Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm Back.......

Hopefully.  :P

This past month has been crazy.  The yard sale went okay, but I really only had baby stuff to sell.  Definitely a hit or miss for anyone.  I've had appointments left and right for myself and 4 of the five kids.  (Nothing serious or life threatening, but still necessary.)  A few more coming up, too.  Plus, I need to start scheduling dentist and eye exams.  Oi!!!

Enough of that.

I'm back at my old games.  Yep.  I've got a sewing project in the works that I'm hoping to get 'perfected' and then get into pattern form for y'all.  I'm also scurrying around the house trying to figure out exactly what I want to do before I go and spend the money on things.  (Absolutely crazy, I know, but this will help keep the marriage together.)

First thing that has to be done around this joint is paint.  And since the transmission guy is getting the money I would have used for a painter, I'm just going to have to stop in creative places to avoid the 20 ft walls in the stairs and entry.

I hear a baby moving around in bed, so I'll have to end this post.  Love to send a shout out to my wonderful neighbor, Karen.  My proverbial life was saved when she lent me a bit of paint to cover up the boo-boo on the ceiling.

Right above the TV, too, so there was no way that would have been missed.

So, unless my darling hubby checks out the blog, he will be none the wiser.  (fingers crossed)

Thanks again, Karen!  AND I'm so glad you picked up the addiction habit joy of sewing from this blog.  Makes the all the time worth it!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday's Tip of the Week

I thought I would take some time this morning to post.  It's amazing how much I miss being in Blogland whether posting or just looking around for inspiration.

So.  I've been wanting to add some privacy to the very see-through glass shower stall in our master bath.  All I could really envision was a curtain of some sort. But, that wasn't really practical since I would have to rig something to hold the curtain rod in place.  Yesterday I was able to find some privacy film at Joann's.  I didn't like the price, but I did have a 40% off coupon with me to take the price sting down a bit.  That being said, here are the tips.  (Yep, you get more than one today!)

1.  Use tape to hold the piece of film in place.
Unfortunately, I only have 2 hands so the extra help was needed.

2.  Really wet the glass and the back of the film with water using a fine mist sprayer.  I just used the little water bottle that I have for doing the girls' hair.

3.  Use a credit card (or the like) to help smooth out the air bubbles.
This was easier for me than using a squeegee like the directions suggested.  Plus, just about everyone has a card like this on hand.

I'm happy with the results.  I get the privacy I need and I don't have a curtain in the way to mess with or worry about keeping clean.
One of these days, if I ever get a Silhouette, I might be able to add some embellishments; but, this accomplishes what I need.  (I need to get some paint on the walls, too!)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy Fall

I put my wreath up on the front door so it is now official - just because I said so.  :)

I have been busy.  Really.  It's just that none of the work seems blog-worthy.  I mean, do you really want a picture of me taking the vacuum apart to fix it?  Didn't think so.

So, posts may be very sparatic through this month.  I'll post as I can around activities, birthdays, appointments and general happenings.  As always, I do have projects and ideas running through my scattered little head.  Hoping I'll soon have some finished items to share with you.

On a totally unrelated subject - Happy 34th Birthday to my wonderful, patient and understanding husband. I'm so glad you are willing to put up with my craziness.  Love you LOTS and hope to celebrate many more years with you!  (Does this soften you up enough to get a couple more projects started?! :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

One of Those Weeks

Monday started out as 'one of those days'.  This week turned into 'one of those weeks'.  Nothing horrible or overly dramatic, but I am glad it's Friday.  

Couple of shout outs - Happy Birthday to Amanda (I spared you the age thing) and Happy 1st Anniversary to Jeff and Melissa.  (You all know who you are. :)

Praying each and every one of you have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend.  See you back here Tuesday!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ultimate Broccoli Casserole

Okay.  Maybe the name is a bit much, but this really is good!  Plus, it's not just your usual broccoli casserole.  This recipe came about probably 7 years ago.  My mother gave me her recipe, which I promptly served up for my husband of 2 years (at the time).  He gave it a huge thumbs down- mostly due to the cream of mushroom that was in it.  I was determined to figure out a recipe that he would like.  This is the way we like it the best.

Frozen Broccoli (desired amount for an 8x8 dish)
6 sharp cheddar Kraft singles
1 can Cream of Chicken
1/3 can milk

3/4 stick of butter
1 package Ritz Crackers


Steam desired amount of frozen broccoli 8 to 10 min.  (I like to have a LOT of broccoli in this dish when I make it.  Adjust as you like, but make sure it will all fit in the dish.)
Take broccoli out of pan and pour out the water used for steaming.  Return the broccoli to the hot pan and add cream of chicken and milk.  (Use cream of chicken can and eyeball the 1/3.)
Mix these together until well blended.  Pour into an 8x8 baking dish.
Place sharp cheddar cheese singles over the top of broccoli mixture and set dish to the side.
Melt 3/4 of a stick (6 Tbls) of butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Crumble one package of Ritz crackers into melted butter and mix well with a fork.  Spread over the top of casserole base.
Bake casserole in the oven at 350* for 20 min and topping is nicely browned.  Serve and enjoy!

This is by no means a low fat or low calorie dish.  But, nothing says you have to serve it every night....  Even though you may want to.  :)


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