12 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals

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When I was pregnant with my toddler, I put together some freezer meals for the slow cooker for those first few weeks of parenthood from recipes that I found on my blog and online.  And, boy, was I glad that I did it.  The first few weeks were such an adjustment with sleep deprivation and getting into a schedule…I honestly barely remember a lot of it, but I do remember being happy that I had food in the freezer that I could pop in the crock pot, throw over some rice at the end of the day and be done with.

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So naturally, with baby #2 right around the corner, I went back through my recipes and came up with some favorites for this time around.  Some I used last time and loved so much that I wanted to do them again.  Others are some of my new recipes that are freezer friendly and are perfect for our little family {the pics throughout this post are the finished product from some of my favorites that are included on the list}.

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12 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals | Little Kitchen, Big Bites I made sure that all of them would be happily eaten by my toddler this time around too.  And that, for the most part, they’re relatively healthy or at least well rounded with protein and veggies to keep her going in the midst of this transition too.

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In terms of modifying the linked recipes to become freezer friendly, I put everything in the freezer bag that would normally go into the pot at the beginning of cooking time.  Then, I put a note on each bag listing what I needed to finish it off, which is what was added in the last hour of cooking or what the dish was served over…most of the time this is dairy, more delicate produce like cilantro, and rice or quinoa.

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This way I can either plan ahead, go to the market, and grab the extras for a couple recipes for the week, or can pop the food into the crock pot in the morning and make a quick stop at the grocery store for whatever I need through the day to top it off at night.

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The best part about this time around?  I’ve got mom friends who were totally into this idea too and due around the same time.  I may have looked like a little bit of a nut in the Target line {see the below picture of my kitchen pre-assembly…} buying enough cans of beans for each of us, but it was worth it.  They came over, the kids played {i.e. created complete chaos in our house}, and we put our bags together.  They all came together in less than two hours, which was a major accomplishment.  It was a total blast and I’ve got some more fun brewing about the freezer meals and parties coming soon!  But for now, here’s a list of some of the recipes that were easily converted to freezer meals this round.

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12 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals For New Moms

Cheddar, Potato & Asparagus Soup
Chicken Taco Soup
Jalapeño Black & White Bean Chicken Chili
Russian Chicken
Honey Balsamic Chicken Sliders
BBQ Buffalo Meatballs
Coconut Vegetable Curry
Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Veggie Quinoa Tacos
Thai Peanut Butter Cashew Chicken
Beef Lettuce Wraps
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Cowgirl Second Birthday Party

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Secondary title:
That Time I Posted About My Daughter’s Cowgirl Birthday Party Months After It Happened

So remember when I was posting about all of those fun projects that I was doing for my toddler’s birthday party?  You know, back in June?  You don’t remember?  Yea it’s cool, I don’t blame you.

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I had such good intentions to write this fabulous post about her fabulous party and how much I love her and how I can’t believe that my sweet tiny baby girl is now two.  Which is all true.  The party was held at a local farm and was totally incredible and we all had the best time.  It was pink and cowgirl themed…and had cupcakes and ponies and that’s all she really cared about.

And now she’s two.  Perfectly, and sometimes terribly, two.  And even on our rough days I wouldn’t trade being her full time mama for the world.  Her smile lights up my life and walking into her bedroom to be greeted with a “good morning Mama!” each day is just everything to me.  She’s my little best friend and I love her to pieces.

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But back to the party.  It was awesome.  And I came back with 2,340,309 photos to look through and edit and put together for this post.  Which was overwhelming.  So I just didn’t.  But eventually I got my butt in gear and got through them all.  So here ya go!

The party was in the morning because most of our kids still get good afternoon naps in, so we did a very simple and casual brunch menu.  I started with a whole bunch of ideas for some fancy pants parfait bar before realizing that everyone would just want to grab and go enjoy the farm and then come back for dessert at the end.  And most of the dessert was from boxed mixes or the recipes on the back of the package.  Because, pregnant and lazy.  And it was just perfect.  Other than the fact that we had way too much food.  But that’s the usual for me.

