Wednesday, April 23, 2008

aaaaa-A-maaazzzing!!!

Here is the finished product. It turned out gorgeous. Thank you to my Dear Sweet husband for his hard work in finishing this bed so quickly. Now we can move into the next piece which is the dresser in the room. The honey do list never ends as I have been told by him recently. I just say when you own a house, there is always something that needs to be done. I just do a great job of finding those things that need doing. For now though, we have to wait for the rain to pass. Spring really does bring about challenges of remodeling the house. I love Spring though and am very willing to put up with the challenges. Little by little we will get there.




So the bed went from someones piece of trash

To my beautiful treasure!!!! All it took was a little paint and a little time to make something old to something new!!! Stay tune for more of my trash to treasures.....

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Chicken Spaghetti

Ok, posting this recipe is mostly for my benefit, because after searching the Internet and all of my recipe books, I could not find the perfect recipe. So I decided to do my own thing. I do not want to forget what I put in it, so I am posting it to my blog. However, if you would like to give it a try, than please feel free. Its very delicious!!!

Chicken Spaghetti

1 box of Spaghetti noodle
5 chicken breast either baked or grilled. I used leftover chicken from grilling.
1 small block of 2% Velveeta
1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
1 small can of Mushrooms
1 stick of butter
1 onion
1 can of chopped black olives
1 package of 2% mozzarella cheese
1 package of 2% cheddar cheese or cheese blend

Boil noodles till tender and then drain.
Melt Velveeta in microwave and then add to both soups mixing well.
Saute onions in butter and then add in mushrooms and black olives and cook until tender.
Mix onion mixture in with soup/cheese mixture and blend well.
In a food processor, chop chicken into fine pieces.
In a large bowl, mix chicken, soup/onion mixture and noodles together. Blend everything well.
In a large casserole dish, put half of the chicken/noodle mixture in dish and then sprinkle 1/2 the package of mozzarella cheese over the top. Then put the remaining chicken/noodle mixture on top. Sprinkle the other half of package of mozzarella cheese on top. Bake for about 30 minutes on 350. Then add cheddar cheese on top of that and bake till cheese is melted.
Serve with a salad!!!

We had this for dinner last night. The funny thing about fixing this dish is that my children frowned about the mushrooms and black olives. My DD refused to eat it and when I told my son he could eat around the mushrooms, his comment was "Mom mushrooms are like Ninjas, they hide out and then pop up when you least expect them". But like the good son he is, he dished himself up a pretty good size plate and went out the door. My DD decided if Bubba was going to be a sport and still eat it, than she would try also. She said it did smell pretty good. Well both kiddos returned with plates empty and with a thumbs up. In our house we have this saying when I make something new "Is it a keeper or a Looser?" Everyone agreed that it defiantly was a keeper. They said they could not even taste the mushrooms or olives. Today, leftovers have all been dished out for lunches and everyone is happy!!!
So give it a try. You will be amazed at how good it is. Remember, you can use low fat soups, cheeses, and butter to make this recipe lower in calories. As for me, I would rather have quality verses quantity, meaning I want sacrifice recipe taste with all low fat and just choose to eat less. Enjoy!!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Picture perfect Weekend!!!

What a great weekend we had. Boy did we need that too!!!
It started with Friday night. I met 5 of my friends at our local scrapbook store for a little girlfriend time. We had a really great time laughing and talking. Its been a while since we were all together like that. It was nice to catch up on life happenings. I managed to get one layout done in my Nana album. Its going to be a beautiful album when I am done. I just love the colors of paper I am using.
So Saturday we were suppose to wake up and do some remodeling work around the house. My living room is in bad need of painting. First before we started painting, my DH had to scrap the icky popcorn off the ceiling. I have hated that look since I have lived here for the last 9 years. I am happy to say that now all the popcorn from my ceilings have now been removed. He also had to sand a wall that we had added in our living room. We had planned on going to get the paint and start painting, but we kind of ran into a snag. A few years ago we had put in a wall to seperate 2 rooms. After sanding, the wall we added is not blending as well as we had expected with the wall that was already there. So now we are not sure what to do. While asking the advice of a friend, he said, that if we do not get the two areas to blend, than there is no way we can paint the wall brown as I had hoped. The dark color will show all the imperfections. He said it would be better to go with a light color. Well I do not want a light color. I want a dark color. (stomping my feet) What do we do??? He said we need to apply more goop and do more sanding. My DH says he thinks if we just buy some texture, it will cover. I am just shaking my head at the two of them. I am not sure to trust either one of their ideas. LOL!!! Need more advice.... DADDY???? LOL!!!! Soooooooo with that said, we decided to chunk the whole idea of Saturday remodeling, and take our sweet dog to the dog park. What a fun event that was. I was amazed at how all the dogs were out there playing together. Like children. We did realize though once we got there, that we needed his dog tags. Makes perfect since. DRRRRRR!!! So we were not able to enter the dog area. We decided just to take him around the back side of the park and let him play in the pond area. Oh boy did he like that. Like a duck in water. He had a blast chasing the ball out into the water and bringing it back. After several throws, he was very tired doggy. He is only a few years old, but he is very out of shape. Lots of panting. Here are some pictures I took.
On the way home, I looked back at him and he was just sitting and looking out the window very quitely. Not the hyper dog he usually is. He just looked so happy and content.

