Craft Room Makeover and Desk

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I’ve had a scrapbook/craft room for years but the desk wasn’t big enough to accommodate my two little crafters. So we needed a huge desk. I found 2 ClosetMaid Cube Organizers and a 36″ door and ta da! The girls  let me take the side facing the tv because they said it would only be on HGTV anyway. The back of the organizers were unfinished so I bought a small can of white paint to finish those off. They also came with 4 cardboard backs but I left those off. The door was only $33 and the paint was about $5. So the whole desk cost about $135. I found padded barstools on clearance at Kroger’s of all places. They were $69.99. One was a floor model so I asked for a discount on that one and got $10 off (I didn’t tell him that I would have actually paid more for that one since it was assembled). The chairs had a cherry wood back so I bought black paint for about $5. Total for the chairs $205. I found metal baskets that fit in the cubes perfectly. I didn’t want the ones that go with these organizers because I wanted to actually be able to see what was in there. I’m still looking for the perfect lamp shade for the eiffel tower, but in the meantime I used my silk flower spray paint again and changed this from hot pink to black.
Lily and Princess love their new bed. This happened to be during play time.
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Megan got the first turn on the chalkboard. She did a great job. I stole that out of their playroom because they don’t use it anymore.
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I already had all of the Paris themed stuff. I just had to switch it all from pink to blue.
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I had to work in some of the pink to match my Cricut….
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I repainted this table and spray painted the lamp shade.
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It has been awesome! Minus the alien incident…
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My niece was over the other day and was terrified of the girls inflatable alien, so I told them to hide him. I about wet my pants when I went into the scrapbook room and opened the closet and there stood Bob. Bob has now moved down the street to live with my nephew.
And just so you don’t think I’ve totally flipped by doing zebra instead of leopard….
Today’s Leopard Find: Juicy Couture Wild Things Leopard Velour Satchel

Lemon Ice Box Pie

IMG_0160 We saw Ice Age Continental Drift today. Cute movie. But why, oh why is there always at least one family in there that can’t be considerate of others. Today there were about 3 of those families. We had the one family who had to split up into 3 different places because the theater was so crowded. They proceeded to pass snacks back and forth. Then we had the crying baby family (which also included the chair kicker) and the talking family. Fun times!

Megan wanted lemon pie so I made her lemon pie…the wrong lemon pie. She wanted Lemon Velvet Pie. I wanted to try Emeril’s recipe. She wasn’t a fan so we adapted it until I got her approval.
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1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 (14 oz) can condensed milk
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 9 inch prepared pie crust
Combine the cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix until smooth. Pour into pie crust. Mix whipping cream and sugar until fluffy and add to top of pie. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Servings: 8
Calories: 522
Fat: 28g
Fiber: 1g
Today’s Leopard Find: Duvet Cover
  

Homemade Salsa

Taylor loves her some salsa! (which is the very reason I was terrified to even attempt to make her any) She loved it!! I feel such a huge sense of accomplishment when I get her approval. I’m pretty picky about mine too. There aren’t any in a jar that I love so I was determined to make my own. This one will work!

1 can (14 Ounce) Diced Tomatoes With Juice
2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel Lime & Cilantro Tomatoes & Chilies
1 whole Large Tomato
1/4 whole Onion
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 whole Jalapeno, halved and seeded
1/4 teaspoon Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Cilantro
1/2 whole Lime Juice

I have a 12 cup food processor and this fits just perfectly, so you may need to adjust depending on what size you have.

Place ingredients in food processor and pulse until you get to the desired consistency, about 20 times.

Servings: 24
Calories: 10
Fat: 0g
Fiber: 1g

Daily Leopard Find: Diaper Bag …

Bacon Ranch Potatoes

IMG_0102This was the side that went with the meal that Taylor has declared “ah-mazing!” and she thinks should now be our special holiday meal for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. She said I should only need to make about 60 because everyone will need 2 and that I may need a few more potatoes than this to feed 30+ people. She puts a lot of thought into everything. Which is why watching the fabulous 2012 Summer Olympics with her is going to be a full time job. She is very concerned that I’m not recording every event. I tried explaining to her that you are just supposed to watch the main events and the highlights but she’s not buying that. She also warned me that this is really her first time to watch the olympics so she may have extra questions. :l Is that really possible??? Yes it is…We watched the opening ceremonies and she wanted to know why Betty White was on those dresses with the people on it (bless their hearts for having to wear those). I may have to bring in reinforcements. I couldn’t answer half her questions…Like why there were Abraham Lincoln’s everywhere and why were the doing those dances.  Megan’s only concern was for the USA’s outfits. She said apparently they need to start shopping in Dallas. But anyway…go team USA!!!!! and here are two of my favorite Olympic moments so far….

