Posted by: Becky | July 1, 2011

Buttermilk Scones

I love scones

I do have 2 other recipes posted here but this one is super quick to make up.

My kids love this one and you can change it up.


2 c. flour
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
8 tbsp. (1 stick) butter
3/4 c. buttermilk
1 egg ( i have made this without the egg, totally forgot, still came out great)
~preheat oven to 425*
~spray pie pan (mine are glass) with pam
~place all ingredients in a medium bowl
~mix well with hand, take about 2 mins
~it will be a slightly sticky dough ball, but that is fine,
take ball and put into pie pan, flatten out slightly
~I precut slices with a knife, it just makes it easier to cut after its cooked
~bake 10-12 mins until a light golden brown
I also like to make a batch with mini chocolate chips (1/4 cup)
You can add apples, cinnamon, raisins, currants, nutmeg, etc.
This make super yummy breakfast, just top with butter, jam, creamed honey, or my son’s favorite peanut butter.

Posted by: Becky | June 29, 2011

Laundry soap ~ Homeade

After the great success I have had with making my own dishwasher soap, I tried my hand at making my laundry soap.

I looked up all kinds of recipes all over the internet.  There are many out there but they are all pretty much the same.  The only difference is if you want to make a powder or a gel soap.  I wanted a gel.  I started saving up my Woolite bottles so I can put my soap into.  So I am also recycling 😮

Here are the supplies,

(I found every one in the laundry aisle at Wal-mart)

~1 cup finely shredded Fals-Naptha (you can also use zote, or ivory)

~1 cup Washing Soda

~1 cup 20 mule team Borax

~2 cups boiling water

~3 gallon bucket

~old laundry soap bottles, milk jugs, etc to use for smaller containers

~gallon water

~ shred the soap on a cheese grater or finely chop with a knife

~boil 2 cups water and then add 1 cup of soap, stir until dissolved

~ in bucket place 1 cup borax and 1 cup washing soda

~pour soapy water into bucket with borax and washing soda.  stir until dissolved.

~add 1 gallon water (16 cups water) stir until well mixed.

~use funnel to put the soap into the container of your choice

~once cooled mixture will look like a goopy mess, just give container a good shake

~it will look something like this:

This recipe fill 3 Woolite bottles and a little bit left over I just put into a small Tupper ware tub.

For each load use 1/4 cup.

You can also add a 1/2cup of oxi-clean.  Some people add, I chose not too.

another option is to add an esstinal oil a 1/2 teaspoon for a scent if you choose.

I have done a few loads so far and I really like how my towels just smell clean.  I will let you know how this stuff works on my kiddo’s stuff. (that’s tomorrow’s chore)

Posted by: Becky | June 21, 2011

A walk

The other day me and the family took a walk in the evening after dinner.

It was a pretty nice day and the miqutios were not out in force.

I normally don’t take my camera out on these walks but something told me to take it that time and here are a few of the shots I got:

Hope you enjoy the shots,  I was very happy how they turned out 😮

Posted by: Becky | June 17, 2011

Homemade Disherwasher Detergent

I had planned on having a headband tutorial for today but the sunny day’s have been calling way from my sewing machine.

I went grocery shopping the other day and freaked when I saw that my dish washing soap had jumped up in price by 2 dollars. So I left it sitting right there on the shelf.  When I got home I hopped on the internet to see if I could make it myself.

Wow, there are quite a few pages that have all kinds of different recipes and most pretty much call for the same things, the only real difference is the amounts.

Here’s the one that works for me and its super easy to make, like 5 mins.


1 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team)

1 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda) Arm & Hammer makes this

1/2 cup of Salt

1 pack of Kool-Aid Lemonade (citric acid)

Container with a lid

Mix it all in the container (more or less depending on how much you want to do)

In some of the new dishwasher, homemade detergents leave a cloudy film on the dishes, use vinegar as the rinse aid.  It does wonders.

The borax and washing soda can be found in the laundry aisle.  Each box costs less than 2.oo a piece.

So happy clean dishes everyone 😮

Posted by: Becky | June 16, 2011

Yo-Yo Flower Tutotial

It’s summer time and I love sewing for my kids.

And a great way to add a bit of flair to my girls clothes is to add yo-yo flowers.

They are very easy and quick to sew up.


-scrap fabric in color of your choice

-matching thread

-sewing needle

-button in size and color of your choice

~Start with a squarish piece of fabric in any size you wish for the yo-yo (i used about a 5×5 square)

~ Then fold in half

~And in half again

~Then fold into a triangle (I placed a pin in the middle to help keep everything still as I cut)

~Cut the top of the Triangle into a semi-circle so you end up with a cone

~When you unfold you will end up with a circle

~I did the next part by hand, thread a needle with matching thread.  Use a running stitch around the edge of the circle

~When you reach the end, pull the thread tight.  I tack the thread through the back and tie it off with a knot.

