More work on the Playhouse

Part of my to-do’s has been to get some stuff done for the girls in the playhouse….last November (??) Dave and I moved our old shed to the other side of the yard, up a hill and started work.

https://thehappycrazyhouse.com/2013/11/25/playhouse/

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We had some extra flooring left over from a project that we never got to do….so we put it on the floor of the playhouse….we still have some left over – so Dave is contemplating putting some on the loft.

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I made a sign using some old plywood and the left over paint from our front door.

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The girls had their first sleepover in here last weekend.  Good times were had by all.

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There is still some work to do on the loft and the wall that the door is on….but holy cow – what a difference.

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What do you think??

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Freezer Meals – Crock Pot style

My schedule is changing next week and in preparation I decided to try a series of freezer meals.

I devoted the evening before to finding recipes that my family and I would be interested in eating over the next few weeks and then compiled my shopping list.  I spent 30 (!!!!!) minutes in Costco getting the items that I needed -spending less than $200.  I only walked away with a few things in my cart that weren’t on the original list.  My recipes came from two different locations – http://www.5dollardinners.com/ and The New Creative Crock Pot Cookbook by Robin Taylor Swatt.  As I was choosing recipes – I picked those based on what I could alter to use similar ingredients and also to adjust based on my families taste.

This is as close a list as I can get – I made 2 each of the recipes.  So my list below is set up to support making 2 freezers bags of each recipe.

  • 25 to 30 chicken breast
  • 10 –  15 oz cans of diced tomatoes or 5 of the 28 oz cans and split each one in 2
  • 6 cans – 15 oz can of corn
  • roughly 20 lbs of potatoes
  • 1 bag onions
  • 12 red, yellow or orange peppers
  • 12 apples
  • sausage – I purchased a chicken apple sausage, based on recipe on http://www.5dollardinners.com/
  • 1 large bottle of BBQ sauce
  • 8 pork chops
  • 1 package stew meat
  • 2 boxes chicken broth
  • 4 cans of beans – your choice.  I used black beans
  • 2 cans coconut milk

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From the Crock Pot Cookbook

Chicken Provencal – adjusted for us……..Add into a Freezer bag

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 pepper – diced
  • 1 onion – sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can corn
  • salt pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning = 1 tsp each

Curried Apple Chickens – adjusted for us…….Add into a freezer bags

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 3 apples – peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion – diced
  • curry, salt, pepper = 1 tsp each
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Sunday Dinner Roast Beef – adjusted for us…….Add into a freezer bags

  • 1lb of the stew meat
  • 3 potatoes – chopped or sliced
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 onion – diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt, pepper = 1 tsp each

Italian Stew/Roast – adjusted for us…….Add into a freezer bags

  • 1lb of the stew meat
  • 3 potatoes – chopped or sliced
  • 1 pepper – diced
  • 1 onion – diced
  • 1 small can of diced tomatoes or half the large can
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt, pepper = 1 tsp each

From www.5dollardinners.com\   (you should check this site out – if you haven’t already – when I was searching for freezer meals, this was the first one that kept popping up)

Freezer meals

To make each one – dump in your crock pot and cook as listed below:

  • Thawed:  low for 6/8 hours
  • Frozen – kinda thawed:  low for 8 to 10 hours

I am excited to try the new ones and see how the 2 hours in the kitchen and the 1/2 hour of shopping pays off in the long run.  Do any of you guys do freezer meals?  This is new to me, so I want to know how it goes over the course of time.

Cherry Tomatoes with Angel Hair Pasta and Fried Green Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes with Angel Hair pasta and fried green tomatoes…….cause I can.  In case you haven’t guessed yet….I love tomatoes.  So that means that summer is my food heaven.

Cherry Tomatoes with Angel Hair pasta

  • Angel Hair pasta – made according to the package instructions and drained
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

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Melt the butter in your skillet, add in your minced garlic – being careful not to burn it.

 

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Add in your tomatoes and the lemon juice.

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Then your pasta!

