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Best Lasagna Recipe {Family Ever After}

I am SO excited to have Rachel from Family Ever After here today.  Rachel is incredibly sweet, and I have long admired her creative talents!  She is my final guest during my moving break.
She is sharing a yummy recipe for lasagna.  It just so happens that lasagna is one of the only dishes that my husband detests.  So I miss lasagna terribly.  Sometimes when he's out of town, my Mom makes it just for me.  So now lasagna is one of my secret indulgences!  Take it away, Rachel!
Hi! I'm Rachel from Family Ever After, and so happy to be guest posting on Oopsey Daisy! I think Alison is one of the sweetest bloggers! A quick run-down on me... my husband and I grew up in South Dakota. I majored in Family and Consumer Science Education at BYU. We have 3 kids. I love to sew, craft, cook, run, and clog dance!
Lasagna. C'est la vie. My favorite food in the world.

This could quite possibly be the best tasting recipe I will ever make. Like ever. Like YOU MUST TRY THIS at some point in your life time. Making this lasagna the way I explain will be very much like cooking in an Italian woman's kitchen (I sincerely hope, someone correct me if I'm wrong)! I say that, because the recipe comes from my brother-in-law who lived in Italy for two years. I added a few of my own this's and that's, to suit my preferences. But no matter, if you are a faithful lasagna connoisseur like me, you've gotta try this.

(ps... Its really not too hard, a little more time consuming than your sauce-out-of-a-jar-cottage-cheese-recipe. My pictures don't do it justice, but trust me, its worth it)!!!
Rachel's Favorite Lasagna on the Face of this Planet
Ragu Sauce-
Olive Oil
1 onion
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
2 garlic cloves
1 lb. ground sausage
1 14oz can tomato sauce, or a handful of fresh tomatoes
1 can vegetable broth
Bechamel Sauce-
2 TB butter
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 cup cream
salt and pepper
 pinch of nutmeg
pasta sheets (I recommend Barilla no boil)
mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese

 To make the Ragu-

1.Wash and chop onion, carrots, celery, and garlic.
2. Heat butter and oil in pot. Saute vegetables briefly.
3. Add sausage. Saute.
4. Add tomato sauce, stock, salt and pepper.
5. Simmer on low for 1 hour.
*For fresh tomatoes, boil, peel, and puree, then add to vegetables and sausage.
*I usually multiply this recipe by 4, and freeze half of the batch.
To make the Bechamel (a white sauce)-
1. Melt butter. Add flour, stirring with a whisk, appx 1 minute.
2. Slowly add milk, then cream, stirring constantly.
3. Simmer on low until thickened, 5-10 minutes.
4. Season with s&p and nutmeg.
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. In a 9x13 baking dish, spread a teeny tiny layer of the bechamel, preventing the pasta from sticking to the bottom.
3. The layers will be in this order- pasta, ragu, bechamel, mozzarella. Repeat 3 times.
4. Top with parmesan and a few pats of butter. (you don't have to do the butter, but its amazing)!
5. Bake for 40 minutes.

$40 Gift Certificate Giveaway {Uppercase Living} – CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to Doreen, comment #29!

Happy Thursday.

It's giveaway day!

Today I want to introduce you to Uppercase Living, a company specializing in vinyl lettering.  Kelly Koons is an independent demonstrator for Uppercase Living.

Kelly says, "Uppercase Living is all about inspiring and uplifting the lives of others on a daily basis.  We offer designs that will strengthen, brighten and encourage.  Our words write a story, remind us of people, places and experiences that have shaped who we are.

The product that we provide is vinyl that can be adhered anywhere your heart desires.  You can choose from already created expressions or invent your own.  We also have the ability to print photos, color images, and many many other things.  You are your own creator and designer.  With all of the different items that Uppercase Living offers, your options are unlimited.  It will blend into any decor.
The vinyl is durable and so easy to apply.  Once you have the vinyl applied, it looks like you have actually painted the expression without the mess."
Here are some samples of what you might create at Uppercase Living:
Fun vinyl for children's spaces.
Unique and personalized signs.
You can customize your own vinyl lettering or select something from the online catalog.
Some lovely gift options!
There are so many fantastic products in the Uppercase Living shop!  Today, Kelly Koons is offering a great prize to an oopsey daisy reader--a $40 gift certificate!

