Tuesday, May 19, 2015

{ Entertaining with Simple Spaghetti Bake }

Hey guys!! I'm sharing a super quick & simple recipe that ANYBODY can make  without using hamburgers & hot dogs this memorial day weekend!! I had a huge leftover loaf of bread from church so I had to come up with a thrifty & delicious recipe right?! We're just like most, we love having little barbeque's & enjoying the company, but entertaining for some can be hectic & downright flustering!! We've all  been there before..you're having people over & you reach for the hot dogs & hamburgers...right?! It's just natural to reach for easy outdoor food that most EVERYBODY likes! We're no different then the next couple  { Well, I am, I eat veggie burgers } but you get the picture ha-ha! Instead of the same thing, I'm sharing SIMPLE SPAGHETTI BAKE . Bonus it's super thrifty, yummy & fast, and who doesn't like spaghetti??


.................................Things You'll Need................................

.1 can of 5 cheese sauce
.1 box noodles
.1 small bottle of V8- use 2 cups
. 1/2 lb beef
.1 stick of butter
. Olive oil
. 1 large loaf of bread { Ours is from Panera }
. 3 tablespoons of garlic powder
. 2 teaspoons of salt
.1 bag parmesan cheese
. 1 Tablespoon of onion powder
.1 pinch black pepper
.1 pinch red pepper
.1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
.1 tablespoon olive oil

Note: You can add any ingredients you like, fresh veggies, more spices etc..


Start cooking the 3/4 box of noodles, adding a few pinches of salt to the water. Next get the meat { If you're using beef } to start browning in a pan { 1/2 a lb }. Grab a mixing bowl & start combining the above ingredients! Once the meat is browned, drain & add to the sauce mix with all the above ingredients! Next drain the noodles & cut with kitchen sheers into about 4 inch pieces!  Combine ALL ingredients into the mixing bowl & add the cheese of choice! Next take the bread loaf & cut down the middle & scoop out all the excess bread filling on both the top & bottom! This will make a 'cove' for the beef spaghetti mix! Fill the bread loaf & top with more Parmesan cheese & 3-4 little round scoops of butter & close! Bake for 25-45 minutes on 400 degrees! 

Once the loaf is done you can pop the top off & cut the bottom up into sections. The top now becomes crispy buttered bread to scoop up the leftover sauce goodness on your plate! Hence the reason why we added some butter on top of the mixture & then closed it. This is the easiest recipe & can be modified to your liking . We actually used veggie beef crumbles!! With a few staple ingredients you can feed an army a delicious hassle free Italian dinner! 

Have a happy & healthy long weekend everyone! Please remember to give a blessing & BIG THANK YOU to all our TROOPS & VETERANS this memorial day weekend!



Thursday, May 14, 2015

{ DIY Farmhouse Flower Mascot Sign! }

Wow, I can't believe it's Thursday already!! I've been keeping busy with a few little project this week one being this simple rustic art!! I wanted something summery that signified our home, yet rustic so I broke out my Americana Decor chalk paints & whipped a little something up!! I'm still undecided where this piece will go, but it's perfect for summer! I've always loved Hydrangeas so I made them our house mascot haha! The project cost nearly nothing as the wood was free &  the paints I had & mixed to get different colors!  I'm no artist { That's my BFA sister,Olivia } but I think for a rustic piece anyone could do this! Keep reading below to see how you can make one!!


I've said this before, but always start off chalking out what you're drawing{ Tip from my sister}!  It makes mistakes easy to wipe away & it gives a nice platform to measure distance/spacing when writing or drawing!


I chalked out our last name, then outlined the letters using the color 'Serene'! I wanted a thicker edge so I used the flat of the brush to make an even thick line!

Note: I did mix a bit of ' Yesteryear' into the Serene color!

To make the petals ,simply dip the tip of your brush in paint & make circles { Less perfect the better } in an overall circular motion for the bloom look. I looked at a picture while I was painting them. I used two different paint colors for the petals & then placed green/ cream dots for the centers. After the paint dried I used a blue/purple marker to add depth to the flower & then used my wire brush to distress & lessen the color and harshness!! 


The Hydrangea flower symbolizes heartfelt emotion & gratitude all which describe our little family. Do you have a particular flower that you love or you feel represents your family? I know my late great grandpas was a Poppy & my moms is a Daisy..I just love flowers even though as mentioned before I'm a ' Black Thumb' ;) ! I hope you've enjoyed this little summery DIY! 

