Friday, June 27, 2014

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe |

A few weeks ago my mom asked me to bring a plate of deviled eggs over for Sunday dinner.  It was no problem since we have a dozen or more egg laying hens here on the farm.  Would you believe that in all of my years I have never made deviled eggs?  I mean, I have definitely eaten my fair share of deviled eggs, I have just never taken the time to actually make them.  As I pondered the standard mayo/relish/paprika deviled egg combo, I thought I would experiment and try something different.  I looked at a few pictures on Pinterest to see if I could find an interesting recipe and the one thing that kept jumping out at me was bacon.  Mmm, bacon.

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe |
I honestly don't remember where my thought process went next, but I sent my daughter to pick a bunch of chives from our garden.  Seeing the chives and bacon together made me think of loaded baked potatoes.  Hmmm, could I make a deviled egg that tasted like loaded baked potatoes?  I got out a few other ingredients and gave it a go.

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe |
Start by halving six hard-boiled eggs and popping the yolks into a small mixing bowl.  Add light sour cream until the yolk mixture becomes creamy, about 1/3 cup.

(Now imagine that I was more organized and took pictures of all of the remaining steps.) 

Add cream cheese.  Yum.  And don't worry if the cream cheese is a bit clumpy.  The clumps will work themselves as you continue to add ingredients.  Fold in chopped chives and bacon.  Mmm, bacon.  If you chop the bacon while it is still warm and greasy it will make your yolk mixture taste even better.  Add spices and seasonings until it tastes awesome.  Since we raise our own pigs here at the farm, the bacon we get from the butcher isn't as salty as store bought bacon so I added a little extra salt to my mixture.

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe |
Gently spoon the yolk mixture into the egg white halves and garnish with a piece of bacon and some chive sprigs.  Chow down!

Epilogue: I'm a jerk.  I constantly forget that my mom is lactose intolerant so she wasn't able to eat any of the eggs.  Nevertheless, we enjoyed the heck out of them!

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs


  • 6 eggs, hard-boiled
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1.5 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 TB finely chopped chives,
  • 3-4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • pepper to taste


  1. Cut hard-boiled eggs in half and scoop yolks into a bowl.  Cream together yolks, sour cream and cream cheese.  
  2. Fold in chopped chives and bacon.  Stir in spices and seasonings.  
  3. Scoop into egg white halves and garnish with chives and bacon.  Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight.  

(Download printable recipe HERE)

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe |

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Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kids Craft Fourth of July Banner

As a self-proclaimed Slacker Mom, I am a big believer that moms don't have to be the sole Summer Entertainment Committee.  Kids are fully capable of being creative and finding stuff to do to keep them occupied and entertained.  You won't find a summer bucket list anywhere in my house.  Ever.  

My kids love making crafts and, as you can imagine, it is even better when they do it on their own.  As I was looking through my Pebbles paper one day, I found a darling flag print that I thought would make a bright and festive Fourth of July Banner.  I gathered a few supplies and let them get to work.  

Kids Craft Fourth of July Banner

With a few basic supplies that you can find around the house and an inexpensive piece of scrapbooking paper, you can make a Fourth of July American flag banner that you can use in the years to come.  

To make this banner you will need: flag patterned paper, scissors, a hole punch, string, and a needle.  

Start by having the kids cut apart the flags from the 12"x12" paper.  This pattern is kid-friendly as the flags have a fairly wide margin between them.  

Next, punch holes in the top corners of each flag.  We used a 1/16" hole punch, but any size will work.  

Thread the flags together with a blunt needle and some string or twine.  

Now you have a brightly colored, handmade banner that will liven up your space during the summer holidays!  

For more fun summer ideas for kids, click on the image above and visit the InLinkz list below.  

Happy summer! 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Easy Upcycled Can Fourth of July Utensil Caddy

I am completely smitten by the bold colors and decorations that appear before the Fourth of July.  As is tradition, I am looking forward to many festive picnics and BBQs in the coming weeks.  The American flag is one of my favorite icons and it is repeated throughout Doodlebug's Patriotic Parade collection.  I gathered coordinating patterned paper and upcycled some regular ol' cans to create an easy upcycled can Fourth of July utensil caddy

Easy Upcycled Can Fourth of July Utensil Caddy

Upcycled Fourth of July Utensil Caddy |
Although the Fourth of July isn't for a couple of weeks, but we have been using this utensil caddy at my house for a few weeks now.  When we eat outside, the kids just grab this caddy and bring it out to the table.  When we're done, we just put it right back in the cupboard.  So easy.   

