Bringing Back Grandma. Crochet Love!

Sooooo… I’ve been slacking in my blogging lately. I apologize.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother taught me how to crochet, however; over the years I’d COMPLETELY forgotten how to do it.

Well, my lovely Pinterest feed kept showing me all these ADORABLE little things for kids. I mean come on! A little crochet mermaid tail and matching crochet bikini top?! I HAD to have one! So I decided to break out the ol’ crochet hook and buy some yarn… Now I CAN’T stop!

First, I decided to start by making myself a hat.

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By then, I was hooked!

Cason then demanded that I make him a yellow hat… So I made him one… Then I turned it into this!

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He is OBSESSED with Despicable Me!

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Apparently Christopher likes it too ♡

After I got the hang of the different stitches, I decided to embark on an adventure and attempt a mermaid tail. So far so good… I’ll share pictures with you as soon as I’m done!

Rockin’ Behavior DIY Guitar Chart For Home!

I’m sure many of you have seen the Guitar Behavior Chart for the classroom floating around on Pinterest lately. Mainly this one from The Inspired Apple.

 

I think it’s absolutely adorable! Since Cason is starting kindergarten next year, I started thinking maybe I should introduce the idea at home.

So obviously I need to change it up a bit. I can’t have the “All Tour Dates Cancelled” refer to contact parents and see principal

So I came up with this!

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I’m super excited to start putting it together for him this weekend. Hopefully it will give him some motivation to behave! ;)

The concept is simple. Green is the starting point. For good behavior you move them up, for bad behavior you move them down. You can customize this in any way you please to fit your preferences and your child :)

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Tender Beer “Drunk” Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

Yes, you read that right. I said beer roast. Yummy! So tender and juicy it falls apart on it’s own.

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What you will need:

  • Crock Pot (Duh)
  • 3-4 Lb Roast (I prefer beef and shoulder over rump, but that’s up to you)
  • 8 oz of beer (Abita Purple Haze is AMAZING but you can use plain ol Bud Light & it still taste awesome)
  • 1 bag of Baby Carrots
  • 8 Red Potatoes
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom
  • 1 can Cream of Celery
  • 1 can Cream of Onion
  • Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

For full instructions click >>> HERE <<< to visit my All The Cooks cooking page!

Make sure to check out my other recipes!

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Sugar Skull Glam; Frighteningly Beautiful

So I know it’s still awhile away… But I just can’t help myself…

I LOVE Halloween!

Last year I decided to do a sugar skull glam look.

One, because it cost me NOTHING, and two, we were invited to a Halloween party last minute…

 

I’m not going to lie, it took a good deal of time for me to do, mainly because I had absolutely NO face paint. That’s right, I did this ENTIRE look with eyeshadow & eyeliner. Even the white.

A few things I learned from doing it that way. It lasted WAY longer than it would have if I’d used face paint AND I didn’t have to worry about cracking or peeling! Yay!!!

I wish I would have gone in with more color around the eye, but besides that I was totally in love with it.

Halfway though my make-up my lovely stepfather arrived to pick Aria up to keep her for the night so we could go out…

Poor thing, I’m pretty sure my make up freaked her out a bit.

After she left with her Papa Hue, I got to work and finished the look & added hair extensions, which I actually took out on the way to the party because I changed my mind, and took a ton of photos just in-case it got messed up on the way there and I needed to do touch ups.

No touch ups needed! I stayed perfect for a good 8 hours! I probably could have went to sleep with it on and woke up without a smudge!

 

I HATED HAVING TO WASH IT AWAY THAT NIGHT!

Not because it was hard to get off, I just didn’t want to see it go!

Since the party was a few days before actual Halloween, I decided to do something more baby friendly when we went Trick-or-Treating.

In-case you didn’t guess it from the make-up, I was Thing 1! My flash did a number on that sign! Geez!

