Wednesday, September 12, 2012

$2 Bow Sale!

Time to stock up!  All small tots size bows are on Sale!    Visit the Facebook page or for details and to order!  Sale runs 1 week only!  They won't be this low again until the Spring of 2013!  Single layers are just $2 each.  Choose from hundreds of colors...,  including solid grosgrain, polka dots, stripes, preppy stripes, & printed ribbons.

Make them double layers for $1 more or add a monogram for $2.

Want an outfit matched?  No problem.  I can match colors for you with a picture or link to the outfit online

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Queen Platform Storage Bed DIY

Shopping List:
1 – Sheet 3/4" Plywood, MDF
2 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2x3 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
4 – small moulding pieces 8 feet long
3/4” finish nails
1 1/4” pocket hole screws

Storage Bases
2 – Sheets ¾” plywood or MDF cut into strips 15 3/4" wide, referred to as 1x16 boards throughout this plan
2 – sheets ¼” plywood or other backerboard
4 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
3– 1x3 @ 8 feet long (for the slats – try and burn up small scraps here)
7 – 1x6 @ 8 feet long OR 1 sheet ¾” plywood cut into strips 5 1/2" wide, used as 1x6s for drawers. You could even use 5/8” thick material
4 – 1x8 @ 6 feet long
Optional drawer moulding
24 (or 12) – Drawer Knobs or handles
12 – 14” long drawer slides, the white euro style bottom corner mount ones will work best
1 1/4” and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws
1 1/4” finish nails

1– 3/4" plywood or MDF @ 60” x 25" (headboard)
1 - 3/4" plywood or MDF @ 60 x 23" (footboard)
2 – 1x3 @ 60”
2 – 1x2 @ 60"
2 – 2x3 @ 47 1/2”
2 – 2x3 @ 27 1/2"
2 – 1x3 @ 67”
8– Moulding pieces ... i will have to measure these
8 - Moulding pieces (again i need to measure these (long point to long point, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, not parallel to each other)

Storage Bases
4 – 1x16 @ 80”
8 – 1x16 @ 14 7/8”
2 – ¼” plywood @ 80” x 16 ¼”
4 – 2x4 @ 75"
4 – 2x4 @ 10”
2 – 2x2 @ 80"
14 – 1x3 or 1x2 scraps @ 7”

DRAWERS ( I need to double check the drawers
24 – 1x6 @ 14”
24 – 1x6 @ 21 ½” (I think I added a smidge to the length of the drawers Bu need to measure... I think I used 23 3/8")
12 – 1x8 @ 24 5/8” (Drawer Faces) measure and build to your exact drawers though
12 - ¼” plywood @ 23” x 14” (Drawer Bottoms). Again I think I added an inch or so... will need to measure to confirm)

This was the BIG summer project!  The plan when moving my son to his own room (which happened to be the bonus room) was to eliminate the need for a dresser.  Partly due to space and low ceilings.  After much planning we decided on the Fillman storage Bed that Ana-White had posted.  It was for a twin size bed.  I calculated and measured and came up with a queen size based on those plans.  I will update with my cut list and sizes if anyone is interested.  For now here are the pictures!  I did add 2 wooden knobs to each drawer (stained to match)  Need to get an updated picture!

THE BED!  12 Drawers queen size... I can't believe I built this!
Headboard and Footboard trimmed out

Easy Waffle Recipe

First off, I LOVE my waffle maker!  It is made by GE and makes 4 square waffles at once.  With a family of 5 this was a must for me.  This recipe makes 12 and feeds us plus a few leftover.  I always flash freeze the leftover ones and then place in a freezer bag.  Then they can get popped in the toaster for a quick breakfast, snack or breakfast sand which base :-)

This recipe came with my waffle maker and is awesome just as is.  Now sometimes I like to add blueberries, or diced apples and cinnamon or a dash of vanilla.  But 95% of the time I use this basic recipe.

2 Cups flour
2 TBS sugar
1 TBS Baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 Cups milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

First mix dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add milk, oil, and eggs and whisk until just blended.  For my waffle maker I use 1/3 cup measuring cup to pour into each waffle square and it is perfect.

These are WAY better than any frozen store bought waffles, without any preservatives and so easy to whip up a batch.

If you want to stock your freezer you can make a few batches at once.  To flash freeze lay them flat on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  Stick in the freezer until hardened.  (about an hour or 2) then transfer to a gallon size freezer bag.  I think I can fit 8 in each... maybe a few more.  I do also reuse my freezer bags if no meat was in them

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This Week's Menu

Monday (9/3/2012)
  Breakfast: Cereal
  Dinner Potluck with Friends
Tuesday (9/4/2012)
  Breakfast: Cereal or grits
  Dinner: Spaghetti w/ homemade Meat sauce, French Bread (makes 2 loaves, salad
Wednesday (8/29/2012)
  Breakfast: Homemade Waffles, sausage
  Dinner: Chicken Fried Steak, Mustard Greens, Rice (gravy), Corn on the Cob, Amazing Yeast Rolls (double for next day)
Thursday (9/6/2012)
  Breakfast: Bagels
  Dinner:  Homemade Cheese Ravioli with Meatball, Amazing Yeast Rolls
Friday (9/7/2012)
  Breakfast: French Toast (using , Sausage
  Dinner: Rice and Bean Enchiladas
Saturday (9/8/2012)
  Dinner: Grilled Chicken, green beans, Rice Pilaf
Sunday (9/2/2012)
  Dinner: Chicken Panini's, Broccoli Cheese Soup

***Lunches are usually easy pasta dishes, mac n cheese, sandwiches, or leftovers.

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