As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and
create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not
only the world around you but also the world within you.
~President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A few more details from Sarah & Logan's wedding.....

The Cake: My cousin Christy was the mastermind and creator of the cake. I will have to post a picture the real photographer took, but this was the best I got, sadly.

Christy has been the one to make cakes for all our weddings, and she does such a good job.

Tess's cake by Christy.....

My cake by Christy.....

This floor decal was an idea I borrowed from my friend Jen C's sister's wedding. We had a lady in Taber (who owns a Cricut Expression) make it for us. She had to piece it together, but did such a great job that you would never be able to tell.
It turned out really fun and added a little personalized touch to the dance floor.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Family History Memory Keeping

I got to be a part of a Relief Society evening on Family History work. Here are some ideas for Family History Memory keeping. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Love is Sweet

At my sister's recent wedding, we opted for a little spin on the ever-popular candy favour table. My mom, being the crazy and determined woman that she is, decided to make 450 carmel wrapped and chocolate dipped pretzel rods. Mmmmmmm. They were so good! We helped her wrap the rods with the homemade caramel, but she did all the dipping, and my dad even got in on the packaging. Good work, team!
We found the acrylic cannisters at Winners for $12.99. They are now being used as cookie jars and or flour containers at our various homes.
Tess was the mastermind behind the "Love Is Sweet" sign. She created it using Photoshop and then had it printed at Costco for under $2. The frame is Ikea.
Along with the pretzel rods, we had Wildberry Twizzlers cut in half as another option for those who weren't chocolate lovers. Both the licorice and the pretzel rods were a big hit.

Recipe for Mom's Caramel:
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup Eagle Brand Milk
1 cup Lily White corn syrup
1/2 lb. butter/margarine
Stir in sugar, syrup, Eagle Brand milk together before putting on stovetop. Then add butter. Have burner set on high heat. With wooder spoon stir continually. Turn heat down to medium, but make sure you stir all the time. With thermometer boil just to softball stage. To test for softball stage, have some cold water in a cup and pour a spoonful of the carmel in the water. When a softball forms, the candy is done.
Pour into buttered pan and let set up.

To make the pretzel rods cut the cooled caramel into approximately 1/2 " by 4" rectangles. Wrap around the pretzel rod and store until ready to dip with chocolate. You can drizzle with white chocolate after as well for a nice finished look, or roll in nuts or sprinkles.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Dresser Redo

This summer I found a cute dresser on Kijiji for $35. We had been thinking to get a dresser for our little girl (and soon to come little boy) to share. I thought this dresser had a lot of potential with the nice lines and character. It turned out even better than I thought! Tess did the painting (as I am not allowed to paint at the moment due to the baby boy on the way). She is so good! Thanks Tess for making this happen!
She just spray painted the existing hardware black. It worked out well that we already had the cream paint and the black spray paint! The dresser is solid wood and the drawers work perfectly! A "new" dresser for $35!