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The Nut Job – Review

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the nut job movie review

In an attempt to be brutally honest for my Nut Job Movie Review I must say what some of you may have already suspected based on previews… this was not an amazing movie. In fact I would go so far as to say just wait for the Lego movie to come out or go watch Frozen again because fantastic this movie is not.  Sorry if that’s not what you wanted to hear, but Joquena doesn’t want to lie :-(

That being said it held all three of my children’s attention and they thought it was great. But unless you have an infinite cash supply your funds might be best spent waiting until it only costs a dollar at Redbox or renting it off of Amazon because it just isn’t worth the expense of taking your whole family.

If you ignore me and go anyway (which you’re more than welcome to do after all this is just my opinion) make sure to stay to the end because the credits are hilarious. So hilarious that I even tried to find them on youtube for you. Here’s a teaser but it’s not quite it:

Jan
15

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Tatting Flowers

free needle tatting patternsToday at Modern Homemakers we’re tatting flowers. These are free tatting patterns and these tatted flowers use needle tatting instructions, and therefore do not require a shuttle.



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Tatting Flowers Part 1

Tatting Flowers Part 2

free tatting patternsFlower Tatting Pattern

Ring 1 the center inner circle

[Ring (ic) 5,p,5,p,5,p,5 close]

5 double stitches, picot (loop), 5 double stitches, picot (loop), 5 double stitches, picot (loop), 5 double stitches, close with a knot. Turn work to flatten knot so it’s more like a square knot, then turn it back.

 

Outer chain and rings

[ring 3,(p),3,p,3,(p),3 close]

3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, close with a knot. This time loop the needle thru the back of the knot under the first ring and bring the needle towards you to make the knot.

 Chain 1

3 double stitches join the picot (loop) with the third picot loop from the first ring, 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, close with a knot made with the picot loop on the inner circle.

ring 2

[ring 3,(p),3,p,3,(p),3 close]

3 double stitches, join the last picot (loop) of the chain, 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, close with a knot. This time loop the needle thru the back of the knot under the first ring and bring the needle towards you to make the knot.

 

Chain 2

3 double stitches join the picot (loop) with the third picot loop from the second ring, 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, close with a knot made with the picot loop on the inner circle.

repeat the steps of the outer chains and rings until you have created 4 rings and 4 chains.

on the 4th chain the last picot will join into last picot of the ring

3,p,3,(p),3 close

loop needle into picot from underneath

to do this, create the chain while joining the frist picot loop with the last picot loop of the ring, 3 double stiches, picot loop, 3 double stiches, then pull the needle thru without looping the thread. then pull it taunt, then you are able to turn the work and join the first loop of the very first ring, 3 double stiches, pull these off the needle. then tie a knot and loop the needle thru the bottom of the first ring.

I usually do 2 knots.

hide the ends by sewing them into the inner center ring.

Jan
6

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How To Save Money On Napkins

how to save money on disposable products



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Are you ready to learn how to save money on napkins. Being a frugal mom is all about doing lots of little things to save money that really do add up over time :-)

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Jan
2

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How To Be A Good Husband – Listening

Here are some tips on how to be a good husband.  Please share this with other couples :-)

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How To Be  A Good Husband – Listening

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Dec
17

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Get Sharpie Off Wood

how to get sharpie off woodThanks to our little graffiti artist we had to learn how to get sharpie off wood.  We managed to do it without any nasty chemicals!

Dec
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Frozen – Movie Review

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frozen movie review

Seriously this movie was adorable! I think I enjoyed it almost as much as my children did, which lets face it with kids movies is rare.

The music was exquisite so good that I don’t think I would mind listening to it if my kids had the CD over and over again haha.

I love that this is more a story about the relationship of sisters then just a love story as most animated movies are. I know my sister would go to great lengths to help me and vice versa.

I really don’t want to spoil things by giving you too many details although I will say that the preview where the Snowman has his nose fly off and the deer is trying to eat it never actually happened in the movie and I just kept waiting for it :-( So, hopefully with my telling you not to look for that scene you won’t be distracted by it like I was.

I highly recommend making an effort to take your family to see this in the theater or at least try renting it when it comes out.

And here’s one of the songs so you can hear what I’m talking about if you haven’t already :-)

I found a printable paper doll of the older sister here!

Dec
12

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How To Make Hair Bows

free sewing patterns for how to make hair bows

Yes she’s brave, but don’t worry the tiger is fake!

