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Inspiration Monday party and features

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party!

Thank you SO much for joining us every week-

You continue to INSPIRE us!!
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Girls Knit Tank Top Pattern and Tutorial (size 3 to 8)

Hi Everyone!  I'm really excited about this new pattern I have for you today!  It's a super simple and basic tank top pattern for girls in sizes 3 to 8.  I'm excited because, even though the pattern is simple, so much can be done with it.  (And yes, I have quite a few variations planned over the next couple of months.)

Girls Knit Tank Top, free pattern and tutorial.  Size 3 to 8.


Over the last few weeks, I've been cleaning out my craft room to move upstairs to a larger room. In the process, I'm trying to clear out my stash of items to be recycled and other unused crafting supplies. (It's so hard to decide what to part with...)  My recycling box is full of my old tees from when a shorter length was in style.

I'm a fantastic procrastinator, so instead of working on my craft room move, I came up with this little tank top pattern as a way to up-cycle some of my old shirts I wasn't ready to part with.  (The best part of using an old shirt is that I can usually reuse the bottom hem which saves a lot of time.

In the photo above, the floral tank on the left and pink stripe top on the far right were both upcycled from old t-shirts.  The fabric in the middle is a stretchy knit from funkalicious fabrics.  (Which, as I grabbed this link, I noticed she has a little sale going through the 20th...  So remember what I said about procrastinating?  Yes, I now have an entire cart of sale fabric, just waiting for me to check out - and omg, how gorgeous is this bathing suit fabric?  I've got to make one this year!)

I just love these little tank tops.  Not too risque and so perfect for playtime!

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Saturday Morning DIY

Our lives are busy. Hubby works a ton and I handle everything that has to do with the kids and house, in addition to working on my blog during the day.  It's tough to find time for us to spend together, but we do have a Saturday morning ritual the we've been sharing almost every Saturday for at least the last 10 years...

We love our Saturday mornings together, drinking coffee on the couch or patio and watching our favorite home improvement shows. We've gotten so much inspiration and ideas over the years. These shows are absolutely addicting!

We have a new favorite show we've been watching lately, Home Made Simple. Have you seen it yet? (It's on Saturday mornings at 9am/8c on OWN​.) Home Made Simple is a home makeover hosted by Soleil Moon Frye (without googling it- name what popular tv show she was on) and a team of experts that helps couples tackle a special room or project with simple do it yourself projects, and even include tips to simplify their lives with clever ideas and even recipes.


One of the recent episodes we watched, was the onee about fixing up the living room of a family that constantly helps out and giving back to their neighborhood. There were so many ideas from this episode that I thought were great and would actually be interested in recreating myself...

My favorites were these glass bottle pendant lights. I've read about this technique on the web, but it was so neat to watch it happen...  I would love to add a fixture like this over the pub table in our game room, or maybe try to find some rustic looking bottles for a light fixture on our covered patio.


I also loved the DIY Wood Strip Paneled wall and the map mosaic.  The paneling would make a great accent wall in my son's room and I would really like to do some variation of the map mosaic in the kids playroom.


There was even a yummy looking recipe for Chimichurri sauce. (I may be adding this to my Cinco de Mayo menu...)


You can find tons of other inspirational projects on the Home Made Simple website.  Check it out if you have a chance.


If you love home improvement shows, then you definitely need to check out Home Made Simple! It's on Saturdays on the OWN Network at 8am CT. Also- be sure to join in on a Home Made Simple Twitter party, this Thursday, April 17th from 8 to 9 pm EST. Use the hashtag #homemadesimple.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Home Made Simple TV. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Flourless Banana "Pancakes"

Sometimes I see a recipe and it's so intriguing, I have to try it.  We almost always have bananas and eggs on hand so I really wanted to try this flour-less banana pancake recipe.

No one in my family is following a gluten free diet, but it never hurts to cut back on processed foods when you can.  (Of course, this doesn't mean I'm not feeding my kids hot dogs and chicken nuggets when I'm too tired to cook.  I just believe, everything in moderation and doing what you can, when you can. {Tweet this.})



We're not an adventurous eaters around here, (at least I'm not...) but with basic ingredients like eggs and bananas, you can't really go wrong.   These pancakes were pretty darn good and once I added syrup, I could hardly tell the difference between the flour-less banana pancakes and regular pancakes.

