Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pretty Laundry

I don't have a laundry room. I have a laundry closet. I got a bee in my bonnet (placed there by spending too much time on Pinterest) that I wanted to paint my laundry closet. My husband and son thought I was crazy, but this is not new.
One of my favorite things about organizing and/or painting a space is how clean it feels afterward. It forces you to clean parts of a room (or closet) that you normally wouldn't. So here's my laundry closet before:
Boring and small. When we renovated our downstairs I took off the ugly bifold door and put up the curtains-which I like, but I needed a bigger change.
So I painted the closet this color:
I love this lime green and I figured this was the safest place to put it (since my husband may protest if I tried to paint anything else this color)!
And, since we all know the Cricut and vinyl makes everything prettier:
I got a matching green basket from Target to store all the "stuff" on top of the dryer. I also hung a tension rod so I could hang up a few things (on the matching green hangers, of course)as I take them out of the dryer.

A subtle change that makes my space a little more organized and pretty!
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Blessings to you,

Small Spaces

We don't have a separate "mud room", but we do have, I guess, what you would call a mud corner. Organization for the family is important. I'm convinced (after years of living in a small, cozy home) that no matter the size of your space you can make room to effectively organize everything. My current quest is not only to organize it but make it visually appealing as well.
This is our "mud corner" located right behind my front door.
I got this great calendar at JCPenney Outlet for $4.  It is a 4 month calendar.  I use a paper calendar tucked away on the frig for dates that may go past the 4 month span.  Each family member has a different color on the calendar. Everyone can see at a glance the events that pertain to them.
I got these heavy duty hangers from IKEA for $4.  My husband drilled them into the studs so they hold even the heaviest back pack.  No more back packs dropped at the front door.
Of course, letters made of vinyl using the Cricut makes everything pretty.
The end result: inexpensive, appealing organization that makes for a happy mama!
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Blessings to you,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fancy Napkins

I decided to try my hand at these adorable napkins that I've seen around bloggyland using the freezer paper technique that I've been dying to try.

I cut words out of freezer paper on my cricut. Cricut users: the settings are blade-5, pressure-3, speed -3. I had to redo the words a couple of times. Luckily the freezer paper is cheap!
Then, I ironed on the freezer paper shiny side down onto the pressed cloth napkin.

I used a sponge brush to apply fabric paint on the stencil.

I let it dry for about 15 minutes and peeled off the paper.

Love them!

The Shabby Nest
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
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- Blessings to you,
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Boredom Busters

I know I may be struck by lightning for saying this, or at the very least, I may get slugged by a non-teacher, but I'M BORED!
It's 2 1/2 weeks into summer and I'm struggling, yes, struggling with staying busy, and not just for busyiness sake, but staying motivated is hard for me today.  Yesterday in my devotions I read the end of Proverbs 31.  The part that struck me hard is "She does not eat the bread of idleness".  I've been eating the bread of idleness and all the other bread in the house.  BLAH.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my time home for the most part.  This is my time to be a stay at home mom with my kids and take care of my household in a way that I can't as a working mom.  But today, I am just bored. Notice that it's Mom saying, "I'm bored" and not the kids...
I'm a firm believer in not having to entertain my kids every minute of the day.  We don't do summer camps or daily pricey outings (i.e. movies, waterparks, lunch outings and the like).  We spend time with friends, take advantage of the pool, and just enjoy downtime.  What do my kids do to entertain themselves? Well here's what they are doing as I type:
My 12 year old put up our tent in the yard and they brought out drinks and snacks and hung out.  All without any direction from me.  And that's the way I like it. 
Another way we spent our time today after we went to the pool of course, was making lunch.  I've learned I can entertain the kids for quite a while by letting them make their own lunch.  So we made pizzas.
I always try to use what I have in my pantry and avoid running out to the market on a whim.  I didn't have any tomato sauce, but I did have diced tomotoes.  So I pulled out my mini food chopper, added some garlic salt and basil.  And PRESTO tomato sauce!

I used 2 can of biscuits, but of course any dough or bread would work.  I put out any topping I could find for them to construct their pizzas.

