Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2/29 What's New Wednesdays

Happy Leap Day!
It only happens once every 4 years so live it up!

I can't think of Leap Day without thinking of that movie Leap Year.
Watch out boys!
Tradition says we can pop the questions today ;)
{my boyfriend said he was gonna avoid me today}

Anyways, only 3 link ups last week, but they're all great so I thought I'd share them!

These Applesauce Cookies over at Craft Geek look SO YUMMY!

This Shrimp and Avocado Salad over at Cook Lisa Cook seriously has my mouth watering!

These Homemade Waffles over at The Preacher's Wife look DIVINE!

Now.... It's time to see what's new with you!

Add as many recipes, crafts, DIY, etc... as you'd like!

Please... don't link to your main blog page, shops, giveaways, etc.

And please make sure to visit others and comment on their stuff too!

Look for featured ones next week too!
Your link up could be a favorite!

Grab the NEW button and share with others!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wooden Wall Art

It took me AGES to decide on an accent color for my bedroom.
I've got a gray and white room.
First I wanted to add yellow.
Then I thought about a teal/aqua, and stayed there for a while.
Then when I was re-doing my bathroom, I finally decided on yellow.

My walls are so bare in in my bedroom!
So I decided to make some artwork to jazz it up a little bit.

I was inspired by THIS artwork over at Young and Crafty!
I pretty much followed her directions, only added more dots.

Anyways, I had some wooden boards that were part of the shipping pieces for my washer and dryer.
They were pretty strong wood and needed a purpose now that their job of securing appliances was over.

Then I screwed in some small pieces of wood to the back.
I used 1 inch screws as this was what would go through the small pieces and into the large pieces of wood without going all the way through.
This was HARD!
That wood was TOUGH STUFF!
My poor power drill.

I painted the whole thing white.
Then I used a small paint brush and made some branches coming up from the bottom.
I didn't have any brown so I sort of made this reddish color.
It close to the color of the furniture in my room anyways.

I found these circle sponges at Walmart in the arts and crafts section.
It was a 10 pack and came with several of each size.

Then I got to stamping!
I used 2 shades of gray and 2 shades of yellow.
Then I was done!

I love how it turned out!
I think it's going to look great in the empty spot between my windows.

It really was easy to make!
I can't wait to hang it!
Well, as soon as I get some heavy duty stuff since this piece weighs a TON!

DIY Club

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pamper Yourself, Head to Toe

Every now and then, we all need to pamper ourselves.
Take a little time to make ourselves feel better.

And there was this pin on pinterest about an easy, DIY spa at home.

The first thing I did was give my hair an olive oil treatment.
I massaged a couple of tablespoons of olive oil into my hair.
Then I wrapped my hair in a warm, damp towel.

While it set, I made the face mask.
The original recipe called for honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
The website really explains WHY each are used too.

"Nutmeg and honey act as natural anti-inflammatories, which can reduce swelling and redness in skin. They’re also great for soothing acne scars and preventing infection. In addition, the nutmeg and cinnamon also work to exfoliate your skin when you wash this mask off."

I didn't have any nutmeg so I substituted brown sugar.

Let me tell you, it felt WONDERFUL as I rubbed it on my face.
And it smelt SO GOOD!

I let both the mask and hair wrap sit for about 20 minutes.
I would have gone longer but I started "melting".
My mask was all down my neck.

So I hopped in the shower and firstly rinsed my mask off.
Then I washed my hair twice with shampoo.
Also gave it a nice coat of conditioner.

While the conditioner set, I scrubbed down with the brown sugar scrub.
Basically, I used what was left from my mask and added a little more brown sugar, lemon juice, and olive oil.

And it smelled really good too!

After my shower, I feel WONDERFUL!
SO relaxed, and I smell pretty :)

Do you have any good home spa secrets?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Potato Stacks

So a while back I had pinned this recipe for potato stacks on Pinterest.
Unfortunately, when I went to make the recipe, I found it had been removed from the website.
So anyways, I did a little searching and found other similar recipes.
Using those, I kind of made up my own recipe!
And now I'll share it with you guys :)

First things first, I used my slicer thing {I think it's called a mandoline??} and sliced 1 small white potato and 2 small red potatoes.

