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This is a passionate blog for turning something old into something new again.
For resurrecting dead furniture into beautiful new furniture.
For handmade treasures and creative ideas.
For deliciously scrumptious recipes and healthy eats.
Follow me and explore the use of color, textures, and everyday items to pull together a room without spending a fortune.

May 26, 2011

Praise Him in good times and in bad!

The last 5 days here in Joplin have been something else...I tell you what. 
Here is what I realized though...
God is good! 
It may not seem like it when you look around and hear the heartbreaking stories 
of people that have lost their loved ones and homes,
but he is. 
And I have learned that the more you lean on him and trust him 
the more you can stop worrying about yourself and help others. 
Sure its a bumpy road and there will be times of testing and uncertainty and anger, 
but how can you be grateful for the good times if you never experience the bad ones?
Bad times build character and strength. 
They forge you into a working piece of art with scars that show everyone where you've been
and what you've survived through.

But I will say that I wouldn't mind if God would take a breather for a while Lol.

May 23, 2011

tragedy in Joplin MO

Hey everyone. I am going to be unable to post anything for a few days due to the fact that the city I am living in was hit by a tornado. My family and home are ok. unfortunately my really good friends lost their home along with a lot of other people. Pkease keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers.

May 19, 2011

Recipe Thursday - Spinach stuffed chicken with Golden Panko Parmesan Crust

I try to cook something yummy and easy to make on Tuesday nights so I will have a recipe to blog for my Recipe Wednesday Posts ...
I have been off on my days of the week ...all week... and realized I missed Recipe Wednesday. 
So today will be recipe Thursday! Yay!! 
The other downside to this was that I realized that I had 
Zumba right after dinner.
Eating too close to Zumba is a bad idea. 
I felt wretched all night long.
Let's just say ...lesson learned.

On to the recipe!

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast w/ Golden Panko Parmesan crust

  • 4 Chicken breasts
  •  1 1/2 cups of fresh chopped spinach (you can use frozen if you want)
  • 1 cup of Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 small container Feta Cheese (5 oz.)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Lime Juice
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • 1 cup of Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup of Panko
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 3 Eggs
  • Flour
  • Basil
  • Marinara Sauce

Take your chicken breasts and slice them open into a butterfly cut (think butterfly porkchops) 
take a meat tenderizer to thin it out for easier rolling..and it makes it more tender.

Mix together the 1 cup of Ricotta cheese, Feta Cheese, Lime juice, and 1 the chopped spinach. 
I use fresh because I think it is always best to use fresh vegetables whenever possible. 
If you want to use frozen make sure you thaw and drain it completely. 

After you mix the cheeses and spinach..season with a little bit of salt and pepper. 
Get three shallow dishes for the bread crumps/panko mix, the flour, and the eggs.
In a separate dish mix the bread crumbs, panko, basil, and parmesan cheese together. 

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. 
Take the spinach mixture and place on the chicken and roll it up nice and tight and pin with a toothpick. 
Dip chicken in flour, then in egg, and then coat with the panko crust mixture. 
Repeat with the rest of your chicken breasts and lay them in a baking dish. 
Drizzle olive oil over the chicken. 
Place in a preheated oven (375 degrees)
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. 
It may take longer depending on size of the chicken and your oven. 
Just make sure it is cooked all the way through and the juices run clear. 
Serve with Pasta and Marinara sauce.

May 17, 2011

DIY Linky Party -

Thanks to all of you who linked up with my linky party last week. 
Hopefully the next one will be bigger!!!

I was very impressed with all of your projects, but two stood out the most to me. 

This elaborate door was converted into a formal dining table. 
How creative is that?? 
I think it is awesome!!

Click on the picture to be directed to her blog.

 This side table turned out beautifully! 
What a gorgeous color and paint job. 
Jenny from Marine to a Housewife did a marvelous job...
check out her blog by clicking on the picture.

Both of these women turned their pieces into works of art. 
I love seeing all of your amazing creations and magical transformations!
Thanks again for linking up. 
Let's spread the word to make it grow!!

May 16, 2011

Giveaway!!! - Clutch with A Special Surprise Inside

Don't forget about my giveaway!!! 
It ends May 20th...so only 4 more days left!!! 
Hurry and send the link out to your friends and enter yourself..
if you haven't already!

Here's what you can win....

Btw...the lucky winner not only gets this super adorable clutch...
but I've also hidden a special surprise inside of it. I will announce what it is on May 20th!

Here's how you can enter!

