Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Kitchen Curtain

Last week I scored two big burlap coffee sacks from a friend for $3 a piece.  I spent this weekend brainstorming how I could repurpose them and finally found the perfect project...a new curtain for our kitchen door!  All I did was buy a pack of curtain clips and attached the sack, then... VOILA!


Now it's time to figure out what to do with the other sack I bought.  Here are some ideas I'm loving...

 Burlap Sack stool from A Diamond in the Stuff


Framed Burlap sack from Room to Inspire



Burlap sack lamp shade from A Little Piece of Heaven


Burlap sack pillow covers from Two Oh Two Seven


I can't wait to get started on my next burlap sack project :)  Until then, have a wonderful Wednesday folks!


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Shelia's Stuffed Mushrooms

It's been a while since I posted a recipe on the blog so I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite recipes handed down from my mother.  Shelia's stuffed mushrooms!  Warning:  these are absolutely NOT weight watchers friendly... but every girl needs to splurge a little every now and then.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bundle of green onions
  • 1 package of raw mushrooms with stems (bigger is better)
  • 12 oz. package of raw bacon 
  • 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup of shredded white cheddar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • Salt to taste


Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Wash green onions and mushrooms and remove the stems from mushrooms and set them aside in a large glass bowl.  I use my Pampered Chef Batter Bowl with lid





















2.  Using your food processor, chop mushroom stems and 4 green onions until fine.  Put the mushroom/onion mixture in your glass bowl with the stems from step 1.   

3.  Open your package of bacon and cut it in half.  Using your food processor, chop half of the bacon up and add it to your bowl.  Then repeat that step with the other half of your bacon, combining it with the mixture as well.





















4.  Cover your glass bowl and heat in microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When that has finished cooking, drain off your fat. 

5.  As soon as you drain off the fat, mix your 8 oz. cream cheese in with the mushroom mixture while it is still hot.  This will melt as soon as you combine it.





















6.  Mix  1 cup of panko bread crumbs in with the mushroom mixture and add salt to your liking.  




















7.  Place the caps of your mushrooms (stem side up) in a 9x13 glass casserole dish and fill each cap with mushroom mixture.  





















8.  Top each mushroom with white cheddar and bake for 20-25 minutes.  I also like to add a little pinch of panko on top with my white cheddar to give it an extra crunch.
           



Mmmm-mmmmmmmmm good!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tidy Tuesday: Shoe Organization

A girl can never have too many shoes, right?  Stephen would probably beg to differ.  And since I do have quite the collection of shoes, keeping them organized is important, so today's Tidy Tuesday tip is...

Organize your shoes by color and style.

I stay on top of my shoe organizing game by using labeled shoe boxes.  You can buy these clear plastic boxes with lids just about anywhere for around $1 a piece.  My shoe box of choice is by Sterilite and mine were purchased from Wal-Mart.  I've also seen boxes similar to these at Dollar General and sometimes Dollar Tree will even carry them.  The Dollar Tree ones  are not quite as sturdy but they get the job done.  The next thing I've done with my shoes is labeled each box with my label maker.  Mine are labeled by color and style (Ex: Dressy black flats, plain black flats, brown sandals, tennis shoes, etc.).  I've also read that professional organizers take a picture of the pair of shoes and affix the picture to the outside of the box so that they know which pair of shoes is inside.  I don't have the patience to go that far with my organization obsession but maybe one day.  Here's what the top of my closet looks like:


    
(Please ignore our obnoxiously ugly popcorn ceiling)


Pretty snazzy huh?   Here are some other organized shoes I'm swooning over....





 
 
Hope your Tuesday is terrifically tidy!  Love you guys!



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Monday, February 4, 2013

Thrift Store Re-do

 

I'm a thrift store-aholic and a few weeks ago I scored this plain jane mail organizer  for $1.  Our mail tends to get strewn all over the kitchen, so this was the perfect purchase for an organizing fool like myself.  I've been wanting to jazz it up a bit and finally had a chance to work my crafty magic on it this weekend.  After applying a little black craft paint and some vinyl lettering (cut on my Cricut), it looks completely different!  What do you guys think?




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Friday, February 1, 2013

Bathroom Mirror Makeover

When Stephen and I first moved in to Cashablanca we had lots of little projects we wanted to do to spruce it up a bit.  The first big project was the flooring and now that that's finished we have a lot of little projects still left to do.  This week we marked another project off of our to-do list:  Framing our guest bathroom mirror.  

Our house came with those standard builder grade mirrors and for some reason the mirror in our guest bathroom has these ugly  brown stains (it looks like it may be rust?)  Here is our bathroom mirror before:

 

See those pesky brown stains?  This borderline OCD housewife is not a fan.  So I put Stephen to work on fixing my mirror woes.  The first thing he did was measure the height and width of the mirror...then he headed out to Lowe's and bought some pieces of moulding.  Then the muscle work began...

Stephen cranked up the saw and got to work cutting the 4 pieces of wood down to size.  Once that was done he cut each end at a 45 degree angle so that the sides would fit together once we began the framing process.  Remember:  If you purchase unfinished wood and decide to paint it yourself, keep in mind that the mirror will reflect the back side of the moulding so be sure to paint it as well.  Once all the cuts were made, he glued the pieces to the mirror.  You can use a variety of different products to glue the mirror down with.  My suggestion is that you use either liquid nails or a white silicone to adhere it to the mirror.  Once you put the silicone onto the back of the wood, hold it FIRMLY into place for a few minutes.  In order to make sure your frame is secure, you may want to let the first piece of the frame dry for a few hours before you begin putting the other pieces of wood around it.   



Here's what our new bathroom mirror looks like after:

 

Sorry the pictures are low-quality (I used the camera on my phone)...but you get the idea. 

I'm so glad to have covered up those awful stains!  Mirror Upgrade is officially checked off the list!   So thankful for my handyman Stephen and his sweet, servant heart.  

Happy Friday friends!!!!




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