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100 Easy Spring And Easter Crafts

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Easter and Spring Easy Craft Ideas
It may still technically be winter, but I am thinking spring! It is time to get back into the craft room and work on some spring and Easter inspired rafts!  I joined the All Things Creative Team this month, to bring you more than ONE HUNDRED easy to do spring and Easter craft ideas.  Lots of great ways to decorate Easter eggs, lots of floral projects and plenty of pastels.  You have to check them out:

How to Make an Easy Marble Tilt Table Game

DIY marble wood tilt table game easy tutorial

Hello new friends! My name is Elisha from PneumaticAddict.com and I'm new around here. I'll be contributing cool DIY projects and trying to turn you all into Master Builders. Like my buddy Kim, I'm a girl who loves her power tools. You can usually find me in the garage, covered in sawdust or creating new, free building plans to share on my site.

Bacon, Asparagus and Parmesan Quiche

Cheesy bacon and asparagus quicheBacon parmesan and Asparagus quiche
One of my favorite comfort foods is Quiche! I don’t make it very often since the other members of my family don’t really like eggs and I don’t need all the calories.

However, as part of my $25/week challenge, I wanted a cheap and easy protein rich meal and quiche fit the bill!  I typically make Quiche Lorraine (which features bacon, onions and cheese) but I wanted to lighten this new version up a little.
Bacon asparagus cheese quiche
So for this recipe I added fresh steamed asparagus, as well as replacing one of the whole eggs with 2 egg whites.  Sure, 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream plus the butter laden crust is still not “diet” by any means, but every calorie matters!
Bacon and aspargus quiche recipe
Bacon Parmesan and Asparagus Quiche Recipe

The salty bacon and freshness of asparagus combined with the smooth rich egg custard make this hearty quiche a perfect brunch entree.

1/2 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed, chopped & parcooked
6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
2 whole eggs plus 2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups half & half
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 onion diced and browned
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • Preheat oven to 450°
  • Line pie crust with foil and bake for 5 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven to cool.
  • In separate pans,chop and precook bacon, asparagus and onion. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl combine eggs, cream, cheese sugar and spices.
  • Arrange bacon and asparagus in pie shell, place in oven on cookie sheet and carefully add egg custard mix. Sprinkle with remaining cheese
  • Bake at 400° for 10 minutes, reduce to 350° and bake additoinal 25 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
The key to this recipe is pre-cooking a bunch of the ingredients.  You need to steam the asparagus, cook the bacon, sweat the onions and pre-bake the crust.  Once you have all the ingredients prepped, making the quiche is easy.
Quiche ingredients
Arrange the bacon, onions and asparagus in your par-baked pastry shell.
Bacon and asparagus quiche
And here is a tip I learned from my mom: Put the quiche in the over BEFORE adding the custard mix. This means you won’t spill or need to balance a really full pie pan! Adding custard to quiche
Bake and serve warm (although this recipe reheats great!)
Cheesy bacon and asparagus quiche
Bacon parmesan asparagus quiche

One Day You'll Miss Your Kids' Laundry - Free Printable

Monson Quote about Laundry Printable
Free Laundry Room Kids PrintableIf you are a mom of kids who still live at home, you are probably facing MOUNDS and MOUNDS of laundry every week.  Laundry is high on my list of my least favorite chores (well, not so much washing but, but folding it and putting it away!)  And now that my kids are heading back to school and starting all their fall sports, the amount of laundry they generate has definitely gone up!

But I recently came across this quote from Thomas Monson and I was struck by how close it hit home:
"If you are still in the process of raising children be aware that the piles and piles of laundry will disappear all too soon and that you will, to your surprise, miss them profoundly.” 

$25 Per Week Challenge: Week 3 Results

25 dollar per week budgeting challenge
RULES   ||   Week 1   ||   Week 2   ||   Week 3

I got really lucky during this third week of the $25 Per Week Budgeting Challenge. I was starting the week with less than $10 thanks to my overage last week, and we were in desperate need of both milk and gas. That alone would have eaten though the $10.   But as fortune would have it,  February is the month that my Costco rebate certificate arrives in the mail!

