Monday, April 23, 2018

It's Dinner, Thanks To Cheryl's Frugal Corner

Recently we had a fun, high-fiber low-carb dinner thanks to Cheryl over at Cheryl's Frugal Corner.

When I read her recipe for Deconstructed Egg Rolls, I knew this was going to become a favorite for me because it's a lot like the filling for P. F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps. When we have lunch there, I always have their "appetizer" Lettuce Wraps for my meal.

The mixture of Cheryl's Deconstructed Egg Rolls are a lot like the filling for Lettuce Wraps. Cheryl said she has this dish over crispy noodles, but right away I imagined wrapping the mixture up in a lettuce leaf or topping a small amount of rice with a scoop. 

The main ingredients used for this recipe: ground pork, a bag of shredded cabbage mix, sliced water chestnuts, onions, ginger, garlic and other spices. Next time I make it, I'll try ground chicken instead of pork.

We don't use a lot of ginger, but I have read it's good for your health so I did use it

When it comes to cooking, I'm always looking for short cuts.  These squeeze tubes of ginger and garlic are easy to use and stay fresh for quite a while. 

If you're interested in frugal tips, I hope you'll stop by Cheryl's Frugal Corner and say hello. Her Deconstructed Egg Roll recipe is HERE.

If you are fond of PF Chang's hot sauce that goes with their lettuce wraps, you can find a copycat recipe for the sauce HERE.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Counter Stools Update

Thanks to a suggestion from The Bee Lady and others on my post about buying counter stools a while back, we purchased three stools for our counter and one for a back up.

The ladies suggested buying extras because if we lose one due to breakage, we might have a hard time finding a replacement. Their suggestions made sense so we bought the extras.

We gave the new stools a good workout recently when the four youngest grandkids were here together during spring break...

If you're a grandparent, I'm sure you've learned that superheroes don't have time to be careful with the furniture.

I would prefer stools with brown legs, but these white cushioned stools are only available with black legs at Pier 1 Imports. 

It would be easy to paint them with chalk paint, but buying a new house is in our future and the black legs might work better there.

To protect the wood floors, we added felt tabs to the bottom of these stools as we did with our other chairs and stools. 

We used the tabs that you pound in with a hammer, but first I had to remove the plastic ones that came on the stools when we purchased them. 

Luckily all it took was a Phillips-Head screwdriver and a little elbow grease.

It was more fun adding these "hammer in" new ones than removing the old ones. 

I don't know about you, but hammering something always makes me feel a lot better when I'm done!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cheap Craigslist Cubby Find

A few mornings after posting about my love for the $1000 green cubicle storage shelves I saw in a store in McKinney, I opened the local Craigslist link and the first item for sale was...

Photo From Craigslist - Cubbie Shelf Listed For $45

Turned out the seller lived nearby (less than a mile) and, according to Google Maps, it would take 3 minutes driving time to pick it up. 

After arrangements were made to go pick it up, we were quickly on our of us was happy and smiling at the thought of having this vintage piece and the other one was not!

Now this little storage shelf is nowhere near as big as that huge green cubby shelf, but it's perfectly cute and I can paint it any color I want...maybe I'll even paint it green like the McKinney one HERE.

Large Green Cubby Shelf For Sale In McKinney Tx

The best part of buying this cubby shelf is that it's clean without any dirt caked on the bottom shelves...the worst part is there's no chipping paint patina. 

As Gilda Radner used to say: 

"It's always something!"

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

It's Flag Season...Again.

I'm still standing by what I said in a post last year...

When it comes to decorating, there's only three seasons: Fall, Christmas, and Flag Season.

Basically, I love putting small flags in anything that stands still. As you can see in the picture above, adding dried beans to a canning jar helps to keep the flags standing up. 

I've found the best place to buy these small American flags is Home Depot. I usually find them there for 99 cents each. Lowe's carries the little flags too, but their price is a little higher. Yep, I'm lazy and cheap!

Right now I'm breaking out last year's flags to get started. I have to confess, it takes me a while to get it done when it comes to decorating. So once decor is up, I like to leave it a while. How about you?

Flags In The Pots Last Year

If you're a fellow lazy decorator, flags work - inside and outside -the whole month of May (building up to Memorial Day) then stay around for the 4th of July, and through the summer and on to Labor Day! 

That's why I'm repeating here what I said in this POST last year, except for Christmas and fall, all the rest of the year can be Flag Season.

In The Heat Of Summer When Flowers Die, Flags Can Add Color

Just let your little flags fly and add flowers, chickens, candles... whatever hits your fancy.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Stuck On Cubical Cabinets

It was love at first sight when I saw this big green cabinet in a shop down in McKinney the other day!

It's tall and wide, but very narrow...

The paint is chipped and stained and, on places like the ends, there's no paint at all...

Then there's the fact that the cubicles in this shelf don't line up like most cubicle shelves do. Most are perfect squares, but not these... 

I won't tell you Wild Bill's first thought, but my first thought was, "This would be perfect for our entryway." 

