Archive for January, 2013

Recipe Week – Day 5 – I got nothing

Saturday, January 19th, 2013 | Permalink

It was a busy day so I did not take the time to decide on a Day 5 recipe to share.  Maybe I was being overly ambitious thinking I even HAVE 5 recipes. Maybe this is just another way to show you how lazy I can be about blogging.  Either way, I got nothing.  Tonight we had cheese quesadillas for dinner.  Soft taco shells and shredded cheese.  Do I even need to explain how to cook that?!

Happy Friday


Recipe Week – Day 4 – Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 | Permalink

What kind of recipe blogger would I be if I didn’t include CHOCOLATE goodness?!

Here’s a recipe for homemade chocolate ice cream that tastes just like a Wendy’s frosty!

Chocolate milk (approx. 3/4 gal) regular or low fat
Eagle Bran condensed milk (or other brand) (can also buy low fat)

Cool Whip (regular size) (can also use low fat if preferred)

Mix sweetened condensed milk with cool whip till smooth.
Add chocolate milk, and continue to beat for a couple minutes.
Pour into freezer. (mixture should not go above freeze line on freezer,
about 3/4 full)

Enjoy!! your guests will think you went to a lot of trouble — but
it’s so easy.


Recipe Week – Day 3 – Mexican Dip

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 | Permalink

If you haven’t noticed the trend yet, all my recipes are labeled EASY.  Because that’s how I like it.  Here’s an oldy but goody from days past.  Perfect for almost any kind of party or gathering. 

Three cans refried beans ( 2 vegetarian and 1 with green chilies).
1 pkg taco seasoning
8 oz sour cream
12 oz jar chunky salsa (medium)
sliced black olives
chopped tomato
chopped lettuce
1 1/2 cup shredded cheese (used sargento 4 cheese mexican)

Mix beans together and spread in bottom of pan.  Mix taco seasoning and sour cream together, spread over top of beans.  Pour and spread salsa over sour cream.  Sprinkle shredded cheese over top of sour cream, lettuce, olives and tomato tops it. 

If you like other ingredients, it is very very flexible, can use guacomole dip, meat, jalapenos, avocado, just anything you like.

Now I need to have a party!



Recipe Week – Day 2 – Vegetable Beef Soup

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 | Permalink

This is an adaptation of a recipe I got from my big sister.  It’s another crock pot recipe of course because they are so easy to put together.  This was a big hit at work last week. 


1 Box Lipton Onion soup Mix

1 Bag of Frozen Mixed Vegetables (don’t get the one with lima beans in it because that’s just gross

1 to 2 lbs of Ground beef

1 Large can of V8 juice

1 can Diced Tomatoes (this is an addition to the original recipe)

1 can Diced Potatoes (also another addition to the original because HELLO it’s Potatoes!)

So cook the ground beef first of course then add it and the packets of Onion Soup, Frozen vegis, and V8 juice together in a crock pot.  I supposed it would work in a regular pot too but why bother? Turn it on low overnight or high for a couple hours.  When you are almost ready to serve add the diced tomatoes and potatoes let them warm up then you’re ready to serve!  This is very simple and very tasty.  My 2 favorite adjectives for cooking!

Happy Cooking!


Recipe Week – Day 1 – Chicken ‘n Dumplins

Monday, January 14th, 2013 | Permalink

I declare this week to be Recipe Week.  I have been making lots of “crock pot” food and bringing it in to my co-workers as guinea pigs.  They have loved everything I’ve cooked so far.  The first recipe I will share is the Chicken ‘n Dumplins that I brought in this morning.  Not to brag or anything but these are seriously the best dumplins I’ve ever had.  Sadly, they have RUINED Cracker Barrel for me.  How can I go back to sub-standard dumplins after trying this CRAZY EASY and TOTALLY AMAZING recipe! 

Here’s the ingredients:

1-2 cans of biscuits (I used about 12 biscuits actually so that was more than 1 can because I love lots of dumplins.  Next time I’ll use 2 whole cans!)
3-cans cream of chicken soup (10.5 oz.)
1-box of chicken stock (not sure on the oz. 24 I think)
A small amount of water maybe half a soup can
1 small onion, diced
3 or 4 chicken breasts (bonelss and skinless is what I used)
salt and pepper  

Combine everything together in the crock pot except the biscuits.  I cooked mine on low over night since I was bringing it in to work.  You could probably cut that in half by cooking them on High.  Then be sure to break the chicken up with a fork (it’s real easy after it’s been cooking a while) then add your biscuits!  I used a generic butter biscuit from Publix cut into strips.  Set it on High for about 30-40 minutes and they are ready to serve.  The perfect Southern Comfort food!



Things I like…

Monday, January 14th, 2013 | Permalink

Otherwise known as my 2013 Wish List and/or Favorite Things…  Here goes:

1. First I’ll start with 2 of my all time favorite beauty products.  I wish for a lifetime supply of….

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculptin Cream – This stuff is truly fanastic.  And Anti-aging! It sculpts.  It lifts.  Restores elasticity.  What else could I need?  I would like a FULL BODY version of this product please. 

