About Our Life In The Making

Our Life In The Making. That's pretty self explanatory. Right? Right! I don't have too much to say on the topic. I'm not much of a philosopher so I won't dissect its meaning. After all I don't want to scare you away! Our life. Its pretty great :) So far there is three of us. I've been SO wonderfully blessed because I get to stay home with the cutest little baby boy in the whole wide world, if I might say so! Zane and I have quite a good time with each other. We have lots of fun making things. Mostly crafty things. But we also bake. O man do I love baking. And yes eating those baked goods. Cooking also occurs in the kitchen but its not quite as fun as baking. Now I would say "we" but its really just myself that enjoys working out. Daddy helps us out when he's not away making the big bucks. He helps out mostly with the eating and playing part :) But he does a mean job of mowing the lawn and taking the garbage out. Typical guy, yes. Right now we're stationed on Whidbey Island. Which is great since we both grew up in Washington. Its lovely being close to family. Its beautiful being stationed where the air smells clean and you get breathtaking views of snow covered mountains daily. Yep, daily. These are the little things that make our life :)

DIY Rustic Wood American Flag

This from that.

DIY Rustic American Flag.

You’r going to need some of these things…

I forgot to take a picture of the paint I used or the paint brush.

What you’ll need:

Primer

Red, blue and white paint

Pencil

Paint brush

Measuring tape

Nails and hammer

Wood glue

Saw

Clamp

Painters tape

Star stamp or potato and knife

Sand paper 100, 220 grit and sand paper block

Scrap wood (I used 6 pieces of 3/4 in wide scrap mahogany (34in long each) backed with 1 piece 1/8in partical/pressed plywood (cut into three 3 1/2 x 22in strips). Here is a picture of the height.

And here is the length.

These are the 6 mahogany boards.

This is a picture of the partical board cut into strips, and one showing the thickness.

 

Step one: Cut your boards to the dimension you want. I had my husband do this. I want to make him feel useful, you know 🙂

Step two: I laid the boards out to see if everything was cut to the right dimensions (this is the back view).

Step three: I used Gorilla wood glue to glue each of the 6 boards together and clamped them. Let them sit for 24 hours. I only bought one clamp because I didn’t want to spend $30 on a scrap wood project.

The magazines are to keep the ends of the clamp from digging into the wood, you really don’t need to do this but you can if you want. I used a log and this heavy roll of roofing paper stuff because my boards wanted to buckle up.

And this is what you get (front view).

Step four: Remove any excess wood glue with water and a rag or if its too dried on there use an exacto knife, like I had to.

Step five: Sand your flag to prep for paint. I used 220 sand paper.

Step six: Flip your flag over and attach your backing with small finishing nails. The husband did this too because he was under the impression I would mess it up. HA! Little does he know I can use a hammer not just a paint brush! 

Step seven: Prime your flag, If you want you can wipe off excess primer with a rag or paper towel.

Step eight: Tape off your stripes. Make sure you use a pencil to mark your lines first. It was helpful for me to mark a “R” for the red lines (erase these before you paint over them so they don’t show through).

Step Nine: Start painting!

Make sure to tap off your lines for white and red stripes. 

This is with one coat. I did two.

Step ten: Mark where your stars will be. I used a real flag as a guide. 

Step eleven: Start stamping your stars. I made my star stamp out of a potato. Neat huh!? I painted the potato stamp with my paint brush and then stamped onto the flag. 

I ended up hand painting my star more because I wanted sharper lines. But if you like the potato stamp look then leave it how it is.

Here is my flag after painting was completed. 

You can stop here if you want but if you want a rustic flag then read on.

Step twelve: Using 100 grit sandpaper (I tried 220 and it was too smooth) and a sanding block sand your dried flag to give it a weathered look. Pay special attention to any raised areas and the edged of the flag.

And that’s it! Enjoy your new (but old looking) flag and thanks for visiting Our Life in the Making!

I ended up hanging ours flanked by some family pictures. This is where my husband wanted it actually. I figured since he helped and I was making the flag for him he could pick where it went. I still need to change the pictures and frames. There position and that brown one is bugging me! That’s my OCD kickin in.

Ps. Do you like my fruit bowl? I painted that with acrylic paint and used a spray paint clear coat meant to seat wood. It turned out awesome and matches my Kitchen Aid mixer!