Two of the USA men’s gymnasts decided that standing in front of the rings wasn’t very exciting so they spidermanned up the pole. Precious!
And the USA swim team doing my favorite…. Call Me Maybe
Ingredients:
 4 Potatoes, sliced into thin circles
Olive Oil Spray
1 Tbs Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tbs Garlic Salt

2 Tbs Bacon Bits
4 Tbs Ranch Dressing
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Place potatoes on baking sheet and spray with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and seasoning. Cook for 20 minutes. Mix bacon and ranch together and drizzle on top (or dip if you have a family of dippers like I do)
Servings: 4
Calories: 223
Fat: 9g
Fiber: 4g
Today’s Leopard Find: Lucky Ballet Flats
  

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich (and frogs)

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I thought I would share this just because…
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The girls love animals (which I mentioned in the guinea pig twins story).  So a few years ago, I bought them these African Dwarf Frogs (which they quickly decided to name Rose and Flower). I was told to feed them a couple of pellets twice a week and clean their tank twice a year. It came with a snail that died right away that was supposed to keep the tank clean (sadly I can’t remember his name). We immediately went to Petco and they didn’t have snails so they told us to get a shrimp (which they quickly decided to name Larry the Lobster). Larry the Lobster didn’t make it long either. They were quite upset over that one. We didn’t even have a body to bury. (I’m blaming Flower) Then Petco ran out of shrimp too. So we never replaced him (not that Larry the Lobster could ever truly be replaced) and now 3 years later the frogs are still going strong. When I started researching about these frogs because they kept shedding, I found a few interesting things….they do better when you feed them every day, they shed a lot and they like hiding places. When I started feeding them every day I saw a huge difference in them. They got more personality and the smaller one finally caught up in size to the bigger one. Now I just need to find them a cave…
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I don’t think Taylor came up for air when she was eating her sandwich. First she had to tell me all the concerns with the side dish that was with it (which I’ll post tomorrow – she inhaled that too by the way). Then she went through her questions: Are you sure this bacon is cooked? Is the chicken really supposed to be this color? Are you sure this is ranch? Are you sure mine doesn’t have any cheese? I’m sure there were more but those were the highlights. She has now approved this one to be added to her “Taylor Cookbook”. Woo hoo!!!

4 Chicken Breasts, boneless & skinless

8 slices Turkey Bacon
1 Tbs Emeril’s Chicken Rub
4 Tbs Ranch Dressing
4 slices Tomato
4 Lettuce Leafs
4 slices Mozzarella Cheese
8 slices Whole Grain Bread, toasted
Rub chicken with Emeril’s Chicken Rub. Wrap 2 pieces of bacon around each chicken breast. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side. (or until done) For each 2 slices of toasted bread, add 1 tablespoon of ranch, 1 slice of mozzarella cheese and 1 slice of tomato.
Servings: 4
Calories: 746
Fat: 48g
Fiber: 3g
Today’s Leopard Find: Fashion Shoe Art Print

Strawberries & Cream Pie

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So just in case you missed my Facebook post or you couldn’t hear my squeals……I’m the Tasty Kitchen Featured Member this week!!!!!
In case you don’t know what Tasty Kitchen is….it’s a website started by The Pioneer Woman to share recipes and make friends. Kind of like Facebook for food! I was so excited when I saw that I was the featured member. Thank you Tasty Kitchen!!!! It made my day! (which unfortunately I didn’t find out until about 11:00 pm and couldn’t go to sleep after getting me all wound up like that). So I made a pie….
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Mix water and Jell-O in  microwavable bowl and microwave for 1 minute.  Mix whipping cream and sugar until fluffy. Whisk yogurt and half the whipping cream into Jell-O mixture.  Fold in 1 cup of the strawberries. Pour into pie crust and refrigerate until set.
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Top with additional strawberries and whip cream.
Ingredients:
1/4 cup water
3 oz package strawberry Jell-O
12 oz light strawberry shortcake yogurt
2 cups sliced strawberries
2 cups whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
9″ pie crust
Mix water and Jell-O in  microwavable bowl and microwave for 1 minute.  Mix whipping cream and sugar until fluffy. Whisk yogurt and half the whipping cream into Jell-O mixture.  Fold in 1 cup of the strawberries. Pour into pie crust and refrigerate until set. Top with additional strawberries and whip cream.
Servings: 8
Calories: 308
Fat: 20g
Fiber: 1g
Today’s Leopard Find: Pet Stroller (Lily & Princess need this!)
  

