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Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Decorating

I love to decorate for the seasons and for all the holidays. Easter is coming up and so I put away all the St. Patrick's day decor and got out the stuff for my Easter Table Decorating. Easter Table Decorating - I love all the spring colors and baby chicks and bunnies. Easter Table Decorating - I love all the spring colors and baby chicks and bunnies here on my kitchen table.IMG_9864 My Kitchen buffet has some new pictures and cute little eggs everywhere.   I always start my Easter decorating in the kitchen, and do the Easter Table Decorating there first. Gotta have a lovely Easter Dinner table, now dontcha? Next I go into the entry way and decorate the little table there. Those are  two
areas I fuss over the most.
   Easter Decorating is about done at my house. Yay.
Easter Decorating is about done at my house. YayNext I do my formal dining room Easter Table Decorating. Next I do my formal dining room Easter Table Decorating.I got a new rustic, whitewashed table and these cute blue nailhead trim chairs. I We got a new rustic, whitewashed, dining table and these cute blue nailhead trim chairs for the formal dining room. We hardly ever use this room except on holidays.Formal Dining Room table. I love the yellow and green and coral decor in here. Formal Dining Room table. I love the yellow and green and coral decor in here.I love to decorate the entry table with these cute bunnies, eggs and chicks. I love to decorate the entry table with these cute bunnies, eggs and chicks.IMG_9830 This sad Mr. Bunny lost his eye in a doggie-bunny stand off. Our bad boy Bruce bit it off. We called him Brucifer THAT day. snicker...
Then I do the coffee and end tables. I have gobs of stuff. I have to stay away from Hobby Lobby! Eek  I do the coffee and end tables last. I have gobs of stuff. I have to stay away from Hobby Lobby this month! Eek!
I love this little bunny pair on my living room end table. It goes with the brown/neutral decor in there. I love this little bunny pair on my family room end table. It goes with the brown/neutral decor in there.IMG_9843 Darling little "Chickies" and bunnies. My grandkids love this light up Easter Bunny house.Great Room end tables have lots of baskets of my favorite Mercury crackle mirror eggs. Great Room table has some of the leftover doo-dads. My 3 Easter bins are almost empty! Woot!
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The kitchen island always has some bright and cheery flowers of some sort. These have some egg pics along with the florals.IMG_9845 These mercury mirror glass eggs are my favorites. I used to have more of them. But since the grandkids.....well....you know how that goes. :D

I think I'll add some Easter Egg picks to the greenery all over the house. Maybe there IS an excuse to go look at Hobby Lobby tomorrow after all!! I'm getting ready to spray paint these old chairs and this cute bench. But for now, they are covered in stuffed animals for the grands to play with. I'm getting ready to spray paint these old chairs and this cute bench. But for now, they are covered in stuffed animals for the grands to play with.

Next I'll do the grandkids' two tables for Easter Sunday Dinner. I'll have my Chicago peeps here sometime around Easter. So I will need two tables for all the 6 grandkiddos to sit. And THAT will be such fun! Happy decorating!!

PATTIE

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Blue Beachy Bathroom Remodeling

I decided to redo my 90s bathroom that was dark green and yellow. All the decor was so dated. I found some really pretty paint in just the perfect blue-gray color that I wanted to redo these 80's light oak cabinets with.
My bathroom cabinets were all this light oak that I wanted to paint a pretty color.
My Old 90s bathroom decor with dated light oak cabinets has to go. 
 Bathroom Remodel Part 1. My bathroom cabinets were all this light oak that I wanted to paint a pretty color. So I bought the paint at Home Depot called GRAY MORNING in the BEHR paint line. I like the paint and primer in one to make the job easier. I really only had to use 1 coat and just touch up the edges and ridges with a 2nd coat. It looks beautiful!
GRAY MORNING from BEHR paint turns out the perfect gray blue shade. I got flat paint. I probably should have gotten eggshell or satin.
I love this BEHR paint called GRAY MORNING. It is a light blue gray that looks great!
GRAY MORNING from BEHR paint turns out the perfect gray blue shade. I got flat paint. I probably should have gotten eggshell or satin. But I wanted it to look like chalk paint. Did you know you can add 1/3 cup plaster of paris and 1 cup water to a gallon of paint and it makes chalk paint? Well, that's what the Home Depot guy said. I'd check that out online before doing it though.

After painting the cabinets they still needed a little something. So I bought some pretty brushed silver knobs and 2 little, wooden, doo-dads for each of the false drawer tops. I have two of them since I have 2 sinks in that bathroom. I think they were $3.50 each.
Cabinet doo-dads really add a little flair to boring old 80s light oak cabinets. 
 The easiest way is to glue them on the cabinets first, then paint it all together. That's what I did in my master bathroom. And I think I lightly tacked them on with tiny finishing nails till they dried.  But this one I bought them after painting so I had to glue them on painted wood. It is definitely harder that way. Glue them first, paint second, just a heads up. I used a little bit of tape to hold them on while they were drying but they curled up at the ends. I'll have to do some more gluing. Bummer.

