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Update on Kitchen Cabinet Redo!

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Well, I stained my island top.
I am so glad I did it.
Just a few pictures for you to see!




 This is the top after 1 coat. 

And after 2 coats.
I did 4 coats in all and also did 4 coats of the Arm-R-Seal. It turned out a little shinier than I like, but I needed this surface to be very durable. 

Just as a reminder, these are the exact products I used. If I had to do it over again, I might get the satin Arm-R-Seal, but I'm still very satisfied with the results.
My cabinets were needing something done with them. They were starting to show wear and replacing them was not in our budget. I love white painted cabinets, but painting usually requires a great deal of sanding. I wasn't interested in doing that. I've done it before. This was a super cost effective way to update my cabinets. I highly recommend trying it if you are wanting to update yours!



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The Sweet Moments

Hey y'all. 
I've been in a little bit of a slump lately. Maybe you could tell by my lack of posts? Sorry about that. 
We have been pretty busy, but who hasn't? But in all of our busy-ness, do we take time to stop and be in the moment? To notice the little things? 
My oldest girl has been begging me to have a tea party for a little while now. I always put it off, saying "Mommy has a lot to do today" or "Not today, maybe tomorrow." 
So, yesterday I got busy with my garden and we still didn't have the tea party, even though she had been begging me all morning. 
This morning, she brought her dishes into my room and asked again. I felt that little niggle of guilt that I needed to stop being busy and start enjoying. I'm starting to think it's a choice. I heard someone say recently that when your kids are getting on your nerves, instead of wanting them to change, why not see what you can change about yourself. Am I being too busy with what I think…

My Garden: Year 2

Last May, I wrote a post on my first attempt at growing a garden. It turned out really well! But, I learned a few things that I'm hoping to grow from this year.
Things that I learned. I learned a lot mostly about placement. I planted 4 rows of green beans right back to back and it was hard to pick in the size that I have. So I'm planting single rows right along the edge of the garden bed. 
I also tried using a single pole for the tomato plant. It was super hard to manage. I will use a tomato cage this year. 
AND
Cucumbers take up a ton of room. So this year I will try them climbing up a trellis.
I didn't plant too many things now, just some pretty pansies...





and some herbs.

Thyme, Lemongrass and Parsley. I honestly only planted the lemongrass because I heard it repels mosquitoes and it smells good. Maybe I'll plant a couple pots of these and place them around the seating area later. I also have some Creeping Lemon Thyme growing in my garden from last year. That stuff is…

Pizza Cupcakes

How about a fun recipe today??
But it's also delicious.
And easy.
And it's not even much of a recipe. Just make them however you want and you can hardly go wrong with these.
Shall we get started?
First I should say, I was in a hurry to make this for my very hungry children and didn't even think of taking step by step pictures. But they are very easy, so don't worry.

Spray a 12 cup muffing pan with cooking spray.
Make your favorite pizza dough, or use a store-bought dough and using small pieces of dough, line each cup on the bottom and sides.
Bake at 375 for 6 minutes.

Chop up some pepperoni into small pieces and stir them into some pizza sauce. (You could also add other favorite pizza toppings like sausage, pepper, onion, or mushroom. But I had very hungry kids, so I didn't add any of those.) Put a small amount of pizza sauce into each cup. Top with cheese and maybe another pepperoni and bake for another 15 minutes.

Then make a big mess eating them, but enjoy ever…

Crescent Chicken Roll-Ups

Hey guys.
Are ready for some pure comfort food? 



This is my mom's recipe and she made sure that I tell you all that. I loved it when she made these growing up. These are so good guys.
Here's what you need.

Chopped Onion (I used the dried kind because I was in a hurry), Salt, Pepper, Cream Cheese, Crescent dough, Pimientos, and Butter. The only things not pictured here is the chicken and that's because I was cooking it, and some water or chicken broth. Also, I only did a half recipe of this, otherwise you need more cream cheese and crescent roll dough.

So this is my chicken when it was cooked and chopped up. 

In a bowl, mix together the chicken, chicken broth or water, cream cheese, salt, pepper, pimientos and onion. 
Next, get your crescent dough ready. I do these a little different than my mom. I do single or half size by only using one crescent dough triangle per roll-up. 

If you want to make larger roll-ups, put two triangles together like this. This way is good if the…

Spring "Mantle" with Easter Touches

I redid my Spring "mantle" when I got some new decor. I love this new way I wish I could leave it up all year! (Actually, I love decorating for fall, so that will be the next exciting thing.)

I thought today I'd just share a quick post with a few pictures. Tell me what you think!



I bought this birdhouse at Michaels for $1 and painted it for a springy distressed look.


I bought this planter at Ross for $6.99 and added some blush and cream flowers to it.

I made this little crate out of Popsicle sticks. I glued it together and then painted it the same way as I did the bird house. I loved this crate as this is where I added my Easter touches. We don't do Easter bunnies and Easter eggs, but instead focus on the real meaning of Easter-Jesus. Rising from the grave and purchasing our freedom. There can be no greater reason to celebrate. 
I thought the small twig wreath reminded me of the Crown of Thorns. The small white flowers resemble the Easter Lily, which symbolizes puri…

Chicken Fried Rice

Remember in this post where I shared my simple and quick freezer recipe for Marinated Baked Chicken?


Well, we were away this weekend and so I wanted something easy that didn't require a lot of thought when we got back. So I pulled this out and baked it and we had this for supper along with Hasselback Potatoes and Green Beans. Super Easy.


We ate 4 of these pieces of chicken, leaving 3 for leftovers. I stuck them in the fridge and the next day I made Chicken Fried Rice. 
There are so many versions of this recipe. This recipe is how I make it, which is super easy to change up with different veggies. If I don't have this baked chicken on hand, I simply cut up some raw chicken into bite sized pieces and put it in a bowl. Add 2 TB soy sauce and 1/4 tsp minced garlic. Let it sit and marinate for about 15 minutes, then just toss it in a skillet and saute it. 

 Next I chop up some veggies. I normally just do these three. I quickly steam about 1 cup of frozen broccoli florets in the mi…