5 Friday Favorites

TGIF! Happy Friday friends!!! Ever look at someone’s photos and wonder where the heck they snagged something so fun and fab? Me too! And I’m often asked about certain items from photos in blog posts and social media so I figured a round up of favorite things was due. Because if you’re nebby like me, inquiring minds want to know.  Some of the links below are affiliate links, some just linked for your convenience. So here goes: 5 Friday Favorites…

5 friday faves

1. With a healthier lifestyle including whole foods and cutting way back on sugar consumption, this whipped cream maker is a must! Seriously! 30 seconds and 2 ingredients (we do heavy whipping cream and 1 stevia packet) is all it takes and I have a great dip for fruit or topping for (this) pie which my husband made and I.LOVE.it! I could eat it every single day…as as far as desserts go, it’s pretty guilt-free. You NEED this kitchen gadget! Also check out: the new ice-cream maker, brownie pan and the wine essential tools! My sweet friend Sharon, a Pampered Chef consultant, set up a party to shop from: 

Whipped Cream Maker

whipped cream maker  

Oh my. Looks like I could use some food photography tips.

Any recommendations?

I might get drafted if Russ ever starts his food blog! 

2. & 3. Hey floral patterns are NOT reserved for grandmas! But yes, I’m a proud grandma and I love this floral raglan and these new ‘roses’ shades are my favorite this summer. 

sunglasses

rose & gold sunglasses and floral raglan top 

4. And this next one I bought for working out but recently paired it with a cardigan. Perfect for a girls’ night out, right which is almost like going to the gym. It’s up and off the couch. So very similar, right? Besides. it’s so cute and well, you COULD wear it to the gym, so versatile too! 

winosaur

wino-saur tank top

5. And last but not least, I made up some foaming hand soap recently with the help of my trusty sidekick and little grand buddy. He is so sweet! He’s back to being two time zones away so I sometimes watch this video daily to get that kiss. ::hold me:: 

 

No video bells and whistles…adding video editing course to my list of things to do but really, we were just hanging out and decided to do a video. isn’t he a natural? lol!

foaming handsoap dispenser

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Okay, that was fun! I don’t know that I’ll do this every week but I hope you’ll enjoy the occasional series of my 5 Friday Faves! Enjoy the weekend! 

Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Soup with pasta shells

Hosting a small casual party? I seem to be doing that on a weekly basis lately since my new grandson is local one day a week. Sweet baby boy is bait for visits from family & friends, especially during lunch time. I love these visits and the opportunity to spend time with those I love and sometimes, I like to have lunch ready to serve. Most everyone loves broccoli cheese soup as well as mac & cheese, right? How about a combination of the two? This only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. Perfect!

Ingredients I used:

  • 1 box Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 lb. bag of organic frozen broccoli (recommended: Earthbound Farms brand)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (recommended: Horizon® brand)
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup organic all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 4 cups free range chicken broth
  • 2 cups organic half and half (Horizon® brand recommended)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • shredded (Horizon®) cheddar cheese for topping

For more information, visit Horizon®’s website.

Servings: 4-6

Time: approx. 30 minutes.

Directions:

Saute onion in 1 tablespoon of melted butter in large pot. Add two cups of chicken broth and simmer.

Add 2 cups of chicken broth and half of frozen broccoli to food processor and puree.

Add chicken broth/broccoli to onions/large pot and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

In bowl, mix cheese packet from Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese, 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of melted butter and 2 cups of half and half.

Slowly add the half and half mixture to pot and whisk to mix over medium high heat 2 minutes.

Add Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese and remaining broccoli. Add a pinch or two of sea salt. Boil 10-12 minutes or until macaroni is done.

Remove from heat, top with shredded cheddar cheese and serve.

It’s so good! Day 2/leftovers may require the addition of more chicken broth/etc. because those shells soak it all in.

Since we’re considering more organic choices, I was pleased to learn about all of the Horizon® products. Looking for more recipes? Try the MAC-N-ATOR™, an online tool that takes existing ingredients in your kitchen that you enter and creates a recipe including Horizon® Mac & Cheese. Horizon® is an easy solution you can feel good about.

*This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

Enjoy Horizon Mac & Cheese as a versatile meal and keep your family happy.  Try different vegetables in the dish to promote alternative uses of Horizon products or let your imagination take over.

 

Horizon is a pioneer in the organic industry.  Every choice they make is carefully considered with National Organic Program (NOP) guidelines in mind.  Horizon Mac & Cheese is made with these guidelines and the happy family in mind.  For more information, visit Horizon’s website for more information. 

This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

Springtime in Paris vignette {Enter to win a trip to Paris!}

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I sure wish it was springtime in western PA but until that day arrives (hopefully sometime in the very near future), I’m enjoying the Michael’s Makers March challenge: “Springtime in Paris”. I paired pretty French script pillows with a pretty DIY springtime arrangement in a decoupaged French script vase with matching frame to bring a little “Springtime in Paris” to our home. 

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decoupaged tin vase and floral arrangement

Supplies:

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  • tin vase
  • decoupage
  • French printed tissue paper
  • foam paint brush

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How to:

Working in sections. Brush on a coat of decoupage.

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Due to the shape of my tin vase, I applied strips of tissue paper in layers.

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Apply one strip to the wet decoupage, smoothing out the wrinkles (carefully to avoid tearing the tissue paper) then move on to the next section and repeat.   decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

Once the entire vase is covered, brush on another coat of decoupage. You can repeat and add more decoupage layers if you want. The more layers, the better protection. 

