Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It still taste good Mom!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far.  I am currently re-organizing some of my kitchen cupboards.  I meant only to do the one that holds coffee, tea and bowls but it has spilled over into other areas.  Sometimes that can happen, you start on one space and end up doing three!  I will post pictures and steps when I am all done!

So last night I wanted to make a recipe I found on Six Sisters' Stuff.  I wanted the kiddos to help because the recipe was really easy and totally up their ally.  So we started to make our Braided Pizza Loaf.  We had fun putting all the ingredients together and popped it into the oven.  Twenty minutes later it was done.  The house smelled so awesome!  We were all excited to try our creation.  So, I cut everyone a slice and my son was the first one to try a bite.  "Hey Mom!  Where is the pizza sauce?  It's not on here".  he says.  What?  Are you kidding me?  I forgot to get out and put on one of the main ingredients of the pizza loaf!  My husband had come home while the pizza loaf was still in the oven and he saw the sauce in the pantry.  He said he thought I knew what I was doing and didn't say anything.  Ha ha!  I have no clue what I am doing!  To make this story short, we dipped our slices into the pizza sauce and all was well.  Everyone said they really liked the pizza loaf.

Just think how much better it will be next time when I remember the pizza sauce!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Spring Mantel

Hey out there!  Hope everyone has had a great Friday.  I finished my spring mantel today and am really pleased with how it turned out.  My husband even gave me some input on the arrangement.  He's awesome!  The mantel actually went through two transformations before I settled on this set up.  Third times a charm!  Here is a picture of the first look:

There were a couple of things I didn't like about it.  The big pink balls for sure.  Next would be the bunnies.  I want this set up to last for awhile, and bunnies just say Easter to much.  At least that's what I thought.  So I put the bunnies back in my daughter's room.  Here is a close up of them.  I have had them for years and they are super cute!

Okay, now here is look number two:

I am close to what I want!  The green tulip vase just didn't go.  I loved my son's art as well, but just not for this look.  I also was not sold on how I had placed the frames.

Now for the final lucky number three:

Yes!  I got it right.  I wanted the ends to be more symmetrical and I think this is pretty good.  I like the height of the frames in the middle too.  Here are some close ups!

I really like this!  The tin vase I got at Target for $2.50.  I had ribbon left over from another project and the floral is from Hobby Lobby.  I got those for 50% off.  So they were $1.50 each.  This look was $10.00 total!  

 The milk glass vases I found in two different shops in downtown Brenham, Tx.  My hometown!  I love strolling all the shops.  I am never disappointed.  These little mice I found in Brenham at the Pomegranate.    It is located in downtown Brenham too.  There is a great little place called the Funky Art Cafe inside the shop.  Great place for lunch.  The total for these four pieces plus the flowers from Target was about $23.00.

Lastly, the butterflies were made by my daughter and myself.  We used coffee filters, watercolors, clothespins and pipe cleaners.  She had a lot of fun making them.  The pictures are of my sweet kiddos!  Their first year frames.  I just felt like showing them off.  

I hope this mantel will inspire you to get ready for Spring!  Have a great weekend.

Fox Hollow Cottage

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stuffed animals galore

I was looking at thesunnysideupblog the other day and saw a post on containing the stuffed animals.  She used really nice plastic comforter bags that she got from the dry cleaners.  That is a really great idea!  But, I don't need to clean any comforters right now and I wanted to get these animals and dolls put up now.  So, I was at the Dollar Tree on Sunday and saw this:

So I spent the dollar and brought it home.  I was super excited to get such a cheap deal to get all these stuffed creatures off my daughter's bed.  I got it out and popped it up!

I started tossing in all the animals and dolls from the bed.

Then I went to pick it up and one of the little cloth handles snapped on one side.  Ah well, it was a buck!  We are still using of course.  I will just stitch it up and hopefully it won't snap again.  I will not buy it again but it will work for now!  And just look at the bed!  I can see it again!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Spruced Up Pantry

 Well, I finally got it done.  It took about 3 days to finish up the pantry.  I learned a few things on sprucing up the pantry.  One, paint does not dry fast enough for me.  I was lucky to get some sunshine and a few breezes to help out but still not fast enough for me.  Two, glue guns are a lot of fun to use!  I have always had one, just have not used it in awhile.  Missed that little glue gun!  Lastly, I have a great husband.  I already knew this actually, but he keeps on proving his greatness time and time again!  Love that guy!  Okay, well, here is the before and after:

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Here is what took place to get to the super end!

I cleaned everything out, wiped down the walls with a damp rag and began sanding and painting the shelves. I thought the paint on the walls looked fine, so I just painted the shelves.  I sanded each shelf just some on both sides, to get off some chipping paint spots.  I used just a white paint with the primer already mixed in.  Super easy and convenient.  Got all the paint and supplies from Home Depot.  I am a Home Depot shopper and they didn't pay me to say that one!  

