Obsession with Mascots

I recently realized that I seem to have some kind of obsession with taking pictures with mascots. I can’t seem to pass it up! I’m even worse at Disney World. I have a bunch more, I just can’t seem to find them right now for some reason.

My obsession with mascots is only matched by my obsession with cut outs. Who doesn’t like playing dress up?!

Now I have begun to drag my daughter into my little habit. I’m hoping she’ll be ok once it’s time for Santa in a few months.



We Love DDD! Marietta Diner Visit

Marietta Diner, Marietta, Georgia

My husband and I love watching Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with Guy Fieri. I like hearing the stories of the places and we try to make our own versions of dishes inspired by the different restaurants.

We always mean to try to go to a restaurant featured on the show when we are traveling but we forget to look them up or there ends up not being any on the route we are going, etc. We went to Lucky’s Cafe in Cleveland, Ohio on our way back from Toronto last year and now we’ve made it to Marietta Diner in Marietta, Georgia on our way back from Tennessee to visit family. There are a couple more along this route so we’ll have some other restaurants to check out on future trips.
My hubby had the Reuben Sandwich (Your choice of Corned Beef or Pastrami with Melted Swiss Cheese and Sauerkraut on Rye Bread, served with (2) Onion Rings, French Fries, Cole Slaw & Pickle) and I had the Caribbean Monte Cristo (Turkey, Ham, and Melted Swiss & Cheddar Cheese wrapped in a Tomato Basil Tortilla, Beer Battered and Deep Fried, served with Pesto Mayonnaise & French Fries). Both were delicious and didn’t last on the plate very long!
Although we opted to skip dessert, I do want to mention it because they all looked sooooooo good.

No Sew, Upcycled T-shirt Coral Necklace

I’ve been looking at The Frugal Girls Chic & Crafty Link-Ups on Thursday evenings for the past couple of weeks and was inspired by all the DIY jewelry. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, played with it along the way, and came up with this necklace. By the way, I don’t sew, so this is made with a glue gun.


  • a t-shirt that was on its last legs
  • key rings I had left over from some other craft
  • red coral charms, found at Michael’s in the jewelry clearance section
  • scissors
  • glue gun


Cut three thin strips across the t-shirt and two thicker strips.

Braid the three thin strips, weaving in the charms at approx. the middle of the whole braid.

Determine the length that you want the braided portion to be and attach to the key chain loops by folding over and glueing, then wrapping a small piece of t-shirt and glueing to hold it on.

Tie on a thicker strip to each loop with a lark’s head knot and then tie into a bow.

Adjust the overall length of the necklace to your style. You could also skip the bow and just clip the two loops together for more of a choker look.

With a 6-month-old that likes to grab at every thing, I don’t get many chances to wear necklaces, but I can’t wait to wear this one!

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Easy Apple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Easy Apple Brown Sugar Oatmeal!

We’ve been on an oatmeal kick around here for a while. I can make it quickly and eat it with one hand (either hand, actually) while feeding my daughter so it’s quite handy. Anyways, we’ve been adding things in like strawberries and blueberries when we have them, but we have apples this week.

Easy Apple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

  • Cook quick oats to package instructions.
  • Add 1/2 a diced apple for each person.
  • Add 1 tablespoon brown sugar.
  • Add cinnamon and allspice to taste.

Plenty of fiber, some anti-inflamatory cinnamon, and a little taste of fall during summer!

Next oatmeal recipe to try: Freezer-Friendly Baked Oatmeal by MoneySavingMom.com

UPDATE 6/28:

Made the Baked Oatmeal earlier this week. Yummy! A little bit of work but it was a nice little twist on the usual oatmeal. Since it’s just me and the hubby, I divided the “batter” so we could have it over two days. For the second day I stirred in some sweetened dries cranberries. Both versions were good and this is going in the “will try again” file!

Moment of Domesticated Bliss

Last week was both a low and a high for me in the kitchen. My daughter will be six months old soon and since before she was born I wanted to be able to make baby food for her when the time came. My request of a steam basket for Christmas was primarily for eventually making baby food.

