Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Veggie Waffles recipe

Pin It Now! Here is the Veggie Waffle Recipe to go with the fun Bell Pepper egg flowers I posted on my facebook page.

Veggie Waffles
3 c Flour
4 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs
3 c. milk (more for right consistency)
1/2 c oil
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder
    mix all this together then stir in:
1/2 c. chopped bell peppers (green, yellow or red)
1/4 c. chopped onions
1/2 lb ground sausage (optional) *sprinkle in the batter once you have poured it onto the waffle maker*

Now cook as waffles.

Serve with sour cream and salsa.

I hope you enjoy.  Let me know if you try it k?
Doesn't that all sound so yummy... I want to try this with the bell pepper egg flowers.  What a good fun breakfast!

Still Sane,
Mama V

Sunday, September 18, 2011

National Sewing Month Sew-Along

Pin It Now! Well if you follow my facebook page you know that this month is National Sewing month.  And if you know me at all.... you know I sew.  LOL!  (if you know me well, that is an understatement!)

So for National Sewing month I thought it would be fun to have a sew-along.  What is a se- along?  Where lots of people make the same thing at the same time.  This way they can talk about it and share progress, and pictures.  It is fun.  I had a bunch of people say they wanted to do it, and I hope they did... but they didn't follow through and post pictures for me.  A few have... and I love seeing them.

So I thought I would share my pictures of the T-shirt Hat and the Picnic Blanket Tote I sewed up this month.

T-shirt hat.  I made it using this tutorial: T-shirt Hat

My little D-doo likes it.  She wears it all the time.  I think I will make more of these.  They were easy to make and they were fun.

Then there is the Picnic Blanket Tote.  I made it using this tutorial: Picnic Blanket Tote

 Here it is all unfolded.... 
 Then all tucked up in the tote.... front
Then the back of the tote

This is super cute... it was easy to sew up too.  I made it up in a few hours.  This is a small blanket... really only big enough for one or two kiddos.  But it will be a perfect Christmas present for my little one.  She loves to have 'picnic lunches' in the living room while the big kids are at school, so this will be perfect for that!

I hope you have some fun sewing up this month!!  PLEASE do share what you sew I love to see, and get new ideas.

Happy National Sewing month from this mama to you!

Still Sane,
Mama V

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

HUGE Wall Calendar tutorial

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So I decided we need a calendar in our house!!  Anice big one that everyone can write on so we know where everyone is and what they have going on.  I saw this idea somewhere and I am sure I made it bigger than the original one.  But it is perfect.  I decided to show you how I did it.  

This is what you will need:
  • dry erase vinyl (I found mine on ebay)
  • painters tape (I used 1 1/2 inch)
  • a way to cut the vinyl (I used my cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter) 
  • a tape measure
  • cricuit
  • vinyl for year and days
  • vinyl to decorate (optional)
  • a day!  really it took me about 6 hrs to do it all
First off you cut your vinyl.  I did mine 8X8.  I said I wanted it BIG!  You could do this any size.

So now you need to do is make a straight line with your painters tape.  I used the measuring tape to measure down from the ceiling.  Then I put the first square on.  After that you use the tape to line up the space for the next square.  
You continue doing this until you get all 35 squares on.  
The rectangle at the top is for the month.  it was 5X18 
  *note... I moved the month rectangle up after the first picture.  I decided I needed to leave more space for the days.  So it was 3 inches from the top of the calendar squares.*

I used my cricut to cut out the days of the week and the year on regular vinyl. I used a 12X24 mat for this. You could use any color for this, but I picked black so I can add decoration for all the holidays.  
I added the house the skulls and the spider so I wasn't wasting my vinyl.  
Side note... I used my gypsy.  I love that thing!!  I feel like I waste less using it since I have control over where everything cuts and I can see it all before cutting.  

I had my baby (I know she is 4 but she is STILL my baby) stand by it so you could see how big it really is.  Isn't it AWESOME?!?!?!

Here is the year and the cute font I used for the days.  I choose one that was kinda cuties and funky so that it didn't matter if I got them on perfectly straight!  I don't do perfect.  LOL!  

 I added a nice fall tree, I will use this till I take it down for Christmas.  

