Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pin of the Week: DIY Dry Erase Message Center

Pinterest Pin of the Week
This week I am featuring a project that I've wanted to do but have put off. Hosting Thanksgiving has motivated me to complete it!
I've seen this all over Pinterest, but I happened to pin this DIY Dry Erase Message Board from beach in the city. I've wanted to make a whole message center on one wall of our kitchen in hopes to keep the family more organized. I keep a personalized to-do list, but I thought this would help my family know what is going on.

I gathered several different picture frames with glass at a garage sale for about $4 and a can of silver spray paint from the store. I wanted silver to match my stainless appliances. I actually spray painted the frames a month or so ago before it turned cold.
I started out with two small frames for the calendar, but I found it difficult to write in a small square. I changed those small frames to reminders for each kid. I am not sure if I like the background to my calendars yet. I might change it to something lighter. The other frame is a recent photo of my kiddos that they enjoy drawing silly faces on. That one will be used for general reminders. I also spray painted a little plastic basket silver to store the dry erase markers.
I would like to make improvements, but will probably put those off.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Our Thanksgiving Feast

My grocery list for Thanksgiving is complete! I'll be completing the shopping later this morning for our Thursday meal. Our feast includes Turkey, Ham, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Butternut Squash, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls, Drinks & Dessert.

First thing I am preparing in my Fresh Cranberry Relish. It tastes best made a few days ahead of time, so I will be chopping away this afternoon.
Fresh Cranberry Relish for Thanksgiving
The turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and rolls are very basic. No special recipes. My friend, Janet, will be making one of her gourmet salads with goat cheese and other toppings. My teen just loves Janet Salad!

I found some new recipes on Pinterest that I am excited to try out. The first is Roasted Butternut Squash Cranberries and Celery with Rosemary and Lime from Kevin is Cooking. I usually do Butternut Squash with olive oil and Parmesan cheese, but I am very excited about this variation.
Drinks will be skim milk, water, or this Cranberry Lime Punch found at Sweet Treats Baking. I will not spike it.
For dessert, I am going to make this Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie Pie from Inside Bru Crew Life. I think I will going off my low-carb diet for a piece of this. It looks amazing!
In addition to eating mid-day on Thanksgiving, we will be attending pie fellowships on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. I'm making a Mint Dirt Pie and a Lemonade Pie for each.
I plan for leftovers on Friday night. Not sure if they will last beyond that. What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pin Me Linky Party 112

I have been super busy this week getting ready for a craft show that I am doing this afternoon. I'll do double features next week. Have a great Thanksgiving next week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pin of the Week: Chicken Bacon Chowder

Pinterest Pin of the Week
I have another great low carb recipe for you this week!
It's Chicken Bacon Crock Pot Chowder from Peace Love and Love Carb. The word bacon in the title is what attracted me to this recipe, but overall it sounded great. I followed the recipe to a T, but added carrot and sweet potato. This was a family effort, with my husband prepping the meat and my daughter and I cutting the veggies.
This photo isn't very pretty at all, but the chowder was fantastic!! I ate it the next day for lunch and dinner and I was sad when it was gone. DELISH!! Unfortunately, I just took one photo!!
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