Wednesday, February 29, 2012


I've been on a big breakfast food kick lately. Usually it is eggs and bacon or a scrambled egg sandwich but today I incorporated pancakes into the mix.

I was pretty crunched for time so these turned out to be the world's ugliest pancakes but they were still pretty tasty. Several weeks ago while having brinner I asked Eric "well if breakfast for dinner is brinner what can we call breakfast for lunch?". He replied "brunch". Oh why didn't I think of that one.

I'm sure this brunch phase will be over in a few weeks so I will be looking for something new to eat for lunch. What is your favorite go to lunch that doesn't involve sandwiches?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Parmesan Chicken & Rice

Over the weekend I cooked this dish, originally posted in 2009 before we renovated the kitchen (hence the old counters). I can't remember the last time I cooked it, but now I remember why it is one of my favs. I was also reminded the rice is always better cooked in broth instead of water.

What you need:

1 tbs Olive Oil
1/2 cup chopped onion (we didn't have one so I left this out) 1 garlic clove (I always double the garlic, gotta keep those vampires away)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 package of mushrooms chopped
1 package of chicken breasts chopped
1/2 cup white cooking wine
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup uncooked instant brown rice
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Serves 4

Heat oil in skillet over med-high heat. Add onion, garlic, thyme & mushrooms. Saute 5 minutes or until onion is tender.

Add chicken; saute 4 minutes or until chicken is brown.

Add wine, salt & pepper: cook until liquid almost evaporates.

Stir in rice & broth. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat & simmer until liquid is absorbed. Stir in cheese before serving.

Of course since E is allergic to the enzyme in milk, I don't mix the cheese in the dish, just put in on top of mine. We ate ours with steamed broccoli & cauliflowers and a spinach salad. I think it would taste good if you added broccoli to the dish, but E disagrees, so I kept them separate.

Monday, February 20, 2012

On this Presidents Day

how about a little

George Washington

John Quincy Adams

I'm not sure I have a spot in my house for a president but I would love this for my kitchen.

All beautiful gouache paints can be found in this etsy shop

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Breezeway Curtains

About 5 months after I bought the fabric for my breezeway curtains and about a month after I sewing the curtains I finally have them pleated and hung.

I think they turned out nice and add a little bit of softness to the space made of glass, tile and bricks.
I had a few people ask for some tips when I first posted about sewing the curtains so this is the way I make curtains. They aren't professional but they look good enough for me. I am not a master seamstress or a perfectionist but this is what works best for my curtains.

First of all you need to decide if you want visible stitches on your curtains. I prefer to make my lined curtains without any visible stitches. It really is easy to do this method, the worst part is smoothing out all of your fabric.

This is the only tutorial I could find on making lined curtains the way I do. It is pretty confusing in regards to the lining. Basically you take your fabric & lining line them up vertically and sew down one side. Then I cut 4" off vertically on the opposite side the of the curtain. Line the fabric edges up, smooth out, pin and sew. Turn curtains right side out, even up the difference in the lining fabric and iron. Make sense, yeah I didn't think so. Don't try to cut corners buy pinning one side then cutting fabric and pinning the other then sewing both sides. It always ends up wonky.

After you split the difference in the lining and ironed the curtains should turn out like this. No visible seams and you don't see the lining of your curtains from the front. Oh and as usual I used a twin size sheet from Walmart for the lining, $5!

I only do 6" for a bottom hem and 4" for a top header. I use a blind stitch to hem and I always hem them while they are on the rod. I'm not great at making my curtains come out the right length so this always works best for me.

No visible stitches!

If you don't mind visible seams, House of Hepworths has a great tutorial on sewing lined curtains.

These are the pleater hooks & tape I used. Both purchased at Hancock Fabrics.

It took me forever to figure out how the hooks went in. I finally figured it out. You are suppose to pull the strings to get your pleats but I never did, just inserting the hooks makes the pleats also.