  1. Become a follower of my blog
  2. Like my Facebook page
  3. Tweet about the giveaway
  4. Blog about the giveaway (send me the link to your post)
  5. Post a status update on your Facebook page about the giveaway
  6. Add my button to your blog
  7. Refer a friend to the giveaway
7 ways for you to enter!! 
Good Luck!!

May 11, 2011

As Promised - Tutorial for Vintage Lace Flower

Bah! I am such a loser lol. 
I totally got caught up on cleaning my bedroom (which was looong overdue) 
and waiting for The Voice to start that I blanked on this. 

Anyways, this is seriously the easiest tutorial ever. 

Vintage Lace "Flower"

Start with some lace (any color you like)
Vintage brooch or cool button
Thread to match your lace
Piece of felt for backing (make sure it matches your lace)
Headband or alligator clip
Hot glue gun

Start by cutting out a circle of felt in the size of flower you want

Then cut your lace to about 15-17" long. 
It really depends on how big you want your "flower"
Then grab your needle and thread and do a running stitch down one side from end to end. 
When you have finished the stitch, grab one end and pull the string...
gathering your lace to make it start to curl up. 
Creating a ruffled affect. 

Grab your piece of felt and hot glue gun.
Start wrapping the lace around the edge of the felt and work your way 
towards the center... gluing as you go. 

It should look like this when done
Once you have it fluffed the way you like it. 
Add some hot glue to the center of it 
and then place your button or brooch in the center of the "flower". 

I made mine into a headband, but you could glue an alligator clip to the back
and use it as a hair clip or put a safety pin on the back to turn it into a fun brooch 
for your purse or on a blouse. 

Like I said...this was really easy to make! 
Hope you liked it!!!

May 9, 2011

~New Giveaway Contest ~

Here's the 411 on my giveaway!!

This adorable zebra clutch with a surprise inside!!!

I bought this in a flea market. 
It has never been used and is in perfect condition.  
I thought it would make an excellent giveaway item.
I made and added the little flower to give it some extra zing.
Now through May 20th

  1. Become a follower of my blog
  2. Like my Facebook page
  3. Tweet about it
  4. Blog about the giveaway
  5. Post a status update on your Facebook page about the giveaway
  6. Add my button to your blog
          Make sure to leave a separate comment below for each thing you do.
You must comment on my blog...not facebook!! :D

I will use the random generator to pick the winner at 5 pm on May 20th. 
Good Luck!!!

Happy Monday ~ Before and After w/ Linky Party!!

Good Morning Ladies!! 
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day... 
I got to hang with my little one's
so it was very wonderful for me.
My weekend seemed to fly right by.
I did manage to get in some quality painting time which was long overdue! 

About a month ago, I had found a wood headboard and foot board for my son's room 
and after much debating (with my husband) on the proper color scheme for our son's room,
we decided to paint it a bright and cheery orange. 
His walls will be a wonderful shade of blue/aqua. 
to give it that tropical feel we were wanting to achieve.

Here's a shot of the bed before painting
 and here's the after...(pardon the Spongebob bedding. 
I am still on the lookout some new sheets for his room.)
Did you do any painting this weekend...or perhaps some fun DIY ideas? 
I'd love to see!!

In order to post your projects, please make sure to include my button
(to the right) on your post somewhere...or at least on your blog.
Also, don't link to your giveaway.
Only the project.
I will pick 2 projects to feature on my blog that I feel were the best!!

I linked up at the following sites....



Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden


May 6, 2011

Fashion Friday - Going Vintage

I look back on old photos from the 1920's-1950's and think...
"wow, they sure knew how to dress classy back then" 
I really wish that we could get back to that sometimes. 
The beautiful dresses with the matching hats...
perfectly coiffed hair...
and musicals...oh how I miss the musicals. 
"Singing in the Rain" anyone??  

Anyways, I threw together some looks that I think could be carried perfectly 
for summer with that touch of vintage elegance. 
Let me know what you think! 
I love reading your comments!!

May 4, 2011

Recipe Wednesday - Scallops with Sweet Hawaiian Sauce

Mini Scallops with Sweet Hawaiian Sauce

This is super easy and tasty...I promise!!
Sweet with a hint of heat. 
What's even better?? 
It's healthy!

What you'll need:

  • Edamame - Steam bags are the easiest!
  • Minute White Rice - you can use brown if you want, but I hate the texture of brown rice.
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper - julienne cut
  • Crushed Red Pepper flakes - 1 teaspoon
  • Zuchinni - 1 medium sliced into quarters
  • Carrots - sliced baby carrots
  • 1 bag of mini scallops - I bought a bag of the frozen kind from our local grocery store. 
  • Chicken broth - 1 cup
  • olive oil - 2 tbsp
  • salt 
  • pepper
  • garlic powder - saved me time from having to mince a couple of cloves
  • ground ginger
  • Lawry's Hawaiian Marinade - greatest stuff I have ever had!! YUM!!

