Paper Pumpkins craft tutorial

Paper Pumpkins

Paper Pumpkins

We made this cute little Paper Pumpkins a few years ago.  Aren’t they adorable?  They were super easy and so fun to make!

Materials:

  • 5 different colors/patterns of scrapbook paper
  • green cardstock for vines and stems
  • Glue and a glue stick
  • pipe cleaner
  • scissors

Directions:

  • Cut 5 circles out of each scrapbook paper; the bigger your circle the bigger the pumpkin. You could also use more than 6 circles to make the pumpkin more full. These were inspired by alydosdall.
  • Take one circle and place glue one the back side, all over.
  • Take take a second circl and push down onto the 1st circle, but only on half of it.
  • Keep adding circles until you form a sphere, gluing half a circle at a time.
  • Add glue to the end of the pipe cleaner and slide it down inside the top of the pumpkin in the small hole that the circles made in the center.
  • Take your cardstock and cut out skinny strips for vines, curl them around the blade of your scissors and attach them to the top of the pumpkin with glue.
  • Then take the cardstock and cut out leaves to also attach to the top of the pumpkin.

source: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/paper-pumpkins/

Easy Chili Mac recipe

Chili Mac

Chili Mac

My family has been eating Chili Mac recipe for years!  It’s quick, easy, and so delicious.  Honestly, it totally makes you feel like a kid again with all of the comfort flavors!  :)  ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz lean ground beef, uncooked
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 14.5 oz Mexican-style canned tomatoes
  • 1.25 c canned tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp diced canned green chili peppers, drained
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 c elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • Sour Cream

Directions:

  • In a large skillet cook beef and onion until meat is browned; drain off fat.
  • Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili peppers, chili powder and cumin; bring to a boil.
  • Add uncooked macaroni;  return to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until macaroni is tender.
  • Top with Sour Cream and serve!

source: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeId=100491

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Pumpkin Card design idea

Pumpkin Card

Pumpkin Card

One weekend, mom and I literally popped out like 6-10 different card designs for the upcoming fall holidays, and this Pumpkin Card was one of them!  Isn’t it cute?  Literally all we did was cut out ovals and put them together to create three different sizes of pumpkins,  Mom also used her embossing tool to create the black background behind the pumpkins.

…and then of course no card is complete without a ribbon attached!  :)  What a neat little gift to send to someone!

Guest Blogger: Pria – DIY Party Drinks that Will Never Make You Tipsy

Party Drinks

There’s a growing population of adults who have committed to permanent abstinence from alcohol. This is because trends about health and eating healthy and clean are getting popular and hence are followed. Drinking booze that makes you intoxicated does not help you deal with day-to-day reality as some might actually believe. Becoming drunk and high won’t make one attain real happiness, but in most cases only makes things worse. In this article, we will give out suggestions on how to make party drinks that won’t make you tipsy.

DIY Party Drinks that Will Never Make You Tipsy

Coconut with Strawberry Smoothie

This smoothie is made with the combination of strawberries, coconut water, almond butter and stevia blended on high. It’s easy to make, only consisting of the following:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon creamy roasted almond butter
  • 5 drops vanilla stevia
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 3 ice cubes

Greens Colada

We’re all grown too familiar with piña colada. For cleansing, know that there’s another variety called the greens colada that’s made with refreshing greens and pineapple chunks. Blend everything below together until smooth then serve.

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup parsley
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 5 drops stevia
  • 4 ice cubes

Kale and Orange

Some people might not like the taste of kale, but if you mix it with a strong citrus fruit such as orange, the mixed juice can taste wonderful. For anyone in the party that needs a little tart sweetness in a drink, they have to try this concoction:

  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 whole orange, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Coconut and Watermelon

Newly introduced in some debut catering services, the coconut and watermelon combo is a cool party drink. Packed with an essential amino acid known as L-citrulline, watermelon when mixed with any drink is great for recovery. Mix together watermelon and coconut water and add a dash of salt as you want to bring out the sweetness of the fruit. Serve this party drink with a sexy glass and awe your guests.

  • 1 cup of cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 lime (optional)

Rosemary Lemonade

If you dig something unique, go for rosemary lemonade. The taste of this DIY drink is not too sweet, but one that just has a tad punch of savory from the rosemary. Combine the following and don’t forget to discard the rosemary sprigs after the flavor is absorbed by the water.

  • 5-6 lemons
  • 3-4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water

To add to the excitement, you can always choose to swap out rosemary for other spices like thyme or basil.

Conclusion

These DIY party drinks are not only delicious but are also healthier than most booze available in bars and clubs. When you make it on your own, you become more aware of the ingredients and also their health benefits. Realize that you don’t need to always have alcoholic drinks in a party for any celebration.

About the Author:

Pria Luz is a full-time mom to her two year old darling angel. A passionate homemaker, event organizer and DIY enthusiast. Follow her on in twitter @PriaLuz.