Monday, March 30, 2015

Flagstone Project In Progress

This weekend, I finally (yes I've been talking about this for 4 years!!) started laying flagstone in our front yard where our sidewalk meets the driveway. We didn't finish because I didn't get quite enough, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.



We have several more pieces to put in, plus the edging and then we have polymeric sand for the joints. So far, I'm loving the look of it! It is going to be so nice to be able to get in and out of the car in the mornings without having to walk on the wet grass. 

Here's what it looked like on before we started - 


And here are few more shots as the project progressed - 








I can't wait to finish it. Check back next Sunday or maybe Monday, to see the finished project. We are weekend warriors, so we can't get it done until the weekend. Wouldn't matter anyway, since I'm completely exhausted from digging all that grass up, hauling the stones and paver base, and setting all the stones.

Wishing everyone a Wonderful Week!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chicken No-Noodle Soup


I love soup. I really, really do. It's no secret in my family. If I could, I'd eat soup every day. No lie. Well, since we've been maintaining the Whole 30 lifestyle, it's been more difficult to have it. Mostly because soups usually call for rice or noodles. So, I did a bit of research and found some recipes that had extra vegis to compensate for the lack of carbs and came up with a new staple recipe.



Ingredients:

1 lb Chicken Thighs
1 lb Chicken Tenderloin

6 Large Carrots, peeled & diced
1 Medium Onion, diced
1 1/2 Cups Celery, sliced
1 Rutabaga, peeled & sliced into 1 inch wide pieces
2 Zucchini, spiralized

2 Tbls Coconut Oil
1 Tbls Tapioca Flour
1 Carton All Natural Chicken Stock
Add Water as Needed

1 Tsp Sage
1 Tsp Thyme
1/2 Tsp Poultry Seasoning
1/2 Tsp Ginger
1/4 Tsp Rosemary
S&P to Taste

Steps:

1. Thaw chicken and prep vegetables as described above.

2. In a large stock pot, add coconut oil over medium high heat until melted. Add carrots, celery, and onion to pot. Saute until onions are translucent.

3. Add tapioca flour and saute until mixed well.

4. Pour in chicken stock, and add rutabaga and seasonings to the pot.

5. Add water as needed.

6. Cover soup and cook for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

7. Use tongs to pull out chicken. Cut as desired (I like mine in big chunks) and add back to the pot.

8. Throw in spiralized zucchini and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

9. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!


It's delicious! And Whole 30 Approved!

Try it out in your own kitchen, and let us know how you like it!


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Luck of the Irish Giveaway

March is a special month for us at Crafty In Crosby for several reasons. We started our blog in March of 2012 and our sweet boy Ty's birthday is St. Patrick's Day! So we have lots to celebrate and thought we would join in on this huge Luck of the Irish Giveaway organized by  A Peek Into My Paradise.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Chalkboard and Printable

March is here and it was time to update the chalkboard. I searched and searched for an Irish blessing that wasn't too lengthy, 'cause I only have so much time to put into my chalkboard art. This one seemed to fit the bill -

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I had a devil of a time getting the blank spaces filled in on this one and had to redo it several times. But, all in all, I think it turned out nice. I do love the little paper banner that I added to the top. Really completed the look.

I find it easier to create the layout in PicMonkey first, since I really have to have the design to copy. So I thought I would put it on a real chalkboard background and turn it in to a printable - just in case anyone wanted to print one out for their own St. Paddy's day celebration!


I made 3 different versions - one with white shamrocks, one with green shamrocks and one with a frame. Hope you can use one of them!

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Just right click on you favorite and save it to your computer. I have to say that the printable was a whole lot easier than the actual chalkboard art. Thank heavens for Q-tips and my handy pencil/chalk sharpener. That does make it a lot easier.

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Hope you all are having a great week! It was 80 degrees here today but the high tomorrow is only 43! I know I don't have any room to complain, but I sure will be glad when Spring sticks around for good!

For each petal on the shamrock.
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.


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