{Celebrating Fun}: Mummy Dogs

We don’t put too much focus around here on Halloween.  The decorations in the stores scare the boys.  But I do like to do some of the more fun things that come along with this sugar filled holiday.  One of those things that has become a quick and easy tradition around here is mummy dogs (aka Pigs in a Blanket).  I “discovered” these a few years ago and I love how quick and easy they are for lunch or dinner (not to mention yummy!) but also I love that they are super simple so the boys can help me make them.

Mummy Dogs

Mummy Dogs

Shopping List (not really much cooking going on here so I just couldn’t put ingredients, haha)

  • tube of crescent rolls
  • hot dogs of choice
  • dipping sauces (ketchup, mustard, etc)

Directions:

1. Open the crescent rolls and instead of pulling them apart into the triangles like usual you are going to roll out the rectangle like they come out of the tube and cut them into long strips about 1/2 inch wide.

2. Take a hot dog and begin wrapping it at the top (pinch the end so it stays together).  Don’t forget to leave a hole for the mummy’s eyes ;)

3. Keep wrapping until you reach the bottom, if you need to add another piece just pinch the ends together and keep wrapping.

4. Place all your mummies (crescent wrapped hot dogs) on a cookie sheet and bake to the directions on the crescent roll tube.

5. When they come out of the oven, use a couple dots of mustard or even diced olives for eyes and then let your little ones eat them up!

There you have it!  A quick and easy lunch or dinner during the month of October.  The boys LOVE making these since they are so simple.  We ALWAYS have them for dinner on Halloween before heading off to the church for Hallelujah Night.  Usually they make it on the menu plan a couple other times as well.

So go make some for your pumpkins and monsters and tell me how they turn out!

Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Curtains

We recently moved and our new home as several of the high windows without blinds.  So at certain parts of the day, the sun comes shining in quite brightly! I LOVE the sunshine, don’t get me wrong, but when it is 5pm and you are trying to cook dinner, being blinded by the sun isn’t very helpful.

So off to JoAnn’s I went to find a solution.  Lucky for me, there was lots of home decor fabric in the clearance section one day and when I saw this fabric I thought it would look quite nice in my new kitchen.  There wasn’t much left on the bolt but thankfully there was just enough for what I needed (and for only a few dollars!!!).

So without further ado, here is a quick and simple curtain tutorial.

 

Tutorial: Simple Curtains

Mom's Busy Crafting - Simple Curtains Tutorial

Materials:

  • fabric (I used a little over a yard of home decor fabric, which is thicker so it would block more light)
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • curtain rod
First I began by opening my fabric up and cutting it in half to make two narrow panels.  I need width more that length.  I wanted the stripes to run vertically for these curtains so I had to fold it the opposite way that it came off the bolt.

Cut fabric in half to make the width double

Take one of the panels and cut it in half along the strip.  I didn’t want a seam right down the middle of my curtains so I did this so the seams would be on either side of the long panel.

Cut one panel in half

Pin the panels together and sew them together.  I then serged the raw edges to finish them (and keep them from unraveling).  This step isn’t necessary but does help them hold up better especially if you are planning to launder your curtains often.  (NOTE: If you don’t have a serger, you can use an overlock stitch on your machine.)

Pin smaller panels to either side of the long panel

I then top stitched each of the seams toward the center panel to flatten them down.  Here is a view from the back.

Back view of top stitching

I then serged all the edges all round the sides to keep the fabric from fraying and to allow me to only press the sides twice.  If you don’t have a serger then simply fold the sides in a 1/4″ and then turn them again and press so that the raw edge is completely hidden.  Press each side and the bottom.

Turn hem 1/4 inch along sides and bottom

Pin pressed hem into place and then sew around the sides and bottom.

Pin into place

Now to create the rod pocket.  Press the top 1/4″ down.  Then turn the fabric down again measuring it to make sure it will fit onto the curtain rod. I was using a narrow rod so I turned it down only 2″.  Sew the rod pocket along the bottom of the fold.

2" Rod pocket

Now my hubby had to help a bit.  The curtain was done so he needed to hang the curtain (first the rod had to be installed).

Hubby hanging curtain rod

See how the left side of the window the so bright, that is where the sun would come in.  This time of day (right about time to make dinner) the sun is like a spotlight on the stove!

