Saturday, October 15, 2011

Come and Visit My New Blog

Come and visit my new blog There are many new cooking and craft projects!

Monday, May 9, 2011


Sorry I have not been blogging lately. I just took one of three finals today and finally got one of my projects up and running. Cousez Parfait is now moving to I have just posted a new post, so go ahead and check it out. I am still working on a few projects and finals this week, so sorry if my blogging is random. My new blog will have much more different posts than what I did here. So please check out


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Working on a Project

Sorry I have been MIA lately. Finals are next week and I am working on several projects that will interest you. Please check back with me at the end of May to see what new projects I have been working on.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

How to Make a Felt Strawberry

Its hard trying to find good birthday present ideas. So when I went shopping to find her some play food I found that the food was cheaply made and expensive. While inspecting the food I realized that it wouldn't be hard to make it myself. So I went home and created this felt strawberry.

First you will want to cut a circle out of red felt and fold it in half as seen in picture 2.
Then you will want to sew the straight end shut with red thread.
Now turn the felt right side out and take black thread and sew seeds on it.
Stuff with cotton and sew the top shut.
Next cut a top out of green felt and sew it on.
Now you have your own felt strawberry for your children to play with!

Picture 2

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hand Made Banner

Recently my parents celebrated their 28th Anniversary. I really wanted to decorate the house, but I could not find a banner that said Happy Anniversary. So I took scrapbook paper, card stock, and cream colored computer paper and made a banner. I chose the font I liked and printed it out on cream colored paper. Now the hard part is cutting the circles and gluing them on to scrapbook and colored card stock. I attached them together with tape on the back and on the front where they are overlapping I used a glue stick to make sure it was secure.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Brother's Bedroom

 My brother' room turned out perfect. I cost me nothing to paint his room. While the pictures do not do the wall color justice I thought I would post them anyway. We had left over dutch boy paint from Menards and the color was called bamboo. In reality it was more of a sand color. The first picture is a lamp my dad my for him and the rest are just stuff in his room. I think that this was a successful room remodel! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Lemon Cake

With spring almost here I always look for desserts that that have a lighter flavor. The cake I made here is a lemon cake (I used box mix and frosting). I simply frosted the cake and added a shell border (tip 21). To top it off I twisted a slice of lemon and added mint leaves. Although I did not do this last time I would suggest refrigerating your cake.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Cozy Home Scenes: Easter Egg Cakes

Cozy Home Scenes: Easter Egg Cakes

Saw this cute cake idea while on the internet and had to share it with you

Anne of Green Gables

The movie I recomend this week is the Anne of Green Gables Series. This movie set is perfect for both boys and girls.The first two movies are perfect for children, but the third movie takes place in the war and might be to violent for young children. Overall I recommend you watch Anne of Green Gables on your next family movie night.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Before Cutting For Locks of Love

 Even though I am in my pajamas I will post the pictures of me before I cut my hair for locks of love. My hair is short now and I ended up donating 10 inches. Once I find time to get my hair done (probably for Easter) I will post the after pictures. With finals I don't have time to flat iron my hair.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Flower Wreath

  As a child I always love how the little girls in television shows could make a dandelion wreath for their head. So when I was little I tried to make a dandelion wreath for my head, but It never worked. So now I will share with you how to make a cheap daisy wreath that any little girl would love to wear. First I bought flowers at the dollar store then I took them apart. Then I took the metal stems and formed them into a circle to fit a persons head and ducked taped them together. Then I hot glued the leafs and flowers on it. This project cost me $ 2.00 and I still had leftover daisies for another project. Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Room Update

My brother's room is primed and ready to paint. I didn't realize how dark the green paint was until I primed.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Scrub's Cake

 My brother loves the show Scrubs. So one year for his birthday I made him a scrubs cake. I lot of the time my cakes are put together based on what I could find. Originally I wanted to do a Dexter cake (cartoon), but it did not end up working. So I ended up looking at the toys and found a doctor's kit and the scrubs themed cake came together.

