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do it yourself {photo frame}

11 Nov

I have been wanting to hang more pictures up around our apartment for a while. Dan isn’t really willing to hang a bunch of pictures up though, because of all the holes he’ll have to fill when we move. So I wanted to come up with a way to hang pictures without actually hanging a bunch of frames.

So thank you Pinterest for, once again, having brilliant ideas for me use.

I found this amazing frame project on Pinterest. It is from the goodwillionaire blog and I loved it as soon as I saw it. I knew it would be perfect for what I wanted.

Now I just needed to find an awesome frame to use and I would be all set.

Finding a frame proved to be a little more difficult. I never saw frames like this at thrift stores. Dan I looked at Home Goods because we have a gift card and we found some that would have worked and we would have only had to pay about $15ish after the gift card. We decided to still keep looking. Our next stop was ReStore, which benefits Habitat for Humanity. We were thinking maybe we could find a cool old window or something. We didn’t find an old window but we came across 2 huge frames for only $5 each! The picture was super ugly and the frame was just a plain wooden frame, already painted my favorite color of teal, but the frame was really big and I knew it would work. So we bought both.

We threw out the pictures and the mats because they were old and dirty. We decided to save the glass just in case we might need it for something in the future. And we pulled out all the staples from the back so we were just left with the frame.

The paint was a little worn out and I didn’t like that you could see a line of unpainted wood on the inside, so I decided to do a quick coat of teal just to clean it up. {I somehow missed taking a picture of the new paint job but the colors were pretty close}

I bought twine to use to hang the pictures on and used a glue gun to attach it to the frame. I spaced each line of twine out by 6 inches so there would be a little space around the pictures. I wanted to use twine because I like the way it looks kind of rustic.

I let the hot glue dry for a couple hours to make sure it was really secure.

I used mini clothespins that I bought at WalMart to attach the pictures to the twine. I had a few wedding pictures that I knew I wanted to include on this so I put those on first. I had just ordered 101 free prints from Shutterfly the day before, so I just had to wait for those to come before I had more pictures to hang.

Last night, when we got home from a long day, there was the orange package from Shutterfly sitting by our mailbox. I knew I wanted to hang more pictures up right away. So, even though I was exhausted, I looked through those pictures and hung more up right away.

I absolutely love the way this turned out. I would love to have a fancier frame at some point but I think this works amazingly until then. I love how easy it will be to change pictures out as we do more activities and want to include those new pictures. And I love love love being able to hang more pictures up without putting tons of holes in the walls.

What do you guys think?

do it yourself: crayon drip art pumpkin

29 Oct

I realize I haven’t blogged much in the past week or so. I tried to and then things came up. And then our internet wasn’t working well. And so on…

So here I am, ready to blog about my pumpkin. Dan and I both talked about getting pumpkins to carve. Then the day when we were actually going to go get pumpkins, neither of us felt like carving a pumpkin. So I decided to buy a white pumpkin so I could try something that I had seen. This awesome crayon drip art pumpkin by Alexa on The Swell Life that I found through Pinterest.

I thought it would be really fun and something different to try.

Dan and I went to Apple Crest Farms last weekend and I found a perfect little white pumpkin. We also picked up some apple cider and some delicious apple cider donuts…that were pretty much gone by the time we got home….Anyway, on to my pumpkin.

I brought the pumpkin home and decorated it that same afternoon.

I found a box of unused cheap crayons in one of my craft drawers. I began by peeling all of the labels off.

I decided to do this on the kitchen floor where I had plenty of space. I put a trash bag down on the floor because I knew there might be some splattering as the crayons melted.

I started trying to lay the crayons on top of the pumpkin and discovered that they were too long so I broke the ends off the crayons. Then they were rolling off so I used a little dab of super glue to hold them all on the top of the pumpkin.

I used my hair dryer on hot and high. I tried medium but it didn’t really seem to be working well. There was some splattering but most of it stayed right on the trash bag. {ps. don’t mind my comfy clothes. Dan came over and decided to snap some pictures while I was in the middle of doing this}

Some of the crayons melted really well and others didn’t really do so well. It was kind of weird. But I just went with it and tried to heat them evenly.

I think it turned out really cool. Some of the colors show up better than other colors and some are more chunky. But I really love it.

