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)

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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Monday, March 03, 2014

Nif's Easy Lasagna (no boiling necessary)

You will need:
1 lb ground beef
3 cups (30-oz jar or can) spaghetti sauce
1-1/2 cups water
2 cups mozzarella cheese 
     (use 1 cup in Cheese Mixture (below), use 1 cup to top off lasagna)
1 8-oz package lasagna

Cheese Mixture:
15-oz container ricotta or cottage cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees

In large saucepan, brown meat; drain. 
Add spaghetti sauce and water; simmer about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, stir together ingredients for Cheese Mixture.

Pour about 1-1/3 C sauce o the bottom of a 9X13 baking dish. 
Arrange 3 UNCOOKED lasagna noodles lengthwise over sauce. 
Cover with about 1-1/3 sauce. 
Spread one-half Cheese Mixture over sauce. 
Repeat with layer of lasagna, sauce, and Cheese Mixture.
Top with layer of lasagna and remaining sauce. 
Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes.
Remove foil and bake additional 15 minutes.

Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Easy Pasta Recipe

Today we had a beautiful day in Birmingham! Check out these temperatures!

My girls played volleyball in Huntsville this weekend, and I stayed in town to attend TEDxBirmingham yesterday. This morning I went for a run (in a short-sleeved t-shirt), then I've been cleaning and cooking to get ready for the week. 

I baked a chicken casserole, made Easy Pasta Salad, cooked lasagna (recipe posted tomorrow) and healthy chicken enchiladas, and baked 3-ingredient chocolate muffins.

I want to share the Easy Pasta Salad with you, because it IS so easy, and it can serve as a base for other salads. This basic recipe is the one my oldest daughter loves to take to school for lunch, so I don't usually add much to it.

I use
1 carton of grape or cherry tomatoes
1 container of crumbled feta cheese
1 box bowtie pasta
Italian dressing (approximately 1/4 - 1/2 cup)
Salt and pepper to taste

While the pasta is cooking (directions on box), I cut the tomatoes in half and add them and the feta to a large bowl. Once the pasta is done, I pour the pasta into a colander and run cold water over the pasta to cool it. Then I add the pasta to the bowl, pour on Italian dressing, add salt and pepper and mix together.

Easy peasy.

Here are some ways you can take it from the girl next door to a beauty pageant queen:

  • Add sliced pepperoni and shredded mozzarella
  • Add chopped, cooked chicken and sweet peas
  • Add baby spinach leaves, artichoke hearts, and chopped red bell pepper
  • Add a can of corn, chopped, cooked chicken, and swap the Italian dressing for Ranch dressing
How about you? How would you personalize your pasta salad? 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas to Cure Snow Day Blues

Monday afternoon I left work knowing that there was a prediction of snow and ice coming in Tuesday morning. School on Tuesday got cancelled, then with another threat of bad weather, school was cancelled today. The weather forecasters said that snow would start around 4pm, but no snow showed up until about 6:00 this evening. At that point, Hubs and I started watching a movie. 

About an hour and half later, our daughter came down the stairs, looked out the window, and said, "It's snowing! Everything's covered!" We thought she was joking, but when we looked outside, everything was blanketed in snow.

That's the view from our front porch at about 7:30 tonight. I couldn't believe it. Everything was so beautiful!

I think all the kids in the neighborhood were out making snowballs and snow angels, riding sleds, and building snowmen.

After missing school 3 days this week (school's out tomorrow, too) and four the week before last, I'm ready for some warmer weather. I spent this afternoon looking through the Houzz website, and I thought I'd share some of my favorites here.

I think Fire Pits are great, especially when the seasons are changing. I'm ready for our season to change to SPRING! How's the weather where you are? Do you have a fire pit to chase away winter blues?

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