Hamburger Harvest Soup


I wanted to share this family favorite recipe.  We have loved this one for a while and it is pretty simple and sneaks in a lot of vegetables. Winter weather calls for soup in my book.  I love having recipes that have lots of vegetables and are quick and easy to throw together.  It’s also important to me that the ingredients not be something I have to search for.  This recipe is great because I have everything in my food storage so I just get to shop at home.  Hope you enjoy! Save Print Hamburger Harvest Soup Ingredients 1 lbs ground beef ½ onion, chopped 2 (10.5 oz) cans of beef consommé 2 cups water 1½ cups chopped fresh tomatoes or 1 (12 oz) can diced tomatoes 2 TBLS sugar 1½ cups fresh corn or 1(11 oz) can of corn 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 4 potatoes, peeled and diced 1 tsp. taco seasoning salt and pepper to taste 1 [Read More…]

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Valentine Happy Mail – Party in a Box


Valentine’s Day is hands down my favorite time of year to send mail. A pink envelope in the mailbox is a very happy surprise in the dead of winter! I took it a little further with this party-in-a-box for my nieces and nephews. I’m a sucker for holiday sprinkles, it is impossible for me to walk by an end cap of jars full of colorful little jars of jimmies and holiday shapes without stopping. I just can’t. I mean, look how cute these are. As my collection kept expanding I realized it’s actually quite difficult to use an entire container of sprinkles per holiday. Let alone 3 or 4 containers. That’s when I it hit me that if I divided them into small containers I could share! And if there’s one thing I love more than sprinkles it is sending happy mail to my sisters and the nieces and nephews. Someone’s got to be the favorite aunt, and why shouldn’t [Read More…]

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The World’s Best Homemade Laundry Soap


Yes I did just stake the claim that this is the WORLD’s BEST Homemade Laundry Soap!! And I stand by every word of it! I’ve been very hesitant to make my own laundry soap although I have always wanted to.  I was scared because I have a nice HE washer and didn’t want to ruin it.  I know you have to use special laundry detergent in those babies and I was never sure if the homemade stuff would work.  Well, the reason you use special soap is because you need less suds.  Somewhere we all thought that suds equals cleaner things, but really it is just extra stuff that’s added.  If you go back to basics then you lose the extra and your laundry will look and feel amazing! Save Print The World’s Best Homemade Laundry Soap Ingredients 2 cups Borax 2 cups Baking Washing Soda 2 cups Baking Soda 1-2 cups Downy Unstopables for scent 1 bar of Fels [Read More…]

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Ten Clever Valentine Ideas *Free Printables

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1.  Valentine….you a “MAZE” ME  2. Valentine…You are really SHARP! 3.  Bouncy Ball Valentine:  You Make My Heart Bounce 4. Don’t Burst My Bubble…Be My Valentine 5.  Have a Very “Hoppy” Valentine’s Day (Frog Valentine) 6.  Read My LIPS Valentine 7.  “SUPERSTAR” Valentine 8.  Iphone Valentine 9. Put A Ring on it Valentine 10.  Favorite Fish in the Sea Valentine  11…and one extra on for fun…add some google eyes to your child’s picture! Pin It

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15 Inspiring Ideas for Your Home!


It seems like 2013 was the year of our home projects.  We each had a great time updating and working on getting areas of our homes organized and decorated.  Here’s a quick recap of some great projects we’ve shared. Becky’s Colorful Frame Gallery Nikkala’s Chalk Paint Tutorial Nikkala’s Pelmet Box Nikkala’s Two-ToneKitchen Shower Organization Ideas Jamie’s Gallery Wrapped Canvas Wall Becky’s 10 Tips for An Amazing Bathroom Jamie’s Silver Painted Piano Making Your Living Room Pop With Key Pieces Magazine Photo Worthy Master Bedroom All in One-Command Center Girly Bedroom Decor Ideas Girly Bedroom Pillows Jamie’s Girl Bedroom Reveal Faucet Install Tips What’s been your favorite thing?  Have you tried any of these?  We can’t wait to get 2014 projects underway! Pin It

