Poofy Cheeks: April 2011

April 24, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up – Easter Style

This weekend was CRAZY! We hosted Easter brunch at our house. Mike had to work this weekend, so I was super busy cleaning, cooking, and taking breaks for Easter festivities.

Friday I woke up and didn’t stop until bedtime. Saturday we woke up and went to a local Easter Egg Hunt. They had a hunt for 1-3 year olds, so I helped Mason and my mom helped Wyatt.

Here Mason is telling me his strategy. Make your way to the middle!

If it gets rough out there put your bucket over your head for protection! (Not really – he is only two!)

Here is my mom – she is telling Wyatt that he has to stop trying to get the eggs until they say GO. He kept trying to sneak under the ropes.

Then after the hunt we were going to get pictures with the bunny… but the line was a tad to long for our patience level, so we posed near him instead :)

After that we went across the street to the farmer’s market to get some last minute things for Easter brunch. Then we headed home to finish our long list of things to do.

This morning we woke up to see what the Easter bunny had brought to the boys. Yes – Wyatt is wearing the same shirt from the day before. He conked out at 7:30 and who was I to wake him up? If my mom taught me anything – it was to NEVER wake a sleeping child.

Wyatt looked at all the stuff and said, ‘Where is the Thomas stuff he was bringin’ me?’

There is the Thomas coloring book. Phew! The bunny almost failed.

Chocolate by 8am.

Coloring books by 8:30.

Oh and then top it all off with a sword fight before bath time! I love the action in this picture :)

By the time the boys and I took baths and got dressed, it was time for our family to start arriving for brunch. After brunch came another Egg Hunt! They really made out at this one – raking in 60+ eggs each!

When everyone left I tried to clean up, but I am just plain worn out! No matter what I do I keep finding stray jellybeans and pieces of fake Easter grass. Now that Easter is over it is time to plan for Mother’s Day and then DISNEY!

Happy Easter!

April 23, 2011

The Best Deviled Eggs

Here is an oldie but a goodie. I shared this recipe last year, but I didn’t have any pictures. I have learned since then that a picture is worth a million words. So here ya have it- the HANDS DOWN BEST deviled eggs! For the printable version GO HERE!
Ingredients:
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry ranch dressing mix
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • a shake or two (or 3 in my house) of garlic powder
This is a great way to use all of those eggs you dyed with the kiddos! Like our eggs? We used vinyl shapes and letters and then dipped them into the dye.
 
Ranch Deviled Eggs
 
Start out by peeling the shells off of the eggs. Then cut in half.
 
Ranch Deviled Eggs
 
Remove the yolks and place into a medium sized bowl.
 
Ranch Deviled Eggs
 
Then finely dice the onion.
 
Ranch Deviled Eggs
 
Add the onion, mayornaise, mustard, ranch dressing powder, and garlic powder to the yolks.
 
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Mix the ingredients with a fork.
 
Ranch Deviled Eggs
 
Now use a spoon to put the mixture into the eggs. Serve immediately or store in the fridge until you are ready! I will be serving mine tomorrow at Easter brunch.
 
 
For the printable recipe go HERE. Happy Easter friends!
Enjoy,

April 20, 2011

Decorating with Windows

I have two vintage windows from the 1920s I found on Craigslist for $5 a piece. They were for sale in the same town that my mother-in-law lives (35 minutes from me), so I asked her to pick them up. The lady who was selling them said they were original windows to her home built in the 1920s. They had just bought new windows and she hated to see the old windows go to the trash. *Do not fear – for I am here!*

You may be wondering what I see in the old dusty things. They remind me of the windows we had on our enclosed porch in my childhood home. The enclosed porch that was our play room and was filled with toys. The very same room where I spent countless hours of my childhood playing ‘store’ from the front window.

So now I have the windows and the dilemma is making something out of them. I have seen so many cool ideas that I just can’t decide. Here are some inspiration windows I have seen.

The Macs

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Apartment Therapy

Antique Window of French Postcards Decor Wall Art

KMD Creations

Just Me and Z

Vacuuming in High Heels and Pearls 

Window Pane as Frame

Milk and Honey Design

Decor Allure

Well those are just a few ideas I took into consideration. I think I have come up with a master plan and since I want to have at least one window finished by Easter – I hope to share the finished product with you later in the week. I’ll keep you posted on the progress!

