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‘Tis the Season to Get Cuddly!

Hello my favorite Hedge and Foxers! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving like Jen and I did.  It’s finally starting to rain here (I LOVE the rain!!), and that makes me want to cuddle up in my favorite blankie, eat some chili and watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S.  So that’s exactly what I did with Jen and her family the other night, except we needed another blanket for the couch.  My mission was clear, make a super soft cuddly blanket ASAP and make some homemade chili!

First let’s talk about this chili I made.  I’m currently doing Weight Watchers, so I was looking for a chili recipe that was good for points and good for those who aren’t dieting.  I ran across this receipie on Pinterest, and let me tell ya…it was delicious!! So if you’re looking for some good chili check out this Zero Point Chili Receipie.

So now that you’ve got your chili cooking in your crockpot, time to make a cuddly blanket! If you’re thinking, “I wont be able to get a blanket done in 2 hours!”, well I’m here to tell you that you can!!! Let’s get started!

Supplies

  • 2 yards of fleece in two different patterns (2 yards in one pattern and 2 yards in another for a total of 4 yards) – I suggest getting the “anti-pill” fleece, it’s softer and wont get those annoying little balls all over.
  • Measureing Tape
  • Sharp fabric scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Masking tape
  • 4×4 template

These tie fleece blankets are so easy to make and fun!  This is something you could totally do with your kids as well.

Step 1

Take each cut of fabric and trim the edges off.  Generally one side will have a white edge in writing and the other will have a slightly curled edge. One of the best things about making this blanket is nothing has to be exact, meaning don’t worry if you’re edges aren’t straight, it won’t matter in the end.

Step 2

Check your fabrics and see if there’s any difference between the sides.  The fabrics I picked below are slightly blurry on the “back” side.  Place the back sides of the fabrics together as evenly as you can.  Again, it doesn’t have to be exactly even, just as close as you can.

Step 3

Next you want to make yourself a 4”x 4” template with some cardboard or something else semi sturdy. Once your template is cut place it at the corners of your fabric and cut around the edges as shown below.

Step 4

533B62B1-FBD1-4F5D-9558-5E5E7787F9BBNext take your masking tape and stretch it along the side of the blanket from the corner of your cut edge to the other corner as shown in the photo.  Once your tape is in place start cutting strips about an inch in width and stop at the tape.  Continue cutting strips until you’ve reached the end and repeat this process around the blanket.  I eye-balled the strips, because once again…. it doesn’t really matter.  At the end of the day you won’t be able to tell if there are any imperfections.

 

Step 5

Now is the fun part (at least I think its fun). Start tying the bottom and top strips together. Be Sure to tie the first one tight and then tie it one more time.  Continue this around the whole blanket.

Step 6

Your yummy chili should be done, so scoop yourself some into your favorite bowl, grab your new blanket and turn on your favorite TV show and relax!

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These are great for Christmas gifts and can easily be put together at the last minute for anyone who is a procrastinator like me haha!  Have fun!!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The day is here! If you’re American, like me, then today is all about three things: Pausing to give thanks for all of the things you are grateful for; spending time with the ones you love; and feasting on roasted turkey (or maybe deep fried or cooked in some other fashion), mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, casseroles, and pumpkin or sweet potato pie!!!! I love this holiday for all of the aforementioned reasons, and in honor of today I am also going to list 10 things for which I am thankful like Katie did in our last post. These aren’t exactly in order of importance because it’s hard to say one is more important than another, but here goes….!

  1. My husband

  • I married an amazing guy, folks! He is hilarious, sweet, sexy, and he is also my best friend. I was a ball of crazy when we first started dating (ok, still am sometimes!) and his patience in helping me through a lot of the emotional baggage I had at the time was unbelievable and incredibly selfless. And more than I think anyone could ask for, but exactly what one should hope for from a life-long mate. And today he is still the same way.
  • 2. My kids
  • Like most parents, I could gush on and on about how amazing I think they are. My son is 4 (and a half! That’s a big deal, ya know…) and is so much fun. He is silly, unbelievably smart, and a natural at almost any sport. I always figured I would have at least one athletic kid since I never was really into playing sports myself, and boy do I!!! We have a ton of fun playing soccer, flag football, and baseball in our backyard. My daughter will be 9 months in a few days and she is just the sweetest little thing ever. She brings us so much joy and has added so much more fun to our lives. She is babbling a ton (and will give you an earful when she feels it is needed, let me tell you!), cruising around on the furniture, says a few words already and is crawling everywhere. She started waving hello recently which is so cute to watch her do out and about with random people. I honestly can say that having 2 kids is way more fun than just having 1!
  • 3. My parents

