Monday, November 10, 2014

Awesome Crock Pot Hash Brown Potato Soup

A few weeks ago, I got a chain mail "fall recipe exchange." After forwarding it to 10 friends, I was supposed to expect 36 recipes. I know these things never usually work but it was easy to do and did it anyway.  I got 4 recipes in return. One of them was this recipe from J.O.  I love crock pot recipes and love potato soup, so I made it one evening. My whole family loved it! I was curious about the diced hash browns. After cooking for 8 hours, the hash browns turn a creamy consistency, perfect for potato soup. I've made this 2 times already and this will continue to be a family favorite.
Crock Pot Hash Brown Potato Soup
1 - 30 oz bag of frozen diced hash browns
1 - 32 oz box chicken broth
1 - can cream of chicken soup (10oz)
1 pkg. cream cheese (8oz not fat free)
3 oz. bacon bits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
 Put hash brown potatoes in crock pot.  Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits. Add pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on low 8 hrs or until potatoes are tender. An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes.  Place cubes in crock pot. Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving.  Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it's ready to serve.  Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wool Dryer Balls or Dog Toy?!

As a Pinterest addict, I have come across the wool dryer balls in many posts. These balls are put into the dryer with wet clothes and are supposed to reduce drying time and soften clothes. Honestly, I've been using them but really don't notice a difference. My dog Skipper has occasionally started playing with the balls when I am folding laundry. I always take them away, but this time, I let him have one. This is my dog's favorite toy. He even sleeps with it in his mouth. The ball stays pretty intact for a long time. He loves chewing it and rolling it around the floor. Skipper loves balls anyway and I'm sure that's why he likes these so much. So next time he grabs one, it's his. I can't deny his love for these things!
This is Skipper waiting for me to take it from him and throw it! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Handmade Birthday Cupcake Notecards

I found these 3 dimensional stickers at the dollar store and put them on brown notecards. I wouldn't mind receiving one of these cards on my birthday! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Soap

I can't take the credit for this idea! I work in a Special Education classroom.  Our very creative teacher is doing a hygiene unit this week and today we made these Halloween soaps. The goal was to make hand washing enjoyable and fun. She was so kind to let me borrow the supplies to make them with my girls this evening. The glycerin soap can be purchased at Michaels for $9.99. She purchased plastic spiders, slugs, worms from Oriental Trading. Melt the glycerin soap, add desired color, scent and pour into soap molds with creatures inside. Be careful not to over heat the soap as it can warp the molds. Let cool for 1 hour and them remove from molds.
The kids at school and my girls really liked the activity!

Pumpkin Paver

This was a project that I did with my daughters' 4-H group. I got the idea from another pin on Pinterest, sorry, there was no one on link to give credit. I used wine corks for stems. The crescent pavers were .57 each at Menards.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Ceramic Haunted House Project

I purchased this haunted house at Michaels for 75% off last year and finally got around to painting it. It took almost 3 hours. I don't think I'll ever paint one again as it was too time consuming. My kids love it though! You can put a light on the inside. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Recycled Halloween Pumpkin Lightbulb ornament

I'm getting the itch to start making my light bulb ornaments. In the past I made so many that I was kind of getting tired of it.  Halloween is getting me in the mood to start crafting again! If I only had the time!