My week in Pinterest food

I was apparently feeling a little uninspired in the recipe department last week. Does anyone else use Pinterest as their own little custom cookbook? I even go as far as looking on my Pinterest app in the grocery store for the list of in ingredients for a recipe, ha. Well last week, I went all out y’all… and tried 3 different recipes I found on Pinterest. You can check out my “recipe” board HERE. Here are my adaptations, click on the name for the original recipe…

Creamed Corn with Cheese and Cilantro via Cook Lisa Cook
We make BBQed Chicken with Broccoli and Rice and “fill in the blank” every singe week. Last time it was green bean casserole this week was this ah-mazing creamed corn recipe. Which before this meal my husband “didn’t like”.


Sweet Pork Tacos with Cilantro Ranch Dressing via Just Cook Already
We make Turkey Tostadas all the time but we changed it up with the pulled pork. By far the best part was the cilantro ranch; to die for. The original recipe called for sour cream and mayo but I subbed both out for Greek yogurt. 


Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies via Sister Wisdom
Ok I now love this recipe, it’s made with cream cheese so it isn’t as sweet as a typical cookie which I love. The cream cheese wasn’t a really strong taste either. We used mini chocolate chips and we added chopped pecans. 


So do you have any Pinterest Recipes that I have to try?? Or any recipes at all, even making our list this week I was drawing a blank… inspire me people!
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Introducing…. Ampersand

Since this blog is all about the things I have made, I would like to introduce to one of my greatest projects ever….

Our new real life store, Ampersand! On March 2nd, my amazing Mom and I opened this little retail boutique. It has been a long time dream for both of us and we decided the only way to do it- is just to do it! So we did it, and we are in love. When people say they have their blood, sweat and tears into something, believe them. I feel like the store is kind of like my 3rd child haha. Speaking of children, the boys have been pretty amazing. My mom and I have spent the past 3 months, working, cleaning, decorating, painting, merchandising, laying floor, receiving (breakable) shipments, and setting up all with the boys by our side. For  boys that are 1 and 2; this is quite the accomplishment! 

We have been opened for only two weeks and so far it has been awesome. We did a soft open with no advertising but word of mouth and social media and we have more and more customers each day.

So what is Ampersand all about? It is a little Home Boutique that is a great place to find unique home decor,  accessories, gifts for teachers, graduates, friends, showers, babies, holidays, etc. We carry some great jewelry lines and handbags and we are also becoming quickly “famous” for our candles. We don’t offer online shopping yet so if you find yourself in Texas then come visit us! We are located right outside of Houston in cozy Friendswood, TX :) 
Of course when you do something like open up a boutique some people think you are crazy (we might be) haha. But this is seriously such a dream job for me and I hope one day that my kids know that you only live one life so make it a good one!
 I can’t even begin to tell you all of the DIY that went into the shop! I will be posting projects here and there about Ampersand but the ole blog is is staying the same :)  
You can read more about the shop at www.ampersandshop.com and also visit us on Facebook HERE. If you have any cool & unique finds or products then send us an email too at info@ampersandshop.com. 

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Art Spheres

So, who loves a craft challenge? Me that’s who. When I was asked to participate in a crafty “Iron Chef type Challenge” by Scribble Shop so I gladly accepted! Scribble Shop is an online craft store with over 75,000+ products available. I waited for my package in the mail like it was Christmas or something. Here is a little unveiling magic….

Then…

Then I shut the box and left it in my craft room for about 5 days haha… I just don’t usually work with stuff like this, but then I realized that is what is so fun about the challenge. But seriously the glass marbles had me a little stumped.

What was in my box:
Metallic Stamp Pad, Dress it up Embellishments, Mod Podge, a Stencil, Raffia, Glass Gems, Paisley Shapes, Popsicle Sticks and Colored Pencils

My challenge was to make a craft with as many of the supplies as possible. So I decided to make an “art sphere collection” for my craft room. I think I did a pretty good job, I only left out the Raffia (which is smarter than I am apparently) and the Metallic Stamp (my stamp didn’t work very well so I think I just got a lemon). I like to think I’m pretty creative but I really had to dig deep for this one ha! Here is what I came up with and how I did it:

Art Spheres:
I used kids “play balls” for the base of my art spheres.


Then I asked the hubs to cut my colored pencils and Popsicle sticks into little pieces.
Then I did what any normal crafter would and plopped myself in front of the TV with my glue gun. That’s normal right? (bachelor anyone?) Let the glueing begin…
A few shows later…
candy wrappers and dress it up embellishmentscolored pencilsPopsicle sticks – paisley stickers – stenciled fabric w/ this stencil and covered in mod podge - glass gems
I like them on a shelf or in a bowl.

And because TaylorMade readers are the best, Scribble Shop is also offering 15% off your total purchase for you from now until April 30th, just use the code TAYMADE at checkout, how cool is that? Be sure to check them out at:
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So what would you have done with these “ingredients”? And someone tell me what you would have done with glass gems! Do you think the art spheres are weird (like my husband :) or would you put them in your craft room? Please share in the comments!
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I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with ScribbleShop.com and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are 100% my own. 

Year Boxes

In keeping with my “documenting life” theme, I found this little craft over a year ago and I knew I had to recreate it. I found it HERE… the blog needs no introduction because all know and love Design Sponge


The Year Box
The premise of the year box is that you have a card for every day of the year and they are divided by month. On every card, each line is a different year, I just started mine so my first year is 2012. Kind of boring this year but each card holds 12+ years depending on your index cards. So it is going to be so fun to look back and see what I was doing one year ago and then five and so on. I am just jotting down a few words to sum up the day. Some days are boring and say something like “ran errands at target and the grocery store” then others are more important like “first steps”. 

I have to admit that some days I have been bad and didn’t write anything… but for the most part I’m keeping up with it. I can’t wait to look back on it when the boys are older. I also made my mom and sister one for Christmas. They were a hit and easy to make in “bulk”.
What you need:
These cute berry boxes, I found mine online at an etsy shop.
Date stamp and index cards (cut in half). I got my date stamp online at amazon.com but I have also seen them at Office Max or Staples. I love mine and use it for my Project Life stuff.
Postcards (also cut in half) of course Design Sponge had real vintage postcards, I had to cheat and found this cute pack with a “vintage look” but were actually new.

The longest part was the date stamping, I turned on a movie one night and stamped away, but because I was making 3 boxes it took what felt like all night. It was worth it because I love the outcome!
They are really a cute and simple (and inexpensive) gift. Do you have a way to jot down what you do daily to look back on it… do share!

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