Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 20

Sunday Morning Grub

This is what a Sunday morning looks like for us….

Yummy breakfast, a cup of coffee and HGTV, to be exact.

This breakfast scramble is an original recipe. You should really try it. You’ll be happy you did.

Mushroom, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Scramble

Frozen diced potatoes
5 eggs
Dash of Milk
2 Tbs Butter
1 cup Mushrooms, sliced
Cheese, to your liking. We used Cheddar and Swiss
Seasoning salt and pepper to your liking

First, cook up the potatoes with the cover on (about 15 minutes). When they are done, place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain the oil. With the remaining oil in the pan, cook up the sliced mushrooms. Add butter to the skillet with the mushrooms. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and start scrambling with a spatula. Add a dash of milk and continue scrambling until done. Add cheese (we used cheddar and swiss) until melted. Place in a bowl and add cooked potatoes on top. Enjoy!

May 19

DIY Sunburst Mirror

This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve done!!

I’ve had my eye on this particular mirror at Hobby Lobby for a long time now. It’s a gold sunburst mirror and it was $50. Now to most, $50 is a steal for a great mirror. However, I have a hard time parting with money when I can make a knock-off for significantly cheaper.
When I saw this THIS, I knew the mirror I’ve always wanted was doable.


Here’s how it went down…

I bought a pack of wooden shims at the hardware store.
Then, I found a shimmery gold colored spray paint that matched the Hobby Lobby mirror.

 Spray painted all of the wooden shims


Then, I laid them all out upside down in the shape that I wanted.


I used my handy dandy hot glue gun to glue on a wooden circle (on the back side) that the hubby cut for me.

I made sure there was plenty of glue on it so it would be good and sturdy


Once all of the shims were adhered to the wooden circle, I let it dry.

Then flipped it over- notice the wooden circle in the center.

And the last and final step was to hot glue on the store bought circular mirror

This is the final product!

Are you ready?

I’m not sure you’re ready



This project was about $6 total and took me about an hour to do (including waiting patiently for the glue to dry)!

May 19

Backyard Makeover: Garden Fence and More

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Link tool by InlinkzThis post is from our previous blog- a tutorial on the fence surrounding our garden. Enjoy!

This is purely the hubby’s work. I can’t take any credit for it whatsoever….except maybe sharing my ideas. He is truly a handy man and I’m convinced, can make literally anything he wants to. Everyone should have an “Eric” around the house.


So, the first addition is this handy dandy workbench!

I’ve been complaining that I don’t like potting plants on the ground and would rather have a hard surface. So he just whipped this baby up. It’s the most organized, compact workbench I’ve seen. And it took him a couple of hours. Unbelievable.

 After we created the raised bed garden, Barkley thought it was his playground.

So, a barrier around the garden was necessary.

Therefore, this is what we used for a couple of weeks.

Can you say ghetto?


Well, we weren’t going to settle for ghetto.

Eric went to town on creating the coolest fence around the garden.

OK, the idea was mine for the fence, but he is the creative genius behind making it happen.

Here’s how it went down…

 He decided to make a terrace as the grand entrance to the garden.

Genius I tell ya, genius.

 It’s nearly impossible to tell here, but between each 2×4 is chickenwire….very thin wire netting

I’ll try to get a closer shot of it at some point


And then came the a-ma-zing terrace of an entrance

 Can you believe this?

I can’t believe it.

When I was in Greeley for a conference, Eric created this masterpiece.

I can’t get over it.

So now, every day when we walk out to the garden to check out the STILL green tomatoes, we walk into a garden oasis that my hubby created. Sigh.

May 16

Bathroom Remodel: Electrical Work

For this part of the Bathroom Remodel project, there is not a before and after picture. Your lights either turn on or they don’t.

I was able to make it through quite a few tasks prior to this part without much help, but electrical work is a whole different ballgame.  One quick touch of the wrong wires and you look like this….or worse.

At one point during this electrical adventure, my friend and I got close to the shock of a lifetime from accidentally touching a copper ground wire to the main set  wires that go into the breaker box.  Let me tell you, we had to have a beer after that encounter…and kind of sort of didn’t tell my wife.

For this part, I enlisted the help of a good friend of mine Chris.  Chris has been remodeling his entire house which means that he’s skilled in the art of electrical work.  Even with his knowledge from renovating his whole house we still had to use the all-knowing Google.  We joked around that this was the bathroom that Google built.  I literally watched some kind of video for every step I took during the Bathroom Remodel. For this project, we needed electrical diagrams images from Mr.Google to tell us to connect the white wire to the other white wire. Thanks Google!

I’m going to admit it, Chris did most of the work during this part of the project.  I was there to hand him tools and be the “that looks right” guy.

In these pictures we are getting the electrical current from the breaker box into an overhead outlet box.

This was where google came to the rescue.  We had run out of length on one of the wires so we had to figure out a different way to hook up a three-way switch, which for those of you that don’t know what that is, it allows two electrical switches to change the same light.

The last part of the electrical project was to get the new recessed light into the landing at the bottom of the stairs.  Again, with Chris doing most of the work, he got everything working like a charm.  The only part I did by myself was to cut the hole into the ceiling.  If you look closely at the picture below you will notice that there’s 1 and half holes in the ceiling.  I have one job and I can’t even get that right. haha!!

I want to give a big shout out to Chris for his help on this one.  He probably saved me about  $500 because we didn’t have to hire and electrician. I just paid him in beer and wings.

  The house hasn’t burnt down and all the lights turn on; the sign of a job well done in the electrical world!

Have you ever had your own “SHOCKING” experience?

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