Saturday, January 29, 2011

Blue Ivy and St. Croix . . . ahh the shades of blue.

Mom and I spent an exciting and exhausting day shopping in Olathe, Lenexa and OP.  We found my new living room colors.  The striped material are the curtains from Bed Bath & Beyond.   The wonderful paisley-ish material is for a new cushion on the old rocking chair and a couple pillows.  The blue fringe (Jadyn said it looks like a mop) is going around the lower edge of the rocking chair cushion. The final brown material with the blue flowers is for pillows.

I have a bit of a job ahead for the rocking chair and am contemplating painting the wood.  Ivory? Blue? Blue with ivory distressing?  Crackle?   To match the antique cabinet?  Boy do I have some ideas going through my head!  The chair was $4 at an auction several years ago. I redid the seat right after I got it and am now ready to redo it again.  I may even learn to use Bryan’s spray gun :)  

I was planning to match the walls to the tan/brown in the curtains.  Bryan has informed me that he will not paint the walls brown.  Blue Ivy here we come.  The inside of the built in china cabinet – don’t worry it’s just plywood – St. Croix blue.   I am so looking forward to this.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bye Bye Green!

A few years ago, three I think, I was finally able to talk B into new living room furniture - we also took down the wallpaper and painted.  Green walls, brown furniture.  I am now sick of the green walls but still love my comfy furniture.  He told me the other day that he is ready to see the green walls go!  Yeah!   Redecorating her I come.  I love love love the idea light blue with brown or is it brown with light blue? But I have no idea if I'm going to like it in reality.  I've been going back and forth with the thoughts of what color to paint the walls, which curtains (yes - I'm changing them too) and so on.   I just can not visualize what this place will look like.  Mom is going to be here most the weekend so I'm dragging her shopping and hopefully, she'll help me make some decisions. 

It's times like this I wish I lived closer to my sister.  She has such good style sense, her house always seems so put together.  I am somewhat jealous.  It would be so nice to have her input on what will work and what won't.  Maybe I should kidnap her and have her make me some curtains?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Valentine's Day craft

I have never been big on decorating for the lesser holidays, you know Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day . . . . .  but for some reason I am compelled to do at least a little something this year.  Simple- yes.  Time consuming - less than an hour.  Here is the result of my efforts.   

I am not in love with the heart in the center, however; I will replace is with a family photo, the kids or one of Bryan and I when I find one that is suitable.  I've decided all the scrapbook paper I invested in over the years might as well get put to good use.   I'm actually looking forward to doing something like this for St. Patty's Day!

Grain Scoop or Candle Holder?

Just an old galvanized grain scoop?  Not at our house – it’s now a candle holder. I have an uncle, who has farmed his whole life, that I am sure will just shake his head and wonder what the heck I'm doing with a grain scoop in the house.    Jar candles fit perfectly down in it and I feel a little having a lit candle in the house.  The candle in  it is a small one, it can easily hold large Yankee Candle.

This is one of my finds – I know I didn’t pay much and all I had to do was set it on it’s end.  I wonder if Uncle Clem has any sitting out in his barn?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

In the cooking mood

I was in the cooking mood last night and this morning - therefore we tried a couple of new recipes.  The first was supper last night - Chicken with a bacon, rosemary & lemon sauce.  No leftovers - no complaints from anyone!   I also did the prep work for breakfast - Muffin Melts.   Two out of three liked it, Bryan liked it better than last nights chicken - so I know he really thought it was good. 


5 slices bacon, chopped
¼ cup flour
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts –pounded flat
salt & pepper to taste
1 tbs butter
1 tbs fresh rosemary or 2 tsp dried rosemary
1 cup chicken broth
2 tbs lemon juice

The original recipe called for 1 tbs. slice garlic and 1 1/2 tsb red pepper flakes that I omitted as I do not like either.   

Fry bacon in large skillet (I used electric skillet) until crisp, remove with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.  Leave 2 – 3 tbs of bacon fat in pan.

Meanwhile, place flour salt and pepper in bowl, stir.   Dredge chicken in flour.   Add butter to reserved bacon fat, swirl to melt butter.  When foam subsides, reduce heat to medium – high and cook chicken until done. I had to add more butter during the cooking process the keep the fry going. Transfer chicken to plate and keep warm (I used warming burner on my stove) leave fat /drippings in pan. 

Add lemon juice, chicken broth and rosemary to pan.  Cook until slightly thickened – if it does not thicken – add small amount of  cornstarch in water or chicken broth.

Add chicken back to sauce and heat until sauce is thickened to your liking.  

 We had stuffing with this, next time I'm thinking some pasta and crusty bread to sop up the sauce. 


I made half a recipe since only 3 were to be eating it.  Jadyn did not like it so there is some left for Bryan's breakfast before work tomorrow. 

12 eggs – hard boiled – peeled and chopped
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup mayo
12 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
1 tbs. Dijon mustard
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
6 whole English muffins split.

Combine eggs with all other ingredients. Fold together gently. Cover and store in the fridge overnight.
Spread on English muffin halves, then broil for 3 to 5 minutes or until hot and bubbly. I put oven rack two down from the broiler so they would heat through and not get too brown on the top.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Simple Project

A few months ago I found half of an old wooden extension ladder.   I had to have it and the price was right.  Bryan had to saw a few inches off the bottom as it was too tall to fit in our living room.  It makes an excellent quilt holder for the living room.  The top quilt is my baby quilt - the embroidery was done by my Grandma Wright and the quilting by my Grandma Beikmann.  Needless to say is holds a lot of sentimental value to me and I adore the kittens.   The lower quilt is was made by my Great Grandma Ohlde prior to 1942 but I'm not sure when.

Todays finds - in Iola of all places!

Today Jorie and I went to Iola for our weekly Wal-Mart shop and decided to check out the local antique shops/flea markets.  We found a couple of items that just had to come home.  My favorite of the two is a old  metal flour container, I cleaned off the top layer of grim and it looks pretty good.   The other is a  MoorMan's fly spray container.  It needs major cleaning and I think I'll wait for the weather to improve so I can do the cleaning outside with the garden hose.  For now it's being stored, I haven't decided whether I want to display it in the family room or Ebay it.