Newspaper Origami Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Newspaper Ornaments Tutorial

Here’s the tutorial for the newspaper ornaments I entered in the Totally Green Contest. Voting is open until Nov. 30th at 8pm. I’d really appreciate your vote.

Please VOTE HERE. Thank you!!!

Supplies needed:

newspaper glue silver string beads 2″ circle hole punch glue stick (UHU is my favorite brand) wire hanger

1. Punch out 20 circles of newspaper. {Note- double-check the words on your circles for appropriateness :)}

2. Fold the circles in […]

Help Vote my Newspaper Ornaments to #1

Newspaper Ornaments

Thanks, everyone, for voting me into the Totally Green Contest Top 6! You guys are fantastic!!!

Now I need your vote one more time to get to #1. Voting ends Friday, Nov. 30th at 8pm.

Please VOTE HERE for my Newspaper Ornaments.

Thank you!!!


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*UPDATE* Tutorial is […]

Thanksgiving Recap

Thanksgiving Pies

We enjoyed a most wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends. Our Leaf Garland of Thanksgiving was completed and we certainly do have much to be thankful for. In fact, I would like to continue counting our blessings in December…just need to come up with a way to display them.

Here are some pictures of the food. I like to make enough to last us through the weekend. I think I succeeded.


Thanksgiving Flower Cornucopia Centerpiece

Thanksgiving cornucopia centerpiece

Here’s our Thanksgiving flower centerpiece for this year. I love how it turned out.

I took the cornucopia {which I saved from a couple of years ago} to Connells Maple Lee and asked them to fill it for me. If you’re thinking of picking up some flowers for your table don’t forget to print out a coupon.

Please Vote for My Newspaper Ornaments

Newspaper Ornaments

OK. I’m so excited. My newspaper ornaments made it into the Totally Green Contest top 12.

Now I need your help to make it on to the top six. Would you please take a minute to vote for my ornaments? My ornaments are pictured as #11.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!


Voting will be open until 8pm, November 25th.

How-To Tutorial Coming Soon!

Severeal people have asked if I could post […]

Thanksgiving Pie Recipes ~ Apple, Cherry and Lemon Meringue

cherry pie

Growing up in Germany, I wasn’t too familiar with pies or pie making. My sister and I would make fancy German fruit cake or some other creamy torte for the traditional coffee and cake time on Sunday afternoons.

So, when I got married and realized how much my midwest American husband loves pies, I had to learn how to make them. There were some major flops along the way {for which I still get teased}, […]

Newspaper Origami Christmas Ornaments

Newspaper Ornaments

I am so excited! I just entered the Totally Green Contest – Holiday Edition over at Totally Green Crafts. It’s my first time ever doing anything like this.

Here’s my entry.

Newspaper Origami Ornaments

I’ll let you know if I make it into the final 12. Fingers crossed!


Three Family Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Thanksgiving Colllage

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so I thought I would share three of our family’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes: Cheesy Green Bean Casserole, Hashbrown Casserole and Sweet Potato Souffle. {Truth be told, I make some of these for Christmas, too.} I usually make two recipes of the hashbrowns and sweet potatoes so we have leftovers for the rest of the weekend.

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole


4 cans green beans 8 […]

Progresso Recipe Starters ~ Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese

Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

We tried another one of the recipe starters by Progresso last night, the Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese. {In case you missed it, check out the Chicken Pot Pie I made earlier this week.} It was very good and also easy to make.

You’ll need:

1 can Progresso recipe starter 3 c. uncooked pasta (I used shells, because it’s what I had) 1/2 c. milk 1 minced garlic clove 1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese […]

Quick Tip #9 ~ How to Clean a Microwave

Microwave before 2

Now that I’ve finished some of the bigger projects to get ready for the holidays it’s time to clean the house. Today, I tackled the microwave.

Here’s a simple cleaning technique I discovered that decreased my usual thirty minute {and disgusting} project to ten. Yay!

All you’ll need is water, distilled white vinegar, a microwave safe bowl and paper towels.

Before Pics (so disgusting)

Here’s what I did.

1. Mix 1/2c. white vinegar […]