Since I am neither a master seamstress or a mathematical wizard my pleats aren't all spaced out perfectly. I was able to skip two places except for the last pleat and skipped 3. No one will ever notice.

Here is how the pleats look with the hooks.

That was good enough but I wanted a little more definition so I tacked the pleats at the bottom.

When the curtains are open they are just a little too skinny to cover all of the windows. That is one of the disadvantages of pleats is they make the width of your curtains smaller. I am ok with them not closing all of the way but if you do need the privacy you may want to think about doubling up on the curtain width.

Another thing that I am weird about is all of my windows on the front of my house looking the same. I like for my curtains to hang about 6" over the windows and I have them all lined so from the outside of the house everything looks uniform. By making the curtains only a single width they look the same from the front of the house as my other curtains.

Yep my neighbor "fixed" up his house and painted it lime green

Overall I am really happy with my curtains. Pleating the curtains turned out a lot easier than I had anticipated. Off to pleat the dining room curtains....

Some videos that I watched to make a little more sense of the whole thing.

Here - describes the difference in long neck and short neck prongs

Monday, February 13, 2012

Weekend Update

How was your weekend? Ours was jam packed. It was nice to get out of town and have nothing to do. Even though it felt like every minute of our weekend was scheduled so we could fit it all in, it was nice to have family at each one of those stops!

First up we went to my nephews basketball game. Have you ever been to an 8 year olds' basketball game? It is so funny. It was a nail biter and went to the last second. Brooks scored 4 points!

B & B with their "Auburn" aunts & uncles.

I had to tie dye some shirts for our team to wear in an upcoming 5k and Brooks helped. He has wanted to learn how to tie dye "his whole life". It was pretty fun and now he is ready to tie dye some more shirts.
We also made the bouncy balls I mentioned Friday but I forgot to take pics. They worked out ok. The smaller the better. It was still cool to play with the borax and glue.

Eric's brother and his family also live in my hometown so we spent some time with them too! CB decided I needed my nails done. This was about 1/4 of the nail polishes she has!

With all of the choices, it was too hard for me to make a color selection. She decided I needed green with silver dots. It was stunning. We also played Play Doh. I used a metallic gold and made a pretty ring.

CB stamped the Dora pendant out of metallic silver Play Doh and I made the gold necklace and bracelet to wear them on. Pretty cool if I say so myself, but I should still keep my day job.

Of course with a week old baby around there was a lot of snuggling!

Yesterday was the main reason we all went home. Nana's Sunday Lunch. My Nana always made Sunday lunch but has recently "retired" from the position. She said the next time we all came home she would cook. It was such a special treat!!!!!!! Back then we could all fit at one table, now the fam has 5 more members we we had to split up. Baron assigns all of the seats.

My parents' dog Zeb also loves to go to Nana's on Sunday. He is 14 years old (!) and loves when we come home because he gets to go into our bedrooms. He loves to get a tan beside my bed.

We've developed a bad habit, stopping at Krispy Kreme donuts on the way home. But with all of that good food you have to load up on caffeine and sugar to stay awake for 3 1/2 hours. Who can resist heart donuts?!
Apparently not Claire

Ok so if you made it through all of that I have a trick for you. I forgot to take my camera home so I only have phone pics from the weekend. They are all pretty crappy, but Instagramed them to make it look like I took crappy pics on purpose.
Did you know that you can use Instagram on "airplane mode" and it won't publish pics to your feed? One thing I didn't like about Instagram was that every pic I wanted to "edit" was published and I didn't want all of them published. Now it isn't a problem. This is how your "feed" will look. The pic won't show up on the live feed but it is in your phone pictures!

Did you already know the airplane mode Instagram trick, am I living under a rock?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Just Call Me Pinny

This week was straight up out of Pinterest. These are the following foods we tried out from all from everyone's bff Pinny. All get an A++!

Honey Sauced Chicken in the crockpot
Baked Salmon
Chicken Jambalaya
Sweet & Sour Green Beans
This weekend I will be continuing the Pinterest good times by making:

Super simple Valentine's Cookies and Homemade Bouncy Balls (!!!!!!). Hopefully they both go well.


