Archives For September 2013

BlogPal Party

September 27, 2013

Hey guys! Today is our very first Link up for BlogPal!!!

I’m so excited to see the post that the BlogPal participants generated this month and hope you like them too.

Being this was the first month of BlogPal, there were some hiccups along the way that will be address for BlogPal November 2013. Some of the rules will be adjusted a bit and this will turn more into a fun writing experience.

Thank you to all the participants this month! Please link up any post you haven related to BlogPal below and hop around to see how other defined the topics this month!

Hope to see some of you back for BlogPal November!

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Enter your link below!!

Thanks!

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Woah, two posts in one day? WHO AM I?

Ok, this one will be short and sweet. Much like my earlier one.

I NEED YOUR HELP.

I’m slowly getting my home together to share for you guys… But, I need help with the front entry. I’m going to turn a free old piece of furniture into the perfect bench for my front entry, but cannot for the life of me decide on the fabric for the bench seat. It’s going to be attached to the bench so it needs to be simple and something that will work year-round. But also something graphic/ modern and fun.

Normally I’d pick something cheap, but this is a small project (fabric wise) so i figured I could splurge a bit.

HELP!!

Below are the fabrics I’ve narrowed it down to… I love something about each and every one and cannot choose without your input!

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Which are your favorites? Pick as many as you’d like!! Leave me a note either in the comments below or in this poll:

HELP ME!!

 

Thanks 😉

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Goodbyes Suck

September 25, 2013

Hey guys, I’m just poping in for a hot minute to let you know that TODAY over at SYTYC Tauni is hosting my goodbye interview for the competition. I’m sad to go, but so glad I had the opportunity to participate. Please stop by and give Tauni some love not only at SYTYC but at SNAP as well.

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Tauni is one of those bloggers you only read about online and wish to someday meet. She’s an amazing crafter, has great ideas and the best personality. We’ve only emailed each other a few times over the course of the competition but she was so sweet to me every time and I cant wait to meet her someday.

Maybe I’ll make it out to SNAP Conference in the next year or so!

Tomorrow I’m back with the FULL tutorial for my Dresser & Friday we are hosting a link party for BlogPal!!

I’ve already got some great posts planned for next week too! Look at me being all productive and stuff. 😉

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I don’t know about you guys, but when fall hits I get into a serious baking routine. Mostly of apple pies, and apple crisp and fall/ winter treats… but another favorite that I really only seem to make when it gets cold out is banana bread. Notice I didn’t say “Banana Nut Bread”. Why? Cuz I can’t eat nuts. I love peanut butter and all that good stuff and occasionally can eat pistachios, but overall something about consuming nuts does funny things to my tummy, and we all know where that leads…

Anyways… TMI.

BANANA BREAD

Banana Bread has slowly become one of my “adult life” favorites. You know, the things you didn’t try or didn’t know you’d like until you were and adult and was forced to try a sample by your step-mother because “you cant know if you like something until you try it”. Thanks Sandeez 🙂

This recipe comes from said step-mother, who I lovingly just refer to as Mom #2. This woman has been in my life since I was 4, and I love her dearly like another mom. Esp… when she cooks. Because boy oh boy can this woman cook. I wish I had her ability to mix flavors and try new stuff and somehow make it work. 

I was always afraid to try the bread because I hate banana “flavored” things. Love bananas, cant stand the fake stuff.  Guys I can’t even eat banana flavored Pez or the small candies that look like barbie bananas. But eventually I tried some and now I’m hooked.

So I was kinda thankful Sunday when I spotted 3 very ripe bananas from the rooms that in another day or two would end up I the trash, and decided to use them (hey thanks rooms ;))

This recipe couldn’t be more simple and quick and takes zero effort on your part other than mixing.

