Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Menu 1

Apr 1 Club Sandwiches with spear pickle and chips
Apr 2 BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken with steamed veggies and baked potato
Apr 3 Chicken & Cheese Crescents with broccoli
Apr 4 Taco Pasta Salad
Apr 5 Hamburgers with seasoned fries
Apr 6 Chicken & Dressing Casserole with sweet potatoes
Apr 7 >> Take Out <<
Apr 8 BBQ Chicken Fajitas
Apr 9 Crock Pot Chicken Tetrazini with Carrots
Apr 10 Sweet n Sour Meatballs over rice
Apr 11 Grilled ham, roasted broccoli and red peppers, mac n cheese
Apr 12 Crock Pot Baked beans n sausage with corn bread muffins
Apr 13 Chicken Parmesean with spaghetti
Apr 14 >> Take Out <<

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Niece's Birthday

My brothers girls both have birthdays in April and are turning 4 and 6 yrs old.
Aren't they cute!

 They both play soccer and love listening to music and dancing. I bought them each a kids song CD and then at Dollar Tree found these cute soccer baskets.

 Bought a few toys to throw in as well as piggy banks which I personalized using my Cricut and stickers.

Everything goes in with some tissue paper

Then I added handmade gift tags

Happy Birthday Madison and Macie!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Trash to storage

Another blogger gave me an idea for dog food storage and well I just couldn't find a container like what she had used. Also I needed something that was narrow since I have limited space. And this is what I came up with a total cost of $15 since all I had to buy was the trash can, already had the vinyl.
So it went from this
to this...

Big enough for a 25lb bag of dog food

 Looks alot better then a bag propped against the wall! 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Patiently waiting....

Upon recent trips to the antique shops in Glen Rose I now have two layaways. Which I love layaway but over time I get so impatient waiting to get it paid off! I picture how the item is going to look, will it fit and if I should paint it once its home. I need some advice! I took two pictures of the drop leaf table I have in layaway and I'm wondering to paint or not to paint.
 Here it is sitting in the booth at the antique mall

Comes with four chairs and two leafs its precious!
Problem is I don't think the color it is now will mesh well in my kitchen.
Thinking about getting it home and letting it sit for a little while then making a decision. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Asian Pork Chops with Glazed Veggies

This was a yummy dish! You throw everything in the crock pot and end up with some delicious food!

Ingredients :

5 thick boneless pork chops
3/4 C brown sugar
2 t ground ginger
1/4 C soy sauce
1/2 C ketchup
2 cloves garlic
3/4 C water
All of the above goes into crock pot then cover with a piece of foil. 

For the Veggies your going to lay a large piece of foil on the counter and empty your frozen bag of veggies
(I used stir-fry mixed vegetables)
To this add:

3 T butter or olive oil
2 1/2 T honey
1 pinch ground ginger
1 T lemon juice
Fold the foil to make a sealed packet and place on top of pork chops in the crock pot.
The veggies will steam inside the packet. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kitchen Hutch Before and After

I am so excited! I finally finished my very first furniture redo! Here is the before...

A Green laminate piece that was just painted over and so it was peeling. it was bad.

I stripped the paint and sanded every inch..

Here the hubby helped and did the staining

After prime and paint here she is!

The accent color for my kitchen is red so I displayed a few of my grandmothers red candy dishes and pieces I've acquired from my mother and the Antique Mall.

I'm so excited to find another piece of furniture to makeover! But first I'm going to sew kitchen curtains from the table cloth I got at the Antique Mall, they will be so darling next to my new kitchen hutch :)

Thanks for stopping by!

I've linked this post at...
Between Naps on the Porch
The DIY Show Off
Not JUST A Housewife
Domestically Speaking
Restore Interiors
Primitive & Proper
Elle Belle Creative
Tatertots and Jello

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March Menu 2

Its that time again to buy groceries, plan menu's and make a shopping list.