So my niece needed a big red bow because she wanted to be Snow White for Halloween. But those over-priced boutique bows are a little out of reach for my sister (she has 6 kids). So they decided it was time to call Aunt Joquena. How could I refuse, I mean look at her! My niece Giselle is just too gorgeous so I said yes, of course I would make her a bow.

Of course I’d never made one before, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me. And I didn’t want to follow someone else’s pattern because then I couldn’t brag about my own resourcefulness! So here it is, the easiest and cheapest way of how to make hair bows you will ever see.  I’ve eliminated the need for ribbon which is the most expensive component.  Don’t worry the pattern is free and if you follow my advice in the video your materials will be too!

 How To Make Hair Bows – Part 1

 

How To Make Hair Bows – Part 2

How to Make Hair Bows – Free Printable Sewing Patterns

Click on the blue link below the pattern image to open a pdf file. If you just try to print the image you see your sizing will be all wonky!

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click the link below to print your free how to make hair bows pattern

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Dec
10

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Is it still a snow day if there isn’t any snow?

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I used to love snow days. I grew up in Illinois and we’d wake up ridiculously early and turn on the radio and hold our breath waiting for the broadcaster to announce that school was closed for the day. At the time I never thought twice about how my mom felt about all the school closings. Now that I’m a mom I think I understand. My mom was probably less than thrilled as she saw her productivity time go out the window.

So I live in Tennessee and school gets canceled even without snow. I’ve heard it’s because they don’t have any of the equipment (plows etc) to deal with inclement weather. So sorry everyone there will be no modern homemakers videos today. Sorry husband I’m not even going to try to keep the house clean today. I’m going to watch cartoons and color with the kids and hopefully they go back tomorrow!

So does anyone have an answer to my question? Is it still called a snow day even if there isn’t any snow?

Dec
6

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How To Make Pico De Gallo

If you’ve never made it you’ve absolutely got to learn how to make pico de gallo.  It’s so simple and so healthy, at least until you add in all those taco chips haha!



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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – How To Make Pico De Gallo

Want to learn how to make pico? Modern Homemakers video intro and theme song. Hi I’m Renee from modern homemakers and today we’re going to learn how to make pico de gallo. I could just eat this whole bowl all by myself, yum. Does it make you jealous. Don’t you want some? To make pico de gallo you’re going to need cilantro, onion, tomatoes, optional salt and if you want it spicier you can throw in some jalapeno peppers or another kind of hot peppers.

When you buy a bunch of cilantro just take about half of it for your pico de gallo, so about half is all you’re gonna need unless you’re going to make a really big batch. You take the ends off so just kind of snap them off with your fingers. We want the leaves is what we want, this part is not very tasty. And it’s ok to have some of that in there. Like I’m not super meticulous about this so I’m going to snap down there but sometimes you’ll see these that I’ve torn off, some of them of the stem on there and that’s ok.

So then we’ve got that bunch with most of the stem removed. We’re gonna cut the half of an onion. So you could do this in the food processor but then it’s salsa. If you blend it in the food processor, so the pico is larger chunks and it’s cut up by hand. So after I do it in half then I do the dicing. This is actually just the other half of that onion because we’re having chili, so make sure you watch the how to make vegetarian chili video and you’ll see what happened to the other half of the onion. Pico goes really good with vegetarian chili. You could also maybe make some homemade guacamole. Yum, some cornbread is another thing that goes good with that meal.

We want this diced up kind of small since this is gonna be making our pico with it. Once I’ve gone through I’ll go through again just to make sure that my pieces of onion are small. I like a wooden cutting board. Some people like the ceramic, but ceramic really will dull your knives. So I prefer to use a wooden cutting board. Then we’re just gonna put all this in our bowl that we’ve got chopped.

Cilantro is kind of hard to cut, you have to get it, kind of bunch it up make it real tight and as tight and as small as you can. And make sure you’re watching what you’re doing. Just keep on gathering it in together and bunching it up small and chop it. I love the smell of cilantro. We’ve tried growing it, but it seems like we just haven’t had real good success. It looks well and it’s growing well and it’s producing well and then the next thing you know it’s bolted and then it’s all gone. So I don’t know if we’re doing something wrong with that of if it just has a short lived season. So I find that you can buy a bunch of it for 69 cents and that’s kind of what I’ve been doing. For right now I’ve given up on growing it.

After you make it through one time chopping it then I usually just go back again maybe just like this. Oh that smells so good. And then scrape that in there. And then last we’ve got the tomatoes. And this just depends on how much you want to make I’m going to do 4 or 5. Cut it in half, make sure you get rid of that little stem piece. A lot of people don’t do that. If you get, when you have pico out at a restaurant you’ll notice that a lot of times it has that little stem piece in there. So the same way, just cut it in strips, turn it on its end and cut it again, keep it small.

