Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #217


Messy Messy Fail - Does ANYONE ELSE get ants in their house when the weather starts to get nice?  Hopefully it's not just us........they were doing laps around my sugar container like it was their job!  Ant traps were set out and it took a few days, but it seems as though we got rid of them.

Tidy Victory - All of the garden beds at our new house have been raked out except for one - it was such a gorgeous day and I have been itching to see what's growing out there!  So far I have found tulips, crocuses, coral bells, WISTERIA (yes!!!!!!!), iris, daylilies and PEONIES!  I can't stop thinking about all of the fresh cut flowers I'll have to bring into the house this summer!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #216



Messy Messy Fail - So the toddler (who is really no longer a toddler might I add, need to update that) requested a Spiderman cake for this birthday.  I found a cool idea on Pinterest - melt some marshmallow from a Spiderman figurine on the cake to the number 4 birthday candle, like he's shooting webs.  Got the marshmallow on, put the cake dome on to protect the integrity of my cake, marshmallow melted off.  Now that was a fail.

Tidy Victory - I pulled off making three different types of macaroni and cheese, Italian chicken sticks (baked chicken fingers) and jalapeƱo bread for all of our party guests!  Here are the links to all of the recipes I used:

Pinterest


Best Ever Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Corn Bread

Blog post links


Best Ever Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Corn Bread

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Happiness is Homemade Link Party #215


Messy Messy Fail - I am a total Facebook ad sucker - I purchased a packet of 100 succulent seeds for free (only paid for S&H).  I looked up on Pinterest how to grow them and was all ready to steal some sand from the sandbox (sand has the best drainage for cultivating the succulents).......the sandbox is absolutely frozen.  Not even a shovel could knock enough loose for the tray I was going to plant the seeds in.  I'll be trying that again when the SNOW STOPS (whenever that happens)!
Tidy Victory - Taxes are just about done!  I had every intention of doing them sooner, I have a service file them for us especially with having been in the LuLaRoe business.  HOWEVER I am sure our tax preparer appreciates it when I hand them in sooner than later. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #214


Messy Messy Fail - Still eating too many of those Utz Cotton Tails, perhaps I should buy stock.......

Tidy Victory - I was supposed to make this last year, but then it never occurred.  Three fresh loaves of Polish placek bread - yum to the max!  For those of you that don't know, it's a sweet bread typically made for Easter.  It's very crumby and crumbly, but oh so delicious. Here's the Pin or the link to the blog post if you'd like to try making it yourself, a little bit of work but TOTALLY worth it!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #213


Messy Messy Fail - I seriously have SO many lotions, sprays, lip glosses & hair products.  Three small totes worth - I used to store them in the upper shelf of one of my giant upstairs linen closets but we no longer have that.  Does that make me a product hoarder?!?!?!?!!  I just need to start using them or throwing them away!

Tidy Victory - We still have a random assortment of boxes left around the house, mainly items that we just need to find a home for.  Everyday I'm trying to put away one more box - my goal is to be box free by summer vacation (end of June!).  I really should have kept track of how many we used, but I KNOW it's in the 90's at least.  Now that's a lot of boxes and made for a MASSIVE bonfire. :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #212


Messy Messy Fail - Just like the classic scene at the end of The Big Lebowski, one should never try to clean up ashes of any sort when there is wind. 

Tidy Victory - Slowly yet surely I've been getting books, pictures and my tchotchkes up on the shelves in the library.  They've all been sitting all lonely like in their boxes, just waiting to be displayed.  I haven't found the right arrangement yet but I'm getting there!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #211

Messy Messy Fail - I have too many clothes.  I will readily admit that.  I almost have all of my boxes of clothes put away from the move - clothes from the opposite season will now remain packed up until they are ready to be used.  How many white chunky sweaters does one need to have?  Certainly not 5!

Tidy Victory - We were unable to put a bird feeder up at our old house due to chipmunk/squirrel problems.  As in they dug a colony under our front steps which they sunk and had to be replaced.  At our new house, we have a beautiful garden and birch tree right outside our breakfast nook - perfect spot for our bird feeders!  We have morning doves, sparrows, blue jays and GORGEOUS cardinals that visit us every day now, so fun to watch!


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Happiness is Homemade Link Party #210


Messy Messy Fail - I made cinnamon rolls for the household starting with the dough last night.  It had to rise twice, once on the counter and another in the fridge.  I thought the piece of plastic wrap I refrigerated it in would hold it - I was wrong.  Dough BOMB in my fridge.

Tidy Victory - They still turned out quite tasty - just sweet enough dough with an INCREDIBLE maple/coffee (just a hint!) icing - pin it here or go to the online recipe here.  Enjoy readers!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #209



Messy Messy Fail - A few weeks ago, for Valentine's Day, the kids and I were making our chocolate Valentine buttons when I realized I had more pretzels & candy pieces than chocolate kisses.  I did happen to have some left over from another baking adventure in my cupboard, so I broke them out and placed them on the pretzels as per directions.  So apparently the chocolate was so old that it would not melt nicely and we were left with a bit of a messy messy mess.  See picture of crumbling chocolate below.  




Tidy Victory - These 12 buttons were gross but the other 68 turned out just fine!


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #208



Messy Messy Fail - We seriously have flies AND ladybugs all over  our farm house.  At first I felt bad about killing them and flushing them, but now I'm so annoyed my guilt is gone.  The toddler was so distraught by the Ladybugs "staring at him" on the wall (there were like, 3) - I told him it was good luck and at least Ladybugs don't bite and to consider himself lucky.  I chuckle.

Tidy Victory - Will be making indoor fly catchers as soon as I am done setting this post up - I'll let you know how it goes, wish me luck!

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #207


Messy Messy Fail - We have our first new home boo boo - SOMEONE (hmmm perhaps one of the two little boys?) broke off the lid of the giant shallow drawer in the refrigerator.  I can't imagine who, really I cannot......it's such a tiny little piece that snapped off.  Enter the Guerrilla glue - we'll see how it turns out!

Tidy Victory - If you follow me on Facebook you know I successfully assembled my first piece of furniture - a Walmart purchase linen closet.  We desperately needed something to contain towels and sheets, so BOOM there it is.  Linen closets ain't got NOTHIN' on me! 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #206



Messy Messy Fail - At our new home, we have a custom-built bench and table in the breakfast nook that does have a few open gaps at the corners where little fingers could possible stash tiny treasures.  And they did so.  I like to call it the "The Nook of Despair".

Tidy Victory - I put on my big girl pants, figured out how to disassemble the banquette and rescued the toys!  Recovered - one lego man, a Thomas train (Percy maybe?) and a few dried up play dough balls.  Reassembled and enjoyed a cup of coffee.