Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Potato Planks

My newest favorite side dish!  Potato planks.  I love grilling, and the only think I love more is being able to grill all or almost all of the meal.
A couple of weeks ago, we crashed my sister-in-laws late for a beer.  She (and her husband) were the hostess with the most-est, and fixed us potato planks.  I was immediately hooked. These are now my favorite. 
The ingredients, potatoes, olive oil, Montreal steak seasoning, toppings--cheese, green onions, bacon bits.....
I slice the potatoes pretty thick, bout a fourth of an inch.  Place them in a bowl with a splash of olive oil and several dashes of the steak seasoning, mix them around to get good and coated.  Then, I place them on the grill, flip about 7-10 minutes in.  When they are almost burnt, is when I think they are the best.
Then wait another 7-10 minutes, and then top them.  They are finished when the cheese melts.
Try them, you will be hooked too!
Happy Cooking
Lori

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fall Window box decor

My window boxes looked great this spring and early summer, needless to say the drought did them in. Looking forward to my fall window box display I have done in the past.  Every year I collect lots of hedge apples at my sister's place, home to the infamous Barnnumber2.  My favorite use for these is to fill my window box with them plus add faux pumpkins, gourds, and fall foliage I bought on clearance at Michaels.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Table Top Smores

As close to the real thing as it gets.  If it is as dry at your house as it is at ours, this may be a more practical option this year.  Bonfires are just out of the question right now in our part of the country.

I had seen them all over Pinterest, but had never tried it myself.  While attending my niece's wedding (country wedding posts here and here), I was "in charge" of helping at their smore table.  My brother-in-law, had built the troughs and then filled them with river rock.  They had 3 kinds of marshmallows, 3 kinds of chocolate, and 3 kinds of graham crackers.  The smores bar was a hit!

Last Saturday we had an impromptu "Barn" party at our house and we love to finish it up with roasted marshmallows and smores.    
So with little time to prep, I got an old roaster pan that was laying around.  I filled the pan with river rock, and then put in a pile of red hot coals.  Once again no barn party is complete without smores.

Party On
Lori

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jean Skirt from Hubby's Jeans

Earlier this summer my husband went through his jeans and he handed me two pair.  I stored one in my scrap tub to be used for patches, or possible crafts I have found on pinterest.  With the other I was convinced I could make a cute jean skirt out of it.  It is my new favorite thing--I wear it all the time.

 I ripped out the inside seam, the one that goes from the crotch down the legs.  Then I ripped out the seam in front all the way to the zipper, and in the back all the way up to the waist band.  Then I just overlapped them, pinned them, topstitched them, and trimmed them.  I was trying to avoid this weird look.
The jeans were pretty rough when my husband passed them down to me.  I made some heart patches out of the bottom of the legs.  Then decided to do everything in a navy stitch (too lazy to change my bobbin, hmmmm).  I also did some random top stitching hoping to ward off a few other possible holes.
 I love the boho look of all the rough frayed edges.  I did have to go back and zigzag down the front and back next to my top stitch.  They started fraying past the topstitch.  I also top stitched the hem to keep it from continuing to get short.
I think it turned out great.  Again, cheap, fast and easy!


Thanks for stopping by.
Happy  Restyling
Lori











Sunday, August 12, 2012

Color Block Flats

While on our road trip this summer, we stopped at my sister's for her youngest's wedding.  Too fun! (See these two posts for great country wedding ideas, one and two).  Since we had been camping for 2 weeks and had packed light, we had nothing to wear including shoes.  Well I found these simple black flats at Walmart $5, wow a bargain.
They worked for the wedding, but were a little too plan for me.  Then I saw these flats posted on pinterest from Ann Taylor.
So of course a light bulb went off, and I broke out the silver paint.
They were cheap, fast, and easy, and I think they turned out great!
I even got a compliment on them at work yesterday, yahoo!