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Interested in hosting a similar party?  Here are the details:

DIY Projects
Rope Letter Name Pallet Sign
Rustic Mason Jar Vases
Polaroid Toddler Photo Booth
Western Themed Toddler Photo Booth
Giant Chalkboard
Horse Head on a Stick Favors
Yarn Wrapped Monogram
Most printables were from this free suite from The Little Umbrella

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Menu
Brunch
Assorted Muffins
Assorted Bagels and Cream Cheese
Watermelon Slices
Chex Mix “Chicken Feed”
Basket of Whole “Fresh Picked Fruit”
Veggie Platter of “Fresh Picked Veggies”

Dessert 
S’mores Pops
“Cowgirl” Cupcakes
Rice Crispy Treat “Hay Bales”
Brownie “Cow Pies” {yes, we went there}
Licorice “Lasso Ropes”

At “The Watering Hole” we just had a simple assortment of waters and sodas.

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Horse on a Stick | DIY Party Favor or Gift

Horse on a Stick | Party Favor DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Guys, I’ll admit that even I knew that I was a little bit crazy to make 19 of these for party favors.  But I made the first one for my little pretty easily and she {being the horse lover that she already is…we’re in trouble…} adored it.  Rode it, ran around with it, cuddled it, and loved on it like crazy.  I figured if even one of her friends had the same reaction to it, I had to do it for them.

They were a labor of love and I figure it took me about 12 hours to finish all of them…which I guess comes out to less than an hour a pony so that’s not too bad.  I did them all assembly line style, which definitely made it easier if you’re looking to churn them out too.  The tutorial below shows how to do one of them, but if you’re doing more just add more supplies and get goin’!

I also am lucky enough to have piles of fabric, yarn, buttons, ribbon and other fabulous crafting supplies sitting around my house.  So these suckers cost me less than $2 a piece.  The only things that I paid for were the dowels and the Poly-Fil stuffing from Joann.

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I searched around a lot to find the best looking ponies and this tutorial from Me and Madeline was the winner.  I did things slightly differently from her, but her blog is also an awesome reference and I refer to it below for the patterning, so feel free to roll over there and see what she did too.  Girlfriend actually knows how to sew, which I can’t really claim to do more than dabble in, so please don’t judge if you see anything in my pics or instructions that don’t totally make sense.  These things stayed together and look cute and that’s all I care about.

And the kids, guys!  They were all about the ponies!  At first, they didn’t really notice them but by the end of the party they were carrying them around and “riding” on them and enjoying them a ton.  I’ve heard back that kids have named them, dragged them around everywhere {sorry parents} and even slept with them at night.  Totally worth every minute of time that I put in.

Supplies {for one pony}
1 – 22″ square piece of fabric
2 buttons for eyes
2 yards ribbon for bridle
Yarn for mane {not sure exactly how much but one skien made several}
Poly-Fil or other stuffing material
Dowel {choose length and thickness depending on age and size of children}
Hot glue gun
Sewing machine with coordinating thread colors

