I have varied interests from target shooting, music, art history to politics and volunteering. I enjoy spending most of my time learing how to cook, doing crafts and generally just enjoying life. I love hanging out with my family, friends and two dogs. I like all kinds of arts & crafts, music and recipes even though I am very un-crafty, un-talented and un-domesticated. But in my defense I do try.
I like some outdoor activities like 4-wheelin and target shooting. The things to know about me is that I am addicted to Starbucks and Diet Green Tea. I am a hopeless romantic and am crazy about a man named Jody (I think I might marry this man someday) and I take lots and lots of pictures. I am hoping to incorporate a little bit of everything that makes me... well, ME into my site. Please feel free to leave comments and feedback or even follow my blog if you'd like. I do hope you enjoy the page and stop back by often.
Taco Bowls At Home... Who Knew!
When I go to a Mexican Restaurant I usually order a taco salad in one of those pretty little flour tortilla bowls. Man are they good. So good in fact that Jody generally helps me eat my shell/bowl. He likes a dish we call cheesy chicken but has always wanted to try it in a shell like my taco salad but won't ask the waiter. Being the dutiful girlfriend I am I'm mastering how to make his favorite cheesy chicken dish and with the help of Pinterest I may even get to serve the dish in some cute little tortilla bowls. This is what I did.
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Took my 10 tortilla shells out of the packet and sprinkled them with a little water.
3. Wrapped them in a paper towel and placed in the microwave on a mircrowave safe plate for 1 minute. For those of you who are just learning how to cook (like me) and need exact directions...I did turn the microwave on for that minute (haha).
4. When I removed the tortillas from the microwave I lightly coated my hands with cooking oil and rubbed each side the the tortilla making sure I covered them just with a slight coating.
5. I them took out my 12 count muffin tin and my 6 count tin and placed them upside down and laid the tortilla shells in between the muffin slots making a little bowl shape.
6. I placed the muffin tinned tortillas in the oven on the middle shelf for 8-10 minutes checking every few minutes to make sure they did not burn.
7. Remove from oven when they start to brown and let cool before removing them from the bottom side of the muffin tin.
8. Garnish with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!
Now how easy was that? Jody will think I am the bestest girlfriend EVAH! for this one. I'm doing a test run tonight with some tacos to make sure this experiment works. Nothing spectacular about the tacos but here's the low down on them to. Using plain hamburger meat cook up with a packet of taco seasoning and drain grease. I'm adding the seasoned meat, lettuce, Mexican cheese, black olives, salsa and sour cream layering it all in my crunchy little tortilla bowls.
I'm attempting yet another diet... I've battled my weight all my life. I've even went to the extreme of Gastric Bypass surgery and kept my weight off for 8 years. However, recently I have put back on 40 to 50 pounds. I am also a sufferer of fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. I have migraines and sinus issues. You name it I got it basically. In doing a little research I have concluded I need to give up all sugar and yeast. Research has shown that sugar and yeast cause flare ups in Fibro patients and I am to a point where I will try anything to feel better. Sugar and yeast causes the body to have an over growth of yeast and causes chronic infections. Tomorrow I begin this diet and am sure it will be tough. Currently I live on a diet of green tea, an occasional soda, chocolate, Starbucks, bread and breaded meats. I expect a week or so of misery as I detox from everything I love to eat. If giving up sugar and yeast help with the medical issues I have it will be so worth it and if I can lose some weight in the process this will be great to. I would love to hear from others who suffer from yeast over growth issues. I need advice on diet changes and a little encouragement never hurts either. I'll keep posting my progress. If you would like to read more on this subject check out this article http://www.endfatigue.com/health_articles_f-n_2/Infections-candida_eliminating_yeast_fungal_overgrowth.html
It was such a lovely day last Wednesday we thought we would borrow Pop's convertible for our weekly date night. This is Jody... he can't go any where in Lebanon without being recognized any more because I have his picture plastered all over Facebook. Say Cheese!
Contact paper is my new best friend. I seriously think every Uncrafty Diva needs rolls of this stuff. I can't master Mod Podging so this is just as good. This pattern matches my sheets for my new bed so it is part of the bedroom re-do. All I did was unscrew the lightswitch from the wall. Cover it with contact paper. Used an exacto knife to cut around the center rectangle for the switch and then screwed it back to the wall. Easy peasy, just the way I like it. It is prettier than it looks in the picture but you get the idea.
Someone is just too smart... Hang shower curtain hooks from a coat hanger and then put your belts, scarves and in my case boas (yes, I am a princess... but that's a story for another day) through the hooks to keep them off the closet floor.
My house is old and things are not easily replaceable so instead of replacing this old dingy bathroom grate I spray painted it with stone paint that I also used on a shelf and a pedestal in my hall. As you can see by the photo I don't do much perp work and use my yard as my work bench.
Part of the bathroom re-do. More contact paper. I lined all my freshly painted bathroom vanity drawers and now they are to pretty to put things back in the drawer (seriously I don't want to mess them up). I guess that is one way to do some organizing and cleaning up.
