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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Breakfast Egg Bake

Sometimes you just feel like breakfast for dinner, right?! Unless your my dad who doesn't like breakfast food so in that case you never want breakfast for dinner. But for those of us who do crave a little meal time switch up then this is a recipe for a delicious egg bake packed with flavor and a great compliment to any of your other favorite breakfast accompaniments.
In fact its almost a meal in itself. It includes veggies, meat, cheese and eggs. Plus its a great way to get sneaky and throw in some veggies that your family might otherwise have trouble eating on their own.

Breakfast Egg Bake

2 small-medium potatoes
1/2 medium onion finely sliced
1 cup diced ham
1-4 ounce can Ortega chills
1 cup diced tomatoes
2 cups spinach
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup cream
4 large eggs
salt and pepper

Boil your potatoes until just tender; let cool. Once potatoes are cooled thinly slice them in rounds. Prepare a 9 inch baking dish by spraying with non stick cooking spray or spreading with a thin layer of butter. Place a layer of your cut potatoes in your baking dish an sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
Top with half of your onions and ham. 
Next top with half of your tomatoes, chilis and spinach. 

Sprinkle with half of your cheese and repeat the above steps ending with your cheese. 
Whisk together the eggs and cream and gently pour the mixture over your ingredients. Do this slowly so that the liquid has time to penetrate to the bottom of the pan without overflowing. 
Place your baking dish onto a cookie sheet to catch any overflow and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Best Dad Hands Down" DIY Kids Craft

E just turned 2 and since we have a plethora of crayon scribble drawings and he obviously cannot write on his own, I was looking for a fun and cheap way to involve him in a craft for Ben on Fathers Day. That is how this little project evolved. What kid doesn't like finger painting, and in this case, literally! All you need is a piece of paper, a printer, some paint and a little hand(s)...easy peasy!

 I love this craft, and since it is never a bad time to let your dad or your children's dad know that they are number one, you can give this gift for any holiday or just because!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Felt Monogram French Knot Ornament

These are really cute and simple ornaments that you can make to add to your Christmas ornament collection or give as gifts of present toppers to friends and family! Since we are still trying to build up our own family ornament stash I made two ornaments for both my sweet little boys this year. These are really fun to make and if you have children that are old enough to use a thread and needle, it can be a great family project too!

All you need is:
  • felt
  • scissors
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • hot glue gun
  • decorative trim

Start by cuting out he shape and size of ornament you want. I used a plastic cup to cut circles for my ornaments. You will need two pieces of felt the same shape for each ornament you are making.

Trace the letter or word you want to french knot onto one of the pairs of cut felt.

With the color thread you choose start to make french knots in the spaces that you have traced on the felt until you have filled in the area completely. If you are not familiar with how to make french knots, click here for a good tutorial, they are really easy to do.

The next step isn't necessary but I decided to snip little holes evenly around the perimeter of the felt and do a simple single crochet with embroidery thread around the edge to finish it off.

With your second piece of felt you will want to attach a piece of cut embroidery thread for your hook and attach it with hot glue.

Then onto the same piece of felt attach any decorative trim that you have on hand to the perimeter of your ornament.

Then take your french knot felt piece and glue it onto the piece that you just added a decorative trim to. Now your ready to hang or gift this adorable little french knot monogrammed ornament!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

DIY Upholstered Boxspring Mattress

It was time to move my son out of his crib and into a toddler bed; but instead of getting a small bed that he would be sure to grow out of in no time, we decided to go ahead and throw him in a full size bed that would last him for years to come. Since he is only 2+ years old we opted to leave the mattress and box spring on the ground instead of in a frame. We were a little hesitant at first since he has never been up so high or had such a large bed before. We made him a part of the process of breaking down his crib and bringing in the new mattress and box spring and he had a blast. He was easily able to climb on top and thought it was the greatest thing in the world to now have that much real-estate to sleep on. 

He is still young enough that he doesn't use a top sheet to get tangled in or a comforter to smother him so we simply bought some fitted sheets that we jersey material for softness and warmth. But when it came to the box spring I was stumped. I couldn't put a bed skirt on it because there were no legs on the bed to heighten it so that the bed skirt would not just pile up on the floor. And there was no way I was going to leave the box spring uncovered because it was hideous. So that left only one thing to do! Cover it with fabric. I have seen multiple tutorials online about reupholstering a box spring but all of them included permanently attaching fabric to the box spring by stapling, or gluing it. I wanted the option to be able to take it off and wash it when needed or be able to switch it out when my son gets older. And that's why I decided to simply sew elastic around my fabric for easy on and off access. 

It couldn't have been easier to make; all you need is:
  • fabric
  • elastic
  • tape measure 
  • sewing machine

Lets get started:
First things first you will want to take some measurements. Measure the perimeter of the box spring frame and add 5 inches and that will be the length of fabric you will need to cover the perimeter of the box spring. Next measure the height of the box spring and add 5 inches and that will be the width of fabric you will need. After you take all of your measurements, sew together the lengths of your fabric to give you one really long piece of fabric that is the entire length of the perimeter of the box spring. Sew together the two ends of your fabric right sides together. So now you have one large fully connected piece of fabric, like one big box spring square. Next you want to fold over the ruff edges of your length to make a hem and sew all the way down both sides.

Then take your elastic and either sew elastic around the entire length of your fabric both top and bottom or you can just add elastic to the corner parts of your box spring mattress top and bottom.

Place your fabric cover onto your box spring to make sure it fits and voila, you now have a stylish cover that you can remove to wash or change any time you want!!

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