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May 22 2016

Baking Powder Biscuits

Good morning my friends!

Hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday morning.  Oh my goodness has it been awhile!  A lot has changed over these past 4 months.  If you follow me on Instagram @alisambloom you’ve gotten a glimpse of what we’ve been up to.  My husband and I welcomed a sweet baby girl at the very end of last year and let’s just say our hands and hearts have been full!  I’ve missed you all and have wanted so many times to do some blog posts here and there but I’ve been trying to savor precious time with my girl during my maternity leave because babies don’t keep!  I’ll work on a little what we’ve been up to post and share with you soon, but today I have a yummy recipe to share with you.

I made these biscuits this morning and shared a picture on Instagram and had a request for the recipe so thought I’d share with you all.  I used to make these all the time on weekends when I was little.  My mom helped me the first couple times and then learned to make them myself, they are that easy to make!

Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450°.  Combine flour, salt, baking powder and cream of tarter in bowl.  Cut in shortening with pastry cutter until mixture resembles course meal.  Add milk and stir until dough forms ball around fork.  Turn dough onto lightly floured board and knead 14 times.  Roll dough until about 1/2 inch thick.  Cut with biscuit cutter and place on baking sheet.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

Tried and True Tips:

  • This recipe makes about 8 large or about 12 small biscuits.  Double this recipe for a larger crowd.
  • After cutting out the biscuits, roll the scraps of dough in a ball and knead a few times, roll out and cut biscuits again.  Repeat process if needed.  Use large and small biscuit cutters to get the most out of your rolled dough.
  • Slice biscuits in half and top with butter and jam or honey.
  • Make a breakfast sandwich by adding a sausage patty or scrambled eggs.
  • You could even use this recipe to make biscuits and gravy.
Enjoy!

Signature - Alisa

Mar 23 2015

Mommy Monday: Chores Toddlers Can Do

Happy Monday Everyone!

As parents my husband and I often talk about things we want to teach our children.  One of the things that is important to us that our son learns is to take responsibility and that he has an important part in making our household run.  I really want him to develop a strong work ethic and the best time to start that is now, even at two years old.  And actually, my son has been doing some “chores” for a while now.  I tried to make it a very positive experience so it would be more “fun” than “work.”  Sometimes we make it a game and sometimes it’s just “helping mommy.”  We’ve come up with some things that our little guy can do to help out around the house and also learn some responsibility.

1.  Put shoes away–  Whenever we come into the house from being outside we take off our shoes and have a basket we put them in.  Now, when I take off my son’s shoes he takes them and puts them in the basket.  He is very proud to “do his job.”

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2.  Helps get his own snacks– We have a bottom drawer in our kitchen that hold all of our son’s plates, cups, bowls, spoons, etc. When he asks for a snack I will tell him to get a bowl.  Or if I’m putting away clean dishes he sometimes helps to put away his dishes in the drawer.

3.  Puts dirty clothes in hamper–  At bedtime when we put pajamas on, my little guy is in charge of putting his dirty clothes in his hamper which is right inside his closet and easily accessible to him.  He gets a little excited about this and has been known to put clean laundry in there too! :/

4.  Help do laundry–  When I do laundry, he will help me carry the laundry baskets or I will give him a small one of his own to carry.  Then he helps me load the clothes into the washer and loves to push the button to start it.  Because we have been doing this for a while and I really praise him for being a big helper he loves doing laundry now!

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5.  Help fold laundry– After I bring in the clean laundry I dump the basket on the couch and my little guy hands me each piece to fold and sometimes tries to fold it on his own. :)

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6.  Put clean socks/clothes away– After we fold laundry my son helps me carry it to the bedrooms and he knows that putting away his clean socks is his job.  He really likes doing it and confirms to me that children want responsibility even at a young age.

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7.  Clean up spills-Once in a while 😉 we have some spills around here and sometimes they are not always accidents.  When it happens my son gets a towel from the drawer and helps me clean it up.  He actually wants to do it “all by himself.”

8.  Pick up toys-This is a big one!  The amount of “picking up” that us moms do is insane, right?!  Before we get ready for bed each night we clean up the living room and playroom.  Sometimes we put the timer on and see if we can have it cleaned up by the end.  Or we put on music to clean up to.  We definitely don’t do this perfectly every day and there are some days I’m left cleaning up toys after he is in bed, but establishing this habit is important as our kiddos get older.

9.  Throw trash away–  Don’t you love it when you little one comes to you with chewed up food they don’t want or a piece of trash?!  😉  My son is in charge of throwing away his own trash in the trash can.  He also likes helping daddy take out all the trash in the house on trash day.

What kinds of chores do your toddlers do at home?  I’d love some more ideas!

