Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Crockpot Tri-tip Meal

Today I am sharing with you a recipe for an entire tri-tip meal in the Crock-pot. 
I am not much of a meat eater and I completely stay away from red meat, seafood, pork, etc. But my husband is the opposite of me a complete meat lover!!! So I decided to make this tri-tip recipe that I had but add the carrots and potatoes to the crock-pot as well but not touching the meat. Everything turned out delicious (at least that is what my husband said about the meat)...

To start off I put cut up carrots into foil that I shaped to be a bowl so that liquids would not escape. Add about 1 tablespoon water to them and seasoning as you desire. I added salt, pepper and a little butter.

Clean and wrap your potatoes in foil as well

For the tri-tip dish in the bottom follow the recipe below:

1 pound ti-tip
1/2 onion cut into cubes
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 tsp cider vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp black pepper

Place tri-tip in crock-pot
cover with onions
Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl then pour over the meat and onions.

Place potatoes over meat

Place carrots over the potatoes then seal the carrots with another piece of foil

If your crock-pot does not close all the way cover with foil
Cook on low for 6 hours

All done! Time to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today,
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Deciding On Paint Colors...

As you may have read by now we have sold our house and purchased a new home. The new house is all original 70's.... yes paint, carpet and all! So we have a huge project on our hands right now. 

Before we had possession of the new house we tried to plan out as much as possible before hand so that we were ready to go the moment we got keys. I ended up picking out all the paint for the rooms ahead of time and I wanted to share this awesome tip that I used with you all. 

Since we were in our home that we were selling at the time we were not able to just paint samples all over our walls. So I took cheap paper plates and painted the sample colors on them. I originally was going to have my husband take a big piece of plywood and paint it white so that I could paint the samples onto the big piece of wood. But in the end it was a good thing he was too busy to do that for me because once I decided to paint on the plates the idea was so much more convenient. I went through many color samples that I did not like so I was able to just throw those paper plates away, then the ones that I did like they were easy to carry to stores with me to pick out decor and they were easy to take around the house and put against different walls and color decor to see if they matched instead of taking around a huge piece of plywood. I know this might not be the most amazing idea out there but I had to share because it was just so convenient for me and a great solution to have our paint colors at hand.

Thanks for visiting today,

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

DIY Canvas Pictures

Today I am sharing with you probably the most easiest craft project I have done yet. I made these canvas pictures to hang in our daughters Big Girl Bedroom and I cannot wait to get them up and see them with the rest of the decor. 

Like I said this is such an easy project and if you want to make them the hardest part is deciding what picture you will use. 

I bought the printable's from Etsy, printed them at our local Staples, and cut them to size for the canvas'.
The only other steps is to paint the canvas your desired color then use either adhesive spray on the back of the pictures or do like me and brush some Mod Pogde on the back of the picture and press onto canvas.
Be sure to rub the picture against the canvas to get rid of any air bubbles. 

Isn't that simple? And look how awesome they look!

Here are the edges of the pictures, they flow very well.
If you think the edges of the pictures look too thick against the canvas, take a light sand paper and sand down the edges to make them transition into the canvas nicer.
I did not do that step with these and they still look amazing!

All done and ready to be hung in our daughters Big Girl Bedroom!

Check out my daughters completed Big Girl Bedroom here

Thanks for stopping by,

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

DIY Letter Wall Decor

Today I wanted to share with you this adorable H letter wall decor I made for our daughters upcoming Big Girl Bedroom. Our daughters favorite color is pink so although I will be using other colors in the bedroom I wanted to have pink accents like this around the room.

I saw tons of ideas on Pinterest for decorated letters but most were painted and some decorated with tulle. I decided to use fabric flowers to decorate the H to give it some dimension and to make it stand out on the wall. 

If you are looking to make a similar letter the steps are simple. The most time consuming thing is making the flowers.

To start get a letter cut out of some sort, you could even use card board if you wanted. I bought this wooden H at Michaels.

Next spray paint the letter or use acrylic paints to paint it.
Make the fabric flowers using this tutorial.
Then lay the flowers on the letter and arrange them how you would like and glue them down. 
It's that simple!

