Poofy Cheeks: August 2011

August 30, 2011

Breakfast Burritos!

Is this possible?
I'm a decent cook (I think I'm pretty good),
but when it comes to breakfast I'm not that great.

I'm horrible at fried eggs,
the pancakes always seem to get too dark
and I think it is because I am just to lazy in the mornings to care.

My husband on the other hand is a mean breakfast making machine.
He makes the best scrambled eggs,
and I love him a little bit more every time he makes breakfast!

The real facts are that we get two days off together every month.
The days he isn't working - I am
because that is what pays the bills.
That doesn't leave a lot of time for making or eating breakfast together.
Especially considering that when WE DO get a day off together we usually have plans-
like running errands, family commitments, dinner here, or friends invited us there.

This weekend it just so happens we had TWO days IN A ROW off together.
So today I made my favorite breakfast. Yes, I made it!

BREAKFAST BURRITOS! Many of you may have heard of these before,
but I know a few of you have no ideas what I'm talking about.
I'll let you in on a breakfast secret and how easy it is to make.
It is the perfect breakfast for the day after you served tacos for dinner!


You will need:

  • Milk
  • Dozen Eggs
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Sausage
  • Toppings – sour cream, salsa, guacamole, tomatoes (you pick!)

First fry up the sausage.


Then when it is cooked – place it in a bowl lined with paper towel.


Meanwhile crack 12 eggs into a bowl and add a few tablespoons of milk. Then scramble!


Use the same pan that you fried the sausage in to scramble the eggs. This will give your eggs even more flavor!


Once the eggs are done add the sausage until warm.


Pop your tortilla shells in the microwave for 10 seconds and SERVE! It is just that easy guys and gals!

Here is how Mike likes his… sour cream first…






I personally like mine with guacamole if we have it on hand.


The true breakfast of champions! Breakfast burritos folks!




August 29, 2011

How I Take Pictures for my Blog…

I love blogs with great pictures – they inspire me because I am a very visual person! I’ve been on an adventure trying to improve the photos on my own blog. Last Spring I broke down and bought a Canon Rebel XS.

I still haven’t mastered the art of night or low light photography, but I think I am getting pretty darn good at using natural light for my photos.

Here is how I do it…

Our breakfast nook has three windows which allow the light to pour in all throughout the day. This is where I set up at.


I gather my background supplies.

  • A box
  • A poster board
  • Tape


I set the box up and tape the poster board to it.


I set it up so that the light is shining onto the poster board.


Get close and take the shot.


Sometimes to change it up I use wrapping paper or scrapbook paper for the background.




I use this technique a lot!!!

When I share recipes…



and when I do crafts.



I hope this will help you take better pictures too! Just find an old box, get out the tape, and buy a piece of poster board ($.50 at my local Wal-Mart!).

I’ll be linking this up to Photo Friday at The Hollie Rogue on Friday!




August 28, 2011

About town… Palm Coast, FL



Over at Centsational Girl – I saw Kate’s post about a ‘Favorite Things in My Town’ link party. This got me thinking about my town and that I wanted to participate.

Being from Northern Illinois, there are a lot of things I miss (like seasons, apple orchards, prairie grass, snow… and more), but when I take a minute to look around I am also loving my town! I live in Palm Coast, FL and it is centrally located between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. My most favorite part is that we live 10 minutes from the beach and I work right ON the beach!

We spend quite a bit of time at the beach and the great part is that the beach is FREE!




After a trip to the beach we usually stop by and get a snow cone!


Every now and then we take a 10 minute trip to Fort Matanzas. I am not sure if it is considered to be in Palm Coast or St. Augustine – but it is a very unique activity for families. You get to ride on a small ferry boat across the Intra Coastal waterway to the fort which was built in the 1740s! They give you a history of the fort and then you are free to explore throughout the fort.



One day each month they fire the canons!


There are also two state parks which we visit on occasion. Late fall and early spring make them perfect picnic spots!

Princess Place Estates

Photo Credits HERE

Photo Credits HERE

The other one is Washington Oaks State Park

Photo Credits HERE

There are a handful of parks and the town is currently building walking/bike trails all around! If it weren’t so gosh darn hot this time of year I might be taking more advantage of them.

