DIY Cause Bracelets

A few months ago one of my best friends daughters was diagnosed with leukemia. Thankfully she is responding well to treatment so far and her prognosis is very good. There was a huge outpouring of support for them and a benefit was planned early on. Aside from attending the benefit and rallying some of our friends for a donation, in true DIY fashion, I wracked my brain for something special I could do for my friend to show my support. Since I was addicted to making bracelets at the time (and still am), I decided to make my friend some DIY cause bracelets. The official support color for leukemia is orange, and since they would be going through treatments for over two years, I figured they could use some stylish accessories. Both of her daughters are girly girls and and love jewelry.

DIY Cause Bracelets

Some of these I’ve done tutorials on before, and a few I have yet to post on. I was in a bit of a hurry to get them all finished in time for the benefit, so I didn’t take the time to do step-by-step photos on the new ones. I will in the next few weeks though.

 Circle Inspiration Bracelet Circle Inspiration Bracelet
My friend, her daughter and their whole family have shown amazing strength through this whole process, so I thought the “strength” charm was very fitting.
 DIY Tube Wrap Bracelet DIY Tube Wrap Bracelet
This one was a great stylish addition, easy
to make and great for layering and blending
into a regular wardrobe.
 T-shirt finger weave bracelet  T-Shirt Finger Weave Bracelet
I made this bracelet for each of the girls.
For the one going through treatment, I
figured it would be comfortable to wear.
Because they are close in age, it seemed
like a good idea to have them get matching
ones.
 Macrame Knot & Bead Bracelet  Macrame Knot and Bead Bracelet
I haven’t posted a tutorial on this one yet,
but I will son and will update this post with
the links. I originally tried to make this for
my friend, but I cut the leather too short,
so it ended up being for her daughter.
 Paracord Bracelet  Paracord Bracelet
Tutorial to come on this one soon. I made
this one for the dad. It doubles as a
survival bracelet since it’s about 9 feet of
parachute cord, so I think that made it
acceptable guy-wear.

I will say, orange is a tough color to find in leather cord. I was able to order it from LimaBeads.com. The parachute cord is a little easier to come by. I ordered mine from Amazon.

DIY Cause Bracelets

My friend’s family still has a long road ahead of them, so any positive thoughts and prayers you can send their way are appreciated. I pray their daughter continues to respond to treatment and they maintain the strength and amazing fighting spirit they’ve had in them since the start of this battle.

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April Wrap Up

April felt like a productive month for us. While the weather wasn’t great during most of the month here in Iowa, it’s starting to come around. Here’s our month in photos, both from the blog and from our family.

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Lots of Monogram decorating projects as I finish up our monogram mantle gallery and a few extras. I hope to be able to finish it up in May and be able to share it with you.

Vintage Inspired Wood Tile Letter

Vintage Wood Tile Letter

Vintage Inspired Wood Tile Letter

Monogram Scrabble Tile

Monogram Scrabble Tile

Monogram Scrabble Tile

Stenciled Garden Rocks – A great Mother’s Day Gift idea!

Stenciled Garden Rocks with Monogram

Stenciled Garden Rocks

I was also working on various gifts and made a few new bracelets. These would also make great Mom’s Day Gifts!

Circle Inspiration Bracelet

Circle Inspiration Bracelet

Circle Inspiration Bracelet

Bead and Knot Cord Bracelet

Bead and Knot Cord Bracelet

Bead and Knot Cord Bracelet

I finally got around to printing off and framing a few of my Instagram photos.

Shadow Box Framed Instagram Photos

Shadow Box Framed Instagram Photos

Shadow Box Framed Instagram Photos

Not too many new recipes this month, but a few.

Mini Baked Spinach Dip Cups

Mini Baked Spinach Dip Cups

Mini Baked Spinach Dip Cups

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Crunchy Chipotle Chickpeas

Roasted Chipotle Chickpeas

Crunchy Chipotle Chickpeas

We had a busy month with family activities and friends too.

Carter started soccer in early April which started out a bit rocky, but he’s enjoying it more now. Here’s the first week and the third week comparison pictures. As you can see it was still hat weather for both games. His expression in the first picture cracks me up every time I look at it!

Carter Soccer

Week 3 and Carter is finally enjoying #soccer The smile matches his #happy feet shirt much better!

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We had a few nice days where we made trips to the park. Here’s one where we spent an afternoon doing all sorts of boy things – tree climbing, digging in the sand, and climbing UP the slide.

An afternoon well spent. #allboy #boyswillbeboys #signsofspring

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Last week I went to a conference for work in Palm Beach, FL. We stayed at the PGA National resort. While I didn’t golf, I still enjoyed the scenery. I’m happy to be done with work travel for a little while!

Apparently I didn't jinx the #florida sunshine by buying new sunglasses at the airport!

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We had a wedding this past weekend for some long time friends. Carter looked quite handsome in his little tie and hat. He was a dancing machine at the reception. We had a good time too!

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Here’s to a great May!

Baked Chicken Taquitos

There’s one recipe I’ve pinned from Pinterest that I’ve made far more than any others – Baked Chicken Taquitos. I originally got the recipe from Seeded at the Table, but I have modified it to fit our tastes – we like things a little on the spicy side. The last few times, I’ve made a double batch and frozen the second batch. You can make these as a appetizer or a main dish with some Mexican rice or other sides.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup salsa verde (I’m loving one I found from Guy Fieri)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp hot Mexican chili powder (you can also use regular chili powder)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican flavored cheese
  • 10 small flour tortillas
  • sea salt
  • cooking spray

Directions:

Heat over to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together cream cheese, salsa verde, cumin, chili powder, onion powder garlic, cilantro. Then add cheese and chicken and mix together well.