THE BEST BANANA BREAD RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 CUP        Butter
3/4 CUP        Sugar
2                     Eggs
3                     Mushed Bananas
2 CUPS          Flour
1/2 TSP.        Salt
1/2 TSP.        Baking Powder
1 TSP.            Baking Soda

1 TBSP         Vegetable Oil
2-3 TBSP     Flour

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Preheat over to 350°F . Prepare loaf pan by rubbing sides and bottom with the vegetable oil and a paper towel. Use 2-3 Tablespoons of flour and tap/ coat the side and bottom of the pan evenly. Tap excess flour out into trash.

2) Using a stand or hand mixer beat butter until soft (I always use cold butter and just throw it in my stand mixer). Then add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs and bananas and beat slowly until well mixed. Basically you still want some good banana chunks to remain (those are the best part!)

3) In a small bowl mix remaining ingredients (Flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt).  Once well mixed slowly add to the wet ingredients.

4) Pour mixture into your loaf pan and put that baby into the over for 50 minutes, then check it to see how firm the top is. You want to remove the banana bread at just the right time that it’s not overly dry inside, but cooked thoroughly. I generally throw it in for 50 min, and forget it then watch it closely for anywhere between 5-10 minutes. If you had bigger bananas you’ll need the extra time, smaller bananas need less time.

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5) Take it out of the oven when the top is firm, but the cracks on top show a moist center. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove and place on cooling rack.

I feel the best way to store it is in a Ziplock bag on the counter… it generally only stays around in my house for MAYBE a week (I swear gremlins eat it).

Some people like to add butter to their pieces, but I love it au-natural. Butter might be good if your break comes out a little dry…

What are some of your favorite “adult life” foods?

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Welcome to Fall!

September 23, 2013

Hey guys, Monday morning… normally my least favorite day of the week, but I have to say other than waking up early it’s been a pretty decent one so far. This weekend was a big… relief? of sorts.

The last couple of weeks have been rough. Some personal life stuff, work stuff, and then the STYTC competition deadlines. I loved being in the competition but I wasn’t as prepared for each week’s craft as I thought I was. Plus I was competing against some really amazing bloggers who apparently don’t sleep, eat or shower… cuz I have no idea how they were able to do the crafts they did in the time that they did them.

**Side note, week 4 Fall Crafts is up, go vote for your favorites!!**

So, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that left a sweet comment about my crafts and about my efforts in the competition. I truly loved being a part of it and will look forward to being in more competitions in the near future. Until then though we are back to regular scheduled programming.

So, what would have been my craft for today? My fall craft was…

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Using pegboard from my local hardware store I created a large scale cross-stitched candy corn with yarn.

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The whole project kinda stemmed from this image that I had pinned way back when (which is an official measurement of time) and when I was searching through pinterest for ideas I stumbled back across the pin (I knew I pinned that for SOME REASON).  Anyways, in my frantic search I started looking through all my pinterest boards and came across this image. which lead me to a google search for cross stitched pegboards and I found the following images…

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Anyways, I thought the idea was unique and different and I could really turn it into a cool “masterpiece” so I attempted to do a fall leaf first.

Which turned into a major fail. Like major. I thought that if i painted the background black the colors of the yarn would stand out more, which they did, and by doing so they highlighted my second fail… To make the leaf large I cut the shape on an angle. Not realizing that doing so would affect the actual “stitch” being as it would no longer be an “X” it would turn into a box shape.

Which is a no-no.

This is what it looked like nearing the end…

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So after all that fail ^^ See above picture…. I decided to try the idea again, but with a more simple shape. This is how I ended up making my candy corn masterpiece…

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SUPPLIES: 

  • Pegboard (can be found at the hardware store in smaller sizes)
  • Orange, yellow & white paint (spray or acrylic)
  • Clear coat paint (to protect from weather)
  • Yarn in orange, yellow and white (buy at meijers, cheaper than craft stores… unless you have a coupon)
  • Crochet or Yarn Needles
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  • Floral Wire (mines in black)
  • Raffata (mines red)
  • Burlap

STEP ONE:  CUT & SAND PEGBOARD. I used a hand jigsaw to cut both the leaf and the candy corn, however I did result in a nice blood blister from cutting it this way. I suggest taking your time and not rushing it, might take a hot minute for you to get used to cutting the pegboard. Wear goggles/ glasses as it’s VERY dusty. Sand down the edges and front and back of the pegboard to get and even, tangle free surface.

