Category Archives: ipinterest

Finally got my “button” to work!


Will you add me to your sidebar please??? I just learned how! I’m figuring this blogging stuff out one tensy step at a time! Thanks to this wonderful blog tutorial, I could do it!


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I won the Sunshine award!


I feel so blessed to have earned another award! Thanks so much to another wonderful blogger, Easy Going Organizer: who nominated me for the Sunshine Award! I will be the first to say that blogging is a lot of fun, but it definitely takes a lot of work! It’s been tough some days to get some posts out, but I really am learning as I have been going, and I would like to keep going!

The Rules:

The Sunshine Award comes with a few rules:

    • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog
    • Answer some questions about yourself
    • Nominate some other fabulous bloggers
    • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
    • Share the love and link the person who nominated you!

The Questions:

Love or Money? Love (it’s the greatest commandment)

High salary or job satisfaction? Satisfaction (I’m a teacher!)

Favorite Book? The Bible, anything that I’m reading with my 2 girls!

Television character that you simply adore? tough one…anyone on Modern Family

Favorite Music? Anything country and on Christian radio!

Favorite type of movie(comedy/romance/suspense/action/horror): romantic comedies and  musicals

When I feel very sad or depressed I….. go shopping!

Now for my nominees –

1. Love to get fashion ideas from this blog!

2. amazing cooking blog!

3. a great mom blog where she’s trying to balance everything that life has to offer!

4. another great fashion blog!

5. a very inspirational blog!

6. a pinterest blog where she reviews the recipes she’s done!

7. wonderful fashion blog!

I Won The Kreative Blogger Award!!


I am so excited to accept the nomination for the Kreative Blogger Award! I was nominated by a hilarious blogger over at: which is a funny blog on “The Good, The Bad, and The Hilarious of Parenting”! Thank you so much!

Here are the rules which I must comply with :

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

So without further ado, here are 7 random, or possibly interesting things about me:

  1. Crafting, cooking, and all things creative do not come naturally to me, I typically have to work twice as hard and usually mess things up the first time around!
  2. I love yoga, tennis, and hiking if I ever have time (which is rarely)
  3. I have taught preschool, kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
  4. My husband is a better cook than I am, but I love being his taste tester!
  5. I am such an amateur at blogging; stumbling through it, but learning everyday!
  6. I love to shop, maybe a little too much!
  7.  I love to sing at my church!
Now on to the nominations for 7 more “Kreative Bloggers” that I enjoy reading on a daily basis:
  1.  : my sister who has more creativity in her pinkie than I could ever have in my lifetime!
  2. : A very inspirational blog
  3. a great blog that shows you can make things yourself!
  4. a very creative blog where I love to get some new ideas from!
  5. a great pinterest blog!
  6. this blog is very creative in her uses of organization, I love it!
  7. a daily pinterest blog, just like me!
Congratulations! I hope you can check out these winners, they are great!
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check out the “recommend a pin” page!


Just added a new page to my site called “recommend a pin”. I got the idea from another blogger doing daily pinterest projects as well, .

I would love to hear about any “pins” you would like me to try! It could be a link to your own site, someone elses site, or straight from pinterest. Just click on the “recommend a pin” tab on the top, leave a comment there with a link to the suggestion, and I will do my best to make it apart of my year-long adventure!!!

Thanks for following and motivating me daily to keep going!

Karie J 🙂

day 95: cooking it up/ chicken and mushroom pasta bake with roasted asparagus, SO good!




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Project: day 95: cooking it up/ chicken and mushroom pasta bake with roasted asparagus, SO good!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3 (I am so bad with the timing of everything, but it still turned out great!)
• Would I do it again? oh yes! This is a definite keeper. It is a very rustic Italian dish with comforting flavors and crisp asparagus to round it out!
• What I would do differently: we substituted regular spagetti for whole wheat spagettie, which was excellent, as well as substitued Parmeseam for Peccorino Romano since we had it on hand. We also did not use the whole package of spagetti- about 3/4 ths. You could easily steep rosemary in the cream for an additional layer of flavor as well as substitue the chicken for a vegetarian option.
• Items used: amazing recepie from Jamie Oliver:


• 1 oz /a small handful of dried porcini mushrooms
• olive oil
• 4 chicken thighs, preferably higher welfare, boned, skinned and cut into bite-sized pieces
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
• 2 handfuls of mixed fresh mushrooms, cleaned and torn
• 1 cup white wine
1lb dried spaghetti
• 2 ½ cups double cream
• 7oz• Parmesan cheese, grated
• a sprig of fresh basil, leaves picked
extra virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Put your porcini mushrooms in a bowl and pour over just enough boiling water to cover them (approx. 2/3 cup). Put to one side to soak for a few minutes. Heat a saucepan big enough to hold all the ingredients, and pour in a splash of olive oil. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and brown them gently in the oil. Strain the porcini, reserving the soaking water, and add them to the pan with the garlic and fresh mushrooms. Add the wine, with the strained porcini soaking water, and turn the heat down. Simmer gently until the chicken pieces are cooked through and the wine has reduced a little.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions and drain well. Add the cream to the pan of chicken, then bring to the boil and turn the heat off. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the drained spaghetti to the creamy chicken sauce and toss well. Add three-quarters of the Parmesan and all of the basil and stir well. Transfer to an ovenproof baking dish or non-stick pan, sprinkle with half the remaining cheese and bake in the oven until golden brown, bubbling and crisp. Divide between your plates, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese before serving.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 94: crafty kiddo/ diy printable happy birthday banner for Hayden’s 7th birthday spa/sleepover!




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Project: day 94: crafty kiddo/ diy printable happy birthday banner for Hayden’s 7th birthday spa/sleepover!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2. Hayden wanted to help with all of her birthday plans this year, so she was a great helper!
• Would I do it again? yes! Hayden picked out the color scheme of this banner, but you could easily switch it up for a boy, or any other party colors
• What I would do differently: use a circle cutter or any other better tool other than scissors and craft wave scissors! A touch difficult, but it still turned out ok!
• Items used: adorable banner idea from:
craft paper by Recollections (Michael’s),card-stock (Michael’s)

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 93: baking away/ Black Magic Cake, amazingly moist chocolate cake, so good!




Source: via Karie on Pinterest

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Project: day 93: baking away/ Black Magic Cake, amazingly moist chocolate cake, so good!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3 (thank goodness my most amazing husband was able to help me frost the cake, because mine would have looked horrible!)
• Would I do it again? oh yes. This was the perfect home-made chocolate cake!
• What I would do differently: double the frosting recipe. We definitely needed more for the top!
• Items used: recipe from:


1 3/4 c all purpose flour
2 c sugar
3/4 c cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 c strong black coffee, cooled
1 c buttermilk
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1/2 c margarine, softened
2 oz melted unsweetened chocolate, cooled
3 c powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
2 tsp real vanilla extract
1 Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer.
2 Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.
3 Beat at medium speed for two minutes. Batter will be thin.
4 Pour batter into a greased and floured 9×13 pan or two 9 inch cake pans.
5 Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes for a 9×13, or 30-35 minutes for layer pans.
6 Combine frosting ingredients and mix with a hand or stand mixer. Spread frosting on cooled cakes.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