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Baby Nursery for Baby Girl #4

Scarlett is almost two, so I figure it's about time I post her nursery pics. I turned the room into my office a couple months ago, so now my little bundle of joy's baby room is just a sweet memory, and a beautiful place for me to work.
Having 4 kids has left me very little time or energy to do any blogging, but school is in full swing and my two higher maintenance girls are in school full day, so just maybe I can squeeze a little in.
When I was pregnant with my first baby, Penelope, we moved from Dallas to Tulsa and rented a condo until she was 9 months old. So, I never got to do a real nursery. I made her bedding, and she had everything for a nursery, but I was never able to paint or hang things, or make it a truly unique space. 
When I was pregnant with my second, Phoebe, Penelope was still an infant and I was working full time until I was put on bed rest around 5 months. That left zero time to do a nursery... I had a total freak out sad moment a few weeks before she was born and threw together a plan for her room, which consisted of a bedroom in a bag by Cocalo, it was super cute, probably the best room in the house at that point. But, it was still wasn't well thought out, it was just as nice as I could make it stuck laying down on my sofa 24 hours a day (and this was before you could buy everything amazing online).
Baby #3, Sophia, she's my poor hand-me-down child. We passed Phoebe's nursery right on over to her, zero changes.
When I found out we were having our 4th girl, I INSISTED on doing a nursery even if I didn't have room to put her in! We turned our office/playroom into a room for our sweet little baby Scarlett, and I did it exactly like I wanted. No bed in bag, no cheesy themes, just pretty. Our budget was pretty much non-existent, so I had to get creative. I did things in little bits at a time, used a lot of stuff I already had, and shopped for treasures/steals. I absolutely adore this room, and it's as sweet as she is!
My sweet friend Lauren Paull did our NB photos, it was a lifestyle shoot, she got some beautiful photos of the room. If you are in the Tulsa area, I highly recommend Lauren Paull Photography for hospital birth photos (will save that for another post), and newborn photos. She does a fabulous job with the more traditional baby poses, but I adore her lifestyle photography!

Cheers to all the Mommas of 4!

Homemade Wheat Bread: TAKE 3

Wheat Bread Recipe

I finally have an everyday wheat bread recipe I really like! A few "real" simple ingredients you can toss into your bread maker, let it do all the work, and you reap the warm, fresh, bread that fills your whole house with a Heavenly smell. Mmmmm!

We have been making this bread at home regularly for the last year or so. We always eat half the loaf as soon as it comes out, and the rest we cut up for sandwiches and toast. I try to go as organic as I can, but sometimes I just can't get myself to pay two to four times as much for the organic wheat. But, the honey & olive oil are just a pinch more, if that. I will say that mixing the bread flour, which is more finely ground, with the whole wheat flour, makes for a great texture. You can sub regular flour, or use all wheat. Mix it up, see which you like best and let me know!

Wheat Bread: Take 3 
Makes 1 Loaf 

Equipment Needed:
Electric Breadmaker

1-1/2 Cup bread flour
1-1/4 Cup wheat flour
1 Cup hot water
1/4 Cup milled flax seed
1/4 Cup olive oil
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tsp yeast
1 Tsp salt

Pour the hot water, yeast, and honey into your bread machine and let it sit for 5 minutes, until it gets bubbly.
Add in the flours, flax seed, and salt.
Turn the machine to the French Bread setting and let it start mixing the ingredients. Slowly pour in the olive oil. 
Take it out as soon as the cooling function completes, so that moisture doesn't build up.



Homemade Wheat Bread Take 2

Adventures in Bread Making

Troy and I decided recently we wanted to start making our own bread. While we both try to cut back on processed flour products as much as possible, our girls do not, and I have major guilt every time I buy the cheap non-organic bread. If the bread doesn't mold, it's probably got some toxic chemicals in it, or at least that's what I tell myself. Organic bread for a family of 6 can get pricey, it practically takes a whole loaf for us all to have a sandwich... surly making our own bread will be better for all of us, and more cost effective... surly. 

I made my second loaf this morning, and it turned out AMAZING! I plan on sharing my bread making adventures via my blog, so that A- I have the recipes saved, and B- you can try them too!

I have the bread machine that my parents used when I was young, it's great quality, I'm not sure they make them like they used to (from what I've read). This recipe is SO SIMPLE, I plan on making some tweaks to make it healthier, but I used what I had on hand to get started. If you have a bread machine, I highly suggest you try this recipe. It only takes about 5 minutes to prep, then the machine does all the work!

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Homemade Wheat Bread Take 2
This was my 2nd attempt at making homemade wheat bread in my bread machine. It is soft, with a nice crust, and my family LOVES it. It's also super simple and you probably have the ingredients in your pantry already.

