Serve Your Love a Heart-Shaped Meal on Valentine’s Day


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or you could make jam… here’s how I did it.

Two slices of bacon, 2 slices of bread, an egg, 2 big strawberries, jam and a heart-shaped cookie cutter are all you need to make this tasty, savory, and sweet breakfast plate for the one who makes your heart go thump-thump!

BACON: Lay a strip of bacon in the shape of a heart in your frying pan. Use a spatula to turn the slice over when it is done on one side.

STRAWBERRY ROSE: Use a sharp paring knife to slice small strawberry petals in several rows, starting from the base of a washed and dried strawberry. Use the knife to gently bend the petals outward.

EGG in TOAST: Use a cookie cutter to cut a heart out of the center of a slice of bread. Melt butter in a frying pan. Place your bread in the pan and toast lightly on one side. Turn it over. Crack an egg in the middle (or scramble the egg first before you pour) of the bread slice. Cook until done.

HEART with JAM: Spread your favorite berry  jam on the bread heart you cut out of the above.

Click here to craft your love a card to go with breakfast.


Kiss Me – I Love You – Be Mine: Here’s how to craft a Valentine


Kiss Me – I Love You – Be Mine

Here’s how to craft a Valentine

Card for the one that you adore

To tell him forever, “I love you”

and a whole lot more!

Card materials and supplies:

Scrapbook paper: white and 2 complementary papers with patterns

Embellishments such as colored paste-on rhinestones, punch out paper curlie Qs, heart buttons in different sizes, red or pink stamp pad, red sting or thin ribbon, and Valentine-themed tickets


Scissors, craft glue sick and glue dots, corner rounder, and a hole punch.

Card instructions:

Watch how easy it is to make this card with a Xyron or you can do it this way:

1. Cut white paper, fold in half, distress edges with ink.

2. Crop your picture.

3. Cut one of the patterned papers smaller than the card and 2 pieces of the other patterned paper small enough to fit a bit bigger than your photo.

4. Glue papers, photo and embellishments as shown in the photo above.

Click here for recipes to cook your love breakfast to go with the card.

Watch this segment of Sonoran Living.

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Are your ready to plant? Me too!

super simple gardening tips

Seed starter:

Use an old cupcake tin. Add cupcake paper and fill with WET soil. Plant your seeds and wait for them to sprout!

To test your soil:

1. Add about 1 cup of your soil to a container such as a glass mason jar

2. Add a 1/2 cup of vinegar. If the soil bubbles or gets fizzy like soda it’s alkaline.

If there is no reaction….

1. Add another cup of soil into another container.

2. Add a half cup of water and mix, then add a half cup of baking soda. If the soil bubbles or fizzes your soil is acidic.

If your soil is acidic you can add wood ash or lime, if it’s alkaline add sulfur or pine needles.

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All natural Aphid spray:

1-2 tablespoons of dish soap to one gallon of water. Don’t spray in the hot sun!

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Feed your indoor plants:

2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to one gallon of water. Water once a month. Epsom salt helps encourage growth!

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Natural weed killer:

Sprinkle baking soda on weeds and around garden to keep weeds from spreading.

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Cheers to your green thumb! You can watch the video on Sonoran Living.

And… if you need more gardening, try out these links:

Container gardening

Garden in a bag

Whiskey barrel water garden


Keeping Life Simple – tips from me and Susan Casper

I just adore working with my witty and smart Sonoran Living Co-Host Susan Casper!

As two very busy working moms, we are always looking for ways to save a little time and make life just a bit easier.

Here are a few tips that we found you might find useful in your everyday busy life:

Terri_and_Susan_simplify_your_life_with__885420000_20130903092610_320_240Water bottle time stamp:
Mark your daily water intake by time on your water jug.

Soda can hanger:
Detach the tab from a soda can and put in on a hanger. Use the other hole to hang another hanger. It saves you space in your closet.

Soda straw holder:
After pulling up the tap on your soda can, rotate the tab around and use the hole to hold your straw. That way it won’t keep floating to the top.

Wrapping paper holder:
Use empty toilet rolls or paper towel rolls to secure wrapping paper. Simply cut from one end to the other length wise. Separate slightly and place your paper inside. It keeps it from unrolling.

Hulling strawberries:
To remove the stem from strawberries, simply insert a straw from the bottom up. The straw will push out the stem.

Keep keys in order:
Color code your keys with fingernail polish. Now no more fussing at the door.

Spaghetti noodle lighter:
Don’t burn yourself lighting those hard to reach candles. Light a spaghetti noodle stick to use as a match.

Cassette cell stand:
Flip an old cassette tape case open and use as a cell phone stand.

Sponge ice pack:
Put a frozen saturated sponge in a plastic sandwich bag to make an ice pack that won’t drip all over when it melts.

