Monday, August 29, 2011

Kitchen Towels

I've been a little lacking in the creative - crafty department.  With school starting and extra curricular activities our family schedule is about to go berserk.  Plus, I'm trying to make sure everyone still gets supper. 

Anyhow, while I was out on Saturday doing the weekly Wal-Mart run, I stopped by a couple of the local home decor stores.  My plan was to just take a quick look and see if they had any new amazing items.  The first store had lots of pretties but nothing that had to come home.   

Store number two was a different story.  I found some really great kitchen towels. 

The center one is from Target that I was luck enough to find several weeks ago when I was in the city.   The "believe" and the one with the star are two of the three that I found today.  They were inexpensive and go great in my kitchen.  

PS:  I also started my Christmas shopping today.  I found a great gift for both my mom and my mom-in-law.  Unfortunately, I can't share them with you since they both occasionally read my blog. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Second Childhood

Sometimes I feel like I am married to child. Every married woman that I know has felt this way at one time or another.  Here is why I have recently been feeling this way:

He calls it the Gaming Rig.  26" flat screen TV, PS3, top of the ling gaming race pedal, shifter and steering wheel, a seat from a Volvo, a custom cup holder for his favorite glass. His dad and brother also have the same games and they play together late into the night. He loves it.   Me - not so much - I consider it an eyesore. However, I do like the fact that it's his family he's spending time with, even though it's over the web.

Thankfully it's in "his" room, the family room.  A room I don't spend much time in.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Back to School

The other day I did a quick little back to school craft.  I couldn’t find a camera when I was doing it but I’ll give you a quick run down.  It was fast and easy. 

I stared by cutting out an apple shape with my handy dandy Silhouette.  I then glued down a sheet of scrapbook paper to the glass from a picture frame.  I added a small apple border at the bottom. 

Next I attached the apple to the scrapbook paper and put the whole thing in the frame.  Easy, inexpensive but it makes my smile every time I walk by it.  You see, it reminds me that the ladies go back to school in a short time.  I’m kind of tired of hearing, “I’m bored”.  They need to go back to school. 


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cushion Spring Squirrel Feeder

Last winter when I redid an old rocking chair I had, I kept the springs from the cushion.  The girls thought I was nuts, what would I ever use them for?  Well for starters I have some ideas for Christmas, but I also have some other ideas too.

Let me start by telling you about our yard.  We have two lots and a bunch of trees and most of them attract squirrels – two large and one HUGE oak tree, two black walnut trees, two large pecan trees, a medium sized maple and two pine trees.  Needless to say we have several squirrels in residence.  They love to raid the dog food and bird feeder as most squirrels do.  I decided the need a little variety – ears of corn.

I used a spring from the chair.  I just attached a good length of wire to hang it and put some wire back and forth across the top so they don’t take the entire ear of corn.  And yes I made sure there were no wires poking out where they could hurt a squirrel. 

Not bad for stuff I had on hand.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bathroom Sneak Peak

Back in April, I asked Mr. Manly Man to replace a burned out halogen bulb in the light fixture above my mirror in the bathroom.  Those halogen bulbs gave me fits. He said maybe it was time to replace the fixture with one that I could actually replace the bulbs by myself.  Boy did he open a can of worms! 

The light fixture was replaced right after Easter.  Along with some new vinyl for the floor.  And a shower curtain.  A fuzzy memory foam rug. And a few other goodies.  The bathroom is not complete but here's a little peak.

The new light fixture is from Home Depot, three lovely lights with a brushed nickle finish.  Frosted glass gloves, just the right amount of ahhhh. 

I love the pattern and color of this shower curtain.   If you don't currently hit up Tuesday Morning, I recommend you do - $9.99 for a shower curtain - enough said. 

Don't get me wrong, I adore Home Goods too.  Where else would I have found this fuzzy memory foam pet bed rug?  I should have purchased two, one for me, one for the cats. 

You've already seen the wall art reminder I made for my girls.  I just need a few more little things, some trim and the like and I'll be ready to show it all to ya.  Don't hold your breath though, things can get hectic around here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Custom Storage Boxes

I have found over the years that what I want in my house is not available retail or if it is, it's way expensive.  That's why I decided to make what I want.  Over the weekend I made some storage boxes for my bathroom (that is currently in the process of a redo).

I started with three wooden boxes from Hobby Lobby, the thin plywood kind.  I picking out some scrapbook paper and ribbon from my stash.

I decided on a paisley pattern for the smallest box.   I love the light blue back ground and brown paisleys.  

I used a blue and brown striped ribbon for the middle sized box, our new toothbrush holder.  I simply stapled the ribbon to the back of the box, snugly wrapped the box and stapled the other end on the back too.  It's my favorite. 

The third box got a white on silver diamond patterned paper and the lid a silver on white.  It's not a shiny silver and I really like the contrast between the lid and box.

So for less than $10.00 I  have two storage boxes and a toothbrush holder customized to my bathroom. I wonder how much I would hav spent retail?

Note:  I put a plastic solo cup down in the toothbrush holder box to catch any liquid that remains on the toothbrushes.  This will make clean up easy - just replace the cup.


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Monday, August 1, 2011

Jumbo Stuffed Pasta Shells

I love lasagna but don’t often take the time to make it.  Instead I make jumbo stuffed pasta shells.   They are easy and I actually like them better than lasagna.   My eldest daughter downs these like they are the last meal she'll ever eat. 

Here's what I use: jumbo shell pasta, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and an egg.  

I start by cooking 12 jumbo pasta shells. While the shells cook, I make the filling.  Ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, an egg.  Just mix this up in a bowl and place in a zip lock bag. 

I also make (or defrost) a batch of my homemade spaghetti sauce.  You can get the recipe for it here.  Put a thin layer of the sauce in a casserole dish, this will help anchor the shells when you place them in the pan.  I use an 8 x 8 covered corning ware dish. 

When the pasta is cooked, drain.  You will need to let this cool enough to handle it. I generally place the pasta on a paper towel open side down to drain all the water. 

Next, cut a corner out of the zip lock bag with the filling; you are basically making your own piping bag. 

Fill the pasta shells by gently squeezing the zip lock bag. A helper is great at this point, I employ a kid.   Place the filled shells in the casserole dish.  The shells can be touching, it won’t hurt them a bit. 

 When all shells are filled, pour the remaining sauce over the whole thing.  Sprinkle with some shredded mozzarella cheese. 

Cover and bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

These are great with some crusty French bread and a green salad.  They also reheat really well and I usually grab a couple for my lunch at work.