Friday Favorites (6/27/2014)

This week was a busy one and really seemed
to go by rather quickly, but I got quite a bit accomplished.




1).  I have been going through my closet and getting rid of stuff that needs to go.
However, there always seems to be a couple old sweatshirts that are ridiculously worn,
but so comfy and I have a hard time tossing those into the get rid of pile. :0)

2).  The empty candy sprinkles container that I up cycled into a travel kit.
     (you can check it out here if you'd like--->DIY Travel Hair Accessories kit )

3). Coffee. We actually ran out of coffee one day this week, and we sure did miss it! ha.

4).  I have a few 'to do' lists in the works...

5). I look forward to checking the items off some of those 'to do' lists
as we get closer to vacation time.


I have put in a lot of hours of work time this week, and I am looking forward to
the weekend.  




DIY a Hair accessories or Manicure kit for travel

I made cookies a few days ago and used the last of one of my candy sprinkles.
Just as I was about to throw out the container, and since I have had
vacation thoughts in the back of my mind lately...
I thought it would make a perfect travel size bottle for hair accessories.





So I took the label off, which left a sticky residue... but instead of going to the
work of removing the residue, I chose to use adhesive backed vinyl and cover it.


I cut it to the size I wanted, took the backing off, and simply stuck it on the bottle.


Then I traced the lid to add some more of the turquoise to the top.



That was it.
Then I added some everyday hair accessories that are nice to have on hand...
bobby pins, hair elastics, and clips.



I can also fit in a pair of full size tweezers, and nail clippers - so this could easily be used
for a manicure kit as well. (or both)

I think this would also be a great item for my daughter to keep in her bag with
hair accessories for school and for when she goes to a friends house.

Such a simple, no cost project and will keep these small items in one spot and not
floating around in the bottom of a bag somewhere. :0)







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One word - simplify

I was sitting at my computer today, getting ready to work on this or that..
and probably scan through some of my favorite blog sites if I had some time.

When I noticed this...



My one word in a frame that I made to put in my office space.
A one word reminder ya might say.

"Simplify"

When I 'noticed' it - I couldn't help but think the word that would better
fit in that frame lately would be "Busy!"

Which in all honesty, I actually don't mind at all...
I like being busy, if it is a 'good' kind of busy.

However, I think there can also be a not so good kind of busy...
The kind where you feel rushed, and pulled in several directions at the same time
kind of busy.  That is a stressful, not so good kind of busy in my opinion.

Hopefully that made sense. :0)

My kind of busy these days... work, keeping up with the house, errands,
and vacation prep.

I have 4 different lists going right now on prepping for vacation.
From preparation of our household (animals etc) to what to take,
looking up information and so on.
I have the lists left out so we can add to them as we think of it, and
hopefully they will also help us not to forget anything. (fingers crossed)

So today I was reminded to work towards my goal of simplifying things...
However, I will be sure to enjoy the good kind of busy along the way.

So how about you, are you having a good kind of busy week?

Spinach Lasagna... recipe




I decided to try making a spinach lasagna... and we were pleased
with the result.. in fact I made it twice within a couple weeks.

So I thought I would share it with you today.



Ingredients:

Lasagna Noodles (approx. 12)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2-3 cups of fresh spinach
2 cups ricotta (can substitute with cottage cheese if you like)
2/3 cup Romano cheese (grated)
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 jar of pasta sauce

Cook lasagna noodles in lightly salted water. 
(unless you buy the type that doesn't have to be cooked ahead of time)
Using a skillet I cooked the onions, and garlic in the olive oil until tender, 
and then took the mixture out and set that aside to cool.  
Boil the spinach for approx 5 minutes, drain water... then chop. 

In a mixing bowl goes the spinach, onion mixture, romano cheese, ricotta (or cottage cheese), 
salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and the egg.  Mix well.

Lay approx. 4 lasagna noodles in a 9x13 pan, top with a third of your spinach mixture, then a third 
of your jar of pasta sauce, and a third of the cheeses, continue layering 2 more times.


