Friday, April 30, 2010

Week Twenty-Six

Click here to view last week's photo. Click here to see my wearing this same shirt two months ago!

I am continuing to enjoy the second trimester, and I am realizing how quickly it is speeding by! I'll be into the third before I know it.

I have a huge appetite right now, and it feels like no matter how much I eat at a meal I am hungry again 90 minutes later! It's okay, though, because I love eating. :)

Baby girl continues to be active, though some days she is more active than others (though it could be that I just notice it more some days).

I think she weighs about 2 pounds now! Her eyelids (which have been closed to allow the retina to develop) will be opening soon.

I have a check-up on Thursday which will test for Gestational Diabetes and make sure everything else is okay. Praying that all is well!

Don't Make Me Count to Three: A Review

I recently finished reading Don't Make Me Count to Three: A Mom's Look at Heart-Oriented Discipline by Ginger Plowman. As I prepare to be a mom in just over three months, I really enjoyed reading this book on how to discipline your children in a godly way.

Instead of focusing on outward behavior, Plowman focuses on ways to reach the heart of the child and instruct him or her in the ways of the Lord. Instead of empty threats, she teaches appropriate consequences. Instead of yelling and screaming, she explains how to correct in love. Instead of lecturing, she teaches using actual verses from Scripture to reach your child's heart.

This book is a great resource for a mom with ANY age children! It is filled with lots of real-life examples, as well as some helpful appendixes (how to lead a child to Christ, etc.).

You can purchase a copy here!

Has anyone else read this book? What are your thoughts?

I was not compensated in any way to write this review. My opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wonderful Visit with Family

I don't have a lot of words left (haha), so I'm just going to say that our day was wonderful and we have some great pictures to prove it! We were so blessed by our family's visit.


Just the girls
Just the boys
We can't wait for their next visit!

Company coming!

We're busy today getting ready for a visit from our family! Tad's mom, two sister-in-laws: Angela and Stephanie, two nephews: Brayden and Drew, and niece: Haley are coming to visit! We are so very excited to have them.

I'm in the midst of making a fruit salad at the moment (with fresh-picked local strawberries... mmm). Thought I would update my blog readers as to why I probably won't be posting until much later today.

Enjoy your Thursday! It is absolutely beautiful here!The blueberry bush in our garden

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

House Tour: The Other Side of the Kitchen

Curious what the other side of our kitchen looks like? I'll be honest, back when these photos were taken, this side of the kitchen was a total disaster! Boxes and "stuff" everywhere with no organization whatsoever! But when we came across this bamboo baker's rack at Aldi (marked down to $22), we knew we had found the solution to our mess. I put the rack together on Monday evening while Tad was making a table. We're still trying to decide how we're going to use all the new-found space, but for now at least our beautiful toaster oven has a home!
Plenty of room for other kitchen wares. Ideally, we are going to paint all the paneling and wood trim in our kitchen eventually, so I think the bamboo will look much better when contrasted with crisp white walls behind it!
I love how you can see my (slightly distorted) baby bump in the reflection on the toaster oven! Drawers contain picnic silverware and extra sponges at the moment.
And, lastly, a picture of our...*drumroll please* newly organized broom closet!

So, that's what I've been working on lately.

Want to see other "house tour" pictures? Click here.

Table Update

As I announced Monday evening, Tad has been working on making an 8-foot-long dining room table for us!

It is coming along beautifully! He has finished the entire top and is getting ready to attach the legs. Then, all that remains is sanding and painting. We are going to paint it with white semi-gloss paint. I can't wait to share with you all the finished product! I'm so proud of my hubby.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Easy Kitchen Art

As I mentioned in my post last night, I spent a little time working on an art project for the kitchen. I cut scrapbooking paper to fit the inside of these acrylic box frames (they stick out from the wall about an inch), popped the paper in, put the back on, stuck a few nails in the wall, and hung them up! The project took ten whole minutes, and that includes the time I spent hammering nails. The cost was minimal as well, since the frames were on clearance for $.79 each. The paper was $.99/sheet, which I thought was kind of expensive for scrapbooking paper, but I used less than 1/4 of each sheet, so I have lots leftover for card making or other projects.

Totally easy project! Now I don't have to look at a blank wall while I wash dishes! And, if I get tired of this "look," I can easily swap out the paper for something else (pictures, other paper, quotes, Bible verses, etc.). Fun!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Project Night!

