April 30, 2012

Quilt Donation

This is my son, who received one of our quilts.  He nearly lost his life  due to a near drowning accident.  
Just a quick hello!  Just wanted to share that one of our charity quilts went to a grieving family.  They recently lost their son.  It breaks my heart.  We almost lost our son to a drowning accident in the river and I am so thankful he is still with us.  Our lives have changed forever because of the damage that was done to his lungs.  However, I would NEVER trade having one more day with him, he is with us!   

Visit the touching story at Emily Taylor Deisgn  

You can read about the charity group here!



Love, Stacie

April 22, 2012

Young Women -- Lesson 17: The Purpose of Covenants and Ordinances

I am in charge of the YW lesson this week.  It seems like it has been forever since I posted any lesson help!  Here is an adorable printable to go with making and keeping covenants and promises.  I think I may be on a roll, two different printables and sayings, shhhhheeesshh, within a day of each other!

Give a bag of DONUT's and attach!  "DONUT forget your covenants to achieve CELESTIAL GLORY!"



Love, Stacie

April 21, 2012

Simply the Best -- Gift Idea -- Free Printable

Isn't this the cutest idea?  A darling gift to let that Simply Sweet Person in your life, how much you appreciate them!  My dear friend was the brain behind this idea and then I worked my Photoshop magic.  She is giving it as a gift for the primary workers in her ward!    This would be great as a neighbor, friend, teacher, or as a thank you!  
You pick because I am providing the free printable!

Have a Sweet Weekend because you are "Simply" the best! :) 
Simple the Best



Love, Stacie

April 16, 2012

Messy Hair Monday French Twist Braid

This French Braid Twist is one of my favorites.  I am going to tell you right now that it is a braid/twist that you need to be patient with, and think through each step.  Good Luck and I am here to answer any questions.  Let's get started!
 Peanut's hair is damp and I comb all of the hair back and then in the direction that the hair will be pulled.  As you can see the sides are going up and the middle straight back.
 Part almost a triangle section at the front of the head.
 Split that hair into two sections.  From here on out you will need to be twisting the left side on top and the right side on the bottom.  One on top of the other.
Twist Two Times. Right on bottom, left on top.  My picture is showing the opposite but I promise it is as written.  


 This is what it will look like with two twists.
 You will now begin adding the hair into the twist just like a french braid.  Again the key here is to keep the right underneath and the left on top.
  1. Take a section of hair from the right hand side, add it to the hair that is already there and twist the right section underneath to the left and the right section will now be on top at the left hand side.  (confusing on know but just try it)
  2. You will now add hair from the left hand side on top and move it to the right hand side but do not twist the hair.  
  3. You will repeat the process only twist the two pieces when you move the hair underneath from the right hand side to the left hand side.  
 This is what your hair will start to look like.  Repeat all of the way down
This is what you will end up with an upgraded French braid.  

Please Please Please, I confused myself typing the instructions but once you dive in you will find it pretty simple if you know how to do a french braid.  If you have any questions please let me know!

NOTE:  Just remember right: under left: over and twist once.  Repeat.


GOOD LUCK!  



Love, Stacie

April 12, 2012

TGIFree Friday--Baptism Subway Art--Boy & Girl

***UPDATE***
If you choose to print the 11x14 please email me at staciegardner@live.com because I need to send you a separate file.  I am having quality issues with the one below.  The 8x10 should be fine.  


In preparation for my buddies baptism I created this subway art!  I LOVE how it turned out.  My little guy turned eight.  It is amazing how fast they grow.  He is such an amazing help around our home with his brother and little sister!  I love him so much!
I am going to print it out as an 11x14 through Costco.  I have included both an 8x10 to print at home as well as an enlargement if you want to develop an 11x14 and frame.  This will be going in my buddies room!
8x10 JPEG Art, right click and save as.
8x10 JPEG, right click and save as.
11x14 JPEG for Enlargement, right click and save as.   


11x14 JPEG Enlargement, right click and save as.

