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168 Hours April 26, 2011

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What exactly is 168 hours?  That is how many hours we have a week.  I have been ready and trying to put into action this book:


I have been very busy, thankfully with orders and family and have in the mean time neglected my Blog!  I like to blog but feel as though at the end of the day I don’t have the time.  This book is helping me to realize the time I have, what is the most important use of my time and to set goals that are achievable!

I encourage any of you who may be struggling with time management to check out the book and blog.  I do hope to keep up on posts and become a better blogger!

God Bless!


Upcycled Wool Sweater February 2, 2011

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With the New Year in full swing, I’ve been cleaning house (and closet).  I came across this sweater it was cute (about 5 years ago but it I never wear it any more!

So I started cutting……..

And I made this!

Have a blessed Day!



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Still Cleaning up and Organizing January 27, 2011

Filed under: Organization — jackmat1 @ 5:40 pm
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So I did get around to figuring out how to organize my lazy susan and I opted to put pots and pans in it instead of food! I put the items I used the most and needed to get to often within easy reach and I really like it!


Later this week, ok it probably won’t happen this week but I have a goal of making this Mail Organizer for my office area.  Not to mention it is so cute!



Have a blessed day!



What’s in your Lazy Susan? January 24, 2011

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With the new year still fresh, I can’t help but to still be thinking about organization!  So as I posted earlier, I wanted to organize my pantry, however my lazy susan has always been a huge mess!

I think the bowls need to go somewhere else, and all the lids, ugh they are so frustrating.  So as I was looking for what to do with this space I found a couple of things I love!

Is that spice rack so cool, and for only $42.00.

What a great Idea!

Or do you keep food in your Lazy Susan!

Check back tomarrow and see what I decided!

Have a Blessed Day!



Recipe Wednesday January 19, 2011

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Who doesn’t love warm oatmeal on a cold winters day?  My kids sure do (and so do I).  So instead of buying bulk oatmeal, I found this oatmeal mix that tastes JUST LIKE Maple and Brown sugar.  It’s so good that I usually triple the recipe!


Oatmeal Spice Mix Recipe


  • 1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each batch):
  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Brown sugar, optional


  • In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; mix well. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 9 batches (about 1 cup total).
  • To prepare oatmeal: In a bowl, combine oats and 2 tablespoons oatmeal spice mix. Add enough boiling water until oatmeal is desired consistency. Sprinkle with brown sugar if desired. Yield: 1 serving.


Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 290 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 267 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 8 g protein.



Recipe Wednesday January 13, 2011

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Thought I’d share my families favorite recipes!

Pepperoni Bread


Yield: 8 servings

1 Loaf Rhodes™ Bread Dough, thawed & risen
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ teaspoons oregano
½ teaspoons parsley flakes
¼ teaspoons seasoned salt
4 oz sliced pepperoni
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Sliced Provolone Cheese



Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Roll loaf or combined dinner rolls into a 12×18-inch rectangle. Combine butter with seasonings. Brush mixture on dough, reserving a small amount to brush on top later. Arrange pepperoni on top of seasoning mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Beginning with a long side, roll up dough jelly roll style. Tuck ends under and place, seam side down, on a large sprayed baking sheet. Using a sharp serrated knife cut several vents in the top. Brush with reserved seasoning mixture. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes.





Weekend Project Update January 11, 2011

I noticed that Christmas had since passed but I managed to leave my lovely Christmas wreath up.  Well I found this amazing fabric wreath tutorial over at The DIY Show Off and thought I would try one out for myself!

I just loved how it turned out – Click on the picture below for the tutorial – It was so easy!!!!!

Lastly, I plan on making this for our hall bath!  So cute!



Thanks for letting me share!  Have a Blessed Day!!