Here is how you can win a $40 Gift Certificate to Uppercase Living:

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1.  Create an account at Uppercase Living.  Leave a comment and let me know.

2. Check out some of Uppercase Living's lovely products in the shop.  Let me know what catches your eye.  Leave a comment and let me know.

3.  Share this giveaway and let me know in a comment.  If you are a tweeter, feel free to copy and paste this tweet:

Win $40 in vinyl lettering from Uppercase Living at @OopseyDaisy917. #giveaway 

This giveaway will remain open until Wednesday, April 18 at midnight.

Giveaway winners are announced via Twitter, on the original blog post, and e-mailed directly.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s Wowzers {15}

I am so excited for Wednesday's Wowzers tonight!

Thank you for being here, for linking, and for supporting!!  I love link-up night because I feel like I have the chance to connect with you!  I love seeing what you're doing.  You are truly inspiring to me... especially right now.  My craft room is still 100% in boxes!  But I'm hoping to be "back" next week.  Cross your fingers, okay?!  There is a lot of work to be done!


This edition of Wednesday's Wowzers is brought to you by Key Lime Digital Designs.  Kendra is the author of Key Lime, and her blog is full of creative goodness.  Plus--she is a very talented digital designer, too!

The most viewed link from last week's party was {drumroll please!}:

I Love to See the Temple Printable @ Naptime Delights

What a generous and sweet printable!

Here are some other favorite/popular features of the week:

Lovelies For My Sweet Tooth {Get ready to start drooling!}

1 -S'Mores Bars @ Home Grown Beanes

2 - Soft Lemonade Sugar Cookies @ Shaken Together

3 - Coconut Easter Munch Mix @ Back For Seconds

4 - Flower Cupcakes @ Cute as a Fox Creations

5 - Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies @ Crazy Little Projects

6 - Fruit-Filled Shortbread Cookies @ The Lovely Cupboard

7 - Heaven In a Pan @ Always In Wonder

Easter Lovelies

8 - Donut Bunny Pops @ Positively Splendid

9 - Easter Egg Garland @ Sweet C's Designs

10 - Oreo Bunny Truffles @ Key Lime Digital Designs

11 - Carrot Patch Easter Treats @ Uncommon Designs

12 - Simple Easter Centerpiece @ Little Lucy Lu

13 - Easter Party Printables @ Wanessa Carolina Creations

14 - Cupcake Stand Birds' Nests @ Sweet Little Gals

15 - Easter Egg Wreath @ Craft Critters

More Fabulous Ideas

16 - Laundry Room Reveal @ Pretty Handy Girl

17 - Minnie Mouse Party @ Enjoying Our Reality

18 - Alphabet Art Printable @ vixenMade

19 - Chippy Door Trash to Treasure @ Tattered & Inked

Now let's get this party started!!

Go tell someone how much you love their ideas tonight with a little comment lovin'.  Make it a point to stop by at least 2 or 3 links tonight.  Take a look at the party guidelines and then let's get started!!

Grab a button (from the sidebar) so you can play along.

Happy linking!


The last few weeks have been bursting with change.  {Some good change, and some bad!}  But lots of excitement here in the oopsey house.  And now a whole new burst of excitement is on its way:  SNAP blogging conference!  Even thought my house is still in boxes, I am doing my best to pack my bags to head to Utah for SNAP conference!  Yes, in just 10 days (April 19-21)  I will be chatting blogging/crafting with blogging friends from around the country at Thanksgiving Point in Utah.

I'm not going to lie:  I'm nervous!  I always get nervous.  But the creative blogging community is so generous, friendly, and kind.  I can hardly wait to get there and get started!  I know it's going to be fantastic.  But sometime in the next week, I need to come up with 3 outfits.  Because I can't find most of my clothes, I may have to buy all new outfits!  (Just ask mr. oopsey daisy how he feels about that!)