AND… Maybelline Studio XXL Pro Mascara.  Hello amazing eye lashes!  Contact lens safe. Ophthalmologish tested. Made in USA.  SOLD!  Seriously, this stuff rocks.  I’ve spent 35 years looking for the perfect Mascara.  Yes even as a toddler I knew the importance of great eye lashes.  This year I finally found it.  A lifetime supply please.

 2. My vehicle of choice for 2013 is the Honda Odyssey.  OMG I miss my mommy van!  I had a really economical, safe, comfortable minivan for 11 years!  That’s right… 11 years!  I put about 250,000 miles on my first Honda minivan.  It’s health sadly declined last year and I had to put it to rest.  I replaced it with a much hipper, not as much of an in your face soccer mom, white Kia Sorento.  It’s cute, it’s affordable.  It’s also small, and doesn’t feel like it will have a similiar 11 year longevity as my Odyssey did.  So on my wish list for this year would be a WHITE Honda Odyssey.  I drove a red one for years and now have decided I look much more fabulous in white.  Since I have already invested in the Kia I will likely just stick with it but that doesn’t keep the mini off the wish list.

3.  NOOK books!  This year for Christmas I bought myself a NOOK.  Yeah Me for finally getting an eReader.  (I have an iPad but it’s not very good for outdoor reading).  So as soon as Groupon had a deal I jumped on it.  Now all I need is a library of books to enjoy.  Everything else I bought was using the Amazon app on my iPad which doesn’t transfer well.  I will finish up the last of my iPad library and begin using the Nook exclusively I’m sure.  I need suggestions on some good reads!

4.  Pajama Jeans!  They LOOK like jeans but they FEEL like pajamas!!  Why WOULDN’T they be on my wish list???  And also why is it 2013 and I STILL don’t have a pair of “Jama Jeans” (as JP would put it). 

5.  Crock Pot cooking – Because HELLO it’s sooooo easy!  And people call me a “great” cook when I use it.  People NEVER called me a great cook until I discovered the joy of cooking with my crock pot.  Now don’t be fooled… no one in MY house will eat it (Darn picky eater hubs!) BUT all my friends at work love it when I bring something in.  It’s such a treat to me to have someone else to share it with.  I’ll post some of my recipes soon. 

6.  The Real Housewives of ANYWHERE!  Because I just don’t have enough drama in my life that I feel the void with other people’s made up drama.  Their fabulous “First World Problems” make for hours of entertainment.  Beverly Hills is my favorite with the OC running a close second. 

7.  Yard Sales!  Online, down the road, in a garage, either way I’m SOLD.  I get a thrill out of finding diamond deals in the rough.  Sometimes people just don’t have the vision to remake an old piece so they sit it outside for sale to get it out of their way.  I love buying cheap and refinishing.  That’s actually what most of my blog is about.  Mainly because I like to share and also because I’m boring.  I have nothing else fabulous to blog about and I’m not really that witty or charming in text.  Sigh

8.  Electronic hoarding!  Don’t you just love all the new websites that electronically organize things you like?  I.e. Pinterest, Houzz, etc…  You collect all these wonderful bits of electronic goodies to review, save, obsess over, create, dream about.  Remember that amazing holiday decorating sight that you found last year while you were randomly searching the Internet?  No?  Well it’s a good thing you PINNED it to your Pinterest board! 

9.  The GYM!  Ha Ha HA Just kidding! 

10. Red Hair – Don’t you know Red is the new Blonde.  Oh how I envy those natural red heads… with naturally curly hair. 

 I’ll probably update this with more of my favorite things as I think about them… but it’s late so that’s all for now.




Valentine’s Day!!!

Saturday, January 12th, 2013 | Permalink

Now that Christmas is over it’s time to move on to the next Holiday which just happens to be another fav of mine… Valentine’s Day!  Who doesn’t love a day devoted to LOVE!  I’ve always wanted to decorate for V-Day but never found the time.  Until… this year!  I decided to move my Bama Tree to the foyer and reutilize it as a V-Day tree. 

Bama tree…


Transitioned to now be my Valentine’s Day Tree!



And since I had a tree for the holiday I decided I might as well decorate the rest of the space too!  I started with a trip to Hobby Lobby and scored this adorable clock and picture frame 50% off!

I found this cute little red vase and flowers at the Dollar store.  $2!

I bought some hot pink pillows at Walmart for $7.88 and got lucky when my little one remembered we had a red heart Valentine’s Day pillow upstairs.  It pulled the 2 colors together perfectly.


And the final view!


 Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


Christmas mantel 2013

Saturday, January 12th, 2013 | Permalink

I am finally finding the time to blog some pictures of my 2012 Christmas mantel.  I started with the red barn I had made for Fall. 

I turned the red barn over and painted a snowy barn scene on the back.  This started with a little brown and black paint.  I had no idea what I was doing… I just got lucky.

 Once I got the barn covered with the brown and black I added some white to look like snow.

 All done!  That was easy.  I painted a door on this side and added a wreath.  Now it’s ready for the mantel!

 Here are some pictures of the final product….




 I have to admit this is one of my favorite of the matels I have decorated.  It was very festive and great for pictures!

Hope you enjoyed seeing it!



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