Chicken Pot Pies

We’ve had some issues with the new box springs, so they had to leave us the old ones for a day. For over a year Lily (the littlest dog) has been playing with her “friends” under my bed. Now we get to find out if her “friends” are staying with the box springs or staying with us. I’m really hoping they are headed to the used mattress place in the sky with the box springs and that today’s play date was her last one. I tired so many time to get pictures or video on this and I was never successful. These little pot pies were sooooo good!!! Although it was painful watching Taylor pick out all the carrots and Megan sit and pick out all of the peas and carrots because she “doesn’t like quiche”. :/ Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 6 jumbo size muffin cups with cooking spray. Heat oil over medium-high heat in non-stick skillet. Add chicken to oil and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until chicken is no longer pink in the center. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, thyme and garlic & onion medley. Heat to simmering. Add vegetables, stirring occasionally until almost all liquid is absorbed. Cool 5 minutes then stir in cheese.n medium bowl, mix together Bisquick, milk and eggs. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of Bisquick mixture into each muffin cup. Top with about 1/2 cup chicken mixture. Spoon 1 tablespoon of cream of chicken soup on top of each muffin cup. Top with remaining Bisquick mixture.Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes then loosen sides of pies from pan with a knife. Remove from pan and place on cooling rack. Cool 5 minutes and serve.Ingredients:1 Tbs vegetable oil 1 lb chicken breasts, boneless & skinless – cut into bite-size pieces 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 cup peas and carrots, frozen 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp ground thyme 1 tsp McCormick Grill Mates garlic & onion medley 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 6 Tbs cream of chicken soup 1/2 cup Original Bisquick mix 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 6 jumbo size muffin cups with cooking spray. Heat oil over medium-high heat in non-stick skillet. Add chicken to oil and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until chicken is no longer pink in the center. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, thyme and garlic & onion medley. Heat to simmering. Add vegetables, stirring occasionally until almost all liquid is absorbed. Cool 5 minutes then stir in cheese. In medium bowl, mix together Bisquick, milk and eggs. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of Bisquick mixture into each muffin cup. Top with about 1/2 cup chicken mixture. Spoon 1 tablespoon of cream of chicken soup on top of each muffin cup. Top with remaining Bisquick mixture. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes …

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Today the dogs and I both got new beds! I’m not sure which one of us was more excited. I’m pretty sure it was me though! I was so tired of waking up every morning with a sore back. Bless you Mattress Firm for delivering the same day!! Although they brought me one King box spring and one California King box spring, but at least the important mattress piece made it here correctly. For my sake, I hope it solves all of my problems or my hubby is going to kill me. Lily trying out her new bed.Lily and Princess trying out OUR new bed.Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.In medium bowl, stir together chicken strips and buffalo sauce. Place into baking dish in a single layer.n the same bowl, stir together potatoes, dressing, cheese and soup. Spread over chicken. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top.Cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 25 minutes. Ingredients: 1 1/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small strips 1/3 cup buffalo sauce 3 cups potatoes, grated 1 cup ranch dressing 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 1 (10 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup 1/2 cup bread crumbs Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. In medium bowl, stir together chicken strips and buffalo sauce. Place into baking dish in a single layer. In the same bowl, stir together potatoes, dressing, cheese and soup. Spread over chicken. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top. Cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 25 minutes.Adapted from Betty CrockerServings: 6Calories: 430Fat: 28gFiber: 2g Today’s Leopard Find: Bebe Ombre Top …

Banana Nut Muffins

We made a trip to the famous Frisco Snow Cone Lady today. (and I forgot to take pics, so I guess I need to go again soon) If you haven’t been, it’s the next best thing to Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices. And if you haven’t been to Ralph’s, it’s like Heaven in a cup. Anyway…I could barely contain my excitement when I saw that she had opened a second line!!! Usually when you go you just prepare yourself that you will have to wait for about 30-45 minutes. The second line took care of that problem. So now I can go more often. Today Strawberry Shortcake, tomorrow Hawaiian Delight, then Dreamsicle….. And because you can never have too many muffin recipes… 1 cup banana, pureed 6 oz light yogurt, vanilla 2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/3 cups flour 1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup walnuts Pinch salt Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place baking liners in a muffin pan and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl combine sugars, eggs and vanilla. Stir in the banana, yogurt and butter. In a separate bowl, mix flours, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir the dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Stir in walnuts. Divide the batter equally among the cups. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Servings: 12 Calories: 353 Fat: 15g Fiber: 3g Today’s Leopard Find: Boo Boo Bag …

Rhinestone Picture Hanger & Hidden Cove

We went to the lake yesterday. I had no idea this place was even there and it was just right up the road from us. It was at Hidden Cove on Lake Lewisville. Like a whole 4 1/2 minutes from my house! For $40 you can rent a “cabin” and for $25 they will even through in an air conditioner. It’s July in Texas, so I’m thinking they could charge pretty much whatever they want for A/C. There are bathrooms with showers across the street. Three cop cars pulled up to deal with the neighbors so that was exciting. It was only about 109 outside and after the storm came through it felt like a giant outdoor sauna. It was almost like being back in Houston. The girls discovered jet skis. They would have stayed on it all day if they could have. One of the cabins and Rusty’s fire on the grill. They got it under control and nothing burned down. S’more time! So with all of that going on, it didn’t give me time to finish my room, but I did come up with a nifty trick…. All of the picture hangers that I could find for this were too big. So I used a nail and not glued a rhinestone to it. Way cheaper than a picture hanger too! Today’s Leopard Find: Rough Justice Italian Shoes …