  • They’re wonderful and fun and wise and they help us out in more ways than I can count. We live about a 5 minutes away from them now (we moved this year) and we really enjoy it! They help with childcare during the week and even on weekends sometimes, give us great advice but typically only if we ask for it, and are just generally fun people to be around. My mom is one of my best friends, and I am and have always been an unashamed daddy’s girl through and through. I adore my father! And I treasure the relationship my parents have with my kids. It is a blessing to watch them together and makes my heart so very glad.
  • 4. My mother-in-law

  • Yes, I’m dead serious about this. I think I have the best MIL ever. She also lives nearby (within walking distance) and helps is with childcare and just in general quite often. I truly value the relationship I have with her and the one she has with my children as well. She is always so sweet and helpful. I know this is a huge blessing – I’ve heard and seen horror stories about in-laws throughout my life and was always worried about this dynamic, but thankfully I do not have that situation to deal with. And for that I am eternally grateful! And I treasure her relationship with my kids and am blessed to watch them together.
  • 5. My siblings

  • (including my sisters-in-law)! I have 2 big brothers who are buckets of fun and both are married to women I love, am close to, and get along with well. And my husband’s sister and her husband are incredible, too! We all live around each other and are able to get together as often as life allows, which sometimes is a lot and other times not nearly enough. My brothers have always been there for me, made me feel loved, protected and safe, and have been there to make me laugh harder than almost anyone else. I treasure the friendships we have developed in our adult lives and also the times from when we were kids and they would actually let their kid sis be around and play.
  • (I need to take more photos with these awesome guys…learned this lesson while searching for something to post!)
  • 6. My friends

  • I have the best, most amazing, most drama-free group of friends! Of course my sister-friends, Katie and Christine, are in that bunch. I love them both so much and am so grateful for our friendship. The memories we share are truly priceless! And Miranda, my BFF, mommy-friend, and the mom of my beautiful god-daughter. She and I became best friends shortly after Dan and I were married, at a time in my life where making new close friends was a scary thing (that’s a long story that goes way back to pre-Katie stuff which I won’t get into). Miranda is one of those friends who always checks in on you, calls you out on your BS but in the most loving of ways, and is a total blast to be with. I am so grateful for her and for our friendship!!! And for the amazing god-daughter she has given me – I love my Baby Girl sooo much! I am also thankful for her sister, Nicole, who is another close friend of mine. Nicole and I encourage each other during tough times and during great times, too. Her heart is made of the sweetest of things and she walks with an air of grace and love that makes I want to emulate. I have many more friends I want to mention but this post would go on forever and ever if I did! I love and appreciate you all so very much <3
  • 7. My job

  • I feel so blessed to have the job I do – one that I enjoy and one with amazing coworkers. I am a geek for data and for process improvement and I get to combine these things and find data-driven process improvements! I work for a large company where you’d thing the inter-personal part of things might be lacking, but my company and my co-workers are actually really amazing! To top it off, I am able to work from home and have for over 5 years now. While working from has its challenges, overall it has been a huge blessing for this full time working mama.
  • 8. Our new house

  • I LOVE our new home, being so close to our families, and the neighborhood we moved to. It reminds me of the neighborhood I grew up in and felt like home the moment we turned the corner to go and look at the house the first time. It was all by the grace if God that we got this house when and how we did. It was by accident that we even came to look at it with our realtor – I had seen it on the real estate apps and knew it was perfect but out of our price range. When we saw it for the first time I didn’t let myself say out loud “I love it!” because I didn’t want to be let down when we didn’t get it. Low and behold, 2 weeks later our realtor called to say they had received no offers (at a time when houses were selling left and right) and that the owners were willing to negotiate with us. It was miraculous and I am soooo grateful! Dan and I still look at each other at least once a week and say “I cannot believe this is OUR house!!!”
  • 9. My pastor and my church family

  • Folks, I feel like I found, hands down, the most amazing church to be a part of in existence! Dan and I have been members since we first started dating when he got invited to go, having never been a church goer before (I on the other hand grew up in church all of my life, even went to Christian school until I graduated 12th grade). What God has done through the ministry at our church has dramatically changed our lives. I had all but sworn off going to church if I’m being honest – and this is a long story that I won’t get in to now – but after going here and really receiving a revelation of God’s love and grace, I’ve been completely changed. Which brings me to the next item, and it is the MOST important one in my life.
  • 10. Receiving the revelation of God’s grace and the gift of salvation.