This was something completely different from carving an orange pumpkin and I’m glad I did something different this year. Now if only we had a porch that I could put this out on…..Maybe next year.

Did anyone else do anything different this year?

pinned it. tried it. {recipe: taco bake}

14 Sep
I have to start by saying this is one of the most delicious things I have made recently. Or probably ever.
Ok. I found this recipe on pinterest. I love mexican foods. Tacos. Burritos. Quesadillas. I saw this taco bake and knew I wanted to try it instantly.
Taco Bake by The Country Cook


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • * water as called for on back of seasoning packet
  • 3 large flour tortillas (8-inch size)
  • 1/2 cup Salsa Con Queso
  • 1 1/2-2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Brown and crumble ground beef. Drain excess grease.
  • Add in taco seasoning and water (following directions on back of seasoning packet).
  • Once the taco meat is ready, turn off heat and add in 1/2 cup salsa con queso.
  • Give it a good stir, until thoroughly combined.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Spray an 8-inch round baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Layer the bottom of  the pan with a flour tortilla.
  • Now add about 1/3 of the ground beef taco filling on the the first layer.
  • Then add 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
  • Continue until you are done with all the layers: another tortilla, more taco mixture, more cheese.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Until cheese is melted and edges are slightly golden brown.
  • Allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
  • Then slice and serve.
We loved this dinner. We ate the entire thing. We couldn’t help ourselves. I think we will be making this again soon. Like really soon.
I highly recommend this dinner to everyone.

pinned it. tried it. {recipe: buffalo chicken wraps}

11 Sep
Dan and I both love buffalo chicken anything. So when I saw this recipe for these delicious looking buffalo chicken rolls from Can You Stay for Dinner, I knew I wanted to try them.

buffalo chicken rolls by canyoustayfordinner.com
  • 12 egg roll wrappers (roughly 4 square inches)
  • 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken (6 ounces)
  • 1/2- 2/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw or cole slaw (dry)
  • Small bowl of water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Blue cheese dressing, for serving
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lay egg roll wrappers on a clean work surface. In a small bowl, stir chicken* (see note below) and hot sauce until well coated, using more or less sauce depending on your spice preference. The meat should be moist with sauce.

  • Begin by placing one tablespoon of the broccoli slaw on the diagonal of the bottom right corner of one of the wrappers. Next, place 2 tablespoons of shredded spicy chicken evenly on top of the slaw. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the blue cheese crumbles over the chicken. Do not overfill.
  • To fold: Fold the bottom right corner over the stuffing mixture so that it covers it completely, with the tip of the corner now pointing to the center of the egg roll wrapper. Fold in the bottom left corner, followed by the right, so that you now have formed an envelope. Roll the wrap upward one time, leaving the top left corner open. Wet your index finger in the small bowl of water and press to moisten the top left corner. Now fold that down on top of the filled roll, sealing it like you would an envelope.
  • Repeat with remaining rolls.

  • Place the rolls on a wire rack set on top of a cookie sheet (or just on a greased cookie sheet) coated with nonstick cooking spray. Spritz each roll evenly with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the rolls crisp and turn a light golden brown.

  • *Note: To make the chicken, place 1/2 lb of uncooked chicken breast in a small pot and fill with enough water just to cover it. Bring to a boil on your stovetop, reduce the heat slightly, then simmer for about 12 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain and let cool before shredding with two forks, pulling against the grain of the meat.

I loved these wraps. I’m pretty sure we ate them all because they were so amazing. They are definitely something we will make again, probably very soon. I used ranch dressing on my plate to eat them with. Dan used blue cheese. I like either but we didn’t have a lot of blue cheese left so I let Dan use it.
I looked for egg roll wrappers at the grocery store but couldn’t find any. I decided to just use wheat wraps instead. Also, Dan and I don’t really like cole slaw so I just left it out. I would love to try these with the egg roll wrappers but I just need to find them. Any ideas where I could find them?
The way they explained to cook the chicken in this recipe surprised me. I’ve never cooked chicken that way but I tried it and it actually worked pretty well. It was a fairly simple way to cook chicken. Obviously you could cook the chicken any way you usually do.
In the end, these were super easy to make and I would definitely recommend these wraps/rolls to anyone who loves buffalo chicken. 

