Sunday, June 12, 2016

Life Lately



I've been meaning to post a few pictures from the past few weeks, but that old saying proved to be so true... there just aren't enough hours in a day. One thing that my husband and I have been up to is saving for a really nice vacation. I wanted to use something a little different than an ordinary piggy bank so I just chose to use a jar that I've had for years now and cut out a label for it. My plan was to write out "Adventures' with an 's', but I ran out of room. Oh and hubby drew that cute little airplane on the side. We decided that we'll put in $10.00 every paycheck which is every two weeks then in one year, we'll see how much we've saved by the summer of 2017.


 
I'm also sharing a few pics from Mother's Day because my daughters made me such an amazing breakfast. They both used food colors and their artistic skills (which by the way, wasn't inherited by me), to prepare the coolest pancakes on the planet in the most brilliant shapes. Honestly, I was so impressed that they went out of their way like that.


Check it out, this was my plate.


 
 They also scrambled up some eggs and gave me a side of applesauce in one of my favorite bowls. I was so stuffed, I couldn't even eat it all.
 
  
I also celebrated a birthday not long ago. Unfortunately, I had to work that  day, but my oldest daughter made me breakfast that morning, as well, before I went to work. It really surprised me because she had to go to work that morning, too. but she set her alarm clock at zero dark thirty and prepared banana stuffed French toast and scrambled eggs. I'd never even heard of stuffed French toast before, but now... I'm a HUGE fan.
 
 

Last, but not least, a while ago, I came out of this little sub shop one night and noticed that the colors in the sky were simply breathtaking. This photo was completely forgotten until I was searching in my phone... and there it was. So, I figured why not post it. 
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Well, even though we have plenty of time to figure it out, we've been tossing vacation ideas around, It has to be within our budget and a fun, but relaxing spot that we both agree on. There are so many possibilities that I'm glad we have a whole year to figure it out.



Anyhoo, that's about it for now. Until next time.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Kitchen Shelf Love



Well, it's been raining on and off for days now, but you won't find me complaining. I actually don't mind the rain at all, as long as I'm not caught in the middle of a huge down pour without an umbrella. I enjoy the sound of rain drops tapping against my windows and splashing on the roof. I am mesmerized every time I Iook outside the windows in a rain storm. I know, I'm a little odd. It's another random fact about me... Lol.

Of course, since I've been indoors more, I've had more time to surf the web. One of the projects I'm currently in the middle of is adding two floating shelves above my kitchen sink. Honestly, I can't even remember how long I have been admiring the look of floating shelves in the kitchen, but it has been a while. I have found so many amazing ideas that I want to share today.

Now, all of these shelves aren't placed over the sink. There are quite a few placed in other areas of the kitchen as well and I enjoyed each lovely, unique style. I guarantee you'll find a ton of inspiration. I know I did.



Cottage Charm:






 


Open Shelving, glass back splash:








Kitchen shelves.:


Wood cabinets, open shelving + subway tile:

 
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I am kind of crushing on this beauty over at My Paradissi…Eleni describes this one in detail  I am just loving the entire eclectic feel…subway tiles…brass hardware…open shelving…wood…stainless steel…wood floors and a bit of flair with the rug.  It all comes together and it all works.  I also adore that you can stylize the space …:


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Well, it looks like it's still raining out there so stay dry.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spend The Day With Me


My goodness, this weekend really flew by. I almost feel like I blinked and it was over. Anyhoo, I'm back at it and I thought it might be fun to share how I spend a typical day during the week. Just a warning, though. My life is soooo not exciting so hopefully, you won't be bored to tears. So, here goes.

I usually start my morning with oatmeal. I like that it's cheap and quick to prepare. Even though there are lots of different ingredients that I add from time to time to keep it interesting, most of the time, I just sprinkle in some cinnamon and a few raisins.


After breakfast, I pack my lunch for work. This morning, I made a garlic hummus sandwich on whole wheat with lettuce, tomatoes and sprouts... yum!.