Our walls are very high so it would fit right in...if only...if only it wasn't priced at $1,000 dirt and all. 

I bought two small samples of their Vintage paint and called it a day. If only...

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Texas Bloggers And Fusion Paint

Needed some Fusion Mineral Paint the other day to complete a project, so we took a trip to McKinney Texas where my favorite Fusion Mineral Paint supplier is located.

Melanie's shop in The Antiques Company Mall is called Lost and Found, just like her blog Lost And Found Decor.

Melanie And Husband Brad, Lost And Found Shop

Melanie and her husband Brad were restocking her shop and making renovations that day. Of course I had to get some actions shots of the two of them...

I've been following Melanie's blog since she started it years ago. She has great tutorial videos on painting and finishing furniture on her blog, as well as pretty pictures of her painted pieces.

For 2 years I've been buying paint supplies from Melanie, but I had never actually met her in person until the other day when I was there to buy paint.

It was cold, windy and rainy that day, but Melanie's warm smile cheered me right up. 

Melanie was kind enough to answer more than a few questions from me about a couple of projects I'm planning to do. Melanie has used Fusion Paint to make over just about everything, including her cabinets and front door in addition to the usual furniture makeovers. 

Window of The Antiques Company Mall, McKinney TX

If you're in the McKinney area, The Antiques Company Mall is a great place to shop in old downtown McKinney. And if you're interested in learning about Fusion Paint, check out Melanie's blog for her tutorials.

I'm joining the Keep In Touch Party at Let's Add Sprinkles and the Amaze Me Monday party at Dwellings - The Heart Of The Home. I hope you stop by there too.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

TBT Tip: Baking Soda Cleaning

Here's a Throw Back Thursday tipBaking soda is so cheap and versatile when it comes to cleaning. I know I've said this before, but it can be used on sinks, silver, refrigerators... and even on your skin mixed with an oil or cleanser.

Here's our tray after sprinkling it with baking soda and then wiping the baking soda with a clean wet cloth to remove the tarnish.

Cleaned With Baking Soda And A Damp Cloth

Here's the before...

The Ugly "Before"

One benefit in using baking soda for cleaning is that it is edible. If you clean your silverware with it you don't have to worry if some is left on your silverware or platters.

I'm joining the Share Your Cup Thursday Party over at Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs Olson. Hope you'll join the party too.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Ashes Than Dust...

I like blogs that have questions that make you think. Recently over at Joey's Pad, a question was: What inspirational tattoo do you have or would you have?

Actually, I have tattoos, but none are inspirational. When I turned 50, I had my eye makeup tattooed on...Top and bottom eyeliner and a really light smudge of green-blue shadow above the top liner. Sometimes I even have my eyelashes dyed dark brown and then I'm virtually wash and wear! 

My answer to the question about inspirational tattoos was that I would pick Ashes Than Dust which is part of the credo of legendary writer, Jack London... 

I would rather be ashes than dust! 

I would rather that my spark should burn out 
    in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. 
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom 
    of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. 
The function of man is to live, not to exist. 
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. 
I shall use my time. 

I grew up very close to London's ranch in the hills of Sonoma Valley in California. I spent a lot of time roaming his property, which is an historic park, and touring the house his wife built to house all of their travel mementos. 

I loved soaking up the essence of London's adventures, which pervaded the buildings and property. As a young girl and teenager, I always wanted to be someone London would pal around with even though he died long before I was born.

I'm going to continue Joey's question here:  How about you? What inspirational tattoo do you have or would you wear?

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Design Time Saturday Night

Do you remember when HGTV was all about decorating? I miss those type shows!

HGTV's Kitty Bartholomew

Over at Preppy Empty Nester, Katie did a great post Missing My Old HGTV on the old shows from the early HGTV days. 

I watched HGTV like crazy back then. Now, except for a few shows like Fixer Upper, I hardly ever watch HGTV. 

One Saturday (late at night) in the winter of 2000, I got inspired after bingeing on all the Design Time Saturday Night shows! We had just purchased a newly built house, and the walls were still bare and seemed a bit lifeless in most of the rooms.

I decided right then and there that it was time to decorate the downstairs powder room by the front door. Did I mention we hadn't yet acquainted ourselves with things like Water Shut Off Valves and such?

Always Learn Where To Shut Off Your Water And Gas

I was downstairs, by myself, and decided to hang a large picture above the toilet. I held the heavy picture up with my right hand, and  stretched way, way over to reach with my left hand to pick up the hammer.

The large picture slipped right out of my hand and dropped straight down shearing off a heavy plastic-and-wire-type plumbing hose on the back of the toilet. Water gushed everywhere! 

The powder room was right next to the front room with wall-to-wall carpeting. To keep the water flooding out of the powder room from getting to the carpeting, I got on my hands and knees and grabbed a small rug to bail water out the front door as it came gushing out of the bathroom.

I was bailing water out the front door and yelling for Wild Bill to turn off the water. He was upstairs playing his keyboard and couldn't hear me! 

Finally, with the water flowing faster than I could crazily bail, I ran to the stairs and screamed until he heard me.