Have a great night guys!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

{ Daisies,checks & striped summery bedroom }

I know this won't be a surprise for most of you that have been reading my blog for a while now ,but I changed up our bedroom again!! I don't know what it is about this bedroom,but I just love the space & let's be honest it's my most favorite room in our house to decorate!! I was pretty much over the bright & bold art deco style I did for our spring bedroom look ,so I switched it up using daisies, stripes & checks!! I know that sounds like a cluster of prints, accessories & textiles haha! I promise the room turned out to be so calming & still has a hint of masculinity from the bedding ,but crisp & bright!

The light in our bedroom is amazing, sometimes too bright!! We have two windows, but the one behind the bed wasn't centered so if you're OCD like me, that's an ISSUE!! We decided to hang the grommet linen curtains to offset the window & also  as a focal point to the bed!! After three years & pry the easiest solution , I still love it!! The bedding is from +IKEA USA $40!

Side Note: This is a duvet set & when I got it home I realized it's reversible!! One side is check & the other strips! I'll be doing a post on how it holds up in a later post!!

This vintage cedar lined chest was a thrift my mom found & restored for us for our now home! It's one of my favorite pieces!!

I ended up spray painting the ' His & Her' signs with a silver metallic paint. I loved the white ,but wanted a little industrial feel instead of just shabby chic!

Remember a few days ago I blogged about this cute DIY $10 Daisy wreath?? Well, here is where I really made it for!! I love the tan, aqua/green ,white & yellow color scheme! I stepped a little out of my comfort zone with this, but in the end LOVE IT especially for summer!! To read how I made this  simple/ summery daisy wreath click here -->DIY $10 Daisy Wreath

The Mr. & Mrs. pillow is from +HomeGoods 

See how I transformed our side table bins from plain white to cute striped bins here ---> DIY Striped Dollar Store bins!

I have to mention these little vintage plates..my mom picked them up for me a few weekends back while thriftying & I'm obsessed!! I switched out our silver beaded place-mats for these more neutral rustic ones. I love how they look with the daisies & the little plates!

I'm going to touch base on a little secret about these rugs..they're over 6 years old & still going strong!! I go through rugs like crazy in our house, but these have held up SO well! I'm surprised because high pile rugs usually become matted & just dirty, but not these & this week I'll be sharing how I keep them looking like new with a simple DIY!

I hope you all enjoyed this  neutral ,yet summery inspired bedroom scheme!

Have a happy & healthy week everyone!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

{ $10 DIY Daisy Wreath }

Happy Friday loves!! This week literally flew by with the combination of projects, weather & life!! The weekend here in the north is suppose to be not so nice { bummer } so I decided to get two projects I've been wanting to complete finished! This is the simplest & cutest little vibrant wreath & all for under $10!! I'm a wreath queen & I've been drooling over the boxwood wreaths from Target, but I can't bring myself to pay over $40!!!! I'm shocked half the time with the prices of wreaths, so I made my own!! 

Keep reading below for this easy tutorial!

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Start with a plain branch wreath! These can be purchased at the dollar store or Dollar Tree!! Add the burlap ribbon or bow if you want or just keep it simple without a bow!


Cut the stems  off of the Daisies { Dollar Store } to about 4 inches! You can use razor scissors or artificial plant snips which can also be purchased for a $1 +Dollar Tree !

** You'll need about two bouquets of Daisies { $2 }!


Take the cut Daisies & stick them through the wreath in a round directions until it's filled!  After you stick all the Daisies through the wreath turn the wreath over & snip the rest of the stem almost off, but leave a little bit so the stem is still secure!


Pick a ribbon & attach to the top through a branch, hang & enjoy!!

Side Note: You can also skip the ribbon & just set the wreath on something like pictured here! Either way is super cute & easy! I'll be showing the other way in the next post- stay tuned!!!

I chose to place it on our little fireplace mantel until I reveal why & where I actually made it for!!! I love how summery & rustic it is & bonus it was super simple!!! 

Bright & fresh ,and all for under $10!! I hope you have fun making one of these! I forgot to mention this tutorial is good for any flower of choice, just make sure the stems aren't really thick! See sometimes it pays to use cheaper materials for simple DIY projects like this hehe! 

Have a happy & healthy Friday!! 


Sunday, May 3, 2015

{ Our Fresh Garden Inspired Front Porch }

Well that's a wrap on the weekend..:( ! It turned out to be an amazing weekend filled with a mini celebration for our 8th year together ,DIY & lots of sun { which my pasty self needed } haha! We ended up having a little bonfire, yup the first of the season & a little delicious BBQ my hubby made & setup with a cute little love letter & all!!! We also got in some lovey dovey relaxing time , DIY & finished our little spring garden inspired front porch! With today's weather I feel weird saying spring as it was more like a summer day minus the horrid summer humidity :) ! I've been slowly working on our  front porch area for the last month here & there & today with a few little finishing touches it's complete- I think! I hope you all had an exciting weekend!