I leave for work, but as always, I stop at Rutters to get a ginormous cup of coffee to get me through the early morning hours. I also grab a bag of chips to go with my lunch. Now, my commute is pretty short so after about 12 minutes I'm pulling into the parking lot.

So, do you like this desk? So do I, I just wish it was mine... lol.


The truth is, I actually work in a huge room filled with cubicles. The room I work in is a little similar to the picture below. I use two computers just like they do and they are also placed side by side. The only difference is I have more space. My desk is L shaped and the cubicle walls around me aren't nearly as high. Thankfully, I don't feel as closed in because I can still see everyone around me.


This is where I spend the better part of my day. Sorry, the pictures from work didn't turn out so great and the fluorescent lighting didn't help much.



I  haven't really done much to decorate my desk. I did buy a little sign because the quote really caught my eye. Oh and I picked up that little calendar at the dollar store,



I found these hooks at the Dollar Store, too. They fit perfect on the back wall of the cubicle. They are just perfect for wet umbrellas and my sweater that I wear when the air conditioner is blasting.



I'm usually pretty busy at work so I don't waste much time getting started and I'm quite content listening to the steady rhythm of computer keys tapping all around me. I'm on a roll and before I know it, it's time to break for lunch. I have my hummus sandwich with the chips and a bottle of water. During lunch, I always read and if you enjoy suspense as much as I do, you have to check out this story. You won't be disappointed.



After lunch, the rest of the day goes by pretty fast. All I can think of is that I'm glad I don't have to cook tonight. When it snowed on Saturday, I made a big pot of vegetable soup and there are plenty of leftovers for tonight.

Vegetable Soup - 100x better than the canned stuff! This soup is amazing, I had 3 bowls! #soup #healthy #recipe:

Okay, are you still with me? Now remember, I never promised it would be exciting so thanks for hanging in there.

Well, hubby and I are about to watch Person of Interest on Netflix. We just started watching the pilot last week and loved it. We're just hoping the rest of the episodes are as good. Here's hoping.

Have a wonderful rest of the week... :) 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring Cleaning

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"I Love Housework! Said no one ever…”

Happy Easter! Well, the first day of Spring was just last week and I celebrated by rolling up my sleeves and scratching a few items from my spring cleaning checklist. Now, I clean my home often, but I only deep clean twice a year. It's always at the start of spring and right before Thanksgiving so everything can be sparkling clean for the holidays. I really love a clean space and the feeling of knowing your home is truly clean is just deep down satisfying.

When I started cleaning, I didn't want to overwhelm myself so I just slowly began to tackle one room at a time, one corner at a time. Bathrooms and kitchens are the worst because they get the dirtiest so I decided to begin with the kitchen. So, this is what my week looked like.

Monday: Wipe down the top of the cabinets and wash the ceramics I store there.
Tuesday: Wipe down cabinet fronts. Clean windows and windowsills


Wednesday: Wipe down walls and backsplash. Clean the microwave inside and out.
Thursday: Clean the oven. I had already used oven cleaner the night before, so it was only a matter of wiping it clean.

Friday: Clean the Keurig and countertops.
Saturday: Clean the refrigerator inside, the top of it and the doors.

Sunday: Sweep and mop the floor.
 
I wish I could say that I'm done in the kitchen, but there is still more to do in just this one room. I still want to do a little organizing which I plan to tackle this week. Also, my apartment is really small and any way that I can add storage is a definite plus so I bought two floating shelves from Ikea. Oh and just pretend that you didn't notice the dishes in the sink... lol. Now, the shelves were just put up a couple of days ago, so I still need to figure out exactly what to display on them. Of course, for me, that's the fun part.


Whew... Okay, now I'm exhausted.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Zzzzzzz...

