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DIY Pegboard Frame

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Good morning my lovelies!

How was your weekend???  It was a humid and rainy one here up on the hill, but we survived!

Today, I’m sharing a quick an easy DIY project for you!  Like it’s so silly easy that you’ll wonder why you haven’t made one already.  We’re talking about a DIY pegboard frame.

I recently took over 2 of the rooms in our basement.  1 for my DIY painting studio where I offer pallet parties each week and the other for my office/studio.

Last summer, this (new office/studio) room was repainted and had new carpet laid due to a water line break from an outdoor faucet.  It’s so pretty that I didn’t want to ruin the walls by hanging a lot of stuff on them.

However, I needed place to hold my tools, pens, scissors, etc. and I needed them within reach.

I love pegboard just for the ease of hanging and organizing my tools.  What I don’t love about pegboard, is sometimes the size and the fact that you need to attach it to 1×2’s.  The was just more than I wanted to do in this room.  Soooo what was the answer??

Here’s what I came up with…combining a frame with the pegbaord.

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I have an unnatural obsession with empty frames.  Yep, every time I walk down the 90% off aisle at Hobby Lobby, I grab just about any and all of their empty frames.  Usually, I intend to make chalkboards out of them.  But this time I grabbed 4 from my huge stash and began brainstorming.

How could I combine the pegboard and a frame?

I measured the opening in the back where a glass panel would normally go.

I cut the pegboard to that size.

Next, I put it into place then ran a bead of hot glue to keep it in place.

Now when you use a pegboard, there needs to be enough space between the board and the wall for the hooks to go in.  So I grabbed some leftover pallet wood that was 1/2″ thick and attached 2 pieces to the back, then screwed on a sawtooth hanger.  This will give me the space needed to put the hooks in.

I painted the pegboards before I began the assembly process because pegboard really is kind of ugly.

Pegboard can be purchased at your local Lowes or Home Depot and if your fortunate enough to have a cutting service at them, you can ask really nice to have it cut down to manageable pieces.

A 4x4ft sheet of the pegboard is about $10.00 at Lowes and you can get an assortment bag of the hooks.

 This one is by far my favorite!!!  I picked this frame up a garage sale a few years ago for like $2!

It had a hideous painting in it so I popped that out and made my pegboard.

So you can see how ridiculously easy this is.

I hope I have inspired you to go make some of these for your workspace area, or maybe even to hang your jewelry on?? These would be great in a kid’s room too!  The possibilities are endless, and you don’t have to sacrifice home decor!

Let me know if you try it out!

Have a blessed week!

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DIY Orchid Centerpiece

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So what is a gal to do who loves live plants and flowers but has the biggest black thumb EVER???
You DIY it, that’s what she does! Now outside, I can grow just about anything, but on the inside? I kill it! I try my best, but for whatever reason, me and inside plants do not get along.
If I want to enjoy beautiful plants or floral arrangements in our home, I have to go the DIY route.
The cost of a live orchid is well…a bit hefty in my book, especially for something thats going to end up dead within a few weeks..maybe even days. But I love those flowers so much. So to help myself out, I decided to take the easy way and purchase some artificial ones.
I knew I had seen the artificial ones at Ross on one of my many excursions there, so one day 2 weeks ago, I set out on a mission to round up some orchids. As soon as I walked through the front door of Ross, I spotted those little jokers on an end cap all the way in the back. I have stellar far away vision, especially when it comes to a great bargain, its the up close stuff that gets me into trouble. 🙂
You would’ve thought the store was on fire, the way I grabbed a buggy and headed for the back! I couldn’t believe my eyeballs when I saw the price tag. Each pre made arrangement had been marked down to 8.99! Lawsy Mercy! I grabbed 2!!!

Discounted Orchids from Ross

Remember a few weeks back when I made out like a bandit at the Hobby Lobby 90% off aisle?? Well during that same shopping trip, I scored a beautiful vase type container. The lid had a chipped off piece, but I figured I could still make use of it without the lid.

