Wednesday, October 30, 2013
So what do you think? Not a huge difference other than fresh walls and ceiling, oh ya and window treatments. We purchased the new couch and chair last month or was it the month before? The end tables were what not tables from around the house other than the one between hubby and my chair that I found at the scratch and dent section of "Pier One".
Here is what I did with the two single panels. I cut each panel right down the middle lengthwise to make two panels from one. A simple double hen on the edge finished them off. The only thing left was to add tabs to the newly hemmed edge and walla they are done. The panels are fully line which is a nice extra if we want to close them in the summer or winter for extra savings on the electric bill. We purshased the wooden southern blinds years ago to cut down on energy loss but and extra layer of lined drapes will up that savings even more.
I had Mason man yesterday morning while DD#1 went to an appointment. Knowing I was going to need curtain rods for the new window treatments he and I went on a search for the best priced deal we could find. We hit pay dirt at the third store finding rods for $12.99@ on the clearance rack that were oh so close to what I found for $59.99 @ at the home improvement store. Score one for the home team!!
Whats the bottom line for the family room makeover?
Paint - $104.00 (had leftover primer and trim paint from the powder room makeover)
Window treatments & rods - $106.00
Total spent - $210.00
Estimate from painters
Paint - $175.00
Labor walls - $200.00
Labor Ceiling - $200.00
Labor Fireplace - $225.00
Total cost - $800.00
SAVED!!!! $590.00 I am happy with the room, very happy with the savings, and will be dancing a jig when I'm finished!!!
Monday, October 28, 2013
It's break time!!!! Holy cow am I ever tired :( three walls are complete, 3/4 of the ceiling is done, and the first coat of primer is drying on the mantle. It has gotten to dark too see well enough to paint this evening so I am switching over to cleaning all of the pictures and STUFF from the family room.
Still to go tomorrow. Two coats of paint on the mantle, finish painting last wall, finish painting ceiling, two coats of paint on the back door. I have high hopes to finish this room tomorrow but I will be watching DD#1's kiddo's in the morning so it will be a late start on the painting party. I stink at painting!! I have as much paint on my body as there is on the walls but what the heck I'm cheap labor right?
AJ the beagle and I will be hitting the sack mighty early tonight. She is ready to get in a comfy place to cuddle, I am ready to get off my feet and give my arms a rest.
Anybody else trying to do some home improvement/updates around the house before the holiday's? Having no AC this summer has me way behind on so many things, it was just to stinkin hot to do physical labor without AC.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Ahhh, for a change the house is quite. Nothing better than a relaxing Sunday night with a good book and a homemade snack. Tomorrow morning and for the next few days I will be crazy busy working on painting walls, trim, ceilings, and the fireplace mantel. I HATE to paint!! I mean really and truly I hate every single thing about painting. But.....We just can't afford to continue to fork out money on home improvements that we (I) can do. :(
Tonight I tried a new recipe from the piles of recipe's I pulled out of all the old magazines, flyer's, basically piles of "I should try recipes". Taste of Home "Herbed Slow Cooker Chicken" is a real winner!! Super tender, moist with just a touch of spice. Along with the chicken we (meals on wheels for my buddy) had wild rice, asparagus, and banana bread. This recipe will be a hit with Hubby and the big kiddo's, might be a bit to spicy for the grands. However Karsyn can tear up some spicy chicken wings with her Daddy. I used 4 boneless chicken breast instead of bone in breasts. The spice rub was just enough for 4 breasts. I would have to double/triple the spice rub and chicken for the whole family. If your looking for something new to throw in the crock pot you won't be disappointed with this one!! The big kids Sunday dinner "to go" was chili, banana bread, and cookies. Figure they could make corn bread or whatever they want on their own
Off to bed with AJ the beagle, we need our beauty sleep for what will be a long hard week ahead
Saturday, October 26, 2013
When I moved my car this morning to make room for the roofing equipment the thermometer read 25 degrees!!! That is crazy cold for this time of the year in the south!!
I had loaded the garage refrigerator with a case of water for the fellas last night thinking they might enjoy something cold to drink as they worked. By late afternoon they did have a few bottles of water but they were VERY appreciative of the two pots of hot coffee Kara and I took out to them this morning!!!
We delivered chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven for a morning break followed by a pot of chili and corn muffins at lunch. They didn't go hungry in the afternoon, we baked banana bread as well to share. While the cost didn't go down they were so nice and understanding that I had to let poor AJ the beagle out a few times to take care of her lady business. Kara LOVED giving them the treats "I do it myself", her little face was beaming. Playing in the kitchen with her helped me keep my sanity with all the scraping and banging going on!!
