Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from our family to yours!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

DIY Rugby Striped Curtains



I'm sure what comes to mind as you begin reading this post is how to sew these curtains.  Or maybe how to turn a rugby striped sheet into curtains.  No, these curtains were painted using a Canvas Painters Cloth and some blue paint! For all of you no-sew DIYers, this one's for you!
I know, I know, I could've just bought curtains similar to this.  Trust me, I looked but just couldn't find any I liked that weren't too costly.  I had to weigh my options, money versus time.  Well, seeing as though I like to paint I chose to save my money and use up some of my time. As if I have an abundance of either...
It was quite simple to do.  I purchased the canvas painters cloth from Home Depot.  I knew I wanted the look of two drapes so I purchased the largest drop cloth they had and divided it down the middle.

The verticle tape line is where I cut it down the middle to make it two seperate pieces.  I kept the tape on there when painting so I wouldn't have to use my iron on any painted surface.  (Since it doesn't require sewing you will need an iron to adhere the material.  I'll explain that later)

 Using painters tape I marked straight blocks to give it the large striped look.  Then I painted.

 I have to be honest, it took a lot more paint than I had expected.  Duh, I was painting onto cloth!  Be sure to put something down underneath the drop cloth, it will go through.


Next step,  finish off the edges to give it more of a clean look.   This is where the iron comes into place and the magical "Heat N Bond".

 You will only need to do the sides you cut (if you cut it in half) and the top where you will put your curtain rod through.


This is the back side.  Just place the "Heat N Bond" tape where you want the hem to be.

Fold and iron.


When finishing the top, be sure to leave a loop for the curtain rod.

The time spent and the money saved was well worth it.  I am very happy with the finished product! 
 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's almost party time





It's hard to believe our baby will be 2 in just a few months.  I hate that he's getting older, but I love that we get to celebrate him.  He is turning into quite the little stinker...gotta love 'em. 
As his birthday approaches it's time to start thinking of a theme.  Hmmm, where do I begin?

Our Little Monster is Turning 2? (Nolan does the cutest Cookie Monster impersonation)
Cookie Monster Birthday Party


Look WHOOO's Turning 2?
Owl birthday party idea



Pop on over for Nolan's 2nd birthday?
Movie and Popcorn Birthday Party by luella



With so many cute themes out there it's hard to narrow it down.  But, I look forward to browsing the web to find the perfect party for our little guy!

Here are a couple themes we have done in the past for the boys:



                                                      Thomas and Friends Party:

Beach Themed Swim Party:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chunky Avocado Salsa



Remember that chunky avocado salsa I attempted the other day?  Well, a few days sitting out on the counter and the avocados were ripe and ready to be used.  It was pretty yummy..you might want to make it!!
Chunky Avocado Salsa:

4 ripe avocados (click here to learn how to pick perfect avocados)
2 large tomatoes
1 small red onion
2 limes
1 jalapeño (optional)
1/4 cup cilantro leaves (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Seed and peel avocados.  Cut into large chuncks and place into a bowl.
Squeeze the juice of the limes over the avocado.
Dice the tomatoes into large pieces.  Place in the bowl with the avocados.
Wearing plastic gloves, stem, seed and de-vein the jalapeño.  Chop into fine pieces and add to the bowl.
Chop the cilantro into fine pieces and add into the bowl.
Stir the olive oil, salt and pepper into the bowl.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Not only did we use it as a dip with chips, but also as a topper for taco salads!

Confession: I also snacked on it for breakfast the next day!!  

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spot on






Polka dots really came back last year and it looks like they are here to stay for a while.   
I'm seeing them on

pastries
polka dots
polka dot cake

clothing and accessories
polka dots & denim chic polka dots

polka dot polka dot!


home decor
polka dots and chevron polka dot vases

and even refrigerators. 
polka dotted fridge!

 C'mon people, really a fridge??



I set out to find some spots to add to my life!!  Here are some of my favorites...

Mila Skirt

Mila Skirt

                                                                               

Pinned Image

Pinned Image



And wouldn't you know?!? I even found myself sporting some polka dots to my brother in law's 50th birthday party last weekend!  Happy Birthday, Kevin!!!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Break Projects

 


When you think of spring break you probably think of the beach, sleeping in, and fruity drinks.  Not so much at our house.  My spring break will consist of a week home with the kids, cleaning the house, taking fun day trips to the park and museum, and of course PROJECTS!!! 
    Here are some projects I'm hoping to get to this spring break!

Project #1: Parker's Curtains
"Santa" redid Parker's room this year and didn't quite get the curtains finished.  I'll be finishing those up, finally!



Project #2: Accessory Organizer
I've been wanting to come up with a better way to organize my accessories.  Here's what I'm thinking:


accessories wallJewelry Board

Project #3: Out the Door Lickety Split Wall
What??  You know when you think you're ready to walk out of the house and then it turns into 5 minutes later because everything you need is in 3 different places?  Well, I'm hoping to solve that problem in our house.  A place where the kids can grab their own coats and backpacks to help speed up the process.   Kind of like a mud room, minus the room...a mud wall!  Here's a few of my inspirations!!
  Out the door in 50 seconds flat      mud room

Board + batten and hooks for behind the mud room door

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Date Night

You read over and over again that it's important for married couples to continue to "date" each other and get a night out away from the kids every once in a while.  I'm sure you would agree that things change after kids...and I'm not just talking about the woman's body!
Brandon and I get our fair share of nights out without the kids, but it usually involves our friends.  We took the time this past weekend to go out, just the two of us. This may surprise you, but Brandon and I both love musicals. (He's so going to get made fun of at his next softball game.) We don't live in a big city with a great venue to host broadway musicals, but we do have a great Jasper Community Arts program.