Upcycled cans wrapped with stars and stripes paper |

I started by wrapping three cans with American flag inspired patterned paper.  All you need to do this is a paper cutter and a glue gun.

How to wrap a can with patterned paper |
After you have measured and cut your paper, apply a bead of hot glue to your can and adhere the paper.  Having wrapped many a can with paper, hot glue is my adhesive of choice for a long lasting wrap. 

How to wrap a can with patterned paper |
Wrap the paper around the can and apply another bead of hot glue to the end of the paper flap securing the paper to the can.  

Upcycled Fourth of July Utensil Caddy |
Tie the three cans together with a piece of striped ribbon.  The ribbon is the only thing holding the cans together so the cans can be repurposed or rearranged simply by untying the ribbon.

Upcycled Fourth of July Utensil Caddy with striped bow |
I dug into my supply of Christmas ribbon and found this bright, striped grosgrain ribbon.  I love how the stripey bow compliments the flag patterns on the cans.

Happy picnicking!


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ombre Paper Flower Bouquet Tutorial--Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop

Welcome!  I am so glad to have you joining me today as I help celebrate the release of Creative Spaces Vol. 3 from Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine!  It was a honor to have my little craft room featured in this new issue.  Getting it ready for photography was a labor of love.  There's nothing quite like a deadline to motivate and inspire! 

Ombre Paper Flower Bouquet

Ombre Paper Flower Tutorial |
I love making paper flowers.  They are easy to make, inexpensive, and they don't require any attention.  As I was preparing my craft room for photography, I added a few pieces  of handmade decor to my space.  This bright pink ombre paper flower bouquet in a gold-dipped mason jar contrasted nicely with my light blue walls and white shelving.  It makes a cameo appearance on pages 56 and 58 in Creative Spaces Vol. 3.  

Ombre Paper Flower Tutorial |
When I started making flowers for this bouquet, my original intent was just to have a bunch of pretty flowers in a jar.  As I started arranging the flowers, I wondered what they might look like if I arranged them in an ombre pattern.  I fell in love with the final outcome!  

Gold dipped blue mason jar |
Create a gold paint-dipped effect on your mason jar by masking off the top of the jar with painter's tape and spray painting the bottom with gold spray paint.  Spray a few coats to create an opaque finish.  

Paper Flower Tutorial

Spiral Paper Flower Tutorial |

Spiral Paper Flower Instructions

  1. Start with a 6"x6" piece of cardstock. 
  2. Using scissors, free-hand cut a spiral into the paper starting at the outer edge. 
  3. Grab the end of the spiral with a pair of tweezers.
  4. Roll the flower along the spiral using the tweezers as a handle. 
  5. Wind the spiral tightly until you get to the center of the spiral.  
  6. Let the flower spring open. 
  7. Place hot glue at the end of the spiral.  
  8. Press flower petals into the hot glue.  

TIPS: Make larger or smaller flowers by starting with a different size paper.  Imperfect or wonky spirals make for more authentic looking flowers.  

Bend floral wire to make paper flower stems |
Create stems for your flowers by bending the top of a piece of floral wire with a pair of pliers.  Choose floral wire that is strong enough to support your blooms, but is also flexible.  This floral wire was too heavy for my taste, but it was all I could find in town. 

Glue floral wire to paper flowers |
Adhere your stems to the flowers with hot glue.  Increase the strength of the bond by adding a layer of glue on top of the wire, too.  Bend your wire stems as needed to create the perfect bouquet.  

Creative Spaces Vol. 3 

To see this project and MANY more inspiring decor and organization ideas, be sure to grab a copy of the newest issue of Creative Spaces.  I have looked through this issue several times and I always see a new idea that inspires me to create.  

Creative Spaces Vol. 3 by Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine

Thanks for stopping by! 


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easy Upcycled Bug Jar

Bugs are everywhere!  Lots of bugs is a sure sign that summer has arrived.  To help encourage my kids to spend some time exploring outdoors, I upcycled a peanut butter jar and turned it into a cute bug habitat.  With a few basic supplies, you and your kids can whip up an easy upcycled bug jar in no time!