I was so happy with the quality of work and their appreciation for the extra goodies from the kitchen that we signed up for 2 additional small projects with them. There will be more work come at a later date, once I build our savings back up!!!
The cost of feeding 10 men for the day ZERO. Everything came from the pantry, love that. Of course there was money spent building that pantry but buying on sale with coupons during the year the cost was pretty low.
Speaking of the pantry I did a bit of stocking up last night while picking up milk. An unadvertised sale on flour was too good to pass up. Five pounds for $2.00, regular price is $3.49. We were getting lower than I like on white flour, might as well strike while the iron is hot. I hope before the holiday to do even better but just in case I know I now have more than enough for holiday baking. For those of you new to this blog I use 50% white flour 50% fresh ground wheat flour in most of our baking. Many things it's a 25% white 75% wheat ratio.
I keep forgetting to share a great blog that you must check out for pantry inspiration when you have a few hours to yourself. Brenda at "Coffee Tea Books and Me" does Saturday pantry posts each week sure to please all you pantry Princess or Queens. She also has a link for all of her Saturday pantry posts that for some reason is not showing up on the top of her blog this evening but you can view them here. If you scroll to the bottom right side of her blog she also has many more links to past stocking up posts. Better find a quite spot and a cup of tea or coffee, plan on spending some time with Brenda!!
Friday, October 25, 2013
I am SOOOO dreading the roofer's tomorrow. Kara, AJ the beagle, and I will be stuck in the house the entire day :(I am thinking they should take a lunch break at some point, that will be my small window of opportunity to get the dog and toddler out for a run. I have put DD#3 on notice to take off early if the shop is not busy. I know I will be ready to pull my hair out after just a few hours. What did this pile of supplies cost? $2,800.00, ouch
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The results for the Black Bean brownies is in. They were just fine. As the video I shared with you yesterday said that using all purred beans would result in a more cake like brownie was correct. Personally I don't care for a gooey brownies so I liked them a lot, the grands were sold, so were a few fiends I used as taste testers. The only one to make a negative comment was DD#1, she thought they were a little dry. DD#3 is prego so she doesn't count, that sweet little butter bean soon to be grand she is carrying around needs more protein and fiber!!
I'm gonna give chocolate cake a try Sunday using black beans, maybe cookies next week. I will share the results.
Had a few money surprises today. First was the roofing company who called this morning letting me know I needed to pay for the shingles and supplies this morning. WHAT?? You said pay the full amount after the work was completed, seems his plans changed, grr I had to scramble around to pay the $2,800.00 as the shingle supplier wouldn't take a personal check by phone. Our home improvement account is in a checking account that we don't have a debit card for. Dog gone I hate when people mess with my banking/budgeting plans. The supplies should be delivered in the morning, installers promise to start and complete the work on Saturday. Time will tell.
Second surprise was we got our annual enrolment package for benefits today. I shouldn't really say surprise as from everything we have been hearing about this WONDERFUL NEW government health care program was going to be a mess. For 2014 our premiums will be double for health care, nice....... In 2015 all bets are off as hubby's company has already published that if they decide to continue to provide our "Cadillac" plans it will cost the company 4.5 MILLION dollars in penalties alone. I don't understand how a deductible of $4,000.00 is considered a "Cadillac" Leave it to the government to figure out how to get even more money from WORKING Americans.
Hubby almost blew a gasket when he saw we now have coverage for infertility. Seeing as how he had his man stuff taken care of back 30 years ago when we decided 3 children was all we could afford. I had my girl stuff removed 13 years ago. Now here is what we are wondering. Will this new insurance "requirement" be willing to replace all those organs we had removed so many years ago so we can reproduce at our age? Humm, What a shame, to see all the money being wasted in DC that WORKING Americans can't afford to pay for.
Any one else running into higher health insurance premiums for next year?
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Black Bean soup (just like Panara bread) along with artisan bread. Rather than use canned black beans I wanted to use dry black beans. The ratio of dry beans to cooked beans seemed to be all over the place. I decided to cook up 3 cups of dry beans not knowing how many cooked cups I would have in the end.
video on cooking beans
Do you ever get to the end of the day and wonder where the heck did that day go? I was working on something or other all day starting at 6:00AM but there doesn't seem much to show for it. I have a tiny bit of sewing I want to finish up tonight but...I'm not sure I will get back off the sofa!
