Tuesday, July 10, 2012

homemakeover: the living room { the plan}

Here are the before pictures of our living room:

This is the photo that gave me my inspiration for this room. It's got a bright, casual, cottage feel that I really like and feel like this style really suits my house.

So here is the plan....

-find a rug for the entry
-stain the side table
-find a lampshade
-find some more accessories
-make some pillows for the couch and chairs similar to these pillows:

-get frames to flank the fireplace:

and cover our photo albums with fabric:

And here is a little mood board for the living room:

Monday, May 7, 2012

homemakeover: the front yard { plan }

Here is a before picture of our house. It is a cute 1920's cottage style home. (we are actually framing  sidewalk in this picture) We have actually done quite a bit since purchasing our home. I wish I would have gotten a picture of how it looked before we bought it. It still needs a little more work, so let me show what projects I have in mind for it...

This is the photo I found that I absolutely fell in love with. It has everything I am looking for. I love how it has both cottage and classic style. 

First things first, we need to put in some sidewalk and gravel the driveway. After the not so fun stuff I want to build some shutters like she did here:

Then i am hoping to build some boxes for plants to flank the front door similar to this one here:

 Then I want to either make or buy these pillows for my chairs on the porch:

 Then I want to make a sunburst mirror like this one  or....

make a chalkboard to hang up like she did here:

And here is a little mood board I created for the front yard:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cheesesteak Sandwich

These sandwiches were really yummy! I always wondered how to get the thinly sliced beef that you get when you order a philly cheesesteak at a restaurant, and luckily I found this recipe which tells you just how to do it!

Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Recipe found here

1 lb. steak (you really can use any cut; since you’re going to slice it up and season it heavily, there’s really no need to splurge on a fillet
2 Tbsp. butter
1 green bell pepper (i used red bell peppers)
1 medium yellow onion
Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Hot sauce (like Tabasco or Cholula; optional, I suppose, but super yummy!)
(i didn't use any hot sauce)

4-6 Hoagie rolls

We stuck our sandwiches in the oven for a few minutes just until the cheese was melted and the bread was toasted, yummy!

Suggested Sides: homemade french fries

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Menuplan 02/16-02/22

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: White Chicken Enchiladas
*cucumber salad
dessert: chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake bars

Saturday: Broccoli Soup
*green salad

Sunday: Family Dinner bring Broccoli Salad

Monday: Meatloaf
? rolls

Tuesday: leftovers or Freezer Meal

Wednesday: Philly Cheesesteak Sandwhiches
*garlic fries

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

My gift for my husband:
" We make a great COMBO", " I've got a CRUSH on you!", and " I would be MIXED up without you" and of course a card;)
printables found here and here

Our Valentine's for friends:
We got the idea from Family Fun

Our gift for our families:
Homemade peanut butter truffles a.k.a chocolate peanut butter balls.
These are so good!

Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day and hope you got to spend it with the ones you love!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Menu Plan 1/26-2/1

Thursday: Tuscan Garlic Chicken
*garlic bread

Friday: Lasagna
*green salad
*dessert: baked smores

Saturday: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
*peas or broccoli

Sunday:Justin in charge

Monday: Baked Coconut Shrimp
*cilantro lime coleslaw

Tuesday: leftovers or freezer meal

Wednesday: crockpot orange chicken

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Menu plan 11/17-11/23

Thursday: chipotle chicken taco salad ( freeze leftover pork)

Friday: chicken cordon bleu
*garlic rice pilaf
dessert: caramel apple pie

Saturday: pizza
*green salad

Sunday: Husband in charge

Monday: porkchops with caramelized apples and onion
*mashed potatoes
*cucumber salad

Tuesday: leftovers or freezer meal

Wednesday: minestrone soup (freeze half)
*green salad

Monday, November 14, 2011

Food Storage: Let's Get Started!

"We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with one week's food supply and gradually build it to a month and then to three months...I fear that so many feel that a long-term food supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all."

-Gordon B. Hinckley
in Conference Report, Oct. 2002

in the past i have posted about food storage and eventually forgot about it and didn't post again. ( unfortunately this seems to be a pattern in my life) well, i have a spark again and have mapped out some goals to get our food storage in place. currently our food storage isn't half bad, but i would like to be more organized about it. so i am going to attempt again to post about food storage, but this time i have a six goal plan as follows:

Goal #1: Create 72 hour kits for each family member and a car emergency kit
Goal #2: Get a two week water supply
Goal #3: Set aside a financial reserve
Goal #4: One month supply of basic food storage
Goal #5: One month supply of expanded food storage
Goal #6: One month supply of non food storage

after completing these six goals, i plan to go through goals #3-#6 and work on a 3 month supply, then a 6 month supply and maybe even a 12 month supply.

i plan on doing a more detailed post about each of these goals as me and my family go through achieve them. i also plan on posting some other food storage related posts that support the goals. hopefully this will be helpful to some of you that are trying to create food storage in your homes as well.

so who's with me?


