Holiday Banners Homemade

The holidays are super crazy and even crazier when you are sick!  I am finally starting to feel more like myself so back to blogging I go…

Last weekend, a friend and I threw a Baby Shower for a very dear friend of ours.  Due to the proximity to Christmas, we decided to make the shower a Christmas shower!  I spent countless hours on etsy.com looking for Holiday banners to decorate for the shower and then it dawned on me…why wouldn’t I make my own, customized to the theme of the shower?  Duh…so off to the craft section in Walmart I go…

All you need to accomplish this project is:

  • Construction Paper
  • Letter Stencils
  • Hole Puncher
  • Scissors OR Paper Cutter
  • A Black Marker
  • A Glue Stick
  • Ribbon

…and TIME!

This project is self explanatory and super easy!

Step 1:  Cut white construction paper to 5 x 3 pieces for the letters that you will trace from the stencils.  The number of pieces is entirely up to you…whatever phrase you choose!

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Step 2:  Trace letters from stencils onto construction paper.  Color in letters with a black marker.

TIP: A sharpe marker will give a darker black result!

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Step 3:  Use a glue stick to glue paper with letters onto another sheet of construction paper (choose a color that is contrasting).  Using your paper cutter or scissors, cut around the paper, creating a border.  See below…

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Step 3:  Repeat Step 2 but with another piece of construction paper (choose a color that is contrasting).  Use a hole puncher to put holes in the top two corners of each letter.  String together letters with ribbon.

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Here is a banner that I made for the Baby Shower!

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Here is a banner that I made for my house!  Enjoy!!!

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Preparing for a Fiesta with Carne Asada

Every Thanksgiving, my family opts for a non-traditional meal, Mexican!  We are not huge on Turkey AND since the majority of the kids are splitting Thanksgiving day between two families, my mom likes to break it up and have a different meal since the first half of the day consists of your normal turkey, mashed potato traditional dinner.

Also, it is tradition that every year we celebrate my Mother-In-Law’s birthday at out house.  This year she requested Mexican food.  Time to pull out my mom’s delicious recipe for Carne Asada!!  It gives me chills just thinking about it 🙂

So what is Carne Asada?  Carne Asada is a Mexican way to marinade skirt steak.  The marinade has A LOT of ingredients but the taste is out of this world.  Here are the items you will need to make this Carne Asada marinade.

  • A Whole Bag of Oranges
  • 8 Limes
  • A Bunch of Fresh Cilantro
  • A Bunch of Fresh Parsley
  • A Bunch of Fresh Chives
  • A Large Onion
  • 4 Cornoa Extra Beers
  • 6-7 lbs of Skirt Steak

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The trick here is to layer the skirt steak with all these ingredients.  The easiest way to do this is:

Step 1:  Pour 1-2 Coronas into your marinading container.  Cover the bottom of the container with a layer of skirt steak.  Add 1/3 of the limes, oranges, cilantro, parsley, chives and onion.

Step 2:  Pour 1 Corona on top of your first layer of skirt steak.  Add another layer of skirt steak.  Add 1/3 of the limes, oranges, cilantro, parsley, chives and onion.

Step 3:  Pour 1 Corona on top of your first layer of skirt steak.  Add another layer of skirt steak.  Add 1/3 of the limes, oranges, cilantro, parsley, chives and onion.

Step 4:  Cover your container and place in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 days.  When you are ready, grille normally.

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Skirt Steak can be challenging to find, however, if you have issues, your local Whole Foods will have it.  Marinade this steak for 2-3 days then slap on the grill for a delicious Mexican Steak that I guarantee will knock your socks off…ENJOY!

Fall Year Round

Hi there!  I am excited to reveal another before and after project that I have been working on, the Guest Room.  In our last house, we did a similar concept in the Guest Room not long before we moved so I didn’t get the chance to really enjoy it.  So, I used the same concept just put a different twist on it.

Here is the before picture…I am not sure where you would find such a shade of forest green and why you would paint a single wall in this color!  Maybe because it compliments that amazing blue carpet so well 🙂

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…and here is the after!  Enjoy!

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This room is very “recycled!”  The bed is my childhood bed that was previously white, however, we painted it black.  The armoire was originally wood grained colored that we painted black.  We found this for a steal at the Salvation Army.  The old window with the orchid painted on it came from the dumpster at my old apartment complex (ewwwww, I know but it was totally sitting next to the dumpster, not in it).  All I did was paint the orchid!  And that beautiful old grandma chest at the foot of the bed – my favorite piece of all and the inspiration to this entire room.  This was my great grandmas piece and I love it.

Here is another Pinterest inspired project, a wreath made from felt circles.  You can find instructions to make this wreath here (brought to you by Design Sponge).

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Easy Entertaining

The other night we had some great friends over for dinner.  I LOVE to entertain…so much fun!  AND, I love to cook for guests…also so much fun.  Often when we have folks over for dinner, it takes me a while to figure out what I will serve.  I found this recipe off Pinterest, DUH, and I wanted to share.  It is an incredibly easy recipe AND it will knock your socks off…and your guests!  Enjoy!

For nibbles, we had cheese, crackers and great wine!

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Chicken and Garlic Pasta with a Hint of Lemon

Ingredients

  • 3 Lemons
  • Olive Oil
  • 6 Cloves of Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Basil
  • White Wine
  • Garlic Salt/Garlic Pepper
  • A Bag of Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • Pasta (I prefer angel hair)

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Cook the pasta.  Drain the pasta.  Go ahead and mince your 6 cloves of garlic.  Cut your chicken into small pieces and cook with olive oil, a tablespoon of fresh garlic, seasoning to your likings and a quick and small pour of white wine.  Really, you can cook your chicken however you want.  In a small frying pan, generously cover the bottom of the pan will olive oil.  Add the rest of the minced garlic to the mix.  Simmer the garlic and olive oil until the garlic is a light brown.  Add 1/4 cup of white wine and lemon juice of 1.5 of Lemons.  Simmer for anywhere between 5-10 minutes.  Put the cooked pasta in a large bowl.  Pour the olive oil and garlic mixture you just fried up into the bowl with the pasta.  Add the cooked chicken.  Completely cover the top of the bowl with Garlic Salt, Garlic Pepper and fresh Basil (make sure this is dried and sliced).  Squeeze the remainder of the 1.5 Lemons into the mixture.  Add the bag of parmesan cheese.  Toss everything together until well mixed…Serve!

Note:  If slightly bland, add more spices and salt.  Also, I used cilantro as a garnish that gives this recipe an extra bit of flair.  This recipe is delicious!!!! 

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