Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bedroom Mirror Project

I'm so excited because our Master Bedroom is *almost* complete! We have one small thing to hang (that we have hung 3 times already and it will not stay put!) Confused? Our house is made of block walls and cement board inside and out. This is quite frustrating when it comes to hanging decorations and pictures because you need a hammer drill to get through the walls. The problem is that we don't have one (thankfully my father-in-law does) but it doesn't make things easy and the holes are very permanent so Maxwell isn't a huge fan of drilling in unless we are sure.

Anyways, we have decided to use Command products to help us however some things aren't sticking to well, so now we need a plan B. Anyways, long story short, here is a small portion of our bedroom and a project I did a few weeks ago.

I found this mirror at Home Goods in my search for something to hang over our bed. I loved the style of it but the color just didn't go with our walls.
So I brought it home, took the mirror out of the back and spray painted it black. Then I replaced the mirror and got ready to hang it over our bed.
Well our plans changed. The mirror is heavy and because the Command strips don't always stick, we decided to cover up some ugly plugs that are hung up high (previous owners had their TV hung here).  Instead of hanging it or hammering into the wall, I decided to sit it on top of our new dresser and lean it against the wall. This is one of my favorite areas in the room. It is where I put my makeup on in the morning and I just love the this little space.

 *Hopefully* I'll be able to share our whole master bedroom in the next two weeks! I can't wait to have at least one room in the house complete!!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Meal Plan Monday


It's been a LOOOOONG time since I posted one of these and its been a long time since I've really planned out our meals but I've been frazzled lately with the move and have not been very inspired about dinner. We are also a week away from the beginning of our crazy time of year so I need to get myself back on track and keep things moving more smoothly.

So without further ado:

Monday: Sloppy Joes (or Janes as Kelsey calls them) I'm using ground beef, she uses ground turkey but it's a great recipe either way.
Tuesday: Coconut Chicken Fingers
Wednesday: Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches (I'll post a recipe for this next week)
Thursday: Hawaiian Grilled Chicken (Again, I'll post the recipe next week)
Friday: Out
Saturday: Shake and Bake Pork Chops
Sunday: Out

I've collected some great new recipes while I was on my blog break but haven't taken a picture of them yet, so I'll do so when I cook this week and post them for you next week.

I hope you have a great week!
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad



It's summer time which means I just am not in the mood to cook anything super hot. I tend to be a bit lazy during the summer when it comes to cooking and this is one of my favorite go to meals. I can make it in the morning and it's ready for us for dinner that night. 

This is also a crowd pleaser at potlucks and parties. I love it because it is super simple and tastes so good and refreshing!

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • Box of Pasta
  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts, grilled or sautéed, diced 
  • 1 Cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 can Artichoke Hearts, cut smaller if you desire
  • 1 can Black Olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata Olives, diced
  • 2 cups Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup Feta Cheese
  • 1 bottle of Newman's Own Light Balsamic Dressing
  • Pepperoncini's, optional

  1. Cook pasta to the instructions on the box. Rinse with cold water and put into a large bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients dressing to taste. If you are letting it sit prior to eating, you'll want to save a little dressing to add right before serving as everything soaks up the dressing and becomes very tasty.
  3. Toss and serve. 
I hope you enjoy this simple recipe! What are some of your favorite summer recipes?

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Our Yard...the Beginning

Our new yard has gone through quite a transformation in the last month since we bought the house. While there are years of work and LOTS of plans in mind, we are excited about how much progress has happened in such a short time period. I want to keep a record of the progress over time. Here is Part 1 of many, many to come.

These top 3 pictures are from the real-estate listing when we were buying it. We have 1/3 an acre of grass. The back third of the lot is dirt. The previous owner was a contractor, who stored all of this stuff for his business in the back third. There was tons of junk back there that we asked them to clear before we bought it. They left some stuff that we've had to take care of but it's a huge difference.
 These are pictures from the week after we moved in and the day we were having our new fence installed. We had a short chain link fence on one side of the property and an older wood slatted fence on the other. Our dogs were able to get through the fencing so we needed to secure the property and we wanted a bit more privacy then we had.
There was a large portion of gravel in the back lefthand corner of the property that we did not want. We were worried about how much it would cost to get rid of it and our next door neighbor took it off our hands for free! Such a blessing!



