bryn's bumbo came!

i can't get over how much i love our little peanut!
i know all you moms can relate.

we've been waiting for weeks to get her bumbo.
so much for "free super saver shipping"
ho hum.
the joys of living where i do, no walmart, so amazon is a must.

i am so glad that i was told about this funky little chair for bryn.
seriously, we are so off the grid that i don't know about any cool baby things.
if you have something you like, PLEASE tell me!
even if you think everyone already knows about it, i can almost promise i don't.


DIY RECIPE: homemade pizza from scratch

this is what i fed my GIANT family last night.
(me. my husband. my baby. and my 11 dorm kids)
everyone loved it!
so i thought what a fun recipe to share with you all.
from making to the dough to topping it with your favorite toppings!
lets get started!

okay first you want to make the dough, this is what you'll need:

in a large bowl, or kitchen aid, if you have one, pour in warm water. then lightly sprinkle the yeast into the water. let it sit for five to ten minutes to dissolve. if it doesn't dissolve all the way you can mix it with a spoon. mix in all other ingredients (olive oil, salt, sugar, and flour).
then knead.

i did it all by hand.
if it gets sticky you can add some more flour.

okay now that you have mixed everything, it needs to rise.
get a large bowl and coat it in olive oil (so the dough wont stick)
put your dough in bowl and then cover with clear wrap.
let it sit in a warm place for about an hour (or longer) you want it to double in size.

p.s. you can freeze the dough if you need to, for up to a week.
oh, fiy, never re-freeze the dough.

okay, the hard part is over.
now we can do the fun part. the toppings.

i used cheese and sage sausage, my dorm kids don't like veggies.
but you can use whatever you want.

cut the now risen dough in half.
(each half will make an 12 inch pizza)

place on some lightly oiled tin foil and flatten into a circle.
push fingers into dough on outside of circle to create the crust.

now the sauce.
i just use my favorite spaghetti sauce, you can too.
you'll want to put a very light layer of oil on the dough
this makes sure the sauce doesn't seep through and make the bread soggy.

now add the rest of your toppings.

pre-heat the over to 450.
it will take between 10 to 15 minutes to bake.

and enjoy.

trust me it's good!


DIY: gorgeous braided headband tutorial

while baby was taking a nap i realized i was quite bored.
i'm not used to being a stay at home mom, and to be honest, it hasn't been a smooth transition.
so i went online to find something quick and easy i could do with an old mustard cami top.
braided bracelets were the thing that caught my eye.
 was exactly what i needed. something quick that would get my creative juices going.
which is exactly what i did, and about five minutes later... this was created.

so after falling for my new bracelet i searched for a tutorial on how to make this into a headband.
which i found.
here you go. read it. then go make it!

or you can click below:


DIY RECIPE: rainbow cake

i thought this would be a great recipe find to post after the birthday candle holder project.

or you can click below:


DIY: birthday candle holders

wow. i was very excited to come across this tutorial on the sweetest occassion.
i can't wait to move from bethel to a place that actually has a craft store.
or you can click below for tutorial:

i really want to find little toy golfing men.
then for my dads birthday fill up the whole cake!
haha. what do you think?

do you have any specific toys you want to try this tutorial out with?


DIY: totes, totes, and more totes (how to print on totes)

alright it is crafting time, lets get our thinking caps on and figure out what we want to create next.
hmmm... i was thinking maybe printing your own tote bag.
with school right around the corner, it will be the perfect project for you and your little one.
i bet she would be so excited to show off her newly designed tote at school.
i know my youngest sister would.
i might need to make one for her, i mean no first grader should go without it, right?

or you can click below:

if you don't have the time to make your own tote and would rather purchase one.
 then i have some favorites to show you!
especially the ones below...
i am loving these fantastic totes all under fifteen bucks.

square paisley design

i think my favorite is the scrabble piece tote and definitely the hedgehog.

what are your favorites?

or do you know a place that we can find even more fun totes?

i would LOvE to hear about it!


cama-i (hello in yupik, the native language of bethel)

just to reiterate what i wrote on my profile:

a little over a year ago my husband and i left utah, not for the beach or sun... no no, we left for the frozen tundra of ALASKA. a tundra so cold, so vast, so miserable that we couldn't pass it up and now call it home. the only things that are keeping me from jumping on a team of sled dogs and getting the heck out of town are my family, friends, and this blog. this is my story of our little family in alaska... brians {and bryn} in bethel.

no mall. no target. no olive garden. we have one paved road and the rest is dirt. half of the people speak a language that i don't understand. i am a total minority. i am a dorm parent for the bethel alternative boarding school and share a home with up to 24 native teens. subway is our only chain restaurant. right now it is light outside, but for most of the year it is constantly dark, maybe three hours of light a day. we have giant mosquito's galore, some people even call them the state bird. i have never seen more drunk people in my whole life. at night i sleep with a hammer under my pillow, because i was once woken up by a drunk women in my own home. i couldn't have my baby here because the hospital doesn't offer epidurals. its lonely . . .

ugh. see my dift?

but wait.

i didn't tell you that everyone here knows my name. that no one cares what clothes i wear or what i drive. they just care that i am happy, healthy, and enjoying life. i might have forgotten to mention that the summers are beautiful and green. that kids don't sit around playing video games, but instead are outside biking, fishing, or boating. moving to a place where no one knew us taught my husband and i how to rely on each other in a way i never thought possible. and after some convincing, we have had two couples come and join us in bethel.

like to any situation there is good and there is bad.

i can't always promise i will tell only the good. actually i KNOW i will spend a couple posts venting, that i apologise for now.

so there you have it. i went from a city girl to a "middle of no-where" alaska girl and this is my way to journal it.

sorry for the personal junk. tomorrow we are back to some d.i.y!

 we're learning to make our own fantastic tote bags. oh, and just in case you don't have the time to make totes i also compiled a couple of my favorite places to buy some AMAZINGLY CUTE ones... cheap!



i might just be working on the DIY project of the YEAR.
people of blogger land a new blog is about to be born.
YES, my dear friend this blog will still be jam packed with amazing tutorials,
but also will have my own personal flair.
i have been bouncing around THREE blog for too long.... my personal blog, my craft blog, and my food blog.
we are going to be mushing them all together!!!


i want to thank you all for making GreenSubmarine what it has been. i absolutely LOvE what has become of my little craft blog. i remember first putting this shin-dig together and i kept saying i really want 17 followers, if i can get 17 i will be happy. well with your help i have passed my goal and can't wait to set (and destroy) another.

the new blog:
like i said before, i've gotten tired of bouncing from one blog to another. i need a place where i can not only show off recently found craft tutorials, but also add some other stuff too. i am creating a blog where i can freely post about anything; yummy things, family things, craft things, inspiring things! i want my blog to become a blog people enjoy to read, not just search through for ideas for their next craft. i felt that GreenSubmarine was so limited. yes, it worked out great for awhile. but my friends times are a changin.

(as my husband so lovingly put it).