One of the first things we decided was to make some of the yummy food we've been drooling over. This week, mom made dinner and I made dessert. Next week, we'll switch and I'll do dinner while mom finds something sweet for dessert. It was fun, and a huge success! I think my dad and brother are going to really enjoy Pinterest day for the great meals we'll get to try!
**Sidenote: We're actually calling this Pinterest/Food Network Day, since we're excited about trying out some of the things we're seeing on The Pioneer Woman's new show. I'm also subscribed to
Mom made these Spinach Lasagna Rolls (I took the picture after we ate some...hehe):
The linked recipe was the inspiration, but she actually used alfredo sauce, and combined a bunch of different recipes she found. She also tossed some ready-made frozen meatballs in the pan. It was DELISH and surprisingly filling.
She also tossed together this Marinated Tomato Salad with Herbs from Pioneer Woman's cooking show debut:
It was also super yummy and went really well with the pasta dish.
For dessert, I made these awesome Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars:
It already sounded yummy, but when I got to the bottom of the recipe and saw it was adapted from Paula Deen, I knew it was a good choice! We couldn't wait to eat it, so dove in when it was still warm instead of waiting for it to chill. Even warm, it was also a winner!
So, that was the meal for this week. We also got some rosemary olive oil bread and stuffed mushrooms from Kroger. I am totally full & happy as I write this!
The second part of today's Pinspiration actually wasn't inspired by anything on Pinterest. I know, I know, I'm already breaking my own rules. But I AM currently unemployed, so going to JoAnn's, Michael's, or Hobby Lobby each week to get supplies is not a great habit. I'm hoping that will change in the very near future. But for now, I needed to figure out a way to cut down costs on my crafting addiction. So, mom suggested heading to Goodwill to find something to renew, upcycle, or change into something new. I had a few doubts, but figured it was worth a shot. I wasn't sure how many things I'd be able to find and/or how I could make something simple into something I could be proud of creating.
Well, We were not in Goodwill longer than 5 minutes and my arms were FULL of items I had plans for. I actually had to start putting things back and deciding what to purchase and what to leave behind! I found so many little treasures and my mind was racing with different ideas. I've had many requests and suggestions from a lot of different people that I should launch my own etsy shop to sell some of the things I create. So, my mind was going wild with what I could do. Before I launch an etsy shop, I want to have a good stock of things to sell. I think it's a great idea, because I love crafting and creating; it's definitely a deeply loved therapy of mine. But in my little apartment, there's just not room for me to keep it all! Walking around Goodwill, I got a ton of ideas of where I could start with that so hopefully my etsy will be up and running soon. I'll keep you posted! To start...here's what I got today:
A glass lampshade, four wooden painted letters, a wooden painted apple, two brass metal tissue box covers, a wooden box, a large glass plate, a tall rectangular vase, a frosted glass bowl, and my absolute favorite: a wooden recipe box.
Isn't she a beauty? Well...she's pretty now, but with a little love and attention I think she'll be a star! I love the vintage look, but the stain job has scratches, there are some nicks in the side, and it's a little dirty. Nothing a little elbow grease and love can't fix! I started on this project today, but don't want to reveal until I'm finished and know which direction I'm headed. Most of my projects are a work in progress and ever-changing until the very end. Stay tuned for how it turns out!
I'm excited about this new journey of creating things from my own mind an not necessarily copy someone else's creativity. We'll see how it all goes!
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