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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Pie

Hey everyone! It's been crazy over here, and it's not going to settle down until next week! We traveled to Arkansas over the long weekend and had a blast with Handy Andy's grandparents. And I just wanted to give you a recipe to try that Grandma T and I tried over the weekend.  She found it in Southern Living and we wanted to give it a shot.

Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Pie


What you need:
  • 2 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (about 15 sheets)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped honey-roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted $
  • 1 (4-oz.) semisweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • 2 cups whipping cream, divided $
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened $
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter $
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large bananas, sliced $
  • Toppings: sweetened whipped cream, chocolate syrup, chopped honey-roasted peanuts
What to do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 3 ingredients; firmly press on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes). [We used a pre-made crumb crust because we had it on hand]
  2. Microwave chocolate and 1/2 cup whipping cream in a small microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) 1 1/2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. (Do not overheat.) Spoon chocolate mixture into prepared crust.
  3. Beat cream cheese, next 2 ingredients, and 1/4 cup whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until mixture is light and fluffy.
  4. Beat vanilla and remaining 1 1/4 cups whipping cream at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third whipped cream mixture into peanut butter mixture to loosen; fold in remaining whipped cream mixture.
  5. Arrange banana slices over chocolate mixture in crust. Spread peanut butter mixture over bananas. Cover and chill 8 hours. Serve pie with desired toppings.
Now, I'm not a huge fan of peanut butter pie because it's so rich -- and this was rich! The chocolate layer on the crust was to die for though! This wouldn't be my first choice, but it will definitely slay the PB pie fans.

Here's ours:


I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend remembering those who have fought and are still fighting to keep America safe and free! 

 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 41


You guys are so great! I have such a hard time every week picking features!
Don't forget to spread the word about the party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 41
Hosted by Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy Andy.

This week our Guest Host is:
Kristy from 365 Days of Pinterest Creations
Go on over and say hello! Be sure to thank her for guest hosing too. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For the Birds...

Hey All! I think summer is officially here. The weather has been so nice lately! This weekend Handy Andy and I took advantage of the nice weather on Saturday and spent some time outside. We decided to make some birdhouses to put up around the yard to replace this rundown little house that was hanging on our tree when we moved in.


What a sad little bird abode!

So Handy Andy went to work with the table saw cutting out the pieces we needed, based on the design of the old one. We started with a pile of 1x6 boards [which are actually 5.5 inches wide].


Here are some rough measurements:
Top: 7 inches long (make sure to cut the top end at an angle to fit against the back board)
Back: 14 inches long
Sides: 12 inches long on the tall side, 15 degree slant for the roof
Front: Cut to match the short sides of the side pieces
Bottom: 5.5x7 inches

Then we started putting the pieces together. First we used wood glue and then we nailed the pieces together, using vise grips to make sure the glue did it's job first. [I promise I did some of the work, even though all the pictures are just of Handy Andy...]


And then, we had a new house for the birds!


This was such a simple project, and it would be great to do with kids, because they could paint the houses after you're done building them!

I hope you're finding ways to enjoy the weather as well! Have a great week!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bloggy Olympics!


Guess what? The 2012 Summer Olympics are coming soon and we are so excited! To help get in the
spirit of the Olympics and to add a bloggy spin of our own we will be hosting a 6 week Bloggy Olympics!

There will be 17 different blogs participating over 6 weeks and 6 events from June 9th- July 21st. Each week different blogs will share a simple tutorial that you can copy or will get you thinking about that event’s theme. At the end of the week they will host a linky party for you to link up your finished event projects. And of course there will be features, giveaways, and fun Olympic stuff!

The Opening Ceremony begins Thursday, June 7th and runs until Friday, June 8th at midnight. Come link up your blog if you are planning on joining in an event for the “Bloggy Olympics”.

Here's the schedule:

TODAY - Torch Passing!!
Decorating - Event 1, week of June 9th
Kitchen - Event 2, week of June 16th 
Paint - Event 3, week of June 23rd
Craft - Event 4, week of June 30th
Fabric - Event 5, week of July 7th
Outdoor - Event 6, week of July 14th

To kickstart the Games, Hating Martha is hosting a giveaway on her blog today for this awesome pillow from Kijsa Studio.


You know you want to win this pillow! Head over there and enter!

I received the torch today from Cassie over at Primitive & Proper -- Thanks Cassie!