Tad and I are working on projects tonight! He is working on making this table, I'm working on assembling a bamboo shelf for the kitchen and also making some art for the wall above the kitchen sink.

We'll post all about our adventures later, but until then, enjoy some "fixes" from thereifixedit.com.

What projects are you working on currently?

Menu Monday

Monday
lunch: leftovers
dinner: boneless pork chops (didn't have last week), stuffing, lima beans

Tuesday
lunch: cheddar broccoli soup, sandwiches
dinner: chicken cordon bleu (didn't have last week either), rice, mixed vegetables

Wednesday
lunch: bean & chicken burritos, tortilla chips
dinner: cheddar broccoli soup, salad, sandwiches

Thursday (family visiting!)
lunch: chicken salad croissants, tossed salad, other additions TBD
dinner: TBD

Friday
lunch: chef salads, garlic bread
dinner: beef pasta skillet dinner, tossed salad

Saturday
lunch: leftovers
dinner: Youth Cookout at our house (hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salads, tossed salad, fruit salad, BBQ chips, sweet tea, lemonade, dessert)

Saturday is May 1, which should technically be my Freezer Cooking Day. I think with everything else I have going on I'm going to put that off until Monday, May 3 (or even Tuesday May 4). Anyone else planning on doing Freezer Cooking Day this month?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Every Grain of Sand Wall Art

I found a beautiful piece of driftwood (actually more like a weathered fence board) that was just begging me to paint something on it! I knew I wanted to put it somewhere in our beach bathroom, but I couldn't come up with anything creative to paint on it. ("Life is a beach" didn't seem quite what I was looking for.) Tad suggested I paint "every grain of sand" on it, from the song by the same title. Now, every time we look at the sign, we are reminded of these lyrics:

Then onward in my journey
I have come to understand
That every hair is numbered
like every grain of sand
...
I am hanging in the balance
of a perfect finished plan
Like every sparrow falling,
like every grain of sand.
{Bob Dylan / Derek Webb}

As an added bonus, this project was essentially free, since I used found wood and acrylic paint and a brush I already had.

I might leave the sign where it is, but I am also contemplating hanging it above one of the doors. We'll see!

For more pictures from this bathroom, click here.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Week Twenty-Five

To compare with last week's photo, click here.

Apparently our baby girl has taken up kick-boxing! She's so so so active all the time and we just love getting to feel her movements. She responds to our voices (she loves her Daddy's voice) and to music (she loves all kinds!). My laptop is balanced on my lap right now and every few seconds she kicks and my laptop bounces!

Baby girl is approximately 1.5 pounds and 13.5 inches long (hard to believe!). I think she's supposed to double in size by the end of the sixth month.

Tad and I were talking today about how I haven't had a lot of food cravings. From the very beginning I had food aversions (I think I didn't eat chicken for about 2 months), but my cravings have been minimal and not too weird... yet.

This week I haven't slept great, but I used my body pillow last night (I had gotten out of the habit) and that helped a ton. I just have some trouble falling asleep at first even though I'm tired. I usually wake up twice each night to use the bathroom, but I can always fall back asleep quickly.

I've had several total strangers ask when I am due or how far along I am, so I officially look pregnant now! One lady said she thought I was carrying a boy (which I think is a compliment) and said she could tell it was my first baby. It's fun wearing clothes that highlight my little bump!

House Tour: Guest Bedroom

We are blessed to have two guest rooms in our house right now, though we know that as more children enter our family we may not always have this luxury! For now, it is really nice to have this extra room since our families live several hours away.

We lovingly call this guest room "The Lavender Room" (can you guess why?). We will still be adding more things to the room in the future, and we will definitely be getting rid of the drab curtains!
full-sized bed on one side of the room (frame loaned from Andrea)
amenities (lotions, etc.) and monogrammed towels (from Stephanie)
twin-sized "day bed" on the other side of the room
nightstand (I love English ivy!)
chair and guest notebook (filled with helpful information and local attraction fliers)

For more house tour pictures, click here!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Frugal & Fabulous: Saving Money on Gift-Giving

I hope that you enjoyed reading yesterday's post about saving money on home decorating. Today I want to share some ideas for frugal and fabulous gifts!