Flourless Banana Pancakes (Gluten free - 3 ingredients)

I tried this recipe with and without baking powder.  The version with baking powder definitely created a more "pancake like" pancake.  Adding baking powder is optional, but I recommend adding it.  I was curious why this was and looked it up.  I found this explanation on Joy of Baking: (makes sense to me...)
"Most baking powder used today is double-acting which means it reacts to liquid and heat and happens in two stages. The first reaction takes place when you add the baking powder to the batter and it is moistened. One of the acid salts reacts with the baking soda and produces carbon dioxide gas. The second reaction takes place when the batter is placed in the oven. The gas cells expand causing the batter to rise."
Flour-less Banana Pancakes

Ingredients:
  • 2 large ripe bananas 
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder (optional)
  • dash of salt
  • butter or oil for pan
Instructions:
1.  In mixing bowl, mash bananas with fork.
2.  Beat in eggs until well combined.  (I used a fork.)
3.  Add salt and baking powder, mix until combined.
4.  Heat greased pan over medium high heat and cook like a regular pancake.
Serve topped with powdered sugar or syrup.

Tips:  These pancakes do not absorb the cooking oil the way regular pancakes do, so you may need to blot the excess grease with a paper towel.  They are best served warm.


Enjoy!

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Inspiration Monday plus features

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party!
Thank you for being here and for sharing all of your talents with us.
You continue to inspire us every week!
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all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.


Be sure and follow all of us on Social Media as we love to share and promote your posts there too.
*Are you following our Inspiration Monday Pinterest board?
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This weeks features are all about decorating the heart of the home...
the kitchen.  Congrats to all of you who were featured!
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Hand Painted Ombre Chevron Border Fabric Skirt with #FrogTape

Today I am sharing how I made this sweet Ombre Chevron Border Fabric using Shape Tape. (This post brought to you by FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape, but all opinions, photos and the tutorial are 100% mine.)


I had found this little yellow cardigan when I was out shopping the other day and added it to my basket on a whim, the color was just to pretty to resist.  I love yellow for spring.  The color is so bright and pretty, I just want to use it everywhere!
Once I got back home, I realized my daughter did not have anything in her closet to go with the sweater.  A skirt was the perfect solution and it would be a great opportunity to try out the FrogTape® Shape Tape™

I used the chevron Shape Tape™ to make the chevron pattern and I hand-mixed yellow and white fabric paint to get the three shades of yellow.  My Cupcake Skirt pattern is the pattern I used to sew the skirt.  (It's a free pattern on my blog and comes in sizes 18 mo to 8 yrs.  Here is the link if you would like to use it too, but almost any skirt pattern will work: Cupcake Skirt Tutorial and pattern.)

Make this DIY ombre chevron border fabric with chevron Shape Tape and fabric paint. #FrogTape

Have you seen the Shape Tape™ from FrogTape®?  It's a pre-cut painter's tape in a repeating pattern, and comes in scallop, chevron and wave shapes.

What's so great about FrogTape® is the PaintBlock® Technology they use.  PaintBlock® is a polymer which reacts with latex paint and gels to form a barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed.  So yes!  It is entirely possible to get that perfect line when painting stripes or shapes on all types of materials, from walls to wood to fabric!

A couple of years ago, I used fabric paint and regular tape to create a chevron.  The pillow came out looking great, but creating chevrons by hand was certainly more time consuming that using pre-cut chevron painters tape.

Would you like to try creating an ombre chevron pattern on fabric for your next sewing project? (or just a regular ol' chevron.)  Here's how I did it:

Materials needed:
  • Fabric
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape™
  • Fabric paint (I used the Tulip brand soft mate)
  • plastic or cardboard to protect your surface
  • Ruler 
  • Disappearing fabric chalk or fabric maker
Instructions:

Step 1:  Wash dry and iron fabric.

Step 2:  Cover your work area with plastic or cardboard and lay out the fabric.

Step 3:  Determine placement of your chevrons.  To do this, I tore off the length of shape tape needed and just played with the tape until I was happy with the placement.


Step 4:  To keep your chevron straight across the fabric, use a ruler and mark the placement of the first tape.


Step 5: Remove the backing from the top of the shape tape, and apply to fabric. Once you get the tape where you want it, remove backing from the bottom of the tape.

 

Step 6: Use a flat edge to press along the edge of the tape to lock it in place.


Step 7:  Mix your 1st color and paint on fabric using a foam brush.


Step 8: Once the paint is dry from the 1st chevron color, apply the tape the same way as above and paint the second color.


Step 9.  Repeat steps 5 through 8 until you have used all your colors.

