Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: June 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tasha From One Day At A Time

Happy Thursday all! Today we have a fabulous Guest Blogger, who is sharing a very scrumptious recipe with us. Today we have Tasha from One Day at a Time. I met Tasha last year, during a blog hop link up. We became bloggy friends and have continued to stay in touch since. She has a fun blog, where she tells of her homeschool tales and fantastic recipes. I love all her mommy tips and she always gives me great ideas on enertaining my littles and educating them at the same time:>

Blog Meet Tasha


I can't wait to share this recipe with you all!!! It is so good! But first I want to thank Danielle for having me over to her blog today. I have been following her blog for a good while now. I love all her repurposing ideas! And her sewing skills make me really want to buy a sewing machine! She amazes me daily!
Before I share this yummy recipe let me start by telling you a little about my blog. I am a home-schooling momma to six year old twin boys. My blog is a random account of our daily lives. Focusing on education in the home, my love for gardening and the amazing world outdoors, sharing recipes, dealing with Infantile Scoliosis, life in general and much, much more!!!

Now on to that recipe!!

I am so excited to share a SUMMER recipe with you.
It is a recipe adapted from a Paula Deen recipe! And if you know Paula Deen's cooking you know it is going to be good and plenty rich! And I am pretty darn sure this will not disappoint anyone.

Berries!!! I love summer!
I took a banana pudding recipe, used berries instead and put it in a trifle bowl. The recipe actually calls for making it in a 9x13 pan so if you decide to do a trifle bowl just follow the same directions. BTW I purchased my trifle at Walmart for less than $15.

This recipe is just perfect for summer! During the summer months berries are at their peak for sweetness. And mixed with this pudding recipe......Oh boy, just prepare yourself for seconds!

Here is what you will need:
2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies(I use Lorna Doone shortbread cookies...more for the money)
Berries(any kind you like)
2 cups milk
1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed OR homemade whipped topping(I do homemade***see recipe below)


Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer berries on top.
In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and berries and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

**Homemade whipped cream-1/2 pt heavy whipping cream, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla
Whip cream with the mixer. Be careful not to overbeat or else you will get too the cream thick like butter. When it begins to thicken, add sugar and vanilla; stir.(I usually always double this recipe)**

Adapted from: Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding

This is one of my family's favorites and we devour it every time! You can layer really however you like.  I change it up from time to time and just play around with making it pretty.  The berries SCREAM summer and everyone always "oohs and aahs" over it! Make your family a Not Yo' Mama's Berry Pudding Trifle today and taste the sweetness! Or check out my blog for other tasty summer recipes. What a treat for me to be a guest blogger today!
Thanks again Danielle for giving me the opportunity to share at Blissful and Domestic!!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hair: Simply Updo

I was looking through pictures and found these. I was originally going to post this hair how-to during hair week, but we ended up having so many guest bloggers there wasn't room for me to post this one. I forgot about it, until this morning when I came upon them. These pictures are of Maxi. Maxi was going to a formal church dance and wanted her hair done. She wanted a classy updo, reminiscent of Taylor Swift, with lots of body. This is what I came up with.


I spiral curled her whole head,
very similar to how it is done in this video.
I sprayed the heck out of her hair, with hair spray, and then I began to 
tease the crown of her head.
I did this with a rat tail comb.


I started with the top half of her hair and began pulling it all over to the side.
I secured it with bobby pins and made sure the teasing part of her crown was smoothed out a bit. 
You can do this with a brush.
You don't want to brush it out, just lightly smooth the top.



Then I made two braids and took the rest of her hair in sections
and pinned it to the side. 
Do this in small sections and secure with bobby pins.
This will make your hairstyle fill more secure and not loose.


We left a few tendrils out, added a fun flower, and she was done.
Load it up with some more hair spray and your good.
Maxi told me she got lots of compliments and nothing came loose,
which I was happy about.

I am glad I was able to help her out and do her hair.
It is a favorite thing of mine to do and I am glad she asked.

Hope this step by step was helpful.
Sorry I didn't have pcitures of the process, but she was running
late and her date was waiting.
It took about 45 minutes from start to finish.

Any who hope you guys are having a fabulous day and don't forget to come back tomorrow. We have Tasha from One Day at a Time.
She is sharing a yummy summer recipe with us.

See you tomorrow:>

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sewing Quickie: Little Sunday Skirt

Howdy ya'll. Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is starting out well. Yesterday was spent cleaning and catching up. I am feeling much better now. I kind of feel like everything is clean and then I start a project, finish it and when I look around my house I am shocked by the choas that has accumulated in just a short while. Yesterday was definitely my day to rectify that situation. I am guessing though that the choas will come back this week, as I work on new projects.

