DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

This large bunny rabbit cage we did on the cheap. A friend gave my daughter a lion headed bunny rabbit baby for Easter. My hubby went to Target and got a cube kit (2) of them for 24.99 each.

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

We had pvc and carpet and zip ties on hand. He assembled it and now we have a really fun cage for our bunny.

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

 

We used up plywood and pvc we had in the shed. Along with left over carpet and just made it up as we went along.

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

Zip ties to  hold all the pieces together and PVC for support just wrapping the zip ties as we felt they were needed.

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

Originally we only made it 2 floors big, however we had EXACTLY enough panels from using 2 sets and decided to go for it and make a 3rd level.

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

Gluing on carpet.DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

Our top door to access the bunny on the 3rd level.

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

To keep the cage closed we use these clips to ensure she stays in

 

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

We also have an entrance to the cage at the 2nd level/1st level too. Double doors.

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

DIY Rabbit / Bunny Cage for cheap

The green hanging bed is actually a ferret bed we got at pet supermarket. She loves to sleep in it. :)

She has a litter box on the 1st level with pine shavings. She is litter box training and doing a great job.

You could have a floor of the cage if you added plywood. We decided we didn’t need a floor.

We are very excited how this cage turned out. A cage this large would have cost us easily 200.00 and up. We did it for 50.00 for the cage (we had all the wood/carpet/pvc stuffed in our shed from left over projects).  And the bunny accessories were an extra cost.

Under all the levels and the ramps are those metal squares from the cubes. Just attached with zip ties to PVC as needed.  Each box has 20 squares. Using 2 sets gave us 40 squares and we used all 40.

Everyone that has come by has loved the cage and how much room she has. We love it too!! :)

If you have questions please let us know.  This isn’t so much of a tutorial since we just assembled this as we went along. You could customize it any way you want.

Enjoy!







Cranberry Roast – Crockpot Slow Cooker

Cranberry Roast - Crockpot Slow Cookerker

This is a dinner that was so easy and so delicious. I did not come up with this recipe but I have made it a few times and its in our rotation. I love to cook with the slow cooker any chance I can get.

Cranberry Roast - Crockpot Slow Cooker

You will need 1 envelop of dry onion soup mix and a can of jellied cranberry sauce

Cranberry Roast - Crockpot Slow Cooker

You will also need a beef chuck roast between 3-4 lbs

Cranberry Roast - Crockpot Slow Cooker

Empty out your can of cranberry sauce on top of your roast

Cranberry Roast - Crockpot Slow Cooker

Sprinkle the top with your onion soup mix. Close the lid and allow it to cook for 8 hours till done. (On low)

Once your roast is cooked remove the roast from the pan.

All the drippings from the roast I put into a sauce pan and bring to a low boil.  I then add in 2 tablespoons of melted butter and 2 tablespoons of flour (that I whisked together first) Then added into the roast liquid to thicken it up into a gravy.

Make your favorite family sides and serve the gravy over your roast.  YUM!!!

So very very easy and yummy. Perfect for a Sunday dinner!!

 

 







Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Another Blue & Gold banquet has come and gone! It was a FUN theme!! Gotta love pinterest and great leaders to put our heads together to make it happen each year!

Sharing our Blue & Gold with my readers. This year we had the boys help put together their own invitations. Above is what they assembled and took home to mom/dad a few weeks before the Blue & Gold. Printed 4×6 photos from Sam’s and had them tape to black card stock. Attached a mustache that I cut out of my silhouette machine to a straw and they cut their own slits into the invite. Very easy and cute!

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Also a few weeks before the Blue& Gold We had a photo op with the boys & leaders. So we could make a photo wall at the banquet. Chad is the Cubmaster and I “was” the Pack Committee Chair. I have since “resigned” aka been released from this position in my church after serving for 8 years (4 years as the Committee Chair) and my NEW Pack Committee Chair is the fun gal standing behind me. I love this photo of the two of us :)  She is TONS of fun and I am excited she has taken my place. The boys are in GOOD hands!!

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Here are the decorations from the event. I already owned red table cloths and the white square pieces- a sweet gal from my church was giving away fabric and we scooped it up. Chad cut them and serged them for me. What a great hubby!! He sews too!

Mustaches were cut from my silhouette. Paper products were all found from Walmart. Tin Cans with crepe paper around the center filled with marbles for the center pieces. Wooden food skewers used with paper mustaches cut out.  I got to reuse my top hats!! From 4 years ago. This is my 3rd event using my top hats!!  The 1st time I used them was for my Magic Themed Blue & Gold in 2011 – CLICK HERE

We filled them with peanuts for families to enjoy during the banquet while waiting for different events to happen. I have also used them for THANKSGIVING event and adding a band around them to make them Pilgrim hats. These Top hats have made their rounds in my decorations over the last few years. I keep everything!! :)

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Been to the M.O.M.A. before (museum of modern art). Well we had our own piece of art wall. W.O.R.M. wall – Wall of Radical Mustaches :)   We printed out all the photos and randomly displayed them for a focal piece at the Blue & Gold. The Leaders and Boys LOVED IT!!

