How-To Tuesdays {Week 6} & Announcement

It’s week six here at How-To Tuesdays! 
This will be our last link-up for a few weeks while our hosts take care of some outside things and we can get back on track. We are looking for another co-host, so if you are interested please get in contact with Caitlin over at Aprons, Trainers, and Bibs! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

My features from last week:

DIY Mason Jar Decor| My Paper Craze
Homemade Pie Crust | Yesterfood


If you are ever featured, please head over to Aprons, Trainers, and Bibs and grab a button to put on your page! She has the button featured on her blog! 

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A few guidelines to read before submitting your link:
  • Link to a specific how-to post, not your home page
  • Share up to 3 new posts โ€“ keep it fresh โ€“ donโ€™t link up the same posts every week
  • No links to promote giveaways, sponsored posts, other link parties, or your shops
  • Visit other links in the party, leave some comments, and share, share, share!
  • Share our button on your post, so that people know where youโ€™re linking up, and so you have a chance to be featured! You must link back to us if you want to be featured!            

By entering a link, you give myself and the other hosts to feature your pictures on our blog. Proper links and credit will be given. 

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How-To Tuesdays {Week 5}

Welcome to WEEK FIVE of our amazing link-up! If you have linked up with us in the past, thank you so so much. This week I have a challenge for you: tweet or share one other post on your Facebook or Twitter page. Can you do it?! Let’s share these amazing DIY and How-To projects with as many people as possible!  

My features from last week:

Trail Mix Breakfast Cookies | Musings of a Northern Girl 

Broccoli Salad | mom knows best

If you are ever featured, please head over to Aprons, Trainers, and Bibs and grab a button to put on your page! She has the button featured on her blog! 

HOSTED BY:


A few guidelines to read before submitting your link:
  • Link to a specific how-to post, not your home page
  • Share up to 3 new posts โ€“ keep it fresh โ€“ donโ€™t link up the same posts every week
  • No links to promote giveaways, sponsored posts, other link parties, or your shops
  • Visit other links in the party, leave some comments, and share, share, share!
  • Share our button on your post, so that people know where youโ€™re linking up, and so you have a chance to be featured! You must link back to us if you want to be featured!            

By entering a link, you give myself and the other hosts to feature your pictures on our blog. Proper links and credit will be given. 

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How-To Tuesdays! {Week 2}


It’s week two of our amazing link-up party! Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! I LOVED looking at all the crafts and recipes! Y’all are really amazing people! Caitlin said last week we had over 400 views, that is awesome! Remember to SHARE SHARE SHARE so we can have as many people as possible link up with us each week! 

My features from last week:

Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad | Pellerini Proclaims 

Ask The Kids | Prototype Mama 

DIY Wood Easter Eggs | Sew Crafty Cat
If you are ever featured, please head over to Aprons, Trainers, and Bibs and grab a button to put on your page! 
She has the button featured on her post today

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A few guidelines to read before submitting your link:
  • Link to a specific how-to post, not your home page
  • Share up to 3 new posts โ€“ keep it fresh โ€“ donโ€™t link up the same posts every week
  • No links to promote giveaways, sponsored posts, other link parties, or your shops
  • Visit other links in the party, leave some comments, and share, share, share!
  • Share our button on your post, so that people know where youโ€™re linking up, and so you have a chance to be featured! You must link back to us if you want to be featured!            

By entering a link, you give myself and the other hosts to feature your pictures on our blog. Proper links and credit will be given. 


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DIY Chalkboard Sign

If you know me, you know I am not a crafty person. I am however trying to change that. I saw this on Pinterest and I KNEW I had to try it out. I, like the majority of the female population, am obsessed with anything chalkboard (and monogram and chevron). This craft was super simple, super cheap, and super adorable. Let me know if you try this one out! I think you would really love it.


This doesn’t take rocket science, trust me. Take some paint, plop it on the pan, and paint away. 


I would suggest two or three coats of this chalkboard paint. LET IT DRY IN BETWEEN LAYERS!
And when you are finished, let it dry for 24 hours before you write on it because i’m an impatient little girl and it didn’t go over so well. Haha. 

Such a simple craft! I am going to be posting mine up in the kitchen for a little decoration! Again, let me know if you try this one out! I would love to see it! 

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The Best Chilaquiles!

Okay, I can’t say the “best” because i’ve never actually had these before. However M approved, and that’s all I needed! This was such an easy meal to make and seriously SO delicious! This is a must try! 

