March 2, 2015

Menu Planner

We avoided Richmond's second major snow storm of the season! We spent the week in Orlando at Disney World. We had an awesome trip and I will be back hopefully later this week with all the details!

For goes with this week's menu planner....
Sunday...Cooking Light Chicken & Chorizo Stew, Cornbread (box mix), Salad (Note: I left out the saffron in the soup because it is very expensive, I used paprika instead.)

Monday...Taco Casserole

Tuesday...Pizza! (This is a busy night for us with sports activities for C, C & M)

Wednesday...London Broil, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts

Thursday...Honey Sriracha Chicken

Friday...Kate's Italian Sausage Pasta

February 17, 2015

Minted's Art & Fabric Line

I am sure you have heard of Minted. I first heard about the site years ago as a great source for Christmas cards. They produced high quality and unique photo cards and the selection was so wonderful it was hard to pick one! They still sell holiday cards, and they also have the fabulous wedding invitations. When I got married 10 years ago, it seemed that the only wedding invite option was beige paper with black script letters. So many cooler options now!

Most recently Minted has expanded into art and fabric! The great thing about their art is not only the variety of designs by independent artists but you can purchase it in many sizes, framed or unframed and they have 11 frame selections to choose from. Here are some of my favorites prints.
Arm in Arm by Jennifer Daily

Composition 4 by Jaime Derringer

Flowers by Alexandra Dzh
Autumn Breeze Landscape by Emily Jeffords
Minted also now sells fabric by the yard in some really fantastic prints. I am on the hunt for fabric to make pillows for chairs in my home office and I think some of these would be great! I have a navy blue and orange (Go Hoos!) color scheme in the room right now.

Herringbone Incomplete by Leehan Veenker

Spirited Teen Fabric by Oma N Ramkhelawan
Polka Parade by Kimberly Morgan

Midnight Florals Fabric by Alethea and Ruth

Waiting by Amelia Allen
Brushed Herringbone by Loree Mayer

Most of the prints comes in several different colorways and there are 255 to choose from! Many cute options for kids's room as well.

I know one sweet girl with a love of elephants who might like this in her room!

We got pounded with snow in Richmond last night so it is a perfect day to stay inside and do some online shopping. Check out all Minted's fabrics here and even more art selections here.

Thank you to Minted for partnering with me on this post. I was provided a merchandise credit to Minted for sharing their site with my readers.. All opinions are my own. 

February 15, 2015

Valentine's Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Such a fun but chilly Valentine's weekend! Friday night, Michael and I had Valentine's dinner at Graffiato's. It was pretty good. We loved the pork gnocchi and the swordfish....really delicious!  The restaurant was busy and our table was in a heavy traffic area which was a bit distracting. Also, our waitress may not have been the best and forgot to put in our drink order...we did not complain but they did give us a free dessert which was a nice way to end the meal! I would definitely try it again. Overall a great date night! 

Saturday morning we celebrated Valentine's Day with our Valentines.  We are going to Disney soon and I made Mickey themed Valentine's gifts for them.

I ordered cute autograph books/journals and luggage tags  from Etsy! 

 Camille and Clyde have been working for weeks on their Valentines and they had many for us! It took close to twenty minutes for Camille to show us all of hers. Super sweet!

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

Saturday....Steak Tacos (We use the marinade in this recipe)
Sunday....Lasagna Soup
Monday....Easy Chicken Gyros with French Fries (I use Wildtree's Tzatziki Seasoning)
Tuesday...Weelicious Orange Chicken, PF Changs Vegetable Mini Egg Rolls
Wednesday...Taco Crescent Calzones
Thursday....Vodka Cream Pasta, Salad & Bread
Friday...Taco Soup (from the freezer)

February 2, 2015

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

We had a pretty low key weekend. I worked some as my listing on Tarrytown Drive is getting lots of attention. It is awesome house in such nice condition.

Last night, we had some people over to watch the Superbowl. I made this delicious pizza bread and it was a huge hit and really easy to make! Also, Clyde and Camille are obsessed with the Katy Perry half-time show. They have watched it close to 10 times today! They are fascinated by her wardrobe changes as well as the set changes. It is pretty funny!

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

Monday....Tilapia Piccata, Risotto, Broccoli

Tuesday....Taco Soup (I leave out the olives)

Wednesday....Cheddar Turkey Burgers & Fries

Thursday....Cooking Light Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup & Grilled Cheese

My mother-in-law, Nancy, gave me this Cooking Light Page a Day calendar for Christmas and we have found some great recipes in it! The chicken noodle soup above is included in the collection.

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 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