Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Weekly Menu

Again, Im posting what we will be having this week, but no assignments to specific days.

Mahi Mahi Tacos  (Hubs loves the fish tacos I created!)   

Sloppy Joes, potato wedges, cole slaw and a veggie.  (I went to Walmart and stocked up on the Del monte sloppy joe sauce that we love.  I cant find it anywhere else AND it's gluten free!).

Chicken & Rice soup (from the freezer).

Chicken cordon bleu, chicken flavored rice, mixed veggies.

I might try to make the hubby his favorite, Chicken Tikka Masala!

We already had:  Baked ravioli, and grilled out hot dogs this week so far!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Valentine treat!

Valentine suckers

I came across this blog post from The Idea Room, and instantly knew I wanted to do this!  

I headed to Target in January and found they still had boxes of mini candy canes in their Christmas clearance section.  A huge box only cost me .25 CENTS!!! 

I already had the lollipop sticks from a previous project, and last week found lollipop bags with a valentine print on them at Michael's on clearance for .99 cents!

I followed the directions The Idea Room used, except I used a silpat to line my cookie sheet with.  Then, heat the oven to 350, and assemble the mini candy canes around eack lillipop stick and pop them in the oven!  I waited til they looked a little melted and pulled them out of the oven.  VERY carefully I pinched each end of the candy canes together.  I let them cool, then wrapped them in the bags I bought.  

That's it!  This literally took me less than 10 minutes!

My silpat lined baking sheet, lolliop sticks (I actually made mini ones by cutting some of these in half), and the candy canes, 60 of them for .25 - how much better can this cheap on a budget Valentine treat get?!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine Crafts!

Mantle decor: Mirror from Hobby Lobby, Heart wreath made by me, Candleholders from IKEA, heart candy dish from the Dollar Tree
Red felted heart wreath made by me, last year during the superbowl.  Tutorial here.
Entrytable / Chalkboard: branch swag I made. 
Milk glass compote found at an antique mall for under $1!!!  Fuzzy hearts from the Dollar Tree (sold as picks, I broke those off to make a  filler), doily table runner (bought a package of light pink paper heart doilies from the Dollar Tree and attached them together in a pattern using photo squares).
Paper rose wreath, made by me :)  Tutorial here.   It took a few nights sitting in front of the TV making this.  I used white cardstock I already had on hand (given to me free from my last job).

I have been very busy crafting all of these, but the mantle still seems bare to me.  Any ideas what else I could add (on a tight budget)?  Let me know what you think!

Happy Valentine's Day!