Friday, February 27, 2015

Pooh Bear


These were the flowers that hubby gave me for Valentine's Day. I love how the cute little bear is holding on to the vase for dear life. Since I used to love Winnie The Pooh, I decided to call him Pooh.


Of course Valentine's Day was more than 2 weeks ago, so my poor flowers have long since been tossed.



However, I am still enjoying Pooh. He hangs out with me when I'm on my computer.


I can't help but smile when I see him. Isn't it funny how the smallest things can bring the biggest smile to your face?


Also, my youngest daughter went with me to Home Goods and this little guy was just begging us to take him home. My daughter just loves that he's all dressed up in that little suit. In my next post, you'll see you exactly where I put him. I'll even give you a clue. I'm showing part of it in the picture above... :)


Have a wonderful weekend! 
 
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Friday, February 20, 2015

DIY Non Slip Hangers



With the freezing temperatures we've been getting lately, I haven't been going out nearly as much as I normally do. Since I'm indoors more, I've been looking for things to do around the house to keep me busy. Well, I took a good, long look at my bedroom closet and figured I'd start there. For me, it's the perfect time to get a head start on my spring cleaning. I know, it's only February, but I figured there's nothing like organizing the closet to cure me of boredom.


Not all of my hangers match. Right now, I have a combination of different colored plastic, clear plastic, wire, quite a few with those foam non slip covers, wooden and dry cleaning hangers. It wasn't attractive at all. I've always admired how matching hangers make everything look neater, so I decided to only use hangers that were the same colors and style. I already had some wooden hangers, I just needed a lot more. I know that a lot of people decide against wooden hangers because they're twice as thick, but I don't need a lot of space since I don't have a huge wardrobe. For the most part, I'm a jeans and t shirt kind of girl and I have the tendency to wear the same things over and over again.

The one problem I have with hangers like this, is that a few of my favorite outfits with thin straps, slip right off of the edge of the hanger. Some of my favorite dresses even fall to the floor while I'm sliding those hangers around to look for something to wear. Well, I found an easy fix that will work perfectly.


To turn basic wooden hangers (or any other type, really) into non slip hangers, all you need is some rubber cement. I picked up a bottle for $1.98 at Target. I started off by spreading open a trash bag to use as my drop cloth in case things got too messy.


All I did was brush a thin layer along the hanger's edge. Then hung them up to dry over the shower rod. Just to be sure, I gave it 24 hours. That's it!


Once the adhesive dries, it will be slightly tacky, like rubber and the clothing will not slip off the edges of the hanger. And my favorite part is that it doesn't change the look of the hanger at all like rubber bands, hot glue and pipe cleaners would. The non slip hangers look the same as those without the coating and unless you run your fingers along the edge, you can't even tell it's there.



Now, I didn't do this with every wooden hanger in my closet. I only have a few pieces with thin straps, but they all stay put now... Woohoo!


Next, I'll work on rearranging my clothes a bit.

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Wishing you a happy weekend... :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cream Cheese Danish

 


For Valentine's Day, I tried a cream cheese Danish recipe that my husband really loved. This recipe was too easy and too delicious to keep to myself. It only took about 10 minutes to prepare... no kidding and it tastes so much better than the cheese Danish you'd buy at the grocery store. If you have a can of crescent rolls and a package of cream cheese, you're in business.
 
 

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees then dump your ingredients into a mixing bowl.

8oz. cream cheese softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
pinch of salt


Mix together then set aside. Open your can of rolls. Unroll your crescent rolls onto a sheet of aluminum foil, but don't separate them. Pinch the seams together.




Use a small sharp knife to score the edges like below... 




Spoon your filling into the center of the dough. Don't fill it too full, just use about 80% of your filling. Then fold the bottom part of the dough up and tuck it around the filling.

 
 

Begin braiding your dough, crossing one little flap over on one side until you've gotten to the top.