We couldn't find the water shut-off anywhere. I bailed water while he ran to our new neighbors...who had a house with the same floor plan as ours...and asked where their shut-off valve was. 

Back he and the neighbor came and literally jumped over me as I was still bailing water out the front door.

They couldn't find the valve in the pantry where the neighbor's was out the door they ran, around the house they went several times, then back through the front door again jumping over me as I bailed and bailed!

Finally, they returned to the pantry and found the valve right where it was supposed to be. Dirty, exhausted and soaking wet, we went to a Walmart and rented a Rug Doctor at 9:00 at night.

The two of us worked late into the next morning sucking water out of all our downstairs wall-to-wall carpeting. With the water shut off still because of the broken toilet hose, we went to bed dirty and totally beat!

Luckily the plumber who came on the emergency call Sunday morning to repair the toilet hose (with an indestructible flexible metal one this time) told us to call a "restoration" company, which we promptly did. 

At Sunday rates we almost paid our $500 deductible with just the  plumber's charges, so the restoration charges of nearly $4,000 was almost all covered by our insurance company. We were just glad to have our water turned back on.

Turned out, despite our late night Rug Doctoring episode, there was still lots of water in the carpeting and padding that had to be sucked out! And the flooded crawl space below the house was a swamp with all the water that flowed, so heaters and fans were set up right away on the first floor and in the crawl space under the house. 

We lived in Washington State at the time. In Washington, due to the wet weather that abounds, mold and mildew can easily set into your house when flooding is involved.

The noisy equipment ran and ran all week! We lived in our upstairs bedroom while this was going on, avoiding all the rest of the house. 

We were more than happy to get up and head to work each morning to get away from the sounds of all the equipment running day and night.

Have you every had a decorating faux Pas that lead to a disaster? Come on, I can't be the only one who almost wrecked a brand new house while trying to decorate. Maybe it's a good thing HGTV doesn't have Design Time Saturday Night any more.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Tea Idea From Decor To Adore

Stored away in a cabinet was a vintage candy dish. At least I thought it was a candy dish, but now I'm not too sure.

My mother-in-law had several family pieces that are vintage and antique glass, which she kindly passed down to me.  

Recently I saw a post about an impromptu tea at Laura's blog, Decor To Adore

I loved how Laura used a similar glass bowl to display her sugar cubes when setting her table for tea.

Laura's Victorian Tea Party

Laura's post inspired me to get my candy bowl out and shine it up. I thought I'd use it for sugar cubes just like she did.

Honestly, after I got to thinking about it I realized what I thought was a candy dish, probably was meant to be a sugar dish originally. It would make more sense given the era that it comes from.

What do you think it was meant to be? Candy dish or sugar dish?

From now on, I'll be using the little glass bowl for sugar cubes, and I'll store it in the glass kitchen cabinet along with the other tea stuff. 

As you can see here, the tea cups and the white tea pot are ready for  an impromptu tea party. If you'd like to see the rest of Laura's lovely post, here it is Victorian Tea In 10 Minutes.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Glass-Doored Kitchen Cabinet

Our kitchen's glass-doored cabinet got a decluttering this week...

Glass-doored cabinets are another thing I'll eliminate from any wish list for a future kitchen.

If we were staying here a few years longer, I'd remove the glass doors and add trim to make this cabinet into open shelves. 

In my opinion, glass doors just make the shelves behind them harder to use. What do you think? Are you a fan of glass-doored cabinets or would you rather just have open shelves instead?

These glass doors are made to look old with the old-fashion glass that has bubbles in it and kind of makes it look wavy.

For now the glass doors will have to stay as we are downsizing our belongings with the intent to sell our house in the near future. 

"The Ugly Before"

Painting the inside of the cabinet is a possibility, but for now just cleaning the clutter was enough for me. 

To get the cups up off the counter and to put some color in the drab cabinet, I decided to add cup hooks to the middle shelf. That entailed another round with the despicable "cup-hook math" which I find so overwhelming. 

This time I laid a long piece of painter's tape across the shelf in the position where I wanted the row of cups to hang. I marked the middle of the board with a line of chalk.

Then I just eyeballed the position of three cups on each side of the middle line. Last time I hung cups in the china cabinet HERE I tried to get all perfect with the math. This time I decided to go a little easier on myself. 

What happened to the china cabinet you might ask? It's getting stored in an effort to minimize furniture to just the necessities. 

Less furniture = bigger rooms right? Yep, thought you'd agree!

Once the cups looked about equally placed, I marked each cup handle position with a large dot of chalk. This is about as scientific as I can get...

Since these are small cups and I might want to put larger cups up in the future, I spread the cup hooks a little farther apart and limited it to just six.

Here's all you need to make your own professional cup hanging kit...Painter's tape, measuring tape, and a big ole piece of chalk!

Any advice about prepping a house for sale would be appreciated. Do you have any special tip that worked for you? 

I'll be sharing at the here Share Your Style party and here at the Keep In Touch party this week, hope you'll join me.

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