10 Must Haves for The Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Now that spring is getting closer I am looking forward to the warmer weather and using my outdoor space once again.  Creating a welcoming and functional patio or porch doesn’t have to be expensive,  but there are some basic items you will want to invest in if you want to get the most out of your outdoor space.

If you do happen to have a larger budget, or are willing to DIY a few projects, there are some additional features you could add to create an even more luxurious atmosphere. I’m sharing both budget friendly and more extravagant options in this roundup, since we all can use as much inspiration as we can get!

10 must have items that every outdoor space needs. Transform your porch or patio into an outdoor room with these 10 essentials.10 Must Haves for the Perfect Patio Space

Scroll Saw Book Letters

Book Letters on a Scroll SawScroll Saw Book Art
I LOVED the theme of this month’s Power Tool Challenge: Your favorite power tool.   That was a no brainer for me.. since my favorite would be the one I”ve been using a lot lately.  My scroll saw!

Plus it is unusual to have a power tool challenge project that doesn’t involve ANY lumber.. but this month, my only materials were old thrift store books!  Yes books!
Thrift store hardcover books
These were $1/each at the thrift store, and using NOTHING more than my scroll saw, I ended up with some super cute book art that looked perfect on my office shelves:

Easy DIY Milkglass

Faux milk glass DIY from Thrift store Easy DIY Painted MilkGlass
I always loved the look of milk glass.   Country living recently had an article about it and I fell in love with these vases:
Milk glass 1 COuntry living
image: Brian Woodcock for Country Living
They are so pretty all clustered together in a group, with all the gorgeous textures.   It is so clean and pretty, but the real stuff can be pricey unless you get really lucky and stumble upon it at a yard sale or thrift store.  Lately it has been near impossible to find authentic and inexpensive milk glass at thrift stores.

$25 Per Week Challenge: Week 2 Results

25 dollar per week budgeting challenge
RULES   ||   Week 1   ||   Week 2   ||   Week 3
The send week of the $25 Per Week Budgeting Challenge was a lot tougher than the first week.  Maybe I was getting cocky, but this week we really started to feel the squeeze.  This week also contained Valentine’s Day, which meant I had to make some hard choices.

Our family has a 18 year tradition of going to Kentucky Fried Chicken on Valentine’s Day.  My husband and I spent our first Valentine’s Day at KFC when we couldn’t get seated at any other nice restaurant back when we were in collage.  It sorta became a running joke and we have done it every year since.  Now we take our kids (which means they have spent every Valentine’s days of their entire lives there!)

By Tuesday I didn’t have any money left in the budget, and we talked about not going to KFC, but we couldn’t pass it up.  So instead I decided to float the cost of dinner to next week’s budget.  Thank goodness KFC is really affordable and we didn’t have a tradition of $100 steak house dinners on Valentine’s Day!  Because of that we will still have a little money for next week!

Age Specific Grocery Store Budgeting Lessons for Kids

Make your kid a money genius
Tracking Pixel Teaching your kids how to budget
Earlier this month I was invited to read Beth Kobliner's book Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) in order to share my experience with my readers.  It turns out that the book was really great and it inspired me to get my kids involved in this year’s $25/week budgeting challenge.  Beth’s book reiterated my belief that setting and sticking to a strict budget should involve the entire family!

$25 Per Week Challenge: Week 1 Results

25 dollar per week budgeting challenge
RULES   ||   Week 1   ||   Week 2   ||   Week 3

I survived the first  7 days of the $25 Per Week Budgeting Challenge.  The first week is always the easiest since I’m starting off with a full fridge and pantry, gas in the car and plenty of perservenance.

Slow Cooker Bourbon and Brown Sugar Pulled Pork BBQ

Bourbon and Brown Sugar Pulled Pork BBQUse Cinnamon Bourbon and Brown Sugar to create your own pulled pork BBQ sauce in the slow cooker! It is so good!
As my regular readers already know, this month I have been trying to live off the food already in my pantry and freezer, and only spend $25 per week to keep my family of 5 afloat.

