The Creative Princess: December 2011

Kitchen Pantry Organization


Yes.  THAT is my pantry.  Yep, totally out of control!
Where would you like me to start?

The top shelf is pretty much a catch all.

The next shelf is for all my baking stuff.  Can you see that floral box in the very back?  Yeah I have two of them side by side.  That was my lame attempt at trying to organize the mess.  

The boxes are both empty.

The next shelf I use for my taller items.

Then I have another catch all and small appliance storage.

Finally, the very bottom.  It has more small appliances, my reusable shopping bags, placemats for my girls and a random Christmas box I forgot was down there that I was totally going to use.  Ugh!

As you can see it needs to be organized.  I got a nice Target GC for Christmas and I plan of using it for organization things.  Bins, boxes, canisters, maybe a lazy susan or two...or four.

I will post a pic when I am all done and of course let you know what products I use.

Stay tuned!

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Homemade Moonpies

Ahhh Moonpies.  Do you remember them?  Of course you do!  I remember the chocolate and the yellow (banana?).  I also remember not liking them all that much.

My mom, well my mom LOVES moonpies.  Almost as much as those weird red peanut cluster things.


I saw that you could make your OWN Moonpies a few months ago on Pinterest.  As soon as I saw that I knew exactly what I was going to do.

Make them for my mom.

So this past week I did just that.


I found a few recipes on Pinterest but, decided to go with this one.  It was very easy to make and I did it over two days.  That was probably the best decision I made.  I made the cookies on one day then the marshmallow the next.  I also covered them with chocolate the same day I made the marshmallow cream.

In the recipe I used she does a double-decker.  I decided to go with just a single sandwich cookie and am glad I did.  These are SO rich, I can't imagine them being double-decker.


I did add a second layer of chocolate then smoothed it over the edges.  You will want a tall glass of cold milk with you when you eat these.  They are SO good.
Let me know if you make them and what you think.


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Let the sun shine!

As my hubby and I were driving to his doctors appointment this morning I noticed something.  Something I had never noticed before.


Yes, houses!

We have driven down that highway hundreds, if not thousands of times.  I have never EVER noticed these houses before!  You may be thinking, 'well, they must be new'....nope.  They are not.  In fact they were rather old.  The only reason I noticed them this time?  The sun was shining right on them.

That got me thinking....oh boy..I know. got me thinking.  We are like that with people also.  How many people do you pass by each day?  A few?  A few hundred?  A few thousand maybe?  Do you even notice half the people you pass by?  Probably not.  Would you notice them if they were in the 'spotlight'?  Probably.

Why is it that every day we pass by people and never notice?  Do you think maybe God put them in your path for a reason?  Maybe it is just to look up and smile at them, or just to say a quick hello.  Maybe that is all they need to keep them going.  Maybe they are having a really bad day and your smile or your quick hello were enough to lift their spirits and change the outcome of the day.

Don't wait for the sun to shine on them before you notice them...become the sun that shines on them!  
Let your sun shine down on them!

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Festive Baby Jars

As most of you know I hosted a cookie swap this week.  We had a LOT of fun and.....I did not get ONE picture of the swap or decorations set up.

Not one!

I am so sorry.  I have failed you.

I did make sure to take some pics though as I was making my cute festive baby jars.


Here is what you need:

Baby Food Jars -washed and dried
Adhesive Squares

I wanted to cover the print on the jars

Take your ribbon and measure it around your jar leaving just a bit extra.  You will then take your adhesive squares and place on each end of the ribbon.

Remove the paper backing and wrap around jar, pulling tight, then press to secure.

I wasn't happy with just the blue so I added a "Merry Christmas" ribbon as well.

And....that's it!  I love that this is SO simply but adds just the right touch to my decorations.  I also did the same technique to the top of some bigger jars and placed mints and ribbon candy in those.

**My notes: It is much easier to work with the jars if they are EMPTY!  HA!  I didn't think about the ribbon until after I filled the jars, we made it work though.  Also, for an added splash of color I spray painted the lids red.  I decided not to put the lids on though because they still smelled like spray paint.  EW!

These would be cute at baby showers and wedding showers as well.  Oooohh and birthday parties!  The possibilities are pretty much endless.

Also, I am sorry about the picture quality.  I only had my phone as I was doing this and unless the lighting is perfect, the pics aren't that great.

