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As promised...

Monday, April 25, 2011

A real blog & update finally. I've been slacking and I apologize. 

I hope everyone had a great Easter with their family. Ours was kind of a bust due to the fact that I had a migraine for most of the day & ended up with my head in the toilet for the evening/night. My husband was able to rouse me into coming outside in the morning for our egg hunt (in pajamas...oh the horror!) and I'm so happy that I brought my camera with me because that was the highlight of my day! I got some good pictures of the kids doing their egg hunt and playing with their little airplane gliders and silly string. I was sad that we didn't get a good shot of the four of us together, but I was in no condition to get on the other side of the camera lens. 


Be prepared for a lot of Easter pictures. I know, I know, you're probably sick of seeing everyone's kids with Easter eggs all over Facebook & blog land, so if that's the case please scroll to the end of my post for some crafting stuff :)

Shayne woke the kids up at 6:30 to do the egg hunt!

 Little Lils finding some eggs by the garden




 Showing me their loot

 Ayden throwing his little wooden airplane glider 

 Daddy teaching Lily how to throw hers

 She did pretty good!

 She asked me to take a picture of her while she was jumping


My cute kids


Ayden getting me with silly string


 Lily loved it!

 Look at her smile...she had a blast

 This was easily the best part of the whole day

 She even picked me a flower


 Cute little moment I caught between them

So since I was feeling like crap all day we ended up not doing a big Easter dinner. We were just going to grill some steaks with baked potato and corn on the cob (rather than cook a ham or something) but I could barely stand for a minute at a time without feeling like I was going to throw up, and Shayne was dead tired and took a nap. So for Easter dinner my kids got spagetti-o's. Bad mom? Sorry, that migraine lasted for over 24 hours and I was in no shape to cook or really do anything at all. Oh well, they didn't seem to mind. They had Easter candy & Silly Putty after all. 

The other day I decided to start a project that I wasn't even really sure I knew how to do, and it turned out with mixed results. I wanted to paint & recover these hideous lamps & lamp shades that I had. I knew how to paint the body of the lamp, obviously, but the shade proved to be a lot trickier. I thought I could just recover it with some cute fabric but that didn't work. The shade kind of dipped in at a weird angle which meant I'd have to fold and pleat it in order for it to fit perfectly and it just didn't work. I tried about 5 different ways and the shade was completely covered in glue and fabric remnants and I was just about to give up, until I came up with another idea. I thought about doing some kind of gathering or ruffling to add some texture, and this is what I came up with.

Sorry, I didn't get a good before picture so I had to crop one out of a random living room picture I already had.
I can't decide if I like them or not. I think they are cute, but I'm not sure if they belong in my living room or an old woman's bedroom tea room. Shayne thinks they looks good but said they were "kind of foofy" so that made me second guess myself even more. Nevertheless, here are some more pictures. You decide.


 I tried to get a closer picture to show the detail. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.


 Here they are together. I think I like the green one more.

So I'm going to sit and stare and agonize over these for another day or so and then I'll probably end up going to Hobby Lobby to buy some new lamp shades. I love the body painted white, but the shades are still driving me crazy. Still a great improvement though from what I had to work with.

Anyways, I have to go to JoAnn's tomorrow or Wednesday to get some more fabric and crafting stuff, so maybe I'll wander into good ol' HL and see what they have. I can't wait to do some more sewing this week!

Naming blogs is hard

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I just realized that I started this blog post a week ago and totally forgot to publish it! So this one is old, and I'm so sorry I haven't posted in the last week but I was busy with my Vintage Revivals contest entry that you can see here. I'll let everyone know when it's open for voting and remind my awesome followers to vote for me!!! I hope everyone is having a great Easter with their families and I will be posting lots of pictures and updating my blog tomorrow. A lot has been going on in the last few days and tomorrow's update should be a long one...I'm giving you fair warning! For now here is the post I forgot to publish from last week :/ Sorry!


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Trying to find a catchy title for each and every blog post is kind of tricky. I always feel like mine are boring. Or I'll go to type in the subject line only to realize I've already used that title before. Apparently I'm not very original.

So my Pioneer Woman cooking experience has been amazingly delicious so far. I had 3 really yummy dinners in a row, and I discovered a really good pancake recipe for breakfast as well. On  Friday night I made some au graten potatoes and they were SO freakin good. I made sure to make extras and I had it for lunch all weekend too. Yummy cheesy goodness! Who doesn't love cheese? 


I made some pork chops with them and wanted corn on the cob (my kids' favorite) but Safeway didn't have any yet so we had to go with canned corn. Not the same, but nevertheless my children once again cleaned their entire plate. I can't wait for warmer weather and better produce! We eat a ton of fruits and veggies in the spring and summer months. I think we could pretty much live off of tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, corn on the cob, asparagus, blueberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, and strawberries. YUM!