Will you be at SNAP?  Promise me you'll introduce yourself to me!  I am actually terrible at matching people's profile pictures to the real deal, so please come tell me hello if I don't realize who you are!

I hope you will join me tonight for Wednesday's Wowzers!

Anthropologie Fori Bracelet Knockoff {Flamingo Toes}

I hope you had a blessed Easter weekend!  We somehow crammed all of our Easter fun into just 2 crazy days this weekend.  It was an incredible time with family and friends.

While I am still recovering from the big move, I've asked my pal Bev from Flamingo Toes to share her fabulous talents with us!  I am SO thrilled about her tutorial today because I am always so excited about her Anthro knockoffs!



Hello Oopsey Daisy Readers!! I am so excited to be here today to help out Alison while she's settling into her new house!

My name is Bev and I my blog is called Flamingo Toes.

I have a weakness for jewelry - and I love doing jewelry knockoffs! It's so fun to be able to create something similar to fabulous designer pieces, at a fraction of the price, and that's just what I have for you today!

Here's my version of the Anthropologie Fori Bracelet:

I love how it turned out! It's kind of fun and vintage-y looking!

And here's Anthro's version - valued at $118!!:

So mine's more "inspired by" than an actual knockoff this time. I wanted to use fabric instead of the nylon webbing they used. That's the beauty of a knockoff though - you get to make it the way you want it!!

Ready to get started? This is quick and easy!
(And would make a fab Mother's Day gift - it's just around the corner!!)

9" x 3" piece of fabric
Piece of webbing/belt/stabilizer - 5" x 1"
2 small D rings
Lobster Closure/2 jump rings
Beads and rhinestones for decoration
Optional charm for decoration

Start by sewing your fabric in half, long ways, right sides together.


Turn the fabric tube right side out. Press the seam open and in the center of the tube.
Cut a piece of webbing or stabilizer and slip it into the fabric tube. I used a piece of an old belt of my sons.

Center the webbing in the fabric tube. Tuck the open ends of the fabric in, then slip each end through a D ring.
Fold the fabric to the back side, with the seam, and sew across each opening. Your fabric piece should measure about 6" without the D rings.
This will fit an average size wrist. Check your measurement before you sew on your wrist and adjust the folded sections larger or smaller if you need to.


Decide the layout of your beads and stones. (All of mine came from Michael's)
Begin with the center and start sewing on your beads.

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Clipboard Photo Display {Positively Splendid}

Guess what?!  After almost a week in the new home, my kitchen is unpacked!  After days of dish washing, and 3 trips to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to buy more shelf liner, I think everything has a home on a kitchen shelf.  I even over-think my kitchen cupboards!  I rearranged things way too many times and even contemplated alphabetizing the spices.


Small triumphs!


Today I am "positively" thrilled to have one of my blogging besties, Amy here.  I am so grateful for blogging buddies who are so willing to lend a helping hand!