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HUGE Giveaway over at The Vintage Pearl!!

You guys have heard me sing their praises before (here and here).  

Well, I am here again today to tell you just how AWESOME I think The Vintage Pearl is!

As most of you know by now, I have been following TVP for a loooooong time.  I remember back in the day when they were just a blog, they sold on Etsy and were just starting their website.  Now look at Erin and the crew....they have a brick and mortar store!  WooHoo!!


Today I am here to share with you their AWESOME giveaway

They are giving away 5 (yes, FIVE) $100 gift certificates!! 



So head over to their blog and sign up!  Let me know if you win!! 

Good luck!

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Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches #TysonGoodness #CBias

As you know, because I have only mentioned 5000 times already this week....  I have been busy.


I swear I have not had time to hardly breath the past few weeks.  I even promised myself this year I would NOT push myself to the limit.  Yet, here I am.  Running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

I was so excited last week when I saw that there was an opportunity to review the new Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches from #CBias.  I hopped right on that!  I knew this week was going to be extremely busy and I was really not in the mood to cook every night.

So, Tuesday night we loaded up and headed to Walmart, in the next bigger town, to get our shop on.  I also needed to pick up a few last minute Christmas things.

I ended up walking right past the sandwiches 3 times!  Hubby was SO excited because he found them on his very first try.  He is also a foot taller than me and I guess if it isn't at my eye level, or bellow, I don't look up for it.  At the Walmart we shopped at the sandwiches were near products such as Hot Pockets and Pizza Rolls.  Other Tyson bagged and boxed items were not too far away though.

I personally thought the price was a bit high but, there is a special offer right now when you buy two boxes of Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches.  You can see the full details here but, if you buy two boxes you get a $5 Walmart gift card in return!  This makes the price much better in the end.

I made these last night for dinner.  I spent the day cutting and pinning fabric, yes it seriously took ALL. DAY. LONG.  UGH!  When hubby got home at 4:30 I kind of started to freak out a bit because I had not gotten anything out for dinner.  I had to be at church for class at 6:30.  There wasn't enough time to make a full meal.  Luckily, I remembered we had these.

I can't tell you how excited I was to see that they are microwaveable.  I would like the option to cook in the oven but at the time....I needed it to be done SUPER fast.  The sandwiches come two to a little pack and take just over a minute to cook.  PERFECT!

I served them with a few apple slices.  MG wasn't really hungry and Mads was only interested in the chicken, not the bread.  Hubs really liked them and was impressed at how easy they were to prepare.  I also enjoyed them.  These make a GREAT quick meal, especially this week because if you are like have something planned every day/night.

You can see my complete shopping experience on Google+.  You can also find out more on twitter at  #TysonGoodness.

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Mommy's stress release...

Last night my hubby and I decided to go to Walmart and also the grocery store.

Less than a week before Christmas.

With two CrAzY girls.

What were we thinking?!?!

By the time we got home I was so stressed out I could hardly think straight.  It was pretty bad.  At our first stop, the grocery store, my hubby was loading the girls in the car and also loading the groceries.  Some how Mads ended up flipping over her seat and landing head down between her seat and the door, with her sweet little face smashed against the door.  I was dragging behind because I did a second transaction.  When I got to the car I noticed Mads was crying and John was hugging her.  It was awful!  She wasn't bleeding and seemed fine, other than scared and sore.  Poor baby looked rough with her scratched up face and already missing teeth.  lol

So, on to dinner and Walmart we went.

Walmart was NUTS!  NUTS I tell you!

Again, WHAT were we thinking?!?!

We got what we needed, and a ham because they had just marked them down to $1/lb!  AMAZING, couldn't pass THAT up.  Loaded everything in the car and came home.

All the way home all I could think about was this drink.  My friend Kristy (btw, today is her birthday!!) created the recipe for it and I have tweaked it just a bit.

Any time I need a pick me up, and I have everything I need for it....I do NOT hesitate to make it.  It is just sooo good and when you drink it your body literally goes "Ahhhhhh......thank you!"  Perfect huh?  I think so!


