Jessica’s Bathroom Floor Redo

Jessica and Sam are friends of ours who are in the process of DIYing their master bathroom floor. I didn’t know they had started it until I got this text from her last Sunday morning. (don’t look if you are squeamish) Yuck!

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That text was followed with this picture and “we have an end goal!”.

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They are tearing out the old ceramic tile floor and planning on staining the concrete.

This was her bathroom before the demo started.

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And here is what they accomplished the first weekend. (besides visiting the ER!) :-)

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Jessica said that while Sam likes smashing the plaster with a hammer, she likes to use a chisel as much as possible.

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 Although she said “some areas just deserve a hammering”!

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They used a straight edge to release the tile from the baseboard and then “nudged” it out.

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Jessica shared lessons learned:

Clear the counters

Clean often (never know when the kids will “need” you and the project will halt to a stop) They have two little ones!

WEAR gloves at all times – thick leather to be exact (ER doctor said the worst cuts he has seen come from ceramic, tile & glass, i.e. bath reno’s

And when you get to the adhesive removal, wear a breathing mask (that dust is NASTY)!

She said they figure it will be a two month project since we are coming into the holiday season. I’ll have another update in a couple of days so be sure and check back. I love stained concrete and can’t wait to see the finished floors.

Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

Crock-pot Roast Beef

Happy Friday y’all! Hope everyone is staying warm during this crazy weather! It’s funny how quickly Mr. and I have become acclimated to the Houston weather. Being from Oklahoma, we are used to freezing temperatures, icy roads, and snow! But we absolutely freeze now if the temperature drops into the 60’s! I know…we have become wienies. But I’m okay with that. :-)

And since the weather was unseasonably cooler this week, I’ve been looking for warm comfort food to cook. I found this crock-pot recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it out. I used it as the base to mine and added onions, carrots, and garlic. It really can’t get much easier than this recipe.

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2 lbs. beef roast

1 envelope brown gravy

1 envelope Ranch dressing

1 envelope Italian dressing

1/2 cup water

1 large onion – sliced

5-6 carrots – chunked

2-3 cloves garlic – minced

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Line cooker with liner bag. (don’t crock-pot without these) Add roast, onions and carrots to cooker.

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Whisk together gravy, Ranch, and Italian mixes in 1/2 cup water. Add in garlic. Mix well and pour over roast.

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Cook on low for 7-8 hours.

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Easy, huh? And to make your time in the kitchen a little easier, I want to share a couple of tips with you.

#1 – I get fresh onions in the summertime from my uncle in Oklahoma. We keep out what we know we’ll eat fresh and then slice the rest and put in freezer bags. We put one onion per quart bag – then put in gallon size freezer bags. (gallon size will hold 4-5 quart bags of onions) This way, when I need an onion for a recipe, I just grab a bag out of the freezer and it’s already sliced and ready to go!

#2 – Slow Cooker Liners – these are a lifesaver when it comes to cleaning your crock-pot. These liners are the only reason the inside of my crock-pot is still white!  Like I said before… “Don’t crock-pot without these!”

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#3 – Garlic Press – if you cook with fresh garlic, this is a wonderful gadget! And if you’re not cooking with fresh garlic…you gotta try it! Yum!

Y’all have a great weekend! Later gators!

Hank Dickensheets!

This is what Stray Cat aka ? has been officially named! I named him Hank. My daughter added the last name. She texted me the other night and told me this is what I needed to name Stray Cat. She and her roommate were watching “Chopped” on the Food Network and one of the chef’s last name was Dickensheets! She thought it was hilarious. So when they were over last weekend, she asked if Mr. Dickensheets had been by. And yes, he has.

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He comes in the morning usually between 6:30 and 7:00 to eat. Then back in the early afternoon. Once again around 4:00-5:00 and then before bedtime. I bought him some treats this weekend and sat outside on the patio and tried to entice him closer. He will get within a few feet of me to eat his treat, but will immediately walk back to his “safe distance”.

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And let me tell you…he has really taken a liken to those treats! Hank now eats his food and then comes to the door and meows for his treats! How can you resist such a cute face?!

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I think we’ve made quite a bit of progress in just a few weeks. He now sits on the patio furniture and bathes or looks in at us through the window.

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Next step is getting him to go into the garage to sleep at night. Maybe a cozy bed in there will do the trick! :-)

Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

 

Mexican Soup…

…or Taco Bean Soup, as my Aunt Sonia called it. I got this recipe from her years ago. It’s also in the recipe book, The Good Cooks’ Cookbook, by the Arts and Craft Club of Falconhead Country Club, Burneyville, Oklahoma, which she was a member of. She was a very crafty lady, and I adored her! As a child, she taught me how to crochet, macramé, make salt dough, and so much more!

And she was a great cook! If you like your soup a little more spicy like us, swap out the can of tomatoes for a can of Rotel. Yum! It is so good on a cold night and so easy to fix. And it freezes wonderfully!

Mexican Soup

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1 lb. ground hamburger meat

1 medium onion, chopped

1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn

1 16 oz. can kidney beans (I use light red kidney beans)

1 15 oz. can pinto beans (I use jalapeno pinto beans for more kick!)

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 envelope dry ranch dressing

1 clove garlic – minced

Salt and pepper to taste

Cheddar cheese – grated

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Brown hamburger meat and chopped onion together. (I brown mine in the same pot that I cook the soup in = less dishes) Add canned vegetables (do not drain) and dry seasonings. Add minced garlic and stir. Bring to boil then let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Spoon into bowls and top with cheese. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, or cornbread!