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Ingredients:
-6 Corn Tortillas
-1-2 TBS Oil
-1/2 Cup Pinto Beans (or any beans of your choosing)
-1/4 Cup El Pato
-1/4 Cup Salsa 
-6 eggs
-A handful of Mexican Queso
-Cilantro

Steps:
First, cut your tortillas into triangles. I used a pizza cutter for this
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Next, heat your oil in a skillet of your choosing and place the tortillas inside. You want to let them fry in the oil for a few minutes until they are a little hardened up. 
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After the tortillas have cooked, place your El Pato, salasa, and pinto beans into the pan and cook until the tortillas soak up some of the sauces. 
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After this is done push all ingredients to the side to make room for the eggs. I chose to scramble mine, but you can cook them however you’d like. 

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After your eggs have cooked, all you need to do is top with your crumbled queso and cilantro and enjoy! 
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This is seriously such a simple meal. It was very filling and most importantly delicious. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
Let me know if you try this one out! Thanks so much for reading! 

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Guest Post: Caprese Chicen Recipe!

{Today the lovely Rachel from RachMarie PR is gonna share an amazing Chicken Caprese recipe! I can’t wait to try this one out!}

I love anything Italian and basically anything caprese. Who doesn’t though, right!? So, when I saw a different variation of caprese chicken the boyfriend and I put our head together and came up with this version.

Super easy, quick and delicious! After eating my piece of chicken I even said, “I figured this would be really good but I can’t believe how good it really was, and how easy!” It was delicious. I can’t wait to cook, and eat, this again.




Ingredients:
4 skinless chicken breasts kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 large garlic cloves, minced
cherry tomatoes, halved – to taste
10 large basil leaves, finely chopped
8 oz fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced in 1/2 inch thick slices
balsamic vinegar – to taste

Directions:

Salt and pepper both sides of chicken and set bake at 350 degrees for 30-35min, or until thoroughly cooked..
Combine halved cherry tomatoes (I actually cut mine into fours), olive oil, garlic and basil in a bowl.
When chicken has finished baking, remove from oven, layer the top of the chicken with slice mozzarella and tomato and basil mix.
Place chicken back in oven until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and drizzle balsamic vinegar to taste.

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Vino Backyard Designs Review + GIVEAWAY!

My oh my!
 How cute is the product I get to review for you guys?!
I was sent this Monogrammed Stamp, however all opinions are my own. I also chose for our wedding date to be added, but the possibilities are endless as far as what to put on yours! 

If there’s one thing I love, it’s people who are starting their own business. It is something near and dear to me and I fully support anyone who is trying to do such a thing. 
That is exactly what Victoria and her boyfriend are doing with Vino Backyard Designs

I am a sucker for cute packaging. When my box came from Vino Backyard Designs I was so impressed by the packaging. I mean really, how adorable is this?!
I immediately tore this bad boy open because I was SO excited to see the product inside! Needless to say, I was NOT disappointed. 
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I knew a stamp like this would be perfect when it came time to send out our Thank You cards from the wedding, and I was right! How amazing is that monogram in the middle?! Plus our wedding date? ADORABLE! I’m just truly truly in love with how cute these are! And using these on our thank you cards really did look awesome! (well, I think so anyway)
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(my stamping needs work, hush)

I absolutely loved my monogrammed stamp! And now if you ever get mail from me, prepare to see this being used on the envelope. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Lucky for YOU guys, the amazing people behind Vino Backyard Designs want to giveaway a Monogrammed Return Address Stamp! Enter using the form below! 

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Eggplant Parmesan: Recipe

A few nights ago I made a surprisingly delicious Eggplant Parm. I looked around so many different sites for a recipe and each one was having you deep fry things and make pasta from scratch. I didn’t want to do either, so I made my own recipe, if you will. I posted a picture to Instagram and more than one person asked for the recipe, so alas, here it is! 

This dish takes a little while to prepare because you need to let the eggplant dry out, but I promise you it is worth it in the end. 

Ingredients:
-1 Eggplant
-Pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)
-Low fat mozzarella 
-2 eggs
-1 cup flour
-2 cups italian breadcrumbs
-Salt
-Parmesan

Steps:
1. You need to let the eggplant dry out as much as possible. Cut your eggplant into about 1inch thick pieces and lay them on a cooling rack, cookie sheet, or whatever you want. I used a cooling rack. Liberally salt them. This helps the drying out process. I let mine sit for about 30 mins, then flipped them over and salted the other side. Let sit for another 30 mins. After letting them dry out, I patted mine dry with a paper towel. After you have let them dry, cut off the outer skin. 

2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and set a cookie/baking sheet inside.

3.Put your flour on a plate, whisk your eggs in a bowl, and place the breadcrumbs on another plate as well. Next, dredge each piece of eggplant in this order: flour, eggs, breadcrumbs. After all pieces are coated, pull the cookie sheet out of the oven and cover with about 4 tablespoons of EVOO, followed by your covered eggplant. Place in the oven for about 30 mins, flipping the eggplant to the other side after 15 mins. Pull out and turn oven to 350 degrees. 

