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May 2011

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My Junk Drawer GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Hi everyone!!
Hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day and have had a fun filled weekend!


Before I announce the winner I want to just say a BIG THANK YOU once again to everyone that guest posted for me these past few weeks! You ladies rock!!

Hopefully, it will be back to normal on here for the time being!
I’m back and has our apartment pretty much completely set up so now I just need to get my creative juices flowing!

Anyways… back to the giveaway winner!

I am so sorry that I am just now announcing the winner of the headband from Kristen of My Junk Drawer. We have had a busy weekend and it completely slipped my mind.

So do you want to know who won one of these little cuties?!

The winner was chosen with Random.org and was number:

And who was number 21?

It was Jennifer from All That Glitters who said:

Congratulations Jennifer!!

Email me so I can pass your info onto to Kristen!



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Guest Post: Stephanie from Henry Happened

Stephanie is here today with a yummy homemade pasta recipe for you all day.

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Here’s Stephanie!

Hi, so excited to be guest posting today! I’m Stephanie Gerber, a mother of 2 and a fellow Kentuckian like Allison, who writes the blog henry happened. I call the site my β€œplayground” for staying curious and always learning new things – like making pasta! Who knew it could be so easy? Hope you enjoy the tutorial. And stop by sometime to see what else we’re learnin’ & lovin’!

I am in love with homemade pasta. My kick of doing things myself (root beer, yogurt, cheese, pizza) continues, and I thought homemade pasta was sure to be delish. I was not disappointed! Plus it was amazingly easy.

Nikki agreed to show me her technique. For 3 adults, 2 toddlers and 2 babies we used 4 eggs (set out an hour before) and roughly 3 1/2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour.

Make a volcano with the flour and crack the eggs into the center. Whip with a fork and start incorporating the flour a little at a time.

Continue incorporating the flour until it’s easier to do with your hands than with a fork. It will look something like loose dough. Then you knead for 10 minutes. (I don’t think we kneaded this long, maybe 5 tops, and it was fine.) Punch a hole with your left thumb and use the heel of your right to bring the dough around. The will ensure the dough turns itself inside out.

Wrap with Saran Wrap and let the dough rest on the counter for about an hour. After it rests, slice off a section and start rolling. With a wine bottle if you have too… Nikki forgot her pasta roller and I don’t have a rolling pin. Oops. You want it very, very thin. Keep flour nearby to help with the rolling.

Put a big pot of salty water on to boil at this point too. Slice the pasta into thin strips and put ’em all together in a bowl. It’s okay if they clump together.

Separate the pasta as you drop into the boiling water. You only need to cook 3-4 minutes – don’t over cook! – and it’s ready to eat immediately. Drain, put back into the pot, and add the creamy sauce (recipe below.) If you’re like me, you’ll want to stand and devour the entire pot. YUM.

Homemade Pasta with Creamy Sauce
Ingredients for Creamy Sauce
(Nikki is a pro in the kitchen, which means she doesn’t really measure things. I’ve done my best to capture what actually went into the dish.)

  • Couple of TBs of olive oil
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 container mushrooms
  • 1/2 of a red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Fresh tarragon, de-stem and roughly chop
  • Salt & Pepper

Preparation
Heat olive oil in saute pan, add butter and melt. Add the mushrooms and let them cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the onion and continue to saute for 5-7 minutes more. Add the cream and parmesan. Let it cook for another few minutes and add frozen peas. You could also add some proscuitto here. Give that a minute or two to warm up. Add the tarragon and finish with salt and pepper.


Thanks for sharing this recipe Stephanie!
It looks delicious!

Also, thanks for guest posting!

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Guest Post: Allie from Miss Lovie

Allie is here today with a super cute sewing tutorial!

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I will let Allie take it from here.

Hello, A Glimpse Inside Readers!

I’m Allie from Miss Lovie! I’m so excited to be posting today.

Thanks Allison for having me!

A little background on me: I am a full time kindergarten teacher who loves her job. I am also obsessed with creating fun beautiful things. I live with a law student who I love to pieces. Since he is so busy studying, I keep myself busy with sewing, making jewelry, and other fun projects. And, of course, lesson plans. πŸ™‚ Sleep is overrated.

Here are some of my latest/most popular projects you should check out!

