Check out these Power Rangers Megaforce dudes!
We purchased our son’s Halloween costume at the local thrift store and he really wanted his dad to be a power ranger too. I was not down to spend $45 on a costume for a couple hours walking in the cold. So I through this together.
First I printed the mask from here:
I colored this mask in and ran it through my laminator. Added a string to wrap around his head.
Then I purchased a $6 red Hanes Sweatshirt from Walmart. I cut it down the middle and put duct-tape on the seam.
I spray painted an old belt gold.
I wrapped my husbands ankles with red and silver duct-tape over his black sweatpants.
He wore a black shirt.
Check out these cuties modeling for my Etsy store, Miss Sabby Knits. I have been knitting since college. I have a whole bin of things I’ve knitted throughout the years. I’ve sold on Etsy years ago, but this time I’m doing it for a hobby. I’ll be adding items as I knit them. I’ve decided that the one thing that everyone loves is a good winter hat. So, I’ve decided to sell “The Winter Hat” with the customizable embellishment. Check it out!
One of my favorite knitting patterns was inspired by a pattern I found for free on Ravelry. Read about it here.
Also, I am not a photographer. HOWEVER… I did take these pictures of my boys with my iphone and I love the way they turned out. Here is what I did if you want to achieve the same look:
- Purchase a chunky knit hat. You can purchase the one my boys are wearing in my Etsy store here.
- set a chair (mine was a white wooden chair) by a window with natural light.
- set kid in chair without the light (sun beams) directly on their face or body.
- say cheese 🙂
- use the “photoshop express” app (adobe PS express)
- filter the photo with “HicontrastBW”
- admire your cuties!
It’s knitting season!
Check out my latest project. Michaels has an awesome 50% off coupon that makes choosing yarn even harder. My next hat is going to be made with Patons 100% wool. Stay tuned!
It is so much fun to metal stamp the aluminum ring! Talk about a cheap and fun project.
Custom/ Personalized Ring
I use the impressart collection to personalize the ring. Really easy! It just takes a few minutes to stamp the letters into the metal and it adds such a great finishing touch. I stamped this first ring (on the baby blue hat) on my coffee table and it created a ripple in the lettering. I now stamp on a piece of granite as my base and the ring sits much more flat (in the black and white photo of my guy).
For my boys, I stamp our last name so things don’t get lost in the preschool lost and found.
How to take the B/W pic…
If you would like more info about taking these black and white pics click here.
The free pattern:
The pattern I used was inspired from this one I got free over at Ravelry. It knitted up quick.
What is this cookie magic!? This recipe makes the perfect cookie.
It’s almost like a brownie, but in cookie form. It’s perfectly crunchy on the outside, with a gooey bite inside.
This is the kind of cookie that you make and your family eats them off the cookie sheet as they come out of the oven… then you have to wait 10 min longer to get one when the next batch comes out.
They are, “why didn’t you make more?” kind of perfect.
Without further ado…
The best chocolate chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie
View the original recipe here.
- 1 cup butter, softened (I used 1/2 cup butter 1/2 shortening)
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
This was written for a guide for my little sister and her friend to travel to Los Angeles for the first time and explore as many places as possible- a completely epic one day trip. She plans on returning in another month to explore the places she loved for a longer period of time.
No joke this itinerary is going to be exhausting, but totally worth it.
You can download the itinerary below for use as a guide (costs, Uber surges, estimated drive times, traffic, and the like can change and are out of our control). I cannot verify the information, please travel at your own risk.
EPIC LA IN A DAY TRIP 2018
*This trip is meant to accompany the Spirit Airlines DFW-LAX flight arriving in LAX at 8:30am and leaving LAX at 8:15pm. This flight can be purchased at a Spirit Airlines counter for approximately $82.40 round trip per person.
Please click here to read my post about booking your flight with Spirit to accompany this trip.
This trip includes seven Los Angeles locations without the use of a rental car. Travel time is based on Google estimates for normal traffic at the time of travel and estimated arrival is based on the maximum time estimated traveling with Uber.
Download the itinerary at the bottom of the page.
- The Original Farmers Market LA
- The Grove
- TCL Chinese Theatre Courtyard
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Hollywood Blvd. Street Performers
- Griffith Park Observatory
- Hollywood Sign
- Santa Monica Pier
- Venice Beach Boardwalk
24 OCTOBER 2018 / 7:00 AM / ARRIVE AT DFW AIRPORT
Arrive at the airport with only a backpack that can fit under the seat in front of you. Spirit charges extra for additional bags.
GO STRAIGHT TO SECURITY- Present drivers license and boarding pass.