This weekends  program was ScrapArtsMusic.  This amazing percussion performance features five performers who play instruments crafted from salvaged and recycled junk.








The performance was awesome!  It was a very high energy and engaging show.  And wouldn't you know...an evening without the kids and I couldn't help but think that they really would have enjoyed it as well.
To find out more about Jasper Community Arts and the upcoming schedule of performers click here.  Choose the "Arts Commision" link on the left side of the home page. 
     



Monday, March 18, 2013

Wear green, drink green, eat green

I wish I could tell you about this fabulous monochromatic green outfit I wore yesterday, but it didn't happen.  I wish I could tell you about these amazing green drinks I made with fresh lime and mint, but I can't because that didn't happen either.  I can however tell you about my plans for a green festive meal plan.  Since we weren't able to go out and partake in any green beer festivities this weekend, we decided that our weekend meals would be centered around the color green.  Let me rephrase that.  We planned for our meals to be centered around the color green.  But, like in most households, things don't always go as planned!


Saturday Night:
Smothered Chicken with Spinach, Mushroom and three Cheeses:
Don't you hate when you pin a picture on pinterest and then there is no link to the "how to" or the "where to buy it"?  Just a picture to tease you!!!  UGH, drives me crazy.  Well, that's what happened with this one.  I searched and searched using the keywords in the description but could not find an original post to go with this picture that would contain the recipe...until Sunday night when it was too late.  Go figure!  So, I will plan to make this in the next few weeks and let you know how it goes.  
Smothered Chicken with Spinach, Mushrooms and 3 Cheeses

Sunday Night:
Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos with Chunky avocado salsa (there's the green):
Well this one didn't work for me either.  I went to make the Chunky Avacado Salsa and my avacados were not ripe and hard as rocks! So, I'm going to give them some time and hopefully will make the salsa in the next few days.  Once again, I'll let you know how it goes!


I did however make the Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos! A friend of mine said this was a family favorite at her house.  And well in case you didn't already know, anything with the word "ranch" in it is sure to be a hit in my house!! Thanks Traci for the recipe, we loved them!! (recipe below) 



Weekend Snack:
Crock pot Hot Spinach Queso Dip:
This one worked and was almost gone by the end of the weekend!  It's a quick and simple dip, perfect for snacking! (recipe below)





Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos:
1 (8 oz) Cream Cheese
12 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 cups cooked and shredded chicken
1 (1 oz) packet of dry ranch  mix
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
3-4 tablespoons green onion, chopped
20 (6 in) tortillas
Salt
Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Cover a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. (you might need more than one cookie sheet depending on how big)
Mix together the cream cheese, chicken, bacon, cheese and green onion.  Add in about 1/2 of the dry ranch mix and taste-add more if you like more of a ranch taste)
Mix well.
Spoon about 2-3 tablespoons of chicken mixture in the flour tortilla.  Roll it up and place on cookie sheet, seam down.  Repeat about 20 times. 
When finished, lightly spray the tops of the taquitos with the cooking spray or lightly brush with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt. 
Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (or until edges and tops are golden brown).

You can serve these with ranch, salsa, sour cream, or avacado salsa...or like in our house a little bit of all of them!

Crock pot Hot Spinach Queso Dip:

10 Ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained.
1 lb. Velveeta
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 can rotel
Cilantro (optional)

You can do this several different ways:
1.)You can choose to melt the Velveeta and cream cheese in a microwave or on the stove.  Heat all the way through then combine with the other ingredients and serve. 
2.)  If you aren't a huge fan of microwaving your food, you can mix all of the ingredients in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until melted.  Stirring occasionally.
3.)Or, you can put all of the ingredients in a crock pot, stirring occasionally.







































































































Friday, March 15, 2013

It's Friday

It's Friday, payday and a snow make-up day...what else could you ask for?  With the beautiful weather outside I knew I didn't want to stay in all day cleaning the house, which I would normally do on a winter day off.  I thought a fun-filled day going around Downtown Jasper was in order!  A day of  books, candy and playing outside!

                  **Of course Parker would stop and choose a book called, The Wildest Brother.

Next stop...Chocolate Bliss!!
 

I had to treat myself to a little lot of chocolate!!





(the sea salt caramels are amazing)


Have a wonderful weekend and a safe St. Patrick's Day!!

Daisy Petal girl and tween


 



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Chambray Flower Dress

Tulle Party Dress (more colors available)


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Homemade Irish Cream

With St. Patrick's in mind, how about a little homemade Irish Cream? My husband and I have made this several times because it is quite simple to make and goes great with a hot cup of coffee on a cold day!




1 Pint Whipping Cream
1 1/2 Cups Whiskey (Blend)
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/3 Cup Hershey Syrup
1/3 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Vanilla

Mix/blend it all together and enjoy!
Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Color

Not only do we love spring because of the beautiful weather, but also the beautiful colors.  If you've ever been in our home you would assume that the only colors I know are tan, brown and green.  Those in fact are colors I feel very comfortable with.  So, I thought I would step out of my comfort zone a little bit this Easter season and do some house decorating with pinks, yellows and some bold greens. 
Here's a little something I threw together for our dining room table.

I took a planter that once held a horrible silk arrangement.


I gave it a few coats of yellow paint and planted some tulip bulbs.



Bold, bright and very cheery! 


 
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