Thursday, July 3, 2014

Frozen Elsa Dress

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The past six months in our house there has been a Frozen frenzy.  My daughter has been slightly obsessed over the movie.  She loves everything about the movie, Anna, Elsa, Olaf, etc.  But the thing she really gravitated to is the music, specifically the "Let It Go" song.  You would think everyone else in the house would be absolutely sick of hearing the song for the one billionth time. But you know what?  We really aren't.  Yes, after the 6th time in a row it can get a little trying, but my little one enjoys singing and performing, it is hard to bring a negative element into it.  Judging from the amount of videos and spoofs on YouTube, I know we are not the only ones.  I think it is safe to say that if you have a little girl between the ages of 4-12 you have seen the movie  and most likely the children are slightly obsessed. 

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Wardrobe, a new life in my daughter's room

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Growing up my parents collected antiques and so we always had really cool interesting (and not matching) furniture.  This is the style I gravitate to now.  It always seems odd to me that someone would go to one store and pick out a furniture set, all perfectly matching.  Personally, I love furniture that has more character, life, and memories embedded in it.  One of my favorite things to do when browsing flea markets and thrift stores is to imagine the possibilities a piece has and how I can make it new to me. 
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Thrift Store Toad Makeover

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A couple weeks ago I was at my local thrift store and over heard some people making fun of this frog and teasing about who would actually buy it. I passed by and it immediately caught my eye. I giggled because I thought it was totally cool!    After the women scoffed when I asked if either of them where going buy it, I scooped it up and put it in my basket and went to the check-out grinning.  The pictures may not show it but this toad is quite large- it took up the whole basket. The large plaster amphibian had so much character, the funny smerk and warty texture,  I knew with a little TLC, it would be a great spring addition to the yard.

Thrift Store Plaster Toad
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Keeping bees

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Honey comb
      It's official. I am a bee keeper!  Ever since we moved away from the city and into the country, I am longed to have a big garden and keep bees.  When talking about my desire for bees, people either look at me like I am crazy and say, "Why?" or smile and talk about their own bee keeping stories. 
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chocolate Ganache Crepe Cake with Strawberries

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This is how I say "Happy Birthday" to my hubby- luscious layers of chocolate ganache and sliced strawberries in between layers of light fluffy crepes. This truly decadent cake was a hit at my husband's birthday dinner. 
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Big things are happening!!

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With spring here, we have been making some big (and little) changes over here at Big Sky Ranch.  
Garden boxes

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Child's Chef Hat tutorial

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My kids have always want to help out in the kitchen when I am baking.  The chance to like the spatula or eat a couple of chocolate chips does not require coaxing, but I need help with more everyday food preparation.   To inspire their help with dinner prep, I whipped up these cute chef hats. I love result. My cutie pies feel extra official while cutting up veggies like broccoli and bell peppers that they snack on as they go. Also I notice that they do not scoff at the site of green beans if they help make them.  So make one of these hats for your little one and tell me what you think.
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