Again, my kids ate every bite of their dinner and so did Shayne! Another successful meal from Ree Drummond's awesome cookbook! It's quickly become my favorite.

On Saturday morning I decided to try what sounded like an insane pancake recipe. Sour cream pancakes. Yes. Sour cream, that's right. To me that sounded disgusting, but Shayne said he thought it would probably be good and I decided to give it a try. Hey, I hadn't found the perfect homemade pancake recipe just yet anyways, so no big deal if this one sucked. Well, they didn't suck at all. In fact, they were the most delicious pancakes I have ever eaten in my entire life. And no, they didn't taste like sour cream! They were really light and fluffy and just had the best flavor and texture. They were so good that I had to buy more sour cream last night so that I could make them again today. If you've never tried them you should get this recipe book and try it. (Since I stated above that this post is over a week old I'd like to add that I actually made the sour cream pancakes 4 times since I originally wrote this. They are a new favorite for my family!) Great, now I want pancakes again.

Be prepared for some major crafting posts coming up this week! The countdown to my friend's baby shower this next weekend has started and still have some things I need to finish up in time for it. 

Vintage Revivals...come makeover my room!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Meet my BFF Mandi.

Aren't we cute? BFFs 4 Life! 

Except Mandi doesn't really know me. I stalk am a fan of her awesome blog Vintage Revivals.

The first time I saw her blog I ended up staying up until 5am reading each and every word and looking at every amazing projects that she had done. She has this amazing ability to find what others might call useless old junk from a thrift store and turn it into beautiful stuff to decorate her house with. I'm pretty dang jealous of her house.




When I saw that cute little owl guy I about died, because we all know how much I love owls.
And guess what?


Yep, she's doing a contest on her blog that I must win! All I have to do is post some pictures of my crappy room I want her to makeover and then if mine is picked she will come to my house and work her magic! And maybe, just maybe, I'll even get my husband to tattoo "I <3 Mandi" on me while she's here. (And don't think I won't guys. Remember, my husband is a super awesome tattoo artist, so Mandi, if you want to get my name tattooed on yourself then he'll do it for free. I'm just sayin...)

So here's my living room. I have no idea where to even start with this room. I have no idea what my style is. I have plenty of Mandi's ideas floating around in my head but no idea of how to actually put those ideas to good use in my living room.

I know it's not the uglies room in America, but it certainly isn't pretty! I've already taken the liberty of pointing out every hideous flaw in this room for you. Feel free to add more! 


 Mandi used to have a "seizure wall" in her house, but I loved hers. I hate mine. It gives me anxiety just looking at it.





I love these couches because of the shape and the fact that they are super deep and comfy. I am not crazy about the green color though and I've dreamed of reupholstering them and making some cute new throw pillows. Mandi has reupholstered some furniture before and it looked awesome, but I'm too cheap afraid of ruining these couches and having to buy new ones, so they've remained this ugly green color :(

 And right outside of my living room is this weird hallway/foyer area that is a huge blank waste of space right now...

 Seriously...I'd love it if this "room" were anything but empty. I just have no idea what to do with it though!

So don't you think Mandi should come here to beautiful, sunny Washington and fix my sad little living room for me? I mean, we are BFFs and all, so you'd think she would wanna help me out, right?! I'd be happy if my room even had 1% of the cuteness that hers has. I'm gonna need everyone to vote for me when the contest closes and hopefully the next time anyone sees my living room it won't have bright yellow arrows all over it pointing out all of the ugliness. Thank you!!!

Back in the swing of things!

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm feeling like my old self again!

I've been cooking, cleaning, and crafting again and I'm feeling pretty great. It feels really good to do the things that I enjoy again. Yesterday I finished up a quilt I had started a few weeks before my surgery and it turned out pretty great. Ooh, and I made a super cute pillow to go with it for baby Cooper (who is currently still growing inside of his mommy's belly!) 






I love how the pillow turned out. The quilt was originally going to have the orange in it, but we decided against it at the last second, so I was glad to still be able to throw in a pop of orange somewhere. I have a few more projects up my sleeve for this baby and I only have 5 more weeks to get them done before he arrives! I better get moving...

Oh, and.....our dinner last night was amazing. If you read my previous post you know that I've been doing some cooking out of The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook. Last night we had the pot roast with carrots and mashed potatoes, and let me say, these were the best mashed potatoes I've ever had in my entire life. And that's saying a lot because I've never been crazy about mashed potatoes! Usually for my little family I only make about 6 potatoes for us all because the kids don't eat much of them and we rarely eat leftovers. Well, we ate them all last night! Shayne wanted me to go in the kitchen and make more! Actually everyone ate it so quickly that I forgot to take a picture of it...oh well. From now on I guess when I make mashed potatoes I'll know to double the recipe so that we can eat more of them. Everyone asked if I would make them again tonight, but I have a different recipe in mind for tonight's feast. Stay tuned! And this time I'll try to remember to take a picture of the deliciousness.

