Thursday, July 26, 2012

at home iced coffee

I am not a huge coffee drinker but I will admit I enjoy a cup every now and then. I prefer iced coffee over hot coffee any day. 

I am also not a morning person, neither is Vincent. Even though we have a Keurig, I feel too lazy to make a cup in the morning (we have the refillable cup to save money and have an older model so we have to add the it's not as simple as pop a cup and press go)

I wanted to come up with a iced coffee recipe that tasted good. It took some trial and error but I finally got it the way Vincent and I want it. 

It is ah-mazing. We will literally fight over who gets the last drop.

So - because I'm so nice - I will give you the recipe ;)

Iced Coffee a la ML

12 cups coffee (we use Starbucks mild)
1/2 cup stevia/sugar blend  (you can use all sugar or all stevia. We try to reduce calories if we can!)
1/2 brown sugar
1 cup Coffee Mate French Vanilla FAT FREE or SUGAR FREE liquid creamer (I tried International Delight - it tasted terrible)
2-3 cups 1% milk (depending on how strong you want it)

I mix the sugar and coffee first to take sure it dissolves. Add milk and creamer. Chill over night. 
Make about 3/4 a gallon.

This is based on the products and measurements I use. This is a guide :) This based on 10 oz cup.

We haven't tried it with other flavors yet but I would love to hear some feedback :)
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

random video wednesday

I have actually been posting a lot of DIY stuff and so for today, I am going to post videos that make me go "awwwwww!!!"

I am not an avid YouTuber but I love me som GodVine. I love the vidoes they post - they are postive, inspiring, and cute.

These are all animal videos. If you don't like animals, I doubt you have a soul (ok.. that's harsh but for real!? Who doesn't love cute animals!?!)

Here are some that I got a good kick out of!!

How cute are those pandas?! I mean for real. If that didn't make you smile, I don't know what will!!!

Look at his butt! How cute is this little man!?

The one below is probably one of my favorites of all time. I don't know why but I think its hilarious!! I know it's old but I don't care. It's funny. :)

Hope you smiled today :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

lamp re-do

I saw this on Pinterest (I know… shocking!!) and was like “I’m SO doing this!”
I’m pretty sure I have that response with 99.99% of the things I pin, but for real…. I did this one!
My oh-so-wonderful mommy dearest bought me a lamp. Since lamps ain’t all that cheap, I was like “whohoo!” I didn’t love the shade but I wasn’t going to be picky.
I bought a SUPER cute shade at Target but ended up returning it because in order to get it on the lamp, I would have to break the existing shade (it was not the kind you can remove.. trust me… I tried). I just couldn’t bring myself to break the shade.
Well I saw this pin and was cool deal. Let’s do it.
Haha. Nope. It was not the simple. My shade was basically two metal circles connected by a cylinder of plastic. Did I know this!? NO! I had to LITERALLY piece this doggone thing together. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t easy.

BUT it was worth it! Looky!


tearing it apart. I had a mini-heart attack. I hate ruining nice, usable things...

what I was left with...

crap. no going back now...


The during photos didn't happen because it wasn't pretty. I literally used my hands, feet, food clips, and hot glue.... and a few words out of frustration. I realized 1/2 through that I shouldn't have gone with anything close to a linear pattern because it didn't line up straight. I used the original fabric to cut a "template' and then I winged it. The fabric is hot glued. It's not pretty. If you are lucky I will upload close up photos...

Whatever - I love it and so does the hubs. :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

birthday board

Time for another Pinterest try!

This one actually turned out pretty great in my opinion!

Here  are the two I found (here and here). They were actually some of my very first pins!

My nanny had mentioned a while ago that it is hard for her to remember how old everyone in the family is (especially the great-grandkids). My sister and I make her a calendar every year but I was thinking that it wouldn’t hurt to make a more permanent one!

NOTE TO MY FAMILY – SHE HASN’T SEEN IT YET. DON’T SPOIL THE SURPRISE!!!! If you do and I find out, I will hunt you down and tickle you to death. I'm just sayin'! You've been warned! ;)  (I'm giving it to her after she gets back from Seattle..)

The break down:
I got a piece of wood from my work (it's actually a piece of wide molding!)
The grey paint was $1 from Lowe’s – it was one of those “oops” paints on clearance
The hooks were $3 from Lowe's
The wooden pogs are from Hobby Lobby – they were $3 for 22, I bought two bags
White, yellow, black, and teal paint pens - #3.50 each from Hobby Lobby
Jump rings – in the jewelry department at Hobby Lobby $4
TOTAL: $28

Steps: (sorry, I slacked and didn’t take photos… don’t hate!)
1.       I painted the wood. I choose flat wall paint because it’s easier to write on and I didn’t want it to be glossy.
2.       My board was 30 inches, so I did each hook 2.5 inches apart.
3.       Vincent used a drill bit to make the initial hole and I screwed the hooks in by hand.
4.       After I painted all the pogs, Vincent used a smaller bit to drill holes at the top and bottom of each pog.
5.       I carted the whole thing to my moms… she has much prettier hand writing. We used stencils that she had and traced “FAMILY.” She then free-handed the word “birthday” and all the names and dates on each pog.

That was pretty much it. I mean it took a few hours and lots of laughs but I think it turned out great!

I added two extra blank pogs for future use - one at the beginning of January (that says “family” with a heart) and the other at the end of December (that says “etc”).

I also included my dad’s birthday. He was a part of our family for over 25 years and he deserves to be on there.  (C. Allan Tinsley 1.9.54 – 2.24.00)

Hope Nanny likes it!!!

See- my mom's handwriting is beautiful!!

My dad

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

salt dough

Saw this pin a while back. Cute huh!? Well I had some free time after work last week and thought I would give it a shot.

Vincent wasn’t home so I forced my pups to participate. It was overly dramatic, to say the least.

The salt dough recipe is:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup cold water

Mix until has consistency of play dough. Bake at 250 for 2 hours.

Sounds easy enough. I halved the recipe though – because let’s be real, 1 cup of salt is a LOT.

Here is the step-by-step in photos!

yes.... I made them pose with their prints. Don't judge. 

You can paint them, I didn't because Vincent liked the way they looked au naturale. Needless to say it did not true out like the pinned image. I guess I should have expected that. Overall I’m pretty happy - I mean I love my dogs so anything related to them makes me one happy mama. :)

I think it would be a great way to document kids hand prints... so one day.