Friday, October 31, 2014

DIY wrapping station

I have spent the last few weeks reorganizing my office/craft space.
One of my goals was to build myself a wrapping station. I had pinned as part of my craft space design a wrapping paper holder, and decided to make my own version!
I already had a frame which I spray painted black. I took a trip to Home Depot and purchased a box of  hooks. I also purchased 9 dowels. Keep in mind, you will need to purchase fairly heavy dowels to hold the weight of the wrapping paper rolls.
To assemble the wrapping paper holder you will need a drill and drill bit to drill pilot holes for your hooks. The size of drill bit will depend on the size of hooks you purchase. Just make sure it will drill a snug hole that will allow the hook to be screwed in and grasp the wood.
You will need to find your starting point by feeding a dowel through a roll of wrapping paper and finding the natural resting place on your frame. This will be different for each frame. Measure both sides to make sure your first pilot holes are level. From there I measured two and a half inched down and continued until you reach the natural bottom of the frame. Do this for both sides.
Once all the pilot holes are drilled, screw a hook into each hole.
You will then be able to load and store all your wrapping paper!

I also installed this great utility bar from IKEA. There are several styles to choose from, and several accessories to use! I purchased a few hooks to hang wrapping items from, and a hanging shelf to hold scissors and tape.

Before putting this together it was a pain to wrap presents. This organized space now makes it enjoyable and fun to wrap presents!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hot Chocolate Christmas Countdown

I'm not an early shopper for Christmas because I like to go shopping when the feeling of the Holiday is everywhere but I do like to get things like friends and neighbor gifts done early.  I wanted to share what I did last year for my friends at card club. This is a great friend, teacher or visiting teaching gift.
 I know that the other housewives are big into hot chocolate and thought it would be fun to do a hot chocolate, week before Christmas count down. I actually looked on line to find them a gift of different flavors of hot chocolate (by the way I can't believe how many different kinds there are) but the gift sets were pretty expensive and I wanted something a little more affordable because I had several I wanted to do.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Riverton Housewives Round Up #134

It's almost Halloween!!!!  My kids are so excited.  I can't wait for their faces on Friday.  Are you so excited?  I think I'm just as excited as the kids are.  Have a safe and happy Halloween!!!

Welcome to the Riverton Housewives Round Up #134!
  We want to see it all!  Recipes, crafts, organization, refashioning...whatever you can come up with!
After linking up, please take some time to check out some of the other link and share the love! :-)

We only have a few rules to play at our party!

~You must be a follower of our blog.  (Feel free to follow us on Facebook too!)
~Please pick a couple of your favorite posts and link up.  Just make sure it's nothing you've linked up with us before!
~Make sure you link back to our blog somewhere in your post or on your blog.  (A text link will be fine, but we do have a great button over there on the right you can use too!)
~Please no giveaways or Etsy shops.
~And we'd love for you to check out a few other linkers to share the love!

If you have been featured, be sure to check out our Pinterest where we have pinned all your awesome creations!
Also as a reminder, if we can't save a photo or link to the URL we can't feature your awesome stuff.

So get to linking up!  We can't wait to see all the amazing stuff you all have to share!

Here is what we LOVED from last Round Up!

Katie Kate's Kitchen shared this delicious recipe for Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas.  We love enchiladas and I can't wait to try this one! 

My Name is Snickerdoodle shared this cute Halloween Treat Bag - if you're looking for a last minute cute Halloween goody bag this one is darling!

I love biscuits and gravy especially in the fall and winter months.  The Love Nerds shared this recipe for Biscuits and Gravy Casserole, you're going to love this!

Our Most Viewed this week is from Shelly Bailey and it is amazing.  Look at this beautiful Halloween Wreath she created.  I am in awe!  So amazing!!

Amazing right?  So much talent every week in our linky party.  Let's get started!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easy Broccoli and Cheese Soup- Slow Cooker

I love to make soup especially in the fall and winter months. Last week I was really craving a good broccoli and cheese soup and wanted to make it for dinner. I found this recipe over at My Kind of Cooking. It said this soup took 1st place in one of their cooking contests so I knew it had to be good.  I made a couple of little changes for my family and they loved it. After dinner my kids were already asking when we could have it for dinner again! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cornbread Waffles and Chili

If you follow any of my social media, you may have seen a preview of this a few weeks ago.  I'm so excited to share this with you!  It was such a fun and delicious meal!

Early in mine and Josh's marriage, he talked about wanting to make his mom's chili.  I asked him how she made it, and while he was describing the ingredients, I asked "Are you sure this isn't just the recipe from the McCormick's packet?"  He firmly assured me that it was NOT the McCormick's recipe and that he was certain she had learned this recipe from her mother.  A few days later we called his mom to get her chili recipe.  I can't even describe the look on Josh's face when she told him that her recipe was in fact, the recipe from the McCormick's packet.  I laughed for a really long time and to this day when we make chili, we refer to it as his mom's "super secret recipe". :-)
Our kids aren't picky eaters...but when it comes to chili and soups, it really depends on their mood if they dive right in and love it, or if they eat what their given and go on their way.  I decided to mix things up a little and instead of just making cornbread, I used our waffle iron to make cornbread waffles.  Our kids LOVED it!  They seriously thought it was the coolest thing ever and ate their dinner like little champs.  And the best thing is this meal can be as involved or not as you like.  If you have a homemade chili recipe and a homemade cornbread recipe, you can use those...or just use a can of chili and a box cornbread mix.
To make the cornbread waffles, just make your cornbread mix as you normally would and then scoop on to your waffle iron and cook it like you would a waffle.  It's super easy!  Top off your waffle with the chili of your choice and any toppings...cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions are what I love.
It's a fun way to mix up a meal you've had a hundred times!  Enjoy!


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