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Spread out a small handful of the chicken mixture onto the bottom portion of the tortilla and then roll up.

baked-taquitos-stuffing

Place them on your parchment lined cookie sheet so they don’t touch. Spray lightly with cooking spray and then sprinkle with sea salt.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Bake at 425 degrees for about 17-20 minutes, depending on your oven. You want the edges brown and the middle slightly brown, but you don’t want them to get too crispy.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Let cool for a few minutes. The filling will be hot! You can serve plain or topped with salsa, sour cream or other favorite fixings. I prefer mine plain and then dip in salsa. My husband likes to load them up.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

To freeze for later, simply stop before the baking part, put them in the freezer to firm them up on the baking sheet or a plate – about 30 minutes. Then transfer them to a freezer bag. When you’re ready to bake them, you don’t need to thaw them out. You can just place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment, spray the tops with cooking spray, sprinkle with salt, and then bake them at 425 degrees for 17-20 minutes.

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Crunchy Chipotle Chickpeas

I’ve been traveling quite a bit for work lately, and I am one of those lucky people to tends to get motion sick if I don’t eat pretty much the entire time while flying. Before I took off this week for work, I decided to pack a few more flight snacks from home rather than picking up most of them at the airport. One of them was a new recipe that I’ll be making again for sure – Crunchy Chipotle Chickpeas. This originated from a recipe I saw from Everyday with Rachael Ray where she made them with BBQ seasoning.

Roasted Chipotle Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 15 oz. can chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chipotle rub (or substitute bbq rub)
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse and drain chickpeas. 
  3. In a medium bowl, coat chickpeas with olive oil and chipotle rub.
  4. Spray baking pan with cooking spray or coat with additional olive oil.
  5. Spread chickpeas on to baking sheet.
  6. Roast at 400 degrees for 32-35 minutes depending on how crunchy you want them. Turn over or stir halfway through baking time.
  7. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

Roasted Chickpeas - ingredientsRoasted Chickpeas - rinsed

Roasted Chickpeas - mixedRoasted Chickpeas - baked

Roasted Chipotle Chickpeas

In terms of consistency, they are in between a corn nut and a soy nut. They aren’t nearly as hard as a corn nut and have a little more texture than a soy nut. I like a little kick, so I thought the flavor was great. These would actually be really good with a variety of seasonings though. I think next time I’ll try a little garlic salt/sea salt.

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Stenciled Garden Rocks – Great Gift for Mom!

Spring peaked out this weekend for a brief visit and we took advantage of it to do some outdoor projects. I pinned this stenciled garden rock idea from BHG.com over a year ago. I can’t remember why I didn’t get to it at the time, but I knew I wanted to do it for my mom as a gift for Mother’s Day. She enjoys gardening and has spent a lot of time getting the beds in her yard to look picture perfect. My grandma had the most amazing flower garden, so my mom comes by it honestly. I unfortunately seem to have a black thumb so far, but I’ll keep trying!

Stenciled Garden Rocks with Monogram

This project took me less than an hour once I had my stencils created.

Supplies:

  • Garden rocks with flat surfaces
  • Stencils
  • Painters or masking tape
  • Newspaper or other paper for covering your rocks
  • Spray paint made for outdoor use

Rock selection: You can use any type of rocks that are not very porous. I used some we had in our yard as well as some I purchased from our local garden center. The largest was about 10 inches tall x 6 inches wide. A few were about 7-8″x5-6″ Larger would also work well. I probably wouldn’t go much smaller.

Stenciled rocks - selection

Stencils: I created my stencils with my Silhouette Cameo. If I hadn’t, I probably would have cut my stencils out of contact paper. The original instructions said to use regular paper and spray adhesive. I would be a little concerned about the sticky residue from that. For the monogram, I used the Times New Roman font from my computer. For all other shapes like the leaves, I found them free online by searching Google images.

Stencil Placement: Place and adhere your stencil on your rock. Then to protect your rock from overspray outside of your stencil, use painters tape or masking tape to secure sections of newspaper around the outside of the stencil to cover the rest of your rock.

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Paint: Using spray paint made for outdoor use, lightly spray over your stencil in even strokes. I did 2-3 coats depending on the paint color/rock color combo. Wait 10-15 minutes between coats. For colors, I used black, copper, and cream.

Stenciled Rocks - painted

Finish:  Once mostly dry, remove your stencils and paper. I like removing while it still has a light tackiness to the paint. I feel like I get a cleaner line.

I made a “B” monogram for my mom and then a large maple leaf and cluster of elm leaves.

Stenciled Garden Rocks with Monogram

Then I decided to use up the rest of the rocks I had selected to make some for our own yard. For us I made an Iowa Hawkeye (Go Hawks!), an “H” monogram, and a cluster of maple leaves. Other ideas I considered were “Est. 2000” for our wedding year or our address.

Stenciled Rocks - Monogram and Hawkeye

How about you – are you making any handmade gifts for Mother’s Day?

Other Ideas for Mom:

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