And little miss Aria was my Thing 2 :)

Christopher obviously went as himself that night. Oh The Horror!

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Sew Much Color!!!

See what I did there?

As some of you already know, I recently got a new sewing machine. Something I’m super excited about.

For the record, my previous machine was also a Brother and is 20 years old… I’m 23… It’s the machine I learned to sew on as a child.

As sad as I am to see it go… It was time.

I HIGHLY recommend the Brother brand to all who enjoy sewing. From beginners to experts!

I absolutely ADORE my new machine… Plus its PINK!!!

For those of you wondering about the features, cost, and reading customer reviews of “my” Limited Edition Lauren Ashley CX155LA Brother sewing machine click >>> HERE <<<

Geez my Brother XL-3010 looks ancient compared to my Brother CX155LA

Anyways, back to all the colors! I’m super excited about my current sewing project!

Something I wish I would have learned a long time ago is the importance of keeping dust OUT of your machine, I was a kid, I didn’t know any better! Regardless, my old machine still lasted me 20 years… And for the record, it still works 99% of the time… It’s just VERY outdated and missing a few parts… Which I couldn’t even begin to tell you what parts I’ve lost to it over the years… And RIDICULOUSLY dusty on the inside!!! I honestly have no clue how to even take it apart to dust and oil it (something else that’s EXTREMELY important to do that I didn’t know as a kid)

So back to the dust part… Since it’s so important to keep dust out of your machine, one of the first projects I decided to do was make a sewing machine cover to keep the dust away!

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Redefining Beautiful

Plus sized models make me extremely happy, especially when I find one close my my weight, measurements, & shape.

Gorgenia Burke

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God this woman is beautiful. Size 14. I wish I could meet her in person. She’s such an inspiration!

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“Nobody Likes You When You’re Twenty-Three”, BUT Atleast He Still Loves Me.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always said “I will always be 23!” I refuse to be any older. 23 just seems like a good age unless you’re familiar with the song “Whats My Age Again”, by Blink 182. If you’re not familiar with it, play the video and give it a listen. Not to mention the boys streaking and rocking out butt ass naked throughout the video is HILARIOUS!

Well my FIRST 23rd Birthday was this past Friday and all day long this song just kept playing in the back of my mind. I’m sure it will play in my head every year as I turn 23 again ;)

At least I know Christopher loves me!

 

I mean, the guy must really love me to get on the floor, in a casino, full of people, and model in front of a car just because I asked him too!

I love this goober! The amount of photos we took while waiting on our taxi is a tad bit ridiculous. YES! WE HAVE TAXIS AND CASINOS IN MISSISSIPPI!

I’ll share a few with y’all!

AND…

Yeah… We are a little goofy… But that’s us on a daily basis, even with out the drinks from the Hard Rock ~(0-0)~

Besides the amazing time we had out that night, I got the most amazing birthday present from my mom ever!

A NEW SEWING MACHINE!

Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL!!! I get her on Monday (Stupid UPS is so SLOWWWWW)

My mother also bought me the most AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS cake I’ve EVER tasted!

And it’s also PINK!

In case you couldn’t tell, that’s whipped cream icing, with 5 layers of chocolate cake, and in between each layer of cake is chocolate PUDDING! Oh my gawd this thing is heaven!

But enough about my birthday, it is now my mom’s birthday! And she still looks 23!

Seriously!

Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL!?

Happy Birthday Momma! I Love You!!!

 

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Pepper Jack Baked Stuffed Shells – A Freezer Meal Option

I thought I’d try to make something new last night. I’ve been wanting to make stuffed shells for awhile now. I found a basic recipe online and added a bit of my own flare to it.

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I LOVE Pepper Jack Cheese so adding it to the recipe was a no brainer for me. My first time making it was last night, and i must say, it was pretty damn good, BUT I think I should have added more cheese for sure.

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This is my altered recipe with the cheese additions. Click >>> HERE <<< for full recipe & directions!

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