For more Mommy Monday posts click through below:

St. Patrick’s Day Activities /  DIY Rainbow Counting Book /  Beauty From Ashes /  Nautical Nursery /  Valentine Activities for Kids /  DIY Child’s Prayer Book /  Kid’s Train Birthday Party /  Busy Bag Swap /  Sorting Colors Activities /  Beginning Preschool Activities /  Kid’s Playroom / Lessons From My Little One / It Takes a Village / Themed Play dates

Have a great week!

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Mar 18 2015

Pesto Margarita Bagel Pizza

Hi friends!

Just dropping in real quick to share a quick and delicious recipe.  I bet you even have most of the ingredients.  These pesto margarita bagel pizzas are perfect for lunch or dinner!  This would be a fun meal to invite your kids to help out.  You can adjust the recipe to make it more kid friendly by omitting the onions.  If you are out of dinner ideas, I hope you give this one a try!

Pesto Margarita Bagel Pizza

Ingredients

  • Bagels
  • Pesto
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Bagel Pizza Ingredients

Directions

Slice bagel in half and toast.

Toast Bagel

 Spread pesto on toasted bagel.

Add Pesto

 Layer slices of tomato and onion.  Season with salt and pepper.

Add Tomato & Onion

 Add mozzarella cheese and sprinkle on Parmesan.  Drizzle olive oil over cheese.

Add Cheeses

 Melt cheese in toaster oven or under broiler. Enjoy!

Bagel Pizza

Onions aren’t part of the traditional margarita pizza, but it adds a lot of good flavor.  Fresh mozzarella cheese would be delicious on this too!  Can’t wait to make this recipe again with my mom’s homegrown tomatoes this spring!

Hope all of you have a wonderful day and a great rest of the week!

Signature - Alisa

 

Oct 8 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Supporting the Cause

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I’m sure nearly all of us have been affected by this devastating disease in some way or another, whether you or someone you know has or have had breast cancer.  According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.  That is an astonishing number.  Though rare, men are also diagnosed with this disease.  The best way to reduce your risk of breast cancer or catch it in its early stage is to be educated, know your family history and perform monthly self exams.  In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, when breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage  the 5 year survival rate is 98%.  So if you haven’t already, be sure to get checked and remind your loved ones too!  Check your insurance coverage, as some plans don’t charge a co-pay for preventative office visits.  Mark your calendar every month to remind you to do a self exam.  To learn more about breast cancer screening and early detection, or to make a donation, here are a few resources you can visit: National Breast Cancer Foundation or Susan G. Komen.  If you are someone you know is battling breast cancer we are praying for you.  If you have a specific prayer request, please feel free to leave us a comment or send us an email.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’ve rounded up some pink products that raise awareness for breast cancer and many of the companies give proceeds towards organizations that benefit breast cancer.  What is better than shopping  and supporting a wonderful cause?!  These would make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers!  Learn more about the products and find links below.  Make sure you scroll all the way down to see some fitness products too.

Pink Products

 1. essie Breast Cancer Awareness Mini Four Pack Nail Polish Set.

2. Stella & Dot Inspire Bracelet: 100% of the net proceeds through October benefit the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for women’s cancers.  Such a beautiful and feminine bracelet.  I love the rose gold detail.

3. DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Perfume Collection: The company is donating $15,000 of the proceeds of this product to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

4. Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss: $5.00 from your purchase of this product will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  This is also a limited edition shade.

5. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: $5.00 from your purchase of this product will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

6. EOS Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Collection Lip Balm & Lotion 3-Pack: A portion of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer research.

7. JustFab’s Bon Bon Clutch in BC Pink: 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This clutch is adorable!  It comes with a chain strap so you can also wear it over your shoulder.  The inside is lined with a cute stripped fabric.

Pink Fitness Products

1. Under Armour Go Fight Cure Long Sleeve Tee: This tee can be found at Macy’s.  They are currently offering 20% off if you donate $5.00 towards breast cancer awareness, research and education.

2. Yurbuds Women’s Inspire Earbuds: Found at Dick’s Sporting Goods who has donated $250,000 to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.  (the link goes to the blue earbuds, but you can select the pink ones from this page).

3. Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband: Found at Dick’s Sporting Goods who has donated $250,000 to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

4. Nike Breast Cancer Awareness Wristbands: Found at Dick’s Sporting Goods who has donated $250,000 to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

5. Under Armour Women’s Power In Pink Great Escape Shorts II:  Under Armour’s Power In Pink is donating $10 Million to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center to benefit breast health.  Can also be found at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

6. New Balance Pink Ribbon 1765 Fitness Walkers: Through December 31, 2014, New Balance will contribute 5% of the MSRP of each product from their Lace Up for the Cure Collection to Susan G Komen with a minimum of $500,000 in 2014.

