Friday, August 31, 2012

Sunday Blog Love Linky Party

Thanks for stopping by today! Can you believe it's Labor Day weekend already?
This weekend, we'll be busy taking care of our granddaughter, Macie while her
parent are out of town. Macie has just started to crawl, and nothing is off limits now.
We're so excited to have her stay with us, but then any projects are put on hold.
But life is wonderful and no complaints.

I wanted to start the party just a little earlier than normal so everyone can
get on with their holiday weekend.
Thanks to all who linked up last weekend, so many great projects and
so many views.
Let me show you some of my favorites

Mary shares a heartwarming story how Casper became their family member.
As a huge dog lover, this is a great story you'll want to read!
Marsha shared her recent project using Anne Sloan paint. Marsha loves to craft and thrift and is creating all the time!
 Sarah from Alderberry Hill was dreaming of white-cream kitchens and showed so many
beautiful spaces.
 Doesn't almost homemade baked mac and cheese sound good? Kerri shows an easy way
to take this up a notch.
Sarah from Alderberry Hill had another wonderful post that she linked up. If you've been thinking how cute these topiaries are, you'll want to click over and find out how she made them.
and the most viewed is/was
Ricki Jill's daughter, Shelly redecorated her bedroom and there are so many shabby chic items in the space that make it so cozy and inviting.

Thanks so much for sharing your projects!
If you were featured, feel free grab the featured button to add to your blog.
Now it's your time to start this weekends party!
All kinds of posts are welcome--whether it's about your family, a craft project,
thrifty find, a favorite recipe or maybe it's decorating your home or a giveaway....

The only requirement must link back to my party...
(besides it's blogger ettiquette to link back...)
Not required but if you become a follower - then you'll know if you've been featured....
and will also be added to my Sunday Blog Love board on Pinterest.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pinterest Recipe - Low Fat Chicken Enchildas

If you're ever hungry and looking for a recipe on the web, you might want to start searching on Pinterest.
One of my goals is to try a recipe from Pinterest each week and see if we can't find some new favorites. Since we are trying to reduce calories and fat, there are still more recipes on Pinterest
than I could ever make.
This week I decided to go Mexican and make low fat chicken enchildas.
You can get the recipe here.

I must say this was DELICIOUS!

I did modify the recipe a little. I couldn't find the chipotle chilis in adobo sauce and then I used regular chili powder because I also couldn't find chipotle chili powder.

Some suprising statistics for one enchilda:
4 pts (Weight Watchers)
159.5 calories
Fiber: 8.3 grams
Fat: 5.9 grams

The verdict: I'll be keeping this recipe for the next time I have a craving for Mexican food.

Have you found a great recipe on Pinterest?
Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for stopping by.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Clean and Organized Refrigerator

You would think being an empty nester, that our home would be spotless and super organized, but I think that is a myth. There are areas in our home that continue to be messy and disorganized and
our refrigerator would be one of those areas.
Yesterday I shared several pins that inspired me to get my refrigerator organized. And I also wanted to tackle this one because I'm going to be participating in 20 Days to Get Organised Challenge.

The Organised Housewife
Let me show you my refrigerator - before.

Probably a very typical refrigerator, things put in wherever there's room.

In the summer we have more fruits and vegetables and they take up a lot of room.
Cutting up a watermelon takes a large container that isn't space friendly in a side by side refrigerator.

The door of the refrigerator had so many containers that once were organized
and it had been awhile since I cleaned it up and checked to see what had expired.
I ended up tossing quite a few things that were either expired or we didn't use anymore.

And here's the after....I pulled everything out...
all the food, the shelves, the glass and wiped everything down.
this took about 2 hours  I don't know if I ever took everything out at one time before so
this did end up to be a huge project!
After I had it all cleaned and organized, we got groceries and I had to redo the set up and
this is the final result.

The top shelf holds a bin of oranges, grapes and leftovers for easy grabbing.
The second shelf holds a bin or yogurt and the other one holds a variety of pickles, ketchup and pickles - all for easy grabbing when we grill.

The drawer still holds the bigger cheese slices and tubes of biscuits as well as margarine and onions in the tupperware container.

On the next shelf is where I put the watermelon,cut up cucumbers as well as carrots and the
super large tub of margarine.(We should never buy such large containers...this will last us until next year at this time!)
The bottom shelf holds more HUGE containers...salsa, dill pickles and cranberry juice.
The juicy juce is for Macie when she comes to stay with us.
I've had the dispenser holding my Diet Mt Dew for years....moving it down to the lower shelf
made it the perfect spot to put the eggs.

This drawer is currently holding our garden tomatoes and cucumbers.
Once the season is over, I'll be able to move the fruit back here.
I like having containers in the drawers now, trying to keep the mess more contained.
The tomatoes don't hang around very long, we've been having the most delicious
BLT's this summer as well as adding to sandwiches, we also make our own
pasta sauce and chili base so the tomatoes get used very fast.

