Monthly Archives: May 2012

New Clothes for Summer!! Win $50 from Shabby Apple

I was contacted by Shabby Apple a few weeks ago about giving one of my lucky readers a $50 shopping spree!! Yippee! New clothes for summer!

Shabby Apple’s clothing line is fun, unique and affordable! They have something for everyone…even kiddos. Here are a few finds from their site…

 

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You know how I like to keep things easy….so to enter just comment on this post and tell me what you might like to buy?? A dress, top, skirt, swimwear….or maybe a little something for your peanut??

For an extra entry share on your favorite social network (twitter, facebook or pinterest) Thanks!

Drawing will be June 8th! Good luck!

Going to pick a winner tomorrow for the 2lbs of Shrivers Salt water taffy!!!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

One Sentence Interview: Katie Bower

The Bower Power

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I am thrilled to have Katie Bower visit here today with her answers for the one sentence interview series. I am so happy you all are enjoying these as much as I am! If you missed the first two…I have interviewed Kate Pruitt from Design Sponge…and Kate Riley from Centsational Girl…and here today I have Katie Bower (so what I am sayin is if you are wanting to be sure you raise a creative girl…name her Kate ;) Ha! It is so neat to get a little quick behind-the-blog personality check with these lovely ladies.

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I adore Katie Bower. She is one of those bloggers who completely lay it all out there. She is the most real writer. Katie is personal, creative, kind and hilarious. I usually finish reading her post…and then proceed to blow my nose and wipe my eyes. She either has me in stitches or tears. Her blog is WILDLY popular…last year she won Apartment Therapy’s Top DIY blogger award. Big stuff ;) Thanks again Katie for being so kind and lovely…all the time.

Katie’s answers…..

    1. If you could bring back one trend from the past…what would you bring back?

Impromptu and uninvited visits from friends and neighbors.  I love the lost idea of ‘going calling’ – when people just drop in….probably because I don’t mind people seeing my messes and I always have cookies on hand :)

2. If I were a dog…what kind would I be?

A boxer.  Or a chocolate Labrador.  Ok ok –  a Boxador.

3. Something you never leave out when designing a room….

A mix of old and new…throw pillows and plenty of thrift store finds.

4. If money were no object….

I would buy a pool today….this Georgia heat is killing me!

5. If I wake up in the middle of the night…the first thing I think about is

Usually really random.  Last night it was why fish don’t get electrocuted when lightening strikes the ocean.  And the night before that was I really need to learn some more impressive dance moves…just in case there is ever an impromptu dance-off in my future.

6. When I go in a friends house…I usually end up

In the kids playroom.  Its way less intimidating to talk to other adults when you have Dora the Explorer next to you.

7. My favorite way to eat ice cream is

Slightly soft with slivered almonds and swimming in dark chocolate sauce.  YUM!

8. One design regret I have is

Being cheap.  It’s a flaw to not spend the money when it is something you love that will last you forever.

9. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

My great readers – they are a constant encouragement and make me laugh till I need a bathroom break.

10. Coffee?Tea?Milk? What is your comfort drink?

Vanilla chamomile herbal tea.

Again…I adore you Katie! Thanks so much for visiting me!! Here is Katie’s blog…The Bower Power

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Chocolate Chip bars with Pretzel Crust

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Oh the sweet…and then the salty…and then the sweet again….I love these pretzel bars. The will satisfy your sweet tooth..and your salty tooth;) I made these for our teacher appreciation gifts a couple weeks ago. I pan will yield about 30 small squares. These are super rich…so cut them small ;)

Line the pan with parchment paper…letting the sides come up. This will allow you to easily take the bar out when it is cooled.

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Ingredients

  • FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH:
  • ¾ cups Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature
  • ¾ cups Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ cups Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 1-½ teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract
  • 2-¼ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¾ teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 bag (11 Oz. Size) Milk Chocolate Chips (I Like Ghirardelli)
  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 3-½ cups Pretzel Sticks, Crushed Into Tiny Pieces (measurement is the crushed pretzel)
  • ¾ cups Unsalted Butter, melted

Preparation Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Line a 9x13x2 baking pan with parchment paper (for easy removal).

Beat butter and sugars at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and the vanilla, beating until just blended.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk until airy and gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar/egg mixture, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides and add in the chocolate chips. Mix one last time for a second then set aside.

For the crust, combine the crushed pretzel pieces with the melted butter, stir to combine. Spread pretzel mixture over the bottom of your prepared pan and bake for 8 minutes.

Drop large spoonful’s of the cookie dough and scatter it over the pretzel crust. Carefully and evenly spread the batter over the warm pretzels. With your (clean) fingers, press the dough into the pretzels. Place the pan in your preheated oven and bake for 20-24 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking time. Remove when the bars are golden and a tester comes out clean.

When bars have cooled, remove (using the parchment paper) and cut into 15 bars. Enjoy!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Sprucing up the Deck: Sponsored Post

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Seems like we have gone right to summer here…passing spring right by! This weekend we are seeing temps in the 100's….wow!! The outdoor spaces are being used in full swing now that school is out. We all seem to spend a lot more time outdoors. It is nice to have a pretty spot to plop your feet up at the end of the day. For us…our deck is the place to be. It works out nicely for uFlood® Wood CareFlood® Wood CareFlood® Wood Cares because it gets morning sun and afternoon shade. The deck is right off the kitchen and it has really become a bit of a "hub" for my kiddos. I like it that way though….keeping my eyes on what they are all up too ;)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Update: How to sew a clutch and finish it

Hi all!! Hope you are having a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I wanted to pop in and share a little update on a past post I did about making your own clutch purse….

A long while back I made a Youtube about how to sew a clutch purse. It has been viewed over 25,000 times. Y’all like the clutch purse…a lot. I have also had many questions about it…and so here is an update to answer some of those questions…I hope this helps yall ;)

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1. What size are the clasp for this clutch and where did you buy them?

The only place I have found that carries this size and style is a buyer on etsy . She is fabulous and can help answer any questions you may have too:)

2. How do you finish the purse?

Yes…an important step that I completely failed to leave out of the video. I am so sorry about this!! Here is my attempt to make it up to you….A photo tutorial…on how to finish your clutch purse….

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If you haven’t viewed the original video…and would now like to make your own clutch purse…here is the link for the video. Please excuse my cheesiness….;)

 

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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