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Also a few weeks prior we gave all the boys a poster board and some craft items to make a poster with the mustache theme to display at the Blue & Gold banquet. Anything they wished. The new Pack Committee Chair then judged them for the best poster. The winner the 3rd Poster I am sharing here “You MUSTache come to the blue & gold banquet”  We had LOTS and LOTS of laughs looking at all the posters. They were so creative. Every boy won a certificate about their poster— some “Most Respectful Poster”  “Most Colorful Poster” etc…..  The winner of the poster then got a container filled with candy — I have a photo of that further down in this post.

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Dinner was easy! We did this 2 years ago blue and gold banquet. Potato Bar- baked potatoes and every family brings 2 toppings. LOTS to choose from and was delicious!! Pack provided all the potatoes.

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

1st game was a hit– a play off of SIMON SAYS…  however we played “Cubmaster says”   And all the actions had to do with mustache or hair on your face. Chad drew a mustache on his finger and he had 4 actions he would do.

Mustache (under the nose)  Unibrow (between his eyes) Sideburn  (side of his head) Goatee (under his chin)

So he would have the kids/scouts follow him and if he DIDN’T say “Cubmaster says do this..”  they were out. We played till we had 1 winner which is pictured above. They won a container with a mustache on it with candy in it.

I got the container from the Dollar Tree and used black vinyl to cut out a mustache and filled it with yummy candy.  We used 3 of them during the night for different events won.

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Our 2nd event was team work effort. Chad and I were not in charge of this event. Our new Pack Committee Chair was- and she “PRESELECTED” leaders– yes.. US!! HAHA  I should have seen it coming. So Chad and I were a team along with 3 other scout teams.  The person in the front were the legs, person in the back were the arms and we were instructed to do different things– including shaving a mustache.  Shaving Cream was NOT used instead it was whipping cream and a large Popsicle stick as the razor. It was SOOO MUCH FUN!! You can see all the laughter!! I loved this!!

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Final activity was a SPEED competition. Each family was to bring an undecorated cake- and work as a team with their OWN decorations/frostings/candies etc. To create a mustache themed cake. They were given 15 minutes. It was TONS OF EXCITEMENT. Also- it ends up being our dessert at the end of the night too :)  Everyone competed as a family unit on their cakes. They were then judged by a member of our church and during award ceremonies they were announced 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  1st place was given a mug of candy 2nd and 3rd place was given a little baggie of candy.  After the entire event was over everyone got to dig in and have different cakes to enjoy/try.

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

Last but not least. We had our award ceremony. Giving out all the awards the scouts have been working on for the last month. We also had 1 boy crossing over from Webelos to 11 Yr old Boy Scouts. :)  Our bridge isn’t anything too exciting. 3 cement bricks and a wood board :) However its all about the symbolic of crossing over.

Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet- Mustache Bash

And as always-  opening and closing of the banquet with a flag ceremony!

I couldn’t have pulled off this banquet with out LOTS of help from so many!!  All the professional photos in this blog post were taken from our wonderful Bishop in our church. He is so talented and agreed to capture this for me and our scouts!  THANK YOU BISHOP!!

The non-professional photos were just a few that I snapped on my phone when I could. :)  It was a busy night with lots of memories made!!  I am so sad that I am no longer Pack Committee Chair. I will stay on as a Committee Member and help out when asked to serve.  My new calling in the church- I will more than likely be blogging about :)  Relief Society Enrichment Coordinator. I will be helping with each month’s events. Lots to share with that calling.

Boy Scouts of America is where my heart will always be and glad I can stay on as a Committee Member and not hang up my uniform just yet. Chad is still the Cubmaster for the time being however he has been Cubmaster 4 years as well and I think his time is coming to a near end soon too!

Thanks for allowing me to share our special night!







Creamy Homemade Cheese Grits

Being from the south- grits is a staple in this house. However, we ususally make the instant grits. My mom’s grits always tasted better! Finally had her show me what she does differently. VERY DIFFERENT.

 

 

Creamy Homemade Cheese Grits

Using quick grits and a pot :)

Creamy Homemade Cheese Grits

I measure out 1/4 cup of grits. That will make enough for 3-4 people actually.

However since this takes alot of stirring, I usually triple the batch and put in 3/4 cups of grits into my pot.

Creamy Homemade Cheese Grits

 

For every 1/4 of a cup of grits you add 1 1/4 cups of water to the pot.

Creamy Homemade Cheese Grits

The key to GREAT grits is LOTS of stirring! Heat set to medium high till it starts to boil, then you drop it down to a high simmer. You stir non stop till it thickens. This is NOT quick at all. I know the bag says 5 mintues- but sometimes I have stirred for up to 20 minutes when I triple the batch. But the results are amazing and so worth it!!

Salt the grits to taste.