  • I remember what I was like, my view of life, before I learned about real and true grace, and I don’t miss that life at all! Am I perfectly “Christian” now, never struggling with sin? Far from it!!!! That’s not the point! I still struggle with sin, some great and sin small, on a daily basis (or minute my minute, really!). But now I walk in confidence that God’s grace covers my sin through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and sees me as faultless. And so I can confidently go to Him with my praises, pains, joy, sorry, frustrations, and struggles with sin, knowing that He hears my cries and turns His heart toward me. Not because of anything I’ve done or will do, but only because of what Jesus did! This is the greatest thing in my life for which I am thankful and I want to SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!!!
  • Ok, I’m off to finish up the mac and cheese that I’m bringing to dinner. I hope and pray you have a wonderful day celebrating all of the things for which you are thankful and that you don’t get too stuffed on turkey and all the good things that go along with it! May God bless you and your family, and keep you all in His protection this holiday season and always.
  • Let me know what you’re thankful for in the comments if you have a moment to spare and can do so!
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    What are you thankful for?

    November is one of my favorite months; the air is crisp, the leaves are changing into their beautiful fall colors, and Thanksgiving and its glorious food is around the corner!  This time of year also reminds you to be thankful for the large and small things in your life; and I’ve always found writing these things down to be soul soothing, so that’s what today’s post is about!  Here are ten things I’m thankful for this year (in no particular order):

    1.  My Mom

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    Besides giving birth to me, which let’s be honest is a big deal, my mom has been and continues to be my biggest supporter in everything I do.  She’s my best friend who I know will never leave my side.  She loves me for who I am, what I believe and does so without judgement. She’s always been accepting of my friends with open arms and has taught me to be the caring woman I’ve become.  She’s probably the most selfless person I know who is always willing to help anyone in any way she can.  She’d give you the shirt off your back if you needed it.  I strive daily to be more like her, and don’t know what I’d do without her. Love you Mom!

    2. My Sisters

     

    I refer to these two amazing women as my sisters all the time.  They may not be my sisters in the conventional sense, technically I’m an only child, but they’ll always be in my life and I love them like they’re family.  As long as we’ve known each other their families have treated me like family and vice versa.  Their kids call me Auntie Katie which warms my heart every time I hear it.  So to Jen & Christine, I’m so thankful for your loving spirits and loving hearts. I love you both!

    3. My Friends

    I’ve been so lucky to have some really incredible friends in my life, friends that are truly like family.  I know that no matter what happens my friends will be there for me if I need them.  If I call broken down on the side of the road, I know every single one would come and help me, no doubt in my mind.  Also, my friends are hilarious, hands down the funniest people ever! (And if you’re not pictured, I love you too don’t worry! haha)

    4. My Best Friend (aka Craig)

     

    IMG_0448Now saying my “Best Friend” is a difficult statement to make, because a lot of my friends I consider my Best Friend.  But this friend in particular holds a very special place in my heart.  Not everyone has a friend who is so willing to help their friend’s Mom whenever she needs a man’s help.  Since my Dad passed a few years ago, Craig has taken over helping my mom whenever she needs it, no questions asked.  Craig treats my mom like his own and that’s more than I could ever ask for.

    5. My Job

    There’s not a lot of people who get to do what they love.  Yes, my job is stressful.  Yes, my job is tiring with long hours.  However, my job is AWESOME! I get to help people and help support our law enforcement by being their first line of defense.  The excitement and adrenaline rush I get from my job keeps me going!  Also, I’ve met some of my favorite people through my job.

    6. My Landlords

    I’ve lived in the most adorable little house for over 6 years now and not once have they raised my rent! If that’s not something to be thankful for then I don’t know what is!

    7. Pizza

    Well…because Pizza.

    8. Hedge & Fox

    I’ve had so much fun thinking of creative things for our new blog and most of all spending the with Jen and her family.  I get to see my niece and nephew on a weekly basis and catch up with Jen & Dan, it’s been a blast!!

    9. My Aquarium

    Ever since I lost my two dogs a couple years ago I’ve not been able to bring myself to get another one yet.  But, I have invested in an aquarium which has brought me a lot of joy.  Maybe not as much as a dog would but my fish & friends have helped fill that void.

     

    10. All of you!

    Each and every person who subscribes to our blog and supports us means the world to Jen and myself.  We work hard every day with our full time jobs and we work hard on bringing content to you as well.  Thank you for being there 🙂

     

    So what are you thankful for?  I challenge you to write down ten things you’re thankful for!  In fact that is this months giveaway entry!  Post a picture on Instagram of one of the ten things you’re thankful for with “#HFThankful2018”! Winner will be announced on December 1st!

     

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