A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: January 2011

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31 January 2011

Stale Tortillas = Homemade Tortilla CHIPS!

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I used fresh tortillas for this, but stale tortillas are even better.  Quit throwing them out and make some chips!
 
Keep cutting into wedges from the outside into the center point.  I did three wedges per piece.


Spray a pan with non-stick spray.  Any pan works as long as it has edges.  
Attempt flipping chips on a cookie sheet with no sides and you will absolutely end up dropping chips on the floor
and on the bottom of the stove and in that terrible little crack in between the stove and the door...just trust me...
use a pan with sides.   I use this griddle (thanks Uncle Tom and Aunt Kelly!!)

Sprinkle on a little kosher salt and lime juice.  That is it.  Plop them in a 350 degree oven.


How long?  Ummm...until they look like this:

Flip those puppies over when you start to see just a few of those little brown bubbles.  
Leave them for a few more minutes until they look like this (scientific I know...):


Pull them out quick...they burn fast!  Serve with some salsa or a steaming bowl of chili....


...in the words of a master...yummo...



Stale Tortillas = Homemade Tortilla CHIPS!

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I used fresh tortillas for this, but stale tortillas are even better.  Quit throwing them out and make some chips!
 
Keep cutting into wedges from the outside into the center point.  I did three wedges per piece.


Spray a pan with non-stick spray.  Any pan works as long as it has edges.  
Attempt flipping chips on a cookie sheet with no sides and you will absolutely end up dropping chips on the floor
and on the bottom of the stove and in that terrible little crack in between the stove and the door...just trust me...
use a pan with sides.   I use this griddle (thanks Uncle Tom and Aunt Kelly!!)

Sprinkle on a little kosher salt and lime juice.  That is it.  Plop them in a 350 degree oven.


How long?  Ummm...until they look like this:

Flip those puppies over when you start to see just a few of those little brown bubbles.  
Leave them for a few more minutes until they look like this (scientific I know...):


Pull them out quick...they burn fast!  Serve with some salsa or a steaming bowl of chili....


...in the words of a master...yummo...



Beating it.

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Motherhood is sometimes like a prison.  It's also wonderful in a multitude of ways, but oftentimes, it is just hard and I would love to escape it.  Anybody relate?  I'm sure you do...
Anyway, I can't escape the realities of dirt and noise, but I can tame them enough to keep my sanity.  I have an internal checklist of personal chores that I try to complete every day to fool myself into thinking that our home is organized and peaceful.  If I don't fool myself, I might go crazy.  like crazy, crazy.  Seriously.  These little chores help me beat it.  Beat the depression when I see a newly swept and mopped floor covered in Cheerio dust and want to give up cleaning.  forever.   Beat the annoyance when baby #1 knocks over the folded piles of laundry.  Beat the anger when baby #2 knocks over the whole basket of folded laundry because he wasn't watching where he was going.  Beat the fury when baby #3 knocks over the laundry on purpose.   Beat the desire to bang my head against the wall (literally!) when the baby is woken up.  again.  and again.   and again.  and again.  and it never feels like there will be peace and quiet ever ever again.    Then I remember that sooner than I can imagine it will be unbearably quiet and I will miss the crazy babies everywhere.  So I try to beat the human emotions and attempt to enjoy this crazy period of our lives.

Do you have a list of chores that give you back your sanity? What does your list look like?

1.  everyday either clean or work out to a whole cd.  (yes, I still listen to cds...my husband thinks I'm crazy)
2.  prepare the bed everyday.  even if it is 3:30 in the afternoon.  or 8:00 at night.
3.  shine the sink...in the afternoon...when no one will use it for at least 30 minutes...
4.  have at least 3 days a week that laundry is not being done in some form.
5.  make something.  clean something.  everyday.
6.  smell something good for at least the same amount of time that you have to small something bad.

update:  today I DID shine the sink, and I made a bunch of things and we cleaned up two rooms at least, but the bed...it's a disaster...so....

Tip #7:  You won't accomplish everything you write on a list.  Write lists with the expectation that some things will roll over to the next day.  ...or else you'll go crazy.  like crazy, crazy...

