Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How I Turned A Stair Into A Shelf

Yesterday, I shared with you the before and after of our work area in our family room.  Today, I'm going to show you the super easy, way I built a new shelf for our desk area.  I went to the Home Depot and bought an oak stair tread and two wood corbels.
I had a coupon for a free samples of paint from Lowe's.  I have been collecting these coupons and getting different color samples each time I go in.  It's great for the little projects that I've been working on.
I painted everything with the satin, Du Jour, color.  I was able to get about 2 coats out of one of those small samples.
Measured it out on the wall, and made sure that it was level.  I also anchored it down with 4 screws on the to of the shelf into the corbel.  (Sorry, I missed getting a photo of that)  I basically anchored each corner down.

I then, sat back and admired my handy work.   This was once again, a project that was done while The Mister was at work.  Needless to say, he was quite impressed when he came home to see that I turned a stair into a shelf and that the entire desk area was organized.
See, we had a deal, I would organize the desk area, and then he would hang the new white door in Baby-Girl's room.  After that's done, I'll be able to give you the full room reveal.  :)

Back to the shelf supplies, I had purchased these items, months ago, I'm guessing about 7-8 months ago with this idea in mind. 

Supplies Needed:

Red Oak Stair Tread: $21.98 (I believe)
2 Corbels: $4.98
Paint: FREE

Total Cost: $26.96

What have you been organizing lately?  Taking anything from its original use and turning it into something new?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Work Station Is Up And Running!

Happy Tuesday!  Don't forget today is tax day, and if you haven't already done so, don't forget to get your taxes filed and/or mailed in!

While I was home last week, one of my main goals was to get through the organizing of our desk area in the family room.   This is the #1 drop all zone for EVERYTHING under the sun, when it enters our house.   It is aggravating and embarrassing all at the same time.  All the bills, the kids school work, forms to sign, magazines, it all seems to land on my desk.

When I showed it to you last week, it looked like this:  (remember, no judging here)
After working on this area for the last few days, and adding a new shelf and gathering some storage essentials, this is what it looks like now:

I am LOVING this new arrangement and seriously, how about that shelf?!  I am so excited about that shelf!  It has opened up so much storage for us...much needed, I might add.  I love the new layout as well.  I have been able to work at the computer and not only listen to the kids playing in the backyard, but watch them.

I have no doubt that I will find some child doing their homework there when I get home from work, instead of at their own desks.
See this shelf?  (Tutorial tomorrow on it)  :)

The faux tree colored pencils were from Cost Plus World Market, it was love at first sight.
This is a just a really old, very cool, old  fashioned pencil sharper.  The kids love using it, and it came from The Mister's Grammie.

Because I love a good before and after, here you go!
  I still have a few things left to do.  I'm going to sand down and stain that filing cabinet in a dark walnut stain to make it more complete and match the furniture in this room.  Also, when we start our kitchen remodel we are going to repaint the walls and take down the cedar planks on that far wall.  We really want to brighten this room up.  It's the only room that we really get a decent amount of natural light in.  It's all afternoon sun too.  Which I love.What have you been working on?  Any special areas that are a thorn in your side that you've had the time to tackle?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 4/14/2014

Today's the day!  Today I start my new job! 
Today is also where all my meal plans and freezer meals will be put to the ultimate test.   The Mister is officially on dinner making duty. 
I have enjoyed this last week off from work.  I'm rested.  I got projects taken care of.  I've had closure from a job of 10 years. I'm ready to move onward and upward.  

To kick of the first week of work, here is the Monday Meal Plan.

Monday:  Crescent French Dips Sandwiches with side of fries and cantaloupe

Tuesday: Slow Cooker -- Freezer Meal: Exuberant Chicken with a spinach salad and baked potatoes

Wednesday:  Chicken Taco Salad

Thursday:  Slow Cooker -- Freezer Meal: Pork and Veggies

Friday: Taco Braid

Saturday:  Steaks (BBQ) w/ Cheesy Pesto Bread, side salad and green beans

Sunday: Ribs (BBQ) with baked beans, macaroni and potato salad.

I hope you all have a great week!  Don't forget, tomorrow is TAX DAY!   Get your taxes mailed!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Favorite Foods Friday: Sweet & Sour Meatballs

**Sorry,this is up a day  late.  I spent the day with some important women in my life and was away from the computer yesterday.

WOW!   Friends, thank you so much for sharing my freezer meals post all over Facebook!    What a hit!  Obviously I'm not the only one who needs a little easy dinner prep in my life.  

Today I am going to share with you a HUGE hit with my family from this last week, and one of our freezer meals.  I'm not usually a big meatball fan, but let me tell you, this was hit with the kids and hubby...and I have to admit, I even liked it....a lot.

Slow Cooker: Sweet & Sour Meatballs 


2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey  (Or,  like I did, 1 lb of each, your preference)
1 egg
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 (10 oz) jar sweet and sour sauce (I used La Choy brand)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium red bell pepper, cubed
1 medium green bell pepper, cubed
1 medium onion, cubed
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained

I combined 1 lb of ground beef and 1 lb of ground turkey in a mixing bowl with the egg and the Worcestershire sauce.    Mix together until everything is combined.   Roll and form into meatballs.  
*You could use 2 lbs of frozen meatballs if you wanted to as well.  We purchase 1/2 a cow once a year, so we have a supply of beef at home and I like to make things from scratch as much as I can.

In a small mixing bowl coming the sweet & sour sauce, the brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic powder and stir until combined well.

Chopped up all the bell peppers and onions and set aside.

Lightly spray the inside of your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. 

Place ¼ of the vegetables in the bottom of the cooker, layer with meatballs, and layer with the remaining vegetables; and then pour the sauce all over the ingredients.
(In the slow cooker and ready to  be cooked)
Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

Serve over rice along with a side salad as main dish or serve with toothpicks as an appetizer.


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