Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cabinet Makeover


So I had mentioned that I was redoing my bathroom, guest room and backyard… yeah I know I have a lot of things going at once. But I am in sort of a redecorating phase, I have this overwhelming deserve to add more color and customize where we are living to be more of my style and so I am working on it!

The first project I did besides tearing out a lot of bushes for our backyard redo was to repaint the cabinet in our guest bathroom. It is a bit old and from being in the bathroom and being exposed to the steam and water from Nico setting sodas on the cabinet and what not it was pretty thrashed. Some of the wood was exposed and it made it expand and get sponge like and it just needed to be redone.
I had to start by doing a lot of sanding to the cabinet, it needed to be roughed up and smoothed to try to get rid of the parts that had expanded due to moisture. 

I didn’t want to change the color of it necessarily so I bought a quart of pure white paint that the man at Lowe’s recommended. Per his recommendation I did 3 total coats over the cabinet, drawers, shelf and door. 

My customization came in when I opted to paint the inside of the drawers black to give a different look to it and well I was going for a black, white and gold bathroom to go with the Sageish green walls. To add some sparks of gold I painted the hinges and the nobs with some gold spray paint.
Where I got really creative was the glass pane on the doors. I covered them with painters tape and cut out a pattern that I spray painted gold. I personally think it turned out great. And it was only a $10 redo… much cheaper than going and buying a whole new cabinet!

I also got good use out of the gold spray painted and painted a basket I had gotten from Pick Your Plum that I use to hold all the little shampoos and conditioners that I keep around for my guests.
And I painted the tissue holder, because why the heck not!

I think the cabinet turned out awesome and between that, changing out the curtain and bringing in some black and white towels the bathroom has a whole different look to it. I am really digging it.. now if only I can find a soap dispenser I like.. they all have silver tops which isn’t too bad since the towel rack and the faucet is silver.

Unfortunately the bathroom is a bit tiny and the lighting kind of sucks so that is the only good picture I have for now, but I am working on getting more for you but at least I have something to share!

Opinions.. is it weird to have a soap dispenser with a silver top and the bottom painted gold? My brain wants to say it would clash but maybe it wouln’t be so bad… or maybe I should paint it gold… put some stencil cutout stickers on it and then paint it black then peel away the stencils to have it black with gold design and a silver top?

Let me know your thoughts!

Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Things I am loving...



Right now I am in the middle of maybe 10 ish projects... but I am serioulsy lacking any kind of motivation to finish them. The whole I finished college so I will have more time to finish projects has not happend...I hope some of you do that too, if not well let's pretend like I am not juggling that many projects and say that it is only 2 and I need to finish and photograph them so I can share. 

However; I did not want to leave y'all in the silence since well I have done that a lot lately and I am ready to commit to being a better blogger.. Even thought I still need to learn more about photography.. but hopefully you can stick with my through a learning curve once I finally take the plunge and purchase a DSLR camera.
Today is centered around things I may or may not be obsessing over right now.

First and foremost I am always obsessing over Pinterest.. It is so very addicting and just amazingly awesome.
Funny Cry for Help Ecard: 'Hmm, I'm getting kind of tired of pinning things on Pinterest. Maybe I'll stop,' said no one ever. 
I am also really  into edible gardens. I think I had mentioned that we are redoing our backyard to include edible plants, but if I didn't you know now! We really like the idea of growing our own food but it is also my first time gardening something other than herbs and jalapenos so it is going to be interesting. I am already behind on planting but hopefully it will be ok... I guess we shall see!

I know there is more but right now it seems to be slipping my mind so I guess I will leave it with those two for now and hopefully soon some projects will be completed... even if it isn't until after softball season.. 

I did mention I coach right.. which totally explains why the free time I anticipated having after graduation hasn't quite been there since I replaced school with coaching and seem to run around like a chicken with my head cut off more often than not. Anyways I will get some projects done eventually and you will know once I do.. Until then browse some of my past projects and recipes!

Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Simple and Last Minute St Patrick's Day Decor



Hello Everyone!

