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Pinterest Projects Week 5

6 Feb

So, there are a few projects from the 5th week of the year.  We were in the middle of getting ready to head to Minnesota for my great grandpa’s funeral, so not a lot got done.  And what did get done, was mostly in preparation for our weekend away.  So, here it is:

Dirty MicrowaveI’m a little embarrassed to be posting this picture of my nasty microwave, but it must be done.  Wait until you see the after picture!

Sparkly MicrowaveTa-Da!!  Hot water and vinegar steam

Lemon Ricotta PancakesLemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Topping

Yummy BreadYummy Bread

Now, the bread I’ve been making for the past few months, but this is the first time this year.  It is DELICIOUS!  And EASY!  I forgot to take pictures after I made the loaves, but this looks much prettier than just a shot from the top.  I made three different kinds: plain; cranberry, orange, almond; and jalapeno cheese (not pictured).  The jalapeno cheese was a big hit, so I didn’t actually get to bring any home.  Or try it.  It’s ok, I’ve still got jalapenos and cheese…

I also made Sonoma Chicken Salad for our 7 1/2 hour drive to Olivia, MN.  I also forgot to take a picture.  But let me tell you, it was also damn delicious.

I’ve got some really exciting things coming up for this week and I can’t wait to share with you!  So, until next week, Pin away!


Craft Room Makeover

10 Jan

I’m so excited to be in the new year and all the possibilities!  First, my wonderful hubby said I could redo my craft room and make it more user friendly.  How wonderful is he!?!?  He even went as far as to say we could spend a few hundred bucks on the space.  What?!?  Well, after the initial euphoria, I decided to use what we had and go from there.  So, ladies and gents…here it is (or at least the beginning) my craft room makeover on a budget!

Today (and a couple hours yesterday) was all about sorting through the junk I could see.  And rearranging.  Here are some before and afters:

Yesterday 1Before starting…ugh

Yesterday 2Before

Yesterday 3Last Before pic…I. Can’t. UGH.

As you can see, it was a mess.  And the hubs wondered why I didn’t actually craft in the craft room…

But I had some good pieces to work with.  A sturdy table for sewing.  Great shelf units that I customized (think spray paint and fabric).  And some other storage containers.  And like I said, I started by going through the junk I could see.  I threw away some things.  I moved our box of wedding stuff to the office to be stored in the closet.  I also moved all my stationary to the office and other random things like phone chargers, camera cords, etc.

I then decided how I wanted the room to function.  I moved my sewing table to the northwest corner, moved my shelving units to the north wall and added a folding table we had in the garage.  So far nothing spent.  Except some calories.  And I can spend a lot of those!  So, here’s where we are now:

Craft room 1I know, I know.  There’s so much more to be done.  But I have plans!

Craft Room 2Do you see all the windows?!?  It’s wonderful!

Craft Room 3It’s been great being able to start going through things and create a space I actually want to be in.

Stay tuned for more updates and how I’m saving money by using things I already have!  What a concept, right?

Pinterest Projects: Week 1

7 Jan

I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to post the Pinterest projects I’ve done.  It seems excessive to post one everyday.  And frankly, a lot of writing will have to be done.  And I love writing.  And I love you.  But I’m not sure I can keep up with an everyday thing right now.

When the hubby read I was going to do a Pinterest project everyday, he was a little confused when I said that included recipes.  So, for a little clarification…my intentions with the Pinterest-project-a-day goal was to do a pin a day from anything I’ve pinned.  I have soooo many things pinned, I need a goal and some focus to do some of them.  Thus, I’ll be doing anything from recipes to craft projects to home organization.  I think this will help declutter my mind, declutter my house and declutter my pinterest.  Besides, if I never do anything I’ve pinned, what’s the point?

For those of you who may be wondering what this Pinterest thing is, it’s quite delightful!  If you do know what I’m talking about, you know.  Pinterest is a website which allows you to “pin” things you find online.  It creates boards where you can organize craft projects you want to make, recipes you want to try, places you want to go.  It’s basically a cork board for the internet.  A filing system where you can click on your pins and it will take you back to the webpage you found it.

So, until I figure out how I’m going to show you everything I’ve been doing, here’s a glimpse at this weeks projects.

Pinterest Projects Week 1From top left and clockwise: 52 Week Money Challenge; Citrus All-Purpose Cleaner; 5 Star Enchiladas (with some tweaks); Mexican Rice (also with some tweaks); Waffle Cone Slouchy Hat

I only got 6 projects done this week, but I think it’s a good start.  I haven’t figured out everything I’m going to do this week, but there will be a couple recipes for sure.  Can’t wait to share more about what I’m doing!

Grand Adventure, part 1

6 Dec

It’s been a few weeks now since my grand adventure.

What, I didn’t share with you that I was going on a grand adventure?!?!  Tsk. Tsk.

A couple weeks before Thanksgiving, a friend and I had plans to go to the Matt Nathanson concert in Minneapolis.  I was also invited to my aunt’s to help put quilt tops together for a children’s hospital in the Cities (the Twin Cities-Minneapolis and St. Paul-for those non-MN natives).  I also wanted to try to see my great grandparents.  The week after the concert I had a Dr. appointment.  And the following week the hubby and I would be heading to my folks for Thanksgiving.  Well…here’s how it went down…

Make decision about how the next couple weeks play out.  Decide to go to MN for 2 1/2 weeks.  Book flight for hubby from Milwaukee to Minneapolis.  Cancel Dr. appointment and reschedule for the next day.  Start the packing list.  Go to Dr. appointment and have 12 lab tests done (unexpectedly-Thank God for insurance).  Start packing.  Pick up house.  Buy some groceries for hubby.  Pack car.  Drive 6 hours to Woodbury.  Quilt for 3 days.  Go to Matt Nathanson concert.  Visit great grandparents on great grandma’s 95th birthday.  Drive 3 1/2 hours to folks.  Help dad with Christmas presents.  Visit friend.  Make place mats.  Sew quilt top.  Fix mom’s coat.  Go to Minneapolis to pick up hubby.  Play games.  Eat Turkey.  Open Christmas presents.  Drive 8 hours to in-laws.  Celebrate hubby’s birthday.  Go home.

I think that about sums up my grand adventure.  More to follow.  I’m exhausted thinking back to everything that happened and must now lay down and let my head stop spinning.

The spinning may also be from the fumes of cleaning our tub…

Feelin’ Thrifty

22 Oct

I love thrifting!  Thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops, dumps.  It’s all fabulous!  There’s nothing much better than finding what you need, getting it for a good deal, and recycling.

Hubs and I have found some good stuff being thrifty.  Games, a small weber grill, jeans, movies, belts, a moose antler and much more.  But, I have to say, our best score was what we found Saturday at St. Vincent De Paul thrift store in Waukesha, WI.

We were walking through the store browsing, when Eric suddenly got very excited.  He picked up his pace a bit and I didn’t realize what he was looking at until I was right there, and then it registered!  A portable dishwasher!  That looked brand new!!  And was a third of the cost of a new one!!!

We had been talking about getting a dishwasher almost as soon as we moved into our house.  We had room in the kitchen, we were tired of always having to hand wash dishes, and it just makes life easier.  It also gives us some more counter space.  We’ve already moved the mixer and knife block and freed up a big chunk of our counter.  Now we can slice and dice without having to bump into stuff.  Or worry about cutting our fingers off.

I know thrifting isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I would highly recommend trying it out.  You never know what treasures you’ll find.  And most stores are associated with great non-profits.  Getting things you want/need, saving some money, and helping out non-profits.  Like I said, nothing much is better than that!

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