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Let dry. The metallic sheen shines through. Love that happy surprise!

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Now arrange your favorite spring time florals. I love this collection of faux teals, oranges and purples with greenery.

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Gorgeous! Spring is right around the corner!

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I added a bit of tissue paper and French language flash card to a frame {le jardin = garden}, some things from around the house and pillows (also available at Michael’s) to complete my Springtime in Paris vignette. 

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See more Springtime in Paris inspiration from these sweet blog friends:



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·       Now it’s your turn!  That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris too. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to www.paris.michaels.com through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest

·       What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!

·       If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Michael’s Makers blog team, I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this craft challenge. 

DIYShowOff 2014 Recap

We tend to look at all we didn’t accomplish, every thing still taking up space on the to-do list but this time of the year is a great time to count blessings and recap accomplishments.

DIYShowOff 2014 Year in Review

Here’s a look back with links to my favorite DIY from 2014 BIG and small…

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My first project of 2014 was an open pantry reveal with tips for making DIY pipe shelving. I still love this space. There’s also a tutorial for the easy painted accent wall that is often mistaken for pretty wallpaper. 

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This next space ties the open pantry as one of my most favorite in 2014. I just love the fresh new look (of course if you check out the ‘before’ photos, you know why!) bathroom before and after makeover

DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover

DIY grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial

DIYShowOff bathroom accessories

I plan on having more overnight guests in 2015. Check out the Guest Room/Nursery Reveal

Nursery Guest Room Reveal @diyshowoff  

My craft room tour and DIY window shelves. I’m considering moving this space in 2015. Ambitious plan. lol We’ll see!

DIYShowOff Craft Room

I gave my sister’s back door/entry area a fresh and fun new look for her birthday: 

Drop Zone Makeover

DIY drop zone makeover at diyshowoff.com

There is still some work going on in the laundry room but loving the bold staggered striped laundry room wall and herringbone tile floor

laundry room at diyshowoff.com

Aaro’s small apartment nursery nook reveal (my first grand child’s birth announcement).

small apartment nursery nook reveal @diyshowoff

This was so easy! A gold arrow accent wall

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Free Standing Galvanized Pipe Mobile Coat Rack

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

DIY organizer tutorial

DIY Hanging Organizer Tutorial DIY decor & crafts @diyshowoff

scrap wood plank silhouette wall art and pipe fitting coat rack tutorials

Wood Plank Wall Art at diyshowoff.com DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

wall mounted lantern hanger tutorial

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

DIY Book Ends

A to Z book ends tutorial @diyshowoff

sisal rope planters and teacup succulents

DIY sisal rope wrapped terra cotta planters tutorial at diyshowoff.com tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

Easter succulent garden

Easter succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

upcycled t-shirt tote bag

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

nursery wall art

nursery wall decor tutorial @diyshowoff

DIY birdie garland

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

thrift store mirror makeover

1 mirror 4 ways at diyshowoff.com misc. DIY projects @diyshowoff

mocha mint smoothie recipe and woodland centerpiece

mocha mint smoothie at diyshowoff.com rustic glam woodland centerpiece at diyshowoff.com

iron on vinyl decal tutorial

DIY metallic iron on decal tutorial @diyshowoff

decorate your rainboots

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

chalk finish paint recipe

how to make DIY chalk finish paint

I had the opportunity to participate in an Animal Rescue Center Makeover

Animal Humane Society Makeover #myrescuestory #purinacatchow @purinacatchow @diyshowoff

DIY furniture makeovers etc. @diyshowoff

dresser makeover

painted dresser tutorial at diyshowoff.com

cart / furniture rescue

DIY cart makeover at diyshowoff.com

a hospital bedside table / furniture makeover Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial DIY holiday @diyshowoff   DIY yarn wrapped reindeer tutorial at diyshowoff.com Holiday Gift Basket Idea with free printable art @diyshowoff

And finally, my holiday home tour DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff #holidayhome

First project of 2015 will be putting away the Christmas decorations. I don’t like doing it but it sure feels good when everything is put away. So fresh and decluttered. Other plans for 2015: a master bedroom and bathroom makeover, a shower in the guest bathroom, the start of a basement makeover (huge project) and giving a helping hand to my mom’s new fixer upper. I suspect that because of this cutie (my new grandson, Aaro), 

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that you’ll be seeing lots of baby-related DIY projects as well as a handful of arrow-inspired ideas too!

How about you? Have any plans for the new year? Something new? Something fun? Something DIY? 

I’m sharing in Rhoda’s Best Projects of 2014 Party at Southern Hospitality Blog and Best Posts of 2014 linky party

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New blog sponsor: Also new in 2014…Young Living essential oils at DIYShowOff! With what feels like a recent cancer epidemic in my family, I’m starting to make healthier, more natural choices for my family. I love creating a comfortable beautiful home … and now I’m working to provide a safe, poison/chemical-free environment for my family too. Young Living essential oils are the newest/main way I help boost our immune systems, alleviate a lot of our minor aches, pains, and injuries and promote a healthier lifestyle . Read more about them here. My Young Living essential oils are also my newest business venture and so popular/loved that they’re sponsoring my blog. Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll also learn the amazing  business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom! I’d love for you to join my team! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. 

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I also want to take a moment to thank you all for your visits, your comments, your support and your friendship. I love that you’re here. I love that we have things in common. And I love getting to know you! Thank YOU so much from the bottom on my heart! Wishing you the BEST in the new year! 

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This post is sponsored by my Young Living business! Check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, a gift from me, and tons of support:

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