Easy Upcycled Bug Jar

Easy Upcycled Bug Jar |
I love upcycling containers and turning them into something awesome.  I have an entire stash of cans, jars, and boxes just waiting to become something new.   I often use upcycled container for storage of gifts, but this peanut butter jar was just itching to be a non-breakable bug jar.  Using patterned paper, die cuts and stickers from Pebbles Garden Party collection, I created a little scene to help the bugs feel more at home.  

 Easy Upcycled Bug Jar |
Using premade die cuts made this project extra quick, but I also fussy cut some bees to complete the scene. 

Upcycled bug jar detail |
Fussy cut clouds from patterned paper and add a flower die cut to create a sky.  I adhered the clouds and sun to the jar so the lid can be easily removed.  

Upcycled bug jar lid |
Add a piece of patterned paper to the top of the jar and use some cute alpha stickers to label the jar.  Don't forget to punch or drill some holes so the little critters can breathe.  

Upcycled bug jar cloud background |
Fish tanks have pretty backgrounds so why not bug jars?  Adhere a piece of cloud patterned paper to the back of the jar to finish the scene.  

Add texture to fringed paper |
Make a grass border by cutting fringe into strips of patterned paper with a pair of fringe scissors.  No fringe scissors?  Regular scissors will work just fine.  Add some texture to the grass by cutting into the tips of the fringe with a pair of scissors.  

Add dimension to fringed grass |
Adhere the fringed grass to the bottom of the jar and add dimension by gently folding back the tips of the grass with your finger.  

Easy Upcycled Bug Jar for Kids |
Now your little jar is finished and ready for some creepy crawly residents!  

Happy collecting!


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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Easy DIY Personalized Game Pieces

If your house is anything like ours, game pieces come and go, but they mostly go.  They disappear into the deepest crevices of the couch and into the mouths of dogs.  I am not sure if we have a single game that has all of its original game pieces and/or dice.  We are always stealing pieces from one game just so we can play another.  While I have yet to solve the problem of missing dice, I have finally solved the problem of missing and/or mangled game pieces!  Make your own easy DIY personalized game pieces with some cute prints and some binder clips.  And when the dog eats them (as ours did immediately after I made these), just whip up another in no time at all.  

Easy DIY Personalized Game Pieces

Easy DIY Game Pieces |
We love playing board games as a family at our house.  When I saw my custom family characters on my Me & My Peeps notes, I thought they would make darling game pieces.  Choosing the characters was so much fun.  There were dozens of characters to choose from, each having a different hobby or personality trait.   

DIY Personalized Game Pieces |
My kids thought the game pieces were so much fun!  It was nice to replace our missing/chewed up/broken original game pieces with custom game pieces for every member of the family.  My hope is that we'll be able to keep them in one place and use them for all of our board games.  

Start with two Me & My Peeps folded notes.  You can customize your own note cards with characters that look like your family members.  You get to choose from a large variety of characters and pick hair, skin, and clothing colors for each family member.  So cute!  The colorful characters really pop on the bright white cardstock which is really sturdy so it is sure to hold up in the mail or in the hands of little kids.

DIY Personalized game pieces how-to |
Cut two of each character into a 1 1/4" wide strip and adhere them back-to-back.

DIY Personalized game pieces how-to |
Trace a 1 1/4" diameter circle punch onto each game piece and trim away the excess.

Personalized game pieces |
Now your cute little peeps are ready for binder clips.

Spray paint binder clips
Remove the handles from the binder clips and spray paint.  If you are lucky enough to find white or decorative clips, bonus!

Adhere washi tape to binder clips |
After the spray paint is dry, add a piece of washi tape to each binder clip.  I customized the binder clips with everyone's favorite color.

Insert binder clip handles |
Insert the clip handles by gently pinching the ends together and sliding them into the openings.

Clip game piece in binder clip |
Secure the game piece in the binder clip.

DIY binder clip game piece |
Remove the handles from the binder clip and your custom game piece is finished!

Personalized game pieces DIY |
Time to play!  The binder clips balance easily and make a cool clicking sound when you move them from space to space.

Easy DIY Game Pieces |

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