Sunday, November 29, 2009

In the busy-ness of the Season

In the busy-ness of the Season, I hope that you all take time to breathe and enjoy the wonder of it all.

These are the favorite ways that I like to spend my time during the holiday season

I would LOVE to host a Christmas breakfast for friends and family this year!!  Doesn't that look yummy?

LOVE these burlap wrapped gifts and the chocolate brown ribbon!

I've already filled bowls full of ornaments, fruit and bling! 

So inviting...

Photos courtesy of Southern  Full of great ideas for the holiday season!!  What are you doing to decorate for the Season this year?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Works for me Wednesday

Need a tip on how to bathe your little ones?  What REALLY works?

I can't take credit for it.  My Super Hubs actually thought of this one.

We outfitted the boys' shower with this beauty:

Works like a dream!  I just pull it off the holder, spray them down, soap 'em up and rinse 'em off!!  Simple!  Easy!  Genuis!! 

Great idea HONEY!! 

Join some other genuis peoples on over at We Are THAT Family for more Works for Me Wednesday!  Have Fun!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Get that Crockpot Going!!

Blessed with Grace

What sounds good this week?  It is fall, y'all!  My favorite time of year!!!

So that means it is CROCKPOT season! 

This week I'm busting out the crockpot and getting going on this recipe for Tuesday!  Think of us all fat and happy around the dinner table tonite.....OK...let's go for happy, minus the fat! ;)

White Chili with Turkey
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
2 (4 ounce) cans canned green chile peppers, chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
ground cayenne pepper to taste
ground white pepper to taste
3 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
5 cups chicken broth
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack

Combine the onion, garlic and ground turkey and saute for 10 minutes, or until turkey is well browned.  Add to the crockpot and toss in all the other ingredients, except cheese.  Stir well and cook for 6 hours on low setting.   Top with cheese and ENJOY!!

Join the rest of us on over at Blessed With Grace for another wonderful TMTT!!  Happy Fall Y'ALL!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fitting it all in....

I'm loving this right now.....

it just....


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Everyone needs a little Super Hero

We had a little Halloween celebration down town last weekend.  LOVED it!  The boys really enjoyed themselves.  It was safe and so much fun!!

Batman AKA Big Boy enjoys a little treat!

Super Heroes awaiting the bouncy house!  By far, their favorite part of the street festival!

Pony rides came in a close second for favorite things to do!

Train rides were definitely a huge hit!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Before & After PARTAY!!!!!!!!!!

I promised and yes, I eventually deliver!!

I told you all about a little paintin' party fixin'-up Super Hubs & I took on, right?  Well..... HERE IT IS!!

I'll admit that most everyone is a better decorator than I.  But sometimes, just a few times, I really get it right.  And this time, I got it right.

A quick before:

Note the plain white backgrounds...

Kitchen area

Family Room


Our kitchenette office corner

Family Area

The gold color is Bungalow Gold and the darker color is Cayenne.  Both are from Valspar.  We did use the same primer for both, which was tinted with the gold color. 

Honestly, it is SO warm and inviting now!  I'm not sure if you can tell from the pictures but we have a very large open kitchen and family area.  The darker colors have helped to bring them together and it is very cozy. 

I did re-do the top of the entertainment center.  I just got the two vases, added some more greenery and dried arrangements.  I still don't like the clock next to the other round thing-y but it'll do for now.  And yes, I have a lot more decorating on the walls but it takes me FOREVER!  I hate to confess it but this is the first paint job in these rooms in SEVEN years!  It's been "custom builder rather flat off white" for years now folks....give me some time for those decorations huh?! 

I finally think I have a little something worthy of Sarah's Before & After Party over at Thrifty Decor Chick!  Join me and a bunch of other thrifty decorating chicks....just don't compare me with Sarah because that lady is a Decorating Goddess!!