Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Pin-spirations!

If you know me well, you know that my absolute favorite holiday is Christmas.  I love everything about it.  The Christmas lights, music, trees, decor, gifts, shopping, family, food, and every peppermint mocha flavored thing in between.  In an effort to make this our best first married Christmas together, I've turned our house into a craft factory.  Seriously...I've been working that hot glue gun like it's my job.  Stephen can attest to it.  When he came home from work the other day he said, "Are you crafting again??"  Guilty.  So rather than posting a zillion different tutorials on what I've been making lately, I thought I'd post  pictures of my craft projects and share with you the tutorials and websites that inspired each of them!  Hope this puts you in the holly jolly Christmas spirit!

No Sew Ruffle Tree Skirt from Done Over Decor

Her Version:                                                                                                     My Version:                             






















Dollar Store Hurricane Vases from My Blessed Life

Her Version:                                                                                                  My Version:
                                                                                                                                                                                



Fabric Wrapped Trees from Landee See, Landee Do

Her Version:                                                                                                 My Version:

                                           



Christmas Ornament Door Hanger from Creations by Carrie B

Her Version:                                                                                                My Version:

                             

Just call me Martha Stewart. :)

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Our Thanksgiving in Pictures

With the holiday season upon us, it's been a busy few weeks for the Cash's. We spent our Thanksgiving week bouncing from house to house visiting family members and over indulging in delicious food. Here are a few photo highlights from our Thanksgiving:

Fun with our families 

                          

The erecting of the Christmas tree



And last but certainly not least...


A 49-0 WIN for the Crimson Tide over Auburn!  

 

Rolll Tide Roll!!!  On to the SEC Championship!




Hope your Thanksgiving was full of blessings!  

"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!  His love endures forever!" -Psalm 118:1



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Friday, November 16, 2012

Cashablanca Mexican Pizzas

Last night was Mexican night at Cashablanca and I made my own version of Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza.  They turned out pretty delicious if I do say so myself, and they aren't chocked full of nasty preservatives and mystery meat.  If you love mexican food as much as I do, you're sure to love this tasty recipe.

Here's what you'll need:


  • 1/2 cup of vegetable or canola oil
  •  1 1b. lean ground beef
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning (I use Old El Paso brand)
  • 2 cups of Mexican Blend shredded cheese
  • 1 cup taco sauce (I use Ortega brand)
  • 1 pkg. extra thin yellow corn tortillas (I use Mission brand)
  • 1 can refried beans 
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives


Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a small nonstick pan, brown your ground beef and add taco seasoning according to package instructions.  *I only used half the pkg of ground beef and half the pkg of seasoning since I was only cooking for two.

2. Add your 1/2 cup of oil to a large stock pot or nonstick pan and heat on medium heat until warm.  



3. Once the oil has heated up, add your tortillas (2 at a time) to the oil, lightly frying them on one side.  Once brown, flip the tortillas over and brown the other side.  Remove tortillas from pan and dab with a napkin to remove excess oil. **Note, you will need 2 tortillas for every 1 pizza you are making.  I made 4 pizzas which was a total of 8 tortillas.



4.   Lay your tortillas on a 9x13 baking sheet.  Spread a thin layer of refried beans over the tortillas using a spatula then add a layer of ground beef on top of the beans, and a layer of shredded cheese over the beef.

5. Add another tortilla on top, sandwiching the beans and beef mixture.  On top of your tortilla, add a thin layer of taco sauce.  


6. Add shredded cheese and black olives onto layer of sauce and put into the oven to bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.  I also added jalapenos on Stephen's pizzas since he likes his hot.  

7.  Allow your pizzas to cool, then garnish with a dollop of sour cream and sliced tomatoes!

Muy bueno!!


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Laundry Cap Snowman

With Christmas right around the corner I've been in a holiday crafting mood.   This weekend I put my glue gun to work and made this little guy for our tree.  It's a seriously easy craft and you can even have your kids join in on the fun.

  Here's what you'll need:
  • Laundry detergent cap
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black sequins
  • Various colored gemstones
  • Jute or ribbon of your choice
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Small screw eye hook











Step 1: Taking your laundry cap and styrofoam ball, push the mouth of the cap into the styrofoam ball until the edges no longer show.  For extra hold, line the outside edge of the laundry cap with a little hot glue then push it into the styrofoam.



Step 2: Using your gemstones, hot glue eyes and a nose of your color choice. I used blue gemstones for the eyes and an orange one for the nose.  (Warning: very hot glue will melt the styrofoam ball a bit; my advice is to use a low temp glue gun).