7:00 AM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME/ AIRPLANE DEPARTS FROM DFW
Flight time 3 hours 22 minutes
8:22 AM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME / AIRPLANE ARRIVES IN LAX
9:00 AM / GET UBER
Spirit Airlines arrives in Terminal 3.
On the departures (upper) level, there are “Ride Service” pickup signs located curbside. Sign “B” is where you should meet your driver.
FROM: LAX Terminal 3
TO: “The Original Farmers Market”, West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA via
uberPOOL approximately $21.52 for two people.
Approximate drive time is 22-45 minutes.
9:45 AM (11:45 AM TEXAS LUNCH TIME)/ ARRIVE AT THE GROVE
Eat Lunch at The Original Farmers Market.
Singapore Banana Leaf ($12.45 chicken curry + drinks)
Walk over to and explore The Grove– a celebrity hot spot.
The Trolly ride is FREE.
11:00 AM / UBER TO CHINESE THEATRE
FROM: The Grove- The pickup and dropoff area is located at Circle Valet off of The Grove Drive. The Grove Drive is accessible via Beverly Blvd. or 3rd Street. You will see Uber signage when you approach the pickup and drop-off area.
TO: Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA
uberPOOL approximately $7.72 for two people.
Approximate drive time is 12 minutes.
Explore Chinese Theatre Handprints
11:15 AM / WALK HOLLYWOOD BLVD (45 minutes)
1 mile walk straight through to “Hollywood Burger” takes about 20
minutes. Stop and enjoy the sites along the way.
12:00 PM / GRAB A SNACK
Hollywood Burger – Hollywood Famous Shakes $4.95
12:15 PM / UBER TO Griffith Park Observatory
FROM: Hollywood Burger, 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
TO: 2800 East Observatory Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027
uberPOOL approximately $9.69 for two people
Approximate drive time is 18 minutes.
12:40 PM / EXPLORE GRIFFITH PARK OBSERVATORY (approx. 1 hour)
Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.
OPTIONAL SHOW: 12:45pm Water Is Life at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium $7 per person.
1:45 PM / UBER TO DINNER
FROM: Griffith Park Observatory
TO: Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie, 915 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica,
uberPOOL approximately $27.21 for two people.
Approximate drive time is between 40 min – 1 hour 10 minutes.
3:00 PM (5:00 PM TEXAS DINNER TIME)/ EAT DINNER
Most popular item is the “California Burrito with Chipotle Chicken”
Take food to go.
3:20 PM / RENT BIKES- BIKE TO SANTA MONICA PIER
Use the “SOCIAL BICYCLES” App to rent bikes.
Use Google maps for directions to “Santa Monica Pier”
1.3 mile bike ride- approx. 7 minutes
Eat burritos on the beach or while walking around the pier with bikes.
Explore- do not return bikes.
4:00 PM / BIKE TO VENICE BEACH
Use Google maps to bike along the bike path down to Venice Beach.
1.8 mile bike ride- approx. 10 minutes
Take your time. Take Pictures along the way.
Return Bikes to the hub at “12 Park Avenue, Los Angeles”
4:15 PM / EXPLORE VENICE BEACH (1 hour 15 minutes)
The “Venice” sign is located at Windward Ave & Pacific Ave
End with the Venice Beach Fishing Pier (Washington St.)
5:30 PM / UBER TO LAX
FROM: 3015 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
TO: LAX Terminal 3 Departures
uberPOOL approximate cost is $15.37 for two people.
Approximate drive time is 26-60 minutes.
6:30 PM / ARRIVE AT LAX TERMINAL 3
Go through security
Boarding begins at approximately 7:30 pm
8:15 PM / DEPART LAX TO DFW
1:12 AM / ARRIVE AT DFW
*Assuming two travelers.
- Approximate Total Cost of Uber: $81.51 – $30 first time Uber credit = $51.51
- All activities are free.
- Cost of biking approx. 50 minutes x $0.12 per minute = $12 for 2 people.
- Cost of Lunch $30 for 2 people (2- $12.45 chicken curry + drinks).
- Cost of snack $10 for 2 people ($4.95 milkshakes).
- Cost of dinner $30 for 2 people (2- $12.95 burritos + drinks)
- Cost of roundtrip flight $82.40 per person
= COST OF DAY (Lunch, snack, dinner, transportation, biking, attractions & entertainment) = approx. $133.51 approx. $67 each person).
= COST OF TRIP (Day + flights)= approx. $149 per person (if both people have never used Uber), $165 per person if they have used Uber and cannot use the coupons.
*This is a sample itinerary and is provided for free for informational use. Please use as a guide and travel at your own risk. Costs, Travel estimates are subject to change.*
If you plan on using this itinerary as a guide please share!
For Parents, Happiness Is A Very High Bar
*Post written & Prices accurate as of 10/20/2018
I love living in Dallas because you can basically fly anywhere in 3ish hours. Spirit airlines offers some awesome deals if you plan on flying light.
