Sunday, May 20, 2012

A scrappy post

I almost forgot I wanted to share a scrappy layout that I did for the Scrapshare weekly challenge.

And just some randomness

Because random is what this blog is all about. So here are some random pics to amuse you or possibly give you the heebie jeebies.

We seem to have lots of these around. Good bug eaters.
Got candles? Don't worry I have enough for all of us.

And a few last shots for your day.

The project 38 post

You know, the one I'm failing miserably at. At best I should be completing 3 projects per month to be on track. Yeah that's not happening. I've only completed 4 total. I have 3 in the works. And lots more in my head. But here is a few pics of some dish clothes that I finished plus one that was supposed to be a dishcloth but it was too pretty so now it's the never ending granny square.
The beginnings of the never ending granny
My mint green dish cloth
The other cloth

Reading time

I'm not to far behind on the reading updates. Only 5 books. My book reading tastes change frequently and right now I'm kinda on a young adult reading phase. So without further ado.

One For the Money- No I haven't seen the movie but thought I would read the book before seeing the movie. I really enjoyed the book and wouldn't mind reading a few more in the series. It's was a little intrigue with some funny moments.

Night Shade- Now for my young adult reads. I was surprised that this book turned out as good as it did. If you like books about were wolves you may enjoy this book. It had some surprising twists and I'm anxious to start on the second book in the series (it's sitting on my nightstand along with the third one.)

Switched- Another surprising book. It's about modern day trolls living among us and their cultures and a new princess. I devoured this book plus the other two in the series.

Torn- Book two of the series about the Trylle. Every bit as good as the first.

Ascend- Book three of the series. I felt the ending was a bit rushed but overall it was a still a good read.

That's my reading list. I'm currently reading City of Lost Souls and loving it. I'll post more on it when I'm done.

New recipes 14-21

See told you I was behind on posting but almost done with the 38 new recipe challenge. Some of these I took pics of but most I didn't. If I have blog sites where I got them from I'll post links.

First up number 14..... Snicker doodles. After finding snicker doodle ice cream I just had to have some real cookies. They were so delicious, moist and chewy.

Recipe number 15-Oven Roasted potatoes. They were ok, not the greatest. I'll probably fix them again. I got the recipe from this blog.

Recipe number 16- Doritos casserole. I thought the kids would have enjoyed this more since it had lots of cheese and lots of Doritos. Terry, Jina and I really liked it though. If you are looking for a quick, fun meal check it out here.

Recipe number 17- Hamburger steak with onion gravy. This was really good. And I like that it's versatile enough that you can make it with pre-made patties or make your own patties.

Recipe number 18- No bake cookies. Ok ok I admit to most this isn't a new recipe. I have made them before but every time I've ever made them they've always turned out mushy and gooey and never set up. These turned out perfect.

Recipe number 19- Crockpot chicken teriyaki. Well this one is not for a person on a low sodium diet. That being said it was still pretty darn good. I made some fried rice to go with it.

Recipe number 20- Fresno potatoes. Ok, these were by far some of the best potatoes I've had in a really long time. They are a little time consuming to make but the results are worth it.

And last but not least we have recipe number 21- Monster cookies. Everything you could ever want in a cookie you will find right here. M&Ms...check, peanut butter....check, chocolate chips....check, oatmeal....check check. These were to die for cookies.

Oh darn I forgot to add my failed pineapple ice cream experiment.

So some updates are in order I suppose

We are still alive and kicking. The weather has been beautiful and we are loving it down here so much. As promised here are some before, during and after photos of the house.
the living room from the front door
The living room from the kitchen

The front of the house
The living room during
Master bedroom during
Jina's room

Living room during from upstairs
Master bed completed
Scrap closet

Living room complete from kitchen
Living room complete from upstairs
Jina's room
Front of house with trees in bloom

We took a break from the box madness after a week of being here and took the kiddos to the beach. It was the first time for the twins but not for Jina. Mason took to the water like a fish but Mitchell really needed some serious coaxing.

The next entries that I'll do will be updates to my separate 38 challenges. I'm not doing to bad with the food and reading but the project one I may end up failing miserably at.