 

 

Vase from Hobby Lobby

I had this mental image of putting orchids in that vase. I’m so glad that Ross and Hobby Lobby assisted me in my decorating ideas.lol!
But seriously, $22.97 for 1 container and 2 orchid arrangements.


So here’s how I did it….I removed the orchids from the little basket pots they came in and separated them. Then using some green floral foam that I already had, I filled the inside of the container. I simply stuck the orchid stems in the foam, added the greenery then finished it off with some green spanish moss.
I dare say that an arrangement like this at a florist shop would cost so much more. So I saved some money and have an arrangement that looks great and will last forever!

I hope I’ve inspired you to check out the clearance section at any store you shop at and never overlook a good deal.
Don’t be afraid to grab something that’s broken, chipped or cracked…..you can always give it a second chance.

Have a beautiful week and make something beautiful!

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Hobby Lobby Clearance Makeover

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If you’re fortunate enough to have a Hobby Lobby close by, then you’ll want to make sure you check out their 90% clearance aisle.  As if that store doesn’t already have the most amazing things, they boast the best clearance items and sales EVER!  Now, as you start your stroll down that infamous 90% off aisle, you’ll start to feel all giddy inside.  You can score big down that aisle, but a lot of the items that you’ll find are damaged in some way, they’re either chipped, missing pieces or broken completely.

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Today, I want to share with you how you can take those damaged or broken items and still use them.

I can’t tell you how many items I have bought from the 90% aisle, given a little TLC to and now they are apart of our home decor.  On one of my recent trips to Hobby Lobby, I found this lamp.  I loved everything about it, including the price tag..$6.97…….

but it was completely broke in the middle!

Once I got it home I started to work on it..

First, it needed some glue.  Once I fixed that little problem, then I had to figure out how to cover up the crack and the missing piece in part of the crack.

I wanted to keep it grey, so I grabbed some venetian texture powder and grey chalk based paint from Heirloom Traditions Paint, all which I happen to have on hand.

I added about 1 teaspoon of powder to roughly 3 tablespoons of paint….I mixed that up and using a brush I applied a thin coat right onto the lamp.  The venetian texture powder thickens the paint in a way that it covered the crack and I could use it to fill in the small hole.

To finish it off I used a tan colored liquid wax called Muddy Pond.

Here it is in it’s new home!  Now don’t pay attention to the unfinished buffet!

It is on the “to-do” list…don’t hate..LOL!!!

Again, the lamp looks great…the buffet? maybe not so much.:)

I love a good deal!  How about you??  And I’m telling ya…don’t be afraid to buy something that’s broken, especially if the price is right!

You truly can fix up just about any boo-boo.

All three of the products I used can be found at Heirloom Traditions Paint

Enter the code: PALLETLADY for 10% off, and free shipping for orders over $75.00

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Boys Lego Headboard

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Hello Lovelies!

Today, I am so excited to finally share a project that lil dude and I have been working on.

We have actually been slowly but surely giving his bedroom a makeover.  We’ve repainted the walls, built an entertainment/gaming station, built a Lego table and several other decor items for the walls.  But the biggest and most time consuming project thus far has been the headboard.

Before we began the makeover process in his room, I scoured the Pinterest world for ideas.  I didn’t want his room to be based on superheros or something that I would end up redoing in a few years when he decided he was no longer “into” whatever.

Legos however, have been his whole world even when he changes his mind about who his favorite super hero is for the week.  I have a feeling though that Legos will be something that he’ll never outgrow.

Even tho his favorite color is green, I talked him into staying with more neutral colors; tan, grey and I threw in a pop of orange just because it struck my fancy!!

For his headboard, instead of going with all the basic colors of lego bricks, we put our own spin on it….

we used a brown wax.

Well here’s how we really did this…..

Since our DIY business uses a ton of pallets, I decided this would be perfect for the rustic Lego look I was going for.

 We cut each pallet plank into sizes that would resemble a Lego brick.  Next, I picked up 2- 2″ wood dowels from the Lowes and cut them into 1/2″ slices.

Lil dude was responsible for sanding all the little round disks.  About halfway through, he had had enough of me!!!  He lost interest rather quickly, but I stayed on the little creature and made him sand every single one!!  LOL!  Isn’t it great being a mom?!?!?!?!  I think he sanded close to 200 of them.