I love the way the flowers compliment the chalk paint color on this vintage bike!!

I mentioned a few of these sources before in the  Vintage Bike Makeover  &  No Sew Cushions  tutorial ! The bike was a garbage find, the galvanized bucket was also a garbage find , the brown tin pots are from Dollar Tree , the hat was a gift & the flowers are faux/ real dried hydrangeas thanks to my grams! The chippy white bench is a thrifted treasure from a family member!

I just added some $5 greenery plants from IKEA ! I pry needed 3 or 4 per each hanger, but for now this will do! Also look at the hydrangea plant & the color vibrancy in just 3 days!! :)

The hanging baskets I loveeee! I'm still on the fence about painting them..thinking some metallic bronze or silver spray paint I bought today?! Yay or Nay? The little retro white lanterns are from +Target

Side Note: See I already forgot something haha..I will be adding some faux greenery from +IKEA USA  to the hanging baskets..{ I'll update this particular picture after I get my butt out to IKEA!! }.

The lovely Hydrangea plant was a surprise gift from my lovely & sweet grams today for our anniversary! I was so EXCITED when she walked in with this plant  { it's just what I needed to complete this little space } ! Being the " Black" thumb I am , I'm going to try & plant it soon so the poor thing can have a standing chance with me....eek! I love hydrangeas & I'm so excited for this one to bloom. 

Note: Fun fact if you add a fork to the side of the plant it will change the bloom colors!!! I had no idea this was possible until grams mentioned this. I guess Hydrangeas thrive on acid & the fork provides something like this..who knew? Not me haha!

Simple & quaint!

In the three years we've lived in this house, this year is my favorite front porch decor!!! I just love the feel of the rustic/vintage garden look! The colors are some of my favorite with the mixed in galvanized goods ,straw hat & jute rug! I hope you've enjoyed our little porch!!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Have a happy & healthy week everyone!



Thursday, April 30, 2015

{ Tea Station Essentials }

Happy ...Throw Back Thursday...!!! I'm throwing it back to a couple of days ago { LOL } when I shared our quaint & simple little coffee station. I decided after I made my hubby a little station that I wanted a  ' Tea Station ' for me!! Yes, we're a house divided ..TEA VS. COFFEE ha-ha! Today I'm sharing some must have essentials for  creating a yummy & refreshing cup of tea!

Our little tea station is across from the coffee station & just filled with some simple items. I like to keep sugar,cinnamon, honey & a few different tea packets out  { I like Spearmint, Chamomile, Spiced Vanilla & Raspberry Zinger } ! I occasionally like to add some fresh lemon, mint or apple cider vinegar too! Keeping the sugar & cinnamon in cute little clear jars is perfect for quick convenience & it's a space saver! 

Note: The sugar milk jar is from +Michaels Stores  $1!!

The teapot, pitcher & silver creamer are all vintage finds. The candle is from +Cracker Barrel Old Country Store & it smells so good! It's soy & adds the perfect aroma when mixing your tea, cooking etc..!

I know this is a short  post, but I just had to show you guys!!! See you can add simple everyday items you use & still decorate with them without it being clustered or out of your style preference! Are you a tea or coffee drinker?!

As always thanks for stopping by!!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

{ DIY Striped Dollar Store Bins }

A few months back I posted our spring bedroom with some vibrant corals, bright & bold floral pillows from +HomeGoods  & a plushy +IKEA USA coral throw! I mentioned in that post { I think } that doing such a bold makeover was a big change for me..as I usually opt for more neutral soft colors. So this weekend I decided to give our master a little face lift..again. I ended up switching out our bold accents for some simple rustic & neutral/chic  decor pieces with a pop of spring. The biggest change was painting our plastic Dollar Tree nightstand bins..They were plain white & I decided to give them a little lift with some Satin Ivory color spray paint! I love the way they turned out & for under $10!! 

Just some plain white bins..

I chose this color spray paint because It's what I had on hand & lets be honest it's my go to color in spray paint!! It's Satin Ivory!

I just taped the bins off with some regular painters tape. You can do any pattern, I liked this one...& it complimented the bin shape. Remember for a dollar & some $5 spray paint you virtually can't mess up! Go with it & have fun!!!

Let the paint dry ALMOST completely & remove the tape gently! 

I love how they turned out! They're neutral ,but add something to the little side nightstands!!

I hope you enjoyed this little DIY that cost close to nothing! I love how the stripes add a little appeal to the room without being to bold or busy looking!!  
Have a great rest of the week!




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