A couple weeks ago, we tried a new recipe from Erin Chase’s $5 Dollar Dinners. Cajun Chicken Fettuccine….YUM. This was one of the very first times we used a recipe that called for a homemade spice blend. Uh… what? We never thought about making our own spice blends! Totally crazy because it was amazingly easy and delicious.
Since then, I’ve been searching around for more spice blends. It’s amazing what you can make yourself, and, you can avoid weird ingredients and chemicals that you can’t pronounce. You know, those ones that we definitely shouldn’t be putting in our food.
Check out these 8 Spice Blends and Seasonings you can make at home!
After finishing Part One of our yard transformation, we couldn’t wait to start on Part Two- expanding our patio area with pavers. The existing patio that was put in was SO TINY. Basically, our grill fit and nothing else. Not very conducive to spending time outdoors in the hot Colorado summers with kiddos and a dog. We needed enough space for our grill, table and chairs, and whatever summer toys we had.
Let’s just say the project was a little more labor intensive than the husband anticipated. The project was quickly started, but, once day-to-day life stepped in, our progress slowed down. Plus, we underestimated how many pavers we would need to complete the expansion!
The New Year always holds the promise of new goals, routines, habits, dreams. In 2013, only 8% of Americans successfully achieved their New Year’s resolutions. EIGHT PERCENT. Ouch.
I think we can all figure out a couple of reasons as to why so many of us don’t keep our New Year’s resolutions… We set unrealistic goals and unrealistic expectations for achieving those goals We don’t truly commit ourselves to achieving our goals and we try to tackle them alone
The first few weeks of the year, everyone has a new sense of life and how they want to start the New Year. Goals seem more attainable and we seem to have the entire year to tackle them! However, the weeks fly by and we start coming up with excuses and push our goals back…
“I’ll start tomorrow.”
“I’ll wait to start on Monday so I can enjoy the weekend.”
As the weather continues to remain cold and wintery in many parts of the country, it’s a great time to make sure your home maintenance is a top priority. Lots of things can happen during the winter months and it’s a less than ideal time to have to make repairs! Since most of us are inside more during the winter months, it gives us a little extra time to tackle those small to-do’s that we may normally put off in the warmer months!
Here are 10 great home maintenance tips from home expert, Shane Kenny!
The past few months have been so busy! It’s amazing how quickly time goes by and how behind I can get on things. I had so much planned for my blog, and then, poof! Months have gone by! Add in a new baby and it gets crazy.
After deciding to purchase a brand new home that was just built last fall, we knew we were going to have some additional expenses- a fence and landscaping to name the biggest ones! Our front and backyard were just fine sandy dirt and we wanted to make it look beautiful without breaking the bank…we did just buy a house after all!
It’s still a bit in progress, but, a HUGE improvement from what it started as. Even better, we’ve been able to keep a pretty reasonable budget for all of it which is most important!