Next, he schooled me in the brick assembly i.e.;  1×2’s, 2×3’s..etc.. you get the idea.

 

We layed them out on tables in the DIY studio and glued and nailed every single circle onto a brick.

Once the glue had dried, we sanded again then applied Daddy Van’s Brown Wax.  Each brick took on a different shade of brown, which was exactly the look I was going for.

Now the tricky part….lay all those bricks out to form the headboard.  Hubby cut down a piece of plywood and 2×6’s for the base and framework.

We used wood glue to attach all the bricks to the plywood.

Let me tell ya, that head board is so stinkin’ heavy!!!

I purchased 2 metal fence plant hangers and attached to the sides then found these super cute lanterns at Target.

We think it turned out pretty awesome, and lil dude loves it!

A piece of plywood, 2″ dowel rods, pallets, 2×6’s, 2×3 and a little worker bee and you have a wood Lego headboard!

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Weekly Menu ~2/6

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Welcome to this week’s roundup of Pinterest Inspired Meals!

 Dorito Taco Casserole  ~ Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

Patty Melts ~ The Pioneer Woman!

Photo Cred: The Pioneer Woman

Garlic Toast Pizza ~ Crafty Morning

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 Chicken Schnitzel ~ Baked By Rachel

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White Chicken Chili ~ The Cookie Rookie

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Cabbage Noodle ~ Spend With Pennies

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French Onion Soup ~ Gimme Some Oven

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Photo Cubes – DIY Photo Transfer

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Hello lovelies!

I could not wait to share this week’s DIY project with you.  It’s such an easy and super quick project with a big impact.  Today, we’re talking about Photo Cubes, a DIY photo transfer technique.F87A7661-0961-49A6-85CD-0ECBB16BC741

Who would’ve thought, you could take a photo and actually transfer it onto wood.  Now, I’m not talking about printing an image and modge podging it on.  You remember those projects in school right?? You know the one where you cut out pictures from a magazine or maybe even the teacher provided you with a picture of you and you applied the Modge Podge glue to the surface, laid the image onto the glue then brushed another coat of the Modge Podge over the top and it dried clear.  Surely you did a project like this at some point in your school days?

Well this project is much different and yields a much better quality.  We are actually going to transfer our family photos onto wood blocks.  So let’s get started….

Here’s the materials you’re going to need:

1Gel (available here via my link)

4×4 wood post (cut into cubes)

Foam brush

Pics (cut down to size and mirrored)

First take a little run down to your local Lowes knows store or a Home Depot.  Grab yourself a 4×4 wood post and sweet talk a sweet employee to cut it into cubes. A 4×4 post is technically 3 3/4″ so make sure to have them cut it into 3 3/4″ cubes.

Next, sand those bad boys to remove the rough edges and create a smooth surface for the 1Gel to adhere to.

Now, here’s where we start really having fun.

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Using your foam or bristle brush, apply a generous coat of the 1Gel to one side of the cube.  Take a photo that you’ve  made a mirrored copy of, cut down to size(You can have this done at your local office supply store) and brush another generous coat of the 1Gel onto the image.  Next, you will lay it in the 1Gel, image side down.

Carefully smooth out any air bubbles.  You may have some of the Gel seep out of the sides and if you do, simply wipe it off.  Allow the Gel to dry for about 6-8 hours.

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Once the 1Gel is thoroughly dry and to reveal your image, spray the paper backing with warm water using a water bottle.  You will begin to see the image revealed.  Now take your pretty little finger and in a circular motion, begin rubbing the paper away.  You may need to mist with more water.  The trick is to keep the paper wet.  Once you’ve confidently removed the paper, allow it to dry.  You will notice as it dries, it will appear that there’s more paper still there.  You can go ahead and mist it once again and rub until all the paper is removed.

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Tada….you have successfully transferred your first image onto wood.  That was easy wasn’t it??