Cover with alum. foil and bake for approx. 1 hour at 350 degree's.



I have made this using Ricotta as well as substituting with Cottage cheese.. 
and both were good.  :0)






Friday Favorites... (6/20/14)

         It's time for Friday Favorites....



































1.  Our son came to visit for a couple days and we had a great time hanging out
     around the house, with lots of food, and video games.  It was so much fun.

2.  I made spinach lasagna.. and it was good. I will probably share the recipe with you
     soon.

3.  I was able to go with my husband to work recently and help out with the cattle etc.
     My pretty rubber boots, weren't so pretty.
    (thankfully the 'not mud' washed right off)
     It was a lot of fun. (even if I got covered in 'not mud') ha..

4.  While our son was home I asked him if he wanted my old laptop for
     parts or anything..  it was only a few years old but had quit working.
     I also mentioned that I wish I could've gotten the photo's/files off of it, because
     they weren't all completely backed up when it quit.
     Well, I wish I would've asked a long time ago because in around
     5 minutes he had them all opened up for me using a different laptop.
     He is a genius in my opinion.
     I now have them all saved and I am so thankful for that.

5.  I got out my 4th of July wreath to hang on the front door. It will be
     here before we know it!



This has been a great week, but I am always ready for the weekend.
How about you?


   









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Color Interests...





Color...

Oh, the possibilities. :0)

If you are like me you have favorite colors for different things.

Favorite colors for clothing pieces... handbags... jewelry... wall colors...
linens... accessories...  The list goes on and on...
and on.

Oh, but wait... besides having favorite colors for a variety of things,
my favorites can also change from time to time as well. 


Currently, I am really drawn to shades of gray, and adding in pops of color.
For clothing? Well, that is another topic for another day.

So do you have a main favorite color for everything in general,
or do you have several favorite colors that vary depending on what it is?

Where we are at with the bedroom makeover...


We have been enjoying the slower pace of summer break, however I actually
think it has been quite busy - just a different kind of busy... if that makes sense. :0)
So we haven't been in a crazy rush to get this makeover completed.

Here is where we are at in the midst of our daughters bedroom makeover...


Paint is done, and I am really liking this shade of gray.
("african elephant gray")
The bedding has also been picked out, and our daughter chose a fun and colorful
zebra print.  Which I think is actually kind of perfect for her room... because it will
really stand out with the neutral wall color and add a touch of fun.
The accessories and decor are still being decided on...  but we really like how this Lamp turned out, and found the perfect little wooden side table for it to sit on.


It is so much fun to see a room come together...  even if it takes a little longer than
anticipated... :0)

I will be sharing the finished project soon... (fingers crossed) ha.

So have you started any projects that ended up taking longer than you thought
they would?  How did they turn out?





A lamp makeover

My daughter was given this lamp some time ago...


Great lamp, just kind of out of style for a teenager ya might say.
Since we are giving her room a makeover...  I decided to give the lamp
a makeover as well... Using items I had on hand. 

I got out my silver metallic spray paint, and gave it a coat of shiny silver.


 Still needed something... so I used a skirt portion of a dress that I had saved a
long time ago from one of my daughters dresses... It is a stretchy fabric, with beautiful tulle
& sparkles and ruffles...  




What a perfect addition to this old lampshade... gives it a unique and fun personality!



So stinking cute.. :0)









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Going Gray... a bedroom makeover begins


My daughter and I decided to change up her bedroom over summer break and give
it a new look.    I started tackling this project over the weekend.

Room before:
A bright and cheery orange/blue combination...
(did i mention BRIGHT???) :0)


We decided to tone that bright down just a bit, and ended up deciding on a shade of gray.
"African Elephant Gray" to be exact... It is a beautiful 'Goldilocks' shade of gray - not to dark,
not to light... but just right.



Our progress so far...
Paint on the walls... done.



Next up on this project will be getting the furniture back in place, (possibly giving her furniture
a makeover), new bedding, and the final touches - decor... we will see how it goes.

I will share more on the progress as we go along, but so far, so good.. :0)