Hello, Oopsey readers!
I am Amy, and my corner of the blogging world is called Positively Splendid. 
PS is all about innovative craft and DIY projects that boast vibrant color schemes and a cheerful sensibility. Having been raised in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, I strive to use my passion and enthusiasm for creativity to encourage others to tap into their innate creative potential with step-by-step tutorials suitable for crafters of all skill levels. I would love for you to stop by for a visit!
I am thrilled to be guesting for my sweet friend Alison today!
Isn't it incredible how when the calendar turns to April, it seems there are not just one or two but dozens of different events and holidays that necessitate gifts? With Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, end of school celebrations, graduations and weddings (plus a few baby showers thrown in for good measure!), the spring is certainly brimming with opportunities to share handmade gifts. The idea I'm sharing today - a Clipboard Photo Display - is a perfect option to suit just about anyone on your list, and the best part is, these can easily be made in just a couple of hours!
For this project, you will need...
  • A memo-sized clipboard (6x9")
  • Spray primer and paint
  • Patterned scrapbook paper
  • Paper trimmer
  • Corner rounder (optional)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Photo easel back (I used the one I had leftover from my DIY Stacked Photo Frames, but you could purchase a cheap frame from the dollar store and use the easel back from that if you don't have a spare frame around the house.)
  • Heavy-duty adhesive (I like E6000)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
To begin, prime your clipboard and allow it to dry before applying a couple of light coats of your spray paint. (Important: don't skip the priming step, as I discovered the hard way that the paint won't coat evenly without it.) Allow your clipboard to dry completely.
Use your paper trimmer to trim a piece of patterned paper that is 5.5x7." Round all four corners of this piece with your corner-rounding tool.
Apply an even coat of Mod Podge to the back of your paper piece with your foam brush, making sure it is entirely covered. Then, adhere the paper to the front of your clipboard, aligning the top edge just below the metal clip part of your board. Make sure to smooth out any bubbles under the surface of the paper! Now, apply 2-3 light coats of Mod Podge over the entire clipboard, coating the paper thoroughly, allowing each coat to dry before adding the subsequent coat. Note: Don't apply Mod Podge to the metal clip portion of the board; carefully work around it as you go. 

When your board is completely dry, use your heavy-duty adhesive to adhere the easel back to the back of your clipboard. Allow the adhesive to dry completely.

If desired, embellish the clip portion of your board with a loop of ribbon tied in a bow. (This did a great job of covering up the Staples logo on mine.)

All finished!

$50 Target Gift Card Giveaway {GroopDealz} – CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to colleen b, comment #146.

I have another fantastic giveaway for you today!  YAY!

I love finding a great deal and I know I will ALWAYS find one on GroopDealz.  GroopDealz is an awesome daily deal site that offers boutique products 30%-90% off the regular price. While you might be getting overwhelmed with the number of daily deal sites coming out, GroopDealz is special in that their deals are targeted for WOMEN!  Awesome!

Not only will GroopDealz offer unbelievable discounts from popular nationwide companies, but they mainly feature amazing deals from Etsy shops! I love that by shopping at Groopdealz you not only get killer deals, but you get to support small handmade businesses! Many of the deals they offer are crafty and trendy- jewelry, vinyl, accessories, home decor, holiday items and so much more. These deals only run for a short period, and once the deal is gone, it's gone!

Take a look at some of the amazing deals they’ve run in the past {and find out how to enter to win the $50 Target gift card!}

Some lovely accessories!

Chalkboard vinyl--love!

Family rules sign.

Fun stuff for kids!

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Wednesday’s Wowzers {14}

It's Wowzers Time!

Another fantastic party last week, my friends!  I hope you'll forgive me for not commenting on every post last week.  Things were a wee bit hectic with the big move!  This week, I am crossing my fingers that I will be back to visiting and commenting regularly!

This edition of Wednesday's Wowzers is brought to you by Violette Field Threads.  And there is good news for those of us who love traditional sewing!  Now you can purchase paper patterns in addition to the PDF patterns available at Violette Field Threads.  Be sure to check out their new paper patterns!

The most viewed link from last week's party was {drumroll please!}:

Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs @ Lil' Luna

I love this fun and creative idea by my sweet friend Kristyn.

Here are some of my other favorite features of the week:

Easter Lovelies

1 - Sock Bunnies @ A Creative Cookie

2 - Easter Egg Bouquet @ The Brown Eyes Have It

3 - Printable "Don't Eat Hoppy" Game @ Pink Polka Dot Creations

4 - Easter tissue paper topiaries @ Mama's Crafty Place

5 - Baby Chick Wreath @ Minimoz

6 -No Bake Peanut Butter Nests @ Couponing And Cooking 

7 - Paint Chip Eggs @ A Little Something In the Meantime

More Creative Lovelies

8 - Wood Handle Purse @ These Moments of Mine

9 - DIY Bird Feeders @ Mom Endeavors

10 - Lava Flows @ Baking With Blondie

11 - Make Your Own Washi Tape @ Momma to Binks&Bubble

12 - Fun Felt Animals @ Sewing Miles of Smiles

13 - Polkadotted Tiered Planters @ Positively Splendid

14 - Family Wood Blocks @ Pocket Full of Pink

I also LOVED these ideas for spring cleaning using baking soda @ Clean & Scentsible!