Okay, I'll admit it, my 'braiding' could use a little work. Oh well, fold the top of the dough over and tuck it around the other end of the filling. Using the same foil you prepared the Danish on, place the entire thing, foil and all, on a cookie sheet.

 
Bake uncovered at 375 for 14 - 15 minutes. While this is baking start making the glaze.


1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbs. milk
Stir together in a small bowl until smooth.


Separate the Danish from the foil once it's done and let it cool on a wire rack. This prevents the bottom of the Danish from continuing to cook on the hot pan. When it has cooled a bit, drizzle your glaze over it.



I still can't believe how easy this was to make.
 

I will definitely be making these danishes again. 


Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone and thanks for letting me share. Blessings... :)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sheepskin Rugs



Now that I've picked out lamps for my living room, I'm working on styling my end tables. It's funny but one trip to Ikea already has me thinking about my next project before I've even finished the first one. The thing is, every time I go to Ikea, l always look twice at those sheepskin rugs and run my hand across the faux fabric because it's just sooo soft. Can you tell how much I love them? So, why not just buy it, right? Well, to be honest with you, I'm just not exactly sure what I would do with it. I mean, I really like these rugs, but I have no idea where I would put it. So, I headed to Pinterest for some ideas and you know what? I found so much inspiration that now my head is swimming with wonderful possibilities.

Always wanted a piano? Love the idea of it being a colour feature as well as practical. #yellow #decor

Chic Little Nook





Sheepskins



Icelandic Sheepskin

Master bedroom

Lauren Kelp's Phoenix Home Tour #theeverygirl #homeoffice





10 Favorite Apartment Decor Ideas

Chic in its simplicity


I would love to hear your ideas. Which room do you think the rug works the best? Or perhaps you already own a faux sheepskin rug. If so, where did you put yours?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Spaghetti Squash???

so stinkin' cute!

I'm only one month into my 90 day vegetarian journey, but the above picture is exactly how I've been feeling lately when I'm out grocery shopping.  I honestly don't know how vegetarians do it. I mean, I keep running out of ideas for lunch and dinner. I've been eating lots of vegetables, salads and veggie burgers, but I'm starting to get sick of eating the same things over and over again. I have to say, I'm not sure if I'll make it all the way until March, but I figured it was time to try something totally different. The only problem was, the vegetable that I picked was completely alien to me.



Now I've seen quite a few spaghetti squash recipes on Pinterest, but I never knew how they turned it into strands of spaghetti. Well, today was the day I learned how. So for those of you who were also scratching your head while eyeing this very large vegetable in the produce section, this is what I did. First, I washed the squash by using my potato brush to scrub it down. Then I used a sharp knife to cut the squash in half.


Next, I scooped out all the seeds.



I placed the squash, cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet. 



Then baked it on 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.


Once the squash was cool enough to handle, using a fork, I gently raked it back and forth through the flesh to pull it into spaghetti like strings. The squash will look like short noodles. I had to use hubby's hands so that I could take the picture. Thanks honey.


At this point, you can add whatever your heart desires to your recipe. With a little oil and sautéed garlic already in my pan, I then added fresh spinach, grape tomatoes, shrimp, basil and pepper.



Believe it or not, the hardest part was slicing the squash because cooking it was so much easier than I ever thought it would be. I also thought it turned out pretty good.


Well, thanks for visiting me. God bless and have a great week... :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Let It Snow


Let us have faith in the truth…….. that we are inwardly guided always towards a greater expression of health and happiness …
Peace & Blessings, Our Journey to Balance

                          
Isn't the above picture so peaceful and calming? I really wish I was there right now, because I wouldn't mind enjoying some warm weather and a little ocean breeze. This is what the weather is like in Pennsylvania. It stopped snowing for the moment, but we're supposed to be getting another 1 - 3 inches before the end of the day.




Days like this make me want to bake cookies.



You know the only thing better than a freshly baked pan of chocolate chip cookies? Having them with ice-cream.



Okay, I feel better now.




Have a great day and stay warm... :)


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