Monthly Archives: January 2015

KICK-ASSEROLES

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If soup isn’t your cup of tea (see yesterday’s post), maybe you’d prefer to serve a casserole dish for the Super Bowl.  Here are some of the favorite kick-asseroles in my house.  Dan the Man is usually our family chef, so no crapsmanship around!

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Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

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EASY DECORATING FOR SHELVES

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I know you could argue that it’s impossible to tell what I’m showing in this picture.  I promise to post a better photo once I get the shelves installed.  I’m planning to put two small white shelves in the mudroom I’m decorating for my son and daughter-in-law.  I wanted to dress them up a little, plus I needed to introduce a little black element into the design.  Washi tape to the rescue! Read the rest of this entry

DECORATED WINE BOTTLE

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To decorate my son and daughter-in-law’s mudroom (aka coat closet), I decided to decorate a wine bottle to serve as a vase.  I planned to use some scrap burlap pieces I had, but my first order of business was to remove the label from the wine bottle.  Not as easy as it sounds! Read the rest of this entry

BACK AT IT!

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I’m finally back to blogging after a couple week layoff due to the serious malady of too-lazy-to-write.  I guess the holidays got the best of me.  I’ve now got a project that I’m excited about, though it may get the best of me too!  My son and daughter-in-law are building a new house, and I’ve offered to do a surprise design of their mudroom.  I had grand ideas until I saw the space — it’s a closet about five feet by three feet.  Scaling back on my visions of grandeur, I plan to put some cubed storage with a small bench (see pic below), lots of hooks for coats, and a rug for my grandkids’ little feet.  I’m also doing some crafting to decorate the space — a lot of white with pops of black and green.  Over the next week of so, I’ll post some of my crapsmanship.

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CHILI AND CORNBREAD WAFFLES

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I’ve been giving my waffle iron a workout lately, and I couldn’t wait to try Paula Deen’s Cornmeal Waffles with Spicy Chili (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/cornmeal-waffles-with-spicy-chili-recipe.html?soc=sharingpinterest).  Though I cut back on the spices somewhat, I followed Paula’s recipe with no other revisions.  It was a yummy treat, and no crapsmanship was involved!

TATER TOT HASH BROWN WAFFLE

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For my family’s Christmas celebration, I served a big brunch.  I wanted to experiment with making hash browns in my waffle iron.  Several Pinterest posters recommended using tater tots, so I decided to give it a go.  The day before the meal, I made the hash browns.  My first attempts were rather pitiful (CRAP ALERT!).  I should have crowded the tater tots closer together so they wouldn’t fall apart, and I should have cooked them a little longer to brown and crisp them up.  I found that it worked the best to center the tater tops in the waffle iron without filling up the whole iron.  In this case, smaller waffles were better. Read the rest of this entry