Monday, January 25, 2010

Easy Stromboli

Above is all you need to make an incredibly easy, but incredibly yummy stromboli.

Take your french bread dough and roll it out onto a greased cookie sheet.

Add sliced ham (or any meat)

and your favorite cheese.

Fold her over once

and then one more time.

Cut some slits on the top to let the steam out and cook according to bread instructions. (Usually 400 degrees for !5-17 minutes).

Dip it in some marinara sauce and enjoy!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

80's furniture gets a makeover

Above is a picture of my oldest son's room at our previous house. His furniture was my husband's when he was in high school! K loved it, but I knew it needed a makeover!!

So I found some tinted grey primer and some charcoal paint that I found on the mismatched paint aisle.

For $7, I thought it was a great deal!

I added some pulls that I had leftover when I replaced the ones in my kitchen. I did have to buy some knobs to go with them. And it turned out like this...

I know the pics aren't great. It's because I took them with my cell phone. I couldn't find my memory card at the time to use my camera, so I went the easy way and then I got too lazy to take some more!

I think you get the idea, though!

When we first moved to our new house, K was in a twin bed because he was sharing a room with his little bro. So, he was in a twin bed. We have since moved little bro. to his own room (I'll be showing you it soon!), so I got K's queen bed back out. I had to do something with the headboard and didn't have enough of the charcoal paint left. I kind of wanted to do something a little different and not so matchy-matchy anyway. So, I sanded it down,

covered up this nice motif with a plaque,

and put a coat of primer on it.

Then, I used another clearance quart of paint- this time a yummy cream. (I'm thinking of using this color on my kitchen cabinets.)

I distressed the edges to tie it in with the other furniture...and just because I like it that way. I love how it turned out!

I'm linking toTransformation Thursday and Furniture Feature Friday!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


It's been several days since I've had a post. My grandmother called to ask why I hadn't had a blog post since January 7th. So, I thought I better write one! (Love you, Grandma!)

We have been SUPER busy in our house. We painted the kitchen, painted the living room, painted and installed wainscoting in the foyer, moved my youngest son out of shared room with older brother into guest room, and installed beadboard in youngest son's new room. And of course, with all the rearranging, that meant we had to redecorate oldest son's room and youngest son's room. Whew! That was a lot! So, I have a lot of projects to share, but every time I wanted to write a post last week, I couldn't help but think of the devastation the people of Haiti are experiencing. Like many have said in the blog world, it just felt futile and insensitive to talk about anything besides Haiti. When I was stressed trying to finish up projects and get my house back into some sort of order, God reminded have a HOUSE! It's amazing how easily we can forget how blessed we are. When thinking of Haiti, a line from a song that our worship leader wrote keeps coming to mind...

"I see the poor and I see the broken. How can I sit here and do nothing?"

Yeah, I'll get back to posting about diy projects, decorating, recipes and just plain life, but Haiti will still be on my mind.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A desk for my girl

We did some rearranging in the house this past week and needed a new home for this old desk. I bought it about 6 years ago at a yard sale for $15. It's solid wood and I love it because it is very small and can fit almost anywhere. It also has great storage! After I bought it, I painted it red. Loved it for my oldest son's room for a long time!

Well, my daughter decided she wanted a desk in her room, so that is where it landed. I didn't think she would have enough room for it, but we made it work.

I couldn't let it stay that red in her aqua and pink room, so I pulled out the paint I used on her dresser. It may be too much pink in the room, but I thought it would definitely be better than the red!

I put the same silver knobs back on it and I think it looks sweet sitting in her room.

She even decorated the desk. Now is it the way I would have accessorized? No, but I have to keep reminding myself that it is HER room and I need to let her be creative and have her hand in it! It doesn't have to look like a page out of a magazine!

I just love that she loves it!

I'm linking to Transformation Thursday and Furniture Feature Friday.

PS- I realized that I'm only 4 posts away from my 100th post!! I may have to do a give-a-way! But what??? I'll be thinking!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The BEST Cheeseburgers Ever!!

It's really easy! All you do, is take your regular old patty and once it is almost done, sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese on it and ALL around it.

Then, you let it melt.

And get really brown!

Put that baby and all it's brown, crispy cheese on the bun and add the condiments of your choice.

I'm telling you, it's awesome!

My husband and I have been busy doing some DIY projects around the house. I can't wait to show them to you!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Thru 30

I am so excited about something that my small group at church is doing. We are going to read the New Testament in the next 30 days. I was a little nervous about doing it at first because that is a LOT of reading!! I am not a big reader, so I wasn't sure I could pull it off. To be honest, I'm still not sure about that, but then, I thought, even if I don't get the whole things read, how can it hurt to try? I mean, if I only read the first 6 chapters of Matthew (did that today!!), how beneficial would that be to my life and my walk with God! Don't be fooled, though, I haven't given up before I've begun! I'm very determined to do this!! Want to join me? Go to where you can access the reading plan and connect with other people who are doing the same plan! If you do, follow me- vanessadolberry and we can encourage each other!