Sunday, June 5, 2011

The 'Infamous' Foyer

Well, here it is. The first peek into our new home... oooo..ahhhh...

Ok, I cannot lie. I cannot stand the foyer. There.... I said it. And yes, I do feel a little better.

It's just such an awkward space. We live in a cluster house, so things are a bit smaller than your usual "house". But we still love it here... it's our first place!

So we've finally tackled our little space in the foyer. Here is the before and after.
                                                               (before... boringggg....)

                                                        (after... so cool and hipster!)

Ok, so that big 'S' in the middle frame, I am gonna change that out when I make a trip to kinkos and get something that looks similar to the 'P' in this blog... (who i have a mild obsession with and steal all their ideas). I think it's the 8th picture down, you'll see it on the wall if you look reeeeeeally close. like freakishly close. Make sure you grab your glasses, or put those contacts in!

By the way, there is a trick to hanging frames! What you need to do, is get some big cardboard paper (I just used mine that came with the frames) and mark on the paper, where you are going to put the nail. Then go ahead and put it where you want it on the wall and start nailing. It's WAY easier, and Paul was ALL ABOUT this idea since he hates "with a passion" as he puts it, hanging.

Also, I got my frames from Michaels, each were 40% off, so I only ended up paying 50$ or something like that. And all the stuff in the frames? Well, I just printed a pretty 'L' and 'P', for Lindsay and Paul, an 'S' in the middle for Stippich, and the other frames have different memories in them. A fun, and unique wall that nobody else will ever have. I love that.

Another tip that I've been learning... USE THINGS FROM AROUND YOUR OWN HOME. I used that table runner from my dining table, and I pulled different accessories from around the house.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

back to the blogging world

I am back. I know, I know.... 4 months later or something ridiculous like that. And I am going to start blogging about something a little bit different. And that is... redecorating our first house!

I am super excited, we have a list of projects to do over the next couple months, and over the next few years! It's going to be awesome. Check back for some how to do's and some before and after pictures!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Uncle Mark's bbq ribs

do you want the easiest recipe in the world? Something so easy and great you're guests will think you are a real chef??




Infact, I can even tell you off the top of my head, just from making it ONCE.

Uncle Mark's BBQ Ribs

(YUMM... maybe I should make this tonight. Oh wait... it takes 5 hours...)

--> Preheat oven to 275 degrees, lay ribs on a baking sheet after you salt and pepper both sides.  Cover with foil and bake for four hours. Uncover, pour bbq sauce ALL OVER THEM, and bake uncovered for 1 hour longer. Serve with extra bbq sauce!

(And for sides, I used fresh broccoli, and boxed macaroni and cheese :) )

Friday, January 14, 2011

charity water

Have you heard about charity water? I just found out about it through one of our friends, who is wanting people to donate money to this, instead of getting him presents.

love. this. idea.

The water that kids and families all over the world are drinking is muddy and contaminated. Completely unacceptable.

If you want to donate, go to Eugene's charity water. Check it out.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie Soup, perfect for a night like this!

So, I am not actually making this tonight, but I had to talk about it. I made this recipe for a few friends, found it out of a magazine, and it. was. a. hit.
(delicious, easy, and nutritious... the top 3 things you look for in a recipe!)
OH, and I used the pastries for the pot pie, and I definitely recommend it.

Chicken Potpie Soup Recipe

By Woman's Day Kitchen from Woman's Day | November 1, 2010

This comforting classic never loses its luster, especially when it’s spun into a soup, with chicken thighs, green beans, leek, carrots, celery and parsnip in a thyme-infused chicken broth, served with puff pastry rectangles.

Recipe Ingredients

    • 1 Tbsp butter
    • 1 leek, white and light green part only, halved lengthwise and sliced
    • 2 medium carrots, sliced
    • 1 medium parsnip, diced
    • 1 stalk celery, sliced
    • 1⁄4 cup flour
    • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 1⁄2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
    • 1⁄2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
    • 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-oz box of 2), thawed as package directs
    • 4 oz fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-in. pieces

Recipe Preparation

    1. Heat oven to 400ºF.

    2. Melt butter in a 5-qt pot. Add leek, carrots, parsnips and celery. Saute 5 minutes or until softened slightly. Add flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

    3. Stir in broth. Add chicken, thyme, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

    4. Meanwhile, unfold puff pastry on a cutting board. Cut along folds in dough and then quarter crosswise to make 12 rectangles. Place rectangles on ungreased baking sheet.

    5. Bake 12 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Let cool.

    6. Remove cooked chicken to a plate to cool slightly. Add green beans to simmering soup; cook 5 minutes or until tender. Remove soup from heat.

    7. As the green beans cook, shred chicken with fingers or two forks. Add to soup. Top with puff pastry or serve it on the side.
ENJOY and stay warm and safe. No school again for tomorrow, will we have school Wednesday????

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

What a special FIRST Christmas for Paul and I. A day we will never forget. Our first Christmas with snow. (never thought it could happen!)

(yes, we had to have one of these cheesy kissy ones!)

Hope everyone had a wonderful day filled with blessings and joy!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!!