Posted in Holidays, Thanksgiving

DIY Mayflower Photo Prop

You thought I was joking about being able to make anything out of a cardboard box??? Made this baby out of two giant Active Panel boxes left over from the Elementary School. I also had my kids help out with the painting, made a fun Thanksgiving break project.

Here’s the progress….wish I was blogging back then, I probably would have taken more pictures!

Posted in Recipes

Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

You’re going to love how easy this recipe is! It’s going to be an instant family favorite.


  • 16oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 4 Cups Shredded Cheese (I.e. Cheddar, Monterey Jack)


Step 1: Place Macaroni, Chicken Broth, Butter, Hot Sauce, Garlic and Onion Powder, Salt and Pepper in Instant Pot. Stir

Step 2: Turn Instant Pot to High Pressure and set for 5 minutes. When finished do a Quick Release.

Step 3: Add Heavy Cream and Cheese. Stir until cheeses is melted.

Posted in Holidays

Instant Pot Chili with Cornbread Topping

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 50 Minutes


  • 1 lb Ground Chicken
  • 1/2 lb Ground Sausage
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Package of Mixed Mushrooms (Optional)
  • 2 Cans of beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can (28oz) Crushed Tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Chipotle Powder & Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Paprika and Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 C Unsalted Chicken Stock
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce & Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1-2 packages of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix.


STEP 1: Heat Olive Oil in your instant pot, saute mode. Brown Chicken and Sausage

STEP 2: While chicken and sausage are cooking, make the Chicken Stock Mixture. Mix chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and cocoa powder and set aside.

STEP 3: Add Onions, Bell Pepper, Garlic, Mushrooms, Chipotle Powder, Brown Sugar, Paprika, Oregano, Tomato Paste and Vinegar to pot. Saute until onions are translucent. Approx. 3 Minutes

STEP 4: Deglaze the Pot with the Chicken Stock Mixture.

STEP 5: Add Crushed Tomatoes and Beans. Pressure cook for 10 Minutes + Natural Release.

Step 6: Prepare Jiffy Corn Mix using the box directions. Add Chili to Skillet to Oven Safe Dish, spread Jiffy Mix and bake for 20-25 Minutes until topping is fully cooked.
Serve with Sour Cream, Jalapenos & Cheese.

Servings: 6

Posted in Chicken, Recipes

Chicken Sausage Pasta

Made this last night for my family, even my picky eater took two helpings…. It makes a perfect weeknight dinner because it’s super fast to make and only uses 1 Pan and 1 Pot.

Rating: 1 out of 5.
Chicken Sausage Pasta


  • 1 lb Pasta
  • 1 lb Chicken Sausage
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Packaged Mixed Mushrooms (Optional)
  • 1/2 Stick of Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes, julienne cut
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Cup Milk


STEP 1: Bring a Large pot of Salted Water to boil. Cook Pasta according to package directions.

STEP 2: Remove Sausage from Casing, cook until all pink is gone. Approximately 10 Minutes. Once cooked, remove from pan and set aside.

STEP 3: Heat Olive oil in pan. Add Onion, Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes. Cook until onions are translucent. Approximately 5 minutes. Add flour and cook for another 2 minutes.

STEP 4: While veggies cook, place chicken stock and milk in a microwave safe cup. Heat on high for 30 seconds. (Just enough to get the chill out of the milk)

STEP 5: Add Spinach to the pan and stir. Add Chicken Stock/Milk mixture. Cook on medium until sauce is thickened.
Step 6: Add Cooked pasta to the pan. If needed you can add some of the pasta water to loosen the sauce. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and basil.

Posted in Party Ideas

Cork Heart Centerpieces

Know a wine lover??? These are super cute and simple to make.

First either hand draw or print out a heart line shape in the size you would like. Mine were as big as I could fit on an 8x5x11 sheet of paper.

Next using a hot glue gun, glue corks to each other following the heart pattern. (ProTip: I laid out corks on the pattern before I started gluing to make sure I had enough corks and to make adjustments anywhere, for a proper fit.)