Mommy's Stress Relief (AKA Italian Cream Soda)
(adapted from Mommy Hates Cooking)
Clear American Strawberry Flavored Water
Vanilla Torani Syrup
Half and Half

Fill your cup, glass or jar with ice (I like it half full actually).  Pour in your ingredients to your liking.  I happen to like more half and half, call me's cool.  I like the creaminess of more half and half.  Stir and drink.  There really are no measurements because you just make it how you like, if might like more of the water in it.  It doesn't matter how you make it, just make it!

I think it would also be good with the Apple flavored water and Peppermint syrup!  Mmmm!!  The combination options are just about endless.


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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Yesterday I had the privilege to do a guest post for my friend Sarah.

I am really into making my own kitchen staples right now and will be sharing my favorites in the weeks ahead over at!  WooHoo!

This week I am featuring my Homemade Chocolate Syrup!

We seriously can not get enough of this!  I usually double the recipe and depending on what all I am cooking with it, it MAY last up to a month in our house.  If I don't double it MIGHT last 2 weeks.  We of course use it in chocolate milk and over ice cream, but I have also been known to swirl some in my brownies before I pop the pan in the oven.  Oh my!  {DELISH}
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have.
Also, if you haven't sure to post on my entry for Sarah's 25 Days of a Frugal Christmas!  She is featuring lots of great ideas, check them all out!  I would sure love your vote though.  :)

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DIY Christmas Frame - Elmer's Holiday #GlueNGlitter

Last week I was given the challenge from #Cbias to purchase some Elmer's and X-ACTO crafting products and make something DIY.

Seems simple enough!  But when you are given free range you tend to go blank.  I finally figured out what I wanted and love my cute new frame.

Here is what you need:

X-ACTO Templates
CraftBond Adhesive Squares
CraftBond Sparkle Glue
Scrapbook Paper

The very first thing you want to do is remove the back and glass from your frame.

Next take your CraftBond Flexible Duel Tip Glue Pen and spread the glue all over your frame. Then top with scrapbook paper of your choice.

You may need to reposition the paper a few times or press the air bubbles out.

While the glue is drying cut {carefully} around the frame to remove excess paper.  Now is also a great time to remove the paper that is covering the picture opening. 

 I cut an X so I can easily fold and glue the excess paper to make it look clean.

Next measure where you want your “belt” to go, mine was about two inches below the picture opening.  Take your foam tape and apply at this point.  I had JUST ENOUGH bigger ribbon to use as the belt, I believe the ribbon I used is a 1” grosgrain (it has been a few years since I bought it and honestly don’t remember the exact size).  Peel  the back off the foam tape and apply your ribbon.  I folded my extra ribbon over the side and attached it with an adhesive square.

Now let's finish off the outside of your frame.  You can paint around the edges but I like the ribbon look.  
I placed 4-5 adhesive squares on each side of the frame.  Start at the bottom and wrap the ribbon all the way around.  Peel off the paper backing as you go.  This way you will not have a visible seam.

Now it is time to make the buckle…..
I used the gift tag template to make my buckle, I just went halfway around then flipped it over and went halfway around again.  For the middle (the part I cut out) I used the smallest gift tag template and did the same as the first.  Using the precision scissors I cut everything out.

Now for the fun part…GLITTER!  I used the CraftBond Sparkle Glue as my base and then applied glitter over it.  You do not have to do this, you can just use the Sparkle Glue but I liked the extra blingy look.  Allow this to dry completely then attach to frame.  I used 4 adhesive squares to attach to the frame.   

When I was done I sprayed 3 coats of clear acrylic sealer over the frame, allowing to dry completely after each layer.   

That’s it!  Easy peasy!

Isn’t it cute?!?!  I may go back and add glitter to the words but for now I am done.

Now, for the rest of my notes..... If you get glue on your paper it becomes shiny after you spray your acrylic on.  Also, be careful when trying to reposition the paper to get the air bubbles out, as you can see I tore my paper (upper left side).  Stink!  But, It is still cute.  OH!  The next time I am at Walmart I will get a mat because the 5x7 I thought I actually a 4x6.

Also, I wanted to make sure to tell you more about the template I used for the buckle.  It is AWESOME!  The set I got was the 'Decorative Shapes'.  I wasn't even thinking at the time but the gift tag template will also come in handy this week!  HELLO!
You can find these at Walmart or here.

How would you like a chance to win the wall?!?!  
Wall?  What wall you are asking?  
THIS wall!