To decorate the other sides, I simply painted letters for our last name (which happens to be only 4 letters) on one side, the word Love on another, then random words on the other side, like; “Grace”, “Us”, a red heart and “Love”.  After I painted the other sides, I used a brown antique wax to age the transfer and seal the cubes.

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I’ve tucked these special little cubes into my home decor for a pop of Valentines decor and I think I may just keep them out year round, whatcha think?  Every time I walk by this area and see my beautiful family’s pics on those blocks, I can’t help but smile.

It’s a great way to display your photos in a very non traditional way.  And I’m all about doing things in a non traditional way, 🙂

So there ya have it for this week’s DIY project!  Don’t forget to use our coupon code {PALLETLADY} at checkout, when you go online and purchase your 1Gel from Heirloom Traditions Paint.

Have yourself a super fabulous weekend and make some amazing memories with the ones you love the most!

DIY for the soul:

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  ~Philippians 4:19

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Valentines Tree Home Decor

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Hello Monday and hello beautiful friends!

I don’t know about you, but weekends are my fav.  I sure do love me some chill time with my boys and play time out in the garage.  This weekend, we not only played in the garage making beautiful signs for our weekly DIY parties, but I got a Valentines tree decorated.  If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know by now that I love any excuse to decorate.  Now I know most people don’t think of Valentines Day as a major holiday and it doesn’t warrant a Federal day off, but in my world it’s a major holiday.

Growing up my mom always gave us girls gifts for just about every major holiday.  At Valentines she usually gave us a stuffed animal, candy and something small like a bracelet.  Easter? Well now that required a big ‘O basket that she would fill to overflowing.  From there we had to wait until Birthdays and Christmas.  I have continued that little tradition on with our children over the years, but including days like; back to school, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!  I love gifts, it’s one of my main love languages.

So there ya have it….the reason I decorate for just about every season is simply my love of gift giving and creating an exciting and inspiring environment.  I love our home to feel cozy, peaceful and inviting, so to me decorating for the seasons is one of those factors to making that happen.

To decorate this tree for Valentines, I headed over to the Hobby Lobby for some inspiration and of course some “stuff” to use.  I really think I was in that store for over an hour.  I started off in the Valentines section and the only thing that jumped out at me were the pink boas.  I grabbed 4 and started my trek throughout the store.  After 1 loop around I still was no more inspired than when I walked in.  So back to the Valentine aisle I went.  I put the pink boas back and grabbed 4 red boas and a wooden heart sign, and just knew that was the beginning.  Ummmm NO!  Feeling uninspired and about to leave, I thought I’d try one last section.  The wedding aisle!!!! YES! What says LOVE like weddings!!!  And guess what this was the week for it to be 50% off. SCORE, Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!!

So apparently grey is no longer “IN” for weddings, therefore everything grey had a yellow sticker on it, which was far better than the 50% off.  Since we are transitioning the colors of our home to more grey & tan, I figured the grey would be a great base and then I could add pops of pink or red. Soooooooo over $200 later, I’d say I was not only inspired, but I was armed and ready to tackle this tree decorating.

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I did  a live Facebook video, unpacking and sharing all the goodies I scored that day and you can watch that video below, but here’s some pics of the items that I snagged!

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 I love the floral balls, and picks as well as the ribbon!

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I started with some pink deco mesh then filled in with silver/gold mesh. After that, I just just started adding all the goodies I picked up from the Hobby Lobby!  I’ll go back in add either the pics or some pretty paper to the frames.  I simply love using the frames as ornaments.  The “heart” ornaments I have had for a few years.

Having a Valentines Day tree definitely gets ya in the mood for that special day.  I’m not a fan of pink in general, but I think it’s a sweet pop of color.

Don’t forget to find something special to decorate for Valentines day.  I’ll be back laster in the week to share a Pinterest inspired Valentine idea…super excited!

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Have a great Monday!

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DIY – Lego Table

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Hello from the hill!  I’ve been missing in action from the blogging world for a bit.  Our DIY parties here on the hill and the Etsy shop picked up tremendous speed during the holiday season.  I didn’t know if I was coming or going quite frankly.  Things have slowed way down, so now I can finish my big project list, blog and work on some fun DIY projects for ya.