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I plated with basil and mozzarella.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

  • green tomato
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs

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Cut your tomato into roughly 1/4 inch slices.  3 bowls – 1 with the flour and paprika, 1 with the egg and milk, 1 with the breadcrumbs.  Put your slices in the flour bowl, then the egg bowl and finish in the bread crumb bowl.  In a small skillet with some canola oil – fry on each side till nice and brown.

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Oh My Goodness- fab.  Fab and Fast!  I did all this in less than a Drunk History episode on Hulu…..Specifically the Nashville one from Season 1.

 

Jane turns 4

Jane’s birthday party was over the weekend and here are a few highlights from the prep to the party.

I started with the invites as those would be my jumping off point for ideas.  I used a graphic design program and came up with invite below.  A quick upload to Walmart Photo Shop online and I had invites in no time.

IMG_2454 Now for the stuffs.  Jane’s pirate outfit included a stripped shirt, a red tutu, pirate hat and pirate necklace.  The kids (and adults) all got eye patches and pirate hats.  The princess wands were available for those that wanted them.

Jane's Pirate Princess Birthday

 

 IMG_2470We had a tattoo and sunscreen station 🙂 , a small pool for the littles and a larger pool for the bigs.
IMG_2476IMG_2482Jane enjoyed herself immensely in both.
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Happy Birthday Miss Jane!  Mom and Dad love you.

Friday Wrap Up – updated room pics

Look Above….there is a tabby called House Tour.  I have been slowly adding pics to it and I just added some more.  Click on the drop downs to end up with the before and after pics.  Scroll down for the updated afters.

 https://thehappycrazyhouse.com/house-tour/living-room/

Current:

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IMG_2411https://thehappycrazyhouse.com/house-tour/kitchen/

IMG_2417Whew…..it’s just a few pictures….but it represents so much work.  I’ve got some more pics to post of the remaining rooms and I’ll get those up in the next few weeks.

Peace out!  Have a great weekend peeps.

 

 

Jules’ Room Reveal

Earlier this month I was thinking that Jules’ room was done…..when I was taking the pics of the room – I realized I have some work to do with the interior wall.  (and the mirrors that I have above her desk – but that’s different)

As a reminder – Jules and Jane shared a room until Christmas time.  Click here.

IMG_2364I purchased a few things from Ikea for her room.

https://thehappycrazyhouse.com/2013/11/07/denver-purchases/

Above the square mirrors, I had a series of adhesive circle mirrors in a flowy pattern.  Unfortunately, the adhesive did not work well with the texture on the wall Jules’ room.  I have another set to put up, but I am looking for another adhesive.  I have used the Command picture tabs in the past…and think that is going to be my go-to.

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IMG_2407Kermit is from Dave’s childhood and has been passed down to Jules.

IMG_2368Straight across from the bed is the closet.

IMG_2366We are working on putting clothes away.  She is getting pretty good – when I remind her  🙂

Here is where I need to really re-think.  Dave hung the family pictures up for Jules and then I came along with the other 2….and just hung them up…..YEAH…I just hung them up without thinking it through.  I am so p-o’d at myself.  The drywall is brand new in that room and I just willy nilly put 2 holes in it.  Remember my pile of pictures to go through from the office?  Click here.

IMG_2372I have a few pictures from my arty art past that are going to be added to this wall to finish it out.

So….Thoughts?

 

 

 

DIY -Installation of the Front Door

It’s in.  It’s done!   I love it so.  Oh….wait a minute…let me back up and give you some back ground.

Many moons ago, in a land called Montana….there was this girl who bought a front door and wanted it installed.  The front door that was on the house was a good front door….just not the right one.  So after many internet searches, the perfect one was found and purchased……in March.

Old Door:

IMG_0045The new front door has been impatiently waiting to be placed in its rightful place…(ok – the impatiently waiting part was all me)

Dave was super awesome about the whole thing.  He had to do all of the work to get the hinges cut in and the holes cut for the deadbolt and door handle.

IMG_2344There was only one mis-step…..the door was up -but we needed to take it down and shave off a little bit from the side to ensure a good fit.

IMG_2345Isn’t it wonderful??  The slammer screen door kind of takes away from the overall affect.  But that slammer door is staying, at least for the summer.

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