homemade ginger: November 2012

Chevron Drawers

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I recently completed a quick little DIY project for Lula's room.  Unfortunately, I can't find the before pictures of these drawers. I'm missing a memory card and can't find it anywhere! But, just picture old, chipped paint and basically ugly...

I repainted them all white and then taped off the middle section of each drawer and painted over it with some leftover yellow paint I had.  I also spray painted the knobs with some leftover red spray paint.

Now I have a cute little spot to store Lula's dress up clothes all for free!

Has anyone else tried painting chevron? It wasn't too difficult, but I could see lots of math involved if you were wanting to do an entire wall!

Vintage Post: Winter Wreath

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Here's an oldie but a goodie....the winter wreath I made back in 2010. I'm in the process of making another one for this year, but just had to re-post this one because I still love how it turned out!

I recently came across this yarn wreath tutorial and had to try it!  My fall wreath had been hanging on the door for a little too long. This was so cheap and simple to do and I love how it turned out!

I decided not to make it overly "Christmasy" so that I can have it out for most of the winter.

I had never made felt flowers like this before and I really love how they turned out.  I plan to make more using this method and add them to other projects.  I also picked up some of these white berries at Joann's for $1. I think they really add the finishing touch to the wreath.

Ginger Jamboree Link Party #4!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's time for the Ginger Jamboree Link party! I had so much fun looking through all of your projects last week. If you follow me on Facebook, you will see that I like to give a shout out to some of my favorites.  I also would like to feature some of my favorites now!

I love this little gift idea from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. What a fun teacher or co-worker gift!

This knock off recipe for Zuppa Toscana soup looks soooo yummy on a cold day! From Raegun Ramblings.

I love these easy felted dryer balls from The Seasoned Homemaker. I could think of so many fun things to do with these!

Remade Simple's snowflake garland is so simple and pretty. I love it!

If you were featured, grab a button below!

And now for the party! Grab a button and link up!
Here are the "rules" if you could so kindly abide by them.
1. Link up to your blog post, not your blog homepage.
2. Please visit a few other links and give them some comments and hopefully they will do the same for you!
3. Link back here in your blog post. It would be amazing if you could include the Ginger Jamboree button (code is below), but a text link works as well!
4. Only link up tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and those types of things. Other random blog posts that don't apply will be deleted.

Shared Space Inspiration

Monday, November 26, 2012

Now that baby girl #3 is on the way, we are needing to switch some things around to make room. Our front living area has always been a bit of a challenge. We aren't quite sure how to effectively use the space. Right now we have a very lame computer desk, a piano that never gets used and a random play area. We've decided to make a larger desk area, move out the piano and make a more substantial play area (and much cuter!) Here is some inspiration I'm loving right now!

1. I love this waverly fabric for curtains. I actually already purchased some (gotta love cyber monday deals!)
2. Love this DIY desk. We are planning to do something similar!
3. White open shelving. This is my hope for above the large desk area.
4. I love love love this little play nook. It probably won't happen for awhile, but someday!
5. Bookshelves turned on their side make great storage benches...what genius solution!
6. I could possible DIY a pendant light over the play area with a wicker basket.
7. I've had this shelf idea pinned for a long time! How cute.
8. I love the big graphic nature of these parson chairs from Target. I think they would make classy office chairs.

So there you have it! I'm currently thinking of going white for the walls. Boring or gutsy? We shall see...can't wait to get started!

RECIPE: Carrot Banana Cupcakes

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I'm going to pretend like no one has any cooking to do and desperately needs another recipe to make tomorrow.  Realistically, you can save this one for a rainy day or when you are craving something sweet.  I whipped up these carrot banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting the other day and they are just amazing.

I adapted the recipe from MADE's carrot cupcakes. I love how she modified it to use a little banana, so I added in a little more banana, lessened the sugar a bit and made my homemade cream cheese frosting.

First, you will want to grate about 4 carrots. (BTW...I love that I can now take pictures of food on my counter top without hiding in shame.)

Mix up your dry ingredients

And your wet ingredients...

Add a brown old banana from the freezer (or your counter...or just a normal banana)

Add the dry to the wet ingredients.  After that is all mixed, add in the carrots.

Fill up your cupcake liners about 3/4 full with an ice cream scoop.

Once they are baked and cooled (350 for about 20min), mix up some cream cheese frosting. It's just a bar of cream cheese, a little vanilla, confectioner's sugar and butter.

Spread it on the cooled cupcakes with a knife, or pipe it on. I just put some frosting in a ziplock bag, snipped off a corner and piped it on. Then, my girls added sprinkles of course.

Enjoy! The banana flavor is very subtle, but it's there. They are so moist and yummy. I just frosted half of them and froze the rest of the batch for another day.

Here's the full recipe!