I don’t think my brain really ever shuts down, not even when I go to bed.  I honestly dream of projects…now that’s a darn shame.  Sometimes I wake up in the morning and think, oh my goodness that’s an awesome idea, then try to draw it out. Other dreams not so much!

Any who…today I want to talk about building a Lego table.  Our 9 year son (lil dude) is all about Legos.  When he was around 3 years old we introduced him to the big lego blocks, you know the Duplos?  He would tinker with those but quickly lose interest.  He had his eye on a much bigger prize…the real Lego bricks.  Our older son had several totes that he was hanging on to for nostalgic reasons I suppose, and when lil dude would see the tote in the soldier boys closet, he was mesmerized.  He knew those totes contained the real Legos that he wanted to play with.  Soldier boy reluctantly gave lil dude one of those totes.  He was in heaven.  We were unsure at first if we should allow him to play with those smaller pieces, but we watched him closely and he never had the urge to stick them in his mouth.  Those Legos were his pride and joy and he would play with those for hours on end.  Since that time, his love for Legos has NOT decreased, but rather increased!  Literally all he ever asks for at Christmas, Birthday or any other holiday that requires gift giving is Lego sets.  Needless to say his room became overrun with Legos.  Have you ever stepped on one of those tiny pieces???  There’s not enough foul words in this world to articulate that kind of pain.

After cleaning his room on multiple occasions only for it to return to complete chaos, I knew something had to be done.  Something HUGE! Like Donald Trump HUGE!  So after hours on Pinterest, and using what materials I had on hand, and a trip to the Lowes, the littlemrs and I started building.

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I had found a homemade “sandbox” frame on a mobile garage sale site for $10.00.  It was heavy, but the perfect base that I needed for a Lego table.  The previous owners of it saw a sand box frame but I saw a Lego table frame.  We disassembled the frame and sanded the yellow poly off.  Next, we cut it down to the size I needed for the base, then screwed it together.  We ripped a piece of 1/4″ plywood to make the bottom portion, then used 1×8’s for the workspace.  Once we assembled and sanded it all down, I used clear caulking to seal any gaps so those little Lego pieces wouldn’t go a missing!

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After I had the menfolk move that heavy monster up into lil dude’s room, I made a display area above the “pit”, so he could show-off his creations.

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Unfortunately, the frame that I used must have sat in the garage for over a year.  I knew it would make the perfect Lego table base, but it took me several months of trying to figure out how to make it happen.  I’m not the best woodworker nor would I consider myself to be a professional..lol!  I kinda eyeball stuff sometimes, measure then cut, glue it, screw it and call done!  It’s how I roll 🙂

To finish this project off, I choose to use paint  from lil dudes room (so it would match) and mixed it with Poppies Paint Powder to create a chalk type paint.  I then used Daddy Vans clear wax to seal it.

It turned out to be an amazing addition to lil dude’s room!  He says he still needs another table to actually build bigger pieces on, but he’s just gonna have to deal with this for a while.  I mean it took me over a year to build this, so its going to be a minute before I attempt another one for him. 🙂

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Hopefully, you’re inspired to build something great today!  Go for it…no fear!

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“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

 

 

 

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Oct. 31-Nov. 6 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Menus

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It’s Monday and a great day it’s going to be!

 This weekend, was filled with all sorts of fall fun.  I’m not a fan of halloween, never have been however, I have always tried to give our children an alternative so they’re not left out.  This year, we had a bonfire, watched  some football that we had DVR’d, chili dogs, S’Mores and apple dumplings.  I also make them fall baskets, filled with some homemade goodies, candy and small fun gifts.  You can read about that {HERE}!

Today tho, I want to share with you my apple dumpling recipe!  This recipe is from a cook book that was given to me by a dear friend’s mother over 27 years ago.  I love this cookbook because it’s a compilation of 1st place Blue Ribbon recipes from state fairs across the nation.  The recipes from this book never disappoint!

