Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A goodbye to a good friend

I am sad to say a very good friend of mine just moved across the country- and I mean across the country! We are here in Arizona, and she moved all the way to Virginia!!

This will be a good thing for her and her family an I am so happy for them. Hopefully we can go visit them one day before our kids are grown up! We are planning on staying in touch with each other. We are sad to see you guys all go but know that it's a great opportunity for you! Miss you guys already!!

My view from the kitchen window...

SO we are getting ready for school a couple of days ago, and I looked out the kitchen window to see this-

I hurried and got my camera, and got pictures from the porch. He was out there talking to Walker, and sitting on him while he was eating! He really loves Walker.

1st day of school!

Yes, I know that this is a little late seeing as how my kids started school on August 9th. Bt I figure better late than never. So Rylee started 2nd grade, and Mindy started 1st grade. How crazy is that? Rylee got Mrs. Janine Judd for a teacher. Mindy Got Mrs. Rachel Homerski for a teacher.

Those Wal-Mart bags are full of different school supplies that we needed to take to the classroom! They were heavy too.

Some of my delicious Harvest!

So here is just a little bit of what I have been getting out of my garden lately. I planted my tomatoes in May and at the begining of august finally started getting tomatoes. I was really annoyed that I had been nursing my garden along all this time and nothing, but boy when I started getting stuff out of it, it sure does pay off, and everything is coming off at once. Yum I love me some home grown tomatoes! I also would have had alot of apples off of my apple tree this year but some little boy and his sister decided that the horses needed a treat. So the horses got ealmost every apple off of our tree! I was so irritated when I only was able to get one apple off of the tree when they were suppossed to be ripe. Oh well there's always next year!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Kitchen Makeover


I have been needing to give my kithcen cabinets a makeover for sometime now. I knew that we could not afford new cabinets so I did the next best thing, I painted them. You see we have these really cheap cabinets in our house, they look like real wood from afar then you touch them and realize they are fiberboard, with wood looking paper. UGLY!! Some of the paper was also starting to wear off in some places so I had to make my cabinets last a while longer until we can afford to get new ones.

We ripped out our old hanging cabinets,(between the kitchen and living room. I put up beadboard on the ends and backs of all the cabinets, then Waylon and I put all new trim up. THe reason we had to put up all new trim is beacause when we would try to take off all the old trim it would just fall apart or break. I really love the new trim it makes it look very countryish.

I took one 1/2 day of taking my time on the priming of my cabinets, then my sister Jessi, came over and helped me paint all the cabinets. Then I did another coat of painting on a few more cabinets, and put them back up. I also spraypainted all my drawer pulls what was supposed to be black, but turned out more dark gray which I am extremly happy with, no more ugly white and gold knobs!

(Sorry such a bad photo) I also spray painted the hinges they were an ugly gold color that was also tarnishing. Yuck!
Here is some more after photos...

So what do you think? I am so happy with my kitchen makeover!!

Avacado-Tomato Salad

1 1/2 Cup packed fresh cilantro
1/2 Cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. finely grated lime zest
kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

4 ears of corn (kernels removed-about 3 cups)
1 1/2 lbs. grape tomatos (1/2ed-about 3 cups)
1 lb. fresh mozzarella diced
2 medium avacados diced

Combine dressing ingredients in blender plus 2 tsp. salt and pepper to taste, process until smooth.

Combine salad ingredients in bowl and toss with dressing 15 minutes before serving. Cover and refridgerate up to 4 hours before serving. (Remember that your avacados will start turning brown if you cut them up to soon before serving.)