Archive for May, 2013

As some of you may know, I have been SLOWLY redecorating or remodeling my house room by room.  I have so far shown you one bathroom.  I know, lots of progress right?!?!  Well, we finally did my daughter’s bedroom.  I liked the french boudiour style but she is only 5 so I wanted to keep it a little more simple and juvenile.  Those french boudiour rooms seem to have a lot of decor and with the crap she keeps in her room, I figured it would be too full and look dirty all the time!  So this is what we ended up with (please ignore the carpet, we have to have all the carpet replaced later).


We installed a chandelier to replace the ceiling light as well as a wall sconce (with a switch right by it) up on the wall by the bed so she could turn a reading light on and off.  We put a vanity and drapes under the bed to give her a little “privacy” room which she loves to use when she is being dramatic about us “seeing her change clothes”.


I added a valance and simple drapes (I may replace them later with ones I make with more care but these work for now).


I changed the hardware on her closet to little jewel type handles.


We also used a vinyl stencil to paint her name and a small ifle tower (on the wall above the dresser).


As you can see we added small decorations around too.  Some of them are….various little wall hangings like a door handle, mirror, and coat hook, large diamond style paperweights on the dresser, and a glass perfume bottle on the vanity.

All in all, I think it turned out well.  We spent about $500 total with bedding, decor, paint, and lighting stuff.  It was actually the lighting and bedding that took most of that budget too.



Read Full Post »

I never make gifts for my teachers because I am not crafty, and I just am so inconsiderate that I don’t think of it. I also think it’s dumb to give them something like candy or  something like that so I saw this on pinterest and I thought that is a great idea.

What you need….

Dollar store picture frame

Subway art printables from http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2011/05/coachdance-teacher-week.html

(eighteen25 has so many cute subway art printables.)

Spray paint

20 min of spare time

The whole project is cheap easy and fast that is why I love it.

I used two of the smaller cans of spray paint made for small projects I got these at my local hardware store so I am sure you can find them anywhere.

paint cansI laid out my cardboard and took the glass out of my frames and sprayed away.

It only took one coat of paint on each side super super easy

It only took one coat of paint on each side

I then brought this inside to dry over night. While they were drying I printed my subway art and trimmed it to the correct size I did an 8×10 frame and of course my paper was 8.5×11 so there was a little trimming involved. I did not design the printable I got them from a great website that has tons a beautiful artwork available for download. Please click here to see the subway art collection at eighteen 25, and get your own printable.

In the morning I just put it all together, and Voila. A simple cheap teacher gift.

One for my kids teacher and one for my daughter's dance teacher

One for my kids teacher and one for my daughter’s dance teacher

I know the photograph is terrible but you get the idea. I think they turned out wonderfully.

Happy Crafting

kimmy (the sticks)


Read Full Post »

This recipe takes a little time to make but its easy and the cooking time is relatively hands off for a good portion of it.  It was a good dish, the subtle sweet taste of the scallops paired excellently with the curry flavored rice.

Start by chopping up 1 yellow onion and mincing 1 garlic clove.  Saute that in a large skillet over medium-high heat in 1 T oil until tender and slightly opaque.  Add 1 cup of uncooked long grain rice (I used whole grain variety), NOT MINUTE RICE, and 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (you could also use a curry powder too).  Stir well to coat everything.


Add 2 and 3/4 cups water and 2 chicken bouillon cubes and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cover and simmer for as long as the rice package instructs, until the rice is tender.  (Mine was about 45 minutes!)  That is the long part.  At this point, you can just check on it a few times and stir.  It does not need a lot of attention while it cooks.   After it is tender, add 1 cup frozen peas, and salt and pepper to taste.  Cover it and cook it on low, stirring periodically until the peas are warmed through and your scallops are ready (which you will prepare while the peas are cooking).


Now, while the peas are cooking, it is scallop time.  Get 1 lb of scallops (you can use the jumbo or bay scallops) and place them on a paper towel and cover with another and pat dry.  You want them sufficiently dry because they hold a lot of water content and if they are too wet, they won’t sear properly.  Salt and pepper them lightly on each side.

You may notice that I accidentally manhandled them while they were thawing and broke one :(

You may notice that I accidentally manhandled them while they were thawing and broke one 😦

Grab a skillet and heat it on high heat for about 1 full minute.  Add about 1 T butter to the skillet and allow to heat up for another minute.  Carefully add the scallops to the pan, there should be a GOOD sizzle sound when you place them.  Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes and then turn over and cook another 1 1/2 minutes.  Even with the non stick pan and butter, they might stick a little bit BUT there is a little trick.  When they are ready to turn over, they will separate from the pan mostly.  They will sort of tell you when they are ready to turn.  We are looking for a good browning on them and still a little opaqueness in the middle.


You want to serve them immediately so plan to dish and eat right after those are done.


I feel as though I am frequently apologizing for my lack of posts.  So, again, sorry about that!  I hope this one makes up for it 🙂

Erin, The Burbs


Read Full Post »