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White House Black Market Sale

White House Black Market 1

White House Black Market Sale: Today we had such a great time shopping (playing dress-up) at White House Black Market in Woodbury, MN. The best part was our salesperson Jen, she was so much fun!


We were invited over to the ‘Friends & Family’ sale: 25% off your entire purchase (use code 14091) – You can shop in boutiques and online today Tuesday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 16. This sale is on top of the other sales they have going on, so it really is quite a big savings.

WHBM Shirley

Shirley is what I would call conservative when it comes to clothes and walking into WHBM was a bit overwhelming to her. Jen immediately started putting outfits together for her and filling a dressing room. What a blast it was to watch Shirley try on things she would never dream of wearing. AND, she even bought a cute outfit!

If you have any holiday parties coming up be sure to stop in or go to their website before the 16th and take advantage of the 25% off.

Thanks again to Jen at WHBM Woodbury Lakes boutique for taking such good care of us, we will be back soon!


Easy to Crochet Mittens Video

Easy Crochet Mittens Pattern

Easy to Crochet Mittens Video: Easy? Maybe if you have made mittens in the past or have experience in crocheting. However, I stuck with it and now have a new pair of mittens.

This was the easiest how-to video I could find on YouTube. In the video she was uses a heavier yarn, I would for sure do so next time. I only had medium weight yarn and didn’t want to make a 4am run to my local Walmart. I consider these my practice mittens.

Supplies that you will need to complete your mittens: Yarn of your choice, I hook 9-5.50mm, tape measure, scissors and a yarn needle.

No worries if you think you have done something wrong, don’t be afraid to pull it apart and hit rewind. I pulled apart my mittens a few times, so don’t give up! I paused the video through every step.

If you decided to give this mitten pattern a try, we would love to see your finished product. Add a photo to our Facebook page and show off your talents!

What should I make next? I have tried Infinity Scarfs, Boot Cuffs and a Hat. Please leave your ideas in the comment section below.

Beef Jerky

Venison Jerky Recipe

Venison Jerky Weve Tried It

Venison Jerky Recipe: It’s deer hunting season again and if you are like my house, you still have some venison from last season. We decided to make jerky with our roasts in order to make room for fresh venison.


1 Tbs. Salt
1 Tbs. Onion Powder
1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Pepper
1/2 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 Cup Teriyaki Sauce
3-4 Lb. Venison Roast

Slice the roast into 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick slices with the grain. Mix all dry ingredients together and then add your wet ingredients; mix thoroughly. Place your slices of venison in the marinade; covering completely. Refrigerate overnight.

Dehydrate the venison for 6-7 hours. I rotated trays every 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

Dehydrate until tenderness is to your liking. Note: Jerky will seem to be more dry over time after dehydration. So what one would think is too tender or underdone could be just right over 1 hour or 2 after.

Do you dehydrate your venison? Share your recipe with us in the comments below.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pie Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pie Recipe: Looking for a quick and delicious dessert to whip up for an upcoming party? This is it!


1 Oreo cookie pie crust
1 box instant chocolate pudding
8oz Cool Whip
2 C milk
6 Peanut Butter Cups


Mix 1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix and milk as directed until firm. Add Cool Whip into pudding.

Pour your pudding mixture into the Oreo pie crust. Top with chopped Peanut Butter Cups. Refrigerate until ready to serve. So simple and so good!

Have you tried our recipe for chicken pot pies yet? Check that out here.


Powerbeats2 Wireless Earphones Review

Powerbeats 2

Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones Review: Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones were inspired by basketball legend LeBron James. Their light weight design can handle the most rigorous of workouts while delivering incredible sound through dual driver acoustics.

Powerbeats2 comes with a IPX-4 sweat and water resistance rating, tangle free cable wrap around, track switching and hands free calling. You can use these earphones anywhere.

Now you can be up to 30 feet away from you Apple product (iPhone, iPad, iPod) using the wireless Bluetooth. Battery is generally a concern for many, the Powerbeats2 comes with a rechargeable battery with a 6 hour playback. If you drain the battery to empty – a 15 minute charge will give you an hour of playback.

Thanks to our good friend Jacque for being kind enough to review her new Powerbeats2 for Weve Tried It.

Powerbeats2 Review Weve Tried It

WTI: What stands out the most about your new Powerbeats2?
Jacque: They actually fit snug to my ear! And I love the design. They just look cool and the sound is great.

WTI: We know that you use earphones for working out, how do they fit to your ear?
Jacque: Perfectly, this is by far the best fit I have had.

WTI: In the past you have used other brands of earphones, tell us the difference.
Jacque: I have tried more than I care to admit of wired headsets. They drive me crazy always getting tangled up. I have another wireless set of Jaybird Bluebuds. Great sound, but they just don’t stay in my ear. Not a good fit. The biggest difference is the fit. The sound is really good too! Both for music and being on the phone.

WTI: Is there anything different you would like to see in your Powerbeats2?
Jacque: Louder its never loud enough. But I say that about every pair. I like it really loud! #reallyloud

WTI: Would you recommend Powerbeats2 to your friends?
Jacque: Yes, I plan on giving Powerbeats2 as Christmas gifts to my music lovers.

Thanks Jacque for the review, I sure hope I am on your music lover list for Christmas!


Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe: This is absolutely my favorite soup to make. It is rich, hearty, filling and best when served with hot crusty bread.


