Category Archives: homemade

Teacher Appreciation Week, continued…

For day two of Teacher Appreciation Week, the kids and I baked up some sweet treats. We used a recipe from an IG friend, the most amazing recipe ever! Honestly, every single person I gave cookies to (the kid’s teachers, my team, and a few other teachers/staff at my school that helped me out one day last week) all raved about how good they were. A few even had triple & quadruple servings (I’ll leave you nameless! Haha!).

So, it’s fair to say that they cookies were a great treat to give. Someone on my IG commented about being told teachers never eat baked goods from kids. For us, seeing as I teach at the same school my kids go, I’m pretty certain they trust our homemade goodies. & being a teacher, I totally know which kids I’d eat homemade goodies from & which ones I wouldn’t. Ha!

So, if you haven’t thanked a teacher yet this week, maybe send in a sweet treat! My friend, Elizabeth (fellow teacher, momma, blogger, super woman extraordinaire) at Sam and Scout, shares some other great ideas, as well! Check them out!

Teacher Appreciation WeekSuper cute smart cookie printable from here.

Nanmade with love.

If you’ve followed me on here, or IG, or Facebook, you know my mom makes these gorgeous handmade goodies. Crochet & knit, it all is amazing. In my house alone I have garland (heart, groundhog, & shamrocks just to start), tons of scarves, minion hats & kitty hats (& more hats than that), and even rugs! The stuff she makes is amazing.


I know it, and so many others know it, too. I know this because lots of people have asked about her goodies, and quite a few have gotten lucky and scored a few freebies. But, the day of freebies is over (unless you stick around for a giveaway in a few weeks right here!) because I finally talked her into setting up shop!


That’s right. My mom is an official small business and Nanmade with Love. really is made with love by nan.

You can follow her on FB and see more of the goods she has to offer (and there is tons more coming. I was just at her house (I’m her business manager I guess you could say!) and we made a list of new products she wants to post in the weeks to come). Just send her a message and she can get your order started!

Cinnamon swirl bread

This is a recipe that I got from Pampered Chef years ago. I think it was Tucker’s first Christmas when I baked loaves of this bread to give as gifts to our family & friends (ever since we were married, I’ve done homemade gifts and love it). & I think it’s honestly been about that many years since I’ve made it. I was trying to think of something sweet to give the kid’s teachers and this popped in my head.


Ingredients: 1/4 c. sugar, 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon, 1 egg white, 1 tbsp. water, 2 pkgs. refrigerated french bread dough, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Optional Glaze (I’ve never done this because I give it as a gift, but if I were to serve it in our home or make it for us to eat I’d totally add this to it!): 1/4 c. maple syrup, 1 pkg. softened cream cheese.

Directions: Preheat oven to 375. If you have the Pampered chef mini loaf pan (or another pan similar to it) spray it with nonstick cooking spray. If you don’t have a mini loaf pan, you could always make a big loaf I suppose, not sure if baking time would vary. Whisk egg white & water together (set aside) and mix cinnamon & sugar together (set aside). Unroll one package of the french bread dough and roll it out on a cutting board. 62Brush dough with half of the egg white mixture and sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar. Then sprinkle with half of the walnut mixture. Roll the dough up starting at the narrow end and then cut in half. Place seam side down in the pan. Cut a slit in the top of each loaf without cutting through the ends, brush with a little egg white mixture, and top with a few chopped walnuts. Repeat these same steps with the second roll of dough so that you have a total of four mini loaves. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. For the glaze, you just beat together the syrup & cream cheese and serve!

For the kid’s teachers I found these cute little mini loaf decorative cardboard holders that I put the bread in, then I set them atop a really cute Christmas plate I found at Walmart and tied it all up inside cellophane bags with a bow and cute tag that the kids signed.

Christmas crafting: reindeer stenciled shirt

Today we are heading to Mount Dora for the weekend. We are going to start with their Christmas Parade this morning, and enjoy shopping & eating around their cute town during the day. We are staying at a charming bed & breakfast (reminiscent of the hotel in Dirty Dancing if you ask me) and weContinue Reading

Homemade facial or baby wipes

Man, I wish I had found this recipe back when we used baby wipes like they were going out of style. I honestly think we should have taken stock in wipes (we totally used way more wipes than we used diapers when the kids were babies). Those things are miracle workers, I tell ya. TheseContinue Reading

Homemade Dryer Sheets

Yesterday I shared the recipe for homemade fabric softener. Today, using leftovers from that HUGE batch of fabric softener, you can make “dryer sheets” as well. Dryer sheets are probably what I buy & use the least when it comes to laundry. It’s just one of those “extras”, you know, something you don’t NEED inContinue Reading

Homemade Fabric Softener

Next up on the homemade list? Fabric Softener. What you need? 6 cups water, 2 cups conditioner, 3 cups vinegar, another pretty bottle (mine, again from Ikea). I would actually cut this batch in half next time, it makes a TON of fabric softener. What you need to do? In a large bowl, whisk togetherContinue Reading

Homemade Laundry Detergent

First up on my list of made at home products? Homemade laundry detergent. This was actually the first thing I saw on Pinterest that I wanted to make at home. Why you ask? Simply to have a cute glass jar with pretty white powder in it sitting in my laundry room. Too bad my laundryContinue Reading

Making it at home.

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to make a few store bought things at home instead. Pinterest will get you every time. Recipes for homemade laundry detergent, fabric softener, hair treatments, face wash, etc. The list goes one & on. I’m sure I’ve pinned quite a few, but it wasn’t until a blogger IContinue Reading

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