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

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Getting to Know You: Big Bear's Wife



Hey there!
I'm Angie a.k.a BigBearsWife from :) 
I just want to take a minute and thank Danielle from  Blissful and Domestic for inviting me onto her blog for a "Getting to Know you Segment"! I am so glad to be here!!

I started as a place to store my recipes and Craft Files when we were living in North Carolina. My husband was in the Military, stationed at Camp Lejeune, and we had already moved 3 times since we had been married. I didn't want to loose another recipe because of moving, packing, unpacking and misplacing haha. It was much easier to arrange everything on a blog and archive everything.

Not to mention, that when a friend or family member wanted one of my recipes I could just send them the link or just print it out for them. Easy Peasy. :)

I am married to my best friend, Thomas,  "BigBear" (Nickname from the Military, hence BigBearsWife, and yes his co-workers and buddies in the military refereed to me as that haha).
We live in an old farmhouse for now with our 2 small inside dogs (Jasper and Bella), 1 large outside dog (Chloe), and 2 outside cats (Alice and Boots) and I am aware that 3 of our Animals have Twilight names........ they were actually named before the movies and books came out...weird. I know :)

Well Enough about me :) I wanted to share a few of my most popular post with you and a recipe!. :) Hope you enjoy them and I hope you will stop by and visit!

Homemade Ice Cream Drumsticks

CandyCenter CreamCheese Cupcakes

I wanted to share my Red-Skin Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Creamy Red-Skin Mashed Potatoes
(Printable Recipe Here)
What you need:
5-pound bag of red potatoes
1 (8oz) package of cream cheese
3 cups shredded cheese
salt and pepper
1/4 cup milk
What to do:
In a large stock pot, bring salted water to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce heat to med-high heat, add the red potatoes and boil for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
Once tender, drain the potatoes and return the cooked potatoes to the stock pot.
Mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
Add Salt and Pepper to taste and mix well. Add 1/4 cup of milk and cream cheese. Mix extremely well, until all of the cream cheese in mixed in.
Stir in shredded cheese. Mix, Mix, and Mix  :)
Done :)

Thank you so much for letting me guest post and share a little about my place - Big Bears Wife - with you and your Readers!

Friday, July 29, 2011

{Feature Friday}

I am very excited for today! I have decided to start a link up over here at Blissful and Domestic. I love linking up and figured you guys would too.

Here are the rules:
Follow Blissful & Domestic
(Grab a button or add a link.)
Link up YOUR recipes, crafts, ideas, projects or fun posts to share.
Please no etsy shops, giveaways or advertisements.
Link up to your post, not your main blog.
Visit some of the other links

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer Lovin' Guest Today!

Just wanted to let you know I am a guest over at Domestic Deadline today. I am apart of Emily's Summer Lovin' theme she has going on.
I am sharing a yummy Summer Bread Recipe.
 Check me out!


Also I am super excited for tomorrow. Tomorrow we will be having our first ever Friday link up party. I hope you guys will all link up and share all your fabulous crafts. I think this will be a great way for us all to be inspired and inspire others. I know I need all the inspiration I can get. So till then Happy Crafting!

Rita From Suburbs Mama

I am so excited for you guys to meet our new guest today. This is Rita. Her bloggy home is Suburbs Mama. She has THE best tutorials over there. I found her blog about a month ago and have been hooked ever since. She makes super cute dresses and always looks fabulous. Today she is sharing a fun tutorial for our shoes.

Blog meet Rita


Hello! I am Rita from Suburbsmama.
I am very excited to be guest-posting today for Danielle on Blissful and Domestic.
Today I am going to show you how to make felt flower shoe clips:

Here are the supplies you need
2 sheets of felt (different colors)
Glue gun
Shoe clips (I get mine from this shop at ETSY)

First start of by cutting your felt in half and then in fourths:

Then cut a large circle out of the quarter of felt.
You will need 2 circles of each color:

Then cut your circles into spirals like this:

Dab your glue and start rolling up the felt like so:

Keep adding your glue and rolling:

Until you are finished with your flower
(now go do that to the other 3 flowers)

Next you need 4 leaves in each color:

Glue the 2 flowers together:

Glue the leaves to the back of the flowers:

Your flowers should look like this now:

Then put some glue on the back:

And glue your shoe clip:

Then cut a thin piece of felt that will fit across the back, like this :

And glue it to the back :

That's it!
Now go clip them on your favorite pumps:

You can also clip them to the side:

Or if you don't wear pumps, They look great on wedges:

If you are more of a flip flop person, They look great on them to!

Or you can put them on itty bitty little girl shoes:

Have fun Crafting!


Thanks Rita! Those look awesome!

Don't forget our fabulous giveaway this week, from Buttons-n-Blossoms.


And tomorrow I am starting a Blissful and Domestic Link up Party.
Come by tomorrow and check it out and link up some of your fun projects:>

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Munchkin Monogrammed Stool

I am excited for my tutorial for you today. I am sharing with you on how to make Monogrammed Munchkin Stools. I don't know about you, but in my house, there is always a fight for the ltitle chairs. I don't know what it is about a mini stool/chair. They are fun and always sought after. Well I got tired of being a referee; thus, my need for the Monogrammed munchkin stools. I went out to our shed and found two old stools. They were originally part of a Cars set, but bubba has since out grown it. 


I got out some leftover black paint. It was originally purchased, on clearance from Home Depot, for $5. I am excited I am getting a lot of use out of it.


I sanded the stools and got to painting.


Next I found a willing volunteer to help me apply the vinyl.


And voila! Perfect Munchkin Monogrammed stools.


My littles use these all the time, especially Miss Priss.
She loves sharing a snack with her bear at the coffee table, while sitting on her stool. bubba uses his for more of a step stool. I love how they have many uses and there is no questions who's is who's. One more fight I don't have to hear about any more. Score!

Oh and don't forget our fabulous giveaway this week, from Buttons-n-Blossoms.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Homemade Relish & Tartar Sauce

Last week Hubby really wanted some tartar sauce with fish sticks. Well we didn't have tartar sauce or the money to run to the store to get some. I was going to tell him he would have to go without, but then I had an idea. Maybe I could make my own. I googled a recipe and this is what I came up with.

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp. prepared mustard (optional)
2 tbsp. sweet pickle relish or 2 tbsp fresh dill
1 tablespoon finely minced onion
1 tbsp. lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste


(I didn't have relish so I quick chopped some pickles)


In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, mustard, sweet pickle relish, and minced onion. Stir in lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serves 6


This turned about yummy and Miss Priss was there to help and taste test of course:>

Side note: We added the leftover chopped pickles to our relish jar. Insta savings in the grocery department:>

Oh and don't forget our fabulous giveaway this week, from Buttons-n-Blossoms.


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