Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thrifty Thursday-PJs to Scarf

I scored when my son grew out of his cozy fleece plaid pj bottoms.  Automatically I thought, scarf.

Go out and find your bargain.
Happy Hunting,

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday's Musings - The Beauty Around Us

Life is beautiful and precious, and I am lucky to see it's beauty often. 

This spring, when working in my garden, I noticed a momma bird flying out of the cavity of an old cow skull we have hanging on the fence.

After doing a little research, we determined they were a type of sparrow eggs.
A couple weeks later, we were lucky enough to see them hatched, and waiting to be feed by mom.
 About the same time, I found another nest in my window boxes.  Our research lead us to believe that these were wren eggs.  No picture of the chicks though.

Living the good life,

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Built By Bryce - Mudroom Alternative

Check out the Mudroom Alternative my husband (Bryce) created out our backdoor, in the garage.

I must shout this, MY HUSBAND IS WONDERFUL!  He really is the artist in the family. He thinks it, and then is able to create it.  Me, I see it, and copy it.

The shelves  are beautifully built, functional oak. We each have our own cubby.  We have a shelf for helmets, thermos', gloves, etc... Then we have a tall section with hooks for bags, jackets, etc...Finally we have the grated bottom, this is a great place for our rubber boots.
In addition to us having our own 'cubby', we utliized the side for essentials like a papertowel dispenser or bug spray. The top shelves are for those not often used items like party trays or large stock pots.  And don't forget the area for our recycles, just out the door.

Living with a Rock Star,

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thrifty Thursday-Make Your Own Grocery Bags

Recycle, Reuse....Upcycle...

   These are all mantras of mine, much to my husbands dismay.  I often will spend more time and effort than most, than advised, than is frugal....  This is a perfect example of it.

Using old lawn seed bags, sunflower seed bags, an old belt, and inspiration I created some great durable multi-purpose bags.

Here are a couple sites I used for inspiration.

It's in the bag,

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What's Cooking Wednesday - Garden Fresh Tomatoes

We are finishing up the last of our garden tomatoes (sniffle, sniffle). 

Our favorite way to enjoy the garden fresh tomatoes.
We slice them, cover with a dollop of cottage cheese, then a healthy dash of Krazy Jane's Mixed-up Salt.
Nothing beats our summer salad, rich flavor, minimal work. Wow!

Already making plans for next spring's garden,

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday's Musings - The lost art of house plants

As we are getting ready for a 'arctic air' here, I dug up some spring & summer images to warm me up.

Having house plants is a lost art.  To quote my brother "that's so 70's", but I don't care.  
I love to be surrounded by plants.  I have many potted, and I love to be creative with their containers, hence the mop bucket.  
I also have a hard time trimming and throwing away, so I am always rooting new starts.  I have a wide collection of pitchers that I use, when they are not displaying my beautiful oak leaf hydrangea cuttings.

Let's start a retro-trend, house plants!

Feeling green,

Monday, July 8, 2013

Vintage carpenter toolbox tray revamp

I bought a really rough, dirty and grungy carpenter tool box last summer at a garage sale for $3.00. Sorry no before pictures, I have been out of the blogsphere for a while, so I realized I forgot to take a pic after I added my base color.  I followed these great steps from Shanty-2-chic on how to distress paint with vaseline.  I love all their ideas!! I used spray paint for both coats of paint.  I did add one more step, I rubbed on paste wax and than just buffed it off for my final coat since I love the look!
Its my new clutter buster on my coffee table, to hold all those remotes, my kindle and of course my reading glasses!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

I finally saw the light, DIY Solar Chandelier

 I finally put my solar chandelier together after storing everything in my shed since last summer.  I got the idea from my good friend, Windy.  I took all the electric wires out and unscrewed the bulbs, than glued on solar lights.  See my post on a diy solar wall sconce for  more details... Its hanging on my back patio, love the twinkling lights...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What's Cooking Wednesday-Taco Soup

Taco Soup
**This is a recipe my mom shared.  I don't know the origin, therefore, unable to give credit.  Please let me know if it's yours.**
    This is a great week night recipe.

  •  rotisserie or grilled chicken (bones removed)
  • 1 can mexicorn
  • 1 can campbell's tomato soup
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 ranch seasoning packet
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
     Dump the ingredients into a stockpot, mix and warm up.  Served with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese on top, with tortilla chips on the side.

My alterations to the recipe:
  • The recipe does not call for it, but I add 1 or 2 cans of diced tomatoes.
  • I often double the soup, corn, and beans to the chicken ratio.

This is a great use of my "best grilled chicken".

Let me know if you try it, and any changes you might think to make.

CLANG, CLANG (that's the dinner bell)


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tween Girl Redo-R's Room Reveal

R's Room Redo

    My daughter has been bugging me to redo her room ever since I redid the boys' room.  Well I spent about 6 months gathering ideas, inspiration  and items.  Here is the final reveal.  Sorry, I forgot to do before or during pictures. Hope you enjoy.

I love to hear from you.  Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Go Shockers

Go Shockers!

   My husband and I are alumni of Wichita State, and have always been lifetime Shocker fans.  
We are excited to support the Shockers in the Final Four.
     We even nicknamed our son Wu shock.  Here is  his Halloween costume from a couple years ago.
Homemade Wushock Costume

Homemade Wushock Costume

Go Shockers!
We will shock wu,

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Chihuly Chandelier

I introduced my fifth graders to the artist Dale Chihuly.  They were totally mesmerized by his blown glass pieces.  We added color to plastic water bottles with colored permanent markers and cut them into spirals.  I attached the 90 water bottles to a hanging wire basket similar to this one, that I purchased at a garage sale this summer.  