Here it is all done.  I wrote the month and the days with a dry erase marker.  And we are good to go.  I am going to go in search of a cute wall basket tonight to hang by the side.  I want to be able to keep the markers close so they are easy to access.   

I am super excited about this and I can't wait to see it fill up.  I think this will really help organize things in our house!  
Happy birthday to me!  *since I spent my whole birthday making this.  

Still Sane,
Mama V

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Homemade Hamburger rolls

Pin It Now! I posted on my Nifty Nappy facebook page that we had made some Hamburger rolls. I have had multiple requests for the recipe. So here it is. The recipe for the hamburger rolls I grew up with.

Hamburger Rolls
3 1/2 c. warm water
3/4 c. sugar or 1/2 c. honey
1 c. oil
6 Tbsp. yeast
Rest 15 min.
Add: 1 Tbsp. salt
10 1/2 c. flour (might need more)
3 eggs
Roll out and cut with a large buiscut cutter or a large cup, if you want large rolls then roll out to 1 inch... roll thinner for a thinner roll.
Raise covered, on greased pan 10 min.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 min.

This makes a few dozen. So be aware. They freeze well, and are great for hamburgers, sloppy joes, sandwiches, really anything you might need a roll for.
Enjoy... and PLEASE let me know if you make these and like them!

Still Sane,
Mama V

Thursday, April 7, 2011

CSN winner FINALLY posted

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I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to post my winner. BUT I talked with the company and they were GREAT about extending the date of the winner code.

So... to restate. winner gets a $20 gift certificate to use at the CSN store!

the winner is:

Number 2 and #2 is:
Rachael said...

I am a subscriber via email

Congrats to Rachael!!!!

Thanks for entering. Now for a hiatus. I need to finish up all the diapers ... then I will back... BIGGER and BETTER than ever! :)

Still Sane,

Mama V

Sunday, February 27, 2011

CNS stores $20 gift certificate giveaway

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We have a new addition to our yard and the kids are loving it!
So you wanna know what I picked from the Swing Sets site of the CNS store?
I picked.... drum roll.....................
I picked a see-saw!!
Looks like fun huh?
K, for my review.
The people at CNS where great to work with. Everything went very smoothly and the shipping was very prompt.
On saturday we opened the box and got started. All the pieces where there and in good shape.
We did run into one little hitch. They said there was one part... that just wasn't there... at least not in the way the instructions said.
it called for a 1/2 inch washer, there were TWO other odd washer thingys that we realized after we were supposed to use. BUT In looking for the 1/2 inch washer we took apart a few things and reput them together so it did take a bit longer than expected. Hubby was pretty frustrated with that page of the instructions.
In the end though it went together well and the kids have loved playing on it already!
Did I mention it was windy and pretty chilly? What a trooper my hubby is!
Even my big girls that are 11 and 12 have see-sawed up and down on it. I can foresee years of fun play on it!

So??? CNS is graciously giving one of my readers a $20 Gift certificate to be used at any of their stores.
****This is only open for US and Canada residents though as they only ship to these locations.*****

To earn entries?
Easy peasy... and not too many either!
1 Entry follow my blog
1 Entry subscribe via email for my blog post.
1 Entry tell me what item or items you would love to have off their Swing Sets page
Extra entry.... if you commented on my initial post about this giveaway with a guess you may claim 1 Extra entry! No one guessed what I choose so you all get an extra entry for participating! :) --I will check this so please be honest!

***Remember to leave a separate comment for each additional entry and include your email address in your comments!***
See my giveaway instructions here for more information.

They sent me a list of terms and conditions that apply to their gift certificate code.

Their Terms and Conditions:

1. Code expires after first use.

2. Entire promotional amount must be used on first purchase.

3. If the total cost of basket exceeds the amount of money from the promotional code, you are responsible for the difference

4. Promotional code will be applied to all items in your basket

5. Expires March 31, 2011

6. This promotional code cannot be combined with any other promotional code, CSNRewards Dollars, or price match request.

7. This promotional code cannot be used to purchase gift certificates on our sites

Ends 3/6/11

Thanks for entering this giveaway.

Good luck!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Guess what?

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UPS pulled up to my house yesterday and...