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Happy Thursday

I have definitely been absent lately. I keep meaning to get on the computer and actually post something but it does happen.

I haven’t got myself to on a schedule with blogging and until I do its going to be torture to get on and post. Its not that I don’t enjoy posting. Ok, I don’t really. I feel like I’m in college again, writing a paper that I really don’t want to write. I enjoy doing the things I post about and I enjoy having you all read them and see the pictures. Its the getting on the computer, signing in, writing the post, uploading pictures from my camera to the computer, editing everything repeatedly to finally have a post that I dislike. So I procrastinate. And then the relevance of what I was going to post is no more.

This is why I have about 7 posts I could write right this minute. Most of those are DIY crafts! A first for Our Life in the Making’s blog! Woooo hoooo!

So I’m making myself write. And write I will until I get at least one post up!

In the mean time I hope everyone had a fantastic Independence Day! We sure did!

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Yes that is a carnival in the background. No we didn’t ride the rides (I hate lines). And yes it was actually sunny and warm for once! I have the tan lines, okay burn lines to prove it!

Before I forget, here’s a little taste of the Independence Day DIY craft that cody helped me with. It actually got finished and was up on our wall one whole day before Independence Day. Go me! I’m still not crazy with everything around the flag though. It takes me awhile when I add something new to find a design that actually works.

ImageDIY Instructions will follow everyone 🙂

Hello Wednesday!

Hello Breakfast!

I absolutely love when the weather decides to be decent enough so I can have fresh berries everyday for breakfast! And peaches with this yogurt…

No half the fat here. I’m breastfeeding, its okay. I need that extra fat. And I need this left over piece of Spinach Mushroom Dubliner Quiche.

And a piece of Dave’s Killer Bread with natural peanut butter smothering it.  

Seriously this stuff is AWESOME!

Well actually all of this was awesome.

See these beauties? These little suckers are called Chewbeads. I’ve been waiting on them for weeks!  And there they were, waiting for me when I got home from craft group. I’m pretty sure Zane knew they were for him. Okay both of us. But he knew cause as soon as I put them on he wanted to grab them and then of course chew on them. Which is exactly what they are for. I have a smart child.

He’s pretty cute too.

Especially when he’s crawling around wearing his cloth diapies 🙂 There is just something about a little baby butt in cloth diapers. So stinking cute. Pardon my pun. Har har.

Tonight my good friend Stefanie and her husband came over with their son CJ, who is 3 days older then Zane for dinner.

And we made this. How good does this look?

I am referring to not only the Spanakopita and French bread (I forgot to take a picture of my Greek salad) but also to this fantastic plate. This was Cody’s first Father’s Day gift. Zane helped. Yep that’s one of his little mitts. I actually made this plate with Stefanie so it’s only fitting to share it in this post 🙂

Look at this face. Pretty perfect huh? Zane was showing off.

Root beer floats for dessert 🙂

We had a great evening. I should have got more pictures but I was busy cooking. I usually have more prepared so I can visit but I decided to plant some creeping thyme that I bought at Home Depot a couple days ago…… And then I decided to prep some wood for a crafty 4th of July project. Then Zane got hungry. And then I realized I was out of onion. You can’t make Spanakopita without onion! But Stef bought an onion and I just had to wait to start dinner till they came over. So all was not lost. I got a few things done that needed to be done (okay the wood preping was maybe just for my sanity, I’ve been thinking about it all week!).

It’s way past my bed time so I’m off to bed. And those 4 loads of laundry that need folding, they can wait till morning.

Easier Than Pie Peach Cobbler

Here are your  ingredients. Pretty minimal huh?

4 cups fruit (I used peaches cause they were on sale for less then a dollar a pound)

1 1/2 cups Flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups milk

1 cup sugar

1 stick butter

9x13in pan

Start by turning your oven to 350 degrees and place your stick of butter into your 9x13in dish.

While the butter is melting go ahead and cut up your fruit. These peaches are about 1/2 in thick. If you don’t like the skin feel free to peel your peaches. And if you don’t like peaches then use four cups of berries or whatever your little heart desires.

Measure out your dry ingredients into a medium bowl. Stir. Then add your milk and stir.

