Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I was a Feature of the Week

Sorry, I haven't been posting anything lately, unfortunately I have a case of the "summer cold" and I'm so tired of coughing.  I have so many projects to get done, but by the time I get home I just don't  have the energy to do anything.

I just have to let everyone know that I was featured on Whimsy Wednesday from last weeks project on my Baseball Wreath.  I'm so thrilled :)  If you have time hop over to The NY Melrose Family,  Jenny has a great blog.  

I hope everyone has a great week, my fingers are still crossed that I will get some projects done this weekend.  My daughter thought I was crazy when I showed her my list on my NOOK, her response was "Really Mom, you have your list on your NOOK?"  What could I say, I usually have it with me and when I think of something, I can just write it down.  It sounds perfectly fine to me. :)


Monday, June 4, 2012

Baseball Wreath

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Ok, so I have been gone for awhile – sorry.  I just had too many things going on in the month of May.  Between getting everything ready for the end of the school year and the beginning of early cheer/football registration – it was just crazy.

I have a lot of ideas for crafts, I just need to sit down and get them done.  I REALLY need to get Pops to help me get my craft room finished.  But he thinks he needs to work on his car, I swear where is his responsibility, LOL, I guess I will give him a break.  But I have started my “before” pictures of the room, so you can bet that will be posted before long.

Anyway – this being the Baseball season and since we live not 10 min from The Ballpark in Arlington – I just had to make this wreath.  I got the idea from The Pintrest Project, my obsession.  I just can’t seem to get off that site…..

Here’s what I did – I was lucky enough to get some used baseballs from my sons best friend (he is a pitcher) so I didn’t have to buy any Smile, then I had Pops drill holes in each end going through.  He did drill from each end.  I took a hanger and opened it up and bent out the curves.
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Of course I had to get blue & red tulle for their colors.  I cut about 10” pieces of each color and folded in half.  Then I fan folded them together and wrapped a piece of floral wire around each set.
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I figured out how many “sets” of tulle I needed then twisted the wire onto the hanger between the baseballs.    Since I had doubled the pieces, I separated the layers for a fuller effect.  As you can see these balls have been used, but I think that gives this a more natural look.  I will say that using real baseballs does weigh down this wreath, so be prepared.  I think on the example, they may have used the “beanbag” baseballs, which would not be as heavy.

I took Pops Ranger hat and ran the wire through the holes in the cap, then twisted onto the wire and made a bow for the top.

We had a ceramic sun hanging by the front door, so there was already a screw in the bricks.  I unscrewed a bit, put the hanger behind the screw and then screwed down to hold the wreath.  Since it is heavy, it hangs more like an oval than a circle.

I think it turned out pretty good, but now I have to buy Pops a new hat!!!!  Oh well, it will be worth it.  Now for the Rangers to go back to the World Series this year Smile
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The only thing I had to buy for this wreath is the Tulle, which I got on sale @ Hobby Lobby.  I spent $5.00 for this wreath – I can’t beat that price.  Hope you liked my wreath – who is your favorite team?

Have a great day – Michelle

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012



Sorry I have been away for a bit, I’ve been a little busy.  I meant to post this earlier.  Whenever there is a Holiday, I  will usually ask my kids what they want me to cook.  They all have their favorite.  Well for Easter, Toni (my daughter) wanted Brisket.  I’ve been making this for as long as I can remember.  I got this recipe from my mom, who I think got from my grandmother, who I think got from my aunt.   Anyhow, it has been around our family for awhile.  This difference about this Brisket is that you cook it in the oven.  I thought I would pass along my recipe for you.

2 tbls Liquid Smoke
1 tsp Garlic Salt
1 tsp Onion Salt
2 tsp Celery Salt
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 tbls Worchester Sauce
2 tsp pepper
4 tbls Soy Sauce
3-4 pound Brisket

Mix all seasonings together.  (my family likes a lot of marinade so I usually double this part).  Marinate over night in the refrigerator.

Bake covered with foil for 3 – 3 1/2 hours.  Remove from oven (I usually turn it over so fat side in on the bottom now)  Pour BBQ sauce over the meat. 
Put it back in the oven and cook for an additional hour or more.  Remove and let sit for at least 10 min.  Then slice.
Enjoy Smilethere is usually not any leftovers.  I hope you like it.  Is there something that your family likes for you to make all the time?  I’ll try to post some more favorites in the future.

Hope you have a great day
Michelle I'm linking up to: What's cooking, love?