2 pounds hamburger (we used Thousand Hills antibiotic free)
10 medium potatoes cubed
1 large onion diced
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1 1/2 cups celery diced
2 large containers of chicken stock
16oz of Velveeta Cheese
2 cups of milk
1 stick butter
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon basil
Sour Cream

In large frying pan brown your 2lbs. of hamburger, drain and set aside.

In a large soup pot melt 1 tablespoon of butter and then saute onions, celery, carrots and basil until tender. Add potatoes and hamburger then cover with chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmering until the potatoes are at your desired tenderness.

butter and flour

In a small skillet melt 1/2 cup butter then add 1/2 cup flour. Continually whisk until the mixture is bubbling. Pour into soup pot and bring the soup back to a boil. Stirring for several minutes to thicken the soup. Reduce heat to low.

Cubed cheese

Add milk, cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese is completely melted.

Remove from heat and serve. We garnished our soup with a spoonful of sour cream and some shredded cheddar cheese.


Menu Baggy Winecoat Review

Menu Baggy Winecoat

Menu Baggy Winecoat Review: Just when we thought we had seen it all! You can now disguise your wine or any beverage for that matter in a purse like tote.

Now we should be honest and say that we have not tried this. But, we have many friends who enjoy wine and would probably use this “winecoat” often.

Seems genius! The product has been designed from a 31 Bag-in-Box. The spout opening will fit all standard taps. You can adjust the size of the bag by rolling or folding the belt.

The rubber base gives the winecoat the stability it needs so you don’t have to worry about the bag spilling. You can purchase in black or white.

Menu Baggy Winecoat white

Need your wine to be chilled? No worries there is plenty of room to add cold packs. Another notable benefit would be if you aren’t a wine drinker you can purchase disposable beverage bags and fill your tote with your drink of choice.

This seems like a great gift for that hard to shop for friend. Tell us what you think, would you use the Winecoat? Leave us a comment below.

Here are the links to purchase the Menu Baggy Winecoat and the disposable beverage bags:


How to Crochet Boot Cuffs

Boot Cuffs Crochet Pattern

How to Crochet Boots Cuffs: Here is the latest installment of my crocheting chronicles. The boot cuff fashion fad had me on a quest to find the easiest how-to video on YouTube.

I’m not sure why but these were so tricky for me. The first set I took apart 3 times. Keep the yarn thin – thicker yarn will make them bulky and you don’t want to look like you wrapped an afghan around your legs.

This will be it for my crocheting posts for a while. My plan is to work on making infinity scarfs, hats and boot cuffs for everyone I know for Christmas (I don’t think my family reads our blog so my secret should be safe.)

I went with Aran (cream) Red Heart 6oz and used an I hook. In the video they used size 4 yarn – I will try that next.

Crochet Boot Cuffs Weve Tried It

So check out the video that I used below. Stop, rewind, stop and rewind some more – Do whatever you need to do to complete the project. Hey when you finish, we really want to see! Head over to our Facebook page and post a picture of your project.

Be sure to check out my other crochet projects: Infinity Scarf, Button Infinity Scarf and Hat.

How to Crochet Boot Cuffs


Creamy Potato Bacon Soup Recipe

Potato Bacon Soup Weve Tried It

Creamy Potato Bacon Soup Recipe: Delicious! I have been making this potato soup recipe for years and everyone loves it and asks me to make it time and time again.


8 Large Potatoes (cubed)
1 Medium Onion (diced)
3 Stalks of Celery (diced)
3 Large Carrots (diced)
3 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
1 Pound Thick Cut Bacon (cooked and chopped for garnish)
2 Large Containers of Chicken Stock
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup Butter
Salt and Pepper

Directions: In a large soup pot fry up your bacon. Once crispy remove the bacon from the pot and set aside. Drain off all but a 1/4 cup of bacon grease.

Add the onions and celery to the soup pot with bacon grease and sweat until they are translucent. Next add in carrots, potatoes and garlic, stir and coat with bacon grease. Cook for 3-5 minutes.

Pour enough chicken stock in your pot to cover your potatoes and carrots. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender. I smash some of the potatoes to make the soup thicker.

In a sauce pan add your butter and flour and stir continuously for 1 to 2 minutes.  Add your heavy whipping cream. Bring to a boil to thicken, stirring constantly. Add your cream mixture to your soup to thicken. Be sure to heat through.

Soup thickener

Your soup is ready to serve. We garnished our soup with a handful of chopped bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and diced green onions.

If you try out this recipe be sure to come back and leave us a comment on how it turned out. What soup should we make next?


Quick and Easy Crochet Hat Video

Easy Crocheted Hat Weve Tried It

Quick and Easy Crochet Hat Video: My daughter asked for a hat to go with her new crocheted infinity scarf. So like any good mother, I found the easiest hat pattern how-to video on YouTube.

Thank goodness for videos or I wouldn’t be calling myself the “queen of crocheting.” OK, so like the title says this video below is quick and easy.

Supplies needed: 2 skeins of medium weight yarn, J hook and a needle to sew up the seams.

I should note that in my photo above I used a heavy duty yarn (It’s all I had.) The hat is heavy and extremely thick. We live in Wisconsin so it seems like it would be perfect – right? I will try this pattern with medium weight yarn too.

If you missed my infinity scarf patterns you can check those out. Seriously simple!