Spring Decorate With Me

As I sit here watching the rain fall against my window wraped in a blanket, I'm thinking of the spring season upon us.  So many things fo through my mind as I think about warm spring days, flowers, sunshine bunnies, Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs... I think that is a story for another day!  I am more then ready to bring a little spring in my home!  




So on this first day of spring rainy afternoon I am taking some time out to do a little spring time decorating in the kitchen.  I thought it would be fun to take you all along with me as I build our spring time tablescape!




I have gathered some things from around the house that I would like to include in my table decorations. I have also picked out a few new things this year from Pier 1, Home Goods and my favorite Target Dollar Spot.

Actually decided to build the table around these pink and gray bunny napkins that I found in the Dollar Spot a few years ago from Target.





I always like to use something to ground my centerpieces and arrangements.  Today I am using this beautiful cream serving platter:





When ever possible I love to add ribbon, to me nothing is as budget friendly and gives the most impact than ribbon. I found this great checked ribbon on Amazon and it's perfect to add a  big fluffy bow to the top of the birdhouse It adds a great finishing touch and I think it pulls in the table runner and place mats





I really love the way my spring table has come out. I like to keep things simple and light in the spring time and I love how these neutral colors brighten my kitchen in this rainy day.


For all the details what the video below!




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Cooking Day! Celebrating St. Patrick's Day




St. Patrick's Day for our family is a day of fun!  We gather together with some good food, relax and enjoy our time together.  Today I share two recipes that we have every year to celebrate March 17th!  


A quick OOTD before I head out the door!  I found the dress at Ann Taylor, the denim jacket is from Denim & Co and can be found on QVC, I am wearing Marc Fisher boots and the earrings were found at Target!


This awesome sweatshirt can be found HERE


I have had a love/hate relationship with Irish Soda Bread.  I know its odd to have any kind of relationship with bread but these are very particular circumstances.  I married into a large Irish family and St. Patrick's Day is their JAM.  I mean, all Irish families celebrate St. Patrick's feast day but few families take this day to heart like my husband's family.  Its more like St. Patrick's Day month.  They party, they gather, they wear green.  They spend no expense rounding up the essentials,  green rainbow suspenders, hats, hats with attached leprechaun beards, bow ties, clay leprechauns pipes, chocolate gold coins, Shamrocks, rosaries (yes, green) Bailey's Irish Creme, Irish Stew, Ham & Cabbage and the exalted, ever present much anticipated Irish Soda Bread. (Cue the angel chorus) I believe your value as a person is only judged by the quality of your soda bread.  

Now, I come from a long line of wonderful cooks and bakers.  My Italian grandmother was just incredible in the kitchen, she cooked, canned, made home made sausage and wine, grew her own vegetables and was even credited with keeping her neighbors fed during the snowstorm of 1947.  But even she did not make Irish Soda Bread.  How hard could it be really, flour, raisins a little of this, a little of that.    Well, my torment began in the late 1990's when my early baking attempts were used as street hockey pucks by the neighbor kid.  I'm not even exaggerating, no one ate it, no one even attempted to eat it.  This is how it went for years, every year  I baked and every year there it sat untouched.  Until I met Mrs Wolfe.  Mrs. Wolfe was a wonderful teacher at my daughters elementary school.  Every St. Pat's Day she would bring in several beautiful golden loaves for everyone to share.  After several years of envy, I finally asked Mrs Wolfe what her secret was.  She simply laughed and said "Oh honey, its easy" and wrote down her recipe from memory.  I brought it home, tried it, and from that very first loaf PERFECTION!

I want all of you to have a LOVE relationship with this sweet Delicious and moist bread so I am sharing wonderful Mrs. Wolfe's recipe exactly like she gave it to me all those years ago.

Irish Soda Bread
1/2 cup Crisco
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp baking soda
1 egg whipped (with fork)
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup raisins

Mix all put in greased round cake pan bake for 45 mins @ 350

That's how Mrs. Wolfe wrote it out for me.  This is how I put it together:  Cream the Crisco and sugar together, add the egg.  Combine the dry ingredients and slowly add the dry to the wet ingredients adding the buttermilk a little at a time.  Put mixed ingredients in a round greased cake pan and bake.  That's it.

I hope you give it a try, maybe bake a few extra loaves, bring it to school and be that dear Mrs. Wolfe for someone else.


Beef Stew
2lbs beef cubes
3-4 chopped carrots 
3-5 celery stalks chopped
one med chopped onion 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic
5 red skinned chopped potatoes
A few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup wine  optional
28oz can of tomato sauce
2 cups beef stock
2 tsp garlic powder
tablespoon dried parsley
s/p
3-4 Bay leaves
1 tsp tyme
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp Mrs Dash
In a large pan add 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil. Season beef well with s/p garlic powder and Mrs Dash. Dredge beef cubes in flour and add to pan to brown.  Meanwhile in a large sauce pan saute onions celery and garlic in olive oil.  About 5-8 minutes when veggies are soft add the white wine and cook a few more minutes.  Add tomato sauce and beef broth.  Slowly bring to boil and add chopped carrots and chopped potatoes.  Bring to a full boil, lower temperature cover and simmer on low for 40 minutes or until veggies are desired tenderness.