One lucky reader will have the chance to win the wall of Elmer's Memory Keeping and X-ACTO products!  A $250 value!


Yes, you read that right.  Just click on the badge below to get signed up.

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #ElmersHoliday #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias all opinions and pictures are my own.

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Quick pick me up

I don't know about you all but it has been a CRAZY week for me.

It seems like every day this week I have had at least three or four things to get done or do.  Shopping, parties, babies, shopping, baking, shopping.......oh my!

Today was no different.  I had to get some more last minute shopping done.  It has been such a long week.  I decided I was going to treat myself today.

MG and I on our way to shop till we drop! (notice the bags under my eyes? Told you it has been a long week)

We had to run to Walmart so I decided to stop at Murphy USA for a quick pick me up.

Check out the price of gas!  It's finally starting to come down here!!

There were lot's of options, the prices were great as well!  I have never tried a true energy drink and since caffeine has pretty much the opposite affect on me, I decided not go the Red Bull route.  ;)

Ohh!!  Starbucks!  My fav!

I decided on the Vanilla Frap today, I usually get the Mocha but I have started to REALLY love the Vanilla.

I am so glad I stopped!  We shopped longer than I had planned, it was nice to have the extra pep in my step. 

I don't usually stop at Murphy USA, I don't know is always on my way.  I was surprised at the selection they have.  Coke, Pepsi, plus just about any kind of candy you want.  The cashier was EXTREMELY nice as well.  I told her I was going to be writing this and she promised to read it so "HI!!!!"

I took a few more pics and you can see them over at Google+.

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All thoughts, opinions and ideas are my own.

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Open your eyes

Growing up I lived in a very, VERY small town.  There was poverty but being young, I did not really notice.  I then moved to the Dallas area.  People there {seemed} to have all the money in the world and had no problems spending it.  I know there was poverty but I did not see it, I saw the overly materialistic side.

Almost 8 years ago I moved to another rather small town in Oklahoma.  I didn't want to be here.  I cried a lot and prayed that God would move me from here.  After a while I began to change my thinking.  I started to think that God doesn't do things for no apparent reason.  There is a reason for everything.  I started to pray that God would open my eyes and show me why he planted me here.  What is it that I am supposed to do while I am here?

It took a while, but it is God's time, not mine.  I also prayed that I would find a church here that I could take my kids to and watch and help them grow spiritually.  I found a church about a year and a half ago.  I knew there was a reason God put me at this church.  About a year ago I started working in the Girls Ministry department.  Boy were my eyes opened!  Just recently I started helping in the Children's Church department.  Man oh man were my eyes opened even more!

For the past few months I have been able to watch and help these kids grow in Christ.  It has been AMAZING.  There is NOTHING that compares to seeing a child worship the Lord and ask Him into their little hearts.

I have also been able to see another side of these kids.  There is a sad side.  Most of the children I work with range in age from 6-13.  A lot of these kids have had to grow up REALLY quickly, for one reason or another.  They are faced every day with a life most grown adults I know have never faced and would crumble if they did have to live that way.  Some of the kids are hungry, some are cold, some come to church so sad and depressed.  But when they are there they get to be kids, they get to be warm, they are fed (in so many ways).  It is heart wrenching to me knowing that when we let them go for the night they will return to being cold and hungry in just a few short hours.

A lot of people I know blame the parents.  While I do as well at times, I have also seen the other side of it.  I have seen the dad that works 3 jobs just to be able to put gas in his car to get from one job to another so he can try to provide for his family.  This leaving the kids at home alone to take care of each other.  Yes, that is terrible but, that is just reality and what happens so often you don't even know it goes on.  Yes, there are some bad parents out there but there are a lot of good ones that just need a break.  My eyes have been opened.
I am not going to tell you just yet what my reason is that God has opened my eyes (and heart) to because it is still in the planning process.  But I know it will impact this community in a HUGE way and will be such a blessing to these kids.  I am SO excited about it and am SO glad God has opened my eyes to this.
I have had my eyes opened, I see God everyday in theses kids eyes and hearts.  It is amazing and I am so grateful that I was chosen to help.

My eyes are open, are yours?

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Crepes.....the totally EASY way

Wanna know something?

I LOVE crepes!  LOVE them!

