October 19, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

My aunt, Robin, got married this weekend! It was such a beautiful day for a wedding and fun to hang out with my extended family. The bride looked gorgeous and so very happy!  

With my mom

Here goes with this week's menu planner...

Monday....Chicken Fajitas

Tuesday....Lasagna Soup (from the freezer)

Wednesday...Pork Chop Casserole


October 15, 2014

New House: Family Room...Bye Bye Dark Paneling

Even though it is very far from being complete, I wanted to show you the painting transformation in our family room. The room was so dark before with wood crown molding and wainscoting.

Here are the before pictures....

And after.....

The space is so much brighter! I went with Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Gray on the paneling, crown molding and trim and then Benjamin Moore's Fog Mist on the walls. It is a pretty large space so we are still figuring out the furniture configuration. And we need lots of artwork!

I love this chair my mom gave me. I had a cushion made with the fabric I scored at an estate sale a few weeks ago. 

I painted the bookcase that was in Clyde's room in our old house. (I am dying over this bookcase link...Camille & Clyde are tiny in it!) We couldn't fit it up the stairs in this house so I stashed it in the corner of this room to fill up the space. I painted it the same Edgecomb Gray as the paneling to blend in. I need new knobs and this is just a start to arrangement on the cases. I am working with that I have!

A little paint can go along way to updating a space! Remember this when shopping for a home!

October 12, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

It is a cloudy and rainy weekend here in Richmond and it has been sorta a lazy one here at our house. Friday night, we had dinner out at Chianti at Gayton Crossing. It is pretty kid friendly and the food is good! But let's be real, sometimes the iPhone is the way to go for dinner entertainment.

After dinner, Michael's parents aka Neena & Moe arrived for the night. We woke up early and had breakfast at The Dairy Bar which was DELICIOUS! We have had lunch there before but will definitely be going back for breakfast. Yum! 

Many years ago, Moe helped Camille make the cutest bus out of wood. Well Clyde got it in his mind that Moe would help him make a bus during this visit. They turned out so cute. Yay! for my kids having awesome grandparents. 

Today we celebrate my niece Alice's 4th birthday with a Frozen party! Then Camille has a day off from school tomorrow while Clyde goes until 2:45 pm because of an after school sport program. It will be nice to have some QT with my sweet girl.

Here goes this week's menu planner....

Monday - Spaghetti Carbonara, Salad & Bread

Tuesday - Mediterranean Chicken, Quinoa and Squash/Zucchini Medley

Wednesday - Steak Tacos

Thursday - Tomato Basil Chicken Stew, Grilled Cheese

October 10, 2014

New House: Foyer Updates

Now that my painting is complete, I have been trying to pull together everything else in our house. Spray paint has become my new best friend and many a chair, table and decorative item have gotten a fresh coat. The foyer was the easiest room to pull together and it is not completely done but works for now.

Here are the before shots....

And after.....I painted the walls Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter and I love it! Remember this discussion about flush mount lighting. I randomly was looking at a Pottery Barn teen catalog and saw this fixture. So affordable, not easy to install (Thank you Michael! ) but I love what it does to the ceiling.

I purchased this fabric from Diversity Thrift for $2.25 about a year ago. I had these old prints in my attic. I loved the frames but the artwork was the worst. Click here to see it. I used the thrift fabric and ordered custom mats from Matboard Plus. I highly recommend this company, the mats were more affordable than Michael's or ACMoore and the quality was great.

I hung our wedding invite as well as the pencil drawing of our first house in one corner of the room.

 I snapped a few pictures at night and as you can see after much debate I went with a salmon color for the front door.

Still more to be done...artwork up the stairs perhaps? But certainly better for now.

October 5, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

The painting is done! It turned out great and now to the fun part of pulling everything together. I hopefully will be back this week with a post showing updates to our foyer. 

Yesterday, we made a whirlwind trip to Ikea to get this couch for our sun room. I am really happy with the quality and how it works in our space. 

We pulled up to Ikea about 10:15 am and I think we were in the car on the interstate back home about 10:45 am. I could have stayed for hours and looked at everything but the Hokies were playing at 12:45 so we needed to get back. ;) This was the only picture I was able to snap on our speed shopping trip. (Picture Michael speed walking through the store and me following behind trying to snap photos). 

As with everything from Ikea there was some assembly required. The sofa came in this huge box that doubles as a playhouse for C and C. 

Sunday - Brisket! Michael requested this to cook on his smoker. But apparently he needed an 8-10 lb Beef Brisket Flat and I got a 2 lb one from Kroger so we are reassessing our recipe. 

Monday - Chicken and Gnocchi (I use store bought Gnocchi instead of making my own)

Tuesday - Tilapia, Roasted Potatoes, Squash & Zucchini

Thursday - Lasagne Soup 

September 28, 2014

Saturday at Lloyd Family Farms & Menu Planner!

Clyde has been asking to go to the pumpkin patch for weeks now! He is so excited about Halloween...we already have our costumes and it isn't even October 1st. His wish finally came true this weekend. For years, we have been going to Ashland Berry Farm for our pumpkins but this year decided to try Lloyd Family Farms. I highly recommend....they have hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides and lots of regular pumpkins as well as fun varieties such a white ones or baby ones.  Also, the setting is gorgeous and everything feels very clean and new.

Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Sunday - Olive Garden Minestrone, Bread

Monday - Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

Tuesday - Pork Tenderloin, Bean & Rice, Corn

Wednesday - Tacos!

Thursday - Tomato Sauce with Butter & Onions (add Italian Sausage), Fresh Pasta, Salad

September 22, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Such a full and fun weekend! We were so tired yesterday, I think Michael and I were both asleep by 9 pm last night. 

Camille and I kicked it off Friday with a trip to Frozen on Ice! It was great even with the $12 snow cones...she loved it, I loved it! 

 After Frozen, Michael and I had dinner with friends at Acacia for my friend Jessica's birthday! Super fun.

Then Saturday, I had brunch at the Daily with friends from high school. I hadn't seen my friend Lindsay in 5 years! That was too long!  It was great to catch up. 

Saturday afternoon, I worked briefly then we went camping for a close friend's son's birthday. 

I am not a big camper normally but we had all the right supplies and access to a bathroom! That is my kind of camping. C and C loved it! 

I put my menu planner together at the store this week so it is a little weak. Also, our painting continues and they may get to the kitchen soon so I wanted easy meals. 

Monday - Beef Stir fry with pre-cut stir fry veggies and store bought sauce

Tuesday - Homemade chicken and rice soup (I have a recipe from my mom that I follow loosely), grilled cheese sandwiches

Wednesday - Spaghetti Squash (I have never made this and don't have a recipe in mind right now so if you have a good one, pass it along)

Thursday - Oops! I may not have something for this night. Like I said...very weak!