STEP TWO: PAINT. I used white primer spray paint in several coats to get a good white on the pegboard. Then using frog tape I painted off the middle and bottom section with orange and yellow paint. I just used acrylic, but you could use spray paint too. Let everything dry and then add a generous coat of clear coat to the whole piece (front, back & sides) before moving onto the yarn. The clear coat protects the porous pegboard from the weather.

STEP THREE: APPLY CROSS STITCH. Starting in the orange section I used my yarn needle to start the “X” pattern from the bottom working my way to the top of the orange section. At this point I figured I’d give blending the two different colored sections a “go” so I used the orange only in parallel lines crossing over into the yellow section. Then after tying off the orange I used the yellow to finish the orange lines and continued up to the white section where I repeated the process.

STEP FOUR: ADD WIRE & BOW ACCENTS. After the yarn work was complete I used black floral wire (found at Michaels) to create a hanger. I twisted the wire around and made curly “qs” to give it some depth and texture. Then I attached a raffata and burlap ribbon for an accent.

And that’s it. It really couldn’t be more simple. The cross-stitching does take some time, but I popped in a movie and was able to complete it fairly quickly.

Imagine all the different shapes you could make. Maybe a pumpkin? Maybe a witch’s hat? Or you could keep the basic square shape and use the yarn to create your pattern.

What fall crafts are you working on right now? Let’s see them! 

Thanks again for all the support!! I’ll be back tomorrow 😉

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Hey guys, I’m back today with a review of a cool kids movie provided courtesy of my affiliation with #ENMN. This time the review is of The Secret Millionaires Club 2.  Now, this technically a kids movie, but I can enjoy the Lion King every now and then so I figured why not. Maybe I’d learn something too.

Or I could just hope there were funny innuendos (there wasn’t :/ bummer)

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In this set of movies Warren Buffett shows kids how to invest in themselves and their future.  Basically the show is about  a group of middle school students, Radley, Elena, Jones and Lisa aka “The Secret Millionaires Club” traveling the world with their robot, Starty, and Mr Buffet as their mentor.  Under his watchful eye, the kids apply basic business knowledge to helping others in their adventures – all while learning about investing in themselves.

It was an interesting way to teach some basic business skills, and I did learn a bit about investing that I wouldn’t have normal known. Since I’m not entire still a kid, and don’t have kids now, I think this will definitely be a movie that I save for future use.  Overall like many of the other reviews of this movie I thought the music was pretty catchy and I started singing it to myself in the car (luckily I was alone). Hopefully the guy next to me in rush hour traffic didn’t think I was TOO weird.

Anyways, back to the review, while the “reality” of the movie is kinda far fetched, the life lessons are there which is what I think Buffet was actually going for. Things like it’s good to know your competition, treat people how you want to be treated, having a plan B.

Basic principles are there, and overall not too bad for a kids flick.

Alright, that’s it I’m out to watch Lion King. (I sing that in the car too….)

Night everyone!

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Week 3 Birthday Results

September 20, 2013

Howdy readers. It’s Friday, which means today is the day to find out the results of the SYTYC Week 3 Birthday Challenge….

Just a reminder these are the FIERCE competitors that I had to work with…

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Can you guess which project was mine?

How about if I gave you a hinty-poo…

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Ok, clearly I’m bad at this whole “hint” thing. Yup that’s right. My project was the Casino Birthday Table Decor!

Which according to this chart landed me in…

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Last place! I will be leaving the competition this week. I’m super bummed, but glad I had this opportunity. Hopefully you’ll continue to vote for your favorites!