Here is a deal I found if you want to take a day trip to Los Angeles:
Take a look at the calendar above. There are so many dates that say $61.19 one way “departing” calendar. If you click on the same day in the “arriving” calendar, there is another flight leaving LAX to DFW the same day for $61.19. Of course you can stay as long as you like, as long as you depart on a day that lists the price at $61.19. This way the roundtrip price works out to $82.40 roundtrip.
After declining the $9 fare club and other add ons, you will reach a screen like the one above with a total of $122.38 for each round trip ticket.
Here’s the catch…
It is always cheaper to purchase Spirit flights at the airport. See where it has a “passenger usage charge” in the flight purchase charge? Well, take that off if you buy it at the airport.
This would calculate the price at the airport to:
$122.38-$39.98= $82.40 ROUND TRIP DFW to LAX
Here’s another deal:
$102.40 – $39.98= $62.40 ROUNDTRIP DFW to DEN
Introduction to recipe rotation- with three weeks of recipes.
My Mom is an excellent cook. She is the type of cook that can make anything without looking at a recipe and make it fabulous. Everyone comments on her cooking. She came to the United States from Singapore in the 80’s and met my dad. Her cooking is an amazing fusion of Asian and American. Everything has flavor- blah foods are not her style.
I am not a cook. I tell this to people all the time, but I never take time to explain. My standards for good food are always judged against my Mom’s food. When we go out, its always, “the food is good but…” While, we do have our favorite restaurants and our favorite dishes, are usually quick to judge them. I am a good critic, influenced by years of watching the original “Iron Chef” on food network when I was in elementary school.
I feel like my story is common- everyone has a good cook in their family and some people learned to become good cooks themselves.
“I learned from my Grandma.”
“I learned from my Aunt.”
“I learned from my Dad.”
Well, I didn’t. I simply accepted my Mom’s talents and never took the time to follow, question and learn from her. I am an adequate cook. I know how to chop onions, boil eggs, and follow recipes. In fact, I follow recipes quite well. Recipes are in-tune with my personality- a set of plans that I follow. I am not a rule breaker or culinary trail blazer. I don’t stray from plans or recipes and I don’t add more of this or take away that. This is what makes me, in my mind, an adequate cook. Great cooks are pioneering these recipes and tweaking recipes. I am following them. In the end, the excellent cooks allow us adequate cooks to produce the same delicious meals to serve.
If you are anything like me, you really do not want to read five chapters about inspiration and rules to follow. Who has time for that anyway? So I am going to keep this extremely simple. 6 days of cooking per week. 3 weeks.
I actually do an 8 week rotation to keep things interesting. You can add on to this plan or you can do your own. Either way, this has saved our family money (no more buying excess amounts of things or eating out) and has saved me time (shop once per week and done).
1. American: Grilled salmon I, asparagus, steamed rice
2. Mexican: Chicken Enchilada II, mexican black bean salad
3. Miscellaneous: Brown sugar Meatloaf, au gratin potatoes
4. Casserole or crock pot: Chicken pot pie
5. Italian: Peppered Shrimp alfredo
6. Asian: Asian lettuce wrap
1. American: Buffalo chicken wings, spinach dip, bread
2. Mexican: Marinated flank steak, fajitas, tortilla
3. Miscellaneous: Coconut shrimp, rice, peas
4. Casserole or crock pot: Slow cooker chicken and dumplings
5. Italian: Spaghetti and meatballs
6. Asian: Schezwan shrimp, steamed rice, broccoli
1. American: Garlic Chicken, honey roasted red potatoes, green beans
2. Mexican: Fish tacos
3. Miscellaneous: Artichoke chicken, fettuccine noodles
4. Casserole or crock pot: Corn casserole, boilermaker tailgate chili
5. Italian: broiled tilapia parmesan, rice
6. Asian: Chicken tikka masala, white rice, naan*Coming soon: purchase the 8 week rotation for only $8
I shop at Kroger because I love adding all the items to my online lists on the Kroger app. Each week I load the list to my cart and select grocery pick up. The next day, I drive up and they load all the groceries into my car. I have included 3 weeks of grocery lists here, but I have a 8 week rotation with 8 lists. Once I complete those 8 weeks, I start over.