This post is coming to you live from lunch time. I love lunch time because we lay around on the couch, but I hate lunch time because we have to leave and go back to work.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

High Heel Storage

Welcome to my closet floor via these terribly dark and blurry pictures.

Top shelf boots

Under that I have heels and then in front and piled on top of each other I have my flats. That many shoes in a small space usually result in a jumbled mess. Add to the fact that is is pitch black under the shelves and I can't see all of my shoes.

Recently Eric added 2 pieces of crown molding to the wall to hang my heels on. I think we may have spent $6 and 15 minutes on the project from Pinterest. Yea an actual project from Pinterest!

Now with the heels on the wall I can single stack my most of my flats under the shelf and I have so much more floor space. Yippe!

The system is not without flaws. To get the top rack of heels to stay put I have to make them face out a little more and some of the heels are barely hanging on but my closet floor is so much better.

Something else that has helped keep my closet clean is choosing all of my outfits for the week on Sunday night. I pick out 5 outfits and match them all of their pieces/belts/jewelry, iron them and hang them beside the new heel storage. It has made life a lot easier and I am wearing so many different outfits because I actually have time to be creative instead of rushing in the morning.

Any other closet tips I need to know about?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Rivers & His Quilt

Remember that pennant quilt I've been working on? Well I had to step it up Thursday night and finish because this little guy decided he wanted to make an appearance early!
Meet my nephew Rivers!

Baby Brother made a certain someone a very proud Big Sister!

Several months ago I read that 2012 would be the year of "nature inspired" baby names. I think that Rivers falls right into that category. I have a nephew named Brooks (circa 2003 before nature names were cool :) and now Eric's nephew is named Rivers. There won't be a 2012 baby at our house but we also have a nature name for a girl, I think our family will have nature names covered.

Now that we've seen the real star of the show here is Rivers' quilt. We were in a hurry to get to the hospital Friday so I had to settle for a few quick snaps.

I've gotten a lot of questions about the blue background fabric. It is actually a chambray Ralph Lauren flat twin bed sheet. I love love love chambray so it was hard to let this fabric go, but since it was for my nephew it wasn't too bad. I love to use sheets because they are big and don't require seams and usually end up costing less than quilting fabric. Ross and TJ Maxx usually have cute sheets for cheap.

The backing is just a super soft white sheet I bought on clearance at Target for $2. I was really wanting gingham but I could only find gingham crib sheets so I settled for white. The navy & white gingham pennant flag is actually part of a sheet leftover from Brooks' cowboy quilt.

I used a template for the pennants, try this one. The pennants are made from scraps so they were free. I did fabric fuse to adhere the pennants on before sewing. It may have taken a little extra time in the beginning but seriously it was the best thing ever. Thanks for the suggestions on the rick rack, I bought it at Hobby Lobby.

Since I only quilted around the pennants which were adhered to the top fabric this quilt was soooo easy! I have a few mistakes on the back that I may correct but I was really wanting to take it to the hospital. Besides imperfections are what homemade "special", right?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January In Review

This year I've decided to do the 365 photo a day project. I am using the My365 app for iphone to help keep up. Looking back on January it seems that we are either exercising and wasting that effort by eating or laying on the couch.

{1} new ornament from kat {2} fontain lights on campus {3} wet food {4} using the dishwasher {5} leopard + green {6} lazy {7} angel's antiques {8} eric is running with me! {9} doily bleach {10} kale soup {11} verses {12} brooks' art {13} fasting blood test {14} no biscuits {15} secret garden {16} doily tablecloth

{17} running in circles {18} smile {19} supper club {20} date night {21} flood {22} rivers' quilt {23} dr apt reward {24} claire is cute {25} mounter {26} supper {27} veggies to go {28} rick rack for rivers {29} 2 miles {30} running stairs {31} yoga time
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