March 18 >>Dinner out, Step kids are in town this day
March 19 Spaghetti with Garlic Bread
March 20 Chicken Enchilada Suiza
March 21 Chicken Quesadillas
March 22 Stuffed Shells with Garlic Bread
March 23 Tostadas
March 24 >> Take Out <<
March 25 Oven Fried Chicken with Potato Salad
March 26 Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Brown Gravy, Mash Potato and Veggies
March 27 Grilled Panini with Soup
March 28 Hamburgers with Fries
March 29 Breakfast for dinner- Crescent Wrap Sausage and Breakfast Skillets
March 30 Beef & Bean Burritos
March 31 >> Take Out <<

Monday, March 14, 2011

Laundry Cabinet Makeover

Woohoo! Finally completed the laundry cabinet makeover! Click on images to enlarge :)
(blue tape because I painted the ceiling)

Inside Before


Inside After

The baskets I found at Dollar Tree $1 each

I couldn't decide what knobs to use. Ended up pulling knobs off the old kitchen cabinets from the kitchen remodel. Painting them silver to match the hinges that were brass that I also painted silver. 

And incase your wondering what the sign is made of, its two mens tube socks sewn together and dyed using brewed tea. Then you glue the material patches, buttons and add "thread" marks with a marker. Its cute my mother-in-law made it years ago

Thanks for stopping by....

I've linked this post at...
Between Naps on the Porch
Domestically Speaking
The Thrifty Home
Women Who Do It All

New Blog Design

I'm tinkering around with a new blog background, trying to make it brighter and happy. Soon I hope to have a cute blog header. Working with Picasa and figuring out all the effects it can do! China Cabinet is almost complete and will have pics of the laundry area posted as soon as I get the knobs on the doors :) This week is spring break and I will be working with my son on his room. Being 14 and trying to have a grown up room is trying but I think we have a good plan and I'll share it here once its finished.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Chicken Tetrazini

This recipe I found on the internet and tweaked it a little bit, so good, creamy and fast!

Chicken Tetrazini

3 cups cooked chicken (chopped or shredded)
8 oz. cooked spaghetti noodles
8 oz. sour cream
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 packet dry ranch dressing mix
1/3 cup crushed seasoned croutons

Break spaghetti noodles in half and cook as package directions state. Drain and place in a 9x13 pan place all other ingredients except crushed croutons in pan and stir to combine. Then sprinkle crushed croutons on top and bake in oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

I served this with steamed broccoli and Cheese & Pepper Bread.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Longing for Spring

I am so ready for spring! And I so want these old metal chairs

My Great Grandmother had old metal chairs like these all around her yard and front porch I love them!

So many pretty colors!

Love this!

Flower bed? lol

Lush green lawns and beautiful gardens

Soothing water features

Ah! Another one sooo cute!

I love this idea for a picnic table

Hmm interesting!

Now thats different

More pretty colored metal chairs!!

Been busy with the hallway makeover and almost done with the small china cabinet. I have so many wooden frames to paint and black n white photos to print. Pillows and curtains to sew. Enough projects to keep me busy for a little while! Soon it will be time to put together the flower beds and crank up the mower.  

Take time to smell the flowers :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Week #4 Challenge- Kitchen Organization

This week over at A Bowl Full of Lemons Toni has us sharing how we organize our kitchens. Mine is still in remodel stages but I do have the cabinets organized. I'm hoping in the next few weeks to be completely finished with the remodel and will share full pics then. But for now here is how I have things organized right now.
My white china is in an upper cabinet. Bought a wire divider to help add more storage space.

Here are glasses, cereal bowls and soup mugs.

The Lazy Susan holds all the spices and baking supplies.

Oh and the sandwich storage baggies

Food pantry- Top is for breakfast items, second shelf can goods and larger boxes using a wire shelf to give me more storage area, third shelf is pasta, puddings, soups and the bottom houses my large containers of sugar, flour, cornmeal plus onions and potatoes.

I use a wire shelf storage basket in here as well to hold season packets. Candy Cane Kisses! How did those get there?!  Better question how do I still have any left lol

Under the kitchen sink I installed the wire storage basket to hold foil, plastic wrap and wax paper.

"Tupperware" containers are above the stove, I have more they are just in the dishwasher :)

To the right of the stove are liquid measuring cups, oils, ciders and 
on top shelf dessert cups and shot glasses that my sister has brought me when she travels.

 On the left side of the stove is the coffee station with filters, coffee, creamer and of course cups.

Dry measuring cups hang next to the sink for easy access ( I use them alot)

Thanks for stopping by and having a look at how I organize my kitchen!

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