Purple Ombre Room

Painting Done-wall above bed

Purple Painted Ombre Room for my Daughter. Our kids all recently switched rooms around and so I painted a striped ombre room for my 9 year old daughter.  She originally wanted her room to be painted a blended ombre where you wouldn't be able to tell where one color stopped and where one started, where they blended perfectly into each other.  I told her that I thought that might be a little hard for me to make it look right so instead I did four separate ombre stripes, from light at the top to dark on the bottom.  The walls were just plain before I started.  Here's one side of the room with the doorway. Here's the "before" of the closet side of the room. This room had been my 15 year old stepson's so hence The Clash wall decal.  (He moved to the room next to this one.)  We tried to save the decal but it wouldn't come off! It just tore in pieces.  NOT like removing a sticker.  It also took the top layer of the wall off with it so I had to skim coat those parts of the … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Chicken Burritos

Crockpot Chicken Burrito

Crock pots are like a dream come true because they let you cook while you're not there.  There are only three ingredients needed to make the chicken and the skills are just pouring and shredding.  It's so simple and yet so good.  So today I am going to finish touching up the paint in my daughter's bedroom (bedroom reveal coming soon) and think about all of the cooking I'm doing from upstairs. Crock Pot Chicken Burritos Recipe from Tasty Kitchen Serves: ~12 people 1 Envelope Taco Seasoning 6 Pieces Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts 1 16-ounce jar Salsa Pour everything into a crock pot.  Stir it to blend the seasoning with the salsa. No need to add water to the taco seasoning. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, the chicken should shred easily when stirred with a fork. For chicken burritos, serve the chicken with soft flour tortillas, guacamole, lettuce, shredded cheese and/or sour cream. … [Read more...]

Beet, Arugula, and Red Quinoa Salad

Beet Arugula and Red Quinoa Salad

Beet, Arugula, and Red Quinoa Salad Ya know what, I just wanted to write about my Beet, Arugula, and Red Quinoa Salad but instead I had to go for a run and am now sitting here with soaking wet feet.  I was just out in my yard after taking the kids to school and I looked down at my phone and looked up and my dogs were gone.  Seriously, in that amount of time.  So I did the thing I do every time this happens and in a split second automatically went through the list of pros and cons of owning two small yappy dogs and came up with the same results I do every time: 1)  They are my responsibility and they are now at this moment probably annoying the hell out of some other innocent neighbor by yapping at them in their yard; 2) The kids will be very upset if they come home from school and we no longer have dogs; 3) Ah okay, deep down I do love them because they are innocent and sometimes sweet and I have owned them since they were babies.  So I ran across  a few lawns of soaking wet grass and … [Read more...]

Easy Crockpot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Easy Crockpot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Easy Crockpot Broccoli Cheddar Soup You know what?  I made some delicious and easy crockpot broccoli cheddar soup but first I have to tell you that I have really been reading a lot about nutrition again.  I've always been passionate about it because you can feed your body the stuff to make you glow with energy or you can poison it.  I want to feel good because, really, when you feel good anything is possible.   So I have been a vegetarian for about a week now.  But I think it's too early to say I am an official vegetarian.  You have to put some time into it to be legit so at this point I should just say I am a vegatryingian.  I was a vegetarian for about 2 years about 20 years ago (But you can't use a past experience either and say you are a vegetarian now, it doesn't carry over after so many years, due to vegetarian statute of limitations.) and one night gave in to some chicken wings at a bar and that was that.  I forged ahead on a meat lover's diet and I never looked back, until … [Read more...]

Spray Paint Upcycling- Kitchen Canisters

spray paint upcycling

Spray Paint Upcycling Frenzy! Have I mentioned that I have been on a spray paint upcycling frenzy?  I have realized that spray paint can change many crusty old things into cool new items.  Now, I look back in remorse at all of those dingy household items that I got rid of over the years because they were just tired.  Now I know, all these things ever needed was to meet up with a can of spray paint and they could have looked better than ever and stayed with me.  Of course, you may find me one day buried under a pile of spray painted household knickknacks but at least they will look good.  I spray painted these metal candle holders that I had sitting outside for a long time and now use them to hold kitchen utensils and red wine bottles.  Some people call it "upcycling" but that might be a short and trendy way of saying "I am a hoarder and it's the year 2013".  Whatever you call it and however it ends up, at least you will end up in style and hopefully not under style. Here are some … [Read more...]