I am happy to announce I have finished college! I now officially can say I have a Bachelor’s Degree. It has been a strange adjustment and I am amazed at how much more time I have now… but even though I have extra time I still find that I am a horrible procrastinator. However; the first step is to admit you have a problem right?! But is it really a problem if you accomplish what you set out to do? I suppose when you factor in the OMG I have to do this now feeling it probably cancels out the well at least I got it done feeling. 

With that being said I am a procrastinator and I am ok with that, it just means that a project I made on the 16th last year for St Patrick’s Day gets to be shared now a whole 360ish days later!
Last year we had used St Patrick’s Day as a chance to throw our welcome home party… because moving is a lot of work and being back near your friends and family after being away 1.5 years deserves a party! But with moving and throwing a party I was proud to just get the house unpacked and organized so decorations were pushed back time and time again until the 16th or it might of even been morning of the 17th when I finally decided to pull something together. 

The good thing about procrastinating is I am forced to use items I have on hand and that makes everyone happy!

I made a Shamrock Garland utilizing some felt, ribbon and a sewing machine. Although if you don’t want to sew I am sure a hot glue gun would work just as well!

I had a few different shades of green felt and I went to work cutting out some 3 leaf and 4 leaf shamrocks. I then pinned the shamrocks to a long piece of ribbon and sewed the shamrocks in place. I even did a little shamrock embroidery on one of them just to play with my machine a bit as it had been packed away for a month or two prior to this project.





Super simple, super quick and super festive this project was a perfect last minute decoration for our party!

I also made a St Patty’s Day canvas as well. 

On the blank canvas I used some alphabet stickers that I had one hand to spell out Happy St Patty’s Day.

After the stickers were in place and firmly stuck to the canvas I started painting the canvas green.


 I did get a little artsy and draw in some faint clovers in the wet paint too.

 Let the canvas dry and then peel away the stickers and you have a really super cool St Patty’s decoration!



Not bad for last minute right?! And if you are wondering yes, all these pictures were taken last year knowing I wouldn’t be able to post the project for a year… the things bloggers do sometimes…
Anywho! I am working on a few things for you guys like a guest/craft room redo, I also am doing a major backyard redo and I did just recently do a few things for a bathroom redo as well! Those will all be coming soon!

I hope you have all been amazing and have a super awesome St Patty’s Day even if you can’t believe it is already the middle of March. 

Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Still around...

I'm still here... somewhat!

Here is the deal... I have two weeks of college left before I am done! I know it is just simply crazy! With that being said I know I have been absent from here and I would apologize for that but I am not sorry that I am working on me and things I need to do!

With that being said I also am trying to get into photography to make this blog more awesome. So any of my readers out there knowledgeable about cameras? Any good books you recommend for me to read to learn more?! Any help would be great!

Miss you guys!
-Jesika

Friday, December 27, 2013

Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies

First things first I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! I cannot believe it is already almost 2014... where did this year go? I could of sworn it was just July but here we are about to ring in a new year.

With the year ending I have been cleaning, organizing and doing all things that most people call "spring cleaning" but now that I have a few days off of work and school I figured it was a good enough time to do an early spring cleaning.

Part of that cleaning has been organizing my photos since they got a bit crazy over the last several months. It is apparently a good thing I looked through them as I totally forgot about posting my recipe for bacon chocolate chip cookies... 

How that happened I have absolutely no idea!

Now bacon and chocolate is good together.. you may not want to admit to it but it really is. Bacon is delicious, chocolate is delicious so together it is oober deliciousness!

And what is better for a post Christmas but pre New Year treat than bacon and chocolate?

I hope everyone's Christmas was great but let's get back to the recipe!

 I use my favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies which is courtesy of Ghiradelli. 

 Ingredients:
4 strips bacon- chopped and cooked
11.5 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 tsp baking soda

  1. Chop and cook the bacon, you want it crispy. Move to paper towel for it to drain. 
  2. In the meantime heat the oven to 375.
  3. Stir flour with the baking soda, set  aside. 
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beta the bugger with the two sugars at a medium speed until creamy and lightened in color. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time and mix on low until incorporated. 
  5. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. 
  6. Mix in chocolate chips and bacon!
  7. Bake on ungreased sheet for 9-11 minutes until golden brown.

