East that were hit by Hurricane Sandy. We would like you to know our hearts go out to all those people that were touched by the Hurricane. Many lives were lost and homes and businesses were destroyed. We have many customers and suppliers in those hit areas. Just cannot even imagine what you all must be going thru. Our prayers are certainly with you.

Of course this week we will be voting on Tuesday, November 6.
What a privilege to live the United States of America, where we have the right to vote.  Don't forget to go out and vote as it is an honor and a privilege we don't want to lose.

Source for image can be found on my Pinterest site. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Inspiration: Pumpkins & Candy

{Image of finished pumpkins as promised. A for the Avengers and Hello Kitty in a cape}

I hope everyone was able to enjoy a little bit of Halloween fun. My grandkids turned out to be the only trick-or-treaters I had all night. So now not only am I stuck with a few bags of candy they came back after going out to all our neighbors houses with 18 pounds of candy together! I think this is the most candy I've ever seen in my house and I'm thankful their parents took it all home with them. 

"Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold."
-Judith Olney