This is only week one and so far I’ve had no trouble, but I did run into one stumbling block.. I wanted to make pulled pork and I had NO bottled barbecue sauce in the house! OH THE HUMANITY!

Puzzle Piece Expandable Cutting Boards and Serving Trays

A set of puzzle piece shaped cutting boards that combine together to form one large cutting board, or seperated can be used individually as serving trays with built in wine glass holders.jpg
A set of puzzle piece shaped cutting boards that combine together to form one large cutting board, or seperated can be used individually as serving trays with built in wine glass holdersFor a relatively new woodworker, there aren’t many projects that come out better than you expect. You typically  have a vision, and your final project is close, but never perfect.  This is NOT one of those projects.  I am just so excited with how this set of cutting boards came out, I’m just pleased as punch with it!

It is a set of puzzle shaped mini-cutting boards (I used maple) that assemble together to form one large cutting board:
Puzzle piece cutting and serving boardBut the fun part is that any individual mini-cutting board can be used as a serving tray, and the notch in the puzzle piece shape can be used to hold a wine glass!  ISN’T THAT GENIUS!?
Puzzle cutting board with wine holder

My Must Have Photography Supplies

Essential Camera Supplies
10 Photography Must Haves if you are a blogger.  Kick up your photos a notch with these essential photography supplies..jpg

When I started blogging more than 5 years ago, I was shooting photos with an old flip phone!  My photos were dark and cluttered and blurry.. and pretty much AWFUL.

I'm almost embarrassed to include this photo here

Since then, I have gotten so much better!  Granted, I still have a lot to learn, but at least now items are actually recognizable!  

A lot of the improvement came from trial and error, but a lot of it has to be attributed to the fact I am just using better tools.  I now shoot almost exclusively with a DSLR, and have a designated photography space for when I do crafts and recipes.

Many people have asked me "What would you spend money on if you were just getting started with blog photography?"

These are 10 things I have and use, and that have made my blogging photography better and easier.   I am a Canon girl, but I have also included a few Nikon options.. just make sure whatever accessories you choose, that they are compatible to whatever Camera you have now.

No Sew Teacup Pin Cushion Tutorial

Hi friends! Alicia here again from Sew What Alicia. I am so excited to be here with you again with another fun tutorial! I know you expect me to teach you sewing skills but today I have something for your sewing room. Here is a no sew teacup pin cushion tutorial that you can make in 10 minutes with very few supplies! Scroll to the bottom for a full video tutorial.

A Quick and Easy No Sew Teacup Pincushion. She even has a full video tutorial showing you how to put it togethter | www.kimsixfix.com

Give A Teacher What They Really Need: Wine!

Give a teacher a bottle of wine with this free printable gift tag.  Teachers love grapes.. not apples.
It is the last week of school before Christmas break and I am getting my teacher gifts all lined up.
I have done a lot of different teacher gifts over the years and I’m always trying to get away from the ‘cutesy’ gift ideas that teachers don’t actually want or need.

When I surveyed my teacher friends for what they actually wanted, and what would show them that a parent appreciates them for all their hard work, I got the same tongue in cheek answer over and over:  BOOZE.

30 Free Printable Star Wars Valentines

Free Printable Star Wars School Valentines30 Free Printable Star Wars School Valentines. So many great ideas for boys and girls.. from the entire movie series!
Anyone who knows me knows I am sort of crazy about Star Wars.   Like CRAZY!! And my kids are the same way too.  So I have been looking up cute free printable school valentine ideas from other bloggers that are Star Wars themed.

Shockingly, I’ve never done one myself, but there are so many fantastic Star Wars school valentines already floating around on Pinterest that I figured I could just use one of them.   But deciding which was my favorite was nearly impossible.  So I have rounded up 25 of my favorites.

30 Star Wars Inspired School Valentines

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