October 18, 2016

Simple Counter-Top Kitchen Coffee Station

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CoffeeCreamerCombos #CollectiveBias

As a mom, coffee is an essential part of my day. There is nothing better then getting the kids off to school each morning and sitting down with a nice, hot cup of coffee and relaxing before the craziness of the day begins, especially in the fall. Even though by the time I actually get to sit down to enjoy that cup, my day has already started and the morning has been full of getting two boys dressed, fed, cleaned up, and out the door. But, it gives me that opportunity to relax after a hectic morning and prepare for a crazy day, especially with the help of our favorite coffee Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® and International Delight® Coffee Creamer.

With coffee not only being a staple for my days, it also is a must have for my husband. His commute is 45 minutes each way and even though his drive is quite grueling, I know he really enjoys having his favorite cup of coffee in hand during the drive. With us both hitting the kitchen in the morning to get our day started, our set up for our coffee was not functioning well. We have an old worn out Christmas canister to hold our coffee grounds, large over-sized bottles to hold mix ins, and our counter was jammed-packed. Having to wait to get my coffee was not an option!

I knew I needed to update the area but I wasn't sure how or what I could do. One day I was shopping and came across the cutest mason jar pumps that I knew were perfect!!! I decided I had enough and cleaned it out! I had to start over and just got rid of everything.

The farmhouse themed home decor movement is all the rage right now and I love the style! So, I picked up 4 mason jar pumps, I am sure they were supposed to be used for soap, but I couldn't pass these up. They are perfect for our mix-ins and now we could get rid of the big bulky store bottles.

To keep the mason jar theme going, I placed our Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® coffee grounds into a large jar. I painted the lid and added a decorative knob to give it a fun twist.

If I would have known how easy it was to turn our kitchen counter into a functional kitchen coffee station, I would have done this years ago! Adding in a cute sugar bowl (not the bag of sugar) and some travel cups for my husbands drive to work, makes our coffee station function for the both of us.

Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® and International Delight® Coffee Creamer adds the perfect finishing touch in our coffee station. The caramel coffee cake makes a perfect fall drink. Even though here in Texas it's still 90 degrees in October, a Frosted Caramel Mocha Iced Coffee is a perfect treat I can enjoy any time of the day. Wanna make your own frosty coffee treat? Just use Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® Caramel Coffee cake and make your coffee as normal, but pour over ice. Place in a blender to mix until smooth. Add in International Delight® Coffee Creamer Salted Caramel Mocha. Top with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel syrup. 

So the next time your ready to update your kitchen counter into a coffee station, follow our simple steps to create your own coffee area and then head to your neighborhood Kroger to stock up on your coffee essentials like Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® and International Delight® Coffee Creamer

October 14, 2016

Sausage Chili Skillet Queso

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AD #Tailgreatness #CollectiveBias

It's football season and I haven't decided if that's a good thing or a bad thing yet. I love that our whole family can gather around the table and indulge in a variety of delicious food and drinks while watching our favorite teams play. By the end of the night I always think to myself  "oh boy, why did I eat all of that?" But, since I planned ahead, I made sure I had the 42 count box of Nexium® 24HR capsules from Wal-Mart on hand. By the end of the night heartburn used to set in and I always thought to myself "oh boy, why did I eat all of that?" Now, I don't have to worry about heartburn because just one pill a day of Nexium® 24HR is all it takes to get me ready for tailgreatness.

One of my favorite things to make is a sausage chili skillet queso served with chips. My boys love that they can eat with their hands and my husband loves the meat packed melted cheese dip. It's very simple to make and always a hit at our football watching parties. Plus, this makes a perfect tailgating or pot luck dish that's sure to entice everyone's taste buds.

It's easy to get ready for our game day party when we have help from Wal-Mart. They have everything we need in one shopping trip and that helps this mom plan a stress-free family afternoon. So be sure to head to your local Wal-Mart and stock up on all the essentials to make this delicious sausage chili skillet queso including the 42 count box of Nexium® 24HR capsules.

What you need:
  • 1/2 pound of ground sausage; browned and drained.
  • 1 can of chili; no beans
  • 16oz of meltable cheese block
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika 
How to make:

1. Melt cheese and milk in a skillet on medium heat. Continue stirring until cheese is melted.

2. Add all spices and lime juice. Mix well.

3. Add the can of chili and cooked sausage. Continue stirring until blended.

4. Serve warm with chips and enjoy!

Don't let game day get you down. Let Nexium® 24HR help you take control of your frequent heartburn and let you enjoy game day food like our sausage chili skillet queso. 