There is everything out and the glue gun isn't plugged in!  My little one loves to pick up everything.

This is the ribbon I used on the shelves.  Just a little detail that I wanted to see.  I cut the ribbon so it would just fit around two ends of the shelves and hot glued it on.  No reason to go all the way around the shelf where no one can see it.

 Little details.  Got this tray at Hobby Lobby for half off!  Got the
idea from thesunnysideupblog.com.  Awesome!
The cupcake holder jar used to be a pickle jar.  No pickle smell now!  Got this idea at Tidymom.com.  Her jar was nicer than mine!  The cookie cutters are in a vase that I have not been using.  I like it!

 Used Command Hooks for water bottles.  Will hang two more when I get kids new bottles.
 Labeled jars.  I already had the jars, just washed them and put in dry goods.
 Expand a shelf organizer.  I have had this for a long time too.  Still awesome!
 I got the white baskets at The Container Store.
 The green buckets are from Dollar Tree!  Love it!

I made my own labels with leftover ribbon to match shelves, scrapbook paper and my label maker.  

 This idea came from Domestic Imperfection.  I already had the wire baskets, so I just added some paint and my husband hung them for me with an anchor and screw.  The baskets sit on the ledge just enough.  Pretty awesome!

 Here are a couple of pictures taken from the side.  I think everything goes together nicely.

One last view!  It was worth every second!  It does take time to organize, but it is a wonderful feeling to walk by my pantry and see this really pretty view.  Everyday!

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Isn't it always wonderful to get away from your everyday living and just relax. Strolling through shops, eating good food and spending time with my husband is my way of relaxing. We spent Saturday in Brenham, Tx. My mom watched the kids and for my birthday gift booked us a night at Lillian Farms B&B in Chappell Hill, Tx. We almost thought we were not going to make it because one of the roads out to the B&B was flooded but there was another road we could take and we turned around and made it that way. There has been so much rain around here lately it is almost hard to believe it! It is a welcome sight to so many. Anyway, we had a wonderful day together and I have a great husband who will go into every antique store or craft store with a smile on his face! He treated himself Saturday night with a steak and a glass of red wine. You deserve it honey! Hope you all had a relaxing weekend!

Lillian Farms

That white stump is actually a very lazy donkey!

Horses enjoying the greenery.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Lickity Split Lasagna

Hey everyone!  I had hopped to have my pantry reveal tomorrow, but I don't think it is going to happen.  Hopefully by next week.  My kiddos are staying with their Nana and Granny this weekend.  My husband and I are headed to a B&B for some relaxation.  So have a great weekend and see you next week!

Here is my Lickity Split Lasagna recipe.  Maybe you can use it over the weekend for a quick and easy meal.  I cannot remember where I got it(I have had it for a few years) but it is yummy.  Use your favorite brands and just follow the recipe.  I will say I usually use three noodles per row and do three layers.  It makes the dish better to me.  Enjoy!

I think I need some new cards.  Looks like sauce!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Spice Rack

Well I have been hard at work on my pantry.  It is looking good and I hope to be done by Friday!  I am excited to reveal it to everyone.  My arm is sore from painting.  Yikes, I am out of shape.

Anyway, I wanted to post something that I meant to last week but forgot about it.  I have a spice rack that my Grandma gave me years ago.  It belonged to her mother, my Great-Grandma McClure.  It is nothing fancy or not worth a lot of money but I have always liked it.  I do not really have a lot of heirlooms, so I cherish this little spice rack.  I like to think of my Grandma McClure using it in her kitchen and cooking up some wonderful dishes for her family.  My Grandma McClure was a fantastic cook and she passed everything down to my Grandma(her only daughter and child).  We all love my Grandma's cooking and she is still making us wonderful home-cooked meals at 82 years!  Now, I am not such a great cook even though I do try.  However, I think my Great Grandma's organizing skills must have been passed down to me.  I always have my spices organized just like she must have years ago.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sprucing Up the Pantry

So my next project that I will be working on is the pantry.  I am going to repaint the shelves, add ribbon to the trim and use baskets to organize.  I also need to make labels and tags for the baskets.  I will post before pics  as I go along and after pics when it is all finished.  Wish me luck!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Cookies

So I wanted to do something different for my son's class party, but I wanted it to be quick and easy.  I have seen on Pinterest so many yummy pictures of food dipped in chocolate.  So, I got some Oreos, Bakers Chocolate and pink sprinkles.

I heated the chocolate in a microwave safe dish, dipped in the cookies and placed them on wax paper.  I then sprinkled on the pink sprinkles and put into the fridge to cool and harden.

That is it!  Wow!  Super easy and so yummy!  I hope the kids like them as much as I do.