Monthly Archives: September 2012

Happy Hump Day!

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This week has been rough.  Work has been busy, making me not want to do so much once I get home. Soooooo, I don’t. Then I feel horrible and lazy, especially when Boyfriend can talk for about two and a half hours about everything that he accomplishes every day.  Ugh. Over achiever.

Not really, I love him MUCHO and try to use his determination and productivity as motivation.  But this week…it’s just not working.  Knowing that my next couple of projects are halfway daunting (picture wall and/or the organization of my pantry), I have been avoiding any kind of home improvements at. all. costs.  But really.

So today at work, I got one of those e-mails from Kraft that showed pictures of yummy looking food, which made me wayyyy hungry before it was even close to my lunch time….but I decided that tonight, yes tonight, I WOULD COOOOOK!

I love cooking.

I love cooking more when Boyfriend is here cooking with me, but eh, this’ll do for now. This mortal body has grown weak. I need sustenance! ……Um, did I mention that we watched Thor over the weekend? We did.

Okay back to cooking! So, after seeing the delicious looking e-mail from Kraft today…I decided to try one of their proclaimed 30-minute meals, and it was AWESOME! And what makes it ever better….it was CHEAP! Double whammy.

It’s called Sausage With Peppers and Pasta (I promise I didn’t name it), and it was cheap, easy, fast and yummy!  Here is Kraft’s picture of it:

Picture is from KraftRecipes.comDoesn’t it look good? Nom Nom

Here’s the ingredients and instructions….it is SUPER easy. I mean really, it is easy. And it’s good. And it’s fast.

3 cups rigatoni pasta, uncooked (I used one bag of Ziti, eh it looks the same)
1lb. Italian sausage links, sliced
1 each green, red and yellow pepper, chopped
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained (I used rotel…it’s what I had THANK YOU, coupons)
1-1/2 Mozzarella-Parmesan Cheese Blend (I just used a bag o’ Mozzarella)
1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.  Meanwhile, cook sausage in large skillet on medium heat 10 min., stirring frequently.  Stir in peppers; cook and stir 7 min. or until sausage is done and peppers are crisp-tender.  Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta.  Add to sausage mixture with shredded cheese blend; mix well.  Top with Parmesan.

Easy. Peasy. And oh-so-yummy. THAT’S ALL! Happy Hump Day! 🙂

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Nice Drawers…

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Soooooo, how are everyone’s drawers lookin? Ya know, one thing I have learned with our house is that no two drawers are made equal. Which is rather annoying to me…I mean really? Is it THAT hard to make two drawers the same dimension? Oy.

Currently, our spices have completely taken over an entire cabinet. Granted, we usually cook A LOT… And various recipes usually call for various assortments of spices. And because of this we have grown quite the collection. And they are seemingly taking over!! I mean a whole kitchen cabinet dedicated to spices? I. Don’t. Think. So.

We have a tiny galley kitchen, and new to utilize every space as efficiently as possible… So we decide (in the middle of kitchen re-facing) that spices needed to be contained in a smaller space…. They were just simply taking over too much space in the cabinet. So after researching Pinterest and all of the “spices organization” pins… This is what I came down to:

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These are all really great ideas, but none that I feel I could make work in our home. Instead I have just decided to dedicate in entire drawer to spices… This is what we have so far:

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Now, I have noticed my organizing doesn’t look as clean as the other sources… BUT I do have some improvements up my sleeve. For instance I plan on ordering around 20 empty glass bottles from Penzey’s… I will be able to sort them vertically rather than horizontally and they will take up much less space that way. Those bottles also come with labels, so I can label the lids and won’t have to lay them horizontally (as I have) to see the labels. Eh, it’s another project in the making… But once it’s finished I think it will be fabulous!

Hope everyone had a safe Labor Day… Wahoo for a four day work week (though only two for me!) 🙂

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Picture Wall

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It seems like I have been very distracted lately… I’m not going to lie, blogging is not my number one priority (gasp!). BUT I am going to try to put out a little more effort towards this little guy, and apologize (once again) for my negligence.

With all of the projects we’ve got goin’ in our hizz-ouse… It’s fun to take a break from one big project to do something a little more fun. For me, this means stop with the moulding, trim and painting and move on to something a little more joyful….decorating!

I have been going back a forth on whether or not I want a picture wall in our house. Is it too modern? Will it put our traditional tendendicies over the top? Eh, I don’t know… But I still really want one, so what the hay? I mean it is OUR house after all, we can do with it what we want. Sucka.

With that said – I want a picture wall.

And really there is only one wall for this picture wall… Ya know with the addition of our bookcases and everything on the fireplace wall… So now the questions are: how many pictures? Matching frames or all different? Symmetrical or asymmetric? Abstract, people, places or textures? Color or black and white?

Oy.

Is it this hard for you guys to make decisions, or is it just me?

Well…. I have a few ideas in mind of what I want, I just need to figure out how to make it happen. But want to know my inspiration? Pinterest of course! Here are a few of my inspirations:

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What do you think? I’m trying to narrow down my decisions on how I want our picture wall to turn out… But until then, I’ll just have to keep ya posted. 🙂 goodnight!

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