Monday, April 30, 2012

Veggies In Disguise Muffins

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I love any opportunity to make the traditional dish or treat a little bit healthier if I can. And if I have to sneak it in, then so be it. :) I recently made some yummy muffins that 2 little boys have given me the 2 thumbs up on the results!


Ingredients:

1 cup carrots, finely chopped
1 cup zucchini, finely chopped
1 cup chocolate chips (fresh fruit can be an excellent alternative option)
1 cup walnuts or pecans
1 package of cake mix, prepared according to package directions, but not baked

I didn't have a cake mix on hand, so I used this WONDERFUL GLUTEN FREE CAKE RECIPE!


Add carrots, zucchini, chocolate chips, and nuts to prepared cake batter, stir to combine.

Transfer the mixture to a muffin pan, filling each cup about 2/3 of the way. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Do not overcook, as this will result in dry muffins. Once cooled, these muffins can be frozen to be eaten later.

**We used cupcake liners since my youngest son is sensitive to metals**


With the cake recipe I used, this made about 48 muffins. I used leftover frozen organic zucchini and carrots and pantry items I already had. So you get a bang out of your buck and taste buds with this winning recipe!


Do you try to sneak in veggies for your kiddos?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blast From The Past Craft Fair

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Really, I am alive. LOL I have been busy at home trying to get organized and on a set schedule. Summer break is just around the corner for my boys. So I want to make sure I'm pretty well set so I can enjoy my time with them while they are home all day.

One of my organizing tasks is updating my private blog for my sons. I came across some old craft fair photos. If you are new here, my mom and I used to do craft fairs together for 5 years. It was a lot of work but we had fun doing it together! I miss it sometimes...

Here are some photos from a craft fair in 2008.









 



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Have a blessed day everyone!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #60

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WELCOME TO TERRRIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

Where we show off our creative and thrifty selves for $10 or less!

Here are a few features from last week's party:

T-Shirt Flower Tutorial from Aprons and Ambition


Pineapple Cut-up Made Easy from Growing in Grace



Checkbook Cover from CRAPTASTIC



Lava Flows from Baking with Blondie 




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Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!

Here are the rules: 1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list. I will not feature your project unless the linky button or a direct link to the party is on your blog.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.

Friday, April 20, 2012

My New Thrift Treasures

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Awhile back a friend and I went to a huge garage sale event called the Mother of All Garage Sales. It was a great morning to thrift and hang out with my good friend. The weather was awesome for garage sales and so we hit a few here and there on the way home. I am very selective on what I bring home these days because I have things at home that I need to get rid of. LOL But I found some great deals for my boys and then brought home 2 super cheap thrift finds! I was giddy when I found them!!

One of the items was a great old ladder for $2!! Yes, only $2!! It was at a super nice house so I was expecting a expensive price tag to go with it...yeah you know those kind of garage sales. But they must of thought it was 'junk' and wanted to get rid of it. I quickly snagged it up and threw it in my van! :)


I'm still debating if I should have it inside or outside.  


For now it looks great out by our shed. 


At a different garage sale and another nice house with expensive prices, I found this galvanized funnel with no price tag. I asked the home owner and he offered $2 for it! SOLD! He had 2 of them and another customer heard that price and he immediately grabbed the other one. He was doing the same thing and putting it in his yard for decoration.  



It looks great on my front porch area next to my old watering can.


I got a few requests to see my front porch area. Here ya go. We have a long house but a small porch area.


Recengly, My grandma moved to a smaller place and had a garage sale to help with downsizing. I was VERY selective and left a lot of goodies for other people to buy at the garage sale. I got this wooden box with dividers for 50 cents. 

It was raining outside when I was taking pictures... 


Inside the box was a lot of 'junk' including some great vintage knobs and hangers. I also grabbed some zinc lids for my old jars. You can never have too many zinc lids. :)


I just love these awesome knobs! I need to figure out a project to do with them.


My grandma had this watering can outside so I grabbed this as well.


It looks great on my white bench.


While I was outside I took a few more pictures of my vintage displays in our landscapes...it was freezing cold and spitting rain, but I'll do anything for my blog readers!

This barn door is one of my favorites. I found it at a vintage shop for $5!
My mom made the birdhouse.


I got this table at an auction for $1. I had my hubby cut down the legs to made it lower to sit outside. It has a few layers of paint...Other items here were either made, $1 or free!


That blue thing is actually a seat off a wagon. I got it for $5 at a flea market and just love the blue color.


We have the worst luck with trees on our property. 2 have been destroyed in past storms and we think on is dying now...So I had my hubby cut this one high so I can make it into a birdhouse perch.


I just love to add vintage finds to my displays! Do you love to decorate your yard with vintage finds?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #59

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Thanks to all who entered the Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway last week!
It's time to announce the winner!
Congrats to Jackie from Reini Days Over On Washington!
Please email me and I'll get your prize set up for you!!




WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

WHERE WE SHOW OFF OUR CREATIVE AND THRIFTY SELVES FOR $10 OR LESS!

Here are some features from last week's party:

Spring Moss and Fabric Flower Art from Cup of Delight



Cherry Cheesecake (and Oreo Dirt Cake) from Turtles and Tails



Little Monster Patch from One Artsy Mama


Ruffle Aprons from Kayboo Creations


Coffee Sack Pillow from Shabby Love


Natually Colored Dairy Free Easter Fudge from Whole New Mom



If you were featured today, please grab a button! Thanks!



Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!

Here are the rules: 1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list. I will not feature your project unless the linky button or a direct link to the party is on your blog.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.