My item I picked from CNS Stores is here! :)
Also I was so happy with my item I ordered 2 more items from them... I will tell you what they are. I got a picnic table and a bench thingy! Really excited to make my yard fun for the kids and a place they want to be!

So... did you get a chance to guess what I got?
HINT: no one has got it right yet.

I am excited! :) Watch for the review/giveaway here in a week or two... we have to get it put up! *hehehe

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A new giveaway for you! CSN stores

Pin It Now! Guess what? I am excited to let you know that CSN stores contacted me about doing a review/giveaway for you guys! Whoo hoo!!!

So? I have looked over their site and I have picked what I am going to review.
BUT I am NOT telling. *hehehe*

You guys get to guess! If you guess now on this post you get an extra entry into the giveaway!
You can guess 3 times. If you guess right you get 3 extra entires in the giveaway! *there can be more than one person with the right guess.

I will give you a hint: it is found on their Swing Sets page. *look though all the section though!

Have fun, and I will keep you updated about the giveaway and when it will be happening.

Still Sane,

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chinese Recipes

Pin It Now! I promised a post with recipes from our Chinese New Year dinner! :)
Here it is:

Panda Express Orange Chicken
(found on
Serves 6 Ready in <30>

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken pieces
1 egg 1 1/2 tsp. salt
White pepper Oil (for frying, we use Canola)
1/2 c. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 c. flour
1 Tbsp. minced ginger root
1 tsp minced garlic
1 dash crushed hot red chilies
1/4 c chopped green onions
1 Tbsp. rice wine
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. sesame oil
*** Orange Chicken Sauce ***
1 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. water
5 Tbsp. sugar
5 Tbsp. white vinegar

Directions: Cut chicken pieces into 2-inch squares and place in large bowl. Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 Tbsp. oil and mix well. Stir cornstarch and flour together. Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat. HEat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees. Add chicken pieces, small batches at a time, and fry 3 to 4 min. or until golden and crisp. (do not overcook or chicken will be tough.) Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside. Clean wok and heat 15 secondes over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp. oil. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Add and stir-fry crushed chilies and green onions. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil. Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed. Stir water into remaning 1 Tbsp. cornstarch until smooth. add to chicken and heat until sauce is thickened. Stir in 1 Tbsp. oil and sesame oil. Serve at once. You may want to add grated zest of 1 orange to the sauce for flavor.

Looks yum huh? Well it IS!!

Sweet and Sour Chicken and or Pork:

Serves 8 Ready in 1 hr.

Sauce: (make while frying the meat)
1 c. bias sliced carrots
1 sm. onion chopped
1 c. sliced celery
2 1/2 c. water
3/4 c. cider vinegar
3/4 c. ketchup
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 c. brown sugar
1 can pineapple chunks with juice

Simmer carrots. onion, celery, and water until veggies are tender. Add remaning ingredients.
Cook a few minutes. Thicken with 2 Tbsp. cornstarch in 1/4 c. water.

Breaded Chicken and or Pork:
3 lbs. cubed pork chops or boneless skinless chicken
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. cornstarch
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 to 3/4 c. drippings from the meat + water

Cook your meat in a couple Tbsp. of soy sauce (like 4 shakes -LOL!) for seasoning. Along with some garlic salt and a pinch of oregano.
Mix all ingredients except the meat, use enough water (or dripping from frying meat) to make the batter thinner. Add meat stir until coated. Deep fry in small batches for 7 min.
Serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce over rice.

Well worth the time spent!

Egg Drop Soup

Serves 8 Ready in <10>

4 c. chicken broth
1 c. corn (or to taste)
2 eggs (fork whisked in a bowl)
2 tsp. Sesame oil (or to taste)

Bring the chicken broth and the corn to a boil. Using the fork dribble the eggs into the boiling broth, making sure to not go so fast that the broth stops boiling. Then stir for 2 min. Remove from heat and add the sesame oil. Serve while warm.

There you have our recipes!
We also ate some egg rolls, wontons, and Asian salad too... contributed by our friends. FUN for ALL!

Enjoy! I would love to hear if you make this and enjoy it k?

Still Sane,

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Valentine ideas!

