January 18, 2015

Weekend recap & menu planner

We had a fun weekend! Yesterday was jam packed with a trip to Home Depot, Home Goods, lunch at Pizza Hut, Paddington, the library and grocery store!

Camille used her Pizza Hut Book It coupons to treat us to lunch!

Waiting for Paddington to start.

Camille's art work is on display at the Tuckahoe Library. Hers is the cardinal to the left.

I found this massive canvas on clearance from $179 to $45 at Home Good yesterday. It might not have been my first choice but so reasonable for over my family room couch. 

Now on to my menu planner....
I made Angela's Awesome Enchiladas last night. We hadn't had them in forever and I forgot how delicious they are....best enchilada recipe I have run across! 

Sunday...Rachael Ray Sloppy Joes & Fries

Monday....Cooking Light Sausage and Spinach Risotto

Tuesday....Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

Wednesday....Smitten Kitchen Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onions with Pasta & Salad

Thursday...Homemade Pizza (Recipe TBD)

I am headed out to a Bloom party with a friend in a minute. Never been to one and excited to see what is all about.

January 15, 2015

New House: Low Cost Wall Decor Ideas

I am slowing making progress with our new house. Last week, my mom and I switched the formal living room (which I was using as a home office) and our dining room. The living room home office space was much larger than the dining room. I have a bunch of dining room furniture but my home office was almost bare. I LOVE the change. We still need a rug and curtains and to relocate the chandelier in the new dining room but everything fits so much better in there and my office is super cozy now. I often tell clients you don't always have to use the space in a new home the way the previous owner did....I needed to take my own advice. It is important to make it work best for you and your family.

On to Wall Decor...I have had to get creative. There is a lot of space to fill and I am on a budget. I hope one of my next house purchases will be a large piece of artwork for over the fireplace in the family room. But for now it is bare.

I have however filled some of the other walls in this space, I used four old frames that were originally purchased when my sisters and I lived together in the Museum District. We had this cute row house and my mom helped us decorate it!

The prints were dated and the frames were okay. Two of the frames had these hunter green mats which were terrible. I managed to find two white mats in my attic and a couple fabric scraps from my collection. I secured two more fabric pieces from my sister, Anne Hunter.

You can frame almost anything you want. I have framed more fabric, placemats, wrapping paper and kid's art!

I found a very traditional wooden framed mirror at the Goodwill last fall for $10. I quickly put it in my cart knowing it needed some spray paint for an instant make over. I thought for weeks about the color and ultimately went with a shade of green. I love how it turned out!

January 12, 2015

Upcoming Disney Trip & Menu Planner

I almost didn't post my menu planner this week because it seemed boring to just do a post that listed only my meals for the week. We had a good weekend but I didn't take one picture because mostly it involved groceries, laundry and bathroom scrubbing. Nothing photo worthy!

I do however have some exciting news. We are going to Disney World next month. The kids are thrilled. We are all excited frankly! We have never been before and it seems there is a lot to think about in terms of planning. I welcome any and all suggestions!

Monday - Kate's Italian Sausage Pasta

Tuesday - Slow Cooker Chicken Gumbo

Wednesday - Flank Steak, Potatoes & Spinach

Thursday - Cheddar Turkey Burgers with Mashed Avocado, Fries

January 4, 2015

Christmas Recap & Menu Planner

We had a very relaxing Christmas break! No traveling and Michael was home from work with us a lot of the time. I am ready get back into a routine tomorrow. I think 2015 is going to be another great year for RVA real estate and I am excited. Already had my first listing appointment of the year and am working with some great buyers and sellers.

Here are a few pictures from our break and my menu planner at the bottom of this post.

Camille had a play date with a few of her friends from school and we decorated these icing covered ice cream cones inspired by Pinterest. Lesson learned on this one...the sprinkles don't stick so if I ever do it again, I recommend M & Ms and other candies.

 We also made these cute reindeer pine cones.

 My mom bought Clyde a bow tie to wear for Christmas Eve in honor of my dad who was a very snappy dresser! He was so excited about it his outfit. It was pretty cute!

What child's Christmas would be complete without an "as seen on TV" gift. Camille & Clyde have been lounging for days in their Bright Eyes Blankets courtesy of Neena & Moe!

Camille gave Clyde a Disguise Kit for Christmas. Here is Clyde sporting his beard like Moe!

Here is pictures of my grandmother holding her youngest great grandchild, Blanton. He is a cutie!

Here goes with this week's menu planner. I am posting last night's dinner because it was so easy and really tasty...good one pot meal.

Saturday....One Pot Creamy Orzo with Chicken Sausage

Sunday...Pulled Pork (courtesy of Michael's smoker), baked beans and salad

Monday...Cooking Light Chicken Piccata, Red Potatoes, Spinach

Tuesday...5 Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili, Corn Muffins

Wednesday...Cuban Sandwiches & Fries (Inspired by the Movie Chef we watched over the weekend. I have never had a Cuban Sandwich - not sure about a recipe yet)

Thursday....Beef Enchiladas

December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas & Christmas Cards in Review

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. And because I think it is fun to look back and see how are family has changed and grown. Here is a review of our Christmas cards from year's past. 

2005 (Not sure about 2004 & 2006)








Yesterday, our funny friends made a cute JibJab card....well long are the days when those things are free. Some how we ended up paying $18 for this little number. Clyde thought it was absolutely hilarious and could not stop laughing so maybe this is worth the $18! On the flip side, we can make one for every holiday now for the next year. Check it out here. Happy Holidays!!!!!

December 19, 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014

It's our first Christmas in our new home. Thanksgiving was so late in November, I feel like I was in a bit of a rush to get our decorations up this year and did not give a lot of thought to what would go where. Despite that I am happy with how everything turned out.

I couldn't help but add this one starring Clyde! The Christmas excitement level is HIGH!

December 14, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

I can't believe there are only 11 more days until Christmas! We had a fun weekend. Friday night, we had dinner at Chuy's  and then saw a few Tacky Light Houses. The houses on Asbury Court are by far the best! This is their 40th year...I remember going every year growing up.

My mom bought Clyde this bow tie to wear for Christmas Eve! He has been testing it out...I think he likes it.

Today, my mom and I took Camille, Clyde and their cousins, Vail and Winters to see Big Hero 6! We LOVED it! My mom is a tough movie critic and she even loved it.

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

Sunday....French Dip Sandwiches and Fries

Monday....Mexican Meatloaf, Black Beans & Rice, Corn

Tuesday....Store bought Tortellini & Sauce, Bread

Wednesday....Chicken Tortilla Soup (recipe below), Quesadillas

Thursday....Office Party

Friday....Chili from the Freezer

Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (28-oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed tomato soup
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1.5 cups chicken broth
1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
1.5 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup frozen yellow corn, thawed
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup crushed tortilla chips
Garnish....sour creams, shredded cheese, chopped avocados

In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, and jalapeno, cook for 4 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for 2 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, condensed coup, chicken, chicken broth, cumin, salt, chili powder, poultry seasoning and pepper, stirring to combine. Stir in corn, cream and cilantro. Stir in chips, and cook uncovered until heated through.. Garnish with sour cream, cheese and avocados, if desired. Serve immediately.