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Sandwich Time!

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Right now, it seems the only thing there is time to make and eat is a sandwich. And that may only get done standing up. As everyone else is getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, my husband and I (with the help of some friends and family) have about five different projects moving around our house all at the same time. I don’t anticipate that I’ll be able to get out there Black Friday, to experience the nostalgia and bliss of shopping for my little ones’ Christmas. You know…it is sort of like this…

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And by the way, if you have failed to watch The Walking Dead, I say shame on you and encourage you to spend Black Friday watching the first two seasons. And you can shop via the internet and choose to put on real clothes or stay in your pjs. See? It’s a win-win! Although, I think some people feel this concept is acceptable anywhere anymore.
So what else has been going on?
First we got asked to take a hot tub off my parents hands at a very low price. They had bought it less than two years ago and hardly ever used it and were ready to get it off their deck. We had a really small older hot tub (that maybe had four jets in the entire tub). We use it all the time and knew that we would be fools to pass it up! We were even able to quickly sell our old one, which made it an even better decision. The new hot tub is massive and took eight men to move. Later four of us tried to scoot it a couple inches and it was impossible. Massive.

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So project one: move tub, reinforce deck, and rewire electric to proper voltage.
The next project came last Saturday, my husband woke me up and told me there was sales on refrigerators that was too good to pass up. Within the hour, I was headed out with a latte in hand to make my purchase. I forgot to get a picture of the outside of it, it will be here Tuesday. But I did snap one of the inside. Sorry, I couldn’t completely open it because they had the fridges too close to each other.

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Glorious!! My kids are so excited because I told them we could put there snacks in the bottom pull out drawer, that way they could reach them. In fact, I’ve never seen kids so stoked about a refrigerator.
Project two, purchase new fridge, make plans for delivery, move all of our existing food elsewhere and make a home for our old fridge (we are hanging onto it for our rental). Move food into new fridge.
The very next day from purchasing the fridge, we went to a house auction that had loads of high end household items. The auction was packed and things were selling way overpriced. I did however get this lovely chair, ottoman, and matching couch. For a fair price.

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The chair and couch are huge which spurred several projects into motion at once.
Project three, move kids play room into a different room, create “man cave.”
Project four, paint both kids room and man cave, paint trim and ceiling, install new lighting.
Disaster one: man cave tv blew up! This tv was actually going to be move upstairs (we really only have one tv in our house at the time, you know the dead one…) in the living room so that I could watch The Walking Dead while my husband is watching football. Ahhhhhh!
So now project five: replace lamp in old tv, purchase man cave tv.
Project six: move around upstairs living room to accommodate tv after we get it repaired.
Project seven: restore the leather couch and chair. The furniture and leather itself are in great shape but the color in some places has faded. So far, from my research, I think that I am going to send in a sample to a company who will make me a balm to restore the color. Have you ever done this?? What was your experience?
Well that is the main projects right now!! I’m not in charge of Thanksgiving this year but I do have a fantastic recipe for making your turkey if you need one!!
But now, all I have time for is this:

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Thank you Pinterest!!
Yes these sandwiches are different (although not really), I made them back to back but used a different colored pepper.

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Here is all you need:
Adapted from: BS’ In The Kitchen
Roasted peppers (great TJ Maxx find!)
Goat cheese
Portabella mushrooms (I used 1 1/2 caps per sandwich, sliced)
Wrap (I used a Smart and Delicious wrap and really liked the flavor)
Olive oil in my Misto
Salt and pepper
1. Spray pan generously with olive oil. On medium heat add mushrooms, spray the top of the with oil and allow them to cook. Once they start to soften up, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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2. Remove cooked mushrooms from pan and set them aside. Add pepper if yours are cold so that they are nice and warm. Turn heat off. Wipe out pan carefully (don’t burn yourself!!) and add fresh olive oil. Add heat back and once oil is warm, add wrap. Top wit cheese and pepper and mushroom. Cook over medium. Once cheese starts warming, fold tortilla in half.
3. Put sandwich on a plate, cut and serve!!

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A Keeper

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I’m proud to announce that tomorrow I’m hosting my first ever giveaway! Please check in for your chance to win! If you have a friend who either enjoys cooking, or is interest in weight loss, or they just like to try to win things, tell them to stop by! ūüôā
For today however, let’s talk about this yummy dish!!

