Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mother's Day Tea

With Mother's Day fast approaching I thought I would share last year's Mother's Day Tea that I held at my home to celebrate my mom. 

For a sweet Mother's Day gift I made fingerprinted frames for the grandmas with inspiration from The TomKat Studio Mother's Day Brunch, that was featured on her blog last year. I thought the idea was so sweet, and would be a keepsake the grandmas would enjoy for a long time.

I made mini sandwiches, salad, fruit cups, scones and of course we had tea. 

I made the most delicious banana cake, it truly was better than I ever expected banana cake to be. Check out the recipe at ButterYum Blog. I highly recommend it! 

The food was great and since it was held at my home we were able to relax with my 2 year old and baby boy who at the time was only 2 months old. It was a truly special day.

I hope all of you mom's out there enjoy your special day, relax and make sure to spend some time celebrating you! 


Monday, April 28, 2014

Farmall on the Farm: 1st Birthday Bash

With my daughter I think I starting planning her 1st birthday on the day she was born, with my son it was no different. I live for a good party to plan! For my baby boy's 1st birthday my husband set the theme, Vintage Tractors, I was on the hunt to find anything creative to start planning this big birthday bash.

I searched the internet and found a lot of parties done with the John Deere theme, cute, but not really what I was going for. After many discussions with myself, over and over in my mind, I finally landed on Farmall on the Farm. Since Farmall's are red and most items for tractor parties are green and yellow, I knew I would have to make everything for this party and come up with some great tractor ideas to make this exactly what I had envisioned. I had so many ideas, and in order to not make this party look like a circus I needed to narrow down my decisions to turn this party vision into a reality!

We had several different types of vintage tractors, we placed one on each table with a balloon & snacks.

I put out bubbles, punch balloons & drawings for the kids. The bubbles I purchased from the Dollar Store and applied tractor stickers to them. I printed activity and coloring sheets from Tractor Mac.

Lemonade as "Tractor Fuel" and stripey straws from The TomKat Studio.

We had quite the spread of food for all ages to enjoy. Even a "Tractor Wheel" Macaroni salad with wagon wheel noodles.

My first attempt at making a decorative cake, not too shabby! 

Treat bags from The TomKat Studio.

I made jam as a favor for the guests to enjoy at home, these were a huge hit.  

Happy Birthday baby boy, we love you so much! What a fabulous party, my vision into reality was achieved!

Keep a watch for my follow up post on DIY instructions on the birthday & fabric banner, party printables and details on the cake.

~ The TomKat Studio: Candy Cups, Stripey Straws, Treat Bags
~ Tractor Mac: Activity & Coloring Sheets
~ Printables & Banners: Design My Life

Thank you, hope you enjoy this party as much as I did planning it!

Featured on Spaceships & Laser Beams, check it out!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hippity, Hoppity...Easter 2014

As each Easter comes and goes I find myself enjoying it more and more. There is something so peaceful and beautiful about family coming together to celebrate, eating delicious food and watching the excitement on the kids faces as they search for those hidden eggs!

This year was really the first year my daughter understood the concept of the Easter Bunny. She woke us in the morning and asked if the Easter Bunny had come, so my husband got out of bed and said "I don't know lets go see" as she follows him into the kitchen I hear him yelling her name saying "hurry, hurry" you're going to miss him I see him, I go out to find them on the front porch and she is looking all over for the bunny. It was the cutest thing.

She came back inside all excited and immediately started checking out the goodies in her basket.

Her brother on the other hand slept in so after he decided to wake up he got his basket too.


My husband and I hosted Easter brunch at our home, for both sides of our family. This is becoming a family tradition that I just love. Everyone came together to celebrate, we had so much delicious food, lots of laughs and of course an egg hunt for the kiddos.

Free Easter Printable from Yellow Bliss Road


Striped Party Straws from The TomKat Studio
My mom made these adorable Easter Bunny Cakes in a Jar, inspiration found here.

My talented mother also made these delicious bunny shaped biscuits. They were so good! Recipe found on Scratch this with Sandy.

I made this really yummy fruit salad, the recipe is from a favorite blogger of mine, I am sure you have heard of her, The Pioneer Woman. Her recipe can be found here. I followed her recipe except for a few things. I only added about 1/2 the juice of an orange and 2Tb. of sugar and I omitted the water. The salad was oh so yummy and was even great as a leftover.

 What's Easter without a little deviled eggs??? Now I don't particularly like them (egg, yucky) but I know everyone else did!
It was truly a fabulous day, even the Pacific NW weather gave a break for one day and we had some beautiful sunshine.
Happy Easter from our Family to Yours!


 ~ Toni ~

Friday, April 18, 2014

Country Girl Bedroom for a Little Lady

Now that my daughter is three and showing a little more of her own personality I figured it was time to start adding a few new touches to her room to bring it out of the "Baby" stage and into the "Little Lady" stage.