Enjoy,

April 19, 2011

Craigslist Chair Redo – Before and After

A few months ago I bought a pair of chairs off of Craigslist. I paid $10 for each chair. When I brought them home my husband thought I had gone crazy. They were pretty ugly and the seat covers were hideous!

Here they were when I brought them home -

I removed the seat covers and then completely recovered them. If you want to know how to recover a seat – go HERE.

I originally reupholstered the seats in this mustard floral print.

As for the chair frames, I spray painted them with a flat black, applied black miniwax stain, and then put on two coats of polycrylic. In the end, I decided to go with a different fabric for cushions.

Overall I am very pleased with how the chairs turned out. They are done just in time for Easter – we could use some extra seating around here!

Enjoy,

April 18, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up!

Friday started out by me calling out to work because Wyatt had a temperature of 102. It lasted all day Friday and into Saturday. I hate that feeling that comes over you when your child is truly sick and you feel so helpless. All I could do was snuggle with him, give him cool baths,  and take advantage of the sweet, loving boy that shines through when he is sick. He kept telling me I was his best friend ever and that he loved me :)

Saturday I went to work, and put some buffalo chicken on before I left. When I got home we had some friends over for dinner with their new baby boy, Raylan. He is seven weeks old and so tiny and precious.

The boys and I took our turn holding baby Raylan. I thought when you held other people’s babies it was supposed to give you your fix, but it just made me want another little baby around our house.

The boys were so good with Raylan…. well for the most part. We had to get on them a few times when they were getting rowdy around the baby. The picture below just melts me though….

Then the boys got some daddy time.

Sunday we were supposed to go to church and have family day, but Mike got an opportunity to go to Miami and make some extra money. Wyatt, Mason, and I found plenty to do around the house while he was away.

We started the day out by taking a trip to Michael’s where I got some supplies to make a few pairs of earrings. I found the flowers on clearance for $0.79!

Then we came home and made sugar cookie dough. Lesson learned – don’t try to add flour when the mixer is still going! To think I held off on mopping the floors in fear the boys would make a mess. LOL!

I got a chance to finally finish one of the chairs I bought off of craigslist. One down and one to go. This is the before – I’ll be sharing the after later this week.

The last thing we did before heading inside for the day was water the garden. Not only am happy I started the garden because of the food it will put on the table, but it teaches the boys so much! Wyatt calls the pumpkin his baby pumpkin and makes sure it always gets a good drink of water.

Now back to Monday! I have a long list of things to do to prepare for Easter. We are having brunch at our house so I will be a busy lady – cleaning, cooking, shopping, stressing out!

Have a good Monday!

April 13, 2011

Baked Jalapeno Popper Recipe

I L-O-V-E jalapeño poppers! Especially when they are made by following this recipe! Did you know that cook time determines their heat? The longer you bake them the less spicy they are.
After our trip to the farmers market last weekend I came home with a huge bag of HUGE jalapeno peppers!
Here is what you need:
  • 1 pound of jalapeno peppers
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese – softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


Start out by frying up the bacon until crispy.
While the bacon is frying, cut the tops off of the jalapenos, slice them long ways, and remove the seeds.
After the bacon is done frying – remove it to a plate lined with paper towels to cool. The paper towels will catch some of the grease.
In a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt, and crumble in the bacon. Mix together with a fork.
Then pour the bread crumbs into a shallow bowl. Stuff each jalapeno and then roll the pepper into the bread crumbs so it sticks to the cheese mixture.
 
Place them onto a baking sheet lined with foil.

Place in a 350 degree oven to bake. Baking time is determined by how spicy you want the peppers. We like ours mild because my husband is a sissy when it comes to spicy foods. Shhhh... don’t tell him I said that!!
  • Hot – 25 minutes
  • Medium – 32 minutes
  • Mild – 40 minutes
 
Remove from the oven and then allow them to cool for a few minutes.
For the printable recipe click HERE.
Enjoy!