Grocery List Week 1:
- White rice
- 1 lb Asparagus
- 3 bunches green onions
- 1- 4 oz can diced green chilis
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast meat
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 6 (12 inch) flour tortillas
- 2 ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn kernels
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 2 ⅕ pounds ground beef
- 5 white onion
- Saltine crackers
- 4 russet potatoes
- 1 cup frozen green peas
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup sliced celery
- 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 12 ounces penne pasta
- 1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, diced
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 (15 ounce) jar Alfredo sauce
- 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- Butter lettuce
- 2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger
- 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
= 49 total items
Grocery List Week 2
- Bakery Fresh French Bread 2 16 Oz
- Kroger® Italian Style Bread Crumbs 1 15 oz
- Kroger Sweetened Flaked Coconut 1 14 oz
- Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup 2 10.75 oz
- Kroger Quartered Artichoke Hearts in Brine 1 14 oz
- Kroger Whole Peeled Tomatoes 2 28 Oz
- Kroger Tomato Paste 1 6 Oz
p$$t… Long Grain White Rice 1 5 Lb
- Kroger Grated Parmesan Romano Cheese 1 8 Oz
- Kroger Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 1 16 Oz
- Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese Bar 1 8 oz
- Pillsbury Grands! Southern Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits 2 10.2 oz Kroger
- Chopped Spinach 1 12 oz
- Kroger Traditional Favorites Green Peas 1 12 oz
- Mission Soft Taco Flour Tortillas 1 10 ct / 17.5 oz
- Heritage Farm Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat Boneless & Skinless (5-6 1 per Pack) each
- Heritage Farm Chicken Wings Bone In & Skin On (14-17 per Pack) 1 each
- Private Selection Angus Beef Choice Flank Steak Value Pack (2 Steaks 1 per Pack) 1 each
- Raw White Shrimp 21/25 per Pound 2 1 lb (Order by the Pound)
- Kroger Tail Off Peeled & Deveined Large Cooked Shrimp 1 12 oz
- Kroger Spaghetti 16 oz
- Bell Pepper – Green – Large 1 ct
- Onions – White 3 each
- Peppers – Bell – Red 1 each
- Onions – Green 1 1 ct
Broccoli 1 1 lb
= 33 total items
Grocery List Week 3
- Kroger® Italian Style Bread Crumbs 1 15 oz
- Stonere Original Naan Rounds 1 12.7 oz
- Krusteaz Southern Cornbread Bread and Mix 1 11.5 oz
- Bush’s Best Chili Beans in Mild Sauce 3 16 oz
- Bush’s Best Chili Kidney Beans Spicy Chili Sauce 1 16 oz
- Kroger Beef Bouillon Cubes 1 3.25 oz
- Kroger Cream Style Golden Corn 1 14.75 oz
- Kroger Diced Tomato 2 28 Oz
- Kroger Long Grain White Rice 1 32 Oz
- Kroger Quartered Artichoke Hearts in Brine 1 14 oz
- Kroger Sweet Whole Kernel Golden Corn 1 15.25 oz
- Kroger Tomato Paste 1 6 Oz
- Kroger Tomato Sauce 1 15 oz
- Kroger Real Turkey Bacon Pieces 1 2.8 Oz
- Mezzetta Hot Chili Peppers 1 16 oz
- Chobani Original Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt 1 5.3 oz
- Daisy Sour Cream 1 8 Oz
- Kroger 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese 1 8 Oz
- Kroger Heavy Whipping Cream 1 1 pt
- Kroger Traditional Favorites Cut Green Beans 1 12 oz
- Guerrero White Corn Tortillas 18 Count 1 16 Oz
- Jennie-O Hot Italian Turkey Sausage 1 1.2 Lb Pkg.
- Kroger Family Size Boneless & Skinless Tilapia Fillets 1 2 lb
- Kroger Ground Beef 80% Lean 2 1 lb Roll
- Wild Caught Pacific Cod Fillets 1 1 lb (Order by the Pound)
- Heritage Farm Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat Boneless & Skinless (5-6 3 per Pack)
- Barilla Pasta Fettuccine 1 1 lb
- Bell Pepper – Green – Large 1 1 ct
- Celery – Small 1 1 each
- Dole Angel Hair Coleslaw 1 10 oz
- Onions – Yellow 2 each
- Peppers – Bell – Red 1 1 each
- Private Selection Petite Red Potatoes 1 1.5 lb
- Amy’s Organic Medium Chili 1 14.7 Fl Oz
= 41 total items
It’s 42 feels like 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
The house is cold.
I just wanted ONE WEEK of perfect weather where I wouldn’t need the air conditioner or the heater. However, Dallas has other plans and decided to skip Fall and go right into Winter. Rainy cold days call for the oven to be on with something sweet cooking up.
I made a loaf of Amish White Bread the other day. We loved eating it with meatball sandwiches, and butter with jelly. The last of it was begging to be made into bread pudding.
Big, crusty, loaf of white bread.
With a bread machine, this bread is super simple… just toss the ingredients in and let it do its thing.
If you have left overs, try out this bread pudding:
- 6 slices day-old bread
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional- I substituted for semisweet chocolate chips)
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups milk
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.