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February 2016

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My New Painting

Happy Leap Day! 
Are you or do you know any Leap Day babies?! 
I don’t have a tutorial for you today. 
 I don’t have a recipe or diy either.
I just wanted to share with you a painting I created over the weekend.
 I needed something for one of the walls in our dining room and I wasn’t really sure what.
I saw some pictures online forever ago and I saved a few of them to play around with one time. 

I finally decided to attempt a version of those paintings myself and see if I liked it.
If it was good enough, I’d hang it. If not, not biggie, I’d just be on the hunt for something I liked at a store.
I was nervous painting it and was totally trying not to over think it. I even had to redo one of the flowers because when I was adding the black I did not like what I did one bit so it had to get repainted. Good thing it was just paint!
But in the end, I really liked it and so did Travis so up on the wall it went! 
 So I just want to say, if there is something that you have been wanting to try or create but you are nervous to give it a go… just do it!! 
If it doesn’t turn out, it’s ok, at least you tried!! 
And who knows, maybe you learned something new and you turned out to be really good at it!
Stay tuned for the full dining room reveal soon, about time right?! 🙂 

allison

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{Feature Friday} #64

Happy Friday everyone! 
 I hope you had a good week! 
 Do you have some fun things planned for this weekend? 
If not and you need a little inspiration, how about checking out these fabulous ideas from last week’s Handmade Hangout Party.

Maybe something will jump out at you and you can get a little creative this weekend.

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #90

Are you ready to party?! 
Let’s do it! 
It’s time to show off those great ideas you’ve been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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Our Wheat Free Journey + Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

It started when she was two. 
Random early mornings of getting sick were just that random, at first. But then they seemed to have a pattern. Every other morning. Very early in the morning. For a month or two. Then the sickness stopped. Then it would start again. No rhyme or reason. 
We went to a GI doctor and he seemed to think she just had reflux. We didn’t want to get her scoped because it seemed to stop by the time we were able to get into see the doctor. Time passed and her random sick moments became fewer and further between. But I did some reading. Lots of reading. Lots of research. Trying to figure out what could be causing these random moments of getting sick.
We started to try to heal and make the random moments not happen by cutting out Red 40. Then we tried to cut out all artificial dyes. It helped. For a bit. 
Then we noticed she was getting headaches (which is something her dad and I both suffer with). We didn’t see a real trend. So we weren’t exactly sure what to do. We cut out sugar and stopped eating things with high fructose corn syrup. I no longer bought meats that contained nitrates. We were trying to eat “real” and “clean” food. Then I read more and more about the affects of wheat and heard about the Wheat Belly book and thought it would be a great place to continue our journey. My husband was not thrilled by the idea but once he got on board we went full steam ahead. 
We started our wheat free journey in January of 2014. We are not purists. Since no one in our family suffers from Celiac Disease we didn’t take it 100% seriously. We continue to go without wheat for a few months out of the year. But then life gets busy and we take a few short cuts and eat wheat. I will tell you that I feel SO much better when I am not eating wheat. I am not going to get into the science behind it all just check out the Wheat Belly Cookbook by William Davis if you want the science and great testimonials. 

I noticed that my daughter didn’t have as many headaches when she quit eating wheat. My little girls arms cleared up from their bumps. My stomach felt much more at peace and my psoriasis didn’t flare up as much. Now, like I said, we’re not always totally 100% wheat free but we try to eat that way as much as possible. We don’t do it because of Celiac or other disorders but we have found it makes us all feel better when we lay off the wheat. I have learned to bake without wheat and have found some great go-to recipes! 
For us it really is about just eating good clean meat with veggies and sweet potatoes. Some times I do use a gluten free noodle but I know not all gluten free products are that great for us either. Trying to eat wheat free has proved to be challenging and time consuming (especially at first) but I have gotten the hang of it now. You should hear my kids reactions when they get to eat a sandwich some place. Since we don’t often eat bread it’s like a huge treat to them. Lunches have been tricky but I think we’ve got it figured out and I’m pretty sure my school aged kids who eat lunch away from home are getting enough to eat even without eating wheat. Again, let me stress that we are not always 100% wheat free and we don’t always even try. But we make a new effort every month or so. We don’t worry about eating wheat free when other people cook for us. We don’t tell them what to make us. Obviously, if one of us was suffering from Celiac or something we would be much more vocal about it when eating away from home.
We are about to start another round of going wheat free next week (my husband’s birthday is tomorrow and he’s asked for gooey butter cake and/or pie so he’ll get his birthday wish!). It was so successful for us in January and then I got lazy again in February. We didn’t fall completely off the horse but we are leaning pretty far. So, in order to jump start our health we will stop eating wheat at home and stay away from it as much as possible when we are out…at least a month at a time. 
Maybe you’ve chosen to eat wheat free, or maybe you have someone who suffers from Celiac Disease in your family. I am sure you have found ways to make good healthy food choices and have found what works best for you. Two more books I’ll recommend are Diane Sanfelipo’s Practical Paelo and Brittany Angell’s Every Last Crumb. These books have been very helpful and contain some awesome wheat free recipes that we go back to over and over again.
I also wanted to share with you two “recipes” that are in my regular rotation of dinners around here. I do a stuffed acorn squash and a spaghetti squash in the crock pot!
Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Pre-heat your oven to 350. 
  • Halve the acorn squash and scoop out the seeds. Put the halves cut side down in a baking dish with a little water. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until soft. 
  • While the halves are baking make your stuffing part. I use ground pork (it’s from our family made brats that we hand stuff at the farm during our annual family “butchering”), sweet peppers, tomato sauce, spinach, garlic and onion. Then once it’s all cooked I add some dried  cranberries as well!  
  •  Once the acorn squash is soft flip them over, and stuff them with the meat mixture. Then top with some grated cheese and put them back in the oven for about 10 minutes or just until the cheese is melted. 