Pin It Now! So it is almost Valentine's Day!
Do you celebrate it?

Here are some fun ideas to do with your own kids at home... or to do in school at a party or something! If you make these and you blog about it I would love to see! :)

Heart Numbers:
Cut several large hearts. Cut the hearts in half (from the middle of the humps to the point) Then put a number on one half and a corresponding number of dots (or stickers) on the other. Have your children try to match the heart halves.

What's On the Heart:
Cut one heart for every child in your class. Cut different interesting magazine pictures out and put them on a heart. Have your children pull hearts out of a bag and tell you what is on it (if they are older children have them pull the heart out and tell you what it is used for, or something that rhymes with the object, etc)

Heart Rubbings:
Before the children arrive use a glue gun to trace hearts of different sizes onto a piece of poster board. Have your children place a piece of thin paper over the hearts and rub it with a crayon. They will be amazed when hearts appear on their paper.
Cut out hearts from sandpaper and tape to a pice of poster board. Have your children place a piece of thin paper over the board and rub with a crayon. They will trace a beautiful bumpy valentines day heart.

Pocket of Kisses:
Ask parents to bring an item of clothing that their children have outgrown and has a pocket (jeans, flannel shirt, dress, etc.)-or you can find a bunch or make them out of foam- Cut the full pocket around the seam. cut the remaining in strips or squares for future art projects. Set out a variety of beads, lace, sequins, silk flowers, etc. Encourage children to decorate their pocket the way they desire. Help children attach a ribbon or lace to the two top corners of their pocket. I suggest fabric glue, so it will be stationery. Set a bowl of hershey kisses out and have children fill the pockets. Provide tissue paper, ribbons and bows and assist children in wrapping their gifts for their mother. Give the child a choice if they want to attach a homemade card

Guess how much I love you card:
Cut out two hearts for each child. Attach the first heart to the inside of a card (a piece of poster board folded in half) On the front of the first one, write "Guess how much I love you?". On the second heart write "This much!". Measure the distance between the fingertips of one hand to the fingertips of the other with arms stretched out for each child and cut out this distance from 3 inch wide butcher paper. Help your children fold the paper accordian style. Attach a heart to each end of the butcher paper. Add this Valentines day poem: A Valentine Hug to You Wrap these hands around you whenever I'm away so you can have a hug from me anytime of day!

Valentine sun catchers:
Cut 2 pieces of wax paper into the shape of a heart (between 4 and 6 inches). Provide your children with crayon shavings in valentines colors, have them sprinkle the shreddings onto one of the heart pieces and then cover them with the othe heart shape. Place a towel over the hearts and hold a warm iron with the steam turned off over the towel for about 25 sec. (be very careful with the hot iron). Remove the towel and punch a hole in the top of the heart. You now have a heart sun catcher. I like to do this activity as an art and science activity. You can talk about the changes in the crayon and the colors mixing.

Hope you find some good ideas... or that they spark some!

Still Sane,
Mama V

Monday, January 3, 2011

White Chicken Chili dinner

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One of our favorite meals is White Chicken Chili. It is soooo yummy! I have 6 kiddos (hence the name of the blog) and finding a meal they ALL like it not the easiest thing. But this meal is one where they clean the bowl and ask for more. In fact for our family of 8 we double this recipe.
So here it is:
White Chicken Chili

2 cans white beans
2 small cans of green chilis (we only use one though)
3 Tbs. lime juice
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp lemon pepper
4-6 gloves of garlic minced
4 c chicken broth
2 cooked chicken breasts chopped

Simmer for 15 min.

Serve with sour cream, cilantro, pepper jack cheese, tortilla chips.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Winner of the Wooden Puzzle by Draven!

Pin It Now! So the winner of theSunflowerRadiantLove giveaway is:

AEK said... 58
love the waldorf inspired knotty with ooga booga print clothes, etc.

angiedkelly at gmail dot com
December 30, 2010 8:33 PM

Congrats... and thanks so much for taking the time to enter. I only post reviews of things I think you guys will really appreciate!

Still Sane,
Mama V

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Winner of the Butter Bell Crock!

Pin It Now! Winner of the Butter Bell Butter Crock is:

Crystal Biehl said... 11

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