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DIY Bag Dispenser

DIY Bag DispenserI am a bit OCD when it comes to keeping things clean, especially my car when we are on road trips. Which is why I LOVE my DIY bag dispenser! I just pull put a trash bag and load it up with whatever trash we have going on, and bam, there’s another bag waiting its turn in the dispenser. So start saving your plastic bags and a disinfecting wipes container and let’s get started.

Flatten out each bag like this with all the air pushed out of it.

Flatten out bag

Fold the bag in half.

Fold bag in half

Roll the handles up on the first bag like so. Then lay the handles of the second bag on the bottom of the first bag.

Add next bag

Now start rolling, as tight as you can. Add more bags as you go.

Roll it tight

Make your roll as fat as will fill in your recycled container. (My target brand container held 50 bags)

Put bags in dispenser

If you want to add some color to your container like I did, mod podge scrap book paper onto your dispenser. (I make my own mod podge- equal parts Elmer’s school glue and water. Works like a charm!)

~Janna

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How to Start a Garden

I handed my phone to my dad & asked him to take a picture of my garden. As I looked for the picture later, this is what I found. Him!

I handed my phone to my dad & asked him to take a picture of my garden. As I looked for the picture later, this is what I found. Him!

My adorably sweet father, Curtis Edward, is an amazing gardener. He has planted a successful garden every year for as long as I can remember. He is a good ol’ country boy that knows how to get your crops to grow. He is such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to this stuff, and last year I finally picked his brain about gardening and set out to have my very own.

Not only was tending a garden easier than I thought it would be, it was ENJOYABLE. Yes, enjoyable. I know I may seem like a “priss-tail” (as my mother would say) but I honestly enjoyed working outside in my fertile garden. The vegetables I saw grow and produce over the summer was enlightening to see, and the food was both beneficial and cost-effective for my family. Not to mention healthy. Bonus!

The point I would like to make here, is that if I can do it, anyone can do it. For a long time I didn’t have the confidence or the knowledge to make it happen but now that I have it, I want to share it with others if you are feeling like I was. So get ready for your Garden Starter 101 class!

First, I raked out the chips from this area, and removed the weeds.

photo 1 (7)

Second, get ready to use some muscle. I “chopped up” the dirt with a hoe and got the dirt really broken up to prepare it for the plants.

photo 3 (4)

Third, I decided to make things a little easier on myself and put the odds in my favor by purchasing plants (instead of seeds) from Home Depot. I brought those little things home and planted them with Miracle Grow soil. IMPORTANT- After planting, mulch the plants around their perimeter by gathering any kind of grass clippings/leaves to block the sun from drying it out.

Plant it!Lastly, water it! I rinsed out a few milk jugs and use those as my watering cans. Water as often as needed, whenever the ground looks thirsty and dry.

A few more tips from my dad:

  • A good time to plant is after Easter/before April 15th
  • Expect to see crops about 2 months later
  • Squash and Zuchinni are easy to grow but TAKE UP A LOT OF ROOM (see picture below)
  • Cucumber and Green Beans are also easy to grow, but are “viney” and need a trellis to grow on
  • Pull weeds once a week
  • Water your plants with Miracle Grow once a week before noon because plants feed in the morning
  • Miracle Grow should be mixed 1 tsp per gallon of water and poured onto the roots
  • Pray over your plants. Talk sweet to them. There was something therapeutic about watering my garden in the early morning, thanking God for this beautiful Earth and the opportunity to see such beautiful things flourish.

If you have any additional tips, please share them in the comments section below. (I am curious what people do to deter the deer from eating everything besides using a green house.) I hope you enjoy making your garden grow this year!

~Janna

My cute dad tilled up the grass and soil so I could plant zuchinni and squash

My cute dad tilled up the grass and soil so I could plant zucchini and squash

 

 

My butternut squash took over the side of my house!

My butternut squash took over the side of my house!