I just used floral wire to attach the bottles to the basket and hung our beautiful Chihuly chandelier in our hallway next to an exit door.  I love the way the light inter plays with all the wonderful colors.  I was inspired by these  great tutorials I found on Pinterest. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Knock off bracelets

Chan Luu grey pearl singe wrap
Anthropologie satin sparkle cuff
I had a little extra time on my hands due to four snow days away from work which turned my weekend into a six day weekend:)  So, I had time to make two bracelets.  Pinterest is full of Anthropologie and Chan Luu knockoffs so I thought I would try my hand at one each.  Here are my two inspirations.  I also had great tutorials to follow from these two blogs Flamingo Toes and

For my Chan Luu knock off I used beads from a $3.00
Walmart clearance necklace.  Originally I was going to use black leather and black waxed linen thread but I found this inspiration and changed to brown leather cord and turquoise braiding cord.  I prefer waxed linen but I can't find it locally so I just used braidng cord from Wallyworld.
My satin sparkle cuff is a metal cuff bracelet I bought at Goodwill for a dollar, and I used satin ribbon from Walmart.  The jewel is a vintage earring from an estate sell. 
I just pried off the back and use E6000 to glue it on.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What's Cooking Wednesday-Homemade Chicken Noodle-FAST

Homemade Chicken Noodle (the fast way)
     My family LOVES chicken and noodle soup.  If they are lucky, I stew a chicken and make home made noodles.  But.....if it is a week night, game day, practice night, conference night.......(insert any of the miriad of activities here), we take shortcuts.
  • rotisserie or grilled chicken, bones removed
  • chicken broth
  • carrots
  • celery
  • onions
  • Reams frozen egg noodles

     Throw your chicken in a stock pot, dump a 32 oz jug of broth in, water, diced onions, carrots and celery, salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a boil and continue to simmer.  30 minutes before dinner, throw in your noodles and continue simmering.  If it is too soupy for your taste add a little cornstarch with water.

 I have a hard time paying for the rotisserie chicken, it just seems lazy and not nearly thrifty enough for me.  I buy my boneless, skinless chicken breasts in bulk.  When I grill them, I ALWAYS fill the grill.  Then I dice or shread the extras to freeze for those quick meals.  Check out my best grilled chicken post.
Dinner is served

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Just call me Miss Glitter

I have been  in a little bit of funk lately and have not felt very creative or inspired to post, but Valentine's Day put me in the mood for a little glitter.  Many years ago, over 20 to be exact I was happily teaching elementary art as a single gal, better known as Miss Ridder.  One of my cute kindergartners gave me the nickname Miss Glitter since everything in kindergarten looks better with a little bling.  So this post is for you, Logan, where ever you are....

Pinterest is full of diy glitter ideas so I thought I would embellish a t-shirt I bought on clearance last year for my 13 year old daughter, who of course would not be caught dead in this particular Valentine's day shirt.  Well, this year I decide to bling it on so I looked in my freebie stash of donated stuff at school and found my supplies.  I used  Plaid Royal Coat Decoupage Finish and some Be Inspired scrapbook shimmer glitter in red.  I just brushed on the decoupage glue on the LOVE part of the t-shirt which had a distressed look already so  I left some areas of the letters un-glittered so I didn't worry too much about being to exact with my glue.  A few sprinkles with the glitter and I was all set for Valentine's Day.  Check out this post at Wobisobi on more great tips on how to glitter fabric.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thrift Store Thursday-Tip #1

Tip #1-Where to start at the thrift store?

     If you are a first timer, or even a seasoned pro, thrifting can be challenging and at times daunting.  I hope my "thrift store thursday" feature will showcase thrift store finds and tips that will inspire and motivate you.

  • Check out the area around the fitting rooms.  This will be the shops best picks already sorted out by previous shoppers.
     Most thrift stores are under staffed, so the area outside the fitting rooms can have quite an assortment of items.  I NEVER pass up this area and ALWAYS hit it first.  :)

Go ahead,  get out there and thrift

"do you have a thrift store tip to share, I would love to hear from you"

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What's Cooking Wednesday-Sweet and Spicy Honey Grilled Shrimp

Sweet and Spicy Honey Grilled Shrimp
with Coconut Rice and Egg Drop Soup

    This was one of my pinterest finds, and it got my family's thumbs up.  Thanks to 'Our Best Bites' for the Sweet and Spicy Shrimp and the Coconut Rice.  Thanks to my husband for the egg drop soup guidance.

I didn't alter the  shrimp recipe much.  
  • I substituted dried ginger for fresh ginger
  • Instead of putting the shrimp on skewers, I used this wonderful grill pan my husband bought me at World Market.

I didn't altar the rice at all, surprisingly the family loved it.  Don't be afraid it definitely is a compliment to the shrimp.
    The eggdrop soup is simple.  I use chicken broth (sometimes diluted with water) in a saucepan.  I add either green onions or diced yellow onions, which ever I have.  Then, I whip up a few eggs and drop them in the boiling broth.  It is a great addition to any meal!  Oh yeah, and some fresh ground pepper to taste.

Get Cookin


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