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A Year of Printables


We’ve gathered all of our printables from the last year — from Valentine’s Day to the 4th of July to New Year’s Eve and everything in between and put them all right here in one post. Consider it your one stop shop for the coming year. So, stock up on printer ink and pin away, we’re sure we’ve got something you’re going to want in 2014!! Bubble Valentine  /  Fish Valentine  /  Maze Valentine Sharp Valentine  /  Valentine BINGO  / Ring On It Love Always Wins Banner  /  Frog Valentine  /  Strength of My Love Posters I Am a Child of God  /  Pollinate the World  /  2013 Primary Posters Lucky  /  Shamrock Soda Labels  /  Springtime Fun Tooth Fairy Stationery  /  Tooth Pillow Pattern  /  Toddler Incentive Charts Peep Tags  /  Mother’s Day 2013 Flower Card  /  Pony Up Cards for Hair Elastics Make Your Own Italian Cream Sodas  /  Cinco De Mayo Place Settings  /  National Rootbeer Float [Read More…]

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2013 BEST Sewing Projects at Crafting Chicks

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Here are our sewing projects for 2013!!! Have you tried any?  Which one is your favorite? ENJOY! DARLING PJS from Simple Simon & Company Stripe Quilted Dish Mat by Becky Easiest Stripe Quilt for Dolls Part 1 by Kirsten Block Assembly for the Doll Quilt Part 2 by Kirsten Knit Maxi Skirt by Brooke Summer Dresses by Becky Doll Bedding by Becky Arrow Fringe Tribal Wallet by Kirsten 10 Minute Super Hero Costume by Nikkala   Tooth Fairy Pillow, Free Pattern by Jamie Santa Bag Tutorial Girl Bedroom Design Pillow Tutorial by Jamie Which one is your favorite??

10 Quick New Year’s Eve Party Ideas & Free Printables

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   1. Countdown to New Year’s Numbers 2. The Idea Room’s Photo Booth Props 3. New Year’s Hat Printables At Snap Creativity 4. Thirty Handmade Days Printables (TO DIE FOR ADORABLE) 5. Paging Supermom’s Stylish New Year’s Party Printables 6. Dreams for 2014 on DIO Home Improvements 7. New Year Photo Props on I Heart Naptime  8. Adorable Clock Toppers at No Biggie 9. Party Favors on the Idea Room 10. 2014 Printable Banner on Today’s Creative Blog  

New Year’s Eve Countdown Number Banner

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  This year we plan on counting down each hour in a fun way…to the new year 2014!  I made this little banner to help us out!  Each hour we will have a fun game/activity until we get to Midnight!  The hourly countdown begins at 6pm! You can download my free printable numbers below.  I glued the numbers on adorable polka dot sacks…and just folded them over (I still need to fill them with our activity ideas), and pinned  them up like a banner with some thick, jute string.  This will be so much fun! Check out my post tomorrow sharing the fun ideas I have rounded up for our New Year’s Countdown! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Countdown Number Download All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to [Read More…]

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Top 10 Posts of 2013 & Giveaway!


We are so excited to share our Favorite posts of 2013!  We had a fun year sharing tutorials, DIY projects, free printables, and more with you!  Welcome 2014! To make this post more fun for our readers, we’ve got a $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway for you at the end of today’s post.  AND… we’ve rounded up a bunch of our blog friends to feature THEIR top 10 posts of the year and host their own $50 gift card giveaway!  So be sure to check out the links and enter the giveaways!  You can enter our giveaway in the rafflecopter box below. 1. Becky’s Bathroom Makeover   2. Becky’s Adorable Dish Mat   3. Jamie’s Tooth Fairy Pillow & Tooth Fairy Stationery     4. Jamie’s Girl Bedroom Makeover 5. Kirsten’s ADORABLE Bench 6. Kirsten’s Doll Quilt 7. Nikkala’s Charger Teacher Gift 8. Nikkala’s Window Pelmet Box     9. Brooke’s Sewing Table Makeover 10. Brooke’s Knit Maxi Skirts Here [Read More…]

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