Bear Paint and Primer in one is the way to go. I only needed one coat and then a little touch up.

Bathroom Remodel Part 1 - First Step was the definitely the ugly cabinet repainting.Then we ordered our granite. I wanted dark granite for this bathroom since we already had pretty, dark, variegated slate floors.  The dark granite looks good with them. I thought I could brighten up the rest of the bathroom using a light gray paint. I wanted to get rid of all that yellow. 
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Hey, they look pretty good! Finished painted cabinets look a lot better now! This is where I added the wooden doo dad. It looks a lot better. I'll post a pic when I'm finished with the knobs.

Now they just need the silver knobs. I needed 12 cuz this is a big bathroom with a bathtub and 2 sinks and lots of cabinetry. So I got 3 sets of 5 in the clearance bin at Home Depot. They were $7.00 per set. What a deal!   I love how the cabinets turned out.

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Pretty Tin Shelf I got at Home Goods for $15 bucks! 

Next I went shopping for accessories.  My first stop was Home Goods of course. This cute metal shelf  will look great added to the new bathroom remodel.  I think I might replace my old wooden shelf with this one. I'll have to decide how it looks after painting the rest of the room. Maybe it is a tad too greenish. I think it will look okay though, since I have a Beachy painting I bought as my bathroom inspiration.
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Pretty candle I found at Home Goods

I bought this pretty beachy candle at Home Goods too. It was only $5.99. They have great deals on candles there.
Bathroom Towel Basket I got from Taipan Trading.
Bathroom Towel Basket I got from Taipan Trading.

 I got a few things for the countertops too, now that my granite is all put in. I thought this would look good with rolled towels inside. I may try nailing it up onto a wall, just depending on how the other stuff looks when I'm done. It was only $12.99 from Taipan Trading. And it has the nail holes if I want to screw it up onto the wall.

This is the area I need to add a shelf or a towel basket or both.
This area I need to add the pretty tin shelf to and maybe the wire towel basket, I have to see how they look after I paint the walls gray. 
Now I've got to paint the walls. I have to redo all the decor in here. It's gonna take me a few days. It's gonna look great though! I'm excited how everything is turning out so far.      



Monday, March 2, 2015

Snow Weekend

We haven't had snow in a long time in Utah. And this weekend it snowed lightly, but the weather is still really nice and warm.
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Here is my granddaughter Marisa and I enjoying the soft peaceful falling snow yesterday. And today look what it looks like out on the back deck!
 It will melt off quickly. I think we will have an early spring.
 And in the backyard! Whoa.
 Gunner, the dogger got into it too. 

  
He loves romping around in the backyard when there is a pile of snow to play in!
 We made some sugar cookies and decorated them too. It's been fun having my grandkids stay with me.
 But sadly, there house is now done and they are moving into it tomorrow. Whaaaaa....(sounds of sniffling).
I have soooo loved having them here. Especially getting this sweet little guy out of his crib in the mornings when he is warm and has bed head. He and I are the early birds at our house. We hang out together eating fruit loops or oatmeal and bananas every morning together. I will miss that time with him.



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Navajo Tacos

Navajo Tacos with Indian Fry Bread 
Indian Fry Bread made from a Bread Dough recipe that is cut up into balls and rolled out with a rolling pin, and then pan fried in a 1/2 inch of canola oil. 

These are about 6 inch circles. You can either buy frozen bread dough, or just make up a batch of your favorite 2 loaf recipes for bread. I use this one from allrecipes.com Here. It is kind of a foolproof bread recipe that my family loves. 

I rolled mine out pretty thick but if you like light Navajo Tacos, roll them thin. Or experiment and have some that are thick and some that are thin. You know the insides are done when big bubbles appear, kind of like pancakes.
One bread dough recipe will make about 8 Navajo Tacos. I used a 2 loaf recipe of bread and made about 14 pieces of Indian Fry Bread.
 Navajo Tacos are great meal to make when you have leftover chili at home. Fry up the Indian Fry Bread for about 2 minutes per side......

Fry up the dough in a frying pan with 1/2 inch of hot, canola oil. 
Then dry the Indian Fry Bread on paper towels to soak up excess oil. 
Here is the Indian Fried Bread....this would be good with honey and butter OR cinnamon and sugar on top. I do this with the leftover dough and make small "donut" twists.  That's a fun thing for kids to do with the leftover dough! 
Spread the warmed up chili on top and add your favorite Mexican shredded cheeses. Then add your toppings like tomatoes, lettuce, olives and avocados! Yummy! 

I cut up all the veggies while the leftover chili was warming up on the stove......and then put them in individual bowls. Everybody just made their own Navajo Tacos. Some added salsa and sour cream to theirs. 
And there you have it!  Navajo Tacos are a great way to use up your leftovers from Chili Night! You can also just bake the flattened dough pieces if you want to reduce the calories. We baked ours for about 8 to 10 minutes at a Girl's Camp one year.

Now Dig in! Yum! (sounds of yumminess)....

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