So after our dog park event, we collapsed on the couch for a while and watched the movie Nim's Island. What a very cute movie. You can watch movies on your computer by going to one of these sites
http://www.free-tv-video-online.info/
http://www.watch-movies.net/
There is no downloading or copying that you have to do and the best part is they are free. You just pick the movie you want to watch and you watch it. Some of the movies are better quality than others. Its kind of a hit and miss kind of thing. We love it though cause you can sometimes get lucky and see a movie before it even gets to the theater. Cool huh!!!
So then after the movie we got dressed and headed to some of our friends house. We all went out to eat at this place called the Bavarian Grill
http://www.bavariangrill.com/ What a really cool place to eat. Lots of funness everywhere. You could just look around the room and just enjoy watching people laughing, singing, drinking beer, music, and even a train making its way around the restaurant. I could really learn to like this sort of German lifestyle. Here is the train that made a continuous run around the restaurant. Very cool. My DH trying to figure out what the heck to order. It was kind of hilarious actually, because he had (just guessing) a Asian waitress trying to explain to him German food. He could not read the menu, nor could he understand the waitress. LOL!!! She was very sweet and patient though. Nothing better than good German Tea!!! Right "R.D."!!!!!
Smile!!!Your on Candid Camera!!!Just waiting for the husband to decide what he wants to order. LOL!!!!

My son from another mother!!! I must say Shell's, we really do know how to produce handsome sons!!!
What I gathered from this experience, Germans eat lots of potatoes!!!There was probably 4 different kinds of potatoes to choose.
The appetizer was Potato Cakes.
The main course was sausage, potato salad and some sort of noodles. Mostly taste like macaroni and cheese without the cheese and a brown gravy. I think I was suppose to put the gravy on my noodles, but for some reason that just did not seem politically correct. So I left the gravy alone. Very different I should say. The smoked sausage was excellent!!! I think next time I will order the baked chicken and mashed potatoes that Kadie ordered. Now that was yummy!!! Very good place to eat and I totally recommend it if you are looking for something different.
No evening can be complete without Braums icecream.YUM! YUM! the cutest little chocolate face EVER!!!!

The evening ended with a awesome movie back at home. We all laid around the couches like beached whales. The movie was called We Own the Night Very good movie!! Kept you on the edge most of the times. Defiantly no sleeper movie!! Well for most of us anyway!! (wink,wink) I do Love Joaquin Phoenix
Thank you R.D., Shells, "A" and Bre for a wonderful fun evening around the town. You are the best!!!
Sunday was a lazy day!! I did not remove my bottom from the couch until 5:30 in the evening. Which then we got dressed to meet another fun couple at the Movie Tavern. We went to see the movie "Forbidden Kingdom". It was fair to middle. I am not a big fan of these types of movies, but this one packed some adventure and excitement. I was not bored anyway!!! The company was awesome though. I think Stac and I talked through most of the movie. Perhaps that is why it did not seem boring. They messed up her order and so we were planning our complaint stradegy at the end!!! LOL!!! One of these days maybe they will get the movie/dinner thing down. I have been going to this place for at least 2 years and still they cannot get it right. Oh well, it was a great time no matter. Thanks Stac, K, and D for joining us at the movies.

Now did we get any remodeling done to our house??? Well not much other than the few things I mentioned above. However, we did get my trash to treasure bed out and my DH did his magic in turning a very ugly, beatup water bed frame into a beautiful regular full or queen size bed frame. He cut the sides down to fit the mattress width and length and then raised the frame up from the floor some, then built a frame around the inside to hold the bed slates up. He said all he needs to do to make it queen is move the frame to the outside of the headboard. Then it will fit a queen size mattress. He also did some sanding. So now all is left is to prime and paint. This sort of stuff gets me very excited. He is soooooo good at doing this. I really do think we need to start a business doing this. Oh and I forgot to mention that I found some more treasures in our neighbor/friends trash. He has been cleaning out the garage to build a poker room for all the guys. I walked over yesterday to fetch my D.H. and while I was there, I found myself several treasures from his trash. I was tickled when he said I could have them. Now I must say its not near as thrilling when you have permission to take the trash. I love the drive up and load quickly thrill of curbside shopping. You know the trash and dash version!!! (silly me) Anyways, I will share those new treasures in my next post. So stay tuned for more of Jeanie Beanie's Trash to Treasures!!!! I may have to start me another blog on this subject!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Junk in my Trunk!!!