The very first time I had crepes was at Disneyland back in 1991, or '92.  They were of course strawberry crepes.  Mmmmmmm!!

I have some pretty amazing friends and last year when one of my friends found out how much I LOVE Crepes, she taught me how to make them at home!  I about fell over at how easy it was!  Now, this isn't the {REAL} way to make is the easy way!  You only need two ingredients!  

Are you ready??

1 Cup Complete Pancake Mix (the kind you only add milk or water to)
Water or Milk (you need enough to make the mixture very thin)
Place pancake mix in bowl stir in enough water or milk until mixture is thin.

Heat skillet, use just a bit of butter or cooking spray so batter does not stick.  Add just enough mix to make a thin layer covering your entire skillet.  It will not take these long to cook as they are very thin, after they are a light golden brown flip and cook the other side.  Remove to plate and add fillings of your choice.

My favorite filling is Nutella and Strawberries.  Add fillings then roll or fold and top with a bit of powdered sugar and/or Cool Whip.

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Welcome Home!

A few days ago I had the privilege to take my sweet friend Mrs. A to the airport to pick up her hubby.  Mr. A came home on leave and got here just in time to be here for the birth of their first baby.  So sweet!

If you are ever lucky enough to be at the airport when a soldier comes home, it will be an event you will NEVER forget.  The range of emotions is crazy, you are very proud, very happy and you cry.  

At one point I asked Mrs. A if she was going to cry and she said she was too excited to cry.  WHATEVER!  I told her I would be crying enough for the both of us then.  HA!  Mr. A was one of the last ones off the plane so Mrs. A and I were able to watch all of the other homecomings.

They were all sweet in their own way but other than Mr. and Mrs. A's it had to be the soldier that was the first off the plane.  Waiting on him was his wife and little boy.  The little boy couldn't have been over two, he was so cute and ALL boy.

The moment he looked up and saw his dad is a moment I know I will never forget.  I even cry now just thinking about it.  It was truly one of the sweetest events I have ever witnessed.  When the little boy looked up and realized it was his dad he took off running.  The dad knelt down and scooped the little guy up in his arms.  There was not a dry eye in the waiting area....not even Mrs. A's were dry.

One happy little family.

After what seemed like FOREVER Mr. A FINALLY made his appearance.  It was awesome!  Beautiful.  Sweet.  Unforgettable.

Welcome home Mr. A

Mr. and Mrs. A (and of course sweet Baby A)

We are so glad you are home Mr. A.  Thank you for your service!

Oh and at this moment, as I type this (which as you are reading this will have been last night) Mr. and Mrs. A are at the hospital waiting on the arrival of sweet Baby A.  I will keep you all updated and if allowed, I may even sneak a pic or two on here for you.

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I am hosting my first Cookie Swap!

Yes!  The lady that makes cookies that look like this.......


I am SO excited!  I have been busy looking around Pinterest trying to find the perfect recipe and looking at all the AMAZING ideas, to hopefully help me figure out exactly what I want to do.

Here we are....less than a week away.....I have NO idea what I am going to make yet!  AAAAAAHHHH!!!!

Per my "rules" {I use that term lightly as I have been bending them for the swap} I have to make 6 dozen cookies.


As I told one of the girls the other day "Just be glad I changed it to 6, it was 9 dozen."

Oh my!

What was I thinking?

One thing I have decided?  I must host another Cookie Swap because there are just to many ideas and not enough time to make everything.

Have you ever been to or hosted a cookie swap?  What is your go to cookie to take or what would you take if you were going to a swap?

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Our Adventure at Build-a-Bear Workshop

This weekend my family and I took a mini vacation to Branson, Mo.  We had SO much fun!  I just adore Branson, there is SO much to do there and they seriously have something for everyone.

While we were there we shopped, went to Dixie Stampede {for the first time}, shopped, walked around Old Downtown Branson, shopped, went to my hubbies company Christmas party and....did I mention.....we shopped?  We had a really good time.

We were able to visit one of our favorite stores while we were there.....Build-a-Bear Workshop. 

A special!  You know this made ME happy!  We also had a coupon...of course!

 This is ALWAYS the hardest part!  Picking out what we are going to make.

Time to stuff!

Warm up the heart......

Bath time!!

All done!

Thanks for coming along on our journey!  You can see more pics on my google+ album.

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