Before I get into our tutorial today I wanted to tell you about a give-away going on over at Jills. It is for Yards and Yards. It is an etsy shop full of cute patterns and fabric. CHeck her out and you could win a free pattern. I never turn down the chance for free stuff and figured you guys wouldn't either:>

Also this Thursday we will be having Tasha from One Day at a Time. She has an awesome blog and I am excited to have her as a guest this week. She will be sharing a yummy summer recipe with us. Don't miss it. Her recipe has me drooling over summer and all the yumminess it encompasses. I love it!

Now onto our sewing quickie tute for today:







This is a 15 minute or less type of skirt. It is super quick and simple to make. You don't even have to hem it because the bottom of the pant legs are already hemmed. It is also great because you are using left over fabric, which I love.
Hope you guys get a chance to enjoy the warm weather outside, if you have some. We have an abundance. It is going to be 110 outside today. Yep it is going to be a hot one. I think we will be in need of some fun in the sun today. Spray grounds here we come:> Any who, Happy Sewing and I will see you tomorrow with a new Hair tute.

Family Handprint Sign

So today is suppose to be a Sunshine Monday post, but I have literally tried to right it like three times, but no inspiring words are coming. I am feeling pretty lame right now (Sorry I am going on 2 weeks of no Sunshine Monday). That being said I think I will share a simple fun craft you can do with your kids instead. I am sure we are all looking for some fun, cheap entertainment for our littles during the summer. Well this craft cost me nothing and is now a keepsake. 
Here is what you need:

1 peice of scrap wood. 
Mine actually came from my mom's garage.

"Family" or some type of woodnes letters/words
Mine is from Michael's. 
I purchased it last summer for like 50 cents.
I took it from my stash.

Paint brushes

 Paint in various colors.
I used acrylic paint.


Here is what you do:

1- Paint your scrap of wood. Mine was already red. 
Perfect for our color scheme.

2- Let your littles pick out their hand print colors.

3- Paint their hands and place down on your scrap of wood.


4- I did Bubba's and then Miss Priss's
Start with the bigger hand print on the bottom and 
then end with your child with the smallest handprint.


5- hot glue your wooden letters/word

6- Add some fun ribbon and hang


I put mine in the kitchen and I love it! It makes me happy seeing these
little handprints. I know they will not always be this little and this is a good remidner to cherish them and enjoy every moment with them.

I hope you have a chance to create with your littles today.
Have a wonderful Monday:>

Friday, June 24, 2011

{Featured Friday}

Alright lovelies it is that time again. Feature Friday! Who is excited it is Friday? I know I am. I get to go to a Decorating on a Budget class at church tomorrow and I am looking forward to 3 hours of crafting, decorating, yummy food, and grown up conversations where the words poop, boogers, and gimme are not present. This will be a happy break from our crazy week.  Thank you to hubby in staying with our littles and wranngling them for a few hours, so mom can have a break:>

I have some exciting news, we have hit 100 followers. I can not be more excited! You guys all rock! As promised I am working on a give-away and also filling up my shop, so check it out.

I also start being a weekly contributor to Woman Who do it All next month This is such an awesome blog and I am so excited that Jill has invited me to be apart of her cute bloggy world each week. I am not sure yet which day I will be scheduled each week, but I will be sharing a new craft there each week and letting you know when. It should be amazing:>

Now enough about me, how about we see some cute projects from awesome ladies...

I love this Queen of Hearts necklace, from Tinkeranniebelle. So cute!


I really want to make this Paper Bag Skirt, from Strictly Homemade. Isn't her blog name so cute?


I can't believe how cute these shoes are. And they were painted by hand. THese are from Cut the Craft.


Well there you have it. If you were featured today please grab a button. I will be taking off for the weekend and will be back on Monday with some new fun projects, recipes, and hopefully a new giveaway, which I have been working on. Have a fabulous weekend and I will see you all Monday:>

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Amanda From The Little Giggler

Happy Thursday!
I am so excited for you to meet our Guest Blogger today.
She is Amanda from The Little Giggler.
She has a super cute and creative blog. 
I love all the cute things she makes for her little girl. 
I first met Amanda, when I featured her a month of so ago.
I have become hooked on her blog.
I know you all will enjoy reading and being inspired by her blog.

Today she is showing us how to make a $5 Party Dress, for our little girls.

Blog meet Amanda.

Hello Everyone!  

I'm so excited to to visiting over here at Blissful and Domestic!  It's one of my favorite blogs.  Danielle is so talented and sweet!

