Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Crockpot LOVE!

I've used my Crockpot from time to time in the last year that I've had it but I feel like I'm falling in love with it all over again!

Whoever came up with this cooking machine was a genius!  

We all know I'm not a fan of cooking, but how lovely that my beautiful red Crockpot just does it for me!  It makes a happy me when I come home from work and know that I do not have to do much except maybe whip up a couple sides!

I found a recipe on Pinterest(love) and I tweaked it very slightly and ended up with a DELICIOUS dinner!

The recipe called for Hawaiian BBQ sauce (I think), but I didn't have that.

So yesterday at lunch I thew in a couple chicken breasts, Caribbean Jerk Marinade, and a can of pineapple chunks and cooked it on low for the rest of the day.

OH MY WORD....let me tell you.  It was YUM YUMMY!  It had a nice sweet taste with a touch of spice to it!  We ate it with Salad and rolls.  I was pretty proud of myself and prep time after a long day at work was nothing!  I also use Crockpot bags so I don't have a messy clean up....or maybe it's just me being lazy. But either way prep and clean up was quick and I was able to snuggle up on the couch and read a book for the rest of the evening!

What Crockpot recipes do you love?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Newest Projects!

I was able to check of a couple of projects off my list last night!  I'm in the middle of 3 more, but hey...I got two done so that's progress! :)

The first is really quite simple and I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture exactly what it is.
In our guest bedroom we're getting a black dresser so I needed something to put on top of it. I want to keep the room very simple and not hold a lot of clutter.  We were cleaning out upstairs for our garage sale I found a bulletin board and thought PERFECT!!

I had plenty of fabric left over from the curtains and pillows that I thought would look so cute on a bulletin board!

You can't really see them in the picture but I pushed white thumb tacks every 3 inches all the way around the sides.  Then I just flipped it over, made sure it was pulled tight and went staple gun crazy on the back edges! :)

I can't wait to get it put up in our guest room!  It's going to look SO cute!!

The second project was inspired by Pinterest, of course. :)

You know I'm always looking for something cute to add to the boyish hunting room and I found a pillow I just knew I had to make.

I found the deer pattern online, printed it and then cut it out of felt.  I also did the same thing with the letters, just printed them off of word.  I knew that I wanted a fabric that felt outdoorsy so I went with the burlap.  The only annoying thing is that I feel like it sheds SO much.

After I got the felt cut out I used an Iron-On adhesive.  My mom gave me some...I was just going to use pins but this was much easier.  Then I just did a simple whip stitch around the edges so hold it tight in place.  My mom help me sew the pillow, one because she has the sewing machine and two because she can just do it much faster than I can.  Slipped in a pillow and YAY.... a cute new pillow for the bed!!

It's starting to look cuter and cuter.  The pallet still needs some work but I did buy some Polyurethane yesterday at Home Depot so that I can give the pallet a satin gloss after I get it sanded down!  Brian doesn't get as excited about these kinds of projects as I do because he knows he has to end up helping. :)
That's all I've got for now!  There's much more coming soon..... I just want it to get cooler so I can stand being outside for longer than 20 mins!