Friday, November 30, 2012

November Wrap-up (Pumpkin Patch & Thanksgiving)

Christmas is underway but I couldn't let Thanksgiving pass without posting our fun activities and saying how grateful I am. I feel truly blessed this year. My husband is absolutely wonderful- one who has unbelievable patience, loves pillow talk, and truly shows his love for me and Annabelle everyday. I couldn't be happier! Annabelle is our creative, intelligent, opinionated two-year-old that keeps us laughing everyday! She seems to get more hilarious everyday and I love her sweet kisses, "squeezes," and cheerful nature. We feel blessed to have the peace the Savior brings and feel his love surrounding our family.

This month we went to the Pumpkin Patch with the LeBarons. It was a blast and trust me when I say it's always an adventure with two toddlers and two husbands who wish they were toddlers;) We enjoyed an amazing week with Aaron, Janene, and adorable Miss Savannah. Annabelle entertained Nannie with some of her favorite activities. Thanksgiving was different- food poisoning took over the Crossley home, thus resulting in Janene and I taking on Thanksgiving dinner alone! Everything turned out great and it's always fun to be with family. Enjoy some pictures to wrap-up the Month of THANKS!

Pumpkin Patch


Hay Ride & Feeding Chickens

THE BEST Slide Ever!


 Thanksgiving/ Aaron & Janene Visit!

Such an Adorable Family!

Pushing "Banna"... these two were something else!

Lots of Love,          
Team Tolman 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Dinner in a Pumpkin

     2, 7ounce boxes Zataran's wild rice 
Cook according to package instructions
     3 garlic cloves, chopped
     1 Tbsp. olive oil
In a large skillet, saute garlic in oil until golden brown
     1 pound ground beef
     1 pound ground mild sausage
     1 green bell pepper, chopped
     1 medium onion, chopped
     6-8 mushroom, chopped
Add above ingredients to garlic and cook until meats are browned and veggies are tender
     1 can cream of mushroom soup
     1 can french cut green beans
     1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
     Tex Joy steak seasoning 
     salt & pepper
Add above ingredients and season to taste

Enjoy this Fall Season!                        
Team Tolman               

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Love Messages with a Sparkle- DIY Project

I never thought (and I'm sure you never did either) labor/delivery could make my project go from ordinary to fabulously covered in sparkles! Well it did. My best friend invited me to her family's craft day but since she was in labor we opted (a.k.a were forced) to bring our raw pieces home unfinished. A few weeks later we were back to crafting and with some help from Martha Stewart glitter we turned this plain wooden chalkboard into an art piece for love messages! If you're not into love, you could use it for recipes, to-do lists, or just draw a silly doodle to brighten someone's day!

What you need:
2 chalkboards (Dollar Store)
wood glue
decorative column (Home Depot)
wooden block for the base 
chipboard design of your choice (Hobby Lobby, Michael's)
mod podge
glitter (I used Martha Stewart- brownstone) 
paint (I used Martha Stewart metallic vintage gold)
painters tape
hot glue gun

Step 1: Sand the decorative column and wooden block base until smooth 
Step 2: Glue 2 chalkboards back-to-back using wood glue, let dry
Step 3: Prep boards with painters tape on both sides, set on can for easier painting

Step 3: Paint 2 coats
Step 4: While paint is drying, glue/screw the decorative column to the wooden block base

Step 5: Mod podge (be generous!) the base & column, then coat in glitter 
(let the glitter rest for a minute before knocking off the excess)
Step 6: Mod podge & glitter the chipboard design
Step 7: Once dry, hot glue the chipboard piece to the painted chalkboard
Step 8: Attach the chalkboard to the column with the wood glue or... 
if you have a handy man around use a dowel rod to ensure durability

The silly doodle my hubby drew me! It definitely made me laugh:) 

 Step 9: Write a sweet note to your hubby and VOILA! You've made your love sparkle:)  

Get Crafting!               
Team Tolman