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Laundry Room Organization and Clean With ME



In today's Decluter, Organizing and Clean With Me Video we are in the laundry room!





Our laundry room is a really hard working space! This room is only 5'x6' and plays a big roll in our family as the landing spot as we come in and go out everyday, where we do our laundry and where we store our cleaning supplies.




This also seems to be the landing spot for anything heading out the door and can get very messy very quickly.



So today we are going to clean this space out, sort through it all and get ourselves back on track with a clean organized space!



Watch the video below for more detail!  


                                


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Grocery, Rae Dunn & Target Haul Kitchen Organization and Chicken Recipe!


Hey Everybody!  Today we are celebrating a Snow Day with a Rae Dunn, Grocery and Target Haul, I share a great kitchen organization project and as always, a great dinner recipe!


I thought I would start today with my exciting OOTD!  We had ice earlier this morning so I am dressed for the weather in my new coat from Columbia, not favorite Target jeans and my Franco Sarto booties.


I headed out to my local grocery store with a list of meals I wanted to make this week and to have on hand for the upcoming weekend.


I got so many questions last week after my Pantry Organization video about how I store my canned goods and dry goods.  So since I was putting away the groceries I thought I would share how I use 1/2 gallon Mason jars to store things like pasta and rice.


How cute are these new Rae Dunn pieces that I found at Home Goods today?


Best way to end the day is with a good meal!  I love a great chicken recipe and this Saucy Chicken is not only simple but delicious!

Saucy Chicken Recipe ************************ 2-3lbs of boneless chicken breast S/P 1/2 tsp paprika 1 cup sour cream 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp Mrs Dash 1 tsp parsley flakes 1 cup shredded cheese or grated Romano cheese Place chicken in a prepared baking dish. Season with salt pepper and paprika to taste. In a bowl mix remaining ingredients and spread on top of chicken. Bake in a 375 oven for an hour or until chicken is cooked through. Place under the broiler for a few minutes watching closely until browned and serve over rice.

For full details watch the video below!


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Simple Linen Closet Organization


In this declutter and organizing video we are tackling the linen closet!  This is on of the spots in my home that is a continuing struggle to keep neat because it holds way more then just linens!




For organizing in this closet, I have utilized some colorful bins from the dollar tree and some white bins form Target.  Although I like the idea of separating all of our products, the Dollar Tree baskets are way too small and become over stuffed too easily. 


 The white bins are really a great size and I like the white color in a linen closet because it just makes everything clean an bright!  


I am very happy with the way this project turned out and I think by reducing what we have and donating what we no longer need has been the key to creating a space that functions easily and suits the needs of our family.


For more details on this project, check out the video below!


                                   

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Target Grocery Haul / Rae Dunn / Spring Decor / Vlog

Come along and spend the day with me!



In today's video I have a Target grocery haul,


I share a few new Rae Dunn pieces,


some fun spring finds,


our closet redo project

and of course, what I am making for dinner!






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Cheap & Easy Pantry Organization




In this first video in my new the de-clutteer & reorganize series, we begin in the kitchen with my teeny tiny pantry!

This pantry has always been a challenge for me to keep clean and organized.


I did not want to spend a lot of money o this project so I went to Walmart to find some budget friendly food containers and some kind of solution for those awful wire shelves!


We all have spots in our homes that are an organizing challenge and in this series we are going to find some problem solving solutions to create functional spaces for our families!

To see the full transformation watch the video below!


                                    

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I am teaming with these wonderful blogs this week! Ducks In A Row MO & MH Ginger Snap Crafts Lou Lou Girls Home Stories



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Weekly Meal Prep




Meal Prepping for the Week is great because it can help save time you during the week and can help insure you eat healthier meals. Doing a little prep work early in the week will pay off everyday at lunch and dinner. Let me show you how easy it can be to meal prep and eat healthier!



One of our favorite lunch time meals is grilled chicken salad.  On Sunday afternoon I season a few packages of thinly sliced chicken breast and grill them up for meals during the week.


Whether for lunch or dinner, a little meal prep early in the week can save time and money all week long!

A few containers of soup in the freezer can feed a hungry crowd today or next week.  



Mom’s Vegetable Soup
This recipe is very forgiving!  You can swap out any of the ingredients and add whatever your family likes!
 
   1 tbls olive oil
     1 tbls butter
     1 med chopped onion
     3 cloves garlic crushed
     6 stalks of celery chopped
     6 carrots chopped
     3 potatoes peeled and chopped
     28 oz can crushed tomatoes
     32 + veggie broth
     ½ cup white wine  optional
     A few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
     A few bay leaves
     2 tsp sugar
     2 tsp garlic powder
     1 tsp basil
     1 tsp thyme
     ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
     1 tsp Mrs Dash
     S/P
     1 cup frozen corn
     1 cup frozen green beans
     1 cup frozen peas
     1 cup Stellina pasta


Melt oil and butter in large stock pot.  Saute celery, onions and garlic until they begin to soften.  Add carrots and potatoes combine and cook together 5 minutes.  Add wine and let cook 3 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, veggie broth and seasonings, bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes.  Add frozen veggies and return to boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are soft. Return to boil and add pasta and boil until pasta is done.  Add chopped parsley and SERVE!
    


Watch the video below for more tips and recipes!  

                            

                       



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