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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Closet Expansion

Hey All! Hope you're having a lovely week. I think it's about time to share another project straight from Handy Andy himself.

I know I've briefly mentioned how our house is a continuous project (see a snapshot of before and after here). Well, for some reason beyond comprehension, our closet had a single door opening, but the space went farther than one door over in the wall. This was super annoying because half of our stuff (ok, maybe it was mostly Handy Andy's stuff) was behind the wall and not easy to get to.

Enter: Handy Andy.


We've been talking about opening up the wall for a while, so one free afternoon, he just went for it. He cut out the drywall, stud, and that white thing above the existing opening.


Then he patched up the side and top with drywall. He also tore out the carpet that was there and replaced it with some hardwood we had left over from the living room.


This freed up so much more usable space in our closet! Now we can even put our shoes in our own closet instead of the office closet! We still have to get some paint to finish the job, but I'm am so happy this is finally done, and it only took him a few hours to get everything done and back into place, base trim and all! Have I mentioned he's super handy? Oh, good.

Have a good one!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 54


Happy Weekend! There were so many great link ups this week, it's hard to choose favorites!
Don't forget to spread the word about the party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 54

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tissue Paper Poms

Here's the guest post I did over at Two Yellow Birds Decor a few weeks ago for Jill's Blog Birthday Bash. These are simple and adorable decorations that are perfect for a birthday party, baby shower, or wedding. I've been making tons of these, and tons of mini poms for cake toppers (tutorial to come) for my friends wedding coming up in a week and a half!

Tissue Paper Poms

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The best part about these is that you probably already have everything you need to make them!

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Here's what you need:
Tissue paper
Vinyl coated wire or twisty ties
Scissors

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Layer 8-12 sheets of tissue paper and begin folding it like a fan.

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Then fold the tissue paper in half and tie the wire around it.

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Make one cut at the middle fold of each section, to cut the sections in half.

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You'll end up with four sections of fold. At this point take each section and start separating the layers.

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After they are all separated, gently pull the layers in different directions and fluff them. You can fluff them all around so you end up with a round pom, or leave a flat side to hang on a chair or use as a table centerpiece. I left mine flat on one side.

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Sorry the pictures aren't great, but I hope you get the idea.

Hopefully I'll have a few more pictures to show them in use after the wedding!

Happy Thursday!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 53


Happy Weekend! Thanks so much for sharing all your projects with us!
Don't forget to spread the word about the party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 53

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Clean-ish Chicken Pot Pie

Happy Thursday All! I'm finally getting back into the swing of things after traveling like a mad woman over the last several weeks. I'm currently up to my ears in coral tissue paper, creating wedding decorations for my friend (more posts to come on this subject). But today, I just wanted to share a recipe I tried from Clean Eating Magazine. We don't really eat "clean," but I am all about trying to eat healthy and as close to clean as possible. So here it is...

Clean-ish Chicken Pot Pie


The recipe is for individual servings, but I don't have any of those little mini baking dishes, so I just went with a full dish. Here's the recipe straight from Clean Eating:

INGREDIENTS:

FILLING:
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced (I used baby carrots)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 tsp fresh thyme, minced
  • 2 tbsp whole-wheat flour
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
BISCUITS
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups plus 2 tbsp whole-wheat pastry flour, divided
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt (optional)
  • 1 tbsp safflower or olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
2. Prepare filling: Heat a large cast-iron or ovenproof nonstick pan over medium-high for 1 minute.  Mist with cooking spray.  Sauté chicken until no longer pink, 3 minutes.
3. Add onion and carrots.  Saute until onion is slightly browned, about 5 minutes.  Add peas and saute for another minute or until thawed.
4. Stir in broth and thyme and cook until broth is warmed, about 2 minutes.  Sit in 2 tbsp whole-wheat flour and reduce heat to medium.  Stir constantly until broth is thickened, about 2 minutes.  Season with pepper and turn off heat, but do not remove pan from element.
5. Begin preparing biscuits: Pour milk in a cup, then add vinegar to milk.  Let stand for 2 minutes.
6. In a large mixing bowl, blend 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, if desired.  Stir in milk-vinegar mixture, a 1/4 cup at a time, add oil, and then add remaining 2 tbsp whole-wheat pastry flour.  (The dough will be slightly sticky.  If it is too sticky, add another tbsp of flour.)
7. Using your hands, form 12 small biscuits, about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter.  (If the biscuits are exceptionally sticky, dust your hands with a little bit of flour to make it easier to form them.)  Ladle chicken-vegetable mixture into 4 large ramekins, individual casserole dishes or soup tureens, about 3/4 cup per serving.  Place 3 biscuits on top of each ramekin and place all ramekins into a cookie sheet or baking pan lined with aluminum foil.  (The biscuits will bake on top of chicken-vegetable mixture.)  Place pan on rack in middle of oven.  Bake for 10 minutes or until chicken-vegetable mixture is bubbling and biscuits are slightly browned on top.  To serve, place ramekins on individual plates, as they will be too hot to handle.

I used leftover chicken I had cooked earlier in the week, which I just cut up and heated for a minute or two before adding the veggies. I also do not have wheat flour, so I used white (For shame! I know). Other than that, and adding a few extra spices, I prepared everything pretty much according to the recipe, minus the individual servings. I put the filling into a baking dish, and placed the biscuits on top. To be completely honest, I didn't love the biscuits on top because the bottoms stayed a little too mushy for my taste, but other than that this was delicious. I've actually made it twice, and the second time I made it without biscuits, kind of like chicken stew. This recipe was great, and Handy Andy approved - winner!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!


 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 52


Ok, ok. I know I'm late again. I do have a good excuse - we've been out of town for the last several weeks and now I'm sick! AH!
But you guys haven't slowed down, thanks so much for for continuing to link up your projects!
Don't forget to spread the word about the party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 52

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 51


Sorry I'm a day late posting the party - life has been crazy!
Thanks for sticking with me and linking up your awesome projects!
Don't forget to spread the word about the party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 51