Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Simple Dinner Recipes 2

Like I said a few months ago, I HATE to make dinner. But I have to, so I make sure to collect recipes that are fast and simple. Here are some more of my favorite dishes that I make often. Go HERE for more.

KFC Potato Bowls

mashed potatoes
turkey gravy
shredded cheese
popcorn chicken

Make some mashed potatoes. Add popcorn chicken and corn then smother with gravy and top with cheese.

Taco Ring

Go HERE for the recipe

Side Dish:
Spanish Rice

Vegetable Chowder
Serve in bread bowls.

Beef Stroganoff

1 lb ground beef
1 packet of onion soup mix
2 cloves of garlic
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz cream cheese
egg noodles

In a pan, combine the hamburger, onion soup mix, 1/4 cup of water and the garlic. Cook until meat is browned. Drain. Add cream of mushroom soup and cream cheese. Heat until warm. Serve over egg noodles.

Italian Chicken

6-8 chicken tenderloins
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 packet of italian dressing mix
8 oz cream cheese

Put everything in a crockpot and cook on high for 3.5-4 hours. Serve over Rice

Shepherds Pie

1 lb ground beef
mashed potatoes
15 oz of tomato sauce
1 can corn
cheddar cheese

Cook beef and drain. Cover bottom of 9x13 pan with mashed potatoes. Layer hamburger, tomato sauce and corn. Top with more mashed potatoes then sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. Bake uncovered @ 375 for 30 mins.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

My Sister's Remodeled Master Bathroom

We spent a good part of this year remodeling my sister's master bathroom. We started this crazy project in February and finished in November. All the hard labor was done in July, but it wasn't until November that the crowning jewel, the shiny new glass shower door, was installed. With that being the last piece of the puzzle, my sister and her hubby can now enjoy their new lighter and brighter bathroom!



We found all the materials (minus the shower door) at Home Depot.

Just an end note, my sister and I might as well become indentured servants for Home Depot with the amount of money we both spend there...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Article of Faith Flash Cards

I found this original idea on the blog called All Things Bright and Beautiful. I fell in love with these immediately, so I downloaded each card and had them developed at Sams Club. There was a problem though, they came out blurry and smaller than a 4x6 print. I found her Etsy shop, but didn't see the prints, so I contacted her to see if I could purchase the file. Unfortunately for me and her, the computer with the file on it died and took the file with it. LAME! I needed these cards for a project at church. So insert my husband with his mad Indesign skills. He recreated each card. By him doing this, the blurriness and size problems were solved.

My next problem was how to I protect each card? It was too costly to have them professionally laminated. I always thought that personal home use laminators were expensive. Plus I really didn't have a reason to have one. So naturally, I went to to see what I could find.

I ultimately bought Amazon's brand LAMINATOR and a pack of 100 sheets of laminating POUCHES.

I feel like the pictures are enough of an explanation of how to put the project together, so here you go:

I did try to contact the original designer about sharing these updated cards on her blog, but she never got back to me. So, I am willing to share the JPG files. Send me a request by email. I don't mind sharing as long as you use them for personal or church use. Please DO NOT sell them as your own.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pallet Turkey

A few months back, my sister found THIS pallet turkey on Pinterest and said we had to make our own. So we did.

(4) 3.5"x6' Cedar fence slats (cut in half = 36")
(1) 5.5"x6' Cedar fence slat
(1) 2"x2"x8' board
paint- orange, red, and white
Dark Walnut Stain
Special Walnut Stain
nail gun + nails
drill + screws
(2) buttons

First thing we did was lay the boards out. Next, we drew the body of the turkey onto the boards. Once we had the design all figured out, we cut it out, board by board, using a bandsaw.

Next, we glued and nailed support pieces to the back of the body.

We also did this to the back of the head/front. Not only did this add support to the turkey, but it also gave it a 3-D effect.

Before we glued/nailed the two parts together, we stained the back piece dark walnut and front special walnut. We also added a whitewash layer to the front/head piece. Then we painted the beak orange and the snood red, then glued/nailed it to the head. I thought my turkey needed eyes, so I glued on two different sized buttons.

Then we screwed three screws into the back of the turkey to connect the front body/head with the back body.