Then I melted about 2 tablespoons of butter in a bowl.
I added about 1 tbsp of dried parsley, 3 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp dried onions.
Now these aren't specific, because honestly I just guesstimated on the amounts.

Then I greased a 6 tin muffin pan.

Using a pastry brush, I put a little of the butter mixture in the bottom of each tin.

Then I added a potato {or more if they were small slices} and topped with a smidge more butter.

I kept doing that until I filled all the pans.
Then I popped it in an oven preheated to 350.

I cooked them for about 45 minutes or so until they are golden brown and the potatoes are cooked through.

So delicious!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes

So a few weeks back, I pinned this recipe for Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes from LaaLoosh.
Then I decided to make it.
Holy. Stinkin'. Cow.
These potatoes are PHENOMENAL!

And the best part?
Only 4 ingredients!
Red potatoes, ranch seasoning, salt, and olive oil.

The original recipe says to use olive oil cooking spray but I didn't have any.
So I just used regular olive oil.

But they were SO GOOD!
Seriously, if I had more ranch seasoning, I'd make some RIGHT NOW!

I gotta stop talking about this and looking at these pictures.
My mouth is starting to water and my stomach's starting to growl.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pantry Makeover

When I moved in, I was pretty excited the house had a pantry.
Unfortunately, it was that dark paneling my living room was.

Here's the before... brace yourself... it's pretty bad.

TOTAL disorganization.
The dark wood is so depressing.

So the first thing I did was get all of the stuff out of the pantry...

And on to my dining room table.

It looked SO much better just with the fresh coat of paint.
It took a coat of kilz and 2 coats of white paint.

Then I put everything back in an organized fashion.

Bottom shelf... snacks and canned goods.

Second shelf- I LOVE these jars I got from Amazon!
HERE is the 4 pack of large jars and HERE is the 6 pack of smaller jars.
{I also got a 12 pack of tiny ones I plan on using for spices}

And let's not forget the SUPER CUTE labels I got from Say It On the Wall!

Third shelf... nice, organized boxes!

And top shelf has other boxes and other goodies.

Let's take a look at that before and after one more time...

I'm so happy with my new fresh looking pantry!

Now I just have to finish both bathrooms and my laundry room then I'll be ready for my floor installation which will make a huge difference!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Temporary Pantry

Why is all my food packed up on my dining room table right now? Guess you'll just have to wait and see!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

2/22 What's New Wednesdays

It's Wednesday!
And that means another week of What's New Wednesdays!

Check out a few from last week....

These Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Tenders over at Successful Together look so YUMMY!

And check out this DIY Mercury Glass over at Mrs. Crafty Pants... how COOL!

This Malted Pretzel Crunch over at Cook Lisa Cook looks MOUTH-WATERING!
{this was also the most viewed link!}

Now.... It's time to see what's new with you!

Add as many recipes, crafts, DIY, etc... as you'd like!

Please... don't link to your main blog page, shops, giveaways, etc.

And please make sure to visit others and comment on their stuff too!

Look for featured ones next week too!
Your link up could be a favorite!

Grab the NEW button and share with others!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Quesadilla Burger

Whenever I go to Applebee's I LOVE getting the quesadilla burger!
And so I decided to try and make it myself.

{I will apologize in advance for the lack of sufficient photos}

I did a little research, found other copy cat recipes, and then sort of made up my own seasoning blend based on the general seasonings used.

Mix together:

2 tsp cumin
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp dried onions

It makes a nice amount so you can save some for later or another recipe.

Every recipe I saw suggests a heaping tsp of mix for each burger.
Blend well with your ground beef and then cook on a skillet.

While it's cooking, mix together about 1/2 a can of rotel tomatoes and 1/2 a diced onion.

Once your burger is finished cooking, remove it to the side.
Also butter 1 side of 2 tortillas (8-10 inches).

In a clean skillet, add a tortilla, butter side down.
Then add your desired cheese (I used colby jack).
Then some of the tomato onion blend.
Then your burger.
Then more cheesy, because honestly, can you ever have too much cheese?
And lastly your other tortilla, butter side up.

Cook for a few minutes, until your tortilla is crisped some, then carefully flip it.
Cook until that side is crisped.
Remove, slice, and enjoy!

It was really good!
I will definitely be making this again soon!

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