All right let me share with you how the new pressure cooker worked out for me. Everything was simple as could be, but I did have fears the lid would blow off!! I stayed in the kitchen cleaning the fridge and pantry while the beans were cooking just to see what was going on. The one thing I will do different next time is use the cooker on my open counter. When I released the steam after the beans were done it made a heck of a mess on the cabinets above the cooker. There was steam dripping from 3 upper cabinets :( . The clean up was very easy unlike the crock pot sometimes!!
Since I used 1/2 canned beans in the soup recipe that leaves 4 extra cups of cooked dry black beans in the fridge. Kara and I are going to use some of them to make brownies tomorrow, check out this video on the how to substitute beans for oil. Some of the beans I will freeze to use at a later date, will see how that works out. Maybe a chocolate cake using black beans, could work for Sunday dinner this week.
I'm looking forward to trying a few new recipe's using the pressure cooker in the near future. I sure will come in handy making mash potato's for the whole family!!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
It's ALL DONE!!! Well other than the clean up that is. See why I had set up that factory Friday night? I am looking forward to getting my kitchen and breakfast room back in order today. With all of the family activities on Saturday, Sunday and yet again Monday I didn't think I was ever going to get those two quilts cut up and repurposed any time soon. Ahhhh, mission accomplished. I plan on keeping the factory set up for a few more days as I want to get some Halloween kitchen towels made for our big girls, maybe a Toddler Table Runner for our little girls as well, but that won't be nearly as messy as cutting up those quilts!! Ha
I had never thought to cut up a twin quilt/blanket to repurpose for a baby/toddler room. What a great idea. Not sure what the first quilt cost but the second one was $29.99 at Marshalls Home Goods. This would be a great frugal way to pull together a nursery on a budget. The second quilt was for my friends Grammie toddler bed, she ask for a toddler pillow along with a doll cradle quilt and pillow for her grand. I think there is enough fabric leftover for a window treatment when she decides what it is she wants.
Before I got a good start yesterday morning on all these sewing projects I had to head over to DD#1 home to watch her kiddo's. Not a problem, I was home by 9:30 ready to get back on the sewing machines. DD#3 called to ask if I would go with her to pick out Kara's Halloween costume...OK what time? I had an hour of sewing time before I meet both DD's and all the grands. Holy cow. Shopping with that crowd is not very relaxing to say the least!!! Finally after three stores and a lunch out of pizza and slurpies we were done. I drove (crawled) back home determined to get all the nursery/toddler sewing finished. It was another early bedtime for AJ the beagle and I!!!
Whats on the list for today? Getting Hubby's box in the mail before the end of the day. I still need to get the baking completed for his taste of home goodies then make a run to CVS for some sort of Halloween treat to include in the box. CLEAN up all the fuzzy's, thread, and fabric from the downstairs. Set up the next sewing project, get dinner on the stove, maybe use that new pressure cooker for tonight, make bread, and clean out the fridge. Oh and a nap, I sure could use a afternoon nap.
From here on out until after January 1st life always gets crazy busy!! And costly I might add :( I need to work on our finances, money seems to be flying out faster than it's coming in. Anyone else find Halloween to be the kick off of the holiday season?
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Manson too fell in love with the cow but settled with feeding the goats.
DD#1 and her family
And DD#3 with her family. DD#2 as always was out of town for a ball game :(
A cold raw rainy day didn't keep us away. The grands could care less
Kara let her Daddy do the heavy lifting
DD#1 and her crew picking out the perfect pumpkin
Sunday afternoon football, Tyler scored his first ever touchdown
He was so proud to finally make it to the goal post.
Sunday morning started with Karsyn's Birthday Spa party. The little girls always give each other a BIG hug when they are together.
I think AJ the beagle is ready to run away from home. She doesn't like to hang out by herself in such a messy house!!! I have to agree with her, this place is a hot mess and I am sick of running the roads!!
With all of the weekend activities I haven't been able to do anything other than take out the stinky trash and put fresh sheets on the bed. I thought I could get back to my factory tomorrow morning but after checking the calender I see I will have DD#1's kiddo's in the AM while she attends Tyler's teacher conference. The afternoon will be filled with baking for hubby. He called this morning to ask that I send him a jacket and coat to TX as the weather has turned off cool. I can't very well send a box without a taste of home in it.
Karsyn's party turned out so cute today!!! I will share later this week some of the sweet photo's of our girls. Who knew you could take 6 toddlers (3 and under) to a Spa and have such a relaxing fun time. Note to self, start checking garage sales for a pedi chair!!! Ha Just kidding.
AJ the beagle and I are off to an early bedtime. The activities of the weekend have had me on the roads, tractors, hay wagons, bleachers, but no Spa chair for us Nanny's. I am so tired my eye's are crossing!!