1) Keep a stash of small gifts on hand
Sometimes you just need a little birthday, hostess, or thank-you gift, and it's nice to have a small selection on hand. Some ideas are bath goodies (buy at Tuesday Morning, Ross, or on sale at Bath & Body Works), candles (pillar or taper; wrap with ribbon for a nice touch), a few yummy chocolates (package in a small decorative box), books (stock up on deeply discounted books at Christian bookstores and online), and stationary sets.

2) Store your gift-wrapping supplies and cards together
Rather than having to search all over the house for a pair of scissors, store your tissue paper, gift bags, ribbon, tape, scissors, and other supplies in one location for easy packaging in a hurry. Read about some gift stations here and here.

3) Keep cards on hand
Keep general birthday, thank-you, get-well, and other common occasion cards on hand so that you'll always have one to use in a pinch. Buy in bulk from Current or snag 2/$1 cards from the dollar store. Purchase special cards (family member birthday cards, for example) months ahead of time and store in a filing box (separated by month) or a card storage notebook in your gift station. In the front of your filing box or card notebook, keep a list of birthdays and anniversaries of important people in your life.

4) Shop ahead
I have found that when I wait until the last minute to shop for a gift for someone, I end up feeling stressed and frustrated, and often I am not able to find the item that I had in mind. Start shopping before you HAVE to have their gift ready so that you can shop around to get a good deal (there I go again...) and allow yourself plenty of time to wrap and/or ship their gift if needed.

5) Pick a theme
This works in two ways. First, you can pick a theme for someone's gift, such as purchasing a cake pan, measuring cups, measuring spoons, a spatula, a mixing bowl, and a favorite recipe for a bridal shower gift. Choosing a theme helps make your gift-giving seem less "random" and more heart-felt! Another idea is to make an Italian food gift basket (pasta, sauce, cheese grater, Italian music CD, candles, etc.) as an anniversary gift for a couple. Get creative! Theme-ing your gifts can be really fun.
Secondly, you can pick a theme for a year and have all your gifts be in that category! For example, we are giving books as birthday gifts to all of our family members this year. We shop ahead of time and purchase several books at once (to get free shipping from WTS or Amazon), and then we can mail them (we can use media mail!) to our family members if we won't be seeing them around their birthdays.

6) Make gifts
Despite what you might think, you ARE creative enough to make gifts for people! Anything from crafts to sewing projects to handmade cards to baked goods can be given as gifts, and gifts made with love are deeply appreciated by the recipients. When giving handmade gifts, cater the gift to the person (use colors you know they'll love, double the chocolate chips, etc.). Beautiful packaging (like boxes/bags from Garnish or Michael's) can jazz up even the simplest of baked goods! (What cookies DON'T look better in crisp cellophane bags??) Include your recipe so they can make it again.

7) Give your time
Even if you don't have a lot of money, you can still bless people by giving of your time. Offer to babysit their children, clean their house, wash their cars, or help them with house projects. Sometimes the gift of time is more appreciated than anything else!

How do you save money on gift-giving? Share your frugal and fabulous tips with the rest of us!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Frugal & Fabulous: Saving Money on Home Decorating

I hope you enjoyed our discussion yesterday about saving money on groceries! Thank you for all your comments. I got lots of good ideas from each of you!

Today we will be talking about how to save money on home decorating. While I certainly do not have a LOT of experience in this area, since we just moved into our first home at the end of March, I would like to share with you a few tips I have learned from my mom and on my own.

1) Shop around
I know I talked about this yesterday, but it applies to home decorating as well! Be willing to shop around at many different stores in order to find good deals and things that you love. Some of my favorite places to shop for home decor are: Ross, Big Lots, Tuesday Morning, T. J. Maxx, Michael's, Target, Wal-mart, and, of course, second-hand stores. If you are looking for something in particular (a throw pillow to match your living room, for example), you might have to look around at many places before you find one you love that is also a good deal. Be patient! I have found that I am more likely to just "happen upon" something when I'm not "hunting" for it!

2) Shop used
Don't be afraid to buy things second-hand for your home. Shop craigslist for furniture and many other household items. Go to yardsales, shop at Goodwill or the DAV store, and visit consignment and antique stores. Again, this takes time, but you might find something that you love so much more than something you could find at a "big box" store. It's fun filling your home with "one of a kind" items!