She really likes horses, I found this adorable horse print sheet set at Target and my mom found the perfect pillow for her bed. For her bedspread I wanted something nuetral yet interesting to the eye and something to grow into as she gets older, when her love changes from horses to zebras to peace signs or flower power, or whatever it may be! I found this quilt at TJMaxx for $39 and since they are usually pretty expensive I snagged this one up, nuetral greyish/brown tone and an interesting pattern, Momma was happy! The pink pom-poms hanging above her bed I actually made for her 1st birthday and they have been hanging there ever since. They really tie this corner of her room together and adds some visual interest.

In order to use some of the items that were already in her room I went with a pink/teal/seafoam green color scheme. Sometime this summer I am hoping to paint the walls to add a little more light into the room, maybe a soft teal/blue, soft pink, any ideas???

My latest craft project is hanging above her bed and I think it fits a Little Lady Country Girl theme nicely. See that project here.

Washington: My Home

I have seen quite a few ideas around pinterest of state cut-outs and thought it would be a fun project to try with my new Cricut machine. With the new Cricut you can upload your own images and even edit them for the areas you want to cut. So I hunted online for a Washington State image that would be easy enough to cut since we have quite a few islands as part of our state.

I uploaded the image I decided on to my Cricut Design Space account, once uploaded I selected the size I wanted and arranged on my electronic mat. I wanted to add a little more to it so I chose to add text and use the pen feature as well. After deciding on the color I wanted I loaded the mat and pen into the Cricut and began the cutting process.

Once cutting and text were complete I added a silver glitter heart cut-out to the closest area we call home. I love how the "My Home" text turned out, I think it adds a special touch from other state cut-outs I have seen. This project is for my daughter's room, to make it more visually appealling I framed it with an old white frame I had lying around that I had purchased from Ikea quite some time ago.  I added a scrap of burlap over the matting leaving about an inch of white at the top and bottom of the mat, taped the state cut-out onto the burlap and re-assembled the frame.

Here is the final product, I love how it turned out. See the final product in my daughter's room here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The New Cricut Explore

The new Cricut Explore is a true beauty in the crafting world. This machine is sleek and incredibly user friendly. I love all of the amazing new features it comes with, which I am only scratching the surface on getting to experiment with. 

Photo Courtesy of Cricut

There is so much this machine can do, you can use images from the Cricut Design Space, your own cartridges or even upload your own images. I am in the process of creating a few items for my daughter's room, where I experimented with uploading my own image. I love it! My mind is spinning with all of the fun things the machine will be able to do and so much more that I have yet to even figure out! 

I will post my projects soon!

The adapted “Marlboro Man” sandwich

The other night I found myself asking the same question I do every night, what to make for dinner? I had ground turkey unthawed so I knew whatever it was that was on the menu.

I received all three of the Pioneer Woman cookbooks for Christmas, so I started searching her recipes and came across something I knew my husband would enjoy, and I have to say looked pretty darn delicious to me as well.

Behold, the Marlboro Man Sandwich!

Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich
Photo courtesy of the Food Network - Ree Drummond

 Now this sandwich is made with cube steak, caramelized onions and dripping with delicious seasonings and sauces. I decided I would try to re-create, only using ground turkey instead.

Follow the link to see the Pioneer Woman's original recipe and directions. My adapted recipe is below.

1 lb. Ground Turkey
Salt - to taste
Pepper- to taste
Seasoning Salt- to taste
Red Pepper Flakes - to taste
6 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Few dashes of Chipotle Tabasco
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

My "Turkey" Marlboro Man Sandwich
First caramelize the sliced onions in 2 Tbsp of butter (I used yellow, I am sure sweet would be good too), sprinkle them with a little salt & pepper and once finished set aside.
Using the same pan melt 2 Tbsp of butter, slice the turkey in strips (if the turkey pieces start to break apart gently pack them together as if you were making meatballs in a strip form), place the stripes in the pan, sprinkle them with salt, pepper, seasoning salt & red pepper flakes, all to taste. After one side is nicely browned, gently flip the meat over to continue cooking the other side. Once meat is brown, add 2 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce (I didn't want the sandwich to be really saucy, if you would prefer that, add more to desired consistency). Then dash some chipotle Tabasco to taste and add the onions back into the pan, gently mix all together.
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese all over mixture.

Dinner is ready, if needed you can cover until you are ready to eat (like I had to do since I was waiting on the hubby to come inside. Anyone else ever doing this???).

We only had Pugliese bread on hand so I sliced that up and served as mini sandwiches. They were delicious and my husband LOVED them! It was just as good the next day for leftovers too.

I urge you to try this recipe it is truly delicious! Thank you Pioneer Woman for your constant inspiration!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An Awakening

I have been away a while, I know, but I am back and I am re-designed! I created this blog a few years back to share stories about my growing family, well life gets busy and really there is no excuse I just didn't know what to say so I didn't say anything.

Everyday I loose myself in the blogger world reading so many stories, experiences and passions of amazing bloggers. I finally decided I want to give it a shot, a real shot. So I am re-designed; now a place where I can capture my thoughts, share my passions for parties, decor, crafting, clothing, food, etc... A place that I can share stories of my family and to look back and smile.

Welcome to Design My Life!