 

My adorable nephew and daughter were excited to pick this bell pepper

My adorable nephew and daughter were excited to pick this bell pepper

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Best Cornbread Recipe

During the winter months, one of our favorite things to eat is cornbread. We eat it with soup or chili a couple times a month to warm us up and it really sticks to your ribs. Since we like our cornbread so much, I decided to share my dad’s famous recipe with y’all. So keep reading unless you are grossed out by bacon grease. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

You will need:

  • One box of Jiffy Corn Bread Mix
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup of milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of bacon grease

Cornbread ingredients

While your oven is preheating to 400 degrees, put a heaping tablespoon of bacon grease in a cast iron skillet and place on oven rack so it can melt.

Bacon Grease

Crack the egg into a small bowl as package instructs. Pour in jiffy mix.

Jiffy mix

Add a heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise.

Mayo

Pour in milk and stir until blended.

Add Milk

Pull the skillet out of the oven when the grease is completely melted, and move the pan from side to side until the entire bottom of the pan has been greased.

Greased pan

Pour cornbread in the skillet and bake for about 20 minutes.

Pour in cornbread

Cornbread is done when it is golden brown. Mmmm. Enjoy!

Best Cornbread

If you use bacon grease for other things, leave me a comment and let me know!

~Janna

 

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Cinderella Birthday Party

Roo recently turned four and requested a Cinderella  birthday party. Thanks to Pinterest, input from friends, and this previous party we attended, there were plenty of ideas to help me plan. I had so much fun with this. Too much fun. I can’t wait to do it again! Although who knows what theme she will come up with a year from now.

We were so busy with the activities, I forgot to play the game I planned to do. I had hid a “glass slipper” and whoever won was going to get a little broom and dustpan as a prize. Get it? Well besides missing out on the game, I am kicking myself for not taking more pictures at the party, but here is a rundown of what I did and Pinterest links I used.

I hired two sweet sisters to paint nails and style hair at the party. I wanted them to look official so my friend and I decorated these aprons for them to wear while they were workin’ hard for the money. (Aprons $3 each at Hobby Lobby after coupon, and decorated with a silver sharpie I already had)

DIY Aprons

Another friend of mine got me the hookup with this ream of metallic paper, which I used as a “runway” for the girls to do a catwalk after their mini makeover.

Metallic Runway

When the girls were waiting their turn for hair and nails, they got to decorate these foam crowns with stickers that I purchased at dollar tree. ($3 for 24 crowns and 200 stickers)

Crown Craft

We had an iPad app called Pocketbooth we had downloaded a couple of years ago for our friends wedding reception. My smart hubby built this stand to put the iPad on which protected the screen and had a hole just big enough to touch the part of the screen necessary for working the app. I decided to make use of the app and the stand for the party and I’m glad I did. The pictures were really cute. (Pocketbooth app $0.99 on iTunes.)

iPad stand

I made these photo booth props using cardstock paper, hot glue and skewers.

Pocketbooth Pocketbooth2

I ordered crowns and wands from Oriental Trading Company for each girl. And I have plenty leftover if you need to satisfy some royal fetish. ($10 for 12 crowns. $4 for 24 wands)

Crowns & Wands

I found ring pops at dollar tree and was too lazy to see if I could get a better deal somewhere else. I hadn’t seen ring pops in years, I’m glad they still make them! ($1 for 4 ring pops)

FOOOOOOOOD

I made these mice because they reminded me of Cinderella’s little helpers.

Mice

I used my aunts recipe for this cheese ball which I added crackers to to make it look like a carriage.

Cheese Ball Carriage

I used my Pampered Chef Batter Bowl to made the base of the cake, and my sweet friend helped me do everything else for it. (Stuff Cinderella in, figure out plan b for her legs, make homemade icing, decorate her skirt, etc.)

Cinderella Cake

The other food I served which was not Cinderella related but still delicious, was my favorite fruit salad, veggie chips, cinnamon & sugar pita chips, ranch and veggies.

So that’s how we did our Cinderella birthday party! It was an awesome day with sweet friends and family.

~Janna

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