How To…
{All photos of the process are below}

1) Make your pattern.  Refer to this tutorial for exactly how to do it because her’s makes more sense than anything I can write.  They kind of look like a dinosaur at first, but trust me, it’ll look like a horse in the end.
2) Fold your fabric in half and trace your pattern on, then cut.  Make sure to keep the pieces together if you’re doing multiple as the two pieces of fabric are going to be the front and back pieces of the horse’s head.
3) Cut triangles for your horses ears that are approximately 3″ per side
4) Cut three pieces of ribbon that are the length of the horses nose to the back of his head below his eyes and set aside.
5) Hot glue button eyes onto horse {or hand stitch if you’re ambitious}.  Keep in mind that you’re going to lose an inch or two in sewing him together and that the mane is going to flop down another few inches too.
6) Sew ears onto the horse, keeping the above seam restrictions in mind.  Fold your triangle in half and sew face down on the head, then flip the ear up and sew right on top of that stitch so it sticks up straight.
7) Make the horse’s mane by wrapping the yarn around a large book or container top several times.  Depending on the thickness of the yarn, I would suggest 50 – 85 times, with the end result being a thick mane, about 20″ long.  At the end, I knotted off the beginning and end pieces to another piece of yarn to secure it a little.
8) Gently slip the mane off the book and sew right down the center of it to hold the whole thing together.
9) Fold the mane in half.  Lay the two pieces of the horse’s head so the good parts {the part with the eyes and ears} face each other.  Tuck the ears down and put the mane in between the two pieces of fabric, so that the seam of the mane runs parallel with the edges of the fabric.  Pin generously, leaving the straight bottom portion open for stuffing.
10) Sew pieces together
11) Turn inside out and give yourself a pat on the back if it actually kind of looks like a horse!
12) You can cut the loops of the mane for “straight” hair or you can leave them looped for “curly” hair.  I did some of each for the kids
13) Stuff generously with Polyfil
14) Hot glue one piece of ribbon from the tip of the nose to the base of the neck below the eye on each side, and one around the nose about half way up {refer to pictures below}
15) Use your finger to make a hole in the Polyfil and place the dowel inside.  You want it to be in almost to the top but not all the way.
16) Hot glue around the base of the dowel and squeeze the remaining fabric around to secure.  Depending on your cut, you may need to do some additional folding and hot gluing to secure entirely.
17) Hot glue a piece of yarn to the base fabric and let dry.  Tightly wrap the yarn around the base of the fabric and the pole to completely secure the fabric and secure the with more hot glue

You’re done!!  Step back and admire your good work, and then hand it over to your toddler to drag it around, thrash it and completely love on it.  Enjoy!
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Rope Letter Name Sign | Easy & Cheap Party DIY

Rope Letter Name Sign | Easy & Cheap Party DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I cannot believe my baby girl is going to be two.  And I really can’t believe that her birthday party is sneaking up on me.  I’ve been trying to haul through all of my fun DIY cowgirl themed decorations like her photo booths {western themed and polaroid themed} as well as some other surprises that I’ll reveal later.

You’ve probably figured out by now that I like projects that are quick, easy and cheap.  My favorite kind are the ones that can go from zero to tied up with a nice little bow during one or two nap times {luckily my kid gives me some good naps}.  This was one of those awesome projects, and I’m totally thrilled with the way it turned out.  It may even become decor in her room after this if I can find a place for it, and would be perfect for any western or cowboy/cowgirl themed space.

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Hubby yanked the wood for the background off of an old palate that we had laying around {and said it was a huge pain…thanks Hubby…}, but you could also nail multiple regular boards together or use one flat piece of wood…whatever works for your space.

Supplies

Wood palate or other wood for background
White paint, water, paint brush and paper towels
Glue gun
Rope {I used some like this, but you can get a thicker or thinner size depending on the size of your palate and the name you’ll be writing}

How To…

1) White wash the wood background.  To do this, mix equal parts paint and water and paint on with a paintbrush in the direction of the grain of the wood.  When the paint has dried for about a minute, use a paper towel to lightly wipe off the top layer of paint in the direction of the grain, leaving some white and exposing more of the wood grain.  Let dry completely.
2) If desired, lightly trace the text that you would like to use on the wood with pencil.  I skipped this part, but if you’re a perfectionist, you might want to go for it.
3) Grab your rope and glue gun and get going.  Figure out how you want the letter to look, cut the piece of rope in the desired length and place it on the wood to eyeball how you would like it to look.  Then, draw in the letter with glue {use a lot of it!  see below…} and immediately place the rope on top, holding it down for at least 10-15 seconds, or until it feels dry.  I did each letter as one or more separate pieces of rope and made sure that they had little tails so that they could appear to “attach” to the next letter for a cursive feel.

That’s it!  Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps | Leftover Hamburger Hack

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps | Leftover Hamburger Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

My lovely friends, grilling season has officially begun.  And if you’re like us, you’re dusting off the BBQ and getting ready for plenty of warm evenings with burgers, brats and other deliciousness.  But then…

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar to you.  You’ve invited a bunch of family and friends over for a summer BBQ {Memorial Day last weekend anyone?}.  You got the Costco sized pack of hamburgers for at least $25 {a steal for the amount of ground beef that they give you…kisses to Costco}.  They all get grilled up, put on the buffet and everyone settles in to eat their share.