~I finish off with a button sewn in the center for the flower.

Here is your finished Yo-Yo flower!  These can be made in all colors and sizes.

Here’s two ways that I use them

In a set of three sewn on a top

As a flower with leaves for a head band (will make a tutorial for this one tomorrow)

(sorry for the weird picture, my daughter didn’t want to take it off her head)

These are just a quick and easy way to add detail to anything.  There are endless possibilities for the use of Yo-Yo’s. I have seen quilts made out of them, necklaces, on clothes, balls for teething babies and many more items.

Enjoy and happy sewing

Posted by: Becky | June 7, 2011

Summer Fun ~ Shutter Love


Yep it’s Tuesday so that means it Shutter Love over at Trendy Tree house.

I love today’s theme Summer Fun,

There is so much to do for the summer up here but with the kiddos they love to play in the water,

so here’s my entry for this week

I just love her face in the picture.  I just happened to snap at the right moment as soon as she hit the cold water.

But the slip-n-slide is just one of the things we do or have planned for this summer,

there is VBS (going on this week)

Hiking (4 different trails)

berry picking

going to the lake




playing catch

Library’s reading program

riding bikes

for rainy days~crafts indoor (love the camp kids stuff from Joann)

gardening (veggies planted)

farmer’s market

Family vacation (halibut fishing in Seward)

and much more.

I hope everyone takes full advantage of their summer time.


Posted by: Becky | June 6, 2011

Sun Tea

Hi ya’ll!

Sorry I have been off the blogging grid.  I moved houses and my hubby got back from his deployment.

But I am back and ready to go with some fun in the sun ideas 😮

Being from Texas I love some sweet tea.  And I love making sun tea.  Its a great way to use the sun and not the stove to get this great summer treat.

You will need a clean glass jar with a lid, tea bags of your choice ( I use Lipton) and purified water

~First thing you want to make sure is your jar is clean.  Then fill it full of water until about an inch or so from the top

~Then place the teabags into the jar, I use 6 bags as I like my tea a bit stronger

~Place jar with lid on outside in a sunny place or in a window. (Living up here in Alaska sun is not an issue in the summer)

Check tea in about an hour.  Don’t leave tea longer than 4 hours outside.

Serve over ice with sugar or honey.

Place left over tea in frig to be enjoyed later.

~can add a sprig of mint or lemon slices, or strawberries for other yummy options


Posted by: Becky | January 26, 2011

Cupcake Apron

Now that the craziness of the holidays are over, I have my mojo back for crafting 😮


I love how aprons are making a come back.  I love how simple or elegant they can look, yet how functional they are.  I made myself a crafting one awhile back and I use it all the time.  I need to make another for cleaning and gardening.

But anyways this one I made for a friend.  She makes amazing cupcakes and cakes.  I saw these fabrics and thought of her.

I went through the Google route to find a pattern that I liked.  I found many apron patterns but not one really jumped out at me.  So I figured I would wing it.  And this is how it turned out.

The cupcakes are made using Tulip Fashion Glitter in Silver and Pink Jewel

I had so much fun making this apron and it came together rather quickly.  If you would like I can make it into a tutorial for you.  Just let me know 😮



Posted by: Becky | December 19, 2010

Scavenger Hunt Sunday


I haven’t really been in the crafting zone this week.

Which for me is saying something, but with Christmas around the corner I have been really missing my hubby.

But I really wanted to do this challenge, the kids help me and we make it fun trying to figure out what pictures to take and post.

So this weeks are:


This is my snow covered back fence

But with living up here its hard just to pick one winter picture so I also had to share this one too.

Black and White with selective Color

This is Alaska today around 1:00pm

The Wind

We really don’t get really windy up here but I thought this was pretty cool to share, you can see the warmer air, which looks like its windy, and yes this was taken today in -25 temps


This was taken with my phone but love how she was “framed” by the light

Remember When…

I love this photo.  This is my Toddler Sunday school class that I teach.  I love how 2 & 3’s love to color.  So we let them color, remember when it was something as simple as a marker made us so happy.  And yes they are coloring on the mirror but they are using the window markers, and they had so much fun! But then so did me and the other teacher, we were coloring on the windows 😮



Posted by: Becky | December 12, 2010

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

So I am doing something new this Sunday.
I found this really great blog: Ramblings and Photos the other day.

She has really amazing photos.

And a good friend of mine got me started in photography.  So I figured what a great way to learn then to do this scavenger hunt and I have this habit of just diving right into things so here I go 😮

So here are my entries:

Holiday Color

Winter/Holiday Icon

I love living up by North Pole

A Tree


Snow falling in the evening

My favorite color

It’s Purple!!!


I am hoping by doing these I will get better with my camera and editing skills 😮


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