Thanks for all your votes and support!

OUT.

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I’m going to start this off by saying that i’I’m not an expert. In fact, I’m terrible about running. I’ve never been good at it my whole life. I’m not fast. I don’t enjoy it. I esp hate running without music. Sometimes running int he gym in front of the big TV screens is ok. And when I first started running I could barely run a whole minute without stopping even in my best shape.

All that being said though, I’ve taken running 5Ks up as a hobby. I’ve ran Warrior Dash three times, The Color Run, Color Me RAD and a few other random walk/ 5Ks in the last three years and I can honestly say I love it. Not for the running part. That part I hate. But for the sense of accomplishment, fun obstacles, color in between my boobs, I have a zillion new t-shirts and its something I can brag about way.

A lot of people thought I was crazy when I started. I remember the “You paid HOW MUCH to run?” questions, the “That doesnt sound fun at all” statements and the “Why?” faces. Yes, that’s right. I, Justynn, hater of all things running started running 5Ks.

My first race was Warrior Dash 2011. A co-worker pulled me aside at work and made me watch some weird video trying to pump me up about mud, sweat and beer. It looked fun, and I like anything that gets me dirty and felt like it would be a good time.

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Wrong. It was hard. REALLY HARD. I almost threw up, several times. The obstacles were hard. I was out of shape even though I had been “practicing” and it pushed me to my limits. I hurt everywhere for the next three days. (luckily they were mostly all spent at the cottage where I could be lazy as all hell and no one would question men.

So naturally I signed up to run next years almost a week later.

And not only did I sign up for Warrior Dash the next year, but I added the Color Run for 2012. Then this year I ran Color Me RAD and the Warrior Dash again (this year I ran it alone).  It’s addicting guys. I’m already signed up for WD 2014.

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Bonnie from The Pin Junkie (My BlogPal this month!) is training for her first 5K right now so I figured I’d do a post offering some well learned tips and advice for running the 5K races (the fun ones) that I’ve picked up over the last three years. BTW you should stop by her blog today to see what she’s got up for her training…

Lets play: So You Want to Run a 5K.

ONE) Preparation Is Key. Being prepared running wise will definitely make your 5K more enjoyable in the long run. Instead of huffing and puffing  the whole way, feeling like your sides will burst, your feet will fall off and avoiding the “I pushed it too hard” post pain is key.

Never run? That’s OK. You’ll still be able to finish this race. The first thing you need to know is that after that first 1/2 mile about 1/3 of the runners that signed up for the 5K are walking. And that’s OK. If you want to run it the whole way start slow. Run for 60 second walk for 2 minutes and repeat intervals until that becomes easy. Then bump it up, run for 2 minutes then walk for 2, and keep doing this until you feel comfortable enough your running and no longer are paying attention to the time amounts. Also dont do all this running inside. The race will be ran outside so get outside. Running on a treadmill and running on an actual path are two completely different feelings and generally runners have one they prefer over the other and it affects HOW they run.

TWO) Preparation is Key (Again). When registering for these event pick a time slot (if offered) early in the morning.

For example: Warrior Dash runs all day in 1/2 hour increments and almost 500 people per heat. In the middle of summer when hot days can be over 100 degrees (here in MI) you want to run early. Don’t run in the heat. I don’t care if there is water obstacles. Don’t do it. You dehydrate faster, you breathe harder and it wares you out 3x faster (not so scientific fact of life). Also, for Warrior dash you are running and climbing things covered in mud. And silly little fact, you are not the only person COVERED IN MUD. Those obstacles get slippery. REAL Slippery. I nearly ripped the skin off my hands trying to climb down a rope and couldn’t grab hold because the rope was covered in mud. I ended up jumping half of the way down and that wasn’t fun either. Also, lines get backed up at obstacles over the course of the day from the previous heats of runners. Get there early and get there first if you are at all trying to run for time. (Do people actually run for time at these things?)