Creamy Homemade Cheese Grits

Once it is thickened you add in your cheese to the hot grits. Remember cheese is salty so be careful when you salt your grits. I add approximately 1/4 of a cup of cheese for every 1/4 of a cup of dried grits I made. I don’t really measure. Handfulls of cheese goes in for me :)  Cheddar is a popular pick in my house. However we also love to use creamy havarti cheese as well. YUM!

Creamy Homemade Cheese Grits

Stir in the cheese till it is melted.

Creamy Homemade Cheese Grits

Now you have super creamy cheese grits. They will also thicken up as they cool so if they are a little wetter than you like- give it 3-5 minutes and it will thicken up as it stands. :)

My son FIGHTS for these grits. They put those instant packets of grits to shame. NEVER AGAIN!!

Super easy just you need to be patient. Good things come to those who wait :)  This is worth the wait/weight! :)

 

 







Typography Home Decoration – Letter N Wall – Home Improvement Project

Typography Home Decoration - Letter N Wall - Home Improvement

I have been working on this wall of my home for about 9 months. I got EVERY single N on this wall from my local Hobby Lobby store. I only had to alter a few of them and this is quite the conversation piece as this wall is what you see when you walk into the front door of my home. Everyone loves it as do we!!

Typography Home Decoration - Letter N Wall - Home Improvement

Typography Home Decoration - Letter N Wall - Home Improvement

Typography Home Decoration - Letter N Wall - Home Improvement

Typography Home Decoration - Letter N Wall - Home Improvement

We did end up spray painting only 2 of the “N” for our wall. To give a little bit of variation. A very quick and easy change!

Typography Home Decoration - Letter N Wall - Home Improvement

The framed in letter “N” the frame came from Hobby Lobby and the cute graphic inside of the frame I found using Google search in Images and printed it on my printer and framed it. That was an easy one as well.

We love all the different textures on our wall. It’s now hard to go to Hobby Lobby and see MORE letters each time we go. It is so tempting. If the wall was bigger I would keep adding to it. It becomes very addicting! Such a fun and simple home decoration project :)  (In case you wonder why the letter “N” is because that is the 1st letter of our last name)







Valentine’s Day themed Breakfast and Lunch for your kids

Valentine's Day themed Breakfast and Lunch for your kids

Holidays are fun when you serve the meals in themes. Even my teenager looks forward to see what is waiting for them. Breakfast was simple but heart themed. Cinnamon rolls that were in a can. Unrolled it and rerolled it into a heart and then baked according to instructions.  Fruit strawberries cut into hearts served…

Valentine’s Day – Heart Attack your kids door

Valentine's Day - Heart Attack your kids door

A really thoughtful and fun thing we did this year was heart attack our kids doors.  Using my silhouette machine- cut out lots of hearts in different sizes. I then wrote something great about them on each heart. Once they went to bed- Chad and I attacked the door adding their hearts with all the…

Valentine’s Day – I’m hooked on you! gift

Valentines - I'm hooked on you!

My son wanted to make something simple for a special girl on Valentine’s day. Since he is in middle school he didn’t want it too cheesy or overly romantic. He hit pinterest (I AM SO PROUD OF HIM) and saw a similar idea. Purchased lots of gummy worms and filled a container that was purchased…

Cub Scout Pack Meeting- Winter Olympics aka Cublympics

Cub Scout Pack Meeting - Winter Olympics aka Cublympics

Our February Pack meeting was just days after the winter Olympics closed. We felt this would be a fun pack meeting for the boys. it was extremely fun and simple to put together. The cub master’s table was set up with a poster and simple colored plates in the Olympic colors. We set up those…

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party 2014

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party 2014

We love themed dinners in our home. And it gets easier each year actually. Because I add or make a few things each year and keep saving it for the next year. Also when I see things in the store all year long I may purchase them there. Many I found in the dollar section…

Personal Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert

Personal Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss birthday. I wanted to try to make a new dessert this year for our annual birthday dinner. I searched for many different recipes. Because I waited till the afternoon of the dinner to even plan anything I had to use what was on hand. It turned out very yummy. Even…

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North Family

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Life has gotten pretty busy around here and apologize for the lack of posts. However we have been sharing often on our Facebook page. Hope you have followed us there. If not you can follow us here I thought I would share what is on my IPHONE that we have still be busy, being mom…

NO SEW Wonder Woman Costume

NO SEW Wonder Woman Costume | NothingButCountry.com

I can sew when I really have to but I would RATHER NOT. This entire costume is new sewing needed!! EVEN BETTER. Starting with the TUTU. I bought 4 of these from Hobby Lobby. Tulle on a roll. Even better. Buying stretchy elastic I measured it around my daughters waist and tied it off in…

My Halloween Costume – Halloween Pinterest Board

My Halloween Costume - Halloween Pinterest Board | NothingButCountry.com

Yes– I went as PINTEREST. :)  It was alot of fun and I got alot of good giggles at the Halloween Party I attended. I was originally just going to go as a witch. I got a new costume this year and as much as I LOVED the costume I really needed something that was…

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