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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Finally chose our baby girl's name!


Yesterday, I began my 29th week of this pregnancy. It has gone by SO fast! We've known for 10 weeks that our new baby was a girl, but I struggled with picking a name. I finally decided to lock one in :) Jason has liked this name for several weeks. So.....drumroll, please.....




Our baby girl is Ella Katherine! My mom REALLY wanted Ella and the more we said it, the more we liked it. I knew whatever the first name would be that Katherine would be the middle, named after my grandma and great-grandma's middle names. I was unsure about how popular Ella is, but I adore the nickname Ella Kate, if there is more than one Ella in her class. The picture below is our official facebook picture to announce our name pic. We had our friends vote from a list of our favorites on a neat site called Belly Ballot, and Ella was the number one name pick there also. We're excited for little Miss Ella's arrival in March and can't wait!



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Yarn Christmas Decor

 Super Simple Christmas Decor
 My goal this Christmas season was to craft some new decor items for CHEAP! Pinterest has so many cute ideas! Some of the super easy, inexpensive ideas that I fell in love with all used yarn to make. I headed to Michael's and picked up some green, red, and white yarn (my decor colors) and the dollar store and was all set. Here are two of my favorite yarn projects.

Yarn Letters

I found this tutorial on how to make yarn letters and knew I wanted the word Joy in our living room. Instead of buying paper mache or wooden letters, I kept the cost down by using cardboard (free from work). I cut out the J and the Y from cardboard. For the O, I used a styrofoam wreath I already had. Originally, I was going to attach ornaments or bells to the O, but ended up using yarn as well (cost effective).

After each letter is ready, I got my hot-glue gun ready and started winding the yarn around each letter. I glued the ends and the areas that were tricky (the V part in the Y was a little hard). The O was simple, but time consuming. I wrapped it in white, but then used red and green to add interest.

After they were done, I just attached to our wall with command strips. At first, nothing was behind the O, but it looked plain. I had purchased an adorable round snowman from the Dollar Tree and placed him behind it. Problem solved and so cute!


Yarn Trees

Next, I found these adorable glitter trees on Pinterest. Hubby isn't thrilled with glitter around the house (it does get everywhere!) so I decided to use my yarn instead. The Dollar Tree had syrofoam trees and I already had the yarn. I began at the top of each tree, spiraling the yarn out and gluing the top so it wouldnn't unravel. Around and around I went until I got to the bottom, where a dab of glue held the yarn in place. All three trees took 10 minutes and are one of my favorite items in the house! How simple is that? 



Hope you enjoy these crafts and make them for your own house! I like the yarn letters so much I may make them for our nursery :)

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

Sopapilla (or Churro) Cheesecake Bars

Mmmmmmm! Cinnamon, sugar, cream cheese, and crescents....how much easier and delicious could a recipe be? I tried this recipe at my friend Jamie's house one day and it was heavenly! Hers was served warm (which I prefer), but I made these for a ladies outing and cold was still delicious (and prettier). Drizzle the top with honey for an added touch of sweetness. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients


 

Instructions

  • Unroll and spread 1 can crescent rolls on bottom of 9x13 pan
  • Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread mixture over crescent rolls.

  • Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture. Pinch seams together
  • Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.




  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
  • These cut much easier when completely cooled and served cold. But, if prefer warm, go ahead and serve (just may not look as pretty!)
  • Drizzle with honey, if desired
*Note, in pictures above, I used too much crescents. I used 1-1/2 rolls in each layer instead of one (thinking it would over better). Still good, but a little too much bread vs cheesecake