Carrot Banana Cupcakes (adapted from MADE)
2 cups grated carrots (about 3-4 large carrots)
1/4 cup oil
1 over ripe banana
1 1/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup lowfat milk mixed with 2 tsp vinegar)
*Heat the oven to 350ยบ.   Mix the flour, soda, salt and cinnamon, set aside.  In a mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil and banana. Add in buttermilk and mix until incorporated. Add in the dry ingredients until mixed.  Add in grated carrots.  Fill cupcake liners 3/4 way full and bake for about 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. (makes about 24 cupcakes)

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz bar cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
4 tbs butter
5-6 cups confectioner's sugar

*Beat softened cream cheese and butter together until whipped. Add in vanilla and slowly add in confectioner's sugar until it's a thick consistency. Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.

Journal Project #3 and Ginger Jamboree #3!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

 I can't wait for you all to link up your amazing recipes and tutorials for the Ginger Jamboree Link Party!

 Before linking up, I wanted to share a fun and quick project that I did to embellish a plain cardstock journal. This would make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers!

I don't know what else to call what I did except a "Journal Headband". It's so easy! You will need a plain journal (these came in a pack at Target), a 2 inch strip of fabric (the length will depend on the size of your journal), elastic, an exacto knife, sewing machine and glue gun.

First, you want to make a tube by sewing the fabric right sides together.

If you want to add a flower, do so now before attaching it to the journal.

Next, fold the ends under and insert a small piece of elastic into each end. Sew closed.

Take the knife and make 2 slits in the back cover.

Insert the elastic and pull tight.

Attach with a hot glue gun, you want the elastic to be pulled very tight or the headband will be too loose.

Here is how it should look from the back.

And you are done!  A cute journal headband you made yourself! You can check out how I fixed up journal #1 and journal #2 if interested!

Ok...now it's YOUR TURN! Link up below! I will feature my favorite projects next week!

Here are the "rules" if you could so kindly abide by them.
1. Link up to your blog post, not your blog homepage.
2. Please visit a few other links and give them some comments and hopefully they will do the same for you!
3. Link back here in your blog post. It would be amazing if you could include the Ginger Jamboree button (code is below), but a text link works as well!
4. Only link up tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and those types of things. Other random blog posts that don't apply will be deleted.

Kitchen Update: Faux Roman Shade

Monday, November 19, 2012

We are still putting the finishing touches on our kitchen remodel. However, this is actually not the finished product. I decided to make a few tweaks (and it needs to be ironed as you can tell!)

I've had this chevron fabric for a few months now and just now have finally made a curtain for the kitchen window. It's Premier Prints Zoom Zoom Twill in Harmony

Isn't it just perfect? I'm in love with it. I was going to make a roman shade like my bedroom blinds, but didn't know how that would work in the space. And realistically I wasn't going to have it all the way down.

Then, I saw Young House Love's brilliant faux roman shade and decided to make my own version.

I actually used a tension rod and sewed mine instead of making no sew one like they did.

I will post a full tutorial once I make the final touches. I'm going to shorten it a bit and fix some of the little puckers.

I also may or may not have made a bonus mini curtain for the girls play kitchen! Stay tuned!

RECIPE: Homemade Grout Cleaner

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I've been on a deep cleaning kick...or at least I'm thinking of being on one.  I decided to tackle the grout in our shower which had gotten pretty nasty. I came up with this grout cleaner that is all natural and worked well!

Just pour some baking soda in a container and add hydrogen peroxide...

Once it forms a toothpaste consistency, you are ready to apply it.

Use an old toothbrush and apply it to the grout. I let mine sit for about 30 minutes, then I went back and scrubbed it with the toothbrush. I sprayed some vinegar and water on the areas, which will cause the grout cleaner to bubble and kept scrubbing until it was clean! Rinse with water.

I'm Back with an Update!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I've been absent this past week because we've been in Florida for a youth pastor conference! It was such an amazing time to get away in the sunny weather. I started reading an amazing book...

If you are looking for a good read, I'd highly recommend it. It's called Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick.

I also have baby news! We found out the day before we left for Florida...

Yes, we are expecting baby GIRL #3! We are honestly so excited to have another little girl. Her sissies are so happy to have another sister. It's such a weird feeling to know this time around what we will be having. I'm excited to change things up in the nursery. 

I've been pinning some nurseries that I like. I'm loving white walls with just a few pops of color. I'm even thinking of painting our crib a fun bright color. Maybe yellow or green? It's looking a little "worn" after the 2 girls (and we had bought it used after it had already been through 2 kids).

I love the mobile and all the white in this room. If you click over to see more pictures, the art collage is wonderful!

The white on white letters on the wall are so soft and modern! I can't tell if the walls are truly white or a light gray. Either way, it works!

This room is just so bright and simple. Love the stripes on the ceiling!

I can't wait to change some things up with paint and fabric for baby girl #3!


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