Happy Upcycling
Lori


Friday, August 10, 2012

Hot pockets for your locker




I stole this idea from my sister, who made some for her dry erase board at school.  My daughter and niece had a lot of fun embellishing old jean pockets to use for their lockers to hold school supplies, make-up, etc.  We just used what we had on hand, cut up an old t-shirt for some bling, gathered up jewels, ribbons, and crochet flowers left over from other projects.  Just cut around your old jean pockets, glue on your bling with hot glue, and attach magnets on the back with E6000.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Homemade Dog Treats

My daughter's Girl Scout Troop visited the local Humane Society last spring.  They loved it.  While there, they showed us their homemade dog treats.  We have done it a couple times at home and the dogs both enjoy them.
Clifford
You start with some empty dry water bottles.  Add either dog treats or food to the bottle, and then cover the end with a couple of scoops of peanut butter and seal (I just put the lid back on).  
Then place them in the freezer.  Viola a dog treat.
Warning! Sometimes my dogs make a mess with them, but that is okay at our house because they are outside dogs.  They are really loving them in this heat!
Tucker
Quick and Easy!
Thanks
Lori

Monday, August 6, 2012

More getting down on the farm with a country wedding!

A treasure from the old church down the road 
provides the perfect space for the guest book.


Tobacco baskets add a touch of texture to the school house 
walls and bring memories of days gone by.


Lots of hand painted signs by the bride set the mood!
I got to decorate the outhouse, a few twist ties later and it was done!
Hay bales provide that cool country look plus provide a way to hide stored farm equipment.

Old milk crated turned planter and galvanized water pump
greet guests as they enter the school house.

Getting down on the farm for a country wedding



The happy couple, Shelbie and Matthew.
Love this engagement picture taken by the couple's very talented friend Meredith.
 I just got home from a two week vacation in Virginia which included attending my niece Shelbie's wedding.  She married a fourth generation dairy farmer, a fine upstanding young man from Rural Retreat, Virginia.  Shelbie and my sister have been busy creating the perfect down home country wedding so I thought I would feature some of their handiwork.  The reception was held at the family farm in an old schoolhouse which stored a treasure trove of unique country accessories which will be featured in other posts.  One of my favorite decorations was the chandelier made out of a hula hoop and tulle, so fun and easy to make, learn how here. Our version was wrapped with masking tape and then tulle instead of lace. 

Check out my other posts coming soon, somehow I was having formatting issues so I am doing multiple posts:)



Saturday, August 4, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

Clifford, namesake for the post, trying to cool off on the concrete.
It's Hot Here!

I hear a chorus of "yes it is", and it would be true of all of our locations. I am not very motivated to do much between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.  However, I did get energetic and change out my seasonal decorations.  Down came the 4th of July deco, and up went my Dog Days of Summer deco.  Summer (break) is almost over for me, 2 more days till I am back setting up my classroom.  Too early to start fall decorations, but we needed something new.  This year I went simple.  
Took an old garden hat, and string of sunflowers (no need for a garden hat during this drought).  I wound the string around the hat, and hung it on the door.
 
Simple but great!

Moved on down to our Welcome Bear, a.k.a. Sunshine Bear.
Gave him a similar hat, then used a dowel with string and some garage sale wooden fish.

My boys are upset because he looks to cute, just wait till they see his Halloween costume, mwahahahahha!

Stay Cool,
Lori





Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I'm Baack!

My family and I have been on a whirl wind road trip.

We were gone a total of 2 1/2 weeks, tent camped, and took in a sampler platter of the North East United States.  

A list of the states we visited, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, and of course back home to Kansas.

Here are a few of the highlights!
 My kids are troopers, they get along well in the car, and helped set up the campsite!
 No this wasn't us, and I apologize if it was you, just too funny.
Lake Erie, enjoyed all the great lakes we saw, Michigan, Erie, and Ontario. 
Niagara Falls
Notre Dame, great good will in South bend.  We scored with the souvenir shirts!  Later we stopped at a goodwill in Syracuse, just as lucky!
New York City.
We survived the train in to town and the subway. Thank You to the friendly young girl in the train station in Harrison NJ.
Philly,
Gets the award for favorite big city, and the BEST city to bicycle in.  The only way to see all the sites in a day when parking is in an issue.
D.C., a different kind of hot.  Again, bicycles are the only way to see the monuments (Capitol to Lincoln Memorial 8 miles round trip)
Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive.  Our FAVORITE part of the trip.  Loved it!
Floating on the Current River, refreshing but still hot.

It is good to be home.
Lori







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