The before...the ugly white door. So let's paint a door black. It's not as easy as you might think. I used half a quart of black paint. It took about six coats to each side of the door. I also got a little on the white trim so my tip is to be sure to mask off things carefully. I love the final result and it made my bathroom look so much nicer. Another tip... use a foam roller after you cut-in the door. It seriously cuts down on brush marks and just evens things out.
The before knob is old, ugly and gold... oh no, not any more. Now it is pretty and silver to match the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom. So before you ask, yes you can spray paint a door knob. It is holding up fine. But I will say this is a bathroom closet and doesn't get used that much so paint your knobs at your own risk.
The finished project... a magnet board. It's a tray spray painted black and turned on it's side on a picture frame holder. I found several trays for just a few bucks at the Goodwill and thought what the heck. I love it. See Jody there in the center?
Seriously good idea. I always have a very untidy cabinet. This is a cardboard box right off the shelf at Wal-mart (I bought all it's contents- the Anderson Peanut Butter Pretzels) and covered it in contact paper. So helpful not having cans every where. Especially great if you buy a lot of the same product and you can keep them all together in multiple bins.
Jody loves the Three Stooges so I made him a set of coasters from bathroom tiles and pics off the internet. All I did was a layer of Mod Podge on a bathroom tile then center the picture and add a few more layers of Mod Podge allowing it to dry between coats. The new Three Stooges movie comes out on April 14, 2012 by the way. Guess where we'll be?
Framed scrapbook paper for art. I found paper that matched my bedroom curtains and sheet set and framed it in these black frames for instant art. I need something to go with this to finish it off but you get the idea.
This weekend project has been one of my favorite so far. I need a new bed so I took the opportunity to do a complete bedroom make over. The bedroom started out a Robbins Egg Blue color and was painted cream. The bed is a memory foam with a pillow topper so it's like sleeping on a cloud. The headboard is a slip cover over a frame (genius). The "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" a $10.00 Big Lots find and the decorations are repurposed from the rest of my house. I have a black shelf with the wax cast hands of me and Jody (left), a picture of me and Jody holding hands (right) and a picture of me and him at Halloween with me kissing him with big red candy lips.
Since discovering the website Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) I have become a crafting/recipe/organizing fool. Any project that I might find easy... I'm doing. I've painted my ugly old white bathroom cabinets black along with the closet door in the bathroom and even spray painted my door knobs silver. I've sprayed the bathroom air vent with stone paint and carried that into the hallway by painting a pedestal and candle holders. Today I used what little stone spray paint I had left to paint a broken candle pedestal. It was the kind where a pointed globe sat down into the base. I accidently knocked it over with purse and there the globe went into a million pieces. Guess what my genius self came up with to fix it? A paper birthday hat! Yes, a birthday hat. I spray painted it brown since I was out of stone paint and I bought a round flower foam thingy (yes that is a technical term- hehehe) and painted it as well. When they finish drying I am going to stick flowers in the foam thingy and place it down in the base and instead of a candle pedestal I now have a new flower arrangement for my hallway.
I have done so many other projects the past several months. I hope to get pictures up soon. I have taken plenty of them believe me. My favorite projects so far have been the bedroom re-do. It got a fresh coat of paint, a new bed, bed linens, a contact paper lightswitch and a cute "Always kiss me goodnight" word art saying put up on the wall over the bed. I've also quite enjoyed my black magnet message boards made out of old trays (just some spray piant and a picture stand and my favorite magnets). I've also found scrapbook and contact paper that match my Waverly Country patern curtains and sheets so I've made my bedroom decorations all to match. I love my new comfy bed to! That's where I'm writing you from today. Unfortunately my back is out and I'm not getting much done today. But the good thing is I'm getting to write this blog and play on my new computer.
My next few projects include making a chair out of my mother's old 1960's Samsonite suitcases. This is a great upcycle for what otherwise would have been thrown away come April in our local clean up days. This way her high school graduation present lives on in a trendy chair for me and it gives me a piece of her to keep always. I have the complete set of her luggage I found in her garage and have already began working on the smallest travel case. I think I will make it a makeup case for me to leave at Jody's house with all my weekend extras in it. I'm nervous when it comes to sewing the fabric but I have a found a great tutorial on how to do it so now I just need to buy the legs and fabric I want to do this project with. I also want to take an old base I have to a night stand and the glass I have from an old table and make a new kitchen table out of it. I am loving bench seating right now and shopped around my Mom's house again and found an old coffee table that would be perfect to cover and use as seating around my new table (maybe use the same fabric I buy for my suitcase chair to save a little money, might even make a table cloth to match).
Always one project leads me into another. I am loving it though. Who would have ever thought the Uncrafty Diva here would be having so much fun and I'm sprucing up the diggs around here to! Jody says he doesn't mind me doing all this as long as I finish one project before strating another...um well okay. I do that... some if not most of the time any way. It's always a work in progress around here for me. I hope through blogs like mine you get inspired to share in the fun and post some of your Pinterest finds, arts & crafts ideas, cleaning tips, recipes and any other great jewels of wisdom you find or doyourself with all of us. I know I've really enjoyed the websites and blogs of others I have found through Pinterest. My new mantra lately has been "To many ideas and to little time"! But I'm loving it and found a new hobby I never even dreamed I would be interested in. Ah, the road to one day being domestic. Yeah, I'm getting there, one Pinterest idea at a time.