Go, Fight, Cure!

Signature - Alisa

 

Sep 25 2014

All In Good Twine Turns One! Plus a Giveaway!!

All In Good Twine Turns One

All In Good Twine is turning one! Our journey started a year ago today and it has been such a joy.  With one of us working full time in the business world and the other working full time as a stay at home mom, we’ve enjoyed the creative outlet that this blog has given us.  It has been  really great to work together as sisters and friends to create a space where we can share recipes, crafts, activities, as well as our heart in hopes to inspire our readers.  The best part of it all is you!  We have been blessed by your sweet emails, encouraging comments and by your custom orders.  Your support means the world to us and we truly appreciate every one of you!

A year ago we knew nothing about blogging, but we have learned SO much and are really proud of what we have accomplished.  There are many things that we are still figuring out there is so much more to learn, but we are excited and welcome the challenge!  As we start our second year, we  hope you continue to read along and share with your friends.  We’d love to hear from you about what you have enjoyed reading here.  Please share if there is a topic you would like us to write about.

If you are new here, welcome!  We are so happy that you are here!  Be sure to enter your email in the right side bar to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.  After you subscribe, send us an email if you would like a digital copy of our free Thankful printable Shown below.  Easy and simply decor for the fall season!

Thankful Printable

In honor of our birthday celebration, we are giving away a set of 4 handmade notecards, matching gift tags and a hair clip to one lucky winner!

All In Good Twine Giveaway

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Hope you have a great day and again, thank you so much for reading!

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Jun 6 2014

DIY Clothes Pin Garden Markers

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m sure looking forward to the weekend!  We are going to get in some great family time at the lake this weekend!  I’m so excited to spend time with some extended family!

Today I want to share with you a quick and easy DIY garden marker for your vegetable garden.

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Materials

-skewers

-clothes pins (the old fashioned kind)

-paint (I used acrylic)

-foam brush (super cheap at Michaels)

-sharpie

garden marker supplies

Directions

1.  Fit your clothes pins on top of your skewers.

2.  Paint your clothes pins with color of your choice.  I did two coats of paint on mine.

3.  Let the paint dry.  When fully dry write the names of the vegetable with sharpie.

4.  Stick in the ground in your garden and enjoy!

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Check out how I started my garden.

Hope you all have a great weekend!  Check back on Monday for another Mommy Monday Post!

Signature - Marissa

May 28 2014

Grilled Steak Salad

It’s Wednesday already and that makes me happy!  I love short weeks :) .  I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day.  So grateful for all the men and women who have served and who are serving our country.  Also, for their families and the sacrifices they’ve made.

For Memorial Day we wanted to grill something, but had burgers last week and didn’t feel like a heavy steak dinner, so my husband and I came up with this grilled steak salad recipe.  We tag teamed on this one; I made the marinade and croutons and he grilled and did all the chopping!  It was SO good…we had it the next night too!  So, I thought I’d share the recipe with you all and I’m also linking up for Momfessionals Recipe Club.  Be sure to head over to Andrea’s blog and check out all the other recipes shared.

Recipe Club

Grilled Steak Salad

Salad Ingredients:

  • 8 oz thin cut of boneless steak – marinated (sirloin, top shoulder, etc.)
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • homemade croutons
  • blue cheese crumbles (optional)
  • ranch dressing (Litehouse Organic Ranch is my favorite!)

Marinade Ingredients: (don’t remember where I got the original recipe from)

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 tsp steak seasoning

Crouton Ingredients:

  • 6 slices sourdough bread
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt

Directions:

Combine marinade ingredients in a gallon size resealable bag.  Add steak to bag, seal, set bag in glass dish, and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, turning meat over halfway through.

While meat is marinading, prepare your homemade croutons:  Preheat oven to 300°.  Cut bread into 1/2 inch cubes.  In large bowl, coat bread cubes with melted butter, olive oil, Parmesan cheese and garlic salt.  Spread onto a foil lined baking sheet in a single layer.  Bake at 300° for about 25 – 30 minutes or until golden brown and crisp, stirring every 5 minutes or so.  Cool completely before storing.

Grill marinated steak to your liking (internal temp of 155° for well done or 140° for medium-well). We like ours well done!  Rest your meat under  a tent of foil for about 5 minutes (this allows the juices to evenly distribute, keeping the flavor in your meat instead of all over your cutting board).  Thinly slice steak across the grain.   To serve, divide lettuce into individual serving bowls, top with red onions, tomatoes, egg, croutons, blue cheese and sliced steak. Drizzle with ranch dressing.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

This is a perfect recipe for those warm summer nights.  Hope you enjoy!  I’ll be back later in the week to show you how to make the paper fans we made for the baby shower we recently shared with you.