I have a beautiful two year old daughter that I like to call "the little giggler" because she's so silly.  She's the little love of my life.  She wants to be a "ballerina princess"  as she puts it. But this Queen's on a budget!  I wish I could buy her all those beautiful boutique dresses that I see out there, but I just can't.  So I came up with The Five Dollar Party Dress and I'd like to share it with you.


Supplies Needed:

One ribbed tank top ( I used Hanes Boys A Shirts.  I paid $6.50 for a pack of five, so that's $1.30 a shirt.)
One and a half yards of tulle.  (I paid $1.98 a yard.)
A scrap of fabric for the applique.  (I cut up one of the giggler's old dresses)
Sewing Machine
Heat n Bond (I didn't include this in the price of the dress because I barely used any.  Besides, you could go old school if you want and just pin like crazy.)

I made this for a size 2T-3T.

Here we go!

Step One:  Apply your appliqué using the heat n bond's instructions.  I decided to use a heart.  I just cut out my own stencil on card stock.  I think it would be really cute as a birthday dress, so you could also use a number or an initial.

Step two:  I used a zig zag stitch around the heart.  Don't look too close at the picture.  It's not my best work.

*Before we go to step three.  Cut off a little less than half a yard of your tulle and set it aside.

Step three:  Take your yard-ish and lay it out so it looks like the picture above and fold it in half.  When I say half I mean if you rolled it off the bolt, cut off a yard and then fold it in half.  You will have a few layers of tulle.

Step four:  Sew the sides shut.  Leave the top open.


 Step Five:  Open up your skirt so it looks like a pouch. 

Step six:  Grab the rest of your tulle.  Cut out 8 one inch circles and 8 one & and half inch circles and set them aside.  These will be for out tulle flower on the shoulder.  Ok, now cut the rest of your tulle into strips and ball them up and stuff them in the bottom of the pouch.  Make sure you spread evenly.

Step Seven:  Match up the seams you already stitched and sew them together.  The top will still be open.

Step Eight:  It should look like this standing up.  Make sure your bunches of tulle are still evenly spread around the bottom before we sew the top.


Step Nine:  Set your machine on the largest straight stitch.  Mine is four.  Sew around the top of your skirt, closing the "pouch".  DO NOT back stitch.  Pull your thread so your skirt bunches up.  We want it to match up to the bottom of our tank top.

Step Ten:  This is what your skirt should look like from the top.


Step Eleven:  Have your tank top dive in head first.

Step Twelve:  Pin your raw edges together stretch the tank top as you go.  It's ribbed, so it will shrink back.  Sew or serge.  


Step Thirteen:  Turn your dress right side out and it should look like this.


Step Fourteen:  Find your side seem(there's only one).

Step Fifteen:  Take the bottom of your skirt and hand sew it to the top of the skirt.  I'm going for a "bubble skirt" look with this.  Repeat this on the opposite side and the front and back.  So, you will hand stitch in four spots.  I didn't want to sew it all the way around because I thought it would take away the puffyness.


Step Sixteen:  Take the tulle circles you set aside earlier and make a tulle flower.  Take one circle at a time and singe the edges using a candle or a lighter.  You don't need to touch the flame.  Just get it close enough to singe.  Once you finish, stack them together and sew your flower on.  


I hope this tutorial is helpful.  Have fun making your five dollar party dress!  Have even more fun telling your husband that it only cost five dollars!




Amanda Alexander

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Our Home: Part 2

Hi Ya'll! Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going fantastically. We are doing pretty good. Dealing with temper tantrums and such...just the usual for this household. Any-who on that note lets talk about something less dramatic and tear filled. I finally have some pictures of the house. As I've told you about in previous post, we bought this house as a HUD home, meaning it needs a lot of love and hugs in the form of paint and crafts. Well we have been doing a lot. These pictures were current as of 2 weeks ago. I need to take new ones. We have since been dying curtains, painting walls and cabinets, and fixing floors. We have been busy to say the least. So here are pictures for you and hopefully Saturday I will have current ones up and maybe a few new projects in store for next week:>

Now onto the house progress pictures...











To see the Before pictures Go to Our Home Part 1

Also I wanted to let you know that I am co-hosting a blog hop today.
Go over to Jill's and check out her blog hop. It is a great way to meet new bloggy friends and see some great new creations.

And one more thing, don't forget tomorrow we have Amanda as a guest. She is from The Little Giggler and she is sharing with us on how to make a $5 party dress for the little Miss in your family. I am for one, very excited and you should be too.
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