Last week, I decided to try to steam some frozen green beans and nearly set the pan on fire. Later that day, I, for some reason, decided to try to make some brown rice cereal on a whim. I didn’t burn anything on that one, just couldn’t grind the rice fine enough and then I’m pretty sure I used the wrong amount of water. Needless to say, two failures in a 24 hour period had me pretty down in my confidence level in the kitchen. (Trying to figure out why I’m so determined to make baby food can be another post.)

My husband usually does the cooking and because of his work schedule we usually have our dinner type meal for lunch. At the last minute, my husband had to go in to a meeting the day before we were heading out-of-town to visit relatives. We had planned to use ingredients we had on hand and, primarily, to try to use up some produce we had around. Since he was out and I didn’t want the food to go to waste, it would be up to me to cook the meal.

When my little one went down for a nap just before lunch I was able to prep all the ingredients. When she woke up I put her in her exerciser on the far end of the kitchen and started making lunch. I had a moment when the pasta was cooking, the tomato mix was simmering, and the pear crumble I looked at my little girl playing and the food cooking and felt really proud of myself. I felt like a housewife. I made a “creation” as we call them in our house for dinner and a dessert that tasted good and I didn’t burn the kitchen down while doing it!

Wish I had thought to take a picture, it looked good. Here’s the “recipe”:

Going-Out-of-Town-So-Let’s-Clean-Out-the-Fridge Pasta


  • 1/2 box of spaghetti noodles
  • 1/2 pound of peeled, deveined, tails off shrimp
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can of no salt diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups spinach
  • greek spice mix
  • grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook noodles according to package instructions. Rinse shrimp under cold water. Add shrimp to pasta water towards end of the noodle cooking time.
  • Saute green bell pepper in olive oil until soft. Add can of diced tomatoes and greek spice mix to taste (can substitute with other mixes, salt and pepper, etc to personal preference). Bring to a boil.
  • By the point, noodles should be almost done and shrimp pink. Turn down tomato mix and add spinach, stir until wilted.
  • Strain noodles and shrimp, return to pot. Add tomato mix to pot, stir together. Serve with grated Parmesan on top.

Pear Crumble

Pear Crumble recipe at allrecipes.com. Here were my changes based on what we had and from reader comments:

  • 2 pears instead of 3
  • Used brown sugar
  • Used quick oats
  • Doubled the amounts of oats, flour, nuts, and butter
  • Used 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice instead of ginger and nutmeg
  • Used walnuts



Ribbon Flower Tutorial

Ribbon Flower!

I love the look of flower clips and I had a lot of ribbon hanging around so I decided to adapt some techniques from some other crafters and came up with these ribbon flowers. They are pretty easy and don’t take very long to make. You can make them in any color or colors as you like to match any occasion or outfit. They also make great gifts – make a making flower on a pin or make a set to attach to flip flips.
  • ribbon (3/8 in width, any color or type)
  • alligator clips (I use clips from Sally Beauty Supply)
  • Button, patch, or large rhinestone
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • lighter

Begin by covering a clip with ribbon. This step is not necessary but it does make for a neater final product. My method: Choose one of your ribbons, singe the edge to avoid fraying and hold it in the clip. Run a bead of hot glue along the top and fold the ribbon over. Cut the ribbon to length to cover the portion of the back wear your fingers hold the clip, singe the edge and glue down. I like to leave the bottom open, or uncovered.

 Next, cut 4 lengths of ribbon to about 8 inches.

Form a loop by overlapping the ends together and attaching with a dab of glue. Then, form the figure eight by placing a dab of glue inside the center of your loop (over where you just glued the loop together) and twisting the ribbon slightly as you press down. Repeat with three remaining pieces of ribbon.

Stack the figure eights into an *asterisk* shape, glueing to each other between the layers.

Finish the ribbon flower by adding a decorative center. In this tutorial I have used a button left over from another project but you could use a patch or rhinestone, whatever fits the look you are going for.

Finally, run a bead of glue on the top of your ribbon covered clip and press onto the back of your ribbon flower to create a hair clip. You could use a different style of hair barrette, glue to headband, or even a pin back for different uses.

I use my hair clips with crocheted headbands for my daughter.

Have fun with colors and centers! Check out this twist: http://thefrugalgirls.com/2011/08/a-new-twist-on-pretty-ribbon-hair-bows.html.

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