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You go to tidy up as you’re finishing your meal and you realize there are five perfectly good cooked burgers that haven’t been touched.  Your husband isn’t going to eat a second day leftover hamburger.  Your kids won’t touch them.  So you’re either stuck eating them yourselves or letting that delicious Costco beef go to waste.  Usually, in my house, they end up in the trash can.  Which kills me.

So this time, I planned ahead.  When I got the burgers, I grabbed a few extra ingredients and banked on the fact that there would be extras.  And lo and behold, five delicious burgers ended up in my fridge, ready to be thrown in the slow cooker the next day.

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And these lettuce wraps are good, easy, relatively healthy stuff {which you really need the day after a big bbq}.  Delicious, sweet and salty and slightly spicy lettuce wraps, with a little hint of smoke from the grill.

I would like to note that you can make the same recipe with ground beef and just brown it up in a pan before you put it in the slow cooker.  It just won’t give you the same level of satisfaction of saving food that you’ll get if you manage to hack your BBQ leftovers into a healthy, delicious second day meal.

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Slow Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps | Leftover Hamburger Hack
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
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Serves: Serves 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 4-6 large hamburgers, cooked {or sub for 1.5 - 2 lbs hamburger meat}, crumbled with hands or potato masher into bite sized pieces
  • 1½ cups crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small can water chestnuts, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup General Tsao sauce
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • 1 T sriracha
  • 1 T ginger
  • 1 T preminced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 head lettuce, washed and separated, for cups
  • Sriracha, green onions, additional General Tsao or soy sauce or any other desired toppings or dips
Instructions
  1. Add everything except the cabbage, lettuce and toppings into the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  3. Stir in cabbage and let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until cabbage has softened.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to remove mixture from crock pot and place in lettuce cups.
  5. Top with sriracha, green onions, and any desired sauces.

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Polaroid Toddler Photo Booth | Easy, Cheap DIY

Polaroid Toddler Photo Booth | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Last week, I shared the Western Themed Toddler Photo Booth that I made out of a wardrobe box for my little one’s cowgirl themed birthday party next month.  While searching for cheap boxes, I found a very nice lady who was willing to give me not one but two boxes for free!  I figured the second one could be for if I screwed up the first one.  Which, miraculously, I didn’t.

So Plan B was obviously to make another one.  Because two is always better than one.

I’m all about polaroids and instagrams and all of that fun nonsense {follow me on instagram here or @littlekitchenbigbites} so I figured I would make a nice, clean polaroid photo booth.  With a hashtag at the bottom.  So I can take everyone’s pictures for my own photo book after without having to run around like a crazy person with my camera.  Which I’ll probably do anyway.  {Side note…to protect the munchkin and her buddies the actual hashtag has been digitally obscured}

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Just like the Western style booth, his project was finished in a nap time, was super easy, and was totally FREE.  And, again, I was lazy with the lettering and hand drew it but if you’d like a cleaner look, you could also use stencils, cut and paste on printed lettering, or use a Silhouette or Cricut to cut letters or adhesive vinyl.

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Supplies

Wardrobe box
Scissors or box cutter
Markers (whatever colors you want for the sign)
White Spray Paint
Opt: White poster board

How To…

Photos of the process are below.
1) Map out about where you’d like your hole for the face {I made my toddler stand in side to use her height as a reference} and wanted sign to be and mark lightly with pen or pencil.  For reference, my hole was about 15″x15″.  This is just for reference so you can figure out how big to make the frame, so don’t worry about getting it perfect.  You’re going to paint over it and redraw/cut in a few steps.
2) Lightly draw the polaroid “frame” around it.  You’ll want an equal distance between the top and two sides, and about 3-4 times that area at the bottom for your text.  I gave it about 2.5″ around the top and sides and 7-8″ on the bottom, but eyeball it and do what looks right to you depending on the size and height of your kiddo and your box.
3) Use painters tape and newspaper to mask off the whole polaroid frame from the rest of the box
4) Use white spray paint to paint the frame.  I didn’t want to waste the paint so you can see in the photos below that I just kind of eyeballed where the hole was going to be and didn’t bother to paint that part too heavily.  Let dry completely
4) Remove the tape and newspaper and re-draw where your hole will go in the center.
5) Cut the hole with scissors or box cutter
5) Draw or paste in any lettering {it helps me to pull up a font I want on the computer and copy that but if you’re awesome freehand, then go for it!}
6) Set the box up and cut a door in the side to fit your toddler’s height.
7) If desired, glue or tape a piece of white poster board to the back of the box to make the kiddo pop for a more crisp photo.