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Cheesy Pepper Jack Polenta, Bacon and Egg! Continue for recipe!

Sweet Mother!!

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Today is an insane day for me professionally! I’m busy out of town¬†doing something I’ve never done before. Training a group of others to do what I do. AH! I’m super excited but also super nervous. I hope I don’t say something stupid, like say “sex” instead of “six” or something. Hahahahaha. Although I strive to keep my job and blog separate, I just wanted you to know that I’m out there doing something totally new to me. Sorta the theme of my blog and all. I look forward to tonight when I can read up on what has been going on in blog world while I’ve been away.

Some days I wonder what people are doing to make their furniture look so bad! Is there a furniture abuse hotline?!?!

Please excuse the madness¬†going on behind the nightstand. We were in the process of getting ready to move, so odds and ends were being piled in the mud¬†room. This poor soul couldn’t come into my house until she got cleaned up. I bought her at a thrift store for $1.99. Although that was reasonable, her sister was $19.99 and in WORSE shape! WHAT??? Apparently because someone put a gross piece of dirty marble/granite something in the top that made it worth more? Don’t worry, I caved and bought her. Notice the ugly miss-matched piece of wood in the top of this one?? It didn’t stick around for long.

Little bit better right?? I still wasn’t happy with the top where I had¬†replaced the ugly wood and painted¬†a new insert. However it still wasn’t exactly right. I was glad because it made me really think and come up with something creative.

Isn’t this SO MUCH FUN!?!? I mean seriously, I reinvented two sad, beat up, ready for the dumpster night stands for no more than $30.00. I’m so proud of them! The pictures¬†are¬†safely¬†covered in a plexiglass cover. I cut that stuff myself and it was TOUGH. One of these days, if anything happens to the plexiglass, I will have regular glass cut for them.¬† For right now, they are absolutely perfect.

What do you think?

A Kitchen in Progress

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Today I thought I’d share my slow updating¬†progress that has been going on in my kitchen! I’m pretty sure certain¬†we are doing some things out-of-order, but I really don’t care. To give you a little background, we moved in during what I would consider a blizzard about two years ago. The house had sat vacant for about two years before our move in. We were going to do things very slowly, focusing on specific rooms at a time, but I about lost my mind with the state of things so we did what we could and have made more improvements whenever we can.

Here is the kitchen when we moved in.

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So let me tell you first. Do not be fooled by the cabinets. They were not pretty in real life. They were beat up, filthy and just made the room feel super heavy. The floor was the peel and stick stuff, and in two different areas it was cracked¬†and had¬†big ol’ gaping holes in it. Do you see the door? I just want you to know that is a not-so-awesome reddish wine color. It was on EVERYTHING when we moved in. Every door. Every window, all trim, EVERYTHING. I think it took about 3-4 coats to get them a bright white.

The floor plan is very open where the kitchen is so we also had to paint the entire ground floor when we painted over the not-so-pretty yellow walls. The new color is a little off in the picture, it is a light sandy brown color called Beach House by Sherwin Williams.

My husband and a friend put in new heavy-duty wood floors. The three of us also sanded and painted the cabinets and put new hardware on all the drawers.

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So after I started the post, I realized the pictures I took were before I put the rest of my hardware on. Whoops! No worries! I will be posting new pictures as we make progress.  By the way. The cabinet color is also a bit camera-shy. It is actually more of a green than it is a blue. It is called Rosemary by Sherwin Williams. I was actually going mad when we were trying to decide on color. Everyone was giving me the stink eye (including my husband) when I said I was going to paint them an actual color and not black, brown or white. It really stressed me out. I sampled a blue, two greens and black on the island before going with my first choice. Rosemary. Love it with no regrets!!

Also please ignore the few specks on the floor and stuff on my counter top. Do you realize the mess that is involved when you have to empty all of your cabinets? This project created a HUGE mess. So my specks were ignored that day considering the mess I had just cleaned up. Aside from my specks, how am I doing so far??

So updates that have occurred so far:

wood floors

wall color

cabinets color, hardware and bead board on bar area

new area rug that matches PERFECTLY!!

Future Plans:

new appliances (Best Buy, PLEASE HAVE A SALE!!!)

new  countertops

new lights

shelving

island (hopefully a DIY project)

Urban Grace Interiors has greatly influenced my color choice.  See her awesome kitchen makeover here.