Saturday, October 28, 2017

Whew! Life Has Been Happening!

Some of you might be wondering why I've been MIA lately, and it's all good!  My Sweetheart and I just moved 800+ miles from Texas to Colorado.

Ed drove a 26-foot Uhaul truck and towed a 12-foor trailer, while I drove the pickup truck with the Harley in the bed.  We took it easy by doing the drive in 3 short days, and we had wonderful weather for the entire trip!

Due to time constraints, we decided to rent this cute house for a year or so, to give us time to look around the area and find a place that we want to call home for a LONG time!  Yep! We will actually be looking for our Forever Home at last!

Ed has a great new job that he will be starting soon, and he's very excited about that. We are both glad to have a short break to recover from the physical trauma that our bodies have gone through because of doing this move ourselves.

In the near future, I'll be doing some new decor posts and probably some furniture makeovers, too!  We have a large, unfinished basement that Ed is going to help me set up shop in, and I'm really excited about not having to move the car in & out of the garage every time I'm working on a project.

Did you check out my YouTube videos of the Fall decor that I whipped together before the move?
If not, check them out, because they won't break the bank and you can put them together fast for your Autumn home decor!

Easy Fall Decor

Fall Florals in Metal Vase All From Dollar Tree

Thanks for hanging in there while life happened for us.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Almost-Homemade Peanut Butter

My husband Ed and I love peanut butter. Lately, we've discovered that we can grind it ourselves in the bulk food department at our local grocery store (HEB).  The only down-side is that the peanut butter is very coarse and grainy, which makes it hard to spread.
Now I've figured out a way to fix that, and add a little touch of flavor at the same time:

To make this recipe, you will need:

1 lb. (16 oz in weight) of ground peanut butter from the bulk food department
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt (this enhances the flavor)
    --- and if you like it just a tiny bit sweet:
2 Tablespoons of sweetener like Stevia in the Raw (you can also use your choice of honey, sugar, or your favorite sweetener)

Process in a food processor for 3 to 5 minutes, checking after every 90 seconds or so.  You will see the peanut butter oils release as the mixture gets smoother and has a more glossy appearance. This helps it spread more easily, too!

After it's to the desired consistency, scrape it into a clean jar that has a well-fitting lid.  No need to refrigerate! At least, not in our house because it gets eaten up quickly around here!

Don't forget that I have a YouTube channel where I post recipes like this one, DIY crafts & decor, and tutorials of furniture painting tips!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Easy Fall DIY Decor {All From Dollar Tree}

Even though it's still been in the 90's here in Central Texas, seeing all the vibrant Fall decor in the stores has given me inspiration to make a few new things for my home, and I want to share them with you!

First up is a very easy way to embellish inexpensive candle holders and give them some Fall flair!

The new wreath and candle holder set looks so welcoming in my front entry hall!  The glow of the candles (real or battery-operated) brings out the colors in the leaves, and the burlap ribbon wrapping around gives it a slightly rustic, farmhouse-style.

My next project shows you how you don't need to be a floral designer to create really lovely Fall arrangements for your home:

What do you think? Are you ready for some Fall decor to grace your home?  Having made these projects on a couple of hot days, made me pray for cooler weather....Maybe I'll get my prayers answered this week!

If you are not already subscribing to my YouTube channel, I'd love it if you'd pop over there and click on that red Subscribe button.  Don't forget that "thumbs up" button if you liked these videos!

Come over and chat with me on Facebook or Instagram, and be on the lookout for some upcoming new DIY gifts for the candle-lovers in your life.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Journeys With Juju has a YouTube Channel!

One thing I never thought I'd want to do was have a YouTube channel.  I enjoy watching other people's videos, and since I have this blog, I didn't think I "needed" one.   But, one day it crossed my mind about how different people learn in different ways, and that YouTube is actually meeting a need for a lot of us out there.  So, without further ado...........

Please check out my channel, Journeys With Juju, and I would be thrilled if you'd click on that thumbs up if you like any (or all) of my videos, and hit that Subscribe button while you're at it.

There will be new videos added once a week (as long as "life" doesn't interfer).  If you are a Peanut Butter lover, like my Ed is, you might want to check out: Almost Homemade Peanut Butter.  More recipes will be added before the holidays arrive!

If you are a newbie at furniture makeovers, you might enjoy: How to Paint Drawer Pulls & Knobs or learn How I Fixed Bleed-Thru While Painting Furniture.

Now, I'm being honest here....I'm still learning the video editing process, so I guess I won't mind if you laugh at my little minor glitches here and trying to figure out how to fade in or out the audio!

Tomorrow, I hope to record a Dollar Tree DIY Fall Crafting video that I think you crafters and DIYers will all enjoy.

Don't forget you can always find me on Facebook, Instagram and now YouTube!  If you have any questions or comments, you can leave them below or send me an email by clicking the link "email me".