3) Make things yourself
My mom has always modeled this for me, and I am learning to do this as well. Some things to try are art (read about that here and here), decorative accents (like these), pillows, wreaths, and curtains. You'd also be surprised what you can do with a can of paint (try spray paint or small sample paint cans from Lowe's). You can paint baskets, other vessels, shelves, boxes, and, of course, furniture. Don't pass up an ugly coffee table on craigslist when you can paint it and completely transform it!

4) Find inspiration... and DIY
I posted about this once before. Browse catalogs, magazines, blogs, and your favorite stores for inspiration in home decor. You don't need to spend tons of money to recreate it yourself! Pray for creativity so that you can stretch your family's finances in order to make your house a home.

5) Use what you have
Re-purpose things you already have! Sometimes you might be tired of a bedspread (or chair or shelf...) in one room, but love it when you move it to another. Don't get in a "rut" with your decorating; if you're tired of a piece (art, whatever), try moving it to another room and see if you like it better there. I recently decorated our guest bedroom primarily with things I already had or was given.

That's all I have for now!

How do you save money on home decorating? Let's share ideas with one another!

Coming Thursday... Frugal & Fabulous: Saving Money on Gift-Giving

Wordless Wednesday: Cat nap

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

I wanted to make brownies for our company last night, but I wanted to dress them up a little! They turned out really well and I thought I'd share the (crazy easy) recipe with you all as well.
Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

1 box brownie mix
ingredients needed for box recipe (mine called for 2 eggs & 1/2 cup oil)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
chocolate chips (optional)

Grease a round cake pan and preheat the oven to the temperature instructed on the box. Mix up the brownies according to the package directions (if there is a "fudgy" or "cake" option, make "fudgy"). Pour 2/3 of the brownie batter into your greased pan.

Beat together cream cheese, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Pour on top of brownie batter in pan. Add remaining brownie batter and swirl with a knife until it looks pretty.

Bake until done (toothpick will come out clean). These take longer to bake than standard brownies. (Mine ended up being a little gooey in the middle because I didn't leave them in long enough.) If desired, sprinkle a few chocolate chips on the top when you take them out of the oven and swirl the chips around when they get soft.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into slices. I promise: this is RICH and your slices should probably not be this big. BUT these are soooo good...
Serve with great coffee & enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Recipe Search

I'm looking for some healthy breakfast bread recipes. I would love to make breakfast muffins or small loaves to keep in the freezer and defrost for breakfasts. I'm looking for healthy recipes that include whole wheat flour and/or oatmeal and that are sweet but not too sweet! I am hoping to make some of these recipes on my next freezer cooking day. Please flood me with bread and muffin recipes to try!

Frugal & Fabulous: Saving Money on Groceries


This week I'll be doing a mini-series titled "Frugal & Fabulous." Each day I'll pick a different topic to discuss and share some of my tips on being frugal in that area!

Today we're discussing saving money on groceries. Please share your own tips in the form of comments, and feel free to link to posts on your blog about this topic as well!

My husband and I have a $40 a week grocery budget, and while I know that some families larger than ours spend less than that, we think we personally are being good stewards to keep our bill around that amount each week. The $40 includes paper products (paper towels, tp, tissues, etc.) as well as cleaners (laundry detergent, dish soap, etc.).

I'll start out by saying: I don't coupon. (I found that using a coupon on a brand-name product still didn't make it cheaper than the store brand... I know... you have to wait 'til the stars align and the brand-name product is also on sale... but WOW that takes a while to learn!) Occasionally I'll have a coupon for something we regularly buy, or I'll hear of a great deal or coupon match-up. But for the most part, we've been sticking to $40 a week without coupons. How?

1) Angel Food Ministries
Each month, we purchase a signature box from AFM. The box costs $30 and contains (according to their website), $60 worth of food. It is designed to assist in feeding a family of four for a week, so we have found that we get quite a few meals out of each box! To see this month's menu, click here. To find a host site near you, click here. Sometimes we also purchase their produce box as well. AFM is not for everyone, but it really works for our family. I have comparison-shopped at Wal-mart (where we typically did all of our shopping when we first got married), and I know I couldn't buy what is in each box for $30, even when buying store brand and shopping sales. (Some of you coupon-moms out there could maybe beat it, though! I just find it hard to find coupons for eggs, produce, meat, etc.) So, check it out and see if this might help your family save a little money!