Now, here's the short story on me, in case you don't know:


I'm married to the love of my life, Handy Andy. We've been married for almost 5 years, we have a dog named Jackson, and we bought a house a few years ago. Our house was quite the fixer-upper, and it allowed Handy Andy to show off his handyman skills (and use his catchphrase "I can make that!"). It also has given me a lot of opportunities to be creative with decorating...or at least try. I also really love working on scrapbooks, furniture redo's, crafts, recipes, and other projects...oh, and I'm a little OCD.

I'm participating in the Craft Event with my teammates CW Frosting & Freaking Craft. The event begins on Saturday, June 30th, so don't forget to stop back by and check it out and maybe try my craft yourself. You'll want to keep those envelopes I know you have lying around...





Now, passing the torch on to Jenni at Kissed by a Frog.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll join in the Games!



A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 40


Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! There were so many great projects!
Don't forget to spread the word about the party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 40
Hosted by Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy Andy.

This week our Guest Host is:


 

Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me
Go on over and say hello! Be sure to thank her for guest hosing too. Don't forget to bring your cup of coffee...you might be there a while! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mirror, Mirror...

Hi, my name is Liz, and I'm OCD...

...I'll be the first to admit it. Always. I have some serious OCD tendencies. For example, my closet is categorized and then arranged by color. ROYGBIV, baby.

It's okay if you don't want to be my friend anymore. I know, I'm weird.

Anyway, what this translates into as far as decorating is that I get obsessed with something and then I feel like it completes my life [until my next obsession hits]. Here is a prime example:


That table was made for this space in my house. I am convinced Ikea made it with my house in mind. [Never mind that it was made before I even owned a house, and before we cut half of that wall out, which created the perfect spot for the table.] I saw it a few years ago in a catalog, and then it began. I. was. obsessed. Unfortunately, that table is $250, which was way out of my price range. That did not stop me. I was determined to have that table, and one day, it happened. That very table, the love of my decorating life, was being sold on Craigslist for $80. Done and done. It was mine. United with the space it was made for.

See? OCD.

Well, a few weeks ago I decided that I didn't like the decorative piece that was hanging above my couch in the living room. I spent a few days deciding what I wanted to hang there instead. Gallery of photos? Painting? And then it hit me. A mirror.

Then came the obsession. I was looking on Craigslist, scouring the internet, Pinterest, home interior blogs, Ikea, to find the inspiration for the perfect type of mirror. And then I found it. I was walking through the super clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby with my dad, and there it was. The most perfect mirror for my orange wall, on sale for $30. The back was broken, so it was marked down from $90!
I took that beauty home and, with Handy Andy's help and some Gorilla Glue, she was display ready.



While the mirror is perfect for my living room, she was not meant to live alone. So, my new obsession is figuring out what to hang with it. Any ideas?

Thanks for hanging on while I ramble like a crazy and wax poetic about furniture and decor. Tell me I'm not the only one...


Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 39


Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! I love seeing all the creativity!
Keep linking your projects and sharing our party with your friends!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 39
Hosted by Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy Andy.

This week our Guest Host is:


Hop on over & see all the creativity going on over there. There's a lot! You might want to go grab a cup of coffee because you may be there for a while.


{Want to be a guest host?  Contact us for more info.}



 My favorites from last week:

Stop on over at Tutus& Tea Parties to see what her favorites are too!




Burlap & Buttons shares this tutorial on how to make curtains out of burlap sacks - seriously so cute! Go check it out!



Parlo & LOGI made this yummy looking french bread. Head over there for the recipe!



Sarah's Kitchen shares the recipe for key lime cupcakes. I love lime, and am definitely going to give these a try!

Go ahead and grab the "I was featured" button for being so Pinspirational. 


You deserve it!


FeatureHandyAndy







Here are the rules:
  1. Link up to 2 of your "pin worthy" projects, crafts or recipes {please, no shops or giveaways}
  2. Visit at least 2 other links that you love and pin their post {Please don't just link and run! Lets all help each other out. That's what this party is here for.} Psst - I see the clicks on each link and you guys aren't clicking...which means you aren't pinning. :-/
  3. I'd love for you to grab the party button and post it somewhere on your blog. The more participants, the more pinning we can all do {and the more people will possible pin you}!
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Night Table Makeover

Happy Thursday! This project was one that I did for a guest post over at Bella Nest a few weeks ago for her Drab2Fab series.

