November 19, 2014

DIY// yarn hoop art.

What you'll need:
embroidery hoop - any size you want (I used a 10" one)
yarn - any colors you want

What you'll do:
Start by wrapping one color of yarn around the hoop for about 4 inches. Cut the yarn where you you want to stop wrapping that color and start the next. Leave a small amount of yarn loose and begin wrapping the next color on top of the piece of loose yarn.  This will ensure everything stays in place. Wrap the next color of yarn for another 4 inches. Continue with each of the colors of yarn until the entire hoop is wrapped.

Next, cut a strand of yarn about 4 feet long.  Fold it in half, lay it under the hoop, and then flip the bend of the yarn over the hoop. Pull the two loose strips through, tightening as you pull.

Continue with as many strands of yarn you want, in any pattern you want.
Then but the bottom into a "V" shape. 

Day has already claimed this one for his room! 
 I might make a Christmas one next :)

November 16, 2014

RECIPE// queso cheese dip

We have a local Mexican restaurant in town and every time we go there I order a large queso cheese dip to go with the free chips and salsa.  I could seriously bath in the stuff! Once my entree arrives I pour it all over everything. I can't get enough of it.  I wanted to try to make something similar that I could have at home anytime.  Honestly, it tastes pretty darn similar to the dip at the restaurant. YAY!

What you'll need: 

8 oz block regular cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 lb white american cheese, cut into cubes (found in the deli)
1 Tablespoon salted butter
1 (4.5 oz can) green chilies 
1 (4.5 oz can) diced jalapenos (if you want)  
3-4 Tablespoons milk 
2-3 Tablespoons water

What you'll do:

In a slow cooker combine the cream cheese, american cheese, butter and green chilies. Cook on high for 30 minutes. Stir the mixture until well combined and then add a Tablespoon of milk and water at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and combined.

Keep cheese dip in the slow cooker on the warm setting until ready to serve. 


November 14, 2014

the LIFE LATELY link-up is back!

I've gone back and forth for a while about bringing back the Life Lately link up and I've decided to give it a try! I've kind of missed it. I've also have noticed that there are not many link-ups out there in blog land anymore and I LOVE LINK-UPS! It's such a great way to meet new people and find awesome new blogs to follow.

The first link up will go live on Monday, November 24th! You'll have all of Thanksgiving week to link up! So after you're finished stuffing your face with turkey and mashed potatoes hop on over to the link-up and meet some new people.

Get your posts ready! Write a new life lately post or simply link up any post about life (which is what most of us write about anyway!)  Just have fun with it!

Can't wait to see you all soon!