Try them, you will love them, well you may not but I love them. I can't wait to make some other bacon treats!

Stay Crafty
-Jesika

INGREDIENTS

11 1/2 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat oven to 375ºF. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy and lightened in color. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Note: The 11 1/2 ounces of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips can be substituted with any variety of chip flavor (i.e.- Milk Chocolate Chips, 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, etc.)

Read more at http://www.ghirardelli.com/recipes-tips/recipes/chocolate-chip-cookies#0GUxfD7gGhZLPMy2.99

INGREDIENTS

11 1/2 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat oven to 375ºF. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy and lightened in color. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Note: The 11 1/2 ounces of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips can be substituted with any variety of chip flavor (i.e.- Milk Chocolate Chips, 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, etc.)

Read more at http://www.ghirardelli.com/recipes-tips/recipes/chocolate-chip-cookies#0GUxfD7gGhZLPMy2.99

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Copycat Recipes: Lucille's BBQ Chicken Salad

I love food. It is a known fact about me and when I find food I like at places like Lucille's or anywhere else really I like to attempt my own version like I did with my homemade crunchwraps.

I have recently started to cut out some carbs out of my meals to get back to being as healthy as I can be and reach my goals. This means I have been eating a lot of veggies and a lot of fruit and a lot of salads. The problem is I also make dinner for Nico so I need it to be yummy so that he will eat it too. That is why I decided to make the copy cat. Yes it has fried shallots on top but the rest of it is good enough that it is ok to have a little fatty goodness on top.

I used:
Chicken
Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
FF Ranch
Fresh Corn (1)
Cheddar Cheese 1-2 ounces
Chopped Romaine Lettuce

Fried "Onion Straws"
Shallots
Milk
Flour

I let the chicken marinate in BBQ Sauce for about an hour. I then grilled the chicken. While the chicken was grilling I kept basting it with BBQ Sauce.

I  assembled my salad while I waited for the chicken to finish cooking.  Bed of lettuce, corn (freshly cut from the cob), chunks of cheddar cheese. Once the chicken was cooked thoroughly I sliced it neatly and arranged it on top of the salad. I fried some onion straws and placed them on top.

To make the onion straws: I recommend slicing them when you marinate the chicken and let them soak in some whole or butter milk. Drain them of the milk after the chicken is done and dredge them in seasoned flour. I use flour, garlic powder, pepper, salt. I fry the onions at around 350-375 for 1-2 minutes until golden brown.

Mix your dressing with equal parts ranch and BBQ sauce, drizzle atop the salad, take a picture (not necessary but who doesn't like to share their food on insta?!) then devour the salad.

It was so good.. I might even venture to say it was better than Lucille's but maybe that is because it was made at home a lot cheaper!

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It's not always easy...

Let me tell you that just because I post all these meals plans and healthy recipes it does not mean that I do not sometimes fall prey to fatty and delicious food.

Changing your life and giving up things that are bad for you is not easy. It is changing habits and changing the way you think about things.

I know we all want instant gratification too but it won't happen. It is something that will change over time.
something to note when im frustrated when i dont see improvements in 2 days!  lol 
Getting discouraged happens but when you think about quitting remember the reason you started. 

Another recommendation is to surround yourself with people who can encourage you and will not put you down. It is going to be tough, it is going to suck at times but once you reach your goal it will be worth it.

I have strayed a bit from my healthy path in the last few weeks. I used the holiday and time as an excuse but they were just excuses. 
A Few Simple Tips To Lose Weight
I know I can do it and I just need to want to do it for myself in order for it to get done.
Do it for yourself and be so proud when you accomplish what you set out to do.

I know you can do it, so get out there and prove to the world that you will!

Stay Crafty
-Jesika

ps for more motivation check out pinterest!
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