The fence after. We also had someone grade the dirt and move the gravel and asphalt off the land the same day our fence went in. This is the flat dirt ready to be use and planted on.
This week we were able to take care of all the remaining trash that was left in the yard. We have a blank slate to work with.
The difference in the yard is huge and my husband, Maxwell cannot wait to get out there and start digging and getting plans ready for this area. I hope you will join us for the journey.

What do you think we plan to do in this back area? Any ideas?

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Friday, August 1, 2014

High Five for Friday

Happy Friday!

I'm going to start joining Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday to keep track and remind myself of the great things that happen throughout the week. I sometimes forget to take a moment to stop and reflect on the week so I am hoping this helps me.

1. Leia is officially a crawler! Starting Thursday, her army crawl is now a full blown, although slow, crawl. She is already getting into things and driving her brother crazy. It's so much fun to watch!
 2. On Sunday, Leia got her first Julep* pedicure. She really enjoyed playing with the nail polish bottles. It's so fun having a little girl!
3. Our church, Aston school and Maxwell's work (all one big campus) is under major construction and demolition. They just knocked down my old college classrooms and dorms and are in the process of building a new building for the church. The machinery show is pretty amazing and Aston is in heaven watching the "scoops" work.
4. This is a little sneak peak of a project I'll be posting next week BUT I'm so excited because we have been getting a lot of projects done in the house. Yesterday was officially 1 month in our new house and it's amazing how far it has come in such a short time!
5. Today I'm installing these puppies on all our kitchen cabinets. I don't know how the previous owners lived without them but today is that day and I cannot wait!!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I plan to be back a few days next week with a few new posts! Yay for getting back to blogging!!!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer "Spaghetti"

Every summer growing up, one dinner that always landed on the table at Sunday night dinner at my aunt's house was Summer Spaghetti. After an afternoon of swimming, we'd all sit down and enjoy this summer dish. Now each of us liked or hated bits and pieces of all of it, so this is my version of what we were served over the years of my childhood.

This recipe is one of my very favorites and I hope you enjoy it.


Summer "Spaghetti"


Box of Pasta (Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Penne)
1 1/2-2 Cups diced Tomatoes
1 Can of Olives, sliced
3/4 cup of Frozen or Fresh Peas
1/4 cup Capers (optional)
Packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing, prepared with Balsamic Vinegar

  1. Boil pasta to the instructions on the box. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the Good Seasons Italian Dressing to the instructions on the packet. Normally when I use this dressing, I use red wine vinegar but for this recipe I use Balsamic vinegar.
  2. In a deeper skillet, combine all the ingredients including the dressing and heat over medium heat until warm. My family eats this dish cold but I prefer it warm. If you would like to eat it cold, thaw your peas ahead of time.
  3. When the pasta is done, mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. And enjoy. My family also add's fresh parsley but I'm not a fan of the leafiness so I omit this but feel free to add some to yours :)!
I hope you all enjoy this simple summer dish and if you need some meat in your meals, adding some grilled chicken breasts to this would be delicious!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Where did 4 months go???

Oh my goodness has life been INSANE! Life with two kids was a huge challenge and adjustment for me and just when I was starting to feel like I could get back into my creative world again, we decided to move! So a week ago today, after an awful experience of buying a home with my mom (we are the renters), we got to move into our brand new home.


This is a dream come true.

As you may know, we have lived with my mom for 4 years in her 4 bedroom house. We were all very comfortable in our life but adding another body last October(Leia) made things feel like they were getting a little tight. It was doable but we were all starting to feel the strain a little bit. Well, back in April, as I drove Aston to school, I noticed a piece of property that I've watched transform over the last 3 years, was going to be up for sale soon. Three years ago the same property was on the market but it was in rough shape. It had two homes on it and way back then, I had thought that a 2 on 1 property like this would have been perfect. Well someone else bought it and flipped the two houses. I think they weren't planning to move when they redid it but then changed their mind.

Anywho, we entered into what turned into a CRAZY endeavor to buy this house and after a headache of a time, we are here. I'm jumping back into this blogging things to keep a record for us of all that we do to the house and property. I'm getting close to a big redo of the blog but I wanted to keep track of things we are doing so here I am, hopefully back to it more frequently then I have been. I can't wait to get back into this hobby that I have so loved and missed!

I'll be back soon to share what we are doing around the house and to get life organized in this move.

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