Friday, December 19, 2014

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Paint much?
We moved into our new home about 3 months ago. I painted my kitchen cabinets 4 days after moving here!  That just goes to show how busy we've been since moving. 
So... 3 months later I'm bringing you one of my favorite painting projects to date!
My awesome Aunt Laura helped me paint my cabinets. She and I went to the paint store in the morning, painted all day, and finished late afternoon! This was done in 1 day! IT WAS AWESOME! I was so worried I would have to wait for the paint to dry, put another coat on, then wax, then distress making it a 4 day project! IT WASN'T! ONLY 1 day! Start to finish!

Annie Sloan- you're my hero!


-Prepare your floors with drop cloths, tarps, old sheets, 
anything to keep from the paint falling on your floors. 

-Tape around the cabinets and appliances. 
It was then I was introduced to FROG TAPE. It is the BEST painters tape I've ever used! A little more expensive but TOTALLY worth it! It kept a PERFECT line! 

-Remove the cabinets.

 -Paint 2 coats of chalk paint.
No sanding required!
The chalk paint drys fast so its a quick 2 coats.
This is where it was SO nice to have 2 people or more helping, someone works on the doors while you work on the cabinets, or vice versa. 

-Clear wax
Rub on the clear wax with the Annie Sloan Brush then pass it off to the person buffing!

-Buff clear wax
(my aunt Laura had an industrial 10 in. buffer that was AWESOME and SO FAST!
She would brush the wax in front of me and I would come behind her with the buffer, it was great! We were a well oiled machine by the time we were done!)

-Rub Brown "distress oil/paint" in the molding of the cabinets. 

-Place cabinets doors back onto your cabinets!

DONE!


For the whole kitchen I used 1 1/2 cans of 
Chateau Grey (the soft sagy green by Annie Sloan)
and 3/4 can of her clear wax. 

Total spending on the project was about $100.00

$100 dollars for a practically new kitchen? THAT'S CHEAP!




THANKS AUNT LAURA FOR EVERYTHING! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MANY MORE PAINTING PROJECTS WE'LL DO TOGETHER TO COME!




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Monday, December 15, 2014

Nativity Advent Calendar

This advent calendar starts a little later than the usual 25 days of Christmas because I don't have 25 pieces to my nativity!
This was an idea I had last year to keep Christ is Christmas. We open up a piece of the nativity every day until Christmas Eve, and that's when we open Jesus. We talk about each person and their role in that special event. This kept the true spirit of Christmas in our home. I know it will in yours too.


Take a nativity- ceramic, wooden, plastic, glass whatever you have and wrap each piece.
 Number each package. 
Open each package according to the numbers and enjoy the Christmas story over and over again.




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Monday, December 8, 2014

"EXTRA Excited" VT Idea

Need a quick handout to take to the ladies you Visit Teach? How about this?!
Fast and easy; just gum, tape and a tag.


Type and print out your tag that reads:

I know this is 
"GUM"
But I'm 
"EXTRA"
Excited to Visit Teach you!

Attach the tag to the gum and go! 



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Monday, December 1, 2014

BLT Salad

Need a quick light salad? How about a BLT Salad? Everything you love about the sandwich in a salad! This is thrown together in a matter of minutes and enjoyed by all! Light, fast and fresh! YUMM...



BLT Salad
5-6 c. Chopped Romaine Lettuce
8-10 Slices of Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1-2 c. Cherry Tomatoes halved or whole
4 T. Olive Oil
*1-2 tsp. Salt
*1/2-1 tsp. Pepper
(optional -1 c. seasoned croutons)

*Salt and Pepper to taste, the bacon adds an extra salty flavor, so don't go too crazy with the salt.  

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss and serve! This salad lets the flavors of the ingredients stand out. It's is a great light salad for soup and salad nights! 


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Love,
The Hansen's

May your holiday be filled with happiness, love and friendship.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Corn Chex Bread Crumbs

I'm never going back to regular breadcrumbs. This Chicken Parmesan with Corn Chex Breadcrumbs is the BEST I've ever had! I've made it 4 times in the last week because I love it THAT much!
I've been attempting more and more recipes that are deemed "gluten free."
I have a dear friend who is gluten free, and who has been visiting for the past couple months. I've wanted to attempt this for a while now and finally did! I didn't know what I was missing! I can't wait to make this for her!


Corn Chex Breadcrumbs
1 c. ground Corn Chex (Corn Chex cereal crushed in a blender or food processor)
2 T. Parmesan Cheese
2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Italian seasonings 
(if you don't have Italian Seasonings on hand just grab a pinch of dried oregano, basil & thyme)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and use right away or refrigerate for later. 
(It needs to be refrigerated due to the Parmesan cheese)


How to make this lovely Chicken Parmesan

Take a large chicken breast and fillet it through the middle. Cut the 2 fillets in half. Now you have 4 thin quarters of chicken. Thin chicken is key to perfect chicken parmesan.

Grab 2 shallow bowls
In one bowl place 2 beaten eggs
In the second bowl place your new Corn Chex Breadcrumbs

Grab your fry pan and turn it on to MEDIUM heat with 3 T. Olive Oil.

Dip one quarter of your chicken into the egg bowl then transfer to the breadcrumbs.
Coat with the breadcrumbs then lay into the pan &oil. 

Repeat with the other 3 pieces of chicken, dip, coat, place in the pan.

When all 4 pieces of coated chicken are in the fry pan, cook it over Medium heat until golden brown. Flip with a spatula onto the other side to finish cooking. (add 1-2 T. more olive oil if needed)

**Its VERY important that you don't rush on high heat, too high of heat will burn the crust and leave the chicken uncooked.

When chicken is cooked through (cut into a piece and make sure it's not pink), Place the Chex crusted chicken over your favorite noodles and top with marinara sauce! DELISH!


This is an AWESOME 30 minute meal! 


Try my Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan when you need something done on busy days!
 It's delicious!


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Super Spinach Salad

This is one of our all time favorite salads. Everyone asks for it on special occasions or big family get together's. My sister found this recipe and has been making it for years. She gave it to me when I was  off and on my own in a little cookbook for Christmas. That has been one of my most treasured cook books, it has her fool proof recipes that taste FABULOUS! Well this amazing salad that looks tricky is super easy! This is the ultimate "Super Spinach Salad!" Try it out! It's perfect for the holidays!



Super Spinach Salad

2 pkgs fresh Spinach
2 c. shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 c. Cottage Cheese
8 strips cooked and crumbled Bacon

*optional 1/2 c. chopped red onion
*optional sliced fresh mushrooms


Dressing - this works best in a mason jar with a lid
1/2 c. Sugar
1 T. Dry Mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
(SHAKE JAR)

Now add into the jar:
1 c. Oil
1/3 c. Apple cider Vinegar
1 1/2 T. Poppy Seeds
(SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE)

***WAIT to pour the dressing over the spinach JUST before serving or it wilts into a puny pile of sad spinach. 

* This makes a BIG salad! Feel free to half it for smaller groups.




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