Kitchen BEFORE -

Kitchen - before

Kitchen AFTER -

Mom's Busy Crafting - Simple Curtains Tutorial

 

So much better, the curtains were barely long enough to cover the window and a little bit of light still comes in but this is a HUGE improvement!!!  I was working with clearance fabric so for just a few dollars this was a perfect fix.

I LOVE the added bit of color the curtains add to the kitchen! While sitting in the family room today, I kept admiring how nice the kitchen looks now with the little bit of color above the window.

 

***To adapt this for any window you will just need to do a bit of math.  My window being one of the high decorative types was only about 2 feet high by about 6 feet wide.  To make this work for you, measure your window, then add an inch to the length for the bottom hem and about 4″ for the rod pocket depending on the size of your curtain rod.  For the width, you will need to add an inch on either side for the hem.  After that, it just depends on the width of your window, whether or not you want one panel or more, and how much you want it to bunch.  (I realize that isn’t very precise but all windows are different.)

Christmas is coming!!!

Yep, that’s right! Only 69 days until Christmas.  I haven’t had much time for personal projects lately since I have been making lots of items to stock my shop.  You read that right my shop is open for business.  I can now take online orders.  WhoooHoo, just in time for Christmas.  It is stocked with boo boo bags, decorative tiles, pillowcase dresses, custom signs, and purses.  And don’t forget about custom shirts!

Have you started shopping?  Are you making gifts this year?  Since I didn’t do a Tuesday Tutorial today I thought I would share with you some past gift ideas and tutorials to help you get your gift planning going.  I am right along with you this year as I have NO idea what I am doing for gifts this year.  {sigh}

Little Girl Gifts

Bow Board

Pillowcase dress

Little Boy Gifts

Lego Sack

Marshmallow Gun

Family Gift Ideas (think Grandparents)

Hanging Picture Frames

 

There are just a few gift ideas from things I personally have given in the past.  My boys got the Lego sacks for Christmas last year, as did all my nephews.  My sister in law made the boys the marshmallow guns and they had a blast (note: if you make these for children be sure to a couple for the parents too so they have some ammo of their own!)

 

 

Mom’s been BUSY… Crafting!

I was given the opportunity to have a vendor booth at a Fall Festival this weekend. Since I don’t usually do “this sort of thing” I took some time to pray, talk to my hubby, and decide whether or not it would be good for my little business. Ultimately we decided it would, so I got busy. And I mean BUSY! Lots of shirts, vinyl, sewing and tiles later I am almost ready.

The show is this Saturday from 11am-2pm at a local preschool. I have NO clue what to expect, no idea what is going to sell and what isn’t, but I am trying to be as prepared as I can be. Samples of shirts have been made so customers can see my designs, several “grab-able” products have been sewn or made, and I am working on getting my inventory up with Christmas gift options.

I will let you know how it goes and show you pictures of my booth (It is afterall something with MY name and reputation on it, therefore it MUST look cute too). Pray I do well and if you can, please swing by.

To check out what I have been making and to see what I will have for sale, click on over to my Facebook page to see what I have been up to!

Tuesday Tutorial {recipe}: Pumpkin Spice Waffles!

So the other night I had a hankering (yep, I said it) for something fallish for dinner.  Since the cupboard was getting pretty bare, the  best option for dinner was breakfast.  Waffles were sounding yummy but first I wanted to make sure the hubby was OK with pumpkin waffles.

Here is how the conversation went:

Me: “If I said pumpkin spice waffles, what would your reaction be?”

Hubby: “With maple bacon?”

Me: “Maple sausage and regular bacon.”

Hubby: “Sounds good”

 

So off I went in search of a Pinterest recipe for Pumpkin Spice waffles.  I soon realized that I either didn’t have some necessary ingredients OR the recipes were just pumpkin with no spice :(  But instead of getting defeated, I just decided to take one that was the closest to the ingredients I had on hand and “tweak” it a bit.

Here is what I came up with!

Pumpkin Spice Waffles 

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/3 cups of pancake mix
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Mix the wet ingredients together.  In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  I put about 3/4 of a cup of the batter in my waffle iron for each waffle and total ended up with about 7 waffles.  My boys gobbled them up and my hubby said the spices were just right: not too strong but enough to taste.  I will definitely be making these a bunch more this fall!

More waffles please!