Check out my daughters completed Big Girl Bedroom here

Thank you  for coming by to visit today,

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Big Girl Bedroom Inspiration

Now that we are moving into a new home I decided it would be fun to completely redecorate our daughters bedroom and surprise her once she arrives to the new house. 
Since my daughter was born she has had the same color bedroom and the same decor (below).

I have seen some amazing ideas on Pinterest for Big Girl Bedrooms and I have fallen in love with many of the bedrooms that I have found. After realizing what direction I wanted to go with for the room I then decided on the colors scheme, which is pink, teal, yellow and turquoise. Here are the fabrics below that I am using for some projects in the room.

I also got this gorgeous fabric from Hobby Lobby that I am going to have a blanket made out of for her bed. 

For her walls I am going to use her existing pink in her bedroom for one wall and then the rest of her walls will be a light turquoise color. 

Take a look at some of the fun inspiration I have found along the way for her bedroom by visiting my Big Girl Bedroom Pinterest board.

Have you redone your child's room lately? Please share in the comments.. I am still looking for more fun ideas as well as ideas for the future Big Boy Bedroom I will be doing for our son.

Check out my daughters completed Big Girl Bedroom here

Take care,
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Friday, April 12, 2013

And A New Chapter Begins...

I have some really exciting news to finally share with the world. We sold our house!!! My husband and I had been talking for awhile now about selling our home and moving closer towards his work and to a town with better schooling for the kids in the near future. With the market the way it currently is around us we were nervous about initially putting the home on the market because we didn't want to rush to purchase a new home the moment ours sold but we took the risk, listed the house and began our search.

We looked in many towns around us at different types of homes and we were not completely happy with what we were seeing. One afternoon I got a call from our agent and she told us that another agent in her office called her to get advise on listing a home in a town she wasn't familiar with. Upon describing the home our agent jumped in and asked if she could actually just sell the home for her to her clients (us). So a very long story short we were able to get in and view the home before it went on the market and we absolutely fell in love! The home was older, built in the 70's and all original 70's carpet, paint, cabinets etc. but the best part was the property. It is on 1.6 acres down a very quiet street and it sits off the main street down a private lane. The property has gorgeous matured oak and redwood trees and the views around the property were completely breath taking.

 After our agent begged and begged, the family of the home agreed to let us submit an offer before it hit the market and in the end we got it!!  This whole process has gone by so fast that we really haven't had time to let it all soak in.. The process from listing our home to sell and getting in contract on the selling of the home and the purchase of the new home took us ONE week!! We are completely thrilled beyond words to take this next chapter in our life.

We now have another house to remodel so just know that is why I have been a little MIA lately on the blog. I will take some pictures of the new home soon and will share our adventures of getting settled in the new home and all the remodeling and decorating that we have ahead.

Take Care,

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Best Sloppy Joe Recipe

Today I am sharing with you all an awesome Sloppy Joe recipe that I originally got from a friend that I tweaked a bit here and there to make it perfect. The flavor is to die for and I am sure you will find it as amazing as my family does.

Sloppy Joe Recipe

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1/2 of a medium onion chopped
1/2 of a small green bell pepper chopped
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 1/4 cups ketchup
4 teaspoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Brown the meat with the onions and green peppers. Drain access liquids (when using ground turkey there were no liquids to drain)
Stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, salt and pepper. 
Mix thoroughly. 
Reduce heat to low and let cook for about 10-15 minutes. 
Add to your favorite bun and ENJOY!

I hope you all have a wonderful week and hopefully you have a chance to try this out one night for dinner.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Banana Bread Family Recipe

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week. Today I am sharing with you my favorite Banana Bread recipe that came from my Mother's Grandma. I made it for the first time a couple years ago when my Mom requested me to make it for an event and now its the only recipe I go to for making Banana Bread.

Banana Bread Recipe

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons whole milk
4 small or 3 large bananas mashed with a fork
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350
Beat 2 eggs in mixer bowl
Add sugar and beat
Add oil and milk and mix
Stir in mashed bananas
In a separate bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and sift together
Add dry ingredients to the mixer and nuts if desired and mix until incorporated
Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and poor in batter
Cook one hour or until an inserted knife comes out clean

Thank you for coming by to visit! I hope you have the chance to make this recipe and enjoy it!

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