Wednesday, February 25, 2015


I just found this post saved as a draft today.  Click HERE to see the before pictures of the pantry. 

Located just across from the kitchen is our pantry.  There is a pocket door to close if I need to keep certain 2-legged kids or 4-legged kids out occasionally. 
At the end of the pantry is the remains of a closet from the bathroom that we took the space from to create the pantry.  I removed the louvered door and put up the curtain so when I need to, I can pull the curtain to the left and use the hook to allow me to get in there and get what I need.  This space is good for bigger appliances, paper products, canning supplies, casserole dishes, odd shaped pans and the bigger recycle bins.

There are 2 sets of adjustable shelves that go from the floor almost to the ceiling.  I keep all my staples on these shelves.  These are great to stock on up everyday items.
I use baskets to organize packets other small items.  Cardboard flats, great for storing canned goods. 
 I purchased half gallon mason jars to hold pastas, rice, and other dry goods.
 My husband put in these hooks to hold items such as aprons, potatoes, onions, etc.
 This spice rack is probably my favorite thing about the pantry.  My husband cut out the drywall between the studs and framed up this spice rack.  Staggered shelves hold various sizes of spice jars.
 We also purchased a small deep freeze.  Having a side by side refrigerator, our freezer space was very minimal.  This allows me to stock up on meats and vegetables.  Shelves above the freezer are adjustable as well.  Cook books, dog items (first aid kit is within reach) and cookie tins are kept here.
 Another favorite storage item are these canisters from Sistema.  These canisters come with their own measuring cup.  No digging through the drawer to find a cup and no dirtying a bunch of measuring cups when baking.  I always find these at Marshalls or TJMaxx.
 I hope you enjoyed the tour of my pantry.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Switching Gears

Some of my longtime followers may remember my weight loss journey back in 2009.  Click HERE to read the beginning of the story.  Well, needless to say, I didn't continue and have done a bit of back sliding.  So, I am going to switch gears here and try to focus on my weight loss again and healthy recipes.

I'm going to put my weight numbers out here, because I think making it known will help me with this adventure, AGAIN.  I started out in 2009 weighing 221 pounds.  Yikes, I hate even thinking that number!  After 14 months of Weight Watchers, I lost 71 pounds and got to my goal weight of 150.  Weight Watchers is kind of unrealistic with their goal weights, so my doctor and I had a meeting of the minds and decided 150 was a very realistic number for me.

Fast forward to January 3, 2015.  I weighed in at home on that day and weighed 185.6.  How in the world did 35 pounds creep back on my body?!  I was so aggravated with myself as the weight just kept piling back on the past 4 years.  So, time to do something before I gain the entire 71 pounds back!

While I am a lifetime Weight Watcher member, I decided to try a different approach this time around. I am using the My Fitness Pal app on my iphone.  Based on my information, the app has allowed me 1200 calories a day.  Which seems realistic for me.  I am finding the app very user friendly
as well.  Also, a friend of mine through facebook started a little group for a few of us greyhound lovers.  Mostly, it is a support group, diet hints, and recipes.

When I started this adventure, I decided I would give myself 30 days to see how it went.  I am happy to report that as of January 30, 2015 I weighed in at 175 pounds.  Down 10.6 since I started this re-adventure.

Today, I leave you with this quote from my dad...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cranberry Crockin' Roast

This is the best roast ever!  The cranberry and onion soup mix are a good combo.  The gravy is awesome on mashed potatoes too!

      Small Roast
      One can jellied cranberry sauce
      One packet onion soup mix
      2 Tablespoons flour
I placed the roast in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Spoon the jellied cranberries over the roast and sprinkle the onion soup mix over it.  Put the lid on and cook on low 6-8 hours or until done.  About 30 minutes before serving, sprinkle the flour over the liquid to make the gravy. 
 This is the easiest and best roast ever!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Smoky Mountain Wedding

On May 17, 2014 my youngest daughter, Megan, married her soldier boy Chris.
 It was a small ceremony held in a cabin that we rented for the special occasion, Cades Cove Castle in the Smoky Mountains.

The wedding party, casual but still fun.  My oldest daughter, Jennifer, is the Matron of Honor.

 I love this shot of Megan's dress.  The black and white photo really shows the detail of the lace.
Meg carried her grandpa's spirit with her by wearing a charm with his picture on her shoe.
Her bouquet is fabric flowers that we made.  We used vintage buttons from my wedding dress and some jewelry from her grandmother.  It was a lovely day.  Here's to many more happy years together!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If You Mustache...

Megan is getting married!  We have had a fascination with mustaches since my grandson's baby shower.  So when the girls started planning Megan's bridal shower, we knew we would have to incorporate the mustache theme.
Megan is marrying her best friend, Chris Mills.  He is currently active duty in the Army and stationed at Fort Bragg.  The wedding is going to be on May 17, 2014 in the Smoky Mountains.
Our front door decorations.  Chipboard letters covered with cardstock, mounted on ribbon, spell out "I DO".  I even added a little mustache!
Once inside, guests were greeted by this little vignette, complete with their engagement picture in a chalkboard frame.  We are using this as our countdown calendar.
 We had a journal where guests were asked to write some advice to the young couple.  Next, we asked everyone to write down their favorite memory of Megan and place it in the jar.  We read these at the end of the shower and Megan had to guess who wrote them.  One thing, this kid has a lot of caring people who have been involved in her life, most of them since she was a young girl.
Megan's chair where she sat to open her gifts.  This chair was a gift to me from her dad on our first Christmas after we were engaged.
The M & M jar.  Pick a mustache and have a photo shoot!

Cupcakes, made by sister of the bride!  Delicious!!!
 Mustache cake!  I baked the cake, but our friend Lori, decorated it.
One of the games was to make a wedding dress out of rolls of toilet paper.  The girls broke into groups of four.  Each group picked a girl to be the "bride".  Then they took 3 rolls of cheap toilet paper and made a dress. Megan's friend Krystia and her group had the best dress. 
Cousins!  Crystle, Megan and Jennifer.
Me and my beautiful girls!
Three generations, me, my mom and my girls.
Last, but not least, Geoffrey.  We had several people from out of town, so Geoff came by at the end of the shower so everyone could see how big he has gotten!
It was a wonderful day.  Megan was surrounded by friends, family and lots of love!

Friday, March 14, 2014

We Are Having A Wedding!

My baby girl is getting married!  After months of waiting we have finally set a date of May 17th.  Her fiancĂ© is in the Army, so it has made planning a bit difficult.  Destination, the Great Smoky Mountains.  A cabin for 30 has been secured and they will be surrounded by family and close friends as they take their vows.