Monday, September 3, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
For my kids’ lunches today I really wanted to make heart cut-out sandwiches. I’ve never made cut-out sammies before because of the waste factor. I didn’t want to just toss the extra bread and didn’t know what to do with it. But this morning I got a rocket scientist idea! I used the left overs to make Eggs in a Basket!
Well, ok, it may not be rocket science after all, but I was so thrilled I thought of a way to use the whole piece of bread on the same day, for two meals, and get double bang for my buck. Here’s what I did…
Cut out the bread with a cookie cutter:
Of course you can use any shape you like depending on the occasion.
Now what you have is cute little pieces of bread for a sandwich:
But you also have all this left-over:
So I made the sandwiches first. I put whipped cream cheese on one side (it spreads easier on fresh bread than regular) and strawberry jam on the other:
And easy as that I had my Valentine’s Day Sandwiches:
Next I used the left-overs to make breakfast: “Eggs in a Basket'”!
Have you ever made these? So simple! Just put some butter in a pan, lay down your bread with a hole cut in it, crack and egg inside and flip. Voila!
Then I made a few scrambled eggs for my scrambled lovers with this cool new little gadget (thanks Aunt Jayne):
And Valentine’s Day Breakfast is served! (Keep in mind you can use any shape cookie cutter and make these any day of the year!)
Holiday themed breakfast and lunch in under 15 minutes! Smile!
Friday, February 3, 2012
It’s hard to believe we are already into February. All of my kids are talking about Valentine’s Day at school so I surprised them the other day with a fun Valentine’s Day craft at home…a sneaky way for me to get more fun Valentine’s décor up in my house! This idea is far from new or original…in fact I got it from none other than Martha Stewart herself. None-the-less it’s a fun one!
Melted Crayon Valentine Hearts
They are super easy, not too messy, and come out looking so cool! Even my doubtful 7 year old son asked to make another and another, surprising even himself!
We started with a box of older crayons
Peeled back the paper
And started shredding over a piece of wax paper
We used several tools to shred the crayons: a pencil sharpener, the blade from the pencil sharpener when it broke off, cheese graters, and a butter knife. The pencil sharpener worked the best while it lasted…but it broke so early I didn’t even snap a picture of it. It was a 50 cent plastic one, so no wonder!
At any rate, after a bit we had collected quite a lot of crayon shreds on the wax paper
Then fold the wax paper over to lay across the top of the crayon shreds
Place on top of a folded towel (or ironing board) and then a brown grocery bag
Also place the brown grocery bag on top and then iron
The first time I ironed I set the iron to 6 (out of 7) out of habit. It didn’t take long to realize that’s waaaay too high! You only need to have it set on low to melt the crayons, and it doesn’t take more than a couple of seconds.
We used cookie cutters to trace the shapes and cut them out.
Attached them to fishing line and hung!
The pictures don’t really capture all their beauty when the sun shines in, but every time I stand at my kitchen sink, I can’t help but smile. I know who made each and every heart and my heart is warmed remembering how much fun we had creating these.
So now with my impromptu Valentine’s Day Mantel
My Valentine’s Day Banner up
and of course, my favorite wreath
We are ready for Valentine’s Day! Smile!!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Hi there Friends! Gung Hay Fat Choy!
With it being the Chinese New Year and all, I figured it would be a good time to revisit my House Goals from 2011 and see how I scored. And then, of course, set some new house goals for 2012! Ok, ok, give me a break…I guess I’m a month late on this whole goal setting thing, but it’s really never too late, is it? Ok, good.
So last year for the first time I set some house goals for the year. Here’s a quick summary of what they were:
1. Fix the large hole/ install lights in my kitchen ceiling
2. Build a kitchen island
3. Paint the fireplace
4. Finish the master bath remodel
5. Paint my son’s room
6. Install board and batten in the family room
7. Paint the main living space
8. Paint the interior doors
9. Paint the exterior of the house
10. Paint the mailbox
11. Do something with the broken shutters in the master bedroom
So….how did I do?
Score: 8/11= 73%…hummm, C-. Well, ok, could have been a little better, but I had a few ambitious goals!
Let’s review, shall we?
1. Fix the hole in the kitchen ceiling/ install a light so I don’t have to cook in the dark: Big fat FAIL!
Here’s how my kitchen ceiling looked
one year two-and-a-half years ago and here’s how it still looks today:
But that’s not to say we haven’t thought about it! We’ve actually had a few contractors out to bid a huge skylight that will cover approximately a 4ft by 6ft space on the ceiling! And then we’ll hang a chandelier down and add a few can lights on the right. So we’re getting there!
2. Build a kitchen island: COMPLETED!
I fell in love with the Restoration Hardware reclaimed wood kitchen island and just had to have it. Since it was too large for my space, the only thing that made sense was to build one myself! So that’s just what I did. I found some reclaimed barn wood, purchased a slab of Carrera marble and started sanding. See all the details here and here.
3. Paint the fireplace: COMPLETED!
My husband was away on business for a couple of days, so I took that opportunity to surprise him with a newly painted fireplace AND I built a mantel to go with it
(I think I deserve extra credit for that one!)
4. Finish the master bathroom remodel: COMPLETED!
The whole reason I started this blog: to chronicle the remodel of our master bathroom for my family to see. You see, as a child, my parents built the two houses I grew up in. See, this isn’t my fault, it’s in my genes! I wanted an easy way for them to follow our first remodeling project in our “new” house. And so the blog was born. See the progress here and here.
5. Paint my son’s bedroom: COMPLETED!
After 250 paint chips on his walls, I finally narrowed it down to a small handful of colors and let my son chose the final color. His choice: Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments…and a great choice that was. My little prodigy. So proud.
6. Install Board and Batten in the family room: COMPLETED!
We were so thrilled with how the board and batten looked in the family room, that we decided to install it in our master bedroom, too!
I think that deserves some extra credit as well!
7. Pick a paint color for the family room: COMPLETED!
Actually, that should read: completed TWICE!!! Again, some extra credit please?
Now, I shouldn’t even mention the next part of this story, but we’re friends, so I’m gonna anyways…I’m in the process right NOW of painting it AGAIN. But you know what I say to my husband, I’m not really crazy, I just love this stuff! Changing the paint color in your home is one of the biggest bangs for the buck you can get. I remind him to be happy that I’m just buying a $50 can of paint and not a $3000 sofa every time I want to change up the look. See, it could be a lot worse!
8. Paint the interior doors: FAIL!
I really really want new interior doors, actually. So I probably won’t waste the time painting our current doors. Here’s what I am drooling over:
Source: The Pleated Poppy
9. Paint the exterior of the house: FAIL!
Ok, I got a few bids for this (I think it may be too big of a project for me to tackle by myself: paint chipping, dry rot, lead paint…um, yeah) but I had no idea painting the exterior would be so expensive. Here in N. California, my bids are around $7000. Ouch!
10. Paint the mailbox: COMPLETED!
I spray painted my ugly gold mail box almost a year ago and I’m very happy to report, it’s holding up beautifully! No need to repaint any time soon. See how I did it here.
11. Fix the shutters in the master bedroom: COMPLETED!
A while back my sweet doggie panicked and torn apart the shutters in our master bedroom. You can read about it here. So finally a year later I took them down and replaced them with my new favorite drapes from World Market. See the details here.
Let’s rescore this now…I completed 8 of 11 projects, but earned extra credit on 3 of them…so that brings my score to, well what do you know: 11/11= 100% Yay me! Smile!
Stay tuned for my House Goals of 2012 coming up shortly. I bet you can make some strong predictions!