Beating it.

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Motherhood is sometimes like a prison.  It's also wonderful in a multitude of ways, but oftentimes, it is just hard and I would love to escape it.  Anybody relate?  I'm sure you do...
Anyway, I can't escape the realities of dirt and noise, but I can tame them enough to keep my sanity.  I have an internal checklist of personal chores that I try to complete every day to fool myself into thinking that our home is organized and peaceful.  If I don't fool myself, I might go crazy.  like crazy, crazy.  Seriously.  These little chores help me beat it.  Beat the depression when I see a newly swept and mopped floor covered in Cheerio dust and want to give up cleaning.  forever.   Beat the annoyance when baby #1 knocks over the folded piles of laundry.  Beat the anger when baby #2 knocks over the whole basket of folded laundry because he wasn't watching where he was going.  Beat the fury when baby #3 knocks over the laundry on purpose.   Beat the desire to bang my head against the wall (literally!) when the baby is woken up.  again.  and again.   and again.  and again.  and it never feels like there will be peace and quiet ever ever again.    Then I remember that sooner than I can imagine it will be unbearably quiet and I will miss the crazy babies everywhere.  So I try to beat the human emotions and attempt to enjoy this crazy period of our lives.

Do you have a list of chores that give you back your sanity? What does your list look like?

1.  everyday either clean or work out to a whole cd.  (yes, I still listen to cds...my husband thinks I'm crazy)
2.  prepare the bed everyday.  even if it is 3:30 in the afternoon.  or 8:00 at night.
3.  shine the sink...in the afternoon...when no one will use it for at least 30 minutes...
4.  have at least 3 days a week that laundry is not being done in some form.
5.  make something.  clean something.  everyday.
6.  smell something good for at least the same amount of time that you have to small something bad.

update:  today I DID shine the sink, and I made a bunch of things and we cleaned up two rooms at least, but the bed...it's a disaster...so....

Tip #7:  You won't accomplish everything you write on a list.  Write lists with the expectation that some things will roll over to the next day.  ...or else you'll go crazy.  like crazy, crazy...

30 January 2011

Inquiring minds want to know...who is Andrea?

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If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you might have met Andrea.  She hangs out with Grace Becky and Meg as my cheerleader commenters :)  Andrea is that commenter you always dream of having.  She says sweet thing and encouraging things, but best of all...she asks relevant questions.  She's like the editor you wished you had making sure you don't accidentally write curse words in you posts (if you aren't trying to of course...) and making sure you include vital details.

Take this recent post about my 1005th IKEA cabinet door project.  Andrea was the one who brought it to my attention that I didn't tell you guys how to even attach those puppies to the wall.  Long story short...screws.  Whenever I have something heavy to hang up, I ask dh to screw it to a stud and he happily (I think!) obliges.

You see, I need my creativity to be sparked.  when I look at a blank canvas, I don't see much.  I dont' know where to start.  I don't know where I want to end up.  ...but if that same canvas has paint spilled onto it by a baby, or cat footprints tracked across a corner, I am immediately inspired by various ways to cover up the mistakes.  So, I use my husband to spark my creativity.  He chooses where to screw the boards into the walls (given a couple parameters such as "not too close to the edge!"  or "at least a few inches apart!") and he randomly attaches them.  Then , it is my job to be creative and cover them up.  For these boards it was putting the pockets on over the screws.  The pockets are just attached with hot glue by the way :)


For this whiteboard project, the buttons cover up the screws.


If you take a tour through my house and look closely, you'll see lots and lots of coverups. :)

...but back to Andrea...you know you want to meet her, right?   You SHOULD want to meet her...she's amazing.  Well, hop yourself right on over to HER BLOG, check out her {AWESOME} writing...and just tell her I sent you :)

Inquiring minds want to know...who is Andrea?

Pin It

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you might have met Andrea.  She hangs out with Grace Becky and Meg as my cheerleader commenters :)  Andrea is that commenter you always dream of having.  She says sweet thing and encouraging things, but best of all...she asks relevant questions.  She's like the editor you wished you had making sure you don't accidentally write curse words in you posts (if you aren't trying to of course...) and making sure you include vital details.

