Month: December 2016

|Pinterest for the Win|

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Since taking over the man cave from my husband, I have been trying to come up with a storage solution for my vinyl rolls. Pinterest had some DIY shelving, etc that seemed functional, but at the same time, bulky. Bulky is the last thing this now craftroom/man cave/toy room needs. 

I finally found a pin that was a grocery bag holder from IKEA. Well, I don’t shop at IKEA and the closest one is about two hours away. So I resorted to Amazon. Cha-Ching! Score!


$10.35 + free shipping because I’m a Prime member. Can’t beat that price. It arrived today! Check this out!


It’s perfect!  I’ll have to order one more to fit the rest of my vinyl rolls. This one holds 14! I was impressed! 

Now, back to the crafting and Christmas music. 🙂 

xoxo,

We Are The Marshall’s

|North Pole: Again|

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I’m just going to leave all of this cuteness here. 


Merry Christmas, y’all!

xoxo, 

We Are The Marshall’s

|It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year…. Still|

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Officially on Christmas Break from work; off work until 2017. I have so many projects, ideas and plans for Tommy and I over the next two weeks.

This past weekend we had our 2nd Annual Christmas Party & Scavenger Hunt with friends and it sure was memorable. [This picture says it all.. Thanks Chan for being the brave one!]

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I have spent the last several weeks making & selling shirts for friends & family for Christmas presents and whatnot. Talk about SUPER BUSY! But so fun and worth it! These will be available for purchase from my Etsy shop shortly.

Here’s just a FEW of what I have done. 🙂

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Rhett visited the North Pole of Texas recently and enjoyed every minute of it! He was able to ride the train around the property and see all of the Christmas lights, have a picture made with Mrs. Claus and see Santa along the way. He has not stopped talking about it since he got home.

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I hope over the next couple of weeks, Tommy and I are able to work on our guest bathroom. It has been “out of order” for about 6 months. We had plans back in the summer to work on it and just never got around to it. It is so fun to plan and purchase items to renovate. And the satisfaction after completion is indescribable. Hopefully that feeling comes soon. Until then, I’ll keep buying and working [hopefully]. I’ll keep you updated on any progress & purchases with that project.

From my family to yours, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.

Until next time,

We Are The Marshall’s

|Chocolate White Chocolate Fudge|

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This fudge was so delicious and easy to make [and you guys know I’m all about cooking being easy!] This would make a super budget-friendly Christmas gift!


Chocolate White Chocolate Fudge

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk (5 oz. can)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Line a 9×9-inch baking pan with wax paper.
  2. Add sugar, butter, and evaporated milk to saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Boil and stir 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Add white chocolate chips, cocoa powder, marshmallows and vanilla to sugar mixture. Continuously stir until marshmallows are melted.
  4. Pour fudge mixture into the prepared pan. Chill at least 2 hours or until completely set.
  5. Cut into 1-inch squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

 

|Mind Your Own Biscuits|

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Couldn’t sleep this morning, so I decided to get up and make biscuits from scratch. Not going to lie, I have never done it! I’ve made homemade tortillas, rolls, bread, etc, but never biscuits for breakfast! I found a recipe and tweaked it a tad and it turned out perfect!


EASY BISCUITS (Makes about 6-8 biscuits)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (one stick) butter/cubed
  • 3/4 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. I sprayed my ceramic coated cast iron dutch oven with nonstick spray [you can use a regular cast iron if you have one]
  3. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients
    1. I didn’t “precise” measure or level off, I just scooped and went.
  4. Add butter into mixture until it starts to get a cornmeal texture.
    1. I nuked the butter to make it a little softer [about 15 seconds]
  5. Make a well and add milk
  6. Knead until dough forms [this part was super sticky and messy]
    1. I added more flour as needed
  7. Roll out dough on floured countertop
    1. You can make them as thick as you want, but I made mine about 1/2 inch thick.
  8. Use a biscuit cutter or cup to cut out biscuits and place on greased skillet and put in oven.
  9. Bake about 12-16 minutes [all ovens are different] – tops of biscuits need to be slightly golden brown.
  10. ENJOY! These are super flaky & delicious!

We paired these biscuits with homemade sausage gravy and sausage patties! Comfort food at it’s finest!

Until next time.

xoxo,

We Are The Marshall’s

|It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year|

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I absolutely •love• to decorate for the holidays! Christmas being my favorite! For the most part, my tree is pretty simple, I only put sentimental ornaments on it [bought from vacation, homemade, gifted, etc]. I didn’t want the traditional tinsel garland, so I decided to try out the Cranberry & Popcorn garland! Super easy! With that, I also made Cinnamon & Salt Ornaments with Rhett! [DIY for both below] It turned out absolutely perfect. I’m. In. Love!

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I ended up making a total of four 5 foot strands of the Cranberry & Popcorn garland. Here’s how:

CRANBERRY & POPCORN GARLAND

  • I popped 2 bags of popcorn last week and let sit in the fridge until I was ready to use.
  • I had my cranberries sitting out in a vase [for decor until I was ready to use as well].
  1. Cut 10 feet of fishing line [I used two arm to arm outstretched lengths]
  2. Thread onto a needle and tie a knot at the end.
  3. Always start and end with 2-3 cranberries.
  4. Put about 8-10 pieces of popcorn in between each set of cranberries.
  5. Once you are at the end of the line, tie in a knot. Voila!

DIY CINNAMON-SALT ORNAMENTS

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1/2 cup Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of very warm water
  1. Combine all ingredients together in large bowl.
  2. Put on floured surface and knead until dough forms.
  3. Roll out to desired thickness.
  4. Cut with cookie cutters or create your own ornaments.
  5. Let dry for at LEAST 24 hours [I flipped mine over & let dry for another 24 hrs].
  6. You may paint after completely dried, brush with Modpodge or just leave as is.

I cut this recipe in half and it made approximately 12 small/medium ornaments.


Today, I have been super busy! Obviously, with the above DIY’s. 😉 However, even with all of that, I managed to make a trip to Hobby Lobby. I found some great buys! Everything I purchased was 50% off, so that made the trip even better. I was able to purchase additional Christmas wrapping paper [because you can never have enough], my “outdoor flowers” [because I cannot keep anything alive], gifts for my Secret Pal @ work, as well as a few home decor items. You have to see my FAVORITE!

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This galvanized Farm House ‘milk carrier’ was only $10! I’ve decided to keep all of my dried goods [pasta, beans, grains, etc.] in mason jars in it, as well as some fresh flowers I picked up at the grocery store earlier this week! It turned out so perfect!

More cleaning and re-arranging happening tomorrow! It’s never-ending in a house with a toddler!

xoxo,

We Are The Marshall’s