My kids LOVE eating this.
They love the stuffing and love having the squash be the bowl!!

Another great easy wheat free meal is spaghetti with squash! 
So I just cut up some brats, add a jar of spaghetti sauce and a big handful of spinach in the bottom of my crock pot. 
Then, I cut the spaghetti squash in half (the short way) and scoop out the seeds and then just nestle the squash on top of the meat/sauce/spinach. 
I never knew I could just throw this all in the crock-pot until it was served this way to me when I was with my family. I used to cook it all separate! Save yourself lots of time and just throw it all in there together! 
Cook on low for 6-8 hours and scoop the spaghetti squash out mix it all together and call it good! 
You could use Italian Sausage or ground beef as well.

My kids loved these soft pretzels! 
The recipe is in the Wheat Belly Cookbook.
When my son was craving donuts I found a good wheat free recipe online that looked pretty simple to make and we had donuts! We use coconut sugar instead of white sugar (just FYI).
 I’m still trying to find the recipe. I’ll link it up when I find it again!

The Wheat Belly cookbook also has a GREAT recipe for pizza crust. 
You can actually pick it up with your hands…and if you’ve tried a lot of wheat free pizza crust recipes you know that’s not always the case!
What is your favorite wheat free recipe?
 Leave me a comment and let me know. I’m always looking for good, easy wheat free ideas for meals and snacks… so let me have ’em! 
Have a blessed week!
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21 Mason Jar Project Ideas

If you missed it yesterday, I posted the February “Craft with Me” project where I shared a fun craft using Mason Jars.

I love mason jars! There are so many uses for them. I collect some vintage one that I use for display but then as vases as well. I have a bought a ton to use as drink cups at parties and even party vases. I have them around my house as part of my decor and use some for storage in my craft room.

I thought I would round up other fabulous ideas that you could use Mason Jars for.

All I ask is that if you plan to Pin one of these ideas, please click on the link and pin from the original source OR pin the collage image above. Thanks!!

allison

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Rainbow Painted Mason Jars- February Craft with Me

It’s time for February’s “Craft with Me” project. 
I have a fun craft for you today that is great for St. Patrick’s Day but you can change up any of the colors and use them all the time. 
Rainbow Painted Mason Jars- perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Find out more at A Glimpse Inside.
Disclaimer: I know the yellow and orange jars are out of order. I kept saying ROYGBIV in my head while doing this project but for some reason I put them this way the entire time! OOPS!! 
By the time I realized it was wrong, I was editing the pictures and the flowers were dead/dying. 
ANYWAYS, here is how you make them.
Supplies:
-Acrylic Paint (Rainbow colors or whatever color you want.)
-Brushes
-Mason Jars, any size
-Spray Paint Primer or Chalk Paint
-File Sander