pinned it. tried it. {recipe: crusted honey mustard chicken}

2 Sep


On my 30 by 30 list I have to get better at cooking. Dan usually does most of the cooking but I have been trying to be better about doing more cooking. I think when I have a recipe to follow, I do pretty well. I’m just not very creative to come up with my own delicious meals. Anyway, I’ve been pinning a ton of meal ideas on Pinterest. I have tried a few over the past couple weeks so I decided to post about them.
Here is the first one:
crusted honey mustard chicken from weightwatchers.com

  • 1 spray(s) cooking spray   
  • 2/3 cup(s) lite honey mustard dressing   
  • 1/8 tsp table salt   
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper   
  • 2 tsp dill, freshly chopped   
  • 1 medium uncooked scallion(s), finely sliced   {I didn’t use any scallions}
  • 1 cup(s) cornflake crumbs   
  • 1 pound(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s), four 4 oz pieces
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a shallow pan with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, combine honey mustard dressing, salt, pepper, dill and scallions; remove 1/3 cup and set aside.

  • Place cornflake crumbs in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken into dressing mixture and then cornflake crumbs; place in prepared pan.

  • Bake until chicken is golden and no longer pink in center, about 15 minutes.
  • Drizzle remaining dressing mixture (the 1/3 cup that was set aside) over chicken breasts and serve. Yields 1 piece of chicken and about 1 1/3 tablespoons of dressing per serving.

This chicken was delicious. It was super moist and I love using the honey mustard sauce under the cornflakes because you can really taste it better. The only problem was that the cornflakes on the bottom didn’t really stay on very well. The cornflakes on top were nice and crunchy though. I’m not sure how you would fix that. Overall, this was a fabulous dinner and we will definitely be making it again.


do it yourself {fabric covered shoe box lids}

22 Aug
I found this idea on Pinterest a while ago…like way back when I started Pinterest. When we got a big canvas wedding picture, I knew this would be a great idea to go around the canvas because they would stick out from the wall similarly. I made 3 right away because we happened to have some shoe box lids laying around. The wall stayed like that for a while. I knew I wanted more but we didn’t buy any shoes for a while. Eventually, we had 4 more shoe box lids so I decided to make some more.
I went to Joann’s and bought a few fabric quarters that all went together with what was already on the wall. All the fabric was yellow/black/gray/white. I think they go together great without them matching exactly.

I got my trusty hot glue gun out to heat up. I cut the fabric so match each lid. Then I wrapped each one like a present and  glued each side tightly so the front on the lid is nice and tight.

When I first hung the first lids up, Dan just put a nail in the wall and we hung the lid right on the nail. When we had a strong fan blowing in that direction, they would sometimes fall off the wall and on to our heads in the middle of the night. So I decided to needed to make something to hang them with. I had some cardboard laying around and just made these little squares. I cut a square, folded it in half, poked a hole in it, and hot glued it to the side where I wanted to top to be. They work really well for such a simple thing.

Here are the 4 new ones I made. I love all of the fabrics together. And they match really well with the ones that were already on the wall.

Here is our finished wall with canvas picture and fabric covered shoe box lids. I really love the way the whole wall looks together.

I think it would look really cool with a ton of lids on the wall at all different heights. Maybe some day when we have a house and don’t mind putting so many holes in the wall, we can do more. I love this for now though, and it looks great over our bed.
What do you guys think?

hairdo {quick twist}

19 Aug


I said in a previous post that I have  been trying different things with my hair. A couple of weeks ago, we were going to a wedding reception by the water. I knew I wanted to do something with my hair but I wasn’t sure what. So I opened up Pinterest on my computer and looked at my clothes & shoes & hair board to see what I could find.
I found this tutorial for a quick twist for shorter hair.

I thought this looked relatively simple, even though I don’t own any large bobby pins. I decided to give it a try and I think it turned out pretty well.

I basically just stuck a bunch of bobby pins in to hold it up. I didn’t realize the one bobby pin was sticking out in the middle until Dan took these pictures. I still think it looked pretty good and worked well for a wedding. I stuck the black flower in to dress it up a little.

I learned that I need to buy some large bobby pins. And keep practicing.
What does everyone think?


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