Step 10.  Remove the tape and follow the directions of the fabric paint on how to set/dry/wash your fabric


So cute and perfect for spring, don't you think? Like this project? Don't forget to pin it!      

I'm currently redoing my craft room, so my next project with the Chevron Tape is for a trio of chevron canvases as artwork for my walls.  What would you use the  Shape Tape™ to create?

Visit the FrogTape® page for more FrogTape how-to here, or you can follow FrogTape® on Twitter.

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Inspiration Monday Party, plus features

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Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Recipe

Chicken is a pretty popular menu item around here, and I'm always looking for new and different ways to prepare it.  If you would like to try a Thai Chicken recipe, this one is pretty good and bonus: you can make it in the slow cooker!

I'd tried a different Thai Chicken recipe once before.  Instead of the red curry, I substituted green curry paste and added potatoes.  It turned out a bit bland.  Red curry paste has much more kick than green, so don't be tempted to use green instead of the red.



Depending on your taste, you could increase/decrease the amount of curry paste you use.  After the dish is cooked, give the sauce a taste.  If you think it needs a bit more kick, spoon out a cup of the sauce, add it to a small sauce pan and add a bit more curry paste.  Stir the sauce over low heat until combined, then add it back to the slow cooker and stir to combine with the rest of the chicken.  (You could even thicken the sauce with a bit of corn starch if you would like it to be a bit thicker.)


Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk (the kind you get from a can)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (or more if you really like peanut butter)
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional- I left this out.)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • 1.5 lbs boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • diced green onions (garnish)
  • peanuts (garnish)
Instructions:
1.  In slow cooker, combine coconut milk, peanut butter, ginger, red curry paste, fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar.
2.  Add the chicken thighs onions and red peppers.  (I actually reserved half the red peppers to add in when there were 2 hours of cooking time left.  This was enough time for them to cook, but not enough time to loose their color and become overly mushy.)
3.  Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.  At the end of the cooking time, remove the slow cooker lid and spoon off as much of the fat as you can.  (It's shocking how much fat is in chicken thighs...  It's no wonder they taste so good!)
4.  Top with diced green onions and peanuts and serve the chicken over rice, rice noodles or soba/udon noodles, or your favorite veggies.  I served ours over rice noodles and stir fried broccoli slaw.

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Recipe


Enjoy!


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How to fix almost anything using Sugru (a self setting rubber)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of sugru.  What is sugru you ask?

sugru is a new self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It molds like play-dough, bonds to almost any material and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight.  You really can use it to fix almost anything!
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Can you imagine the possibilities?  sugru can be used for all types of small DIY jobs around the house.  I know Sugru will help me save money just by giving longer life to so many different items (including all the stuff my kids are constantly destroying!)  Be sure to check the bottom of the post to enter for a chance to win a sample pack for yourself. Don't want to wait that long?  Use the special coupon code "sugrumoms25" here for 25% off your total order.

A few years ago, we hosted a family get together for Easter dinner. Everybody brought a dish and our contribution was the location and chips and queso.  (My hubbys' queso is always requested at family get-togethers.)  As expected, the meal was great and it was nice seeing family members we hadn't seen in a while.

After everyone left, I started cleaning up- and then, I spotted it...

"Someone" (I know who it was, but I'll never say anything to them,) either accidentally, or on purpose, traded their old, beat up, melted and cracked plastic crock pot lid for my pretty, brand new glass lid!  I still haven't had the opportunity to "trade back" the lid and it's been on my to-do list for a while to just order a replacement lid.  (It's pretty far down on the list...)

The first thing that popped into my head when I heard about sugru was patching the cracked lid and melted handle of my crock pot!

How to fix almost anything using Sugru!  (I fixed m crock pot lid.)

sugru comes in five different colors that you can mix together like play-dough to achieve a range of colors.


It doesn't yet come in clear, so I decided to use black since the handle was black.  Repairing the lid was as simple as cutting open the package, rolling out the sugru and applying it to the crack and knob.


24 hours later, I had a water tight crock pot lid!


I also fixed our little bird watching binoculars.  They went from broken in half...


 To totally working again in 24 hours!



So tell me, do you have anything that needs to be fixed?  Need ideas?  Check out the sugru page to see what everyone else has been using it for.

For a chance to win your own "sugru crafty bundle" (which includes:) 

1 pack of sugru 8 x 5g in multi color
1 pack of sugru 3 x 5 g in white
1 magnet kit


(value $48 USD) 

Fill out the rafflecopter form below and let us know what you would use sugru for. (Giveaway will end on Friday, April 7 at noon PST.)




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