Step 3: Hot glue your black sequins in the shape of a mouth onto the snowman's face.



Step 4: Using an electric screw driver or drill, drill a small hole into the snoman's hat then screw in the hook.  



**CAUTION...make sure the hole isn't too big or the hook will not stay in.  Some screw eye hooks may be sharp enough to just screw straight in the top of the hat without needing to use a drill or screw driver.*  

Step 5: Tie your ribbon or jute around the outside rim of the snowman's "hat".  You may also want to add your own embellishments such as holly, flowers or a small snow flake to the hat.  Just use your creative imagination!



And here he is!  All that's left to do is hang him on our tree!





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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Truth About Me

Do you ever feel like you're bound by the chains of insecurity?  My self-image is something I've struggled with most of my life and it's a battle I fight daily with myself.  When Stephen and I first got engaged I remember one of the things I looked forward to the most about marriage was not being so insecure anymore.   But let me just say...I was jaded.  Getting married doesn't rid you of those issues. If anything, it has magnified my insecurities.  So often I have given in to the lies the enemy has hurled at me and sunk back down into that pit.  But each time I do, I remind myself of a verse my mom used to recite to me:

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."   -Psalm 139:14

 Fearfully and wonderfully made.  That's powerful stuff people!   How different would our lives be if we saw ourselves the way God sees us?

This song has been on repeat in my car for the past month and it has ministered to my soul in so many ways.  My constant prayer is that I will one day see myself the way God sees me.  For all of you other women out there who struggle with this, I hope this song will encourage you as it has me.

 





The Truth About Me
by: Mandisa

If only I could see me as You see me
And understand the way that I am loved
Would it give a whole new meaning to my purpose?
Change the way I see the world

Would I sparkle like a star in the night sky?
Would I give a little more instead of take?
If I understood I'm precious like a diamond
Of a worth no one could estimate
I'm a worth no one could estimate

You say lovely, I say broken
I say guilty, You say forgiven
I feel lonely, You say You're with me
We both know it would change everything
If only I believed the truth about me

I wish I could hold on to the moments
When my life is spinning but I'm peaceful still
Like a wind You whisper into silence
And tell me things this world never will
You tell me things this world never will

You say lovely, I say broken
I say guilty, You say forgiven
Oh, I feel lonely, You say You're with me
We both know it would change everything
If only I believed the truth about me

I would sleep better at night
Wake up with hope for another day
I would love even if it cost me
Take a chance and know I'm gonna be okay
I would dare to give my life away

Oh, I feel lonely, You say You're with me
We both know it would change everything
If only I believed, if only I believed the truth about me





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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Treasure Jars

While Stephen and I were on our honeymoon, I collected shells from the Atlantic coast to bring home with me.  Not sure what to do with them, I saw this idea in Better Homes and Gardens to store your keepsakes in labeled jars so I thought I'd put my own spin on it.  

 


Here's what you'll need to make your own:

  • Glass jar of any size with lid (I used an old olive jar)
  • Shells or any other keepsakes 
  • Spray paint (this is optional, I used it to re-paint the lid to my jar)
  • Jute
  • Paper tag

Step 1:  If you have an ugly jar lid like me, the first step is to spray paint the lid the color you want.

Step 2: Fill your jar with the "treasures" you've collected.

Step 3: Take your paper tag and write down the where and when the treasures were collected.  Mine says, "Honeymoon- St. Simons Island, Georgia- September 2012."

Step 4: Cut a piece of jute (twine) the length you need to tie around the jar.

Step 5: Pull the twine through the loop on your tag and tie it around the jar, finishing it off with a bow.


It's seriously that easy!  And it's a super creative way to display your memories rather than using the typical shadow box.  Here's how my "treasure jar" turned out...

 


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Laugh a Little

Well, yesterday was a pretty big day for America and it seems like everyone on my facebook newsfeed has an opinion about it.  I'm not a very political person so I'll spare you my mumbo jumbo, but I do want to say one thing....chill out people.  Seriously.  There is no need for all of that trash talk.  With that being said, here are a few funnies to help get your mind off the stress of post election day...


Well played KFC...well played.

Werk it...



I hate when that happens...



I've had a few of these moments...



 Awkward... 



Hope you're laughing your way through Wednesday!!!

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Technical Difficulties

So I deleted my gmail account and apparently it took all the pictures from my blog with it. I'm not so great at figuring this stuff out but I'll be working to get the blog up and running properly soon. I promise!

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