THREE) Preparation is Key (is there a theme going on here?) When registering for WD make sure you take a look at the obstacle they are offering for your race (sometimes they are not announced yet, so look the day before your run). This last race I ran was VERY different from the last one and had one obstacle that terrified even the strongest runners. Basically it was a walk the plank over a small pit of water. I don’t even want to know what it felt like falling into that pit and there were several people unable to attempt it at all.

FOUR) Bring extra clothes (you thought I was going to say preparation is key again didn’t ya?) Along the same lines of being prepared is being prepare POST race. Make sure to have water, a changed of clothes, non- tennis shoes (I prefer flip flops) and a garbage bag for your dirty clothes. Along that same line, if you are running the fun races where you get dirty make sure to protect your car seats from said dirt and color. If you are running WD, expect the stains and smell to never leave those clothes. Wash your shoes as SOON as you get home. Wash them several times letting them air dry in between. Use baking soda.

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FIVE) Take pictures. These races are fun, run with friends, take pictures enjoy being there. Part of the fun with most of these races are the after party. Participate in these, don’t just run and leave. It’s not worth the money. Eat a turkey leg, drink a beer. show off your new blonde/ pink/ green hair from the color packs. Celebrate. You just completed your first 5K and you’re still alive albeit a little sore (way sore tomorrow). Keep your finishing medals and numbers (if they didn’t fall off) and display them somewhere in your home. Brag a little. Not everyone is able to run a 5K (OK, not true, most can, most choose not to).

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Proud Student Moment

September 18, 2013

Dropping in real quick because I’m having a proud student moment. I just finished my graphic design degree from Oakland Community College (Orchard Ridge campus) which is a school where all the professors and teachers are professionals in the field that they teach. Once of the adjunct teachers there was a guy by the name of Bryan Rubenacker and when he wasn’t teaching he was running a fairly successful side business where he made these awesome painting of dogs doing all sorts of stuff. In fact one of his paintings is a permanent fixture on the hit TV show Two Broke Girls.

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Anyways, he stopped teaching (at least at my school) the semester after I had him, he blew up in the artist world side of things and couldn’t do both full time.

Why am I telling you all this?

Well, I hopped over to Fab today from looking at things on Katie Bower’s post and happened to be perusing around and then BAM. Out of nowhere… I noticed some work that looked frighteningly familiar.

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Yep, my old (he’s not old… don’t read into that) teacher’s work is being featured on Fab.com and prints of his work are being sold for $18! Go check it out. (Check out his Etsy shop too!) I’m going to continue my excited “That was my teacher” phase all around the office and become the most annoying fan ever.

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anyways, this post-grad out.

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Open for Business

September 17, 2013

Morning guys! I’m so excited to share with you guys today the opening week of the Creative Life Antics Etsy shop!

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This has been a long term goal of mine for a while and I’m glad I finally pulled the trigger. Right now it’s kinda empty but over the next few months I’ll be posting new listing for downloadable files, printed cards and artwork, some jewelry, painting and small wood crafts! In order to celebrate this small opening I’m offering my very first FREE PRINTABLE!

A lot of bloggers offer free printables each month I’m going to start creating some of my very own. I’m offering up a free download of my very first item in my shop. Yay.

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To get your copy please visit the free DOWNLOAD HERE —–> DO YOU FULL COLOR

Other colors are available for a small fee in my shop!

Stop in, tell me what you think and tell your friends!

Also while we are on the subject of telling your friends… Share the link for week THREE of SYTYC projects! This week are are tackling Birthday Crafts in honor of the most popular birthday in the United States! Hopefully you’ll stop by and pick your favorites!

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I was supposed to get my tutorial up for my dresser today, but last week was such a blur I barely got anything done. I will be up soon for sure. I guess I need to stop making blog promises I cant keep! I do however promise that after the competition is all said and done we will get back to some regular programming around here. Between work, SYTYC projects, life, blog projects outside of SYTYC the Etsy shop opening and family stuff my life has been all over the place. Thanks for being patient and sticking it out with me. I’m almost done with my craft for next week! So here’s hoping I make it into the next round!