  • 1- 1/2 cups Wheat Flour
  • 1- 1/2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 4 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Hot Water
Add hot water, yeast, and sugar to your bread machine, let sit until it gets foamy, 6-12 minutes. Add the oil, salt, and flour. Turn the machine on to the white bread function and start.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 Loaf

Cheers to eating real food!

Girls High Waisted Skirt Sewing Tutorial

High Waisted Skirt Tutorial

I made the most darling, super easy Christmas skirts for my girls this year! These are easy enough for beginners, and fast enough to make multiple (for the mom's of multiple girls, making a boat load of the same thing, if they take a long time, can be a drag).
The measurements fit a 5 to 7 year old, but can easily be adjusted by adding or subtracting to the length and/or width. For the width, I doubled my daughters waist measurement, then divided it by 2, and cut 2, a front and back. The length can be adjusted to your personal preference. These would be cute with up to a 2" wide elastic! 
For these, I used cotton flannels and a woven plaid, but you can get creative, these can be made in a dressier a fabric like taffeta, or a more casual with a solid cotton or cotton print.
I can't wait to see what you create!!!
Find the PDF tutorial here: High Waisted Skirt Tutorial


Mom's Banana Nut Bread

Mom's Banana Bread Recipe

We put the Christmas tree up and decorated the mantle yesterday, and started on the ornaments in the evening. Our tree is 11' tall and 6' wide, it's ginormous, it takes us 2 days to put it up and decorate it. We LOVE it!!! I would have totally put it up in October if my garage wouldn't have been so messy that I couldn't get to it! Garage has been cleaned, the tree has come out.

We are hosting Thanksgiving next weekend and wanted to get the house decorated before, so it will feel more festive. Plus, we had zero plans this weekend (outside of watching the OK State vs. Baylor game), and knew we would have the time to get it done. 

This was the longest day ever (don't you love those days?)! We decorated, we made wheat bread in the bread maker, grilled burgers, and finished the evening with warm banana bread, straight out of the oven. My house smelled phenomenal all day! This a was the perfect kick off to the holiday season.
I had 7 browned bananas that were begging to be used in a batch of homemade banana bread. I dug through my Mom's recipe box and found this recipe. It was simple and fantastic, so I'm documenting it and sharing it! (I added vanilla and switched out pecans for walnuts.)
Mom's Banana Bread Recipe
Makes 2 loaves
6 bananas
4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup chopped pecans (I used walnuts)
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla (optional)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar using a stand or hand mixer. Mix in eggs, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl mash bananas, then add to mixing bowl. Add vanilla. Slowly add in flour, mixing as you go. Stir in pecans.
Grease 2 loaf pans with baking spray.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Deer Head Pillow Cover Tutorial

Christmas Pillow Cover Tutorial

Santa or Deer Head Silhouette

I'm giving away my Christmas Pillow Cover Tutorial for FREE! 
Merry Christmas!!!

Includes step by step instruction and photos to make an 16"x 16", flannel, zippered pillow cover with a felt applique. Includes deer head and Santa silhouette. 

Download the PDF here.
I would love to see or hear about your projects!

Merry Christmas!

Styled Bar Cart on a Budget of $100

Styled Bar Cart on a Budget

All the shiny, shimmery, and reflective surfaces of a bar cart just make me happy. It's often less about functionality, and more about style. I mean how often are you really using a bar cart!? While I'm sure they get used occasionally, and probably more often in kid-less homes, they sure are sparkly!

I have a small empty wall in my breakfast nook area, connected to my great room, and thought it was the perfect spot for a bar cart, something not made of wood, I've got too much wood in my house right now, I need some more surface variation! I did some online shopping and found exactly what I wanted, but it wasn't going to be in the budget anytime soon. 

A couple weeks later, I was browsing through Tuesday Morning (currently my favorite store), and ran across this gold, mirrored tray table, for $49, SOLD! I shopped around for a few accessories to top it, I got a glass apothecary jar to hold paper straws for about $15, a small black and white ceramic bowl for lemons or corks, for less than $4, a white ceramic candle holder to hold bar tools, for about $7, and some fun printed cocktail recipe napkins in the clearance section for less than $2. I spent about $77 and had enough stuff make my little tray table look like a styled bar cart!

I raided our sparse liquor cabinet, and pulled out a few random, possibly empty bottles, that had a variation in color and shape. Found a set of glasses in my parents old bar cabinet, a set of glass coasters, bar tools, and a couple cocktail recipe books I had been gifted years ago. All of these old items were hidden in my pantry and cabinets, and now placed together with a few new items to tie them together, look brand new! 
Use what you've already got!