I first made a double layered round cake, frosting it, and did a shell border (tip 21). Then at the dollar general I found a child's play doctor kit with plastic toys, I also found gum shaped as bandages. I then printed out the picture and decorated the cake.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Darby O Gill and the Little People

One of my favorite movies is Darby O Gill and the Little People. This movie is about Darby O Gill and a leprechaun king who try to out trick each other. It is perfect for the whole family.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Loaded Nachos

Loaded Nachos

I found this blog while looking around on the internet tonight it looks pretty cool. I am going to try the loaded nachos recipe which is linked above.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bedroom Remodel

 My brother is moving home for the summer and I am going to paint his room. My goal is to spend little or no money at all. We had the spackle to fill in the holes (caused by a badly placed dart board)  and leftover paint from a previous project.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Litter Mat

 When my cat gets out of the litter box he leaps out and kicks litter everywhere. I look at litter mats, but they were expensive. So when my mother and I At Hobby Lobby I found self adhesive plastic sheets and I thought that it would make a perfect litter mat. The self adhesive plastic sheets are sticky one side and plastic on the other side. On the sticky side I put wrapping paper on it. Then I put another self adhesive plastic sheet so that the whole mat is water proof. This project cost only 2 dollars.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cinderella Cake and Cupcakes

One day my mother and I were at a thrift store and found this cute Cinderella, Fairy Godmother and a horse and carriage background. As soon as I saw it  I had to have it and for one dollar I would be sorry later if I had not picked it up.  A few days latter I had to make a cake for a little girl's birthday party and I was glad I picked it up.

I first baked an oval cake and frosting it. Then I put a tip 21 (shell border tip) and did the border. Finally I took a small amount of frosting and mixed a lot of powdered sugar in it to make it the consistency where I could sculpt it. Then I made it the shape of pumpkins. For the Cupcakes I  frosting them with the tip 1m.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Baby Doll Funiture

When I was little I loved making stuff animal or doll beds out of boxes. For this project I took an orange box and covered it with scrap book paper. Then I made a pillow and blanket out of scrap fabric.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables A New Beginning tells the story of an older Anne as she recalls her life before she meets Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. This movie is definitely worth watching.

Happy April Fool's Day

I just thought I would remind my readers to be aware that today is April Fool's Day and to be careful of people trying to trick you (my brother got me last year). There will be to tricks on my blog, but I waiting for my brother to try to trick me again! Happy April Fool's Day!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Locks of Love

An organization that I love is Locks of Love. Locks of Love provides children with wigs made out of human hair for little to no cost to the recipient. Either this weekend or the weekend of April 16th I am going cut my hair for Locks of Love. I will definitely post my before and after pictures on the blog. I encourage all of my readers to visit their website and explore the option of donating their hair.  If you plan on donating e-mail ( me pictures of before and after pictures and I will post them on my blog.  Tell your friends, family, leave comments on my blog, or e-mail me. The information about donation is linked bellow.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Changes, Changes, and more Changes

Currently I have been MIA when it comes to blogging.  I am working on new projects that will be revealed in time. Some new changes that are taking place is being able to have my new posts e-mailed to you. In the side bar you can follow me by entering your e-mail. Also you can see what's happening through my twitter account which is also linked in the side bar. So please stay tune to exciting events that will be happening.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Simple Gifts

I am always looking for good spring sheet music. While Looking for free sheet music online I ran across this website which had free sheet music for the song Simple Gifts (also know as Lord of the Dance). I thought that I was worth sharing with you.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Breakfast Burritos

Why grab McDondald's when you can make your own breakfast burritos. These are a much healthier and cheaper option to fast food.

18 eggs
21 Whole Wheat Shells
4 Cans of Mushrooms
Shredded Cheese
1 Tube of Sausage

Chop onions and mushrooms and combine with beaten eggs. Chop and cook up the sausage. Then combine everything except the cheese and scramble the egg mixture over med-high heat. Fill the shells, add cheese, fold, and freeze. It is as easy as that.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Locks of Love

Locks of Love is an organization in where you can donate you hair to make wigs for people 6-21 years old. I have donated 10 inches of hair before to Locks of Love. While I need my hair to be one inch longer I am struggling to decide if I should cut my hair. I would love to here your feedback.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Family Movie Night

This week's movie is the Gnome-Mobile. In my opinion this movie is perfect for getting you in the St. Patric's mood. This movie is about two children and their grandfather who find gnomes. It delivers a good time for anybody of any age.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Free Entertainment

We recently discontinued or satellite service to save money. The thing we noticed was that there is many other ways to find free entertainment. Hulu offers free full length videos that are entertaining and educational. Some shows on Hulu are Rick Steves Europe and NOVA. There are also classics like Bewitch, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Lone Ranger.  Often Channels like Disney, Nick, PBS, History Channel, and Syfy also have free full length videos. All it takes is a little research to find free entertainment.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