I’ll be back for sure on Thursday with a fitness post in collaboration with Bonnie from The Pin Junkie as part of blog pal. Here’s to hoping I get a post up tomorrow too. 😉

Thanks for sticking with me!

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Week 2 SYTYC Results Are In…

September 13, 2013

Did you guess which project was mine? I’ll give you a hint:

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Ok, that might have been more than a hint…

That’s right, I did the MCM Dresser Update! And the results are in….

I MADE IT TO WEEK 3!!

Here’s a quick recap of the votes:

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I came in 6th place! Not too bad…

Here’s the rest of the pictures from my entry. On Tuesday I’ll post the tutorial for my Dresser Makeover that took me a good part of the summer.  Hope you’ll come back then to see it.

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Next week the theme moves to “Birthday”… hmm, I wonder what the crafters have made for you then? Don’t forget to hop over to SYTYC on Monday and vote!

Oh! And speaking of voting, there was a big snafu of votes counting and not counting and people being able to vote more than once, or only once…. SO, the voting has changed to one vote per person per week. That’s it, you get one vote (for your favorites) SO MAKE IT COUNT!

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Thursday Morning Comfort

September 12, 2013

I don’t know about you guys, but when we hit September, my mind if purely on fall. Fall activities, fall foods (cider mill anyone?) and the comfort of a good hot chocolate.

I’m going to shock you guys… ready? I don’t drink coffee. Nope. Not even cappuccino, frappuccino, caramel machiwhatos… (literally didn’t know how to spell them, thanks auto correct) none of it. Love the smell, cannot stand the taste.

I guess that’s not SO shocking. I mean it’s not like I’m the only one… (wait, what’s that? I AM the ONLY ONE?) uhhh right so moving on..

My general routine in the morning is short and sweet, and when I get to the office I enjoy a nice big cup of Green Tea (gotta get the caffeine somehow right?).

So on bad days, bad weeks… days that I’m struggling (much like today) I treat myself to my comfort drink. A nice big cup of calorie loaded Hot Chocolate.

So it was pure coincidence that my #BlogPal for this month Bonnie from The Pin Junkie mentioned that she was looking forward to doing a hot chocolate recipe for our collaborated post this week.

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Bonnie is a self proclaimed pinning junkie and loves everything about Pinterest. I’ve had the pleasure of checking out some of her Pinterest boards and there are some seriously good pins going on there. Check out this one for Halloween outfit ideas. I love the Rosie the Riveter one (Since I’m from Detroit and all ;))

Pause: Wondering what BlogPal is? BlogPal is a semi monthly blog partner project where bloggers get matched up with other bloggers to make new friends/ collaborate on posts and stretch their comfort zone. You can find more information on it here.

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So here there are my tips to the perfect cup of hot chocolate:

1) Must be in a mug. To Go cups are great and all, but seriously, if I’m consuming that many calories in one drink I want to ENJOY THEM.

2) Cannot be made from the mix packets. I’m sorry if it offends anyone but the ONLY hot chocolate I WANT is made with MILK. Whole Milk. And not made from a packet. My own mixes are fine, but I wanna know whats in it.

3) Must be rich and chocolatey. Drinking chocolate is what they used to call it back in the heyday and THAT’S the kind of hot chocolate I want. Rich, dark and satisfying. (If I’m making it at home I generally add semi-sweet chips to the mix for a unique flavor)

4) Cinnamon. Adding just a hint of cinnamon to the mix only brings out the flavor of the hot chocolate even more. First found this out while at a girl scout event and one of the moms was making a big batch of her “secret sleeping potion” which was literally hot chocolate with cinnamon. Ever since then it’s a must.

5) Whipped Cream. ANY whipped cream will do, but made from scratch and the stuff out of the can seem to be my favorite. Marshmallows are good too, but nothing beats whipped cream.