Spring Moss and Rosette Wreath

When I first got into creating a lot, it started with jewelry. I love making jewelry, especially for others. Usually I start making something for me and end up giving it to a friend, or to my readers!

The Annie Necklace

earrings

more earrings

Yes, an Etsy shop is hopefully coming this year.

And of course since fabric flowers are everyone’s new obsession, I am not excluded from that!

LOVE them.

Scrappy No-Sew Flower

Spring Pin (with a link to my tutorial)

Today I have a fun sewing project to show you! Enjoy πŸ™‚

Snap-On Flower Onesie Dress

My friend asked me to make a onesie dress for her and she wanted me to make another one like the one I made at Easter:

Easter Flower Onesie Dress

The problem was the dress had to be for a newborn so I didn’t have as much fabric to work with. I decided that one big flower would work best.

I am in love with this fabric!

For those of you who missed my Easter Flower Onesie Dress Tutorial, you should go check it out! I used a Summer Onesie Dress Tutorial from Running With Scissors to make the dress.

Since the flower was rather large, and ruffles tend to get a little crazy in the wash, I simply sewed on some snaps to the flower and onesie dress so when she’s ready to wash it, the flower just snaps right off!

I originally saw this idea here awhile ago and have been dying to try it! Since my flower was larger than her’s, I added a few snaps just in case. You could (like she did) make several flowers to switch out!

Enjoy!

Thanks for reading and stop by and see me sometime!

That is super cute Allie!
Thanks so much for guest posting for me!

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Guest Post: Mandi from Mandi Being Crafty

Another fabulous guest is here today.
Mandi is here with a yummy recipe.

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Take it away Mandi!

Hiya! I am Mandi, I have a small little blog called Mandi Being Crafty! I am a self proclaimed geek who loves to craft!

I am BEYOND excited to be posting for Allison today! This is actually my first EVER guest post so if it is a little rough around the edges I do apologize!!!

Recently my hubby, Sgt Army Pants, had surgery because of a spider bite he got while in Iraq. If you want all the gross details you can read it here. But if not that is fine by me too! Besides the fact that he had surgery and wasn’t feeling a perfect ten, I was a mess. My husband does most of the cooking in this house. So needless to say I needed to pick up some slack and make dinner.
One of my friends on Facebook posted a recipe for a pork roast that sounded yummy. We have tried it before but since the instructions were so simple I figured I wouldn’t be able to mess it up. (I have messed up making Hamburger Helper before) So I am going to share with you! If I can make this I am sure anyone can!!!

Jalapeno Apricot Pork Roast (slow cooker)

Here are the ingredients you will need!

2lb Pork Roast
1 Jar of Apricot Preserves
3TBSP of Dijon Mustard
1 medium onion
1 Jalapeno diced (or you can be lazy like me and buy a can)
Crock pot

First sear your roast on all sides.

Then cut up your onion into fours and pull apart.

Mix together the apricot preserves, dijon mustard, and jalapenos.

Place the roast inside the crock pot and arrange the onion all around.

Pour the mixture of apricot preserves over roast.

Set your crock pot on low and cook for about 5-6 hours. (That way the roast pretty much just falls apart).

Serve with rolls or by itself.

If you are worried about it being spicy it isn’t! My kids are picky eaters and they actually love this! I hope you guys enjoy! Please visit me at my blog!

Thanks Allison for letting me post for you!!!

Oooo, that looks and sounds yummy Mandi!
Thanks so much for sharing it and guest posting for me today!

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Catch a Glimpse Party #30

I can’t believe this is the 30th Catch a Glimpse Party!

Thanks for partying with me every week.
I love seeing your links and watching this party grow!

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What do you have this week?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too.
(You can find my button by clicking on the third image in the social media icons at the top of the right column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

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Giveaway Reminder!

Hi All!

Just wanted to say hello and remind all of you about the fabulous giveaway from Kristen from My Junk Drawer.

There is still plenty of time to enter! It doesn’t end until this Saturday at Noon!

Hopefully, by next week everything will be unpacked and back to normal!
I got my craft room all set up yesterday. I just need to finish unpacking all my craft room boxes now. I can finally see the light at the end of the unpacking tunnel!