30 Day Challenge

Today is the end of the thirty day challenge so far I lost 5 lbs. While I mostly cut out the junk food I plan on exercising when I get feeling better (I am still recovering from the flu). So the challenge is not over for me. Hopefully you met your goals and continue your healthy habits. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Re-Purpose Tee

For the month of March I am going to bring you ideas on how to re-purpose your old tee-shirts. This week I made a barbie doll dress. This project is easy and didn't cost me anything. you can come up with any style you like. I made a sleeveless dress and sewed ribbon around the waist. Leave comments and share what you made.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Italian Buns

I used the bun recipe in my previous post. Here is the link The only changes I made was I used all white flour, 1 teaspoon of extra olive oil, and I added 1 teaspoon of oregano, 1 teaspoon of basil, and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese. Then let the dough rise.

I put ham, peperoni, and provolone on the buns and put it in the convection oven until the sandwich is hot. This will be your favorite sandwich from now on.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pizza and a Movie

What would a Friday night be without a pizza and a movie? Well just about every weekend my dad makes a homemade pizza. The crust and sauce is made from scratch. As you can see in the second photo my dog always waits in hope that he will get scraps of pizza.

Now to the movie portion this week I recommend the tv series Cristy. Cristy is about a teacher that goes to teach at a backwoods mission. This is an excellent series that I highly recommend buying.    

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Recyle Bank

Recycle Bank is a website that rewards you for buying recycle products and recycling. If you buy Kashi cereal (sometimes you can get it cheap) and there are quizzes, videos you can watch to earn points. With these points you can redeem them for prizes. I have been using for a year and love it. Here is the link to sign up I always like to be honest and I will receive 10 points for each person that responds to this link (I have my eye on an Itunes gift card).   


Sorry I have been MIA lately. I am now recovering from the Flu. I always mean to get a flu shot, but I forget and then I  get the flu.  I can say for 100% I will be getting a flu shot this fall. Look out for new posts soon (I really mean it).

Friday, February 11, 2011

:) :(

Sorry I haven't been blogging for a while. I just started my new job which took some time to adjusted to. Then I got bronchitis (no this is not a typo). I should be feeling better soon, but while I have time off I will be blogging. Please keep coming back soon to read my new posts!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

What A Mess!

Well I will be tackling a task that I have obviously been putting off. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What do you want to see?

Please leave a comment on my blog and tell me what you want to see. Do you like what I am doing now or do want see more tutorials, cooking, or different challenges? Please leave a comment so I can please my you. Also do not forget to become a follower.

Jenny :)

Valentine Paper Chain

As a child I love making paper chains (we had one for every holiday). This is pretty self explanatory craft you cut pieces of paper into strips and glue or tape them together. I used scrap book paper, but you could use construction paper. 


I hope you are all doing well on day two of our 30 day challenge. Hopefully you are all sore from exercising just like me ( what can I say misery loves company). I do realize that not everyone has the ability to go to the gym (I was lucky enough to find a treadmill for $20.00 at a garage sale last year), but there are many online resources that provide free exercise videos. Here is a link to a website that has free workout videos. I hope you will share your experiences and Keep up the good work!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Almost Chicken Fried Rice

Almost Chicken Fried Rice is the name my lovely brother came up with. As I was cooking this dish which I believe is to be a healthy version of Chicken Fried Rice and my brother came in and asked what I was cooking. I said fried rice, my brother said this isn't fried rice. Then he said I know what you mean almost fried, virtually fried rice, well ok its not actually fried rice. He did change his tune after he tasted it.

What you will need
Boneless Skinless Chicken Brest
Brown Rice
Soy sauce
Dijon Mustard
Chicken Broth

Boil up your brown rice as directed by the box. Cut boneless skinless chicken brests in to chunks and cook until done. The take low-sodium chicken broth and chop up carrots and onions and saute them until soft. Add cooked drained rice to the onion, carrot and broth mixture. Then add chicken, corn, 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard. If dry add chicken broth.  This recipe can be changed, you could add cumin, peas, or make what ever size batch you want. Happy Cooking.

Monday, January 31, 2011

30 Day Challenge Goals

Tomorrow starts the begin to the 30 days to a better you. After thinking about what I could realistically do in thirty days I came up with my goals. I would like to loose five pound ( a pound per week seems reasonable). I would love to have more energy instead of feeling sluggish,  I would like to gain more muscle mass, and I want to motivate others to get healthy.  These are my goals for this challenge. Please share your goals. Also follow me on twitter for every day updates on this challenge. :)

My twitter name is cousezparfait

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Please Follow

Please follow me on my blog, who wants to be the first?

