Category: budget

Sunburst Wreath

I’ve had this daisy wreath for years and it has hung on my doors almost year-round all of those 4 years.  The wreath was starting to shed flowers, which were brittle and faded.  It was time for a new look on the door.  So I stripped all the flowers and wrapping to get to the plastic ring. I saw this wreath on a blog a couple weeks ago and I thought I had pinned it on pinterest.  But it wasn’t there.  And I can’t seem to find the one I saw.  I saw other twig wreaths, but not the exact one I’m copying.  The one I copied (and all of the others I saw) started with a cardboard ring.  But I wanted mine to go outside and my door gets lots of weather…rain and such.  Cardboard wasn’t going to cut it.   So I glued the twigs to the plastic ring and put the fabric rosettes on top.  And the white rosettes are only there because I ran out of yellow fabric. I like it.  And I love that it didn’t cost me anything. *Update*  Woohoo!  I finally found the original wreath I saw that I’m totally copying.  You can find it here.  Thanks for your brilliance…my door is now much happier.  And the Piggs think it’s fun that they could help ME find...

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Recipe: Waffles

My family use to eat waffles for dinner on Sunday nights.  We’d have several choices of toppings.  Things like strawberries, peaches, whipped cream… And we cooked bits of bacon in the waffles.  Sooo good.  When I was younger I’d pick out the pieces so I could eat them all at once. We’d put the cooked waffles in a warm oven right on the racks until we had enough waffles for all 8 of us to eat a couple before they ran out.  And my wonderful mother would spend the rest of the meal getting up and down, cooking more waffles to keep up with the family.  We froze any leftover waffles and toasted them in the morning just like eggo waffles.  If you do that, it’s better to have the waffles less crisp so they aren’t so crunchy after being toasted. Waffles 2 cups flour3 Tbs. sugar1 tsp. salt3 tsp. baking powder2 eggs, separated1 3/4 cup milk (3 1/2 Tbs. dry milk, 1 3/4 cups water)4 Tbs. melted butter or oil Sift dry ingredients; add egg yolks and milk (water).  Beat until smooth.  Add butter or oil and stir in.  Beat egg whites until stiff, then fold into batter.  Bake in waffle iron.   Look at those lovely pieces of...

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Little White Sunhat

I’m a firm believer in hats…at least for my kids.  Pigg#1 had a great khaki hat Grandma made him before he was born.  It has a slide tie to cinch up the strings and it made it really hard for him to get off.  So he gave up trying to ditch the hat early in his life. That sweet hat is just about too small for Pigg#2, and let’s face it.  It’s not all that cute on a girl since it’s a definite boy style hat. So I decided to make her a cute little sunhat with some precious white eyelet cotton I got from my mom and lined it with plain white cotton also from my mom.  I think I used 90% of the fabric cutting this out.   I didn’t use a pattern for it and Pigg#2 really did not want to try it on for fittings.  I begged Pigg#1 to try it on for me several times so I could get SOME idea if it was working.  No one has asked if I made it yet which means either it looks so good it could have been bought at a store, or it’s so obviously handmade they can’t bring themselves to comment on it.  I choose to believe the first option because she’s so cute! Not bad for free scrap fabric and no pattern!  Cost to me…an...

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Artwork Board

Pigg #1 is into coloring.  And it is so nice.  He sits at the table and happily colors while I make dinner and my life is so much easier.  (I wish Pigg#2 would stop drawing on herself so I could do the same with her) He also brings back lots of creations from preschool that need to be displayed for at least a little while.  My refrigerator was getting too full and Pigg#1 was getting frustrated when Pigg#2 pulled them off.  So we made one of these things.   It isn’t fancy or elaborate.  Just a painted board (sanded a bit for interest) with covered clothespins hot glued on top.   Then I used some router bits to drill some places in the back to hang it on the wall.   And we’ve hung it high on the wall, far away from Pigg#2’s curious fingers, and started to add the artwork. Hopefully this will keep clutter off my refrigerator, table, and...

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Yummy Treat

Mr. Jiggs and I made these yummy treats for a linger-longer.  They were fun.  And delicious to eat. And even better to share! My box came from Sam’s Club.  We bought something there and I kept the container knowing it would come in handy.  Just don’t look at the nutrition facts on the bottom of the plate.  They’re...

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