Take this recent post about my 1005th IKEA cabinet door project.  Andrea was the one who brought it to my attention that I didn't tell you guys how to even attach those puppies to the wall.  Long story short...screws.  Whenever I have something heavy to hang up, I ask dh to screw it to a stud and he happily (I think!) obliges.

You see, I need my creativity to be sparked.  when I look at a blank canvas, I don't see much.  I dont' know where to start.  I don't know where I want to end up.  ...but if that same canvas has paint spilled onto it by a baby, or cat footprints tracked across a corner, I am immediately inspired by various ways to cover up the mistakes.  So, I use my husband to spark my creativity.  He chooses where to screw the boards into the walls (given a couple parameters such as "not too close to the edge!"  or "at least a few inches apart!") and he randomly attaches them.  Then , it is my job to be creative and cover them up.  For these boards it was putting the pockets on over the screws.  The pockets are just attached with hot glue by the way :)


For this whiteboard project, the buttons cover up the screws.


If you take a tour through my house and look closely, you'll see lots and lots of coverups. :)

...but back to Andrea...you know you want to meet her, right?   You SHOULD want to meet her...she's amazing.  Well, hop yourself right on over to HER BLOG, check out her {AWESOME} writing...and just tell her I sent you :)

29 January 2011

I hem like a child...

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I am a big fan of using fabric that has already had some of the work completed for you.  I will often buy flat sheet or single curtain panels or any number of other premade fabric items on clearance.  Then I cut them up and use them for other projects, taking advantage or all those finished edges.   I just recently cut up this tapestry to use all over my kitchen and the adjoining room with the kid's table.  Once I added that fabric to the room, the black of my pocket organizers stuck out like a sore thumb, so I decided to replace them with white organizers.

I found a bunch of director chair covers at Lowes.  You know, the chairs that they write the stars' names on so they can "rest" while they are on set?  I found that they were absolutely perfect for making pocket organizers for non-seamstresses folks like myself. 

You see, the seaming and the hemming is almost all completely finished for you.  I like that.  a lot.  ...because my hemming looks like a child did it most of the time.

So here is a photo of a few of the black organizers I made a few weeks ago.



I really like the black, but once I finished adding in these boards to this offshoot of the kitchen, the black pulled too much attention and was distracting, so I made a couple white ones instead.   While I actually prefer the black when looked at alone, the creamy white works better as a whole for the room.


See?

Now, for those of you curious about making your own and those of you that can bear staring at my ugly mug for 4.58 minutes, introducing my first go at videos...please be kind...this is embarrassing....

I hem like a child...

Pin It

I am a big fan of using fabric that has already had some of the work completed for you.  I will often buy flat sheet or single curtain panels or any number of other premade fabric items on clearance.  Then I cut them up and use them for other projects, taking advantage or all those finished edges.   I just recently cut up this tapestry to use all over my kitchen and the adjoining room with the kid's table.  Once I added that fabric to the room, the black of my pocket organizers stuck out like a sore thumb, so I decided to replace them with white organizers.

I found a bunch of director chair covers at Lowes.  You know, the chairs that they write the stars' names on so they can "rest" while they are on set?  I found that they were absolutely perfect for making pocket organizers for non-seamstresses folks like myself. 

You see, the seaming and the hemming is almost all completely finished for you.  I like that.  a lot.  ...because my hemming looks like a child did it most of the time.

So here is a photo of a few of the black organizers I made a few weeks ago.



I really like the black, but once I finished adding in these boards to this offshoot of the kitchen, the black pulled too much attention and was distracting, so I made a couple white ones instead.   While I actually prefer the black when looked at alone, the creamy white works better as a whole for the room.


See?

Now, for those of you curious about making your own and those of you that can bear staring at my ugly mug for 4.58 minutes, introducing my first go at videos...please be kind...this is embarrassing....

28 January 2011

What exactly is a tapestry?

