Friday, July 25, 2014

DIY Outdoor Aqua Table Makeover

This old TV tray had been taking up space in our garage for a long time. When we were clearing things out to get ready for our yard sale, I almost tossed it.  

But at the last second, I changed my mind. Our deck was in need of a little side table and I was dying to use this Valspar Exotic Sea (gloss) spray paint I bought last year. Worst case scenario, I didn't like it and would just sell it for a couple bucks in the yard sale. 

Fixing it up was SO simple. I didn't sand it, didn't use primer,...I didn't really do any prep work on it at all. I just wiped it down with a damp rag, let it dry, and started spray painting. 

Two coats later, I was done, and in love! What a perfect addition to our (very) neutral deck. 

What about you? Do you have any furniture that could use a face lift? For more DIY and furniture projects, check out the DIY page!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fabulous Yard Sale Finds--Rocking Chairs

Yard sale season is still in full swing here in Kentucky. Ours was last weekend and we got rid of a TON of stuff (and made some pretty good money too.) People must really be purging because I have found all sorts of treasures for dirt cheap. 

My latest find (well, actually my husband found them, thanks babe!)--2 Cracker Barrel rocking chairs, $75 for the pair! I was so excited about them, I put them on the porch as is. 

So the question now is--how do I want to redo them. Paint? Chalk paint? Refinish them? Leave them as is?

What would you do?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Family Favorites--Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole is another big hit with my family. It's easy and such a favorite that I take it to potlucks a lot too and even combine it with Sloppy Joes for a yummy Sloppy Joe Cornbread Casserole

Just a note--I made it for this post using an 8x8 casserole dish. Even though it turned out great, you do have to add an additional 15 minutes to the bake time. My recommendation--use a 9x13 dish instead. Here's what you need:

2 eggs, beaten
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 can creamed corn
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 stick of butter, softened
1 c. sour cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and mix. 

Pour into a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish. (If using an 8 x 8 baking dish, add 15 minutes to the cook time.)

Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top is golden brown. (The inside should be very moist but not runny.)

That's it! For more great family favorites, check out the Recipes page!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Family Favorites--Classic Hashbrown Casserole

Who doesn't love hashbrown casserole, right? Every family has their own way of making it and mine is no different. But it's like my aunt says, as long as there's hashbrowns, lots of cheese and lots of butter, you can't go wrong. Here's my recipe:

2 lb. bag frozen hashbrowns, thawed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 stick butter, melted
16 oz. sour cream
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 c. crushed corn flakes
4 T. butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together hashbrowns, onion, 1 stick of butter, sour cream, cheese, salt, pepper and soup together.

Pour into a  9x13 casserole dish. 

Spread crushed corn flakes over casserole. Drizzle melted butter over top. (I sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top too.) Bake for 1 hour until hot and bubbly.

That's it! 

What do you put in your hashbrown casserole?

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

What's For Dinner?--Week of July 13 Dinner Plan and Shopping List

Here's what's cooking at our house this week:

Sunday--Crock Pot Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos

Monday--Sloppy Joe Cornbread Casserole

Tuesday--Crock Pot Chicken Tetrazzini


Thursday--Tuna Casserole

Friday--Crock Pot Tangy Buffalo Chicken Sliders, french fries

Saturday--Easy Baked Lemon Garlic Shrimp, white rice, and mixed vegetables

Shopping List

1 lb ground beef
3 bags Tyson Grilled and Ready chopped chicken
1 package (3-4) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

fresh cilantro
2 white onions

8 oz. sour cream
1 bag (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese

1 bag frozen tilapia fillets 
frozen peas
frozen crinkle cut fries
1 lb frozen medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail removed
frozen mixed vegetables

Canned Goods/Boxed Goods/Shelved Goods
soft taco shells
1 lg. can Rotel
1 can tomato paste
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can creamed corn
1 can chicken broth
3--4 oz. cans sliced mushrooms
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 box spaghetti
1 bag egg noodles
1--9 oz can White Albacore tuna
1 bag potato chips
1 bag Hawaiian sweet rolls
white rice

minced garlic
lime juice
lemon juice
sloppy joe spice packet
slivered almonds
dried thyme
grated Parmesan cheese
buffalo sauce
1 packet dry Ranch seasoning
dried parsley
salt and pepper

For more recipe ideas check out the Recipes and Crock Pot pages!