So that’s it. That’s what makes my morning. Unsure how to make from scratch Hot Chocolate at home? Check out Bonnie’s recipe here.

What is your comfort drink?

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Zucchini Tomato Lasagna

September 11, 2013

Alright, I think it’s about time I added some more food onto this so called “blog”. You wouldn’t know by my normal content that I actually eat food… because I rarely post about it. But I do. Mostly it’s just me burning food, and trying to convince myself that the burnt charcoal taste adds “something” to the dish. I’m also not always the HEALTHIEST eater. But I’m trying to become one.

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook (if you don’t, please follow!) you may have notice 5 GINORMOUS Zucchinis in my kitchen. I bought one for $1.50 at Detroit’s Eastern Market and then the next day my mother gave me four. more. zucchinis. What the hell am I going to do with FIVE Zucchinis, each the size of an infant? I love Zucchini, but damn. (BTW, still have 3 left… taking suggestions…)

So I searched on Pinterest of course and found a recipe for a “Lasagna” that included Zucchini, Tomatoes, Corn & Panko Crust. It looked easy enough (meaning I just had to put it all into a baking dish) so I figured I’d try it out. If it goes wrong, at least I’d still have 4 more…

The recipe is really easy. But first you need to know the ingredients:

INGREDIENTS:
1 LB. Zucchini (Enough to slice and make at least two layers in your backing dish.) I use one WHOLE big zucchini.
1 1/4 LB. Vine-Ripen Tomatos
1 1/2 Cups. Fresh or Frozen Corn Kernels
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1/2 Cup. Planko
1/2 Cup. Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 TBSP. Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper to Spice

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Step 1: Preheat Oven to 400° F. Spray baking dish with cooking spray & slice zucchini & tomatos.

Step 2: Alternately layer sliced zucchini, corn kernels, and sliced tomatoes until used up. I did two layers, but three is good too.

Step 3: In a small bowl combined the planko, parmesan cheese and garlic powder until well mixed. Then add salt and pepper (I just did a few shakes of each) for flavor. Layer this “crust” topping on your veggies and throw in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

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After 30 minutes take out of the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before stuffing your face.

Honestly, I didn’t have much hope for this recipe when I started but I LOVED IT. And, for the most part it’s REALLY healthy. So that’s a plus. Oh, and simple. like… way simple. I could pick up these ingredients on my way home from work after a rally long day and make this no problem.

Definitely try it out.

**Just a reminder that this is week 2 of the SYTYC competition and I would LOVE IT, if you stopped by and voted**

Have a good one guys!

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Kitchen Herb Planter

September 10, 2013

It’s Tutorial day! Anyone excited?

I LOVED making this project. Why? 1) I got to use my power tools. 2) It was EASY. 3) It was cheap.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Alright lets get right into it…

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

First things first, we need to get our wood. Boy’s roommate found a great pallet for me from his work and I’ve been saving it for a project. When this idea popped up I just knew it’d be perfect. Unfortunately it meant I needed to tear that pallet apart. I broke out my hand jig saw and cut through the board on the end on both sides of the pallet.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Tearing a pallet apart is NOT an easy job. If you have a better way PLEASE TELL ME. I was pretty frustrated trying to tear it apart. By cutting off the sides I basically only left the center support beam. After that it was easy to use a hammer to tap the pieces out the of center beam. After tearing it all apart, I cut my boards down to the sizes I picked out for my table. After everything was cut I screwed together my box.

TIP: ALWAYS drill pilot holes This helps prevent your wood from cracking when you screw everything together.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Now, the box just needs a bottom (otherwise what’s the point, right?) I used another piece of the pallet wood to make a quick base for the bottom of the box. Since this was a Kitchen theme, I decided that the handles for my box needed to be silverware. I found a great spatula and serving fork and used a hammer and an unused piece of wood to bend them into handles for my box.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

To attach the handles I used shorter screws, but ran into a small issue with the heads being too small. To fix this issue I took nuts from my stash to extend the screw heads allowing them to hold the utensils onto the box.