For my Drab2Fab project, I took a little piece of furniture that I already had that was well in need of a makeover. There are several things about this project that are awesome, first one being that this table was FREE. Several months ago my mom gave me this little night stand.

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Cute, but clearly in need of an update. Now, this little table has been sitting in the guest room since I brought it home, and since we're changing our guest room to into a kid's room (see more on that here), now is the perfect time to makeover this little piece to match the new room theme.

Since the new color scheme of the room is going to be blue, green and yellow, I decided to paint the table top yellow and leave the bottom natural. Awesome thing number two is that the gallon of yellow paint I used was only $5.00 in the oops section in Menards - bonus! First, I sanded the table top with an electric sander and then I painted several coats of the yellow on the table top.


Now to add a decorative touch to the table. Since I've decided to go with an alphabet/word theme for the room, I used some alphabet stencils from Hobby Lobby that I got for $2.99 and some more paint that I got from the oops section for only $1.00 (yup, awesome x3).

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I actually ended up using a much smaller brush than pictured to paint the stencils. After the letters dried I took the sander again and went over the whole table top to give it a nice distressed look, especially around the edges. 


Add some Minwax stain, wait 5 minutes, wipe off.



After the stain dried, I rubbed on some Minwax paste wax finish. I've never used this product before, and I'm not really sure I used it right, but I like the end result! After the wax dried, I polished the table with a clean, dry rag. It gave the table a smooth, slightly shiny finish.

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Wahhh La! There it is. It turned out way better than I expected - I really like it! This is definitely the brightest color I've painted a piece of furniture, and I'm really glad I took the risk.

What do you think??

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Pinteresting Link Party - Week 38


Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! I love seeing all the creativity!
Keep linking your projects and sharing our party with your friends!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 38
Hosted by Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy Andy.

This week our Guest Host is:
Hop on over to her blog and see all the Pinteresting things her family does.

{Want to be a guest host?  Contact us for more info.}



 My favorites from last week:

Stop on over at Tutus& Tea Parties to see what her favorites are too!



Cookin' Up Good Times shares some great tips on starting your own seedlings, which should come in handy for us since we're trying to get our garden plan sorted out soon.



Inspirations by D made this adorable burlap pin board from a cork board. I love the look of this!



My mouth is watering just looking at this picture of these S'more Cupcakes that Little Becky Homecky made. Head over there for the recipe!

Go ahead and grab the "I was featured" button for being so Pinspirational. 


You deserve it!


FeatureHandyAndy








Here are the rules:
  1. Link up to 2 of your "pin worthy" projects, crafts or recipes {please, no shops or giveaways}
  2. Visit at least 2 other links that you love and pin their post {Please don't just link and run! Lets all help each other out. That's what this party is here for.} Psst - I see the clicks on each link and you guys aren't clicking...which means you aren't pinning. :-/
  3. I'd love for you to grab the party button and post it somewhere on your blog. The more participants, the more pinning we can all do {and the more people will possible pin you}!
If you want to learn more about Pinterest and how it can benefit your blog please read this.


Feel free to leave your Pinterest page link in the comments so we can all make some new Pinteresting friends. :)

Follow us on Pinterest:
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{follow our boards to see what projects we pin each week}


Grab the party button!
 
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kids' Room Clock

Happy Thursday! So, I'm back from a week off from projects because I was sick last week. This week was sponsored by my lovely BFF. She got me this clock kit for my birthday a few weeks ago and it was such a fun thing to do!



The kit came with a wooden base, paints, brushes and the face mechanism.

I decided to use the clock in the kids' room, so I wanted to paint it to match the paper lanterns. For the circles, I used jar tops again and traced them with pencil.


To match the room, I used the green, blue and yellow paints from the kit - which were actually way higher quality than expected. I also decided that I want to add some Dr. Seuss quotes around the room as well, because who doesn't love Dr. Seuss?! So, after I painted the circles and [impatiently] waited for them to dry, I wrote one of the quotes I picked out on the clock with Sharpee.



So, this is what I ended up with. One problem: where do I put the numbers? Handy Andy pointed out the very important point that this is a kids room, so there has to be numbers. So, I was thinking of getting wooden numbers from Hobby Lobby and fastening them on the outside of the clock somehow. Still not sure. Any suggestions??

Hope you're having a lovely week!


P.S. Linking up here.