That’s it!  You’re done!  Enjoy all of the fun pictures!

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Western Themed Toddler Photo Booth | Easy, Cheap DIY

Western Themed Toddler Photo Booth | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Raise your hand if you have a toddler with a birthday coming up.  Now, keep your hand up if you’re obsessed with taking photos of them.  Finally, let’s keep those hands up if you like cheap {even free!}, easy ways to get cute, instagram worthy photos with them and their friends.  My hand is raised.  For all of the above {which is also why I’ve been a little slow here on the blog}.

My little one’s cowgirl themed second birthday party is less than a month away, which means a few fun tutorials coming up for cheap, easy party decor DIYs.  This one was a no brainer as soon as I saw the inspiration here while perusing Pinterest {find me on Pinterest here}.  Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone so I made two of them.  This western theme photo booth will be joined by a Polaroid themed booth on the blog in a week or so.

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Daddys and other goofy adults can also fit crouched down…

This project was finished in a nap time {although I let my toddler doodle on the box with me while I was drawing in the wood finish because no one will notice and I could work on the rest of it while she was entertained…win win for sure!}, was super easy, and was totally FREE.  That’s right you heard me.  It cost me a grand total of $0.  I found the wardrobe boxes on Craigslist and used paint and markers that I already had.  So overall, I would call this one of my favorite projects.  Ever.

Just a note…I was lazy with the lettering and hand drew it…I figured it added to the rustic, western look. If you’d like a cleaner look, you could also use stencils, cut and paste on printed lettering, or use a Silhouette or Cricut to cut letters or adhesive vinyl.

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Supplies

Wardrobe box
Scissors or box cutter
Markers (you’ll want brown plus whatever colors you want for the sign)
White paint
Paint roller or paint brush
Opt: White poster board

How To…

Photos of the process are below.

1) Draw in the faux wood around the whole box.  I started with big vertical lines, added horizontal lines for different “planks,” circles for “knots,” and lines and dots for the “grain.”
2) Map out about where you’d like your hole {I made my toddler stand in side to use her height as a reference} and wanted sign to be and mark lightly with pen or pencil
3) Roll or paint on the white paint in the area that you need your sign and let dry completely.  If you’re doing this as a western theme, there’s really no need to mask off the area or be exact with the painting.  I feel like the messier it is, the more it looks like an old, authentic sign.  I’ll talk about making a more exact looking sign in a future post.
4) Cut the hole in the center where the child’s face will be with scissors or box cutter
5) Draw or paste in any lettering {it helps me to pull up a font I want on the computer and copy that but if you’re awesome freehand, then go for it!}
6) Set the box up and cut a door in the side to fit your toddler’s height.
7) If desired, glue or tape a piece of white poster board to the back of the box to make the kiddo pop for a more crisp photo.

That’s it!  You’re done!  Enjoy all of the fun pictures!

For the protection of the munchkin and her buddies, the full hashtag has been digitally altered.  Just pop your own hashtag in there and you’ll be good to go!

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Rustic Mason Jars | Easy DIY

Rustic Mason Jars | Easy DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

My amazing girlfriends threw me a Southern themed baby shower before my little one was born and it was spectacular.  We’re talking about fried chicken, mac and cheese and pie, people.  And since they are the thoughtful, amazing people that they are, they left me with 24 gorgeous mason jars that were used for some delicious lemonade.  Because I love me some mason jars.

These mason jars have made the cycle as drink cups, utensil holders, and the occasional vase in the last two years.  Then I realized that I had two rustic themed baby showers, as well as a farm birthday party for my little cowgirl to plan in the next three months.  I found myself pinning beautiful little wrapped mason jars filled with babies breath and daisies over and over and over again.

