Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 42

house front

This week’s focus was on prepping the screened porch before the final paint job on the exterior of the house. David doesn't like the way this porch was built.  His preference would be to tear it down and start over but that isn’t cost effective.  So he had to work with what he had.  The biggest problem was the way the trim boards were arranged.  In order to replace the screen, which needs to be … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 135)

Place Setting

This week didn’t go at all as planned which has been pretty typical lately.  This  was the plan: 1- Quinoa Pilaf with Chicken (for David) & Pizza (for me) 2- Spicy Fish Taco Bowls 3- Baked Rigatoni, Salad, Garlic Bread 4- Meat loaf, refrigerator mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, Oat rolls 5- Basil Tomato Soup, Grilled cheese sandwiches Dessert:  Heath Bits PB Cookies Snack:  Granola … [Read more...]

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

I’m always looking for good side dishes and this one was delicious!  I’ll definitely be making it again. Ingredients: 4 cups cubed Yukon Gold potatoes (1) 3 tablespoons olive oil ½ teaspoon garlic salt ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon pepper (2) 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese (3) Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray cookie sheet … [Read more...]

Are Batteries a Fire Hazard? They Can Be!


I knew there was a reason I didn’t like 9 volt batteries – besides the fact that they’re expensive and annoying to install.  They can also be a fire hazard. I had no idea about this until I posted a link to an older article of mine about battery storage and a reader mentioned this issue with 9 volts. The problem is that a 9 volt battery has the positive and negative posts on top of the … [Read more...]

How I Use My Planner for Motivation

Planner for Motivation

Motivation is something I struggle with regularly – especially in regard to homemaking tasks.  You might assume, since I have this blog, that I like homemaking and don’t have any trouble getting homemaking tasks done.  But you would be wrong. I like having a clean, peaceful home but I don’t necessarily love doing the tasks that make it that way.  Homemaking tasks tend to be repetitive and … [Read more...]

August 2014 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

In case you missed any of the daily tips posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy. Clean out sippy cups ASAP so they don’t get unmanageable. The longer they sit, the harder they are to get truly clean. Fewer knickknacks means LESS dusting & EASIER dusting. Clean the insides of your windows occasionally. They might not look bad, but … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 41


I have a LOT to show you this week so let’s get started. Last Monday, Labor Day, David had the day off and finished all the painting in the living room,  the dining room and Calvie's room.  Here’s what the rooms looked like before: And here’s what they look like now: This gives you a better idea of the color. It's gray. FYI – you’ll … [Read more...]