2) Shop around
It was nice when we first got married that we did all of our grocery shopping in one fell swoop at Wal-mart. We'd shop once a week and buy everything we needed! Now, we shop around in order to get better deals. In a week, we might pick up our AFM box, make a trip to Aldi, buy a few things at Wal-mart, and pick up a gallon of milk at the gas station (one of the cheapest places in town). We also are crazy-excited about buying local produce this summer from stands and farmer's markets. Shopping around is not as convenient, but at this season of my life I have the time to do this. As our family grows, it might become harder to shop around, but right now, it's how we're saving some serious cash!

3) Freezer Cooking Day
I'm not sure how it worked out that way... but I really think my March Freezer Cooking Day ended up saving us a TON of money, in addition to saving me plenty of time in the kitchen on a daily basis! I didn't do a freezer cooking day in April because we were in the midst of moving, and because I still had meals left from the March day! I am making plans to do a freezer cooking day in May, so stay tuned for details about that in the next couple of weeks.

4) Aldi
People I have talked to have mixed feelings about Aldi. Some hate it; some love it. We're definitely on the "love it" end of the spectrum! There are a few idiosyncrasies about Aldi you should know before you go. You have to bring a quarter to get a shopping cart (you get it back when you turn in your cart), and you have to bring your own bags and bag your groceries yourself. We feel like these are small prices to pay for the savings we receive when we shop there! Aldi is a smaller store, with maybe five or six wide aisles. They carry their own brand of products, so you probably won't find your favorite brand-name breakfast cereal or peanut butter. (Because we do have a few brand loyalties...aka JIF PB... we still make an occasional Wal-mart trip.) I personally have found that their dairy products, frozen foods, and produce are their best deals! It is really helpful going in, though, to have a price notebook or at least a mental notebook of what you typically pay for things so you don't spend more than you would just because you can't remember what something should cost. If I don't KNOW that something (meat, etc.) is a good buy, I don't purchase it. But I know that $1.19 for strawberries (they're $2 at Wal-mart) is good!!

Here are a few Aldi deals we scored this week:
romaine hearts (bag of 3): $1.99
garden salad (bag): $.69
grapefruit (bag of 6): $2.49
broccoli (1 lb.): $1.69
gallon of milk: $2.39
colby/monterey jack cheese (block): $1.79
frozen lemonade: $.77
cinnamon raisin bagels: $1.39

Since we discovered Aldi, we have typically been spending about $30 on groceries a week, plus our $30 AFM box once a month, which averages out to around $40 a week.

So spill the beans... how does your family save on groceries? Do tell all!

Coming Wednesday... Frugal & Fabulous: Saving Money on Home Decorating

Monday, April 19, 2010

Menu Monday

Monday
homemade whole wheat chicken and spinach pizza (didn't make last week)

Tuesday
Italian meatloaf, gravy, baked potatoes, broccoli, tossed salad

Wednesday
fundraiser dinner at church

Thursday
boneless pork chops, egg noodles, mixed veggies

Friday
bacon-wrapped turkey fillet mignon, smashed potatoes, tossed salad, bread

Saturday
chicken cordon bleu, rice, green beans

Breakfasts: grapefruit, cereal, oatmeal, eggs, bagels
Lunches: sandwiches, leftovers, burritos, salads, etc.

Monte Cristo Sandwiches

These sandwiches make a perfect lunch when you're tired of "plain ol' lunch meat." They are quick and fun to make, and you probably already have all the ingredients on hand! I'm not sure if this recipe is very "authentic," but it's my take on the Monte Cristo!Monte Cristo Sandwiches

4 slices whole wheat bread
2 eggs
2 tsp. parmesan cheese
cheese, sliced (cheddar, swiss, colby, & monterey jack are all good)
10 slices lunch meat (your choice; we like turkey!)

Heat (medium) a non-stick skillet on the stove. Mix eggs and parmesan cheese in a shallow bowl. Dip two slices bread into egg mixture (one side only) and place side-by-side (egg side down) in warm skillet. Place slices of cheese on bread and top with lunch meat. Dip the other two slices of bread in the egg mixture (one side only) and top the sandwiches with the bread (egg side up). When bottom slice of bread is golden brown, carefully flip the sandwich so the top can brown as well. Heat until egg is cooked thoroughly, both sides of the sandwiches are golden brown, and cheese is oozing out the side! Slice in half and serve.