And they came out pretty great!
Lunch provided about 45 minutes of entertainment!

But then I was bored again...  I really think this is the result of being self centered.  It's so natural for us as humans to be that way.  But it's certainly not a godly attitude.  I had to make a conscience decision to snap out of it.  I asked God to forgive me for complaining and being bored.  I also prayed for a swift change to my ho-hum attitude today.  He's so good and faithful.  I love that He cares about even the silly details of my life. 
Thanks for reading {listening}.  I'm off to plan a fun dinner for my family! 
Blessings to you, Kris

Monday, June 20, 2011

Stuffed Sweet Peppers

I had sweet peppers in the fridge that needed to be used, so I adapted the recipe on the bag to make these delicioso stuffed peppers!
24 sweet peppers
2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes
1 tsp basil
1 tsp garlic or 1 garlic clove
1 cup mozzarella
1/2 c. sour cream
1 brick of softened cream cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Mix all the ingredients by hand.
Cut the tops off the peppers and take out the seeds.

I just emptied the seeds over a plastic bag.

Use a small spoon to stuff each pepper.

They look yummy before they're ever baked!
Put them in the oven on 350 for 15 minutes.

You're welcome!

Blessings to you,

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day Dessert Buffet

Today we hosted a Father's Day evening for our dad's.

I made the cute Happy Fathers Day tie pendant that was floating around the net and I made 5 different desserts.

Lemon bars, oatmeal raisin cookies, peach crumb cake, pineapple pretzel fluff, and chocolate lovers cake
The beauty of it was I didn't even have to go to the store. I built my menu around what is in my pantry. Not that I wouldn't go all out for my dad, but this also shows that anyone can entertain on a budget and with limited time.
It was a great way to honor our Dad's that was a little bit different format than the usual dinner.

- Blessings to you,
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father's Day Breakfast

A tradition in our home is to give Dad breakfast in bed on Father's Day. Not only do I want to teach my children to honor their father, but I also want to instill in them a desire to honor their spouses one day.

So daddy will be receiving this lovely breakfast tomorrow morning.

(the Google card is one that I found floating around the net. Just google "Father's day google card & I'm sure it will pop up.)

Now because it's summer & I can hardly wake up early, and because the special day is on Sunday, and we don't want to be late for church, I made these bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits the day before. This is a breakfast I've previously made for camping trips as well.

First, prepare the bacon (I always bake it in the oven so I can multitask & I don't have to deal with grease), scramble 6 eggs, and bake 8 Grands biscuits. You certainly could make smaller biscuits for smaller appetites. You could also use sausage or ham instead of bacon.

Open up the biscuits and put a scoop of eggs,

Sprinkle on some shredded cheese and layer on the bacon.

I wrap the biscuits in wax paper.

Then I seal them all in a large Ziploc to store them. They stay nice & fresh.

When you're ready to serve them, microwave one at a time for 40 seconds. Keep them in the waxed paper. They are so much better than the pre made frozen ones from the store, and you can serve your family a hot breakfast any day of the week with a little preparation.

And I don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning!

- Blessings to you,
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Healthy Eating

Are you trying to eat healthy? Me too. It's not easy. Especially when one enjoys cooking & baking as much as I do. It also complicates things when you have a family to feed. Don't get me wrong, I want my family to eat healthy too. I definitely limit their "junk" intake. But when I'm really trying to count calories, my meal and portions can be very different than theirs. And let's face it, my skinny, minny kids shouldn't have to count calories with me!

I just started the 17 day diet. Are you familiar with it? It's very sensible and not "faddish". But...and here's the clincher, it's low carb. Ughhh! But I can do anything for 17 days. And a good sugar detox never hurt anyone, (right???).

For my dinner tonight, I was able to make just a "me" portion using these handy dandy Ziploc bags.

I had some tilapia and broccoli that I seasoned with some Mrs. Dash.

Then I put everything in the steamer bag in the microwave for 6 minutes.

It was tasty and fully cooked. It didn't tasted nuked at all.

I think this method will be a great way to customize my meal without any extra work!

Blessings to you,
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