Finally, I waned to unify the corks by adding some color to the ends. This gives them a finished look! (Optional Step: Add gloss finish)

The Finished Piece!

Posted in Holidays

Scraps Aren’t Crap – Spooky Frames

Believe it not, I actually had a tub of Styrofoam balls that I bought at Home Goods last year….why did I have a tub of Styrofoam skulls you ask….? No idea! I’m sure when I at the time i was convinced that I could make something fabulous with them, NOT! Truth is, they were probably on clearance and I couldn’t pass up the deal.


  • Skulls (Styrofoam is easiest to work with
  • Unfinished Frames
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Modge Podge
  • Hot Glue
  • Paper Towels
Posted in Scraps Aren't Crap

Scraps Aren’t Crap – Fabric Rectangles

So, I have a ridiculous amount of craft supplies that are either left over from previous projects/events, bought on a whim, given to me, or simply too cheap to pass up! I keep coming across these items on a daily basis. I pick them up, look at them, wonder what I was thinking and quickly stuff it back in the box! Ugh…!

I thought to myself, I can’t possibly be the only crafter with this problem…..? I came up with a solution that will both help grow my blog, as well as, make use of those unused crafting supplies! Scraps Aren’t Crap is where I take a random object or tool from my craft room and create something, hopefully spectacular, with it! Here goes!!

Problem: Leftover Rectangle Fabric Pieces

Solution: Mini Fabric Hot Air Balloons and Bow Hair Barrettes

I have an abundance of Fabric left over from making masks a couple of years back. I pondered for a long time on what I could do with all these rectangle pieces of fabric in all different patterns, I actually figured out the perfect thing using every possible inch of those darn pieces!!!

I was able to make 1 Hot air Balloon and 4 Barrettes using 2 pieces of these rectangle pieces! Yay!!! I’m super happy with how adorable the Hot Air Balloon turned out, hopefully I can make enough by Christmas….

Posted in Up Up and Away

Hot Air Balloon Invitations

I’ve been wanting to add invitations to my Etsy shop that match the Hot Air Balloon centerpieces and cake toppers I make. I came up with this super cute Postcard themed invitation. All text is editable via Corjl….my new favorite platform!

Hot Air Balloon Postcard invitation

Of course I had to add Blue and Pink into the mix….hopefully I can add the rest of the colors this week.

One of the things I love about Corjl is the ability to show your customers a Demo, that way they can see exactly what they are getting before they purchase, so easy.

Check it out:

These will be available as soon as my Etsy shop reopens.

Posted in Crafts

DIY Pineapple Centerpieces

In keeping with the Luau theme this week, I wanted to share these super simple centerpieces. They are made with real pineapples!

Pineapple Centerpieces

What you need:

  • Pineapples
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Flat Back Gemstones (Optional)
  • Silk Flowers


Step 1: Spray Paint the bottom part of the pineapples using the gold spray paint.

Step 2: Paint the Tops of the pineapples with the acrylic paint that matches whatever glitter you will be using. If you don’t have much time, you can skip this step. PROTIP: Using a base paint where you will be glittering hides any glitter imperfections.

Step 3: Using the glue add your glitter to each leaf top.

DIY Glittered Pineapple Centerpieces
All lined up and ready for embellishing

Step 4: Embellish with Flat Back Rhinestones using Hot Glue and add Silk flowers to the tops.

Posted in Crafts

Cardboard Box Tiki Totems

I’m a firm believer that you can make anything out of a cardboard box! These will go great with our pool noodle tiki totems and a great addition to any Luau! So simple and cheap….

Cardboard Box tiki Totems

Depending on how tall you want them will determine how many and what size boxes you need.

DIY Cardboard Box Tiki Totems

If you google Tiki Totem Faces you will find many examples and templates to use to create your own faces.

DIY Cardboard Box Tiki Totems
DIY Cardboard Box Tiki Totems
DIY Cardboard Box Tiki Totems