Thursday, August 20, 2009

Garage Sale Find

Ok before I started to read all these blogs out there I really had no interest in garage sales, and especially the Goodwill. Well that has changed. After reading this blog I was inspired! She does amazing transformations using things she finds at Goodwill and garage sales.

I love crafty stuff and didn't realize I could use that "skill" to transform junk into things that look new, (ok maybe different, not new :) ). Once I saw thrifty decor chicks blog my mind was racing with ideas. So I started garage saleing;
I found this...It's a tray for $2. This is the back of it because I was so excited about redoing it, I forgot to take a before picture of the front. It looked the same, with painted flowers in the middle. So after some spray paint, I turned it into this...

To do the letters I printed out our name from word, in font I liked, then used an exacto knife to cut it out. (I have a lot of time on my hands at work sometimes). Then used a sponge brush to add green paint. SO easy! Here is a better explanation of the stenciling.

I just love doing these things! I like to think about who may have painted the tray in the first place, when was it and where did it come from? What all has this little tray seen over its life, ya know!? Ok anyways...

I found this little gem at the Goodwill, its my current project. My projects take a few weeks to complete. I only do about 30 minutes of work on them at a time, because of the little guy.

This thing is really hideous. But I think I can make it into something cute! Hopefully.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ready for Fall

My favorite season has always been the summertime. Recently I have found my self loving fall more and more. I think this is because I haven't had school to dread. Now life just goes on as usual through summer and into fall.
I am so ready for it this year. I'm ready for cooler weather, where you can still get away with flip flops, but wear a long sleeve shirt. The sun is so hot in the summer and even the look of outside is like a sauna. It seems like in the fall the sun gives off a softer glow to the outdoors.
I enjoy the laid back feel of fall, and to be honest I'm ready for it to get dark earlier. Not too early but a little. The fall also means football, eh I don't really care about it, but I did enjoy making treats for Jamie and his friends last year for the games.

Everything is turning orange and gold like the trees are going to rest a little before going into full hibernation for the winter. I hope this fall we have time to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Also, another time in fall I like is Halloween, Not the dressing up part, I'm over that. Halloween is always the real turning point into cooler weather. After Halloween last year I found some adorable treats to make and couldn't wait until this year to make them! :)

Little wienie mummies. How cute! I can hardly stand how much I love when food looks like something else! Especially little animals and stuff. This would be so easy to make, just wrap biscuit dough around a hot dog!

And these.. !!

I know, Halloween is far away still, but I have had these little things saved for a while and I just couldn't keep their cuteness to myself anymore.

Speaking of cuteness. I have been thinking of ideas for Carter's Halloween costume. How darling would he be in this!

He will be almost 10 months old by then! :( I have a feeling he will be walking too. Here is another funny one I came across.

Its still the middle of summer but in my mind I have gone on to fall, and it can't get here soon enough! :)

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I made dinner

And it actually came out good! My best friend Jennie would make this "Chicken with a Kick" when we lived together. I don't know if she made it up or not but it was always delicious, so I thought I would try it out. Pretty much anything I know about cooking I learned from Jennie while we were roommates. She was our own personal chef, ha ha :) Chad's a lucky man to marry her!

Ok so the version I made was a little different because I couldn't remember exactly how she did it.

First I cut out the middle of 4 jalapenos

Then stuffed each one with cheese that I had mixed with taco seasoning.

I mixed about 1/4 cup of sour cream with the same amount of salsa and layered the bottom of my casserole dish with the mix. I also sprinkled cut up onions on this layer.

Then I took the jalapenos and rolled them up into a chicken breast, and put a toothpick in to secure it.

After that I covered the rolled up breast with crunched up chips ( I used the "scoops with a hint of jalapeno" kind of chips)

Then put them all in the casserole dish sprinkled more cheese around and baked it for 50 minutes on 350. We added a little side of spiral mac and cheese! YUM!

I need to work on my camera skills! :)

It was really good! The sour cream mixture made it extra juicy and the chips added a little flavor too. It was SO easy to make.

I'm not much of a cook (at all) this is only the 3rd meal I've made for Jamie. ever. Oh well! I'm starting to like cooking now. I realized you can just throw whatever you like together and it probably will come out tasty!

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