Borrow buddy photo:
Take a photo of friends holding items you’ve lent them with your cell phone so you will remember down the road.


Workday After a Long Holiday Weekend Craft

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(Yes, Carol cleaned her desk especially to take this photo.)

This little doll appeared on my assistant Carol’s desk a few years back and made her laugh. As you know when you laugh, your stress level goes down.

Here is the poem that goes with it:

When you think you want to climb the walls
or stand right up and shout
here’s a little “Dammit” Doll
you cannot do without.
Just grasp it firmly by the legs
and find a place to slam it.
You’ll feel better as you yell…

You will need:
scrap fabric
needle and thread or sewing machine
ribbon or yarn for hair


dammit doll pattern


  1. Right click the pattern and download it, and then print it on regular paper the size doll you want to make (maybe you are only a little bit stressed and want to make a tiny doll).
  2. Cut a length yarn for the hair—maybe 24 inches or so.
  3. Cut out the two sides of your doll from fabric.
  4. Place fabric design sides together and sew, adding hair looped in at the top. Be sure to leave and opening to stuff your doll.
  5. Turn the fabric right side out and stuff.
  6. Sew up.
  7. Attach poem with ribbon to neck of doll. (Hmmm… I wonder if the tighter you tie indicates the amount of stress you feel?)
  8. Try out your doll.
  9. There! You feel more relazed don’t you? I am so realzed I can’t spell relaXed.
  10. Share the joy of de-stressing!

Freedom Banner

What does freedom mean to you?

Here is a banner you can craft to share and celebrate that meaning with family and friends this upcoming Independence Day!

Supplies you will need:

chipboard letters, heavy card stock, ribbon, glitter, scrap paper, paint, glue, scissors, clips and string.

I’d love for you to comments and share what freedom means to you.

This is the banner my video inspired a friend to make a year ago and her blog about what freedom means to her.

freedom banner

Water Sponge Bomb and Foamerator

Watch for the surprise at the end of this video.

All you will need the following to make these 2 super simple, kid friendly, outdoor / pool appropriate water crafts are:

an old washcloth, scissors, plastic water bottle, a bit of dish soap and water in a dish, 4 sponges (from the dollar store)

and, string!

Come and play with the sponge ball and the bubble blower summer craft!!

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Heroes never go out of fashion

Vintage and near vintage art is popularly repurposed in jewelry and mixed media art. I have not decided what I will make with this piece, maybe a card later in the month for Operation Write Home’s annual blog hop, maybe a piece of jewelry. However, when I ran across this poster my son is the first person who came to mind.

Standing_Tall Armed Forces Day poster 1951

The poster is circa 1951 and celebrates National Armed Forces Day. Here is the poster for May 18, 2013:


On February 27, 1950, President Harry Truman signed the proclamation declaring the third Saturday in May National Armed Forces Day. Parades at military bases in the US and abroad marked the day.

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense,” President Truman said.

Here are a few more photos nabbed from the DOD site.


PASSING IN REVIEW – Airmen from Andrews AFB, Md., salute President Harry S. Truman during a parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. (AFD-1951)


PEERING AT CONTROLS – Future pilots check out the controls of a jet during an open house at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. (AFD-1956)


PERFORMING AT THEIR BEST – The National Guard band of Washington D.C., performs on the grounds of the Washington Monument. (AFD-1976)

108th Army Band AZ

Arizona has its own Army National Guard Band that performs around the state.The jazz section is particularly super! There are many military bands around the US. If you would like to request a band perform in your community you can do that HERE.




If your desire is to create something nice for our men and women currently in service check out the inspiration and instructions for making blank cards for them to send  to loved ones at Operation Write Home where more than 2 million cards have been deployed since 2007.


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Create a memento of one of your favorite events or a collection of memories

We spend hours preserving photos of enjoyable events.

Why not do the same with other items that mean something special to us? This project is a great way to showcase special mementos from an important event in your life, or make a unique gift.

I designed the shadow box (below, left) for my BFF Steve.

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You can also create shadow boxes from paper and embellishments, vacation mementos, found objects, or collections of your treasures. It’s super simple!

You will need:

·    Framed shadow box

·    Craft glue or glue dots

·    The items you want to include

·    Paper or fabric for the background


  1. Take apart your shadow box frame and cut out your paper for the background. Glue the paper to the inside background.
  2. Lay out your design on the paper or fabric before you glue anything down.
  3. Once you are happy with your layout, paying attention to the layers you want, glue the items you have chosen down.
  4. Stand you project upright to make sure everything is secure.
  5. If you want, write in the corner or on the back of the box if appropriate , the date or event your shadow box commemorates.
  6. Reassemble your frame and enjoy!

Tip: I added a family picture to one of my shadowboxes. To this day it remains one of my favorite keepsakes.