Nov 6, 2014

DIY Frozen Breakfast Burritos

I posted on my private Facebook page last night about making breakfast burritos that you can make in large amounts, freeze, and then heat up for a quick breakfast on the go.  As a result of that post a friend and also my sister asked for my recipe.  So, this blog entry is for them.

I must say, I'm not inventing the wheel here.  This is not my original idea and I know if you Google it, you'll get several pages of results.  I didn't follow a specific recipe though and instead made up my own.  So, for my seester & my friend, here's what I did...

 (photos by cell phone - sorry they are lacking)

Ingredients
18 eggs
1 onion
1 package Bacon, cooked and crumbled (sausage is good too)
1 small block of cheese, shredded (we used a combination of pepper jack and sharp)
18 Tortillas 
Salsa

You will also need
Saran wrap

The trick to making these is to get everything ready in advanced.  My husband and I worked on making them together, hot date - I know, and it was smooth sailing.

Task 1 - Grate your cheese, set aside

Task 2 - Chop your onion, and saute it in a small amount of butter

Task 3 - Cook your bacon and set aside to cool, then crumble.  I never fry my bacon, I usually cook it in the microwave or you can cook the whole package at the same time by baking it in the oven. If you bake it, place a metal cooling rack inside of a shallow cookie sheet (make sure your pan has sides so the fat doesn't run off into your oven) and lay your bacon, single file on the rack. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 18 minutes.  Don't over bake as you want to avoid crunchy bacon

Task 4 - Crack all 18 eggs and scramble eggs in large skillet.  How you scramble is up to you.  My husband puts a little milk in with them, I usually do not.  The eggs taste fine, and freeze fine, either way.  Be sure to also salt and pepper as your cooking.  Add in onions and mix well for distribution.

Task 5 - Prepare a space on your counter or table and lay out your tortillas.  We have little space so we had to do just 5 at a time.  

Task 6 - In the center of each tortilla, layer your ingredients:  Egg, bacon, cheese, & salsa.  Wrap your burrito by folding over two opposite ends and then roll tightly.  FYI:  If you tortillas start to crack or crumble when you are rolling them.  Take the whole thing, ingredients and all, and warm in the microwave for about 10 seconds.  This will soften it for easier rolling.

Task 7 - Wrap each burrito, individually, in Saran Wrap.  Then place them in your freezer.

Simple, right!  It took us about an hour total with prep and cooking time.

To heat up:  When you are ready to eat, unwrap from plastic wrap and roll the frozen burrito up in a paper towel.  (Do Not cook them in the plastic wrap.  It will make your tortillas rubbery) Cook on high in microwave for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.  You may have to experiment with the warm up time though as each microwave is different.  

We've loved having these on hand.  We never seem to have enough time in the mornings to eat so these are great for the convenience side of things, plus I like how they taste.

In other news:  I'm very sorry that my presence on this here blog has been lacking.  I've received some kind emails and comments asking if I am ok and where I'm at.  Thank you!  It makes me feel loved.  I am totally fine, this is just my life right now...


 We are knee deep in the middle of a move.  I'll be back on a regular basis soon!  
 

Oct 10, 2014

Homecoming Dress Fix

So, I've been away for awhile.  I'm not really sure where, seems life just caught me up in it's swift moving currents and now we have washed ashore into October.  I've done a few little creative projects here and there and thought it might be time to check back in and share.

Up first is the Homecoming dress fix.  This cute girl of mine decided last minute, and by last minute I mean the night before, to go to her Homecoming dance.  That was on a Friday, the dance was Saturday.  This is all great and everything BUT she didn't have a dress!

So, in between some already scheduled events on Saturday afternoon we hit a store, bought a $30 dress that was cute but, meh - it was lacking, and we dressed it up a bit.

We wanted to make it better and a little more modest.  Granted, compared to some dresses we looked at, this one was pretty conservative.  Still though, a little more length and a little more coverage on the shoulders was desired.

Here's the before....


It really was pretty cute.  She didn't think she would like it but when she tried it on, she loved it.  It had a Aubrey Hepburn feel to it in some way and Miss M has always had more of a classic style so it fit her own personality really well.  We still needed to make it better though.


On the way home we hit JoAnn's and found this stunning trim. I loved that the edges were all finished as I knew that would help make my job so much easier.  And, it had to be EASY because I only had an hour to make it work.  

ONE HOUR!!!

And here's the AFTER...




I took that trim and made a little cap sleeve to cover the shoulders and I took the rest and attached it to the bottom to give it more length.


The thing that surprised me most is how much classier the modified dress looked.  Let's be honest here, sometimes when you make clothes more modest, it makes them look, ummm, well, I'm not even sure of the right word, usually though, it's just not a good out come.  This dress though, in my own opinion, actually looks better with the add-ons.


Once it was all done, I had a happy girl on my hands.  She loved it and felt beautiful.  I could tell from the smile.  Plus, it spins - how can you not love a dress that you can spin in.

The highlight of the night though didn't come from the smile or the spin, it came while I was quickly trying to sew things in place and she leaned into me and whispered "Thanks mom!".  Melted my heart!