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Makes 8 servings – one cup each

269 calories per serving

Hope you y’all enjoy it as much as we do! Later gators!

Updates and New Projects

Hope y’all had a great weekend! We made a quick run to Oklahoma for a meeting that Mr. had; therefore, we got to see my mom and Mr.’s dad. Thankfully, they only live about 40 minutes from each other. My mom just finished painting the closet bi-fold doors in her two guest rooms and they turned out great! I would love to show them off, but I absent-mindedly forgot to take pictures!

We’ve still yet to start the backsplash in the kitchen, as I’m still on the fence on what I want! Backsplash is sooo unlike paint! If I don’t like it or it just doesn’t look good, I can’t just redo it! Well….I guess I could, but I don’t think Mr. would be a very happy camper. So I’m still looking at lots of pictures on Pinterest, in magazines, and just about anything that I can get my hands on! Who knew that the backsplash was going to be this difficult to pick out?

Therefore, I’m moving forward onto other projects that I want to work on. (keeping the backsplash on my mind at all times) And the first project that I’m working on is redoing the inside of my kitchen cabinets. I’ve wanted to paint them ever since I saw this picture on Pinterest!

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On the bottom cabinets, I decided to paint the inside white and line the shelves with some colorful shelf liner paper. Then on the top cabinets, I’m going to paint the inside turquoise to match my kitchen and use white shelf paper. (since you mostly just see the bottom shelf of the top cabinets anyway, why spend big $$ on shelf paper no one will see.)

Here’s a before picture of the one cabinet I’ve completed so far:

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And here’s the after!

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I absolutely love the transformation from blah and boring to bright and cheery!

I found this shelf liner at Hobby Lobby of all places. So let me give you a bit of advice….if you find something at Hobby Lobby (such as shelf liner paper) that they normally don’t carry, be sure and buy ALL that they have at that time so you will have enough to finish your project!!  When Mr. and I went back the other night to buy enough to finish the kitchen (as I only bought one package), the paper was not in the same place as it was before and not a single employee knew what we were talking about. After about a 30 minute store search and me slowly coming to the realization that I may have only one cabinet with cheery and bright shelf paper, Mr. found three packages stuck on top of a shelf!! My Hero! (we bought all three packages!)

I also want to paint a couple of statues we’ve recently picked up. Mr. had been wanting a mermaid to put out by the pool and he found one a few weeks back on one of our trips to Galveston. She came already primed, so all I have to do is add the color!

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And I found this owl at Michael’s over the weekend for 80% off! I’m thinking of adding a piece of glass to the top and some paint and using it as a side table in the Gypsy Room.

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And last but not least, we have made some progress with Stray Cat aka ?. He let me sit about 10 feet away from him yesterday while he ate. And this morning when I went out to feed him, he only ran a few feet, turned, and meowed at me.

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Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

 

Stray Cat aka ?

Let me introduce Stray Cat. He is the latest addition to our family that I am now feeding! I swore I wasn’t going to feed him, as I didn’t want to get attached to another furry feline. We lost our last furry feline family member in 2009, and I said I didn’t want anymore. It was just too hard. But here I am, buying cat food again!

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He’s very skittish, so that’s why this picture is so grainy. I had to blindly take it through the screen door while I hid behind the kitchen wall with my arm outstretched! We’ve been feeding him for about a week now and he’s doing better. If you walk outside when he’s out there, he will run and hide under the elephant ears but just to the edge. Then he stops and turns around to look at you. Before that, he would high-tail it out of the yard!

We’ve had several strays and shelter rescues in the past that have become family members; and our daughter and my mom adopted their current, furry feline family members from rescue shelters. We are totally pro-adoption, whether adopting from a shelter or from the streets!! In fact, our daughter is participating in the “iWalk for Animals 2014” next month which benefits the SPCA. If you would like to donate on behalf of her walk, just click on the link and it will go straight to their website. OR if you’re motivated, you can sign up to walk in your area!! :-)

So for now, I’ll keep feeding Stray Cat and slowly working on getting him use to us. Maybe in a month or so, I’ll have him sitting on my lap! And I guess I should give him a better name than Stray Cat. Any suggestions?

 Y’all have a great day! Later gators!

My First DIY Interview!

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by April of DIY Nuru. When she first asked if I would be interested in being interviewed and doing a podcast about the ceiling in my Gypsy Room, I was pretty excited! I texted Mr. and my daughter immediately! Then…I got nervous. What if I ramble on and on (which I tend to do at times)? What if I sound like a goober (which I’m sure I did)? But she assured me that it would be simple, and it was! April is super sweet and has a way of making you feel comfortable as soon as you answer the phone. So comfortable that I rambled on and on! :-)

Be sure and check out the post “Ceiling Paint, Opinions on Color and Sheen” she wrote regarding the Gypsy Room ceiling. The podcast should be out this week. I’ll be sure and let y’all know when it’s up. (if I don’t sound too much like a goober!)

And if you didn’t see the pictures I posted last week on Facebook , here’s what we’ve added to the Gypsy Room.  Mr. hung a chandelier, medallion, and blinds, and I cut out the quote “Not all who wander are lost” on my Cricut machine. What a difference it made! I’m loving how the room is coming along and am hoping to have it completed within a couple of weeks.

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Y’all have a great day! Later gators!