So until then, enjoy the last few fabulous guest posters and Catch a Glimpse party! πŸ™‚

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Guest Post: Alissa from Rags to Stitches

Alissa from Rags to Stitches is here today for you all to get to know her a little better.

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Hi! My name is Alissa and you can find me blogging rambling over at Rags to Stitches. I’ve been in the blogging world for a little over a year and have had so much fun meeting new people, but mostly having a spot I can call my own, where I can ramble on about my thoughts and my family.

I’m a lover of:
my Heavenly Father
My husband
Kids
my family
walks on the beach {corny, but awesome}
sunsets
photography
blogging
play dates with friends

I’d much rather talk to you on the phone than text.
I love receive hand written mail. Write me, I’ll write you back!

I love a clean house, but hate to clean.

And I can’t make it though the day without my morning coffee and chocolate {sad I know}
I love meeting other mommies and welcome any extra advice I can get.
Family is extremely important to me. I grew up in Southeast Asia and didn’t get to see my extended family often so I welcome any opportunity to get everyone together!


I have 2 children. They are 17 months apart. Close and I love it. Most days! My daughter, Miss K is going to be 3 in June and my son Buddy is 17 months. They are a bundle of energy and I love watching them grow and learn to explore the world around them. I’m completely that corny mom that wants to shout from the roof tops and brag about every new thing they learn and do. I can’t help it, I love them so much!! They are the smartest, most lovable kids whose laughter can make anyone smile from ear to ear.

Three weeks ago my husband was wrongfully terminated from his job. It was not of his choosing and let me tell you it has rocked our world. Wow! That’s the first time I’ve put in on paper in writing. I guess because once it’s in print, it really is reality. My husband is an amazing man and has always been an entrepreneur involved in starting up his own businesses, however, he put the business he had been building aside this last year to raise capital for a start up company. A start up company who made some bad choices, one of which was to terminate my husband and then cover it up with the word resignation.

Resignation (n): The act of retiring or giving up a position.
I’m not spilling the beans lately because I need you to feel sorry for me, but so that I could tell you how amazing God is! He has not only strengthened our marriage and our family, but He has taken care of us each day since it happened.
So now I’m working on finding balance.
Balance (n): A stable mental or psychological state; emotional stability

I’m learning to trust.

I’m learning to cherish each and every moment with my husband and my children.

I’m learning that there’s a time for sewing, blogging, tweeting, play dates.


I’m learning God first, me second.

I’m learning that I may not be able to cross everything off my list, but I can be okay with the few things I can.

I’m learning to breathe.

I’m learning to find balance.

I’m so honored to be blogging here today at A Glimpse Inside. Thanks, Allison for having me. If you’d like to stop by and say hello, I’d love to meet you and hear from you.
I promise I’ll write you back.
Here are a few places you can find me: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Shop

Thanks so guest posting for me Alissa!
Stop by Alissa’s blog and be sure to say hi!

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Guest Post: Andrea from Milestones and Memories

I’ve got another week full of fabulous guests for you all.

Today, Andrea from Milestones and Memories is here visiting.

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Spring Vintage Loot

Hi to all you lovely readers of A Glimpse Inside.

I am so thrilled to to be visiting with you today while we swoon over our love for thrifty (i mean, “vintage”) treasures!

Just so you know, this is me:

{…..and my two kids and husband}

I write a blog called Milestones & Memories where I document my love for these kiddos,

organizing and decorating our home,

crafting things like this

and cooking yummy dishes like this

all on a shoestring budget, mind you!

That’s where my love for thrifting comes in and today I’m here to show off my most recent vintage loot.

I recently visited my hometown where there is no shortage of quaint shops, antique stores, and flea markets, (don’t you get the excited tingles just thinking about them?—no, just me?)

Anyhoo,…..here’s what i drove off with that day:


A mallet
for someday trying my hand at “hand-stamped” jewelry and an authentic burlap feed sack

I couldn’t pass up this $5.00–1920’s adding machine/calculator

{we found similar ones on ebay for $100.00 +}

I don’t have the slightest what I will do with it, but it was just too cool to pass up!

{any ideas for me?}

2 shelves, a beautiful turquoise dish, a yardstick, two yellow glass candle holder bowls, a painting in a cool frame, and vintage buttons

I also picked up a 6-paned window, but couldn’t bring it home in our little car—-so no picture.