Next post: Why Store Food? aka Why become a food hoarder?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Menuplan 11/11-11/16

Friday: Broccoli cheese soup
*green salad

Saturday: Out to Dinner

Sunday: Lasagna
*green salad

Monday: Oven fried chicken
*baked potatoes

Tuesday: leftovers or freezer meal

Wednesday: Pork Carnitas
*lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese

Thursday, June 30, 2011

menu plan 6/30 -7/6

Thursday: sweet and spicy grilled chicken
* green salad
*fruit salad

Friday: creamy salisbury steaks
*mashed potatoes
*green beans

Saturday: pineapple apricot skewers
*macaroni salad
*sunshine jello salad

treat: scotcharoos

Sunday: grilled steak and shrimp

Monday: grilled hot dogs and hamburgers ( lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, buns)
*potato salad
*cucumber salad or veggies + dip
* watermelon

dessert: homemade icecream

Tuesday: leftovers or breakfast

Wednesday: glazed porkchops
*green salad

Thursday, May 26, 2011

menuplan 05.26- 06.01

Thursday: Beef Tacos
*guacamole and salsa, tomatoes and lettuce
*corn tortillas
*zucchini melody
*brazilian lemonade

Friday: Cheesesteak Sandwhiches
*baked fries
*watermelon or pineapple
*broccoli salad

dessert: strawberry cheesecake bars

Saturday: lasagna casserole
*green salad
*breadsticks or french bread

Sunday: hubby's in charge

Monday: glazed pork chops
*green beans

treat: chocolate zucchini bread

Tuesday: leftovers or breakfast for dinner

Wednesday: cream cheese crockpot chicken
*noodles or rice

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

menu plan 05/05-05/11

Thursday: southwestern beef or out to eat

Friday: chicken alfredo

Saturday: bajio chicken
*fresh strawberry limeade

Sunday: cheesesteak sandwhiches

strawberry cheesecake squares

Monday: hawaiian turkey burgers
*sweet potato fries

?treat: tres leches cupcakes

Tuesday: leftovers or baked creamy taquitos
*cilantro lime dressing or tomatillo salsa
*zucchini and corn medley

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

menuplan 04/13-04/20

Thursday: broccoli quiches (try freezing some)
*fruit salad

Friday: out to eat

Saturday: Sweet and Savory Steak
*baked potato
dessert: tres leches cupcakes

Sunday: hubby's in charge

Monday: Steak fajitas (freeze leftovers?)
*cilantro lime coleslaw

treat: strawberry cheesecake squares

Tuesday: leftovers or freezer meal

Wednesday: sweet and sour chicken (freeze half)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

menuplan: 4/7-4/14

Thursday: out to eat

Friday: cheesesteak sandwiches (try freezing leftover meat mixture?)
*spinach salad
*zucchini fries

dessert: strawberry cheesecake squares (freeze extra strawberry sauce)

Saturday: out to eat

Sunday: hubby is cooking

Monday: chicken alfredo

treat: tres leches cupcakes

Tuesday: leftovers or freezer meal

Wednesday: zucchini casserole (freeze half)
*fruit and/or veggie

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Inspired by: Heart Felt Wreath

wow, i can't believe i actually finished a project! i've been kind of thrown off my groove with having a new baby, but now that he is kind of on a nap schedule, i might be able to get back into doing some more projects!

i saw this heart felt wreath from the idea room. i told myself i wasn't going to mess with valentine decorations, but i couldn't resist this wreath. and when i found the styrofoam heart at our local craft store for 50% off, this project was calling my name. i even had the felt and straight pins on hand. it really is super easy to make! go here for directions on how to make one for yourself!

while we are on the subject of valentine decorations here is some more i've put together, nothing fancy. it's actually a tradition that i've started this year. we call it, i love you because... each member of our family has a jar (i've covered our kids names with hearts) so that we can leave each other "love notes" and tell each other why we love each other. ( my jar is empty, i'm really feeling the love;)

another tradition that we have on valentine's day is "kicking valentines". this tradition came from my husband's side of the family. i had never heard of "kicking valentines" until i met him. basically you make a treat and deliver it to loved ones but you leave it on the doorstep, ring the doorbell and run. ( so it's doorbell ditching with valentines).

now it's your turn, what kind of valentine traditions do you have with your family?
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