Signature - Alisa

 

Apr 16 2014

Wedding Cake Topper

Hi Everyone!

We are back again to show you some more photos from our friend Kim’s wedding, specifically the wedding cake topper!  Be sure to check out our post on the Kid’s Wedding Table if you missed it.  Kim had a small wedding cake to use for the cake cutting and served sheet cake to the rest of her guests.  Both delicious and is a great budget saving option!  I love that the cake was so simple, yet so chic.

Wedding Cake

Marissa made the fun fabric bunting for the cake topper.  I think it frames the peg people nicely and adds the perfect finishing touch.  She used some leftover fabric that she used to make the fabric bunting for the photo booth (post on the photo booth coming soon!).  To make the bunting, simply cut small triangles from the fabric using pinking shears (notice the top edge is cut using regular scissors).  Next, thread a needle with coordinating bakers twine.  Hand stitch the bunting (fabric flags) together.  Leave extra twine on either side and tie each end to wooden skewers.  The end ties are finished with a simple bow.

And can we talk about the peg people for a second…adorable!  Kim’s friend Kari hand painted them.  To purchase your own custom peg people email Kari at vpkari@hotmail.com  They would also make a great engagement party cake topper, or a sweet little birthday present for a little girl with pegs that represent her family, or close friends.

Wedding Cake Bunting

No detail was overlooked on the cake table.  It was anchored with a burlap table runner and delicate ivory lace was draped on either side.  Look closely and you will see the cake stand was lined with burlap as well.  The large galvanized flower market bucket held fresh hydrangeas and twigs which added nice height.  A pewter pot held a small plant which added a vibrant green to the table.  The lace covered votives and lantern added romantic candle light when lit in the evening.  Absolutely adore the rustic wooden tree with their initials carved in it made by Kim’s sister Allyson and brother-in-law Rich.  Allyson also designed their wedding invitations in which she incorporated the same tree design.  I love when details are incorporated in elements throughout the wedding.  Finally, you have the essential cake knife and server and wine glasses for the toasts.

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Wedding Cake Table

Cake Table Details

Kim – you did such an amazing job!  We just love all the decorative elements you added.

Thanks for stopping by.  We hope you all have a great rest of the week.  It’s Wednesday!  You are halfway done; you can make it!

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Oct 16 2013

Embrace the Camera Challenge Day 5: Faces

Hi Everyone!

I loved Alisa’s take on the Embrace The Camera Challenge!  It was fun looking at some of those old pictures!  So glad we have them!  I thought I would just wrap up the Embrace The Camera Challenge and show all of you my last day of the challenge photo.  I even got my husband in on the challenge!  Actually, I almost forgot about taking a picture on this last day because it had been such a trying day with a sick baby, little sleep the night before, and preparing for a birthday party! Can you tell we were both exhausted!

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I am grateful for this picture because it is a reminder that life is not always easy, but we are in this together.

This weekend my son turned one (more on the Brown Bear Brown Bear party on Friday) and after the party my family decided to go out in the backyard and take some photos…you could say we did a little Embrace the Camera session! :)  It was so much fun and we laughed a lot!

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These next few you could call “outtakes” but they are my favorite.  I think they capture our personalities and love for each other the best.  I think that’s the story pictures should tell.  It’s not about getting the perfect picture, its about capturing the fun moments with family and friends.

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The Embrace the camera challenge was such a fun project for me last week, but more importantly it helped me reflect on my life with my family and commit to embracing the everyday moments we have been given together.

Don’t forget to check back on Friday for a wrap up of my son’s Brown Bear Brown Bear first birthday party!

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Oct 11 2013

Embrace the Camera Day 4: Creative

I was a little intimidated by the prompt of yesterday’s challenge: Creative.  I felt a lot of pressure to come up with a really amazing picture.  It was too much pressure for a day like yesterday.  It was just one of those days.  I was exhausted and Luke was a hot mess by the end of the day.  I laid down on the floor desperate for him to stop the whining.  As he came over to me I grabbed him up and we cuddled together on the floor for a few sweet moments of peace and quiet.  He just needed me, his mama, to love on him and sweetly kiss his forehead and whisper that I love him.  It is such a gift to be his mom.  I realized that the point of the Embrace the Camera Challenge wasn’t to stress over getting the best picture.  It was to be in the moment and BE in the picture, to have lasting memories of our everyday life together.  Our life is a mix of it all: smiles and frowns, laughing and crying.  I want to remember it all because even in the difficult times there are sweet moments to capture.   I want Luke to look back at pictures and see me in them, loving him through it all.

 

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Happy Friday!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  My little guy is turning one this weekend!  I can’ believe it!  Check back next week to see a wrap up of his Brown Bear Brown Bear birthday party.

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