30 Day challenge

Just a reminder the Tuesday is the start to the 30 day challenge. Set you health goals and follow me on the blog and twitter (cousezparfait on twitter)to tract my progressand so that we can keep each other motivated. On Monday I will have my goals set and posted. Have a good weekend and if you are taking part in the challenge eat up the last of the junck food ( I am enjoying the last of the ice-cream).

What I Love

I am love with this Fiskars paper cutter. I received it as a Christmas present and I do not know how I made cards without it! If you are looking for a paper cutter the Fiskars last long. The blade is replaceable and it has a side arm on it that allows to to measure large pieces of paper. This is a must buy!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Family Movie Night

I watched this movie so many times when I had my wisdom teeth out. So I thought this movie would be perfect for Family Movie Night.

Yours, Mine, and Ours takes place in 1968 when two widowed parents meet and fall in love. This movie shows the challenges, laughter, and rewards of combining their unique families.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Website

As a child I always loved sewing. I enjoyed being able to think about what I wanted to make, cut out the fabric, and having a finished project. I always wanted to be able to sell my stuff, but I didn't know how to. Until recently I was selling items on etsy, but the site was overly crowded and I wasn't able to make as many sales. Now I am selling items on Come and visit! If you have any requests of things you want made contact me at


Yes it is finally done!!!!! The method I used to clean out my fabric box was to cut out the patterns I wanted to sew. Then I folded and stacked my fabric in the order I wanted to use it. So the stuff I will most likely use is on top.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hobby Lobby

Sorry about the light it was not cooperating. I love Hobby Lobby, this scrapbook paper was 6 for a dollar on their clearance rack. As a rule I always keep scrapbook paper on hand  it makes cute cards and easy crafts. 

Healthy Meatball Sandwich

This Meatball Sandwich is made with boneless skinless chicken breast, low fat mozzarella cheese, and a homemade roll (recipe on my blog).

I used my food processor and ground up the boneless skinless chicken breast and then added 1 teaspoon if Italian seasoning to it. I made them into meatballs and cooked them at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

I then took my homemade bun and hollowed out the center and put aldi brand spaghetti sauce in it. I love aldi's spaghetti sauce, because it is cheap and the ingredient list is simple. Then I topped it with meatballs and cheese. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Are you ready for a challenge?

To all of my readers I am sorry I have not been blogging. I had my wisdom teeth out and then suffered through the pain of two dry sockets. While I was recovering I was thinking what would be a fun activity to do on my blog? I thought that a 30 days to a healthier you challenge would be fun.

While I love the idea of getting healthy, I think many people including me lack the motivation and encouragement to get up and put down the bag of chips. The idea of this challenge is to set your own realistic goals that you want to achieve in 30 days. Please share these goals, I will post mine on Monday. I will be tweeting and blogging throughout this challenge to keep everyone motivated. So please come and join me in a 30 day challenge to become healthier. So come February 1 please start the challenge, tell friends and family to take part in this challenge. It is time to help you to help yourself to become healthy

come visit cousezparfait on twitter  :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Freezer Cooking

For today freezer cooking I made a homemade tv dinner. I made brown rice, cooked and chopped up pork chops and then added frozen stir fried vegetables from the store. I put it in one dish and froze it. Now whenever I want a pre made meal all I have to do is pull it out of the freezer. Say good bye to store bought t.v. dinners!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Will be blogging soon

I will be trying to stay on my blogging schedule, but I am recovering from having my wisdom teeth removed. Thanks for your patients!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Movie Night

 Although this is not technically a movie, but a series of shows it is perfect to watch as a family. This tv series is based on Brian Jacques series of Redwall books. This series originally aired on PBS.

This is an animated series about a mouse who learns that it is his destiny to save the Redwall Abby and become a warrior. This show is fun for all ages and will keep you and your children entertained.  

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Valentines Day Craft

For most of my life I was home schooled and my parents tried to make the holidays special. So we would make homemade Valentines and Valentine Day decorations. So  For today's craft I made a door hanger/ Valentine.

I cut a heart our of card stock and cut a heart out of felt scraps. I added a pip cleaner as a handle. This craft can be customized. You can use buttons, fabric scraps, card stock, construction paper, or markers and stickers.