Makes 2 sandwiches.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Strawberries!

There are few things better than locally grown fresh strawberries!

And, speaking of red, ripe strawberries, have any of you ever read this book? It's a classic!

Gardening

Gardening has been teaching me what I really knew already: I am an inherently lazy person (aren't we all?). We're trying out gardening this year for several reasons, and I know that it will grow me in perseverance because it's not easy and it doesn't come naturally to me.

Pictured above are some little tomato plants that I have not managed to kill (yet).

Here is our gardening plan for this summer. We have planted Bed #1, but are still working on tilling Bed #2, so we haven't planted anything there.

Bed #1
Row 1: sweet salad mix
Row 2: mini tomatoes, better boy tomatoes, snap peas
Row 3: sweet peppers, cascabella peppers, snap peas
Row 4: radishes, snap peas
Row 5: spinach, marigolds, snap peas

Bed #2
(to be planted)
sweet salad mix, cucumbers, squash, pole beans
basil, rosemary, oregano, chives, lavender
dahlias, zinnias, shasta daisies, bachelor's buttons

We also have one raspberry and one blueberry bush, as well as one small hanging basket of strawberries.

Reasons why I shouldn't even try to garden:
-I hate the heat (it's already hot here in NC)
-I hate dirt under my fingernails
-I don't like bugs crawling on me
-I can't tell grass sprouts from snap pea sprouts
-I already kind of lost track of where I planted what and when

Reasons why we are gardening:
-Growing your own vegetables saves money
-Home-grown vegetables are healthy for you
-We thought it would be a fun thing to do together
-We think it's important to cultivate new skills
-It will help us grow in perseverance

If the seeds we planted don't come up, we'll just buy a few plants at the local produce stand and keep on trying!

Six Months!


Happy six-month anniversary, love!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Azaleas

Just some azaleas blooming their hearts out in our yard. :)

Week Twenty-Four

Here we are at week 24! It's amazing how quickly things are speeding along. Click here to compare with last week's photo. I think that I am carrying really high! (As in... I can still wear my low-rise skinny jeans buttoned, though they are getting tight.)

I don't really have a lot to say that is new... things are going well and we are enjoying doing more towards the birth. I've been reading a parenting book (I'll post a review when I'm finished), working on baby registries, and making more things for the nursery. She'll be here in less than 4 months!

We haven't decided officially on a name yet, but even once we do we're going to wait to share it until she is born.

I still haven't been sleeping very well at night; it takes me forever to fall asleep. I think I'm still adjusting to the new house, and some nights baby's kicking keeps me awake for a bit (in a happy, I'm-glad-I-can-feel-her way). I've still been experiencing some lower back pain and ligament cramping, but I know this is because my belly is growing so much right now!

I read that by the end of the sixth month (I'm at the beginning), our baby will have doubled in weight! I find I'm hungry more often than I used to be.

Thank you for praying for us and for our baby girl!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cheesy Potatoes

My mom has made this recipe countless times, and everyone always enjoys it! I didn't get a picture of the dish before it was almost gone, but I like to think of that as a testament to how delicious it is!
Cheesy Potatoes

1 bag frozen hashbrowns (cubed or shredded... we like shredded)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
4 Tbsp. minced onion
1 small (8 oz.) container sour cream
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/2 bag shredded cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir thoroughly. Press into a greased baking dish. Bake 30-45 minutes (longer if using a deeper dish) at 350 degrees. Serves 8-10. Like this recipe? Follow me so you never miss a new recipe post!
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

House Tour: Master Bathroom

Here are pictures of the latest room in our house tour: our master bathroom! We love how serene it feels with the cool colors, fluffy white towels, and beachy art. Many of the decorative items in the room were gifts or were collected on various trips, which makes them all the more special!








Sources:
wallpaper: existing; bamboo shade: Big Lots; white bath towels: Target; bath mat/rug: Target; shower curtain: Wal-mart; shell frame: Kohl's; squashed bottle: shop in downtown Lynchburg; soap dispenser: Target; "life is great" plaque: Michael's (?); sand dollar wall art: shop at Virginia Beach; star fish: shop at Outer Banks; coral: beach in the Dominican Republic

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