Now let's get this party started!!

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10 Creative Moving Announcements

Yes, moving has been on my mind a lot.

In the 5 years that we have been married, we have lived in four different houses.  I am so, so thrilled to finally stay a while!  We already love this new home and feel like it's our home!

I wish I had been more organized in the moving process.  I only had about 10 days' notice of our official moving date, and those 10 days were a whirlwind of cleaning and packing.  Guess what? I am ashamed to admit that I haven't even finished changing my address yet.  Pathetic, right?  I have been considering some type of moving/change of address announcement for our family and friends.

Here are some of my favorites:

1.  These Beep! Beep! photo cards from Tiny Prints make me smile!

2.  I adore these paint chip address cards from Hand MAKE My Day. I love the handmade touch, and I can imagine many more fun possibilities with paint chips!

3.  Pink Peppermint Paper shared these free printables in several shades so you can write your new address on the back!  Very handy.

4.  How clever are these brown paper moving announcements from {via} vacious designs?!

5.  Love the hand-stitched look to these New Home Sweet Home announcements at Juniper Berry Design.

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Ceramic Spring Tray {All In a Day}

Hello my friends!!

Welcome to another week at oopsey daisy!  Our weekend was a whirlwind of excitement as we moved into our very first home.  But now the dust is settling, and we are slowly digging ourselves out of the towers of boxes!  Luckily I have many more talented guests lined up to help out this week while my craft room is still in boxes.

Today, I am thrilled to share sweet Amy with you.  Amy blogs at All In a Day.  She is super talented, and I adore her photography! I know you'll love this adorable bunny ceramic spring tray!


Hey there, Oopsey Daisy readers!!  You guys have no idea how excited I am to be here today!  I absolutely adore Alison and her blog!! 

My name is Amy and I blog over at All In A Day!  I am the wife to an amazing hubby, the mama to an amazing baby, and a creative spirit who just tries to fit it all in!

I wanted to share with you a super fun Spring/Easter craft!

Ok, so there’s a little background story that goes with this tray.  Back in February, I attended the Blissdom blogging conference in Nashville.  It was loads of fun and my favorite part was the Opryland Hotel where we stayed (and also where the conference was held).  The hotel had the cutest little gift shop.  In the gift shop, there was an amazing chevron Spring/Easter platter.  It was so stinkin’ cute and I just had to have it!!!  I didn’t even look at the price tag.  I told myself I would come back and purchase it before the conference was over.  Well, wouldn’t you know with all the conference hoopla, I totally forgot to go back and get the platter!  RATS! 

So what’s a DIY gal to do?  DUH…..make one of her own!!

So I set out to Target and Hobby Lobby to gather my supplies.  Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 ceramic plate/tray/platter (I got mine for $4 at Target)
  • FolkArt enamel paint in your color choices
  • foam brush
  • vinyl (or stencils of your choice)
  • oven


Here’s how ya make it:

1.  Make sure your tray is clean.  A quick wipe down with a damp paper towel will do the trick!  Dry it off.

2.  Make your stencils.  I used my Silhouette cutting machine to make the chevron and bunny.  If you don’t have a Silhouette, vinyl (or contact paper) and a craft knife will do the trick as well!  My goal was to use the negative space of the chevron as my stencil.  But, if I did it that way, I only wound up with 3 chevron stripes and I wanted 4.  So, I literally peeled up each chevron stripe and traced around it with a pencil on my plate.  It worked just fine for me, it just took a little patience.  Smile

3.  Paint your chevron stripes on.  The deal with this enamel paint is that it goes on a little “bubbly”.  There will be some bubbles on your plate.  Just try to smooth them out as best as you can. 

4.  Place your plate in a cool oven and heat to 350 degrees.  Bake for 30 minutes and allow it to cool in the oven.

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