Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's the Little Things - Like a Turquoise Mirror

The basement is the most neglected space in my home. I don't go down there much except to do laundry, even though we've done a make-over in the bathroom down there and my treadmill is in the basement. I've been slowly but surely making small changes, but it's definitely not been on my priority list.

I have been wanting to add more color in my home, so I decided to paint the mirror over the sink a turquoise color. 




The mirror was brown, so I taped off the mirror, spray painted the brown, and then roughed up the edges to give it a distressed look.
(You can see the brown mirror in pictures from our laundry room makeover.

I found a terrific rug at Target to use in the space. 


See that ugly sink and counter top? Imagine a beautiful faucet with a stainless countertop. We haven't invested in something like that because we just don't use the space enough. I also want to paint the cabinets... **sigh** 

My laundry room (which is just a space) is to the right. I am LOVING the beadboard we installed. 

And... I added a suprise.


I love this mirror with lights around it. (and... it wasn't until AFTER we installed and painted the beadboard that I noticed that this wall didn't get the new lighter paint!)

It's the little things...

Nif


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Monday, October 06, 2014

Alabama Firecrackers


Today I've got an easy recipe to share that calls for only 5 ingredients. I also LOVE the name - Firecrackers! This is a great snack to take to a tailgate, school event, football party, or even for a weekend treat at home.

Alabama Firecrackers

1 box Saltine crackers (4 sleeves)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 package Ranch dressing mix
2 tsp garlic powder
2-5 tsp red pepper flakes

Whisk together all ingredients except for crackers in a bowl. Divide the crackers between 2 large Ziploc bags, then pour half of the oil mixture into each bag. Close the bags, then turn over to coat evenly. Let the bag sit for a couple of hours, turning every 15 minutes. (I then like to transfer them to new bags or a large container with a lid.)

Enjoy!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crockpot Chicken Tacos and Tortilla Soup



Aren't crockpots the greatest? In the summer, I can use it and it doesn't heat up my entire kitchen, and in the fall and winter I can make the most wonderful soups and stews. When it gets cooler I will definitely be making Olive Garden-inspired pasta soup, and my Famous Chicken Chili can be cooked in the crockpot.

When I found the recipes for Crockpot Chicken Tacos and Torilla Soup over at Chocolate Therapy, I knew I had to try it!

The Crockpot Chicken for the tacos couldn't be simpler. 
Into the crockpot, add 6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts1 16-oz jar of salsa and 1 1-oz package of taco seasoning 
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours. When the chicken is ready, use two forks to shred the chicken. Serve with your favorite taco fixings like avocado, lettuce, cheese, jalapenos, and more. Looking for an easy crowd-pleaser dish? This is it! Try it for your next family game night and let me know how it goes.

But, best of all... here's another recipe! Before you use the chicken on the taco bar, scoop out 2 cups and put in a large dutch oven or pot. 
Add the following ingredients to the 2 cups of chicken:
2 cups of the shredded chicken
One 32oz box of chicken broth
One can corn(drain)
2 handfuls chopped cilantro
One squeezed lime
One can diced tomatoes (reg size)
One can diced tomatoes w/ chiles
1/2 large yellow onion
One can black beans
2-3 table spoons of tomato paste
2 teaspoons of cumin
2 teaspoons of chile powder
2 teaspoons of garlic powder

Simmer on the stove for about 30 minutes, and it's ready to serve!

This soup is perfect for warm weather or cool weather, and the taste is incredible! I love serving it with tortilla chips to give it a little crunch. I divided the soup into 2 food storage containers and put one in the fridge for weekly lunches and one in the fridge to pull out for dinner on a busy day. Paired with a salad and 3-ingredient chocolate muffins, it's a perfect dinner!

Thank you, Sarah, for the wonderful recipes!



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wishlist: Shiplap Walls in the Bathroom

It's not as if I don't have anything on my to-do list....

BUT, I really, really, really want to redo our master bathroom. We've painted it twice since moving in 10 years ago, including the cabinets. It's definitely time to re-paint the cabinets, and I would LOVE to have shiplap on the walls. 

I think I love shiplap because it reminds me of the beach, it's cottage-y, and to me it sort of has a rustic, country feel. It speaks to a laid-back, relaxed lifestyle, and that would be a perfect respite for the busy-ness that goes on in my life! 

I've been searching online for inspiration (and instructions). Here are some pictures that I've found and love. Enjoy!


