DIY/Recipe Update August 2014

Its time for another DIY/Recipe Update for the year.  When you see the pictures, it seems like I have been busy doing nothing but DIY projects.  Truth be told, they were easy projects and really, this is two months worth of projects.  Hope you enjoy!

Lets start with the recipes:

Spicy Baked Shrimp

The verdict?  It was okay.  Honestly, I prefer my dad’s fried “secret recipe” shrimp better.  Yes, this recipe is so much better for you than the fried, but when the taste isn’t better, what do you do?

Sausage and Rice Casserole – 

The verdict?  This was really good.  I was honestly pretty skeptical, but it was a hit with everyone at our house and it definitely made its way into my recipe box.  Plenty of flavor and easy to cook!

Million Dollar Spaghetti – 

The verdict?  Not the best, but not the worst.  I kept this recipe and am thinking it would be really good to take to people when they have babies, surgeries, deaths in the family, etc.

White Chocolate Funfetti Chip Cake – 

The verdict?  Seriously delicious!  This was a hit for everyone – from my sprinkle loving kids to their sprinkle loving momma.  And it was moist inside, which is always a must.  Definitely would make this again!

Now for the DIY projects:

Game Cabinet Upgrade – I was SO TIRED of having games fall out every time we went to pull something out, and honestly, it made me less likely to play games with the kids or other people.  So, after searching around on Pinterest, I found this great idea and my amazing husband fulfilled my wishes.  It is 100% better and so fun to get out a game without them all falling.

Name Wall Decor for the girls room – I wanted to do this project for a while, but it just never made the “Do It!” list until this summer.  After Ed started this one for me, I thought for sure he was going to tell me “NO MORE DIY PROJECTS” because it was that much of a pain and headache (and way more expensive than we thought!).  In the end, we figured it out and it turned out really well.  I love having personalized things in my kid’s rooms.  Just don’t mention this project to him, he will probably roll his eyes as it brings back bad memories.

Hetzel name blocks – I LOVE how this turned out.  It was super duper easy (thanks to my dad for helping us cut the blocks for all of these projects!) and it is so cute!!!

Gobble til you Wobble blocks – I also liked how this turned out, though the bottom is a little hard to read and given more time, I would have probably changed it.  File that in “what to do differently next time.”

Reversible Give Thanks/Jingle Bells blocks – Again, another favorite project of mine.  They look amazing (especially in person!), and I love they can do two holidays at once.

Wise Men Still Seek Him blocks – These turned out great too!  Super, duper easy to do once you had blocks cut.  I also LOVE the message and that it celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.

O Holy Night block – Again, I love that this celebrates the true meaning of Christmas and the color is beautiful in person.  This was a little harder to size the vinyl, but I love the end result.  Can I say again how much I love my Silhouette?

I also started another block set to make a cute snowman, but we forgot to cut blocks for the hat, so I will wait to share him until he is all put together.

So what is coming down the chute for September?  I want to create a wooden wreath for football season to hang on the front door and I am making fun things for a friend’s baby shower I am helping to host.  Other than that, we are busy enough with campus not to have time to do anything else.  I think I feel like “if I don’t get it done before campus starts, nothing will happen for months”, so maybe that is why I made this mad rush to get so much done.

Thanks for enjoying my sweet creations with me!


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