An Easy Fourth of July Wreath

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It was about time to take down my son’s birthday celebration wreath and replace it with something patriotic to celebrate the Fourth of July. Last night, two of my girlfriends came over and we made these easy Fourth of July wreaths, and enjoyed some drinks and appetizers of course.

All you need to make this wreath is a foam wreath form, red, white, and blue yarn, white buttons, ribbon to hang it with, and a hot glue gun; all of which can be purchased at your local craft store.

This was the first time I used one of the wreath forms with the squared edges and I really like how it turned out! Before I began, I used a Sharpie to mark one quarter of the wreath and then thirteen smaller sections for the stripes.

This wreath is as simple as wrapping yarn around the form. In order to obtain the look of our country’s flag, the upper left quarter is blue and then the other sections are alternating red and white to represent the stripes. I decided to go for more of a navy blue and a darker red to get a more rustic look.

Once the wreath form was wrapped with yarn, I placed the buttons where I wanted them first then began to glue them on using my hot glue gun. As true to life as I tried to keep the rest of the wreath, there was no way I was fitting fifty buttons on here to represent the fifty stars!

I chose a sheer, silver, glittery ribbon to hang the wreath with. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I don’t use a traditional wreath hanger, rather an upside-down command hook on the inside of my front door.

I love the finished look and it was so easy to do! It’s similar to my St. Patrick’s Day wreath with the stripes, and it’s already gotten me thinking ahead to Christmas. I’m thinking I’ll do something similar with red and white stripes and maybe some felt rosettes.

Crockpot Pumpkin and Crab Soup

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What you have here folks are the ingredients for the most delicious crockpot soup I’ve made to date; crockpot pumpkin and crab soup. The name is a bit misleading because its not as simple as dumping everything in the crockpot. There’s some stove top cooking that needs to be done first like sautéing and simmering, but nothing that would stop me from making it again. I found the recipe on Pinterest and you can get it here.

With anything new, I was mentally prepared to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for my two year old when he refused to eat it, but he lapped it right up. It was absolutely delicious and had the most amazing flavor. Best of all, it was dairy free!

Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

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Organize It! Under the Kitchen Sink

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The space under the kitchen sink can be just as bad as the Tupperware cabinet. Often times things are blindly thrown in until you have bottles and rags strewn all over the place. I knew I wanted to get a handle on this area in our kitchen.

The first thing you’ll notice is the tension rod my husband put under the sink. This is a great help because it clears up floor space by hanging
your bottled cleaners here.

The basket on the right holds all of the cleaners that can’t hang. The middle basket holds all or our cloths. The basket in the left holds all of the dish washing supplies.

The trash bags and dishwasher tablets are behind the baskets, but still easily within reach.

If there’s one thing you can do under your kitchen sink to help wrangle the mess, a tension rod is an easy option!

Now for more ideas on home organization, head over to A Bowl Full of Lemons and click on the Organize It! link party. Happy organizing!

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Tuesday Morning Link Party at A Bowl Full of Lemons

Head over to see all of the awesome projects over at Toni’s blog and be sure to checkout the link for my birthday balloon wreath!

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Someone’s Turning Two!

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I can hardly believe it’s been two years! My little guy will soon turn two so I created a wreath to celebrate. This is a variation of the wreath I made for my previous giveaway.

It’s so easy to make! I bought a foam wreath form and simply pinned balloons to cover the front of the form. There are approximately one hundred balloons attached with straight pins. I think I bought out the balloons at Michael’s when I purchased them to make both wreaths!

I bought a wooden number two and used two coats of Krylon’s Indoor/Outdoor spray paint in Catalina Mist. The color is a beautiful mint green that I have big plans for on other projects as well because I liked it so much. I then applied two coats of a glitter paint to add some sparkle to the number. I used a plain white ribbon to hang it with and also to hang the number from. I just added a downward loop in the middle of the wreath and screwed a brass hook into the top of the number.

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I don’t use a wreath hanger to hang my wreaths because I don’t like how they look, so I use a Command Hook trick. The hook is hanging upside down pointing downward on the inside of my front door and I tie the ribbon and anchor it under the hook.

Now off to take care of other preparations for my little guys party!

Tuesday Morning Link Party

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Another link party post! Head over to check out all of the projects and recipes linked up at A Bowl Full of Lemons and while you’re there, check out my previous post about “Cheesy” Crab Alfredo linked up at #170!

“Cheesy” Crab Alfredo

One of the things I miss most about being able to eat dairy is the cheesy goodness of Italian dishes. After mastering the dairy-free cheddar cheese sauce, I thought I’d try to extend it further. Allow me to present to you my take on a dairy-free Alfredo.

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This was so easy to make and it turned out great, however I will suggest some changes that I would make next time.

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“Cheesy” Crab Alfredo
-4 cups elbow pasta
-8 oz. chicken stock
-8 oz. Phillip’s Premium Crab
-3/4 teaspoon Morton’s Season Salt
-1/2 teaspoon McCormick’s Basil Leaves
-1/4 teaspoon McCormick’s Onion Powder
-1/2 teaspoon McCormick’s Garlic Salt
-1 bag Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds

1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
2. Heat the chicken stock until hot but not boiling.
3. Add the crab to the chicken stock and let simmer as the stock heats.
4. Add all of the spices and stir.
5. Add the bag of Daiya and stir constantly until melted and blended.
6. Pour the sauce over the pasta and serve.

Here are a couple of things I would do differently next time. I would spring for the claw meat. I think it would be chunkier and more flavorful. I would also try to incorporate Old Bay seasoning into the sauce for flavor, but all in all this turned out well and my husband and son both enjoyed it!