And one more thing...Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 came out on dvd today! Did you rush out and buy it like I did? We are watching it right now, and this is what my kids are doing as I type this:
Lily: "Expelliarmus! Expecto Patronum!"
Ayden: "Stupefy! Avada Kedavra!"
Me: "Ayden! Don't do the killing curse on your sister." 

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I'm a pioneer woman!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ok, well not really. But I totally forgot that I bought this cookbook on my Nook a few weeks ago.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond.
I know you've heard of it, right? I've had at least 5 different friends blog about it and/or Facebook about it in the last few months. I decided to check it out and I love it! Totally my families cooking style. Lots of meat and potato type meals, but spruced up and super rich and decadent. I totally spaced out the fact that I'd bought the book and I hadn't done anything with it because I wasn't cooking for a while after my surgery. Yesterday I was making up a grocery list and was trying to think of something yummy for dinner, and I decided to grab my Nook and go for one of her recipes. Most of the ingredients in the book are things that I already have on hand, but I did have to go stock up on a few items like bacon, heavy cream, butter, and sour cream, since Ree uses a lot of these items in most of her recipes...YUM.

So what did I make? I wanted to make her meatloaf recipe, but my meatloaf recipe is my family's favorite. And yes, don't judge us, we love meatloaf in this house! Mine is the best, and even my 3 and 6 year old ask for seconds and clean their plates when I make it. So I didn't want to mess with a good thing. To go with my fabulous meatloaf I decided to make Ree's twice baked potatoes. I absolutely love twice baked potatoes but I hadn't made them in forever, and the ones in the book looked so good! (and if you think I'm posting the recipe here you are sadly mistaking...sorry, you'll have to buy your own cookbook!) Here's what they looked like before they went back in the oven:

And here's what they looked like after my family got done with them:

Yep, 2 out of 8 left. That's what I'm having for lunch today! I wanted to have them for breakfast but I didn't want to seem like a glutton. Besides, I had to wait for Shayne to go to work so I wouldn't have to share them! :)

Tonight I'm making Ree's pot roast and mashed potatoes. Shayne is excited!

Oooh, yesterday I finally got to work on a quilt I started a while ago. I need to have it finished ASAP because it's a baby shower gift and the shower is just a few weeks away. I made a lot of progress today and I think I'll sit down today and finish the last dreaded step...the binding. Actually i don't dread the binding anymore because I'm awesome and my bindings always turn out perfect now. I love how polished at quilt looks with a good binding on it. Here's what I did yesterday...free motion quilting!

Oh, right. So my 5 year wedding anniversary was on Monday (8 years together!) We had a pretty low-key date because for 1, Shayne had to work. And 2, we never have a babysitter. I mean, like ever. I think the last time we actually got a sitter and went out just the two of us was probably 2 years ago. Pretty sad, huh? So we just went out to dinner as a family to this really good Mexican place (I love Mexican food!) It was SO good! And I didn't really mind that we took the kids with us, since that's how it always is for us. Oh, and I got roses :) 

And, we started my back piece! I'm so stoked on this. Only in my world would I not feel ok enough after surgery to sew or cook, but I still want to get tattooed. This is only the beginning and it's going to end up being a full back piece.

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Do you know what's coming out on dvd tomorrow??????? I'm so freaking excited for this!
Eeeeek! I'm the biggest HP nerd. We went as a family to see this in the theater (of course!) but I'm dying to sit and watch it again. The kids got a bit restless in the theater at times so I got really annoyed trying to keep them quiet and happy and didn't enjoy the movie as much as I should have. I'm watching The Half Blood Prince as I type this blog right now! Haha. I've watched this one 5 times this week now just because it's been on HBO so much. I wish my OnDemand feature for cable would hurry up and put all of the HP movies on there like they were supposed to so I could watch a marathon today. I only own one of the dvds, can you believe that?! I need to go buy them all. 

Ok, 30 Days of Truth time. It's almost over! Yay.

Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today. Um, I don't do anything stupid? And maybe a little luck I suppose.

Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why? No, never.

Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now? Everything. I'm still semi young, I have a great husband, great kids, a nice place to live, family, and a few friends. Life is pretty good.

Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do? I'd be happy! Thrilled. Excited. It would be awesome.

Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why. The only thing I can really think of at the moment is I'd love to get healthier and get my full energy and motivation back. I'm slowly working my way out of this slump I've been in but I'm not exactly where I want to be. Soon though!
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