Ok...here we go. 

Take 1 tbsp of olive oil and heat in a large skillet.
Add thawed scallops and brown over medium heat.
( I did this with them still frozen .. they are hard to brown that way. 
So starting with them thawed will work a lot faster and better)
 Make sure you don't over cook them. 
It should only take you about 7-10 minutes for them to cook.
While they are cooking season with salt, pepper, garlic, and ginger.
Leave out the red pepper flakes until later!!
Also start your rice by following the directions on the box or using a rice cooker
and add the edamame to the microwave (or however you cook them)
This way it the rice and edamame should be done by the time your scallops are.

Remove the scallops from the heat once they are done by placing them  in a separate bowl.
Add remaining olive oil in skillet and saute the sliced bell peppers, zucchini, and carrots.
Season with salt and pepper.
cook until almost tender and then add the chicken broth, scallops, and crushed red pepper
and let simmer until broth has evaporated all most all the way.

Once the broth is almost gone you can go ahead and prepare your plate.
Place rice in a bowl, add the scallops and vegetables, top with edamame
(make sure to remove them from the shell :)
and drizzle with the Hawaiian marinade.
For extra crunch add some of those crunchy low mien noodles.

Take the remaining edamame and sprinkle with a small amount of salt
and place on a table and watch your kids devour them.
Well, my 3 year old son does anyways.
He tells me "I got your mommy" with a mischievous grin... 
since he can't say edamame.
So precious!!

May 3, 2011

Charming Charlies Knocked My Socks Off!

Ok, so I promised pictures of my shopping trip to Charming Charlies boutique in the Battlefield Mall. 
Looking at these pictures I am reminded how friggin awesome this store is!! 
Fo' Real!!

They had these adorable crocheted head bands in EVERY color you could imagine. I succumbed to the black one!!
Sorry this picture is so blurry. I was trying to be nonchalant in my insanity with capturing every blessed moment in this store. And yes, that is my friends head in the way there :D
Rack after rack of every style of necklace you could imagine.

Look at the color!!

Another view of the store. I am not joking when I say this place was bigger than my 3 bedroom 2 bath ..2 story house.
The rings that are to the right of those black head bands were on sale for $1.00. I bought one!!
So many shiny, pretty things. It was a bit overwhelming

Headbands out the butt!!

I got so many good ideas for future hair pieces

Here are the gems I bought....

 I picked the black because it will go with more stuff
 My $1.00 ring!! So pretty!!
 This adorable ruffled tank. Hard to tell in the photos but is kind of a greenish brown and cream color...
These measuring spoons were too cute to pass up. 
Very heavy duty and have engraved on each spoon "1 Teaspoon of blessing" and so on and so forth. 
I will have to buy myself a set. 
These are for Mother's Day. 

In closing, I just wanted to say...run...don't walk to the nearest Charming Charlies. 
I promise you won't be disappointed!!!

May 2, 2011

Clutch My Heart and Hope to Die ~ Fabulous Flea Market Finds

Oh Em Gee..this weekend was pretty awesome. 
I got to have a girls day out on Saturday...
which reminds me...
thank you hot husband o' mine for watching the kids!!! 

Anyways, Saturday I drove to Springfield with my Bestie and we shopped to our little hearts content...
had lunch...and then shopped some more. 
GREAT day!!!

Okay...pardon my gushing for a sec, but I was taken to a store in the Battlefield mall that blew my mind. 
It's called Charming Charlie's.
I was in accessory heaven for close to 2 hours. 
This store is massive!!! 
Every color of the rainbow in earrings, bracelets, purses, scarves, rings, shoes, hats, hair bands, clips......
I had a mini heart attack. 
The best part is...everything in there is so hella cheap. 
I will have to post what I scored from there tomorrow for you all to see.


We also got to have lunch at HuHot. If you have one in your area...go! Seriously good food.

Okay...on to my fabulous flea market finds. I found all of these clutches for under $9.00. Check 'Em out!!!

The black one is really large. 
I included the pen so you could get an idea of size. 
These were barely used and in perfect condition. 
I can't wait to spruce them up a bit.

I would love to see what you all have found recently. 

Please link up your treasures and make sure to grab my button...(wink wink)


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