Monday, January 30, 2012

A Week of Easy Meals......

Here are some easy-peasy meals to make this week for your family.

Monday: Cheesy Potato Soup , bread or rolls
Tuesday: Chicken and Dressing (this is from Aunt Bea's Mayberry Cookbook, I'll post the recipe in a different thread)
Wednesday: Beef Stroganoff, green beans, salad
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner! I love this :) 'specially with homemade skillet biscuits!
Friday: Chili (Carol Shelby's box mix), corn bread (Jiffy box)

Beef Stroganoff recipe:
2 lbs ground beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz sour cream
1/4 cup milk
salt and pepper
1 bag of egg noodles

Brown ground beef in skillet. When beef is done, drain fat. Add soup and sour cream. Stir. Add the 1/4 cup milk and salt and pepper (to your taste).
Cook egg noodles according to directions.
Top egg noodles with beef stroganoff and serve with your favorite side dish!
Sometimes when I don't have the egg noodles on hand, I use toast. Then it turns into S.O.S. :) The kids and hubby love this and it's super easy and very quick to make. Great for those nights when time of of the essence!

What are you having for dinner this week?

PS. As I post this, I have the Cheesy Potato Soup in the Crock Pot and it smells AH-MAZING!!! I'll let you know how it turns out ;)

Saturday, January 28, 2012


I love frames!

Lately I've been looking for frames at yard sales and thrift stores. You can leave them as is or paint them. There's so many wonderful things you can put in them as well, or you can leave them blank!

I've seen pretty pictures of walls decked out in just the skeleton of the frame, all painted the same color. Some of them are done in the same color hue, or completely different. Above a mantel, going up the stairway, greeting you in the foyer, the ideas are endless!

About a year ago I got these frames for $2.00 each. They are BIG, and I love the color. Even the black and white romantic pictures are very nice, just not my style. I got them because I knew there was something I could put in them!

All I did was take off the back of the frame (I have to admit, they were kind of a pain in the rear, but after taking off the tape and bending back the staples, I eventually got to the picture, WHEW!). I didn't realize that the picture and mat were one in the same, but no problem! The 12" x 12" piece of scrapbook paper fit just perfectly over the picture. All I used was tape on the backside of the paper to make sure it didn't go anywhere.

Next, I had already decided what pictures I wanted of the kids. I printed both of them on regular 8x10 photo paper (did you know that Dollar Tree has photo paper? It really is good and so much cheaper!). I have a photo editing program that changed the color photos to the sepia ones that you see, which I thought matched the damask paper perfectly! I did an 8" square of the photo that allowed 2" on each side, which made a nice mat around the photo.

Then I placed it back into the frame and VOILA! New custom-looking photo frames for a FRACTION of what it would cost at the big craft/frame stores. I think all total, I spent $6.00 for this project! They are hanging up in our bedroom and look lovely with our newly painted "Caffe colache" walls.

Try your hand at reframing something. It really does give new life and leaves these things out of the landfills! :) ENJOY! This post is part of the Link-Up Party over at Craft-O-Maniac. Ya'll stop on by and see what else everyone has come up with. There are some great ideas :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

CraftOManiac blog and link-up party

Happy New Year everyone! Whew, now that the Christmas rush of orders is done, and I've gotten my head back in the game, I'm going to try and start posting some really cool things that I find. While I was surfing the 'net last week, I happened upon this great website called Craft-O-Maniac . Jen does a great job of offering advice, showing how she decorates and also has a Link-Up party on Monday's too! I've linked up this week with my Note Board that I repurposed for Ms. M's room. Y'all be sure to stop by the link up party to see all of the other crafty people out there! I've already gotten some great ideas on what to make for our home, and they are pretty easy and cheap too! Enjoy!!!


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