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In other news, we've been hit with some not so great news.  Our home was just sold so we are moving.  We have no idea to where, we just know we have to leave.  So, I have closed the Etsy shop down for the time being and I am not taking ornament orders until we find a new place and are settled.  Thank you for understanding.

  

Aug 31, 2014

DIY $16 Tulle Skirt


Miss M had the bright idea that she wanted to make a skirt.  I've been her mom for long enough that I should know "I want to make a skirt" really means " I want YOU to make me a skirt".  Seems I never learn, or maybe I do because this time it really was a collaborated effort.

She pinned a tutorial she liked from Pinterest.  She wanted fun and flirty but still classy and modest.  I think we hit the mark.


We journeyed to the fabric store, cashed in our coupons and walked out with 7 yards of tulle, a lining fabric, and elastic.

When we got home we had to do the math .... it wasn't hard math but it was math.  Being that I'm a visual learner, and calculations aren't my thing, that was the hardest part.  She made the pattern and then did all the cutting.  I supported her by posting the above photo on Instagram.

Now, lest you think that's all I did, I eventually did help her sew.  I gathered the tulle for her and attached all the layers to the elastic waist.


It did take us probably longer than it should have but that's mostly because we aren't experienced seamstresses and we are easily distracted BUT we did it, and I must say, it wasn't too hard.  So, if we can do it, you can too.

If you are interested, the pattern and directions we followed came from a blog called Everday Reading and the link to the post is here:  http://www.everyday-reading.com/2014/02/an-easy-tulle-skirt-tutorial.html

The grand total for the skirt was $16.  Miss M also spent a whopping $5 for her necklace and we made the belt out of left over ribbon we already had.  So, not bad.  Her new outfit for church cost us $21.

Funny thing happened while we were taking these photos.  We went to the college campus here in town and this guy, from a distance rides by on his bike and yells "You got it goin' on girl!"  Totally cracked us up.  And after we stopped laughing my Miss M she says to me, "well, the boys at church and school don't think much of me but the college boys do!"

And then we laughed again. (No wonder she's so excited for college next year.)

As a mom I probably should have been like, "she's too young for you" but really, he gave her a compliment that see needed to hear.  So, thanks random guy on a bike!  


Aug 28, 2014

DIY Phone Stand


Last spring we took the plunge and upgraded my whole crew to new phones.  We've been very happy with the decision with one exception.  The phone cases we got.  The girls all wanted cases with stand built in.  In theory I think it's a great idea but in practicality, well, not so much.  All the stands snapped off or broke within just a week.

I didn't have a stand on my phone case. Which, after seeing what happened to theirs, I was glad I didn't. However, I use my phone for music, tv shows, and for watching movies all the time and I found myself having to be creative in ways to prop it up.  And, since I've been working on the computer a lot lately doing photo edits and I have my phone near by, I really wanted something other than a pile of CD's and book to hold my phone up.

Luckily while roaming the aisles at Walmart I found the perfect, and probably cheapest, solution ever. Yes, I could spend $14.99+  for a phone stand/charger or I could pay $0.97 for a super cute little easel.

Ya, it doesn't take much to figure out which option I went for.

Only, I went overboard and I now have four of them.  Yep!  I'm a big spender like that. Having four means I can leave them in the most used places.  Near the computer, by the kitchen sink, on my night stand and in the bathroom.

The easels come in un-treated, un-painted wood which means you can totally get your craft on and go crazy personalizing them.


You can paint them or stain them any color you'd like. You could add rub-ons or decals or you could even leave them plain, but that's kinda boring.

Life is too short for plain. Go for color!


I went to work and painted mine.  No special tricks or instructions here other than be careful not to paint too much where the hinge is or you won't be able to adjust the angle of the easel.


 And, there you go.  You now have the most frugal, but pretty cute, little phone stand ever.  And, unlike the stands in the phone cases we bought, if it does break you aren't out much.  So far though, these little guys have been pretty durable.


Aug 24, 2014

Is It Time?



Is it time?  

Yep, It's time!

Ok, please don't shoot me for this post.  I know, I know.  It's still August.  But, I'm happy to announce that I have re-opened my Etsy shop and you can now order... wait for it..... Christmas ornaments!


Let me explain, I'm not one who enjoys the fact that stores are already putting out Christmas things, like Hobby Lobby, ya!  Full blown Christmas decor aisles already - it's too soon!  I want Fall first.  I know several of my readers are with me on this.  We've had this discussion before.  However, I have had several emails over the last three weeks asking about my ornaments and when I'd be selling them again. 

(I'm so glad you all like them!  Thank you!)


And, since they are custom made, take time, and I got backed up on production last year, I figured offering them early was a good idea.

So, for all you planners out there.  For all you that are on the ball and already Christmas shopping.  Well, this post is for you.

You can see all of the ornaments being offered this year here:  Then She Made Etsy Shop


So, there you have it.  Ornaments are listed.  And, good news, since you've been asking, Robots and flower hair pins are coming.