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I was a bit confused when I saw these "tapestries" on sale at Target.  It was last fall when all the college dorm stuff went on sale and I realized that they were marketing a giant sheet of fabric as a "tapestry" to put over your bed.  They were charging $20.  Brilliant Target.  Honestly brilliant.

Anyway, back to shopping...they were marked down to $4.98, so I picked up the two they had left.  I am always a fan of fabric that has been hemmed already because I hem like a child.  (badly!)  So I didn't have anything specifically in mind for these panels until a week ago when I decided it was time to rework the kitchen and get rid of the curtains with green hens (I'm not kidding!).


I also used the fabric for two curtains for the sink window that aren't up yet, and then I used the leftover scraps to make these:
            
        ...and these:
         
          and this:
Tell me that's not worth 5 bucks?!?



The 2nd $5 tapestry covers the kids' table when it isn't in use :)


The pantry got a few little purple and steel touches too and a little artwork rounded out the project.

What exactly is a tapestry?

Pin It

I was a bit confused when I saw these "tapestries" on sale at Target.  It was last fall when all the college dorm stuff went on sale and I realized that they were marketing a giant sheet of fabric as a "tapestry" to put over your bed.  They were charging $20.  Brilliant Target.  Honestly brilliant.

Anyway, back to shopping...they were marked down to $4.98, so I picked up the two they had left.  I am always a fan of fabric that has been hemmed already because I hem like a child.  (badly!)  So I didn't have anything specifically in mind for these panels until a week ago when I decided it was time to rework the kitchen and get rid of the curtains with green hens (I'm not kidding!).


I also used the fabric for two curtains for the sink window that aren't up yet, and then I used the leftover scraps to make these:
            
        ...and these:
         
          and this:
Tell me that's not worth 5 bucks?!?



The 2nd $5 tapestry covers the kids' table when it isn't in use :)


The pantry got a few little purple and steel touches too and a little artwork rounded out the project.

IKEA Boards | Part 1001

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I know I have written what seems like 1001 posts on how to reuse leftover cabinet doors from IKEA.  I would go as far as to say I am addicted.  I can't get over the thrill of taking a piece of throwaway material for a few dollars and turning it into something I love.  I love the cheap thrill of recreating something useless into something I can't buy in a store.

So please indulge me once again as I introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. IKEA doors with an interesting ridge on the top.


As soon as I saw them, I instantly thought those ridges would e perfect for holding pens, or pencils.

Then I made these whiteboards.  There was a space that needed to be filled and no place to put a dry erase marker.  The smaller of these boards was perfect.





See that cutout?


Perfect.

I made little "pockets" out of leftover fabric from my kitchen sprucing up and pocket organizer projects.  (I did a video tutorial on these that will be up soon!)  They hold markers and pens and receipts and things I find on the floor that shouldn't be around babies.  The buttons are decorative...they make me smile and they tie into the whiteboards.

If you have been following, you've seen this beautiful fabric on the pantry doors and now on these pocket organizers, but I promised you more than that.  Don't fret, there is more to come tomorrow!

IKEA Boards | Part 1001

Pin It

I know I have written what seems like 1001 posts on how to reuse leftover cabinet doors from IKEA.  I would go as far as to say I am addicted.  I can't get over the thrill of taking a piece of throwaway material for a few dollars and turning it into something I love.  I love the cheap thrill of recreating something useless into something I can't buy in a store.

So please indulge me once again as I introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. IKEA doors with an interesting ridge on the top.


As soon as I saw them, I instantly thought those ridges would e perfect for holding pens, or pencils.

Then I made these whiteboards.  There was a space that needed to be filled and no place to put a dry erase marker.  The smaller of these boards was perfect.





See that cutout?


Perfect.

I made little "pockets" out of leftover fabric from my kitchen sprucing up and pocket organizer projects.  (I did a video tutorial on these that will be up soon!)  They hold markers and pens and receipts and things I find on the floor that shouldn't be around babies.  The buttons are decorative...they make me smile and they tie into the whiteboards.

If you have been following, you've seen this beautiful fabric on the pantry doors and now on these pocket organizers, but I promised you more than that.  Don't fret, there is more to come tomorrow!

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