The bottom drawer stayed the same, I've always kept potatoes in the refrigerator and
the potatoes don't start sprouting and they last longer. Again, another tub to set them in
because potatoes tend to be dirty and make a mess in the drawer.

Now for the frezer, we have another freezer in the garage but things tend
to gather here and become overflowing with larger items.
I like to keep our chocolate in the freezer in the summer time so it doesn't get soft,
plus it's more out of sight this way.

And the after, I made one trip to our garage freezer,
tossed out freezer burned items and just straightened it up.
Far by easier than organizing the refrigerator.
Top shelf - frozen meals for work.
Second shelf - bin with frozen vegetables.
Third shelf - my chocolate
Fourth shelf - frozen bread items.

The Organised Housewife

While this challenge hasn't officially started yet, I wanted to tackle
this accomplished. If you haven't signed up yet, I encourage you
to check it out, lots of free printables and inspiration.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Clean & Organized Refrigerator Ideas

Yesterday, I shared a "20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home" Challenge
that I'm going to be taking part in.

While the challenge doesn't official start until Sept 3rd, there's still plenty of time to sign up
and take part in the pre-challenge task.

I've been in awe of the organized refrigerators on Pinterest,
what can I say...weird things excite me!

I went through my Pinterest boards and wanted to
share some of my favorite refrigerators with you today.



Later this week, I'll share my clean and organized refrigerator.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you a wonderful week.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

20 Days To Get Organized Challenge?

The Organised Housewife

Whenever I get the urge to organize an area in my home,
I read the blog, The Organised Housewife.
Katrina hails from Australia, so that might be why the word 'organize'
is spelled differently in the US.

Right now she is setting up to start a challenge to anyone
interested in organizing and cleaning your home in 20 days.

Click here for more details as to how you can participate.

Some of her past projects that I read over and over again are

 how she organized her pantry with the ever popular  tupperwared modular containers.

There was also a challenge in 2011 entitled 'Declutter 52 Things"
While I didn't do this challenge, the list is quite extensive and would definitely clear out
lots of things we don't need.

One of my newest hobbies is scrapbooking and I thought how she organized
thickers, rub on's and embellishments in binders is so clever.

Organizing the refrigerator is one of my must do's this week.
I never realized there were so many things to consider.
So many fun pinterest pictures of organized refrigerators too!

Click here and find out how you can participate in '20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home.'

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sunday Blog Love

 Thanks for stopping by today.
My favorite time of the week is here, the weekend!
And of course, it's Sunday Blog Love!
Let me show you some of my favorites from last week. 

And the most viewed from last week is/was...

Thanks so much for sharing your projects!
If you were featured, feel free grab the featured button to add to your blog.
Now it's your time to start this weekends party!
All kinds of posts are welcome--whether it's about your family, a craft project,
thrifty find, a favorite recipe or maybe it's decorating your home or a giveaway....

The only requirement must link back to my party...
(besides it's blogger ettiquette to link back...)
Not required but if you become a follower - then you'll know if you've been featured....
and will also be added to my Sunday Blog Love board on Pinterest.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Making a Bedroom For Macie

I've been in the midst of deciding how to decorate the spare room for our granddaughter, Macie, when she comes to see us. We've been so luck to see Macie at least two weekends every month.
After clearing out all the stuff we had stored in this room, it was time to tackle this wall,
definitely doesn't say baby...and not fun and bright like I wanted it to be.

I got my wonderful hubby to hang up this shelf that came out of my craft space.
And I left it like this for a couple of days while I tried to work out how I wanted
to make this fun for Macie and for any other grandkids that we might
have in the future!

This was my inspiration for the room, I love this variety of frames all attached together.
I got the frame Hobby Lobby and it's just a fun idea!
I debated if I should spray paint all the frames white
but for now, I'm loving all the super bright colors.

I got these two frames at Goodwill awhile ago and knew immediately
that they would be spray painted a bright color and would be instantly updated.
I love how new and fresh spraypaint makes things.
The color is watermelon, which is so bright and fun!

This wreath use to be a dingy gold color and I decided to spraypaint it gumdrop.
And nothing says girl, than Hello Kitty, right?
I wanted to have something extra special for Macie when she gets older
and I fell in love with Emily Anns Kloset and owl dolls.
The cross was also a Goodwill find from several years ago and I spray painted it
a light pink.

Next up for the room was to figure out what to put in all those frames.

You can fnd the printables on pinterest  and more printables on my pinterest board.

All all together, this wall is now so fun and bright
and perfect for a little girl.

I added the thrifted picnic basket to the shelf to tone down all the bright colors going on.
One wall done, next up is to tackle the other wall.

I've got several ideas going on in my head as to what I want to put here.
I'm trying to find some frames at Goodwill that I can spraypaint and haven't had much luck.
But for right now, I'm loving all the bright colors.
Macie comes to stay with us over Labor Day weekend,
so this Grandma has to get this room done!
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