Saturday, June 25, 2011


Listed below are the lucky winners of the 400 Fans Celebration Giveaways!

Crochet for Your Life: Shirley Moweary
The Shop Around The Block: Caitrin Cowan Tarnovsky 
DandLs DangLs: Jennifer Fletcher
Every Day Hat: Jenell Reece
Custom TuTus and Bows: Kacie Born
Moon Glow Haven Studio: Jamie Zagarich Mahlum
Creative Kitty Crochet: Cathy Spagnolo-Kaluszka
A Li'l Dab'll Do Ya: Sharon Snyder
DandLs DangLs: Alicia Gray
Moon Glow Haven Studio: Lela Hinojosa
Laylah's Ribbons: Amber Keller-Beer
Van Bow: Heather Smith
Much TuTu Cute: Bethany McDaniel
Buggga Bows: Gail Gray
WINNERS: please contact the sponsor by Monday, 6/27.
SPONSORS: please contact me ( if you have not heard from your winner by Monday, 6/27

Congratulations! And thank you all SO much!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Spend the Day Playing (IW#4)

We love having Derek home! On the one beautiful day this week, he went out and bought a grill from Craigs List and stopped to get a fun pool for Marie! We spent all day playing!

I adore my family.


Linking up!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Are you a fan??

Over on my Facebook page, I'm having a very fun giveaway! A handful of wonderful sponsors are helping me celebrate 400 amazing fans!!

Here's a glimpse of what's up for grabs (so far!)...

Join in on the party!!

And make sure you check back often as more sponsors generously join in on the fun.

Good luck!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Inspiration Workshop Week #3

I will try to lay off the garden posts (can't make any promises!) but this week's prompt from Gussy is GREEN.

Hello. It's as if she said, "Lindsay, post about your amazing garden again!"

So I'm just obeying orders.

Enjoy the view...

Happy Thursday!

Linkin' up!

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Boneless Hot Wings

This meal is a staple in our home.

When Derek and I were dating/engaged I was working incredibly hard to lose weight. (No, not bc of the wedding. Just bc I needed to!) Every Friday night at our school, the consession stand would have these amazing boneless hot wings. So every Friday I ate next to nothing so I could splurge on 2 hot wings and a 20oz Mountain Dew.

SO worth it.

I have yet to be as pleased with my own as I was with those.

Maybe it's because I didn't have to make those. I like to be served.

Anyway, here's the recipe. I have no idea how we got it.

WARNING: I don't measure anything in this recipe except the sauce. There will be a lot of "-ish"'s.
NOTE: Most of the pictures were taken after the cooking was done so they look nice and messy.


flour (3 cups-ish)
milk (couple cups)
cooking oil (enough to mostly cover chicken)
boneless, skinless chicken sliced into strips (1.5lb-ish)
1/3 butter
1/2 cup Franks Red Hot

1. Heat oil over med-high heat. It's ready when you sprinkle a couple drops of water on it and it sizzles.

2. While you wait for the oil to heat, put flour in a wide bowl and milk in another wide bowl. (Sometimes I add salt and pepper and some cayenne pepper to the flour just for kicks. I'm really not sure if it makes a whole lot of a difference once you put the hot sauce on).

3. Use tongs to dip a strip of chicken into the milk, then into the flour, then into the milk, then into the flour. (It is important that you dip the chicken in each twice. It really affects the deliciousness).

4. Place flour-covered chicken into sizzling oil and cook. Flip eventually. Usually when it starts to float it is done. Cut one in half to be sure.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 for all the chicken strips until finished.

6. Melt the 1/3 cup of butter in a small bowl. Mix the 1/2 cup Franks Red Hot in the butter. Pour over chicken and toss til coated.

7. Serve with mashed potatoes and a veggie and a Mountain Dew. Ooo and be sure to drizzle left over sauce on your mashed potatoes.

8. Thank me later.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Mark Down Monday - SOLD!

Because Monday's can sometimes be a drag...

Because I have some pieces in my shop that are feeling unloved...

Because "Mark down" starts with an M just like "Monday" does...

SALE Red Chains Necklace and Earrings Set

Every Monday I'm going to mark way down one piece in my shop.

SALE Red Chains Necklace and Earrings Set

Today, I'm marking down a necklace and earrings set!

SALE Red Chains Necklace and Earrings Set

Originally this set was $13.00.

SALE Red Chains Necklace and Earrings Set

Then I marked it down to $11.00.

TODAY ONLY it is $7.00. That includes shipping.

You're welcome :)

(Only one set available!)
((Tomorrow it goes back to $11.00))
(((Please excuse the photography)))
((((Happy Monday!))))

This item is SOLD! Thank you so much, Debbie!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Why I Run

5. I gotta finish what I started.

4. I'm significantly overweight and running is my favorite workout.

3. I want to be a good example for my children of being active and healthy.

2. I'm a better wife and mother when I consistently work out.

And my main motivation...

1. Our future children. 

If I were to get pregnant at this weight, I would be guaranteed another csection. I have to know that I've done everything possible to have the option of a vbac. Crossing the finish line will give me the hope and extra determination to have that elusive vbac if at all possible.

Vbac = better possibility of having more babies!

I'll take a couple more of these please...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cracked Peppered Turkey Wrap

Since moving out to the middle of nowhere (okay we're not that far out but sometimes it sure feels like it!) I've been getting better at rummaging through the cupboards and fridge to come up with something creative for lunch.

The other day I was frustrated because we were approaching nearly empty shelves. But I came up with this random idea and it turned out delicious!

I found a couple pieces of peppered turkey deli meat.

We were out of bread.

So I grabbed a tortilla wrap and this yumminess...

Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme
photo credit
 (Thanks for turning me to this, sisinlaw!)

I spread some of the creme on the wrap, added the turkey and shredded some cheddar cheese over top.

Wrapped it up.

Then put more creme on top and shredded more cheese on top.

Baked at 350 degrees for... I dunno... 10 minutes? Until warmed through and cheese was melted.


The final picture actually has chicken in it. I thought I should try it the more "normal" way one day. Not nearly as good.

What slightly out of the ordinary lunches have you come up with?

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Inspiration Workshop Week #1

So Gussy Sews is one of my fave blogs. Not only does she make gorgeous bags of all types, and write fun and interesting blog posts, she also never ceases to inspire me!

She's started a link party that I had to join in on! This week's prompt:

"This week's prompt, in true Gussy fashion, is everything HANDMADE. A great way to kick off the Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!, right?!  Do you have a favorite blanket that your grandmother knitted for you? Does your child play with a HANDMADE toy? What about that construction paper and macaroni creation on your refrigerator? What do you make or want to make?"

Just about everything handmade inspires me!

Like the other night I was wandering through Michaels ("A dangerous past time.""I know." Name that movie). I got all sorts of butterflies in my belly! I wanted to create everything in sight!

Or just now I was folding Marie's pajama pants and was filled with the desire to make her a pair myself!

You know, something like this:
Polka Dot Ruffle Pants...Sizes...6m,12m, 18m, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6
Found HERE
Or maybe I'll whip up something like this:
Noodles and Milk Sewing Pattern -Tutorial PDF DIY -Kinley Lounge Pants-Sizes 6mo to 5t
Found HERE
I guess I should probably learn how to sew first...

Anyway, I'm also inspired when I finish a big jewelry project. I spent hours working on these sets for a wedding:

And as soon as I was finished, I wanted to spend hours making more!

((I don't think the hubby would have been thrilled.))

What handmade sumthin' inspires you??

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