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Spring “in the Making” Here at HHC

Spring has finally arrived!!  With it has come the green grass, tree buds and growing hay in the farm field outside my at-home office/craft area window.  I’m so glad Spring has finally come because I have finally unpacked a majority of our boxes from our move and I am ready to breath a fresh new life into my blog as well as my Crafting and Mary Kay businesses!!

If you check out my Heartfelt Home Creates shop on Etsy (here) and on Facebook (here), you’ll be sure to find links to and pictures of the Easter- and Spring-themed wreaths and other products I just made over the past 2 weeks.  It was so nice finally being able to have my own crafting/office space again, thanks to the custom shelf built for me by my husband so that I may have my own little corner of the house to some of my supplies while at the same time sectioning off my own area from the kids’ new play room. For those of you that have your own work space or at-home office space, I’m sure you can completely relate and share in my excitement!

Aside from my crafting business, I have also been able to restart my Mary Kay business!  I have even created a Facebook page (here) for it so that I can connect with my customers, old and new alike, in addition to emails. I love finding new ways to connect with people!

But enough of the “self-promotion”, that’s not why I am writing this post. Instead, I’d like to just jot down some of my blogging and crafting to-do list items.  First off, I just finished reading a great inspirational book about a Christian single mom who, against many odds and obstacles, accomplished so much — it was great! I don’t want to say much more since I will be writing a review of this book in an upcoming post, so in the meantime I hope that you will check back over the course of the next day or two so that you can read more about it!!

In other news, I have been busy crocheting and crafting up some new fabric squares wreaths.  I am excited that this month marked my 2-year anniversary of my shop on Etsy! Right now I am focusing on Easter and Spring- inspired items, and I’ve been having a lot of fun creating them!! So far I’ve made about5 wreaths, as well as egg cozies, bibs, hats, placemats, washcloths (and I have a lot more ideas in my head waiting to be made!).  I think the spring weather we’ve been blessed with here is playing a key roll in energizing my creative side. (*smile*)

As far as blogging goes, I’m looking forward to trying new recipes and sharing them with you. I won’t be able to post recipes weekly like I have in the past since most of my time is now spent keeping up with our two little ones, but I am eager to get a few posts in soon!  There are also quite a few books I have on my “to read and review” list that I am anticipating sharing with you. I was hoping to write some gardening posts, but unfortunately I am unable to have my lovely garden in our new home.  I’m trying to find a way to remedy that, perhaps with a garden in flower pots… I haven’t quite figured that out yet, so if anyone has suggestions on how I can have my veggie garden in our new home (where I can grow tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce and such) I’m all up for suggestions!!

Well, I hate to end this rather spuratic and random post so quickly, but my little ones are in need of this Mommy’s attention. With that being said, I hope you enjoy the rest of the evening and will check back soon as I retake my blogging by storm!  🙂

 

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~* Recipe of the Week *~

BBQ Chicken

(Your choice of in the oven or on the grill!)

 

Spring is finally making itself known where I live.   And with Spring, it brings my need to be outside in the warm sunshine. The other week when we had a warm spell I fired up the grill and made some yummy BBQ chicken.  You can use this same recipe to cook the chicken in your oven if you’d like.  When I made it on the grill, I cooked the chicken a bit before spreading on my sauce, that way the sauce didn’t burn while waiting for the chicken to cook thoroughly.

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Cook time: 1 hr 30 minutes in oven (45 minutes – 1 hour on grill, depending on size of chicken pieces and how fast chicken cooks)

Ingredients:

  • 12 chicken thighs, or legs, or a mixture of both (with or without skin on, you choice!)
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

 

Directions:

  1. If using an oven:
  2. 

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. 
  • In a sauce pan on medium heat, stir together the water, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.  
  • Once thoroughly stirred together, add in salt and chili powder.
  • Let simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Place chicken pieces in a glass baking dish. Pour 3/4 of sauce over chicken.  Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and place in oven for about 15 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F.   Turn chicken pieces over and pour remaining sauce over them.  Recover chicken and cook for 45 minutes to an hour.  Then bake chicken without cover for 15 minutes.

2.  If cooking chicken on the grill:

  • Make sauce according to recipe listed above. 
  • While sauce is simmering, place chicken pieces on the grill on medium heat.  (Cooking for about 15 minutes)
  • When sauce is done, place chicken pieces on aluminum foil on the grill.  Pour 1/2 of sauce on chicken pieces and cook on low heat for about 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Check temperature of chicken.  When chicken is thoroughly cooked (or close to it), turn pieces over and place directly on grill rack.  Pour remaining sauce over chicken and let cook for about 7-10 minutes, or until sauce is cooked onto the chicken without burning it.  (Some people might like to cook their’s a little longer so that it is more on the crispy side.) Make sure to use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of chicken to ensure that it is cooked thoroughly before serving.

 

Serve with some grilled vegetables or a salad.   I made mine with some grilled peppers and cooked rice.  Yummy!

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~* Garden Gumption *~ (Post #1- 2011)

Garden Gumption Post #1 (2011)

It’s That Time of Year Again!!

 

The sun is shining, and Spring is just around the corner!!  For me, this time of year brings a time of excitement!! It’s the time of year when I can hear my yard calling my name, asking me to start freshening it up.  It’s the time of year when my vegetable garden and my flower beds need some prepping for the upcoming seed plantings!  It’s the time of year when I LOVE getting my hands dirty!