Counting Sheep

Last night, I didn't get much sleep at all. I tossed and turned then counted sheep for a while, but when that didn't work, I just laid there listening to my hubby snore. After being wide awake for some time, I decided to give up on returning to dreamland and climbed out of bed. Days like this, I need an easy recipe to prepare for dinner tonight and tuna casserole fits the bill.
 

My husband loves when I bake this. What I love is that it's fast, easy and I can actually make this meal for less than $7.00. There are even plenty of leftovers for the next day.
 


Ingredients:

3 cups of cooked elbow macaroni
2 6 oz. cans of tuna (drained)
1 cup of cheddar cheese
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup of frozen peas (thawed)
 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook macaroni in the boiling water stirring occasionally until tender, about 7 to 8 minutes. Drain then rinse with cold water.

Pour macaroni into a casserole dish. Add both cans of tuna, the soup and peas. Stir until mixed well then sprinkle an even layer of  cheese over the top.

Bake uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes and ...Voila! Dinner is ready. It's that easy. If you try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


Okay...

Hey wake upppp... have a gr8 gr8 day beautiful... did u chk the papers... ((((((((())))))))):

Monday, January 11, 2016

10 Random Things About Me

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Today, I thought it’d be nice to do a post that would help you to get to know me better. I love learning a little more about the ladies behind my favorite blogs, so I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy reading these little facts about me, too, So, here we go...
 
 
My Guilty Pleasure is Chocolate chip cookies. I will take chocolate chip cookies any day over cake, pie, candy and ice-cream, (although I enjoy those desserts, too).

I can juggle fruit. I can't do more than three oranges or apples at a time, but I can do it.
 
 
Cooking is my therapy. I love turning on some good, relaxing music or watching something interesting on TV while I put together a favorite recipe. It relaxes me to chop, stir, and listen to it sizzle in the pan. It's even more fun when I put it all on a pretty plate for my family and friends to enjoy it. By the way, you can find the recipe for this creamy tortellini and spinach soup... Here.

 
If I were a crayon in a crayon box, I would be Navy Blue. I think it's such a pretty color. You know, I read somewhere that the color blue is sincere, reserved and quiet. It seeks peace and tranquility above everything else promoting both physical and mental relaxation., It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order... interesting!



I know the lyrics to about a thousand Songs from the 1970's, including songs from TV commercials and television shows. Some of you may remember this one.

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When I see Anything Funny like this, I'll think about it hours or days later and at the oddest times just when everybody else around me is very quiet. People always look at me and wonder what in the world I'm laughing at.

I can't resist going straight to the comic section when I read the Sunday newspaper. What can I say, I'm one of those people that prefers to hear the good news before the bad.

 
This might sound crazy, but I'm Terrified Of Losing My Memory. Haven't you ever heard of those people that slam their head too hard and the next thing you know, it's like... who am I? Where do I live? I mean, can you imagine your brain being wiped clean and forgetting absolutely everything you've ever known and forgetting everyone you love, including your children... your parents? It's such a scary thought. 
 
 
I only paint my toenails, never my fingernails. I always admire the look of painted fingernails, but on me, they start chipping way too fast. I'm always washing my hands or they're in dishwater when I'm washing dishes or something. Unlike my toenails, polishing my finger nails just never last on me.
 
 
My name is Dee and I'm a bookoholic... it's true. I love books and the library has always been one of my favorite places to spend time, even as a small child. I can remember walking home some Saturday's with an armful of books that I just couldn't wait to get home to read. There's just something so completely awesome about being surrounded by millions of books. They're all alphabetized and stacked nice and neat on the shelves. They're like potato chips and I can never have just one. I always end up going back after two weeks to get extra time on the books that I haven't finished reading. Of course, while I'm there, I end up checking out at least one more. I have avoided the kindle like the plague because for me, it takes away the joy of actually stepping into a library, interacting with the friendly librarians who know me all to well and other people I might bump into, (even if it's a smile and a simple hello) and searching for that perfect book to get lost in.
 
 
Well, that's about it. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week... :)