If you are looking for a place for shopping. PALM COAST IS NOT THE PLACE. We have a Kohl’s, Belks, Bells, Target, Wal-Mart, Michaels, TJ Max and that is all. No malls, no pottery barn, no NOTHING!

But we do have a few great restaurants!

My favorite spot for lunch (or even breakfast) is Dominic’s Deli.


For dinner we head to Red Sphere for sushi whenever we get a chance! We don’t take the kids with us here – it is our date spot.


and you can always get seafood here on the beaches of Florida!


So if you are coming for a visit I would suggest staying HERE- Hammock Beach Resorts in Palm Coast, FL!


Like I mentioned before- we are located between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. Both are about 30 minutes from Palm Coast.

We lived right outside of Daytona and I worked there for four years – so I’m not too keen on it, but I LOVE the Old St. Augustine!


Then if you want to take a trip to Disney – never fear! It is about an hour and fifteen minutes away. We try to avoid it in the summer, but we frequent the mouse’s house often and have annual passes. We are planning a trip for later this month!



Overall our town isn’t bad! Lots of old ‘blue hairs’ as my dad calls them (old retired folk), but we live on a nice quite street and avoid Wal-Mart like the plague. The only bad thing is that the town is geared towards the retirement community and they don’t have a lot going on for families or younger people. It is also an outdoors area, so if you don’t like being outdoors – there may not be much here for you.

That is Palm Coast – take it or leave it. To be honest my husband and I enjoy the area and living close to family, but we are ready to leave. I’ve mentioned before that we are interested in moving out West!


August 25, 2011

Vintage Window Rehab–{Part 2}

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

So yesterday I shared window #1-
and after I finished the post I was determined to do something with window #2
Window #2 went a little something like this...

I mixed up my chalkboard paint…

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

only to find…

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

that it was WAY to gritty and had a sand texture. There was no way I was going to be able to write anything legible onto this chalkboard paint area! I started to wipe it off but then I was frustrated so I just put everything back in the garage, shut the garage door and went back inside. I had to wait a week to finally feel motivated enough to look at this darn window again. I knew it wasn’t going to be fun trying to remove the paint!

Then finally I was determined, so with a razor in hand I started removing the paint and attempted to do something with this window for the second time.

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

This time I decided to use the ol’ trusted Krylon chalkboard spray paint. I wanted to spray the middle pane with chalkboard paint and decoupage fabric to the sides.

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

I got everything taped off.

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

Opened the cap to start spraying only to find….the nozzle was missing!

UGH! I was really cursing Wal-Mart at this point.

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

The next day I headed back to Wal-Mart and exchanged this bottle for one that WORKED! So after that point it went something like this…

U-G-L-Y… you ain’t got no alibi! Your ugly! The colors don’t match AT ALL and you can still see some of that ugly green chalkboard paint from the last attempt. UGH! YOUR UGLY!

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

So yesterday I tried for the last time to do something I liked with this window. Forget LOVED – I didn’t care if I loved this window anymore, as long as I liked it my self esteem was going to feel WAY better!

I headed out in the heat, ripped off the fabric and decided to use chalkboard paint on all of the window panes.

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

OMG! I liked it. There was only one problem that I didn’t think about. I was in such a hurry to fix the ugly window panes, that I didn’t think to sand everything down first to get rid of that old green chalkboard paint. I then taped off all of the window panes with newspaper and got to work.

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

I sanded everything down and then sprayed some paint (that ended up being almost the exact same color as the paint already on the window) over the ugly green stuff.

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

Then I rubbed the sandpaper over it a little bit more once the spray paint dried to add a shabby chic look.

By this point the sweat was dripping down and I stunk to high heaven (as my grandma Pearl would say). I headed inside to create the finishing touches to this window.

I must say I now LOVE the finished window!

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

Vintage Window Redo - Chalkboard Window

What about you?

Enjoy – I’m taking a break from the outdoors. We are batting down the hatches as hurricane Irene is going to be kicking up high winds in our neck of the woods.


I'm linking up at...

Funky Junk Interiors