I have some fun ideas that I will be sharing soon for his baptism but until then ENJOY this subway art and look soon for a little princess one!
Love, Stacie

Baptism Subway Art

April 11, 2012

Young Women Activity -- Faith is like a Seed, Herb Garden

Tonight we had a SUPER fun activity for our Young Women.  The theme was Faith & Seeds.  If a tiny seed is planted and nourished then it will grow.  The girls each planted & labeled their own herb garden in a terra cotta pot.  We talked about what the seeds, water, & sun represent; prayers, scripture reading, attending Sunday meetings, etc..  We were going to do weed pulling prior to the planting to show it is hard work but it RAINED.  Lucky girls!  
My kids even got involved with it and had a ball!  Peanut's herb garden!
I created some basic herb tags to wrap around toothpicks to mark what each seed is.  They are part of the AVERY 18160 template but you can print out on standard paper.
Herb Labels

If you need some additional herb names I would be happy to change for you.  


Love, Stacie

April 10, 2012

Green Chili Frittata

We have a problem in our house with food.  It is very difficult to prepare a meal because I am trying to eat healthy and my oldest son, that was involved in the drowning accident, needs to eat approximately 3000 calories a day.  Have you ever tried stuffing 3000 calories into a 10 year old and try to maintain a girlie figure?!  Let me tell you, it is hard! I have been on the search for recipes that allow me to cut calories for me and add artery clogging fat to his..


This happens to be a great recipe that works for both of us!  It is a quick easy dinner or make it for breakfast either way it is delicious!  I found the original recipe on Allrecipes and modified it to fit our BiPolar household!  I hope you enjoy!


Ingredients

  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 (7 ounce) can diced green chile peppers, drained
  • 1 (16 ounce) container low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup shredded fat free mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a blender or food processor, mix the eggs, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the green chile peppers, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, and melted butter. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F, and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool slightly, and cut into small squares.

If by chance the original recipe doesn't have enough fat and you need to add gobs of it afterwards to reach your son's 3000 calorie a day diet then add a fat pat of butter to the top and a handful of full fat cheddar cheese, put in the microwave and cook for 30 seconds.  Yes, this is my daily life with my son, calorie packing EVERYTHING.  The good news, I am learning how to make it work for the ENTIRE family!  :)



Love, Stacie

April 9, 2012

Messy Hair Monday-Tips for beautiful beach wavy hair after the braid

Sweet Pea tips for beautiful beach wavy hair!  
I do A LOT of braids, twists, & knots. ..And you know sometimes my peanut just likes to have a good old pony tail, with a crown! :)  So, I have come to use the day after braids to my advantage to create beautiful wavy locks.  
Here are a couple of tips to make your little princess's hair wavy, beautiful, & crown ready.  


  • Leave the braid in overnight.  My Peanut is used to having her hairstyles left in overnight.  
  • Carefully remove the hair elastic and slowly ubraid, unknot, etc the hair.  If you pull to quickly it can leave knots.
  • When the braid is removed, do not brush, but carefully finger comb the waves.  
  • If the hair seems to lay or fly away in odd places, carefully mist with a small amount of water and finger comb.  The water is an amazing tool, and as long as you don't use to much it will actually lay the hair perfectly.
When I pull the peanut's hair back I do a loose pony so the waves can be seen.  

Give it a shot!  Your princess will love her crown worthy hair! 

Love, Stacie

April 6, 2012

Fool Proof Egg Recipe

Spring Break is in full swing for my family and we are busy!  Here is a post from a couple of months ago and since 'tis the season for hard boiled eggs, hopefully this will help!  Have a great Easter!  XOXO Stacie
This post seems kind of like a no brainer, yet I have never heard of another person, hard boiling eggs with this fool proof method.  It creates a perfect hard boiled egg that is easy to peel, doesn't seem to smell, and hardly has any of the discoloration that you get from a normal hard boiled egg.  


Here is the 911 on the perfect hard boiled egg!
 Fill pan with water, add eggs, cover the pan, & bring to a boil.   

 Shut off the heat when the eggs begin to boil.  Leave the pan on the burner and set timer for twelve minutes. Do not remove the lid during this process.
 When timer goes off remove pan and fill with cool water.  Peel, EAT, & Enjoy!

Do you have any fool proof methods?  How about sharing?

Love, Stacie
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