Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Page Stars

For a couple of years now, I have had this idea in my head to make these book page stars.  Even though Christmas is already past, I can be ahead of the game for next year!
Items needed for this project:  3-D paper mache stars in various sizes, old or new book pages, mod podge, scruffy brush, scissors, mica flakes, silver garland, german glitter and fingers.

Using the paint brush, I put the mod podge on in sections and  then used my fingers to smooth down the pages and get the placement I wanted.

Using a thin brush, place mod podge along the edges and raised portion of the star, then sprinkle with german glitter.  Make sure and put something under the surface where you are glittering to catch the excess.
It was hard to get pictures of the stars due to the camera flash.  
This group of stars has the glitter garland around the edges.  I glued the garland in place with a hot glue gun, gluing in short sections.  Warning:  glue gun is HOT!

This group may be my favorite.  Loving the vintage look, coloring of the pages and the garland.

This reproduction box of Christmas snow is used in my Santa display.  Inside is a zipper bag of mica flakes which I used on the next set of stars.

These flakes are light and fly away easily.  I used a deep glass bowl to sprinkle them over the stars.   Again brushing with mod podge and using my fingers to sprinkle the mica.
These were actually finished first.  I put them on the tree for a picture before I put it away.

In total, I made thirteen stars.  They say odd numbers are best.  My plan is to use these to decorate a garland above my kitchen window.  I can't wait to see how it looks!





 



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Supper on a Bread Slice

One of my goals for this year was to be better about planning menus.  This includes trying new recipes.  I dug deep into my recipe box for this one my mom used to make, Supper on a Bread Slice.

Growing up, my mother was a stay at home mom.  My dad didn't make much money, he was a clerk for a medical supply company.  Mom had a very strict grocery budget.  Until I got married, I never realized what a great job she did feeding our family of five on that budget.

Dinner time at our house was at 5:15 every night.  No excuses.  We couldn't have friends hanging out waiting for us, they had to go home.  We also sat at the dinner table, said grace and there was no television or radio allowed to be on in the house.  Some folks would say it sounds kind of strict.  But really those were the good old days with family.
Mom's handwritten recipe.

Supper on a Bread Slice

2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 egg
1 tablespoon mustard
2 cups grated cheese
one loaf french bread
slice cheese for top garnish

Combine ingredients.  Cut one loaf of french bread in half lengthwise.  Spread meat mixture evenly over top surface of bread.  Then wrap in foild around crust side of each half leaving tops uncovered.  Place on cookie sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.  Garnish with strips of cheese and bake 5 minutes longer.  

This is one half of the loaf.

My portion to begin with.  It is so filling that I only ate the left piece.


I forgot how much this made!  Since it's just my husband and I now, we have been eating on this for several meals.  I just put the last couple of pieces in the freezer for a later day.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Geoffrey

My grandson Geoffrey.  It's hard to believe he is 4 years old already.  I dropped his pre-kindergarten papers off this week and the time is flying by.
I remember someone telling me just wait till you have grandkids, it's the greatest.  Well, it sure is!  This little boy is full of life and love.  He always says "I love you" and gives you kisses.  I hope he still does that when he's 24!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome 2016

Happy New Year!  I can't believe another year is gone already.  I must be getting old because time is flying by.

Resolutions.  I have never been much about making them, but I am thinking it might be time.  Maybe putting it out there will help me be more accountable.  So here it goes!

1.  GET ORGANIZED:  I want to work hard to get my life and home organized.
2.  DE-CLUTTER:  As I am getting older I have thought a lot about the "things" that I have.  What will happen to them when I'm gone?  My kids will probably have a huge garage sale.  So I'm going to work on donating and pitching things.  
3.  SHED SOME POUNDS:  After losing the 70 pounds a couple of years ago, I have gained about 30 back.  I lost about 20 last year, but gained that back again.  I need to stop this yoyo business and get healthy.  After having gall bladder surgery this summer, it's time to get back into the swing of things.
4.  EXERCISE:  I really need to get on the exercise band wagon.  My knees, hip and back are killing me.  I've been going to the chiropractor and haven't had the results I have in the past.  I'm thinking I need to get stronger.
5.  RECYCLE:  There's a new trash service which gives us a huge recycle container, so I'm going to try to be more environmentally friendly.  I've been a sporadic recycler in the past, but this will make it easy for me.  No sorting needed, just toss it in the can.
6.  DON'T WASTE ANY FOOD:  I absolutely hate wasting food.  Nothing pains me more than throwing away spoiled food.  So I'm on a mission to be better about that.
7.  PLAN MENUS:  Now that the nest is empty, I really need to get better about planning menus.  This includes using my crock pot as much as possible.
8.  BLOG MORE:  I have really fallen off on my blogging, posting as well as reading my favorite blogs.  I don't want to set myself up for failure, so my goal is to at least post something once a month.  I can surely do that, right?



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PANTRY!


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...