Are you a die hard tailgator? What about a family funday? I'd love to hear how you celebrate game day. 

Plus, before you head to Wal-mart to grab your game day essentials, be sure to sign up for savings on your next Nexium® 24HR. *May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed. 

October 12, 2016

AD: Spooky Halloween Hot Dog Lunch

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ClubBash #CollectiveBias

I don't know what it is about this time of year. Maybe it's the cooler temperatures, the crisp mornings, or the vibrant colors? Maybe it's Halloween!! I will go with the cooler temperatures and Halloween. I love the holidays and a break from the heat is always welcome. I like to celebrate everything and share my love for the holiday with friends and family! So, I simply can not pass up an opportunity to throw a themed lunch for them when ever I can.

Themed holiday parties are not just for kids. Especially when the right food is served. Hillshire Farm® Lit'l Smokies® smoked sausages  made a great addition to our Halloween party. Serve them in a witches cauldron for an even more spooktacular treat. I cooked the smokies in a delicious sauce that took only 5 ingredients and was ready in under 10 minutes. It was a huge hit and everyone wanted more.

Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce for Smokies

  • 1/4 cup of honey chipotle bbq sauce
  • 2 tbsp of light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1/2 tsp of hot sauce
  • Hillshire Farms®  Lit’l Smokies® smoked sausages

1. Add all ingredients into a pot (except for smokies) and cook over medium high heat. Stir and cook until sugar has dissolved.

2. Add smokies and cook until heated through.

3. Using a slotted spoon, remove smokies from pot and serve in a Halloween themed dish. We used a black witches cauldron for our party.
4. Place the remaining sauce into a dish for dipping.

Decorating for a Halloween party doesn't have to be a hassle. Fill it with a few fun essentials like our DIY Halloween felt banner. Creating this banner is super easy and is a great craft you can complete in no time.

Serve swamp water (Ice water) in witches cauldrons topped with a polka dot straw for a twist your guests will love. Who wouldn't want to drink out of a witches cauldron?!

Creepy spiders, LED candles, lanterns, and mini spell books will set the mood and complete your party table.

Create your own Halloween Friends Spooky Banner!
What you need:
  • Felt Squares - any colors you'd like. I used black, white, orange, green, pink, gray, and brown.
  • Large googly eyes
  • Hot Glue
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon
  • Craft knife

1. Cut your base pieces, the square banner flag, by folding felt in half, cut, then fold in half again, and cut. Your are left with small rectangles that will be used for the bases of the banner.

2. Now to cut your pieces. I free hand cut EVERYTHING! It's super simple and does not need to be perfect. I love that the more imperfect it is the better it looks.

3. To create Frankenstein, simply use bright green for the base. Using black, cut hair and stitches. Use gray to create the neck bolts and googly eyes to complete. Hot glue all pieces on top of the green base and let dry.

4. To create a pumpkin use an orange base. Cut a stem from brown and leaves from green. Attach to base with hot glue and attach the eyes and let dry.

5. Beware of black cats! The cat is so fun! Cut triangle eyes and a curvy tail to create your cat. Don't forget a little pink nose and googly eyes. Use hot glue to attach everything and let dry.

6. Can't forget about the bats! Cut out two triangles for ears in the black and some wings. Using the white felt, cut out two skinny triangles as fangs. As the others, attach with hot glue and don't forget the googly eyes.

7. To create a mummy is simple! Using the black as a base cut small strips from a white base and stagger all over the black. Make sure to leave a small space for the eyes to show through.

8. Want to have a ghost too? Simply take a white base and attach googly eyes! So simple.

9. Using the craft knife, cut small slits on each side of the banner bases and string your ribbon through. (If your cat's tail is tall enough, cut a slit through the top to make sure the tail stands tall.)

10. Hang your banner for a fun and spooky Halloween decoration!
I used ours for our Spooky Halloween party and everyone loved it!!!

To complete our Halloween party, we made a trip to Sam's Club to pick up a few essentials like Hillshire Farm® Lit'l Smokies® smoked sausages and Ball Park® Franks or what we called Werewolf toes and mummy dogs. Because no get together is complete without our favorite foods!

