Thursday, May 26, 2011

another project!

This post is going to be short and sweet, unlike the amount of time it took to find pictures to resemble

Peacock

I went all over Coleman territory and found really cool, antiques and created what I call my personal masterpiece! I only wish that I would have came up with this idea on my own and would be a little richer now.....
Here is my final result
this is now proudly hanging in our kitchen which is SO close to being done! He has outlets and a few small final touches to do and he is done!!

and since we are on the subject of how awesome my wonderful. loving husband is, I'm proud to announce that he studied his tale off and passed his Professional Engineering test!! I'm going to go ahead and brag, brag, BRAG!! I honestly could not be more proud of him! The Lord truely blessed me when he sent me my soulmate Daniel Peacock!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Project Day in Sturgis!!

I came to visit the rents and put my mom to work :)
I informed her before I arrived that it would be "project" weekend to get prepared!

1.
First thing on the project list was to get pictures of antiques etc that resembled a letter to spell out Peacock.....pics of that project will follow shortly. Mom had a great time with helping me find things that looked like letters

2.
the second project was to refinish a couple of chairs.
She had once covered these chairs with stuffing and a chair cover for me to use at my apartment after I graduated. The chair cover became very worn and not suitable so I put the chairs in storage for the time being. I remembered about them and removed the stuffing and cover and found some adorable chairs underneath.
Mom told me her and dad used these chairs when they first got married,
so sweet
 now on to the project...
first we removed the cushions and sanded the chairs down for the paint to stay on better
 my handy-dandy assistant
 then we spray painted them black
 allowed them to dry
 then sand the edges down to give them the "worn" look
 and wah lah!! new chairs for my breakfast table for my new kitchen!!
Bentley loves them :)

3.
the third and final project was making my sweet Jessicat her veil for our girl trip next weekend at the beach! I cannot wait to go! So very excited to hangout with all my girlfriends and we are going to see this!!
Yay! so excited!


We also fit a wedding into our busy day...
here is a pretty pic of mom and I
 also me and my B-man...
him so sweet

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

taco braid....YUMMMM


Kuddos to the BEST recipe website ever!!

I created this taco braid

Super simple and oh sooo good!

it reminded me of a Taco Bell Chulupa
but it was BETTER!!

Recipe compliments of Tablespoon:

Ingredients

  • 1 can Pillsbury classic pizza crust
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Old El Paso salsa
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • garlic salt

Directions

1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or spray it with cooking spray.
2 In a medium pan, brown the beef until done. Once the beef is browned, drain the meat, add the taco seasoning to the pan and mix until combined. Set aside to cool.
3 Unroll the pizza crust onto the cookie sheet pressing into a rectangle.
4 Mix cream cheese and salsa in a small bowl. Spread cream cheese mixture lengthwise down center third of the rectangle. Distribute the seasoned meat and black beans evenly down the center. Top with the shredded cheddar cheese.
5 On each long side, cut 1 inch wide strips about 2-1/2-inches into center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Brush the outside of the braid with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.
6 Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack or cutting board with two spatulas.

 
 
I had to use laughing cow queso flavored cheese wedge because I failed to purchase cream cheese, and must I say it was an awesome mistake! DELISH!



As you can see I am so enjoying being able to cook again and I love that Tablespoon.com gives me creative ideas!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Really?



I just ordered this sticker family for my little family.....yep, the tahoe makes me feel more like an adult so I'm labeling it with my family :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

So close I can taste the yummy food I will be cooking!!

So Daniel and I purchased a home that would be a "fixer upper" for our first home. Hoping to make a profit so that we can build an amazing final home of our own one day. He has done an AMAZING job so far!! Right now his main project is our kitchen . . .
Here is the before
I know you are loving the pizza box and flowers, this was our first day of receiving the key so we ate pizza (our fav) sitting in our kitchen floor and his sweet mom gave us the flowers as a Congrats.
Now on to the renovation . . .
Here are a few halfway-there pics

Mr handy man working hard

He built the cooktop vent!

 and added a china cabinet on the end for me to display my China and my Peter's Pottery

He is so close to getting completed and we could not be more excited!!
He has realized in the process that he will have someone make our cabinets for our final home :)
Here are the current pics of our kitchen . . .

our new dishwasher!

 China cabinet in the process of being beautiful


 check out that crown molding!

Exciting news to announce!!
Our new countertops will be installed Wednesday!! which will include the sink . . . soooo, I get to be a cook again!! I actually made chicken and rice casserole last night and we so enjoyed not having a frozen meal, we had some leftover so we didnt have to worry about clean up . . . because I still do not have a sink . . . therefore our dishwasher does not work without being hooked up to that to drain. So the leftever dish is sitting in the fridge, waiting to be eaten then be washed on Wednesday, because
I WILL HAVE A SINK!!!
You do not realize how much you appreciate things until you have been without for over 10 months, yes people my sweet husband, bless his heart, has been working on this for over 10 months. But the results I know will all be worth it!

I went grocery shopping this weekend to prepare and here is the menu for the Peacocks:

Sunday(yesterday): chicken and rice casserole
Wednesday: Daniel's request, Spaghetti (I use to make this for him all the time when we dated, I actually was making it for him in celebration for his new job announcement back in MS and in the middle of me cooking he proposed)
corn on the cob
5 cheese garlic bread
Thursday: Chicken and dumplings
steamed veggies
Saturday: double bean burritos

My brother is coming to visit, May 25 and will be staying the night with us that night and I'm hoping everything will be completed so he can praise Daniel on his hard work. Can't wait to see my brother and Anna, haven't seen her since Christmas! love them both so much!