DIY –pompom wreath

It’s time for one of my dollar day do overs. In Arizona we have an abundance of second hand shops. They seem to be on every corner. They usually have one day a week that is dollar day. The tags change colors, but I always find something for a dollar to upcycle . Last week…

  Mini zucchini pizza

One of my favorite little Italian snacks to make are little mini zucchini pizzas. We usually get a ton of squash and zucchini up north at the little red house from neighbors around this time of year and this is one of our favorite things to make with all those veggies. It is pretty easy…

Where did all the toys go?

 A few weeks ago, we decided to visit a toy store. It has been awhile since we have done this because my children are no longer little and most of the large toy stores have closed down in Phoenix but there are still a few here and there. You see, in our house, we have…

Road trip time

Had to check up on the little red house for the day and as always it was a beautiful drive. How blessed the people are that get to live here. It is what I imagine living in a postcard would feel like. Went to visit the town pond, at least that is what I call…

Sugar cookie cutouts

We are not finished with our Christmas just yet and a Christmas without cookies just isn’t right. So I got out all my cookie supplies to make the family some of their favorites, with sugar cookies being at the top of that list. To get started you will need: 1/3 cup of shortening ½ cup…

DIY from the forest

Time for another day of our summer Christmas holiday and this one involves exploring the woods. It is so nice walking out around pine trees in the summer time, especially after a summer rainstorm. It smells wonderful. There are all kinds of leaves, twigs and pinecones out in the forest that are great for art…

Christmas in July

A favorite family tradition of ours is the Christmas in July celebrations we do every year. This started out one year when we all got stir crazy from being sunned in.   We set up a mini tree on our table, made little handmade ornaments, baked sugar cookies, and exchanged gifts. Since then, we celebrate…

Fun with felting

Well…not too much fun, especially if you are a beginner in the needle felting world. The reasons for that have to do with pricking your fingers now and then and if you are not careful and you stab too hard, there will be blood.    They do have little finger covers but they seem to…

Pleasing Fungus beetles

  Insects are some of the most fascinating little creatures to me. I remember going out in the mountain area I lived on as a child with a pencil and paper, just to find these little gifts of life to sketch and color…this was before adult coloring books with their detailed coloring pages. I love…

Arizona critters…and 1 mogollon monster

  Whenever we are out exploring, having a picnic, or driving down those back roads surrounded by wilderness, we run into wildlife now and then. Sometimes if we are lucky, we have our cameras ready. Even with cameras on hand, we still end up getting a lot of butt shots of animals walking away… but…

Black Walnut and Cherry Cupcakes

We are one hand short in our home at the moment. My husband, who is the cook on our team of chaos had a freak kitchen accident and crushed his three fingers. I always say stay away from those big scary machines in kitchens and to make things by hand but some people love their…

Church Sale Treasures

  You get up with the sun here when the temps start rising, but that is only during the months when the temps cool down at night, otherwise you try to get through it the best you can…drinking lots of water of course. The only thing that seems to survive are cactus during this time…