 Begin by priming your jars. Trust me, you want to prime them! I tried without and the layers just don’t stay on well. 
You can either use spray paint primer or chalk paint. I tried both and both worked great. 
If you are doing light colors, stick with white primer. If you are using dark colors, I recommend using a gray primer so you won’t have to do so many layers. 
I found the best way to paint the jars was to stick my hand inside and paint around the jar. 
If your hand doesn’t fit inside, flip the jar upside down and paint from the bottom up. Once you get near the top, flip it back over to finish painting including the top rim.
Here are the jars after the first coat with a white base.
As you can see, the white shines through quite a bit.
Jars after the second coat.
Be sure to let the first coat dry a few hours before recoating.
And the final, third coat.
Now let dry overnight before messing with them again.
 After letting the jars dry overnight, you can now distress them. 
If you don’t want to distress them, then you are done, but if you do then you need one of these file sanders.
File over the words or even on the jar itself where you would like to take the paint off.
I sanded the word “Ball,” the ridges on the rim, and then “made in usa” at the bottom.
Sand as much or as little as you like. 
Paint mason jars to decorate with during holidays or to match your decor. Find out more at A Glimpse Inside.
And they are done! 
Fill them with the same color roses or other flowers and you have a beautiful display.
Paint mason jars to decorate with for holidays or match your decor. Find out more at A Glimpse Inside.
And even though I put them in the wrong order, they sure are fun and colorful for St. Patrick’s Day.
Paint mason jars to match your decor or decorate with during holidays. Find out more at A Glimpse Inside.
Not wanting to do the rainbow jars? 
I made these to match the decor in our living and dining room using chalk paint so paint your jars any way you want! 
Now it is time to share the jars that you create! 
Link up your projects below. 
Don’t have a blog? No worries! Just load your picture on FB or Instagram and you can still share the link for all to see! 🙂 

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{Feature Friday} #63

February is already half way over you guys! 
How in the world did that happen already?! So crazy!
I have some great features for you today that were linked up to last week’s Handmade Hangout Party
Hope you find a new craft idea or a new recipe that you’ll want to try. 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
I hope you have a fantastic weekend! 
Fingers crossed warmer weather is around the corner! 

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #89

Are you ready to party?! 
Let’s do it! 
It’s time to show off those great ideas you’ve been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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Baked French Toast Cinnamon Rolls

Hey y’all! It’s Molly here from Just a Little Creativity
I enjoyed sharing my Strawberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with you last month, and decided to share another family favorite this time- Baked French Toast Cinnamon Rolls. 
 Do you ever fix breakfast for dinner? We aren’t big breakfast hour eaters here, but my family can devour breakfast foods for dinner.
Whether your feeding a family of seven like I am, or not, these egg stuffed, delicious cinnamon rolls are sure to be a hit. 
Ingredients: 
* 1 can of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls (8 ct)
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6 large eggs
*1/2 cup milk
*A sprinkle of powdered sugar 

*I prefer the Cinnabon cinnamon rolls because they’re shaped more like a biscuit instead of being curled up.

Directions:

 Press and flatten each cinnamon roll into the bottom of greased baking dish, covering the bottom of entire dish.

 Mix eggs and milk, and pour mixture over cinnamon rolls.

Cover dish and place in fridge for minimum of 4 hours (even better if left overnight). 
Remove dish from fridge and preheat oven to 350˚ 
 Bake uncovered 30-35 minutes, until center is set (test with a toothpick) 
Remove from heat and let sit about 5 minutes. 
Sprinkle powdered sugar over cinnamon rolls & serve warm. 

These are great sprinkled with only the powdered sugar, or you can pour syrup over the top. Pair with some fresh fruit, or sausage & bacon, and you’ve got a happy family.
 Enjoy!







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Spring Floral and Twine Wreath

You guys, I am SOOOOOOOO ready for Spring!! 
We literally still have snow on the ground that happened on Christmas Eve and it has just been snowed upon a couple times. 
So since I am longer for Spring, I went ahead made myself a new wreath to hang up once the weather finally decides it would like to stay above the freezing mark and to say I love it is an understatement. 
 This is a rather easy project as well and can be done in one afternoon.

Here’s how to make one for yourself.
Supplies:
-Styrofoam Wreath Form
-Faux flowers (I found these super real looking and feeling flowers at Michael’s)
-Rope 
-Twine
-Hot Glue Gun
-Ribbon
-Wire cutters

Begin by snipping all the flowers down using wire cutters. Leave a short stem so you can push it through the Styrofoam form but make sure it is shorter than the depth of the form.
Next, hot glue the end of the rope to the back side of the wreath. 
 Wrap the rope around the wreath form gluing the ends down.
I only bought 2 things of the rope to wrap half the wreath but you could buy enough for the whole wreath.
I took small twine to wrap the rest of the wreath to make it easy to place the flowers right where I wanted them and it just helped cover up the rest of the wreath form from different angles.
Then all you have to do is take the flowers and push them where you would like them.
Begin with the large flowers and then fill in with smaller flowers and leaves. 
I just tied some ribbon to the top to use for hanging.
 And it is done! 
I seriously love how real these flowers look! They are amazing!! 
Now, if only Spring would show up and stay awhile!! 
How is your weather and are you ready for Spring like I am?!

allison