I went into this project feeling hesitant, and came came out overjoyed with the final product. I love it when projects turn out better than you thought they were going to!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Simple Dinner Recipes

I struggle with making dinner. Always have, always will. I can tell you that making a plan beforehand, and thinking about it during the day, cuts down on the 6 PM mad dash around the kitchen trying to figure out what to make. If you are anything like me, you ultimately decide to go easy on yourself and go get a Little Caesars $5 pizza. That has happened more times than I care to admit. Another hard thing about making dinner is having a nice variety of recipes. I obviously can't make the same thing every night, so it takes a lot of time to go through Pinterest and find simple recipes that I know I can make without a lot of effort.

I found a meme that explains exactly how I feel about most recipes...

I sat down the other day, made a menu for October. I thought I would share it week by week, since I know I am not the only one that suffers with whattomakefordinneritis. Even if you don't struggle like I do, I hope you can find a few new recipes to add to your rotation.

I only make dinner Monday-Thursday. Friday is date night, Saturday is whatever you can find day, and Sunday my husband cooks.

If no recipe is listed, click on the recipe title and it will take you to the website I found it on.

Main Dish: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich
Side: Fries

Main Dish: Pasta With Tomato Cream Sauce
Side Dish: Garlic Bread

Main Dish: Chicken Enchiladas
Side Dish: none
Recipe Comments: We don't like sour cream, so I substitute it with an 8 oz bar of cream cheese.

Main Dish: Lasagna Roll Ups
Side Dish: Garlic Bread

Coat the bottom of a 9x13 pan with pasta sauce. Boil eight lasagna noodles. Spoon some cottage cheese onto each noodle. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Roll each noodle and place in the pan. Smother each lasagna roll with spaghetti sauce. Top with more cheese. Cover pan with foil and bake at 350 for 25 mins. Take foil off, turn oven to broil and cook for another 5-8 minutes.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Trailer Renovation: The Floor

This trailer renovation project has kicked our butts and stolen all of our free time. Some days there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. But, I know eventually this trailer will be done and all of us will be happier to go camping...

When I last blogged, the floor looked like this... basically mulch with some insulation mixed in.

Here is a photo of what the trailer looked like from the outside.

First thing we did was jack the wall up high enough in order to screw a new 2x2 into the wall studs.

Next,using heavy duty deck screws, Matt screwed a 2x4 to the 2x2. Before, the floor of the trailer came under the wall with 2x2s sandwiching it. This makes it next to impossible to replace the floor without ripping into the sides of the trailer again. By using a 2x4, we can now screw the floor onto the 2x4. Matt used this method on all sides of the trailer.

In this shot you can see how it looks with the floor screwed to the 2x4 from the inside of the trailer. Also in this shot, you will notice the heavy duty plastic we used to create a vapor barrier.

We used 2x4s for the base of the floor. Before, the floor was out of 2x2s.

In order to attach the 2x4's to the trailer walls, Matt drilled two holes through the bottom wall supports into the floor 2x4's and screwed heavy duty deck screws into each floor joist.

We used foam board to insulate the floors. We used spray foam to fill in the gaps.

The floors are 3/4" 4'x8'plywood sheets.

Getting closer.

For some reason, I don't have a completed floor shot, so here's one with the floor almost done ;0).

In the next post, I'll show you how we finished up with sides of the trailer.

See the BEFORE photos HERE.

Go HERE for post #2 Demolition

Friday, July 3, 2015

Trailer Renovation- Demolition

It's amazing that this trailer has lasted as long as it has. It is also amazing that this thing is basically built out of 2x2's, 1x2's, thin wall paneling, and little staples. Believe it or not, demolishing wasn't as easy as it should have been.

As we started to rip things up, the more problems we uncovered. Almost every square inch of the trailer floor was rotted. Near the end of the day, I pretty much wanted to sell this POS. We have never renovated a trailer, so we were pretty overwhelmed with what needed to be done. I thought for sure this thing was not fixable. We took a dinner break and after scouring the internet for help, we found some Youtube videos that made replacing the floor look easy. Matt feels confident he can fix what needs to be done, so that is what we are going to do...

The table seating area is gone as well as the cabinet that was by the door.

The divider wall between the main area and the bathroom was also torn out.

Because the floor was so rotted, we HAD to rip almost everything out. We thought we could leave the cabinets in place, but in order to do the job right, we had to demolish them. We saved the doors to reuse on the new cabinets.

EVERYTHING in the bathroom was rotted. We have to rebuild every inch of this room. Because the rot is so bad, the walls are sinking.

The walls are built on top of the sub-floor. The material they used has now basically turned into mulch. Matt had to jack the walls up, so we could add new structure and replace the sub-floor.

Tune in next time to see how we fixed the floor!

See the BEFORE photos HERE.