After the box was built I needed to add the plants. Keeping with the kitchen theme I bought four containers from my local Salvation army to hold the herb plants. I think the old coffee pot is my favorite. It truly brought the theme home. The other containers are  an old dry measuring cup, an old wet measuring cup and a canning jar. The total cost for all the jars and utensils was $7.

I filled each of the containers halfway with rock to provide some room for drainage of the water. You don’t want your plants to sit in water as it will rot the roots. But by adding rocks the plants roots will grown down into the rocks allowing them to absorb water as needed. We planted each herb into a “planter” and then added them to the box. At this point I noticed that if I moved the box at all the herb planters would shift and possibly tumble (knowing my luck).

Wanting to avoid an accident at all cost, I bought some white rocks off Amazon (here
) and added them to the bottom of the box to hold each herb planter securely. This also added a nice visual touch to the bottom of the planter box.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Lastly, I decided to make some “name tags” for each of the plants. I have about a thousand corks just hanging out (no, I didn’t drink all the wine… only half…). I grabbed some BBQ skewers from my kitchen and stuck corks on the pointed end and used a sharpie to write the name of each plant on them. And that folks, is all she wrote. The whole project couldn’t have been more simple.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

What do you think? Would you make one? I think the box is great because even after I end up killing the plants (which will eventually happen. I don’t have the greenest thumb on earth) I can use it to hold a ton of other decoration for Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s very versatile.

What herb project/ pallet projects/ kitchen projects have you made? Link them up below so I can go check them out.

**Just a reminder that until Thursday at 7pm EST you can vote for your top 5 Upcycle Project on SYTYC. Hopefully you pick mine as one of your favorites!**

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Until next time… Crafter Justynn, out.

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Back to Business…

September 9, 2013

Good Morning!!!

How was your weekend? Good? Mine was fabulous. I didn’t feel stressed to get something done right away. I’ve been able to get some post created for this week, and I’ve got a game plan for next week! Which make my blogging life much simpler.

So, we’re back to business over here. I’ve got a few items to check off my list today, tomorrow I will be posting a tutorial of my SYTYC project. Yep. This is going to be a good week!

First: THANK YOU, thank you, thank you all for your votes for SYTYC Week one. My project the “Kitchen Themed Herb Garden” was picked for second place and this has moved me forward in the competition! Which brings me to the second item of business…

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Second: Today marks DAY ONE of the second week of the competition. This week’s theme is Upcycle! Myself and 8 other bloggers have created some amazing projects for you to vote for. As always, I cannot tell you which item is mine, but I hope you’ll like it and vote for it.

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Ok, onto the third item of business.

Lastly: Today marks the first week of #BLOGPAL week one topics. For those that signed up for BlogPal this month I look forward to seeing what you and your partner collaborated on. Please leave me a link so I can share and promote your posts! For those that are interested in find out more about BlogPal please find more information here. We have a great list of bloggers this month. You can find them all here:

To Be Fabulous
City Life Attempter
Lizzy’s Luggage
Food, Fun and Life in Waukesha
Clarks Condensed
Case of Momdays
Michigan Mom
Our Daily Craft
The Pin Junkie
Ponderings From My Heart
Blondie’s Style Fix
Delightful E Made
Words Of A SAHM
Robyn’s View
Crafting with the Crippled Crafter
Unus Sed Leona
Moons & Junes
The Waste Knot
The Simple Things In Life
Adventures In My Noggin
Capturing Magical Memories
Sweet Lil You
Rowdy Fairy
Everyday Polish
Mommies Quiet Place

Go check out these AWESOME BLOGS. Send them some love for me 🙂

OH YEAH, I was able to remember all the items from my list! Time to celebrate…

Check back in the morning for my tutorial!!

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