Plan your own Spooky Halloween party with the help from Sam's Club and Hillshire Farm® Lit'l Smokies® smoked sausages and Ball Park® Franks.

I would love to see how you use our DIY Halloween Felt Banner at your Spooky Halloween Lunch!!!

October 10, 2016

Easy Coffee Lovers Wood Sign


My husband is an avid coffee drinker. It's an every single day kind of thing. I'm not so much of a coffee drinker. But, do drink it more since the boys were born. I have skimmed back a bit on my coffee drinking habits. Whether it's just plain ole coffee or a more adventurous type of brew, coffee is a staple here in the mornings. 

We, or I should say, I, have been updating just little things throughout the house. I wanted to create a coffee station in our kitchen, but because of budget and time, have to do it little by little. I created some awesome industrial wood shelves (will share later) to hold our coffee bar essentials. But, I wanted some decor as well and I have not been able to find anything I really love. So, using some scrap wood, paint, and decal, I created this easy coffee lovers wood sign that fits perfectly in our kitchen.  

Materials Needed:
  • 1 2x3 or 2x4 piece of wood cut to desired size. Mine is cut to 7in
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Stickers, Decals, Stencils or paint marker

1. Using the craft paint, paint your piece of wood and let dry. May need more then 1 coat.
2.  Once dry, use the sandpaper to sand edges and side to create a worn look.

3. Using decals, stickers, stencils, freehand draw, etc., a hashtag symbol and the word coffee. I used vinyl and cut my letters on a die cut machine. 

Ta da!!! How easy was that!!! I love our coffee sign and fits perfectly on to the new wood shelves we created for our upcoming coffee bar. I'll share that soon!!! 

October 6, 2016

DIY Mason Jar Coffee Container

My husband is an avid coffee drinker. It's an every single day kind of thing. His coffee habits have evolved from just plain ole coffee to a more adventurous type of brew. Iced coffee, frozen coffee, hot coffee, cold coffee, french vanilla, caramel, mocha, you name it he tries it. But, our coffee container was an old plastic Christmas container that we had out year round. It's served it's time and we needed to move on from it. Shopping around I found tons of amazing jars that would fit perfectly in to our kitchen, but the prices didn't fit into our wallet. So, with a bit of creativity and less then $5.00, I create this mason jar container in about an hour. The longest part was waiting for the paint to dry.

What you need:
  • Large mason jar
  • Decorated drawer knob
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Drill with drill bit size to drawer knob 

How to Make:
1. Remove lid from jar and paint using craft paint and paint brush. Let dry completely. I made mine a little streaky to give a more vintage, worn feel.
2. Once dry, mark center of lid with a small dot using a pencil.
3. Place lid back onto the jar.
4. Using the drill, drill into the lid at the point marked with a pencil.

5. Attach your drawer knob into the hole and secure and tighten.

6. Fill with your favorite coffee grounds.

If you don't drink coffee, no worries! This jar works perfectly for sugar, flour, and any items you need stored. Plus, it looks fantastic on our kitchen counter.

October 4, 2016

Simple Rustic Bathroom Towel Holder

My guest bathroom is ready for a change. Right now the rustic and farmhouse style is all the rage and I must say, I am sucked in too! I love the look of the rustic woods and warm tones but my guest bath is the complete opposite. So, with some scrap wood and a crafty touch, I added a little bit of the farmhouse to the room. It's so easy to make and was able to complete it in just a few minutes.

Materials Needed:

  • Piece of scrap wood, cut to needed size.
  • Old or new drawer pull/handle
  • Wood stain
  • Screw driver or drill
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Saw tooth picture hanger or extra long screws and anchors
  • Tape measure
How to make:

1. Measure the piece of wood to size needed. I measured my bathroom wall to ensure a proper size. My wood is cut to 12 and 1/2in.

2. Stain the wood to desired color and let dry.

3. Flip wood over to back side. Using the tape measure to measure the distance between the drawer pull holes and mark with pencil.

4. Drill holes in places marked with drill and drill bit. Make sure the hole drilled is not bigger then the screws you are using.

5. Attach the drawer pull to the front and tighten screws from behind.

6. Attach saw tooth picture hangers to the back to hang on the wall OR using extra long screws and anchors, you can simply attach directly to the wall for a more secure hold.

7. Hang your favorite towel from the handle!

How easy was that? So simple and easy to make and adds a rustic touch to your bathroom without breaking the bank.

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