4. After eggplant has cooked, you are going to assemble the eggplant, cheese, and sauce in a baking dish. Do one layer sauce, followed by eggplant, slices of the mozzarella and repeat. Also between layers, I did liberal sprinkles of parmesan cheese. 

5. Place in oven and bake until cheese is melty, about 15 mins. 

Note:
1 eggplant made enough for two people plus leftovers for lunch the next day. If you are feeding more people, up your eggplant count. 
I used store bought pasta sauce for this recipe. 

We served ours with salad. 
Have you ever had Eggplant Parm?
Did you like it?

Let me know if you try this recipe out and how it was for you! 

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We Have Carpet!

Okay, this post is a little long overdue seeing as we got carpet a few weeks ago, but nonetheless, here is the post to fill you in on our first real “update”.
WE HAVE CARPET! 
If you’ve ever had new carpet put into your home, you would understand my excitement. Especially considering what we started with. However I kind of liked the concrete floor we had before, what do you think?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

BEFORE:

 AFTER: 

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It’s crazy what paint and some carpet can do, huh?!
This big room had probably not been deep cleaned in literally 10+ years. 
LUCKY US! 
If you’re ever renovating a house or doing any “flipping”, these are a few of my suggestions.
1. You will need paint. 
And then more paint. 
And then some more. 
And then when you think you’re done, you’ll probably need some more. 
Make sure you’re remembering what paint colors you are buying. We signed up for a ‘MyLowes’ card and it tracks everything we buy, making it much easier to remember things. 
2. Carpet is not cheap. 
That’s really all it comes down to.
 We opted for the ‘in stock’ carpet which saved us some money, however carpet can get costly so make sure you budget for it.
3. The tile you see in front of the door and around the fireplace? 
(which I realize there isn’t a picture of this, but let’s just pretend and i’ll share all about it in another post.)
 M laid that with his dad and cousin, saving us quite some money by not having to hire a professional. They did such an awesome job on it and I am so thankful for a handy man! (You’re the best babe!)

This room was a big project. 
We’re slowly working on each part of the house and I can’t wait to keep sharing updates with y’all! 
If you ever have questions about our renovation, please feel free to ask! 
(Comments or Emails are wonderful!) 

Have you ever done a big house project like this before?
What were your most frustrating and/or easiest parts?

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Home Tour (Before Remodel)

As stated in my first post about the home we purchased, we bought a fixer upper. This is something M and I wanted to venture into. We wanted a home with character and over the years we wanted to renovate it into a masterpiece. A lot of houses these days are “cookie cutter” homes, where each one in the neighborhood/development look the same. I knew I wanted nothing like that. M and I knew we would be taking on a big task with this home and we were right, there is a lot to do. We are so excited though and I can’t wait to share this adventure of ours on this blog for those of you who want to read along!

I figured I would start with a home tour. Pictures of the home from when we bought it. Some of y’all might think i’m joking with these pictures, but I assure you I’m not. Haha. These pictures truly came from the day after we closed and we hadn’t touched anything yet. If you have questions about any of the rooms, the layout, or general questions, please feel free to ask away! We have big plans for this house and like I said before we are very VERY excited!

The two pictures y’all have seen before, but this is the front view and the side of the house. 


The house from the backyard 
Our lovely blue-ceilinged living room. Classy, huh? We debated on keeping it like that. ๐Ÿ˜‰



The fireplace I am very excited about! 
Our formal sitting room/play room/random room/I don’t know what it should be.
I especially love the front door in the middle, the sheep rug that was so kindly left for us, and the window we got to demo out of there. (Post to follow)


We have a bedroom to the right of this room, and the dining room off to the left of it.


We also have two kitchens. Yes, two. 
But not to worry, they won’t be staying the way they are right now. 
 (This is my favorite window in the house)



Laundry room that will quickly be something else 

Downstairs bathroom, stairs, and upstairs bathroom. 
Also along the wall is storage type closet things that we will use for the bedrooms upstairs. 

A glimpse of our master bedroom(which I realized I didn’t get any great pictures of), what will soon be my glorious closet, and the bathroom that goes with this bedroom. 

We also have a cute sunroom that I will soon fill with lots of crafty things/seasonal decorations/anything else my little heart desires. Hey, he has his own garage, so it’s fair…right?

And our backyard that seems to go on for forever. 
Just wait until we’re done with it, people! Just you wait! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyone notice that nearly every floor in the house is a different type of floor?! As you can see, we have a lot of house to work with. There are still pictures of closets and random parts of the house I didn’t show that I figured might be better once we do our “Before & After” shots. We have a lot of projects in mind for this house and we have already started on a few projects! Once we finish each one you know they will be posted on the blog so KEEP POSTED! The worst thing about getting a fixer upper? You never realize how much paint you need AND how much paint costs! Hahaha. It has already been an adventure and I can’t wait!

Have you ever renovated a house before?
What if your favorite DIY project?

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