Seeds for Our 2011 Vegetable Garden

Today, my son and I will be found getting messy in our kitchen.  We will be starting our “indoor garden”!!  I believe I may be more excited than he with the whole concept, but that’s because I’m eagerly awaiting the vegetables we will (hopefully) be able to enjoy in the coming months.  Tomatoes, cucumbers (which made great pickles last year), zucchini, lettuce, cabbage, peppers, corn, and lots more.  Plus, I’m going to try my hand at a few new additions to my garden: broccoli, spinach, and watermelon!  We’ll see how that goes.

In the mean time,   feel free to read up on my posts from last year (note the NEW “Gardening” tab at the top of my HHC blog page!).  I look forward to sharing my gardening adventures with you this year!  Enjoy, and Happy Gardening!

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Gardening

 

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Friday Featured Product! (And GIVEAWAY!) ~ The Cherry On Top Bows ~

The Cherry On Top Bows

 

Are you a fan of Boutique Style bows?  Do you like dressing your little princess in pillow case dresses?  Then you need to check out The Cherry On Top Bows!!! 

 

TCOT - XL Boutique Style Bow

 

For this week’s Friday Feature Product post, I had the privilege of “interviewing” The Cherry On Top Bows’ creator, Sally Peck

TCOT XL Boutique Bows in Pigtails

When asked how TCOT came about, Sally credited her oldest daughter as being her inspiration. “She had lots of hair from the time she was born,” Sally stated, “and I wanted to put little clippies in her hair all the time, but I had a hard time finding boutique style bows at a reasonable price.  I taught myself how to make bows for her (then eventually for my younger daughter) at prices that everyone could afford.”  Since starting TCOT 4 years ago, Sally has managed to juggle her schedule between “work” (I put work in paretheses since after all, how can you call doing something you enjoy “work”, right?) and her number one priority – being a wife and a SAHM of two wonderful little girls, Stephanie (4) and Natalie (1).   “I  wouldn’t describe myself as a ‘crafty’ person,” she says. “I’m simply someone that likes to do things her own way and if I can’t find what I’m looking for, I do it myself!” 

 

TCOT Pillowcase Dresses

 

As mentioned before, The Cherry On Top Bows features what I think are ADORABLE  products for girls!  TCOT’s signature product has become the XL Boutique Style Bows (see pictures).  Believe me, these bows are NOT to be taken lightly! Each one of TCOT’s XL Boutique Style Bows is 4 layers thick and measure 6 inches across!  That’s a lot of quality, beautiful bow for a great price!  They look beautiful attached to a headband for babies, or in pigtails on big girls. 

 Sally has done so many pretty combinations, she can’t even pick her favorite!!  And that’s not all that TCOT has to offer.  The Cherry On Top also brings you handmade pillow case dresses, library tote bags, and (my personal favorite) crayon totes (see pictures)!

The Cherry On Top – Library Tote Bag

Which brings me to the Product Review part of this post.  During an online event a few months ago, I had purchased one of TCOT’s crayon totes, and I LOVE it!! 

The Cherry On Top - Crayon Tote

 The fabrics Sally chooses when making up her crayon totes are just wonderful and coordinate so well together!  I encourage you to visit her etsy site (found here) and her Facebook site (found here) to view pictures of the various totes (as well as her other products of course!).  They are small, fold up nicely and have great little handles so your little ones can easily carry his or her crayons and treasured masterpieces. Sally makes them for boys and girls and in just about every theme you can think of and that your child will enjoy!!   My crayon tote came with an assortment of crayons, a small notepad for “drawing” and a small sheet of smiley face stickers.  It’s perfect for an in-the-car and/or on-the-go activity to have on hand for you kids (especially if you have to wait somewhere, such as a doctor’s office, and need to keep your little one entertained!).  The inner pockets are also the perfect size for holding a small children’s book.  But I love mine for a different reason — and don’t laugh when you hear what it is!  — I use mine to hold my crochet hooks!!! Yep, you read right!  When I’m on-the-g0 visiting family and the like, I like to bring a few crochet projects with me when I have some down time at night.  I use my tote to hold and organize my hooks as well as a small notebook for notes, a pen, and a small pair of scissors.  🙂   But no matter how you use it, I know you’ll LOVE it!  I’m going to purchase a crayon tote for my son in the very near future!

** The Cherry On Top Bows is currently having a Spring Special going on at her etsy store found here. Use coupon code “SPRING10” at checkout to save 10% off of your entire order!!**

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And now for the moment I’m sure all of you have been anxiously waiting for: the TCOT Giveaway portion of my post!

Sally has graciously offered to give away one of her favorite Boutique Bows for Spring! The pink, blue, green, and yellow colors are a reminder that warm weather isn’t too far away now. How could you NOT want to win this gorgeous bow for that special little girl in your life?!

Giveaway: Spring Boutique Bow

To enter, please leave a comment at the end of this post, as well as a means for us to contact you if you are the winner.  One comment is all you need. Multiple comments from the same individual will not be accepted.  The giveaway will continue from March 4, 2011 until Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:30 p.m EST.  The winner will then be chosen via random.org and will be contacted using the information provided to us.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

** This Giveaway is now CLOSED!  Congratulations to Anju Kumar on winning the Spring Bow Giveaway!! **

I hope you enjoyed my review, and enjoyed getting to know The Cherry On Top Bows, Sally, and about the wonderful products she has to offer!!  Good luck on winning her wonderful bow! And don’t forget to check out her etsy and FB sites to view her great products!!

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Giveaway, WAHM

 

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