Ok, I have been thrifty shopping and I have to show you my latest finds. I was so excited to get these items at such cheap prices.


These are leather lamp shades. They only cost me 10.00 for both of them. I am in the process of redecorating my living room and wanted to add a splash of western to it. These shades added the perfect touch that I needed. Oh and easy to clean they will be. Thank you to whoever decided to get rid of these wonderful shades.



I am also redecorating my spare bedroom. I wanted to make it more old world/antique looking in honor of one of my friends who comes to stay with me often. I found this awesome glass lamp and shade for 6.99. It is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect fit. This is a shoe rack. At first I thought it was a towel rack for drying wet towels, but the lady said it was a shoe rack. Well now its a ribbon rack. I am really thrilled to find this, because now my ribbon is all out where I can see it. I really thought I had more ribbon than this. Guess I need to go do some more shopping. (wink,wink)


I have one more thing to share, I found the most beautiful headboard and foot board on the curb in my neighborhood. I know you are looking at this picture and thinking "Beautiful?" Well in my eyes it is beautiful because I am already looking past the flaws and looking at its potential. I really can see the beauty in old things. I guess its kind of a gift I have. I really cannot wait to redo it and put it in my spare room. Its going to be a gorgeous piece and probably one of my most ultimate finds thus far. I plan to paint it either dark brown or black. "Paint?" Yes, paint!! I am all about painting furniture these days. Its amazing what a little paint and varnish can do and its so easy!!! I will send out pictures as soon as it is finished.

I truly love other peoples junk!!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Whats up with ME!!!!

Hello Blog friends, Yes I am still alive. Its been a crazy March for me. I am very glad April is here. Every since my beloved MIL passed, we have just been in a whirl wind. I really cannot say for sure what I have been doing, but I just know I have felt very busy. One of the things going on right now is that my SIL fell and broke her right leg and right arm. It was the strangest story ever in how she did that. She had just gotten back from a motorcycle trip with her girlfriends. When she parked her bike in the driveway, she noticed a dead chicken in the yard. She is a farm lady and has chickens, lots of dogs, cats, cows ect... Anyway, she went out and picked up the chicken and started looking for the dog that she figured was the cause. She found her in the garage. So with this chicken in one hand, she began swinging it towards the dog. Mostly she was trying to scold her with the chicken to make a point. Well instead she scared the dog and she come flying out from under some stuff in the garage and somehow ran into my SIL's leg and her ankle popped and then she went flying to the ground on her shoulder. She broke her ankle in 2 places and shoved her arm bone into her shoulder ball socket and cracked it. So now she is in a cast arm and leg. What a mess she is in. This is a women who is one of the busiest people I know. She really did not have time for this sort of injury. She has a long recovery ahead. I have gone to her house for the last 2 weeks off and on and helping her do some of her daily chores. I have discovered that I am defiantly a CITY GIRL!!!! No Green Acres for me!!! So with that said, I hope that she mends very quickly and is back on her feet soon. Only she has the love of all of her animals to care for them the way they need caring.

This week before going to her house, I wanted to take to her my MIL's(her mother) memory book that the Funeral Home gave to us at the Funeral. I wanted to add some stuff in the book so that it would be complete. I would like to share with you some pictures of what I did to the book.

You will notice I did not journal on the pages. I figure there was enough said. She was a awesome lady and the pictures and pages just say all that needs to be said. I really do hope that some day my SIL finds joy within these pages. Joy knowing that her Mother was the most awesome Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great, Great Grandmother and Mother-n-Law.

Now my plan is to make my D little D a Nana healing book. She has been so broken hearted and I thought maybe having book of Nana to sit and look at would bring her healing and closure. Something we can sit down together and look through and talk about the past 8 years. I decided that I wanted her book to be mostly pictures of her Nana since she was born. Those are the days that she will remember the most and that would bring her the most loving memories. I plan to get started on this very soon. Then after that, I plan to start my family album. I have been working for years on my children's books, but I think now its time to start working on my family album. I want to include my grandparents, my parents, his grand parents, and parents and our friends and family events. Lots of things I want to do and hopefully I will be able to make some progress in the next few months.

Next Saturday I have another craft show. I have mostly all the stuff from the last one. I do hope to sell most of it this time. If not, than I will save it for the fall. No matter, it will be a fun day with my friends. Any day with friends is a great day!!!

After that, I should be able to start blogging more. So please do not give up on me. Keep coming back to visit and see whats up with ME!!!