Can’t wait to make some interesting wall art with that bad boy.

Want to know the best part?…..The total was under $50.00!


I madeover the oval frame into a unique piece of art perfect for a spring mantel redo:
{you could do this with any frame or old/cheap painting}

Materials:
old frame/painting
vintage buttons
acrylic paint
ric rac
hot glue and gun


BEFORE:

AFTER:

Thanks for letting me hang with you today. It’s been a pleasure!



Happy Thrifting, to you too!
–Andi
Come see me sometime! milestones & memories

Thanks so much Andrea!
Love all your finds and cute idea with that frame!
Thanks so much for guest posting for me! πŸ™‚

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Guest Post: Vivienne from The V Spot

Vivienne from The V Spot is here with a great redo.

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Here’s Vivienne.

Spring has (mostly) sprung and I am beginning to turn my attention to my patio area.

Not. Good.

I have some tall hurricane lanterns that have been sitting out in the elements (if Southern California really even has elements) for 2 or 3 years, and although we had sprayed a clear sealant over them, the paint was starting to chip and the metal was rusting. Time to give them some TLC.

The bottom was the worst.

Fortunately, there is a spray paint that is a rust converter. I am not a science person and therefore will not try to scientifically explain the process. I can’t explain to you how it bonds to the rust and there is some chemical reaction that neutralizes it/fuses to it and then the rust is paintable. I can’t tell you that.

I can tell you: Iz Ma-jic spray paint. Iz make rust go bye-bye. Iz goooood.

After removing the glass panels, I started by grabbing a paint scraper and one of Handsome Hubby’s wire brushes. Any paint that was loose was removed. I did not take off all of the existing paint.

The Queen isn’t coming over to sit on my patio, I just want it good enough that it looks nice again and want it protected going forward.

This is what the bottom of one of the hurricanes looked like when I got done scraping and brushing.

I sprayed the entire piece with the Rust Converter. There were textural differences between the newly stripped rusted spots and the original paint that remained fused to the piece.

To help minimize the difference in texture, I went over it with a few coats of Rustoleum’s Hammered Metal spray paint in Dark Bronze. The hammered metal texture of the paint helps to blend the two different areas.

I took the opportunity to properly clean the glass panels and clean up the candle sticks that were in there.

They are now back in their normal spot up on the BBQ area. Yay! $100 worth of hurricane lanterns saved by a $6 can of spray paint.

Those look great Vivienne!
Thanks for guest posting for me!

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GIVEAWAY & Guest Post: Kristen from My Junk Drawer

** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!! **

Kristen is here with a Flower Headband GIVEAWAY. Yep- GIVEAWAY!

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Learn more about Kristen and enter the giveaway below!

Hello everyone!
I am Kristen, from My Junk Drawer.
You can find me at my blog, my Etsy shop, Facebook and Twitter.

I am so happy to be a guest here on A Glimpse Inside today.
I absolutely love this blog.

Allison asked me to share a little bit about myself.

I am a SAHM/full time college student.
I am also a California girl.
I am married to a big kid who likes to surf and play music.
Together we have 3 cute little kiddos.
When I am not changing diapers, cleaning up messes, or doing homework,
I like to sew, craft, scrapbook, work with wood, pretty much anything to avoid house cleaning.

Right now, my favorite thing to make is headbands.
I recently came up with a new one.
It is my favorite one so far.

This ruffle headband has been a big hit for me.

It is going to be sold in a local store starting this week!!

I am way excited!

In fact, I am so excited that I am giving one away to one of you!


To Enter:
(leave a separate comment for each)

1. Just leave a comment here telling me which color you would like, blue, pink or purple (just like pictured above).

2. Winner must be a follower of A Glimpse Inside and My Junk Drawer to win. Leave a comment letting me know you are a follower of both.


Giveaway will end Saturday, May 28 at Noon!

Winner will be announced Saturday night.

Come stop by My Junk Drawer and look around,

I promise you will find something you like.

Thanks Allison for having me as a guest on your blog today!

I hope your move is going smoothly.
Thanks for the fantastic giveaway Kristen!
Good luck again on this fun new venture! πŸ™‚

** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!! **