Saturday, February 18, 2012

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Yesterday was my oldest daughters's 2nd birthday. Wow! Where did those two years go?! We had a nice small family get together, and although not everyone that we were hoping to see were able to make it, we had fun with those who did!

I decided to make potato salad to go with supper (my first time ever making it!). I decided to skip the traditional seasonings and create my own. I know I'm not the first one to come up with this, but I'm still proud of it!

You'll need:
5lbs of potatoes, diced into whatever size you like for your potato salad.
1 dozen hard boiled eggs, again, chopped to your size preference
Bacon bits
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Mayo (I used about 2-2.5 cups, but it was a little dry in the end, so feel free to play with this amount)

Mix it all up and chow down! I know some potato salads are served hot or cold, and u think this could be one, but I'm not sure how it would be re-heated because of the eggs. I served it cold and got lots of complements!

Be prepared, my recipe fed 8 adults and a 2 year old and we only ate about a 3rd of what I made!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Easter Bonnets

Remember Easter Bonnets? Those cute little straw hats with the ribbons and flowers on them? I loved Easter because that meant getting to wear a hat to church, to my Grandma's house etc. I never thought they were very comfortable, but I still liked them!

Now that I have two little girls of my own, I've noticed that Easter Hats/Bonnets aren't really readily available anymore! It's kind of a lost little tradition now. Really though, even if I could find them, since they do tend to be so scratchy, I doubt I could keep my girls from tearing them off in 30 seconds or less! I'd still like them to have Easter Hats though, so I made one!

I think this would be cute all spring and summer anyways, but especially on Easter! Don'tchya just love it! I do!

This hat is listed in my Etsy Shop!

Blackberry Puffball Hat

I'm SO excited to show off my newest creation! I've had this particular ball of yarn sitting around forever. I'd bought it when I first learned to crochet, and quickly found out that it's not the easiest yarn to work with, espcecially for a beginner. I got frustrated and put it away. I pulled it out a couple of nights ago to practice making this hat for someone who'd requested it for a newborn. The yarn had not come in yet, but I didn't want my first run to be with yarn that was actually for an order (just in case I totally tore up the yarn!), and here's the end result! I'm in love with it!!!

This hat is available in my Etsy Shop!

Monday, February 6, 2012


Have you ever noticed how something so simple that your child does can just make your heart sing?

My eldest daughter cracks me up. She loves this hat that I made for her. She wears it daily, all day, every day. Sometimes, she even asks for it before she goes to bed at night. She likes to sleep in it!

I find it to be one of those things that just makes her so unique. And yes, I realize there are probably hundreds of kids out there who have a particular hat or other article of clothing that they do this with, but this is MY child, so it's special to ME :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Snowflake on a Double Skinny

Anyone else notice the lack of snow this winter? Yesterday and today I was able to take my girls to the park in nothing more than a sweatshirt on both of them... One little boy was playing barefoot!

Amidst this 'non-winter' I did happen to come accross one cute little snowflake... On my daughter's head that is! I made this little headband for her hours before we left to go to church on Christmas Eve. She's not a big headband girl, in fact, this was the first one she ever kept on! My guess is that the two little bands are so light, she didn't really notice they were there.

The bands are not stitched together, so they can appear as one or be separated to look like to even skinnier bands! I made this with a snowflake for Christmas, but I can also create it with a flower, heart, clover, Easter egg, or any other idea you've got for it! Just let me know and I'll create a custom listing for you in my Etsy Shop.

This item is listed in my Etsy Shop!

Hat and Scarf set

2 years ago for Christmas, I gave my sister an IOU for this hat and scarf. I'd had every intention of finishing it before Christmas Eve (when we do gifts), and I was pretty on my game with all of my crocheted gifts. But, then my mom got sick and almost died. She got to come home on Christmas Eve, but we spent the entire week before Christmas in hospital waiting rooms, and I couldn't very well crochet my sisters gift while she was sitting right next to me!

It took me some time to get her set finished (photography, toddler, had a baby, then a newborn etc), but, by the time the weather started to turn cool again, it was done and she loved it!

This set is available in my Etsy Shop!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My Kids, My Sunshine, My World

Part 1: Many moons ago, I'd pinned this on Pinterest. I sing You are My Sunshine to my two girls all the time. I changed the words when my second was born from 'only sunshine' to 'little sunshine', because I now have two little sunshines in my life! However, I'd never gotten around to creating my 'masterpiece'.

Part 2: I'd recently posted about my friend Alice's husband, Alex,who had gone missing. While I commend so many friends who posted and posted about helping to find him, the ending was not what we were praying for, and he was found after he'd passed away.  At his funeral, Alice spoke of his love for his children (ages 22 months and 4 months). Two of the things that he'd once said, I could not get out of my mind. They were so true, and so full of love. I knew that these words were special. I decided to create two additional pieces of wall art to flank my 'Sunshine Art', using the things that Alex had said. These are the pieces I came up with. It just so happened that the colors Yellow, Black, and Gray are special to Alice, and remind her of Alex. The fact that these colors matched perfectly with the Sunshine piece makes it even more perfect in my mind.

Now I will hang the 'Sunshine Art' and the 'Words of Love' art in my children's room. To me, they are just perfect.

I will continue to pray for comfort and peace for Alice and her two babies. There will be many hard days ahead of them, and I ask that all my readers please keep them in your hearts and prayers as well.

*Anyone wanting to purchase Alex's Words of Love may contact me at 100% of the profits will go to The Blevins Children Education Fund