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So with three parties, I figured I could take the plunge and pretty up my jars.  And I am obsessed with how they turned out.  Like on the level of the first party happened and they’re now decorating my house until the second one.  With dried babies breath {that has dried in them as the water dries up because I am that lazy…sorry Mom…I know you said to dry them upside down, but life happened}.  Which it turns out is pretty much just as cute as fresh babies breath.

What I’m saying is, if you’re into the rustic chic look, do this.  It turns out, it was a pretty cheap project!  Put them all around your house.  Use them for parties.  It was too easy and it just makes me smile pretty much every day.  I highly recommend it.

Rustic Mason Jars | Easy DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

 

Supplies
24 mason jars
{I actually used 24 regular sized jars, plus 3 big jars, plus 4 mini jars and had just enough lace}
1 roll of burlap garland {I used something like this one
but you could also use burlap fabric and cut it yourself}
3 yards of lace {Got mine in the Target dollar bin but like this one or get it pre-packed with the burlap like the one here}
1 roll of jute twine {I used something like this one}
Glue gun and hot glue

How To…
1) Take the burlap and wrap your mason jar with a slight overlap of 1″ or so.  Cut as many strips this size as you have mason jars.
2) Cut strips of lace to match the length of the burlap
3) Center a piece of lace on a piece burlap and glue it on top.  I recommend doing this on a surface that is resistant to the glue, as some of it will probably seep through the burlap.
4) They may be a little uneven, so make sure the burlap and lace end at the same point on at least one end.  If not, cut it so they do.
5) Once dry, wrap your burlap and lace piece tightly around the jar, and hot glue together on the overlap.  Make sure the even piece is on top so that the seam appears to come together evenly {close up of the back is in the collage below.  **NOTE** I didn’t want this to be permanent, so I wrapped the pieces tight enough that they would stay up but I can slide them off if I want.  If you want this to be permanently on your mason jars, use a few drops of glue as you’re wrapping the burlap on this step to glue the burlap to the jar.
6) Repeat steps 4-5 for all jars
7) Measure out a piece of twine that is long enough to tie the bow or knot that you would like.  I did bows on some and knots on others to give it some extra texture.  I actually left this step off for some of my smaller jars for the same reason.  Cut as many pieces as you need to this length.
8) Tie bows on top of lace.  If desired, add a drop of glue on the back to keep the whole piece together.

Add flowers, or whatever, and enjoy!!

 

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Hello Lovelies!

Hello lovelies!

Spring is here, daylight savings has rescued us from ugly dark nights, Southern California has blessed us with 80 degree days, and I’m back to the blog!  I really dislike January through March…there’s the chilly dark wintery-ness and there’s nothing fun to celebrate.  But now that we’re jumping into spring, I’ll be jumping back into the blog!

And while I haven’t quite gotten back to whipping up new and exciting things in the kitchen, I thought I’d share some quick links and fun that I’m loving right now.

 

I made these Peeps Rice Crispy Treats for two different Easter parties and they were so easy, delicious and looked adorable!  I did a double batch and it was perfect…and peeps are on sale now so grab them while you can!

 

Still kind of obsessed with these hashtags signs from the shop.  They make me smile.

#love | Banana Bean Design

I finally took the plunge and gave Little Kitchen, Big Bites the Instagram account that it deserves…expect food and crafting pics and other fun, coming soon.  Click to follow here!

 

My oldest friend is having a baby {yay!!!} and I helped to throw a rustic bird themed shower for her.  I may put up a full post on it in the future, but here are some of the highlights and links.

{birdseed favor tutorial, rustic thank you tags, wishing tree printable, pennant banner printable, owl printable, alphabet printable, little bird printables}

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This song is my new workout {and life} jam.  I’ve also been doing a lot of throwbacks to old school Britney, Rihanna and even some Spice Girls.  Nothing gets you moving like hearing your favorite song.

 

And of course there’s this one.  It kills me to say that this delicious little delight is almost two {and also entering the terrible two’s and getting those two year molars, so that’s fun too}.

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That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon!

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