Mallorca, Spain

View of Palma, including the cathedral and marina.

When my sister and I were kids, we lived on the Spanish island of Mallorca for 2 years. It was an amazing adventure and one of the reasons why I am a Spanish teacher now. I've always wanted to go back and this year, my sister and I decided we would do just that! We spent a week on the island and had quite an adventure from beginning to end! We rented a car in Spain. It was a Spanish made SEAT … [Read more...]

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

When I was a kid, my mom made the best meat sauce! She cooked it in the slow cooker and used it to make spaghetti and lasagna. She made the best lasagna in the world! Unfortunately one day I told her that Ragu sauce with a little bit of pepper tasted a lot like hers. She hasn't made her sauce since. :( Now I don't remember if it does taste the same but I do know I have never been able to make … [Read more...]

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Crafty Commons has been nominated for the Liebster Award! How cool is that!?! Such a good feeling to know that someone in bloggy land thought about me. The Liebster award is found only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers.  It is a great way to highlight some of the newer or lesser-known blogs, like Crafty Commons, and help develop their readership. The only way to … [Read more...]

Cinco de mayo


Tomorrow is Cinco de mayo! Many mistake Cinco de mayo with Mexico's independence day but it actually commermorates Mexico's victory against France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is also not widely celebrated in Mexico but is widely popular in the United States. There are celebrations all over the U.S. Portland, Oregon has a huge event which include a naturalization ceremony - pretty cool! … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make

Mother's Day is coming up and I've started looking for crafts I can help my grandkids make for their mom (my daughter). So I have scoured the Internet aka Pinterest for ideas. I think this is my top choice because it allows my oldest to do almost all of the work but we can use here footprint and her little sister's. For a 13 month toddler, I think getting a footprint in clay will be a feat in … [Read more...]

Super Simple Smoothie

Super Simple Smoothie Reciipe

I love smoothies. They are tasty and so easy to make. It just takes a few ingredients, a blender and less than 5 minutes! My smoothies make enough for two but if you pour it into a really big glass, you have enough for one! I guess if you poured it into really small glasses, you could have enough for 3-4 servings - but why would you want to do that!?! I always have the ingredients on … [Read more...]

Rainbow Pillowcase

Rainbow Pillow

It is finished! If you remember a while back I posted an entry which asked for your opinion about what I should make. There was a tie, this Rainbow pillowcase for my oldest granddaughter and a garden wreath, which I made and blogged about here. I had to order the fabric for the pillowcase but the material arrived and the case is completed! I used this pattern from Fleece Fun but did make … [Read more...]

What to make with leftover asparagus


I had some asparagus I steamed and seasoned with lemon and butter left over from Easter that I wanted to use. I thought about making a Frittata with it but couldn't find a recipe I liked so I made my own frittata/casserole recipe. It was so simple to make! I used the following: olive oil - just enough to saute the onions 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1 cup milk 5 slices bread (I … [Read more...]