Add in your sugar and stir. Use less or more sugar depending on what kind of fruit you use. If your using caned peaches you want to add less. But if your adding say, rhubarb use more.

At this point, check your pan. When the butter is melted remove it from the oven and add your mixture.

Don’t stir! Add your peaches, fruit, whatever your using, on top.

Stick your pan of deliciousness in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until its all golden brown…

Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Its best warm and great with vanilla ice cream, but honestly I like it best just by itself. And by like I mean love. I had already dug in well before dinner was even ready. But hey, there is nothing wrong with having your dessert first. Not in my book! So enjoy 🙂

Day visit from my Momma

Guess who got a visit from this lovely lady?

That’s right me! Oh, and Zane. I think she came more for Zane anyways. I did tell her that he would be walking before she knew it. In fact Grandma might have missed Zanes last days crawling if she hadn’t of come. Well that’s what I told her 🙂

She even came bearing gifts! Peonies, my favorite 🙂 I’m not sure my husband knows this.

And she made this for me. We stopped at one of the nurseries in town. She even gave me this wood planter with a matching one a couple months ago. Yes, they were still empty. I know. I didn’t even fill them! What my mother must think of me. Hahaha I think that’s why she took pity on me and filled this one up! Thanks momma 🙂

Ok I had to post a picture of this one too. She lugged this with her, a soaker hose and a baby gate. Did I mention she came on the ferry and walked across? Gosh my mother is amazing! I’m sure the looks she got from people were better then the time she lugged a sewing machine with her. She said people were staring at her as if she had a bomb. Hahaha

Ok back on track! Well we had a pretty fantastic day doing pretty much nothing of importance. Just getting some good quality Grandma time in 🙂

Did I mention it was a beautiful day out? It actually felt like summer! I know, shocking! Summer in Washington in June? Pretty much unheard of! So we took advantage and went on a walk along the water 🙂

Its no surprise Zane passed out.

How can you not love this cute little boy? Gosh look at those squishy little cheeks and blonde locks. ADORABLE

Isn’t that view awesome? The water, not me. Hardly a cloud in the sky!

She even stayed for dinner and we made fresh spring rolls with peanut sauce. YUMMMMM! I had left overs for lunch and dinner the next two days. I know. But I love fresh spring rolls especially with peanut sauce. I will be making these again soon and posting pictures and the recipe 🙂

But this post has already become entirely too long. And Zane is in need of a bath and some of Momma’s milk. Oh gosh I just made myself sound like a cow :/

Hope everyone has a wonderful night!

Chicken & Bacon Enchiladas

I’m no long a blogging virgin! Let the posting begin 🙂

This was the husbands idea. Well the bacon part. The enchiladas were my idea. And I’m still not sure if I liked the bacon. But hey enchiladas are pretty easy and easy dinners with a 10 month old are fantastic! 

Recipe: Chicken & Bacon Enchiladas

1 lb uncooked boneless chicken thighs cubed

3 to 4 strips bacon broken into small pieces

1 8oz package cream cheese, cut into cubes

1 small can chopped green chiles (or jalapenos if you like it hot)

5 Large flour tortillas

1 19oz can green chile enchilada sauce

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (you can use other cheeses if you prefer. I used some Jarlsberg)

Directions: Brown chicken and bacon in pan. Mix in chiles and cream cheese. Divide evenly between tortillas and arrange in 13x9in pan. Top with green chile sauce and cheese. Bake 20min at 400 degrees.

Serve and enjoy,

Steph

Hello world!

I did it! I started a blog. Bare with me on this though. I’m sure it will be a bumpy journey…at least for awhile!

I’ve actually been wanting to start a blog for about 6 months now. Its a great way to stay in touch with family and friends since not everyone has Facebook and email gets a bit boring. In my opinion 😉 And I love to share with everyone what we’re up to during the week.

I’m hoping that eventually I’ll be able to do a new post everyday during the working week. We’ll see how long it takes me to get there! In the mean time I hope you enjoy some of the recipes we’ve been trying, the DIY or do it yourself crafts that I crank out weekly and some of our weekly activities! 

Enjoy, and please leave as many comments as your heart desires 🙂

Steph and Zany, mommy’s minion

“Hey I’m 10 months old, as of yesterday!”