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Well..It’s already that time of year and I sit here shaking my head in disbelief. I can’t believe it “really” is that time of year.

How did Thanksgiving already come and go? Have I been asleep all year? I remember when I was a kid I used to overhear my parents say things like ” Boy, time goes so quick the older we get”… What does that really mean? I get that times goes as fast but come on. Nobody ever said it would fly by quicker than you can digest the turkey you ate a few days ago.

To get in the spirit I will be making a lot of fun new Christmas Tutorials for you on here, sharing Christmas ideas, featuring other amazing Christmas crafts and kicking out some fun printable’s.

Do you ever walk around the stores WISHING you could buy everything because it all looks so good in that one spot at that exact moment. I am totally that person however over the years I transformed the way my brain thinks. I get that something I make will not have a “label” on it BUT it will prolly cost me 3/4 less and will be made the way I want it. Sometimes it’s hard to break something down in your head and re-make it. So I will be doing all of the dirty work (figuring the break down process) for you and posting it in easy steps.
I wanted to add a pop of color on my mantle in the living room so I thought mini Christmas trees would be perfect.

Yes, I was one of the crazy people out on black friday shopping. I only went to 2 stores though. One of the stores was Joanne Fabric  and craft store and there I purchases these little cardboard cones for around .75 cents.  (I know!!!) I know they sell these at any craft store so it should be easy to find. Let’s get started.


*Cardboard Cone
*Glue Gun 

TWhat I love the most about this craft is that you can get tons of garlands and make like 40 of these babies. I actually saw one like this in Albertson’s the other day and it was $39.00.  Granted the tinsel on those were a little fancy but I purposely wanted to use the “vintage” looking tinsel garland. It add’s a retro feel to the room.

The first thing you will do is add a little dot of hot glue on your cardboard cone.

Carefully start wrapping your garland around the cone.

Keep going until you get to the very bottom…..

VOILA! It’s that simple. The three cones may have cost me $3.00 and the garland was $3.99 at Wal-Mart. These look so cute on the mantle and I am proud that I took something that was WAY over priced and made it affordable and ridiculously cute.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure to come back tomorrow to see some easy DIY Christmas tree decor.

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day,

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Chicken and Corn Chili

OMG! I know I usually don’t post “recipes” on here but sometimes I make something and I just have to share it with you!!!! This is SO good, lemme just tell you.  I kinda felt like Julia Child cooking yesterday.  {even though Julia’s recipe would of been more like plucking the chicken then cutting the head off} but you get the feeling I had. RIGHT!!!! So here are the things you will need to make “mouths” water.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped up
1 large bell pepper, cleaned and chopped up
1 teaspoon ground cumin {i love this stuff}
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 can (14.5 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes {don’t drain)
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cleaned and cut into bite sized pieces
1 bag {big} of frozen corn
2 can’s of beans {whatever kind you like}
Salt, about 3/4 teaspoons
Shredded Chedder Cheese
Ok: ready for the directions!!! {put your apron on and get ta cooking}
1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and green pepper. Cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Stir in cumin, coriander and chili powder; cook 1 minute.

2. Stir in chicken broth and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Add chicken. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
3. Stir corn, beans and salt into pot. Heat through. Spoon into bowls and top with shredded cheese.
p.s. this is the BEST olive oil {mother n law has stock in it)
p.s. here are the ingredients!!!
p.s. and this is it.  you know it looks good.  oh i just added some fresh rosemary to give it flavor!!!
I hope my jaderbugs enjoyed this! Stay tuned later for the craft of the day!
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