Final Product

I went to Joann’s yesterday to buy some material for another project, and they just happened to be having a great sale on fabrics!  I wandered over to the clearance isle and this green zebra-stripped home decor fabric caught my eye.  The home decor fabric was 50% off of the regular price of $9.99 per yard, so I snatched up a half of yard to use for a camera strap cover.  I chose this fabric because it is a little more durable than regular cotton fabric.

I used Simply Modern Mom’s tutorial to create a basic cover that also included a small pocket for my lens cap.  At first, I was going to attempt to try to make a strap that I had seen on one of I Heart Naptime’s Sunday Scoops that had ruffles on it (click here for picture), but I decided to stay simple with it so it wouldn’t be too difficult to add a pocket.

All-in-all, I’m very happy with the final product and my mother has already requested that I make one for her also!  You can check out pictures of the process of putting it together after the jump.

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School has definitely taken over my life at the moment and I really haven’t had many opportunities to be creative.  I did get to make Valentine’s Day cards for children who will be in the hospital during that day.  My fraternity (Kappa Epsilon) partnered with HIS radio station in this great project known as “Hearts for Kids” (click here for more info).  Hopefully I’ll be able to post something new after this Pharmacology exam is over with!



I hope I’m not the only person out here who is ALREADY super excited about Valentine’s Day!  There are so many sugary concoctions that I want to make for my hubby and friends, that I don’t even know where to begin!  Also,  last night while studying for my Pharmacology exam I realized that we didn’t have anything chocolatey in our house to temporarily curb my urge to bake  (note: craving something yummy while you’re studying  is a particularly horrible time to realize this)!

On a side note, recently I purchased a mini-muffin pan and a Springform pan. As you get to know me, you’ll understand that I am definitely a person that gets super excited about the little things in life.  There are endless recipes for adorable and tasty mini-tarts and mini-this and that, which I’m really looking forward to bringing to our various functions this year. Not to mention, all the beautiful cheesecakes that I’ll be able to prepare with my new Springform pan!

I’ve added links below to some of the recipes that I plan on attempting in the very near future!  Be sure to stay tuned for pictures of my successes….or failures, LoL.

Red Velvet Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes, courtesy of JoyofBaking.com

Brownie Tarts
Brownie Tarts, courtesy of AllRecipes.com

Mini Cheesecakes

Pecan Tarts
Pecan Tart, courtesy of Allrecipes.com

Hawaiian Tarts
Hawaiian Tarts, courtesy of AllRecipes.com


On My iPod

I’ve really been loving me some The Band Perry lately!  To be honest, their first release “Hip to My Heart” annoyed me a little, but I completely fell in love with them after they released “If I Die Young.”  Today I finally decided to check out the rest of their album on iTunes and I came to the conclusion that only their slow songs work for me.

“All Your Life” was one of my immediate favorites after listening to the album, but I also enjoyed “You Lie,”  “Postcard from Paris,” “Walk Me Down the Middle,” and “Lasso.”

Other country songs on my playlist are: Miranda Lambert’s “Only Prettier,” Leighton Meester’s “Summer Girl” and “Give in to Me” (from Country Strong), and Taylor Swift’s “Back to December.”

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New Look

I worked on my layout a little last night and I think I’m finally happy with it…for now.  I definitely want to change the header image to something a little more interesting, but I need some inspiration before I do that.

Hope you enjoy the new look 🙂


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I thoroughly enjoy cooking and baking for the ones I love!  The aromas, the excitement of the first bite, the feeling of the day’s stress slowly melting away are just few of the small joys that I’ve found in this fun and semi-new activity.

It all began when I moved into my first apartment with my college roommates in 2004.  I  dabbled in making meals that didn’t originate in a box, which was quite a feat at the time.  When I later moved to Michigan in 2006 to live with my boyfriend (who eventually became my fiancé, and then my husband), my mother gave me my very own “Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook” and  I also discovered my new favorite recipe web-site that I still use to this day: AllRecipes.com.

Now that I’m married and living in my own home (with a kitchen that is MUCH nicer than the ones I learned in), I try to cook and bake whenever I can.  Although I certainly don’t frown upon the use of box dinners and mixes, I’ve found that if I have the time it’s not terribly difficult to make most things from scratch (not to mention it can be fun putting that extra bit of “love” into what I make).

Over my Christmas break I made batches and batches of cookies and candies until I just couldn’t look at anything that was remotely sweet.   I’m using this post to share with you some of the recipes I followed that will definitely be used again!

Sadly, the only two pictures that I can claim as my own is the first one of the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I with the red and green M&M’s (which my good friend named “stoplight cookies” because he just couldn’t possibly see how they would make him think of Christmas ::wink wink::) and the Awesome Oatmeal Cookies.

Hope you guys enjoy these recipes as much as I did 🙂

Awesome Oatmeal CookiesAwesome Oatmeal Cookies

I added raisins to my cookies.  These turned out to be super out soft and chewy!

Stop-Light CookiesChocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I

I added red and green M&M’s in an attempt to be festive.  These cookies turned out SUPER soft…almost similar to a brownie, but not quite the same.

Pretzel TurtlesPretzel Turtles

These were sort of time consuming because I had to unwrap each Rolo that I used, but besides that, this was definitely an easy and fail-proof recipe!  Cute enough to give away as gifts also.

Microwave Oven Peanut BrittleMicrowave Oven Peanut Brittle

This was definitely messy, but the results were worth it!  It was my first time making peanut brittle so I was so happy when it turned out to be so good!  It was hard keeping the hubby’s hands off of this stuff!

Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge

Aunt Teen’s Creamy Chocolate Fudge

I don’t own a candy thermometer (yet), so I chose to use this recipe instead of the old-fashioned way that my Grandma Ring makes it (using sugar and cocoa and dropping the mixture into cold water to look for the “soft ball” stage).  Overall, everyone loved it, but my Grandma still insists on doing it her way.  I guess it’s a case of  “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.”

Please feel free to share your favorite Christmas recipe links and pictures in your comments!