It has become a treasured item to me….I all but have a melt down if I misplace it and can’t find it..it’s just that special.  I thought I’d try to create a link on Amazon for you to purchase your very own copy too, however after checking it out, apparently it falls in the antique category and if you can find a used one, they start at $115.00 a copy.  So no link for you! 🙂

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Look!  Even the binding is coming apart…it really gets used!

The poor pages are so worn….I write notes and obviously spill ingredients onto it.

Below I am sharing that Apple Dumpling recipe from the ANTIQUE cookbook! Enjoy!

Let’s get to this week’s menu line up shall we:

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  1.  Honey-Lime Chicken
  2.  White Chicken Enchiladas 
  3. Patty Melts
  4. Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
  5. Korean Beef
  6. Slow Cooker Pot Roast
  7. Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

Blue Ribbon Apple Dumplings

Blue Ribbon Apple Dumplings

Ingredients

  • 6 apples
  • 2 c. Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 c. Shortening
  • 1/2 c. Milk
  • Sauce:
  • 2 c. Sugar
  • 2 c. Water
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/4 c. Butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375* Peel and core apples! Sift together flour, salt, baking powder; cut in shortening. Add milk all at once, stir until combined...don't overwork! Roll to 1/4" thick; cut into 5" squares. Arrange apples on squares, then sprinkle sugar, and cinnamon over top and place a dot of butter into core space. Fold corners to center; pinch edges together. Place 1" apart on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with milk or egg wash and sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top. Bake for 35 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan combine; sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter. Bring to a boil and cook stirring continuously until sugar is dissolved.
  3. I use a mixture of instant clear jel and sugar to thicken it a bit.
  4. Pour over baked dumplings and add a scoop of ice cream!
  5. Submitted by Blue Ribbon winner; Mrs. Martin L. Barron, Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State Fair
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Oct. 17-23 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Meal Ideas

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Hello and welcome back to our weekly menu ideas!

I’m so excited to share a recipe I found on Facebook using kielbasa sausage, beans, bbq sauce and a crockpot.  All of those ingredients are up my hubby’s alley.  That would be a perfect meal for him and what makes it perfect for me is the crockpot!  I love fix it and forget it types of meals, especially after a long day of being busy.

Speaking of crockpots, how many do you have?  I have several, well ok maybe more than several!  Like maybe an unnatural, strange obsession amount.  My most frequently used ones are the 3 that range from small, medium and large round ones.  Next is a 2 compartment dip pot….it’s really small.  Then I have 2 huge electric roaster pans…those count as crockpots too ya know.  I’m the person, everyone calls when they need to borrow a crockpot or roaster pan.  For Christmas, a few years ago, we bought our daughter one of those oval crockpots that have a stirring paddle.  That’s next on my list.  She loves it and I think I would too.:)  You can grab yourself one too.

With all this talk of crockpots, I had to throw a few recipes in this week, that use those nifty inventions.  So if you have a long day this week and already know you won’t want to cook, schedule one of these recipes for that day.

Let’s do this:

  1.  Crockpot Enchiladas – See recipe card below 🙂
  2. Smothered Pork Chops
  3. Crockpot Kielbasa & BBQ Beans
  4. Better Than Take Out Beef & Broccoli
  5. Loaded Baked Potato Soup
  6. Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken
  7. Go on out to dinner…You DESERVE IT!!!

Have yourself a wonderfully blessed week!!

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Crockpot Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 # Ground Beef
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 Can of Enchilada Sauce
  • 1-8oz. bag of Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. Begin by spraying your crockpot with a non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Next Season and brown the ground beef using onions, garlic, salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. I usually add a little oil to a frying pan and warm up the tortillas. You can use the corn or fajita size flour tortillas. Add 1 tbl. spoon of oil and heat, then place a tortilla in the oil on each side for just a few seconds. It 's a quick process and you'll need to keep adding a little bit of oil after 2-3 tortillas.
  4. Now you can start the layering process!
  5. Add some enchilada sauce to the bottom of the pot to get started.
  6. Layer tortilla, enchilada sauce, beef cheese....repeat until the pot is 3/4 full, making the top layer enchilada sauce.
  7. Cook on low 4-5 hours or on high 2-3 hours.
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