Geoff Chick - bathrooms - shiplap paneled walls, shiplap paneling, shiplap, bathroom shiplap, marble mosaic tiled floor, marble mosaic floor tile, freestanding tub, freestanding bath, traditional faucet, dual vanity, gray dual vanity, wood framed vanity mirror, wood vanity mirror, louvered vanity, louvered bathroom vanity, gray louvered bathroom vanity, gray bathroom vanity, white hardware, his and hers sink, dual sinks, master bath, towel ring, cafe curtain, linen cafe curtain, cafe curtains in bathroom, black framed window, steel framed window, marble counter, marble countertop, wood paneled walls, wood paneling, painted wood paneling, louvered washstand, louvered double vanity, grommet cafe curtains, linen cafe curtains,

Structures Building Company - bathrooms - white shiplap, shiplap paneling, shiplap paneled walls, white shiplap paneled walls, shiplap siding, white shiplap siding, wood paneled walls, white wood paneled walls, wood paneled ceiling, white wood paneled ceiling, dark khaki colored vanity, khaki colored bathroom vanity, khaki bathroom vanity, undermount sink, shells, seashells, marble counter, marble countertop, polished nickel hardware, modern polished nickel hardware, wall mount faucet, wall mounted faucet, mirror framed mirror, mirror framed vanity mirror, lantern wall sconce, lantern style wall sconce, marble mosaic floor tile, marble mosaic tiled floors, towel loop, mirror backed lantern sconce, taupe washstand, taupe vanity, taupe bathroom vanity, taupe cabinets, taupe bathroom cabinets, caclutta gold marble, calcutta gold marble countertop,




Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The Yummiest Twice-Baked Potato Casserole

My oldest daughter recently hosted the seniors on her high school volleyball team over for a dinner along with their coach. Hubs grilled barbecue ribs, and everyone else brought sides, soft drinks, and desserts. Some of these girls have been together since elementary school, so it was a bittersweet dinner... knowing that this is their last year together in school.

One player brought a yummy potato casserole, and I had to ask her mom for the recipe. You will LOVE it, and your friends and family will ask you to make it often! (Even though I LOVED it, I haven't made it yet because I'm waiting for a special occasion, and one where there will be enough people that there won't be any leftovers. I don't trust myself not to eat all of it myself.) 

Here's the recipe. Enjoy!

Twice Baked Potato Casserole 

8-10 med RED potatoes 
1 stick of butter melted 
16 oz container of Barbers Party Dip (you might need a little more, I always buy extra and seem to use it) 
Sharp shredded cheese, about 2-1/2 cups (1/2 cup is for topping)
salt/pepper 

Boil your potatoes in the jacket. Let cool and peel. 
Grate the potatoes in a large bowl.
Pour over the melted butter. 
Add shredded cheese into potatoes, about 2 cups, and the dip. 
Salt and pepper to taste.  
Mix all together. 
Pour over into a greased 13 x 9 dish. 
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40-minutes. 
Add more cheese to top (about 1/2 cup) and bake until cheese melts.  


**Her mom always told her the ticket to this recipe was the red potatoes. She uses them for everything. Even her potato salad. 


Let me know when you make it! (I'll be right over!)

 

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

An Easy-to-Make Summer Chevron Wreath

When summer started, I knew I wanted a summery chevron wreath for my front door. The one I made was easy to do, and it was fairly inexpensive, too.




First, I bought wired burlap chevron ribbon and a straw wreath from the local craft store. I used a little less than 2 rolls for the wreath.




Then, I just wrapped the burlap ribbon around the straw wreath, leaving the plastic wrap on the wreath. I simply used hot glue to hold the ribbon in place. 
After wrapping the wreath, I created a bow and glued it onto the wreath. Then I used fishing line to hang it from the wreath hanger on the front door. 


Easy-Peasy, right?

I just love this little jewel. (and the little 4-legged one in the door window!)


Now to find new urns for the front porch!



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Monday, July 07, 2014

Summer's Here, and I'm Back!

I can't believe my last post was on March 3rd! Wow!

And now it's July 7th! Middle of summer, and a lot has happened. 


I've been blogging over at my education blog, and this personal blog has been neglected. As I look back through the archives, it seems it's not the first time I've neglected it! (I've got to change that!)


Let me catch you up on some of the highlights since March 3....

Spring Break 


Mother's Day


School's Out



Father's Day

Two beach trips







Basketball tournaments


I've been to FOUR conferences this summer... Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Atlanta.

And I've read 6 books since school ended. 





What about DIY or projects around the house?

I made a new wreath for my front door. 


I painted the bead board in my laundry room. (FINALLY!)

I painted my daughter's bedroom, cleaned out the basement storage room, and did a lot of yard work (and I got the poison ivy to prove it!)


What's left to do?
  • Paint area on house next to ceiling on covered deck
  • Paint basket found at garage sale
  • Organize cabinets in garage
  • Finish landscaping in yard by basketball court
  • Take down lattice on lower deck and replace with horizontal boards
  • Stain/treat deck
  • Get together with my "summer friends"

How about you? Busy summer so far?



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