Hello. Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We sure did. There’s no doubt that Christmas is my favorite day of the year, but when it comes down to it, Thanksgiving yields that same special time with family minus all of the stress. I’m beginning to appreciate this fact more and more every year.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’ve been working on getting the house ready for Christmas. This weekend I managed to set up the tree, and it’s about 90% decorated (there are still a few more ornaments left to unpack and hang.) Ty also got a full-sized tree in his room this year. Here’s how he reached the top branches. Very resourceful!
School is also back in session this week, much to Ty’s disappointment. But I tried to make him (and me) feel better about this by pointing out that we’ve only got three weeks until we’re out again for Christmas. Whoop whoop!
Ok. Now time to get to why I’m here today…
Sharing about my favorite pastime.
Oh, the hours I could spend “fetching more pins.” If you’re on Pinterest, you know exactly what I’m talking about. My creative side absolutely loves browsing through photos gathering inspiration for my next crafting, decorating, or cooking adventure. Pinterest is the main reason why my blog has been feeling a bit neglected lately. If I’m not actually on the site, I’m making something I’ve seen on the site. Which brings me to the point of this post…
Sharing a few of the things that I’ve made with inspiration gathered from Pinterest.
Waffle Iron Hash Browns. I made these for the Tool Man one morning last week. They turned out really good! So crunchy, which is exactly what I like but can never seem to achieve. Next time I want hash browns, I’ll definitely cook them like this.
Turkey Tube. This was Ty’s inspiration. He woke up early one morning and crafted his own version of a turkey while I was still asleep.
What do you think? Ty couldn’t find an empty cardboard tube, so he made his own with construction paper. Also, as you can see, he is a firm believer in scotch tape!
Black Bean Soup. This was a delicious and super easy recipe. I tweaked my version a little bit, adding a few extra ingredients like fresh onions and peppers and some seasonings. Also, I served my soup over a bed of hot, steamy rice. We enjoyed this soup so much so that I made a big pot of it to sell at the restaurant this week.
Window Frame Display. (I pinned this photo myself, and I have no idea where I first found it.) I’ve been saving a old window for the past 7 or 8 years, just waiting for the right project to present itself. This week I finally decided it was time to do something with it. Here’s my version.
I made this for Lucy’s, using some family heirlooms and things I picked up at flea markets. I love how it turned out! The blue card was given to my parents when I was born. The bib is Lucy’s, and the baby bootie was given to a great aunt of mine about 70 years ago. I think this project is a perfect shabby chic element for Lucy’s room.
Crispy Chicken Wraps. Yummy much!!! I made these this weekend, and the Tool Man and I gobbled them up during the LSU-Ark game. (Maybe that’s why they tasted so good!) Shredded chicken, rice, beans, and cheese all rolled up in a tortilla and grilled in a pan. The secret to making them crispy is to spray the outside of the tortillas with Pam before cooking. So good! My stomach is growling just thinking about these. The recipe calls for black beans, but I didn’t have any on hand. I did have a can of refried beans, so I used that instead. Also, you were supposed to use chopped red bell pepper. Didn’t have that either. Instead, I just added a couple of spoons of picante sauce. Mmm mmm good!!! I can’t tell you how much the Tool Man loved these. Definitely a recipe to remember.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this seemingly random post today. If you are not following me on Pinterest I invite you to check out the link on my sidebar. And if you are not a member of Pinterest, I would certainly recommend starting an account of your own. The inspiration is endless.