June 28, 2017

Bringing Beauty to an Old Metal Tray

Dec6

Buying an ugly, old, tray and transforming it into something beautiful brings me joy.

I love simple pleasures, and taking something that was heading for the trash and turning it into a treasure for under one dollar is simple bliss.

When I saw this old tray at a yard sale, I almost walked right past it. But then the “thinking outside the box” mentality kicked into full gear, found out it was one little quarter, and I snatched it with joy.

Pop Warner National Championship Week

Dec6

This past Saturday, our two high school boys’ football team claimed the Regional Championship title advancing them to the Pop Warner National Championship Week (otherwise known as the Superbowl) in Orlando, Florida. The games take place at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Center, with games being shown on ESPN.
Beginning the season with 1400 teams nationwide in their Midget (age/weight) division, the field has been narrowed to the top eight Division 1 teams. Competition is fierce, and our guys will have to battle like they haven’t had to in their undefeated season.

Lovin’ Leather at Frugal Fashionista Prices

Dec5

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

(Hum it with me while I sing) “There are thrift stores to discover, frugal finds to uncover and scarves just waiting to be tied…”

Oh, excuse me, I’m getting carried away because I am about to disclose two of my newest Frugal Fashionista finds, and they just happen to have made my “Top Ten” list.

For many, a timeless leather jacket is an investment that is worth the splurge because of it’s versatility, wearability and basically, just the sheer classy lady factor. For me, as much as I can appreciate doing the math on a “cost per wear” basis, I just haven’t felt called to take the leather jacket plunge… until now.

Why Adopt a Special Need’s Child?

Dec3

His name is Edison. We met two weeks ago. He has changed my life forever.

Bringing my new nephew home from Ecuador to his forever family in the U.S. has been one of the greatest privileges I have been granted. This adoption journey, for which I have had a front row seat, has been a four year fight. A fight not just against political red tape and legislation, but a literal battle against the powers of good and evil.

Baked Apple Oatmeal: Baked Oatmeal with Apples

Dec2

Attempting to add heartier and healthier meals into our breakfast routine, I have been experimenting with a variety of oatmeal recipes and I have found a winner. I have previously posted a healthier version using only honey as a sweetener, but this time decided to indulge just a tad.
The results sheer bliss, and I guarantee you will get requests for this over and over.

Cider-Baked Turkey Breast – Whole Baked Turkey

Dec2

For years, I have recommended my easy recipe for Cider Baked Turkey Breast, but had never converted the recipe to a whole turkey. Being stuck with two eighteen pound turkeys that did not get cooked for Thanksgiving, I realized that today was the day to give it a try.

The results for the whole baked turkey were the same delicious old time harvest flavor that I have received with just a turkey breast.

The Art of Multitasking

Dec1

When you attempt to master the art of multitasking during a Freezer Day, realize that having a definite plan of attack in place is a good thing.

Quick and Easy Appetizers

Dec1

Appetizers aren’t just for parties any more. Here are some of our family favorites.
Easiest and Tastiest Cheese ball EVER!!

Freezer Cooking Day Plan

Dec1

There’s another freezer cook day planned for today and tomorrow, so I am going to benefit from the accountability and jump on in. Since I haven’t had to time to plan out my meals, I am doing a deep freeze clean out.
I’m pulling out chicken, ground beef and veggies, and will have inspiration hit in the next few hours.
I have two pots of beans that I will use for Soup, bags of black beans, and homemade refried beans.

I have my oven filled with potatoes for a baked potato bar at lunch as well as potato skins and some potato soup.

Pottery Barn Inspired Bedroom Decor, Chandelier

Nov30

Hearing that a post has inspired both creativity and frugality in one of my readers delights me to no end.
When Cara emailed me that she had some Pottery Barn inspired bedroom decor and had conquered a Pottery Barn chandelier for under $10, I was delighted when she shared the pictures.

I am in the process (yes, the process has been stalled on quite a few occasions) of finishing my girls’ room with a Pottery Barn inspired butterfly theme. I can’t wait to show you how an entire Pottery Barn room makeover can happen for under $100 (with furniture).