This doesn’t take long. This is something that tastes better after its been sitting in the refrigerator for awhile. So make it ahead of time. A lot of time I’ll make enough to last a couple days and it tastes great the next time all those flavors just kind of marinate together. I’ll probably leave this mild and not put a pepper in it this time for the kids. Or I might divide it in half and leave half of it mild and put a pepper in the other half of it. And we’re just gonna continue that for the five tomatoes.

I’m gonna put a little bit of salt in here. You do want to reduce your salt intake so I’m just going to just a little bit. Do use a high quality sea salt or don’t use any at all. So here is this is Himalayan salt or you can use the Celtic salt. And we’re gonna just kind of make it light. And we’ll mix all of that in. So that half onion was plenty. I don’t know sometimes you get this at the restaurant and it’s like all onion no tomato. Alright let’s see if it tastes good. Mmmh, perfect! So remember it tastes good now, it will taste even better after it’s been in the refrigerator for a few hours. Please subscribe to our youtube channel you might also enjoy gluten free cornbread.

 

Dec
3

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Tatted Snowflake

tatting instructions for tatted snowflake

This tatted snowflake can be turned into an ornament or you can make a bunch to form a lace tablecloth snowflake runner.

Here’s a step by step video tutorial on how to make a tatted snowflake ornament just in time for Christmas.

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Tatted Snowflake Part 1

Tatted Snowflake Part 2

Tatted Snowflake Part 3

 

Tatted Snowflake Part 4

tatted snowflake pattern

Here’s what it looks like as a tatted snowflake ornament

Tatted Snowflake – Free Pattern

(Tatted Clover Leaf Snowflake With Star Interior)

Find the needle that works with crochet thread size 10 (med needle)

Ring 1 of first clover leaf:

(3 stitches, make a joining loop) x3 close

Ring 2 of first clover leaf:

3 stitches, make a joining loop to the last loop of the first ring, (make 3 stitches, make a loop, 3 stitches) x4

Ring 3 of first clover leaf:

Make 3 stitches, join it to the last loop of the previous ring, (make 3 stitches, make a loop, make 3 stitches) x2, close

Center Chain Section:

(Chain 3, make a loop) x2, chain final 3, close

 

*Ring 1 of second clover leaf:

3 stitches, joining with first loop on the previous clover leaf ring, 3 stitches, joining loop to the middle loop of the last ring, 3 stitches close

Ring 2 of second clover leaf:

3 stitches, make a joining loop to the last loop of the last ring of the previous ring, (make 3 stitches, make a loop, 3 stitches) x4

Ring 3 of second clover leaf:

Make 3 stitches, join it to the last loop of the previous ring, (make 3 stitches, make a loop, make 3 stitches) x2, close

Center Chain Section:

(Chain 3, make a loop) x2, chain final 3, close

 

*Repeat the steps of the second clover leaf until you have 6 clover leafs.

Join the last 2 loops of the last ring with the first 2 loops of the very first ring of the first clover leaf

 

Tatted Clover Leaf Snowflake

Find the needle that works with crochet thread size 10 (med needle)

Ring 1 of first clover leaf:

(3 stitches, make a joining loop) x3 close

Ring 2 of first clover leaf:

3 stitches, make a joining loop to the last loop of the first ring, (make 3 stitches, make a loop, 3 stitches) x4

Ring 3 of first clover leaf:

Make 3 stitches, join it to the last loop of the previous ring, (make 3 stitches, make a loop, make 3 stitches) x2, close

Center Chain Section:

(Chain 3, make a loop) x2, chain final 3, close

 

*Ring 1 of second clover leaf:

3 stitches, joining with first loop on the previous clover leaf ring, 3 stitches, joining loop to the middle loop of the last ring, 3 stitches close

Ring 2 of second clover leaf:

3 stitches, make a joining loop to the last loop of the last ring of the previous ring, (make 3 stitches, make a loop, 3 stitches) x4

Ring 3 of second clover leaf:

Make 3 stitches, join it to the last loop of the previous ring, (make 3 stitches, make a loop, make 3 stitches) x2, close

Center Chain Section:

(Chain 3, make a loop) x2, chain final 3, close

*Repeat the steps of the second clover leaf until you have 6 clover leafs.

Join the last 2 loops of the last ring with the first 2 loops of the very first ring of the first clover leaf



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