5.31.2012

Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club

This past week, my husband and I have been slaving away in our yard getting it ready for sod, planting our garden and adding trees and flowers – it has been a lot of work and I have come away with so many questions – mostly questions like: Is this the best thing to plant right here? Which is why I am so excited to participate and share with you guys some information about the Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club at the Conservation Park! (which just so happens to be about 7 minutes from my house!!)

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The Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club was founded to provide learning opportunities specifically geared to do-it-yourself homeowners. Landscaping is an important part of setting the home's tone. The Club will provide a wealth of landscaping and garden design education, but there will also be a mix of interior and exterior DIY projects - a little something for everyone. Best of all? There is no club membership fee.  I think this sounds perfect!!

Mark your Calendars for June 9th!! To get the party started they are kicking off with a Summer Soiree and Garden Tour on June 9th! The event kicks off at 1:00 pm - The event features some fun bloggers you may be familiar with including Justin and Cassity Kmetzsch, from Remodelaholic; Sausha Khoundet, from Sweet Pickins and Leanne Jacobs from Organize and Decorate Everything, along with several great classes. If you want tickets to attend – click here!!

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As if the wealth of information and meeting these darling bloggers and guests isn’t enough – there are going to some really fun giveaways too, including a gorgeous rug that was featured in Country Living Magazine, as well as furniture from Sweet Pickins and Forsey's Furniture.

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Hopefully with the help of all these classes my garden/yard will look awesome like that! Regular Home and Garden Club classes will begin July 17, at noon. The classes are free - you can register online. And if you aren’t a Utah local (which I know a lot of you are not) or if you just can’t make it - Information will be available on the Club’s Facebook page following each class. I know that life gets so busy so it is nice to know that if I miss a class – I can simply get updated!

Hopefully I will see you at the Summer Soiree!!!

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5.30.2012

Let’s Stay Connected -

How is your Wednesday going? We have no big plans here beside yard work – blah! I hate yard work – well, I guess I should say I hate hard yard work, like raking out a crap load of dirt or hauling wheel barrow after wheel barrow of top soil to the back yard. Mowing, planting flowers and pulling weeds here and there doesn’t bother me at all – to bad where not quite there in our backyard yet – but we will be soon and that thought keeps me keeping on!!

I wanted to pop in really quick and talk to you about staying connected with me – I am not sure how many of you noticed but I took my Google Friend Connect down a couple weeks ago – With all the changes that Google was making to it I felt that it sort of became irrelevant – but that doesn’t mean that we can’t stay connected! I have started adding this fun little image to the bottom of my posts (it is also on my sidebar). These are all the ways we can stay connected!

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Facebook – Twitter – RSS Feed – Email – Pinterest

I encourage you to follow along with me with one or all of these ways! I would hate for anyone to be left behind!! So go ahead and click on any button you may be missing and I’ll see you there!

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5.29.2012

Numbered Kitchen Bar Stools

Hello everyone! How was your long weekend? I sort of unplugged a little bit while we worked and worked in our backyard! That is a post that will be coming up soon – we still have a bunch of work to do back there but we are getting so close to adding sod – I think we may even have a “sod date” and that makes me smile from ear to ear – which is a good thing because after raking and raking I feel like crying hurt and hurt from head to toes! haha.

I do have a fun little project to share with you today! A little while ago I shared with you some red kitchen bar stools I had refinished when my kitchen/dining room was a different color  - but I have since painted and stenciled and changed colors – and so it goes – that the bar stools get another makeover as well!!

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I used Martha Stewart’s paint “Rainwater” – the same color that I used on the painted wooden valance and gave them a nice thick coat! Of course I did primed them first! I then used my Silhouette and cut out some fun numbers in white vinyl and applied them to the top. I used Rustoleum Clear Matte and gave them a top coat.

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I love the way they turned out and they look wonderful in my kitchen – this was such a fun way to incorporate a fun color!

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My husband was sort of dreading the number thing because he thought I would be all crazy about keeping them in order and freak out if they were out ever out of number – but I think I have impressed him because they usually stay in order and if they are out – it isn’t a big deal. I do however, always put them back in order whenever I sweep and mop.

What fun things have you done with your bar stools? I would love to see!

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5.24.2012

Funky Business Cards

The Wednesday morning before SNAP – I was thinking about all the things I had and needed to pack for the conference and realized that I did have any business cards – not one.

Obviously it was way too late in the game to jump on line and order some so I did the next best thing  and did what any creative blogger would do in a pinch and I made some!

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I wanted my cards to resemble my blog/website a little bit so using the same exact colors and fonts – I created it in Photoshop.  I imported my image in to the Silhouette Studio and added a label around the outside and was in business! I wanted to cut them out in a fun shape to add a little bit of personality. I used some heavy white cardstock I had purchased at Office Max and using the print and cut feature, printed and cut out a bunch! I was worried that they would look a little too homemade – but I think they turned out awesome and I find myself handing them out all the time. In the little blank spot between twitter and email is my phone number – but that is a little too personal to be putting out on the web – but if you do have a real card and would like to call me – go for it!!

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What do you think? Do you like them?

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Honey Ham {Recipe}

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments from my fun announcement!! I can assure you that I am NOT having twins!! Just ONE little boy! (If I were having twins – my title would have said something to the effect of “please pray for me!” haha!) But I still have a lot to work to do to get ready for baby #3!

But first I wanted to share one of my family’s favorite recipes!
My mom and dad have been making this recipe for as long as I can remember and now I make it for my family -
everyone who I have ever made it for absolutely loves it!!




Now stay with me as I show you how to make it because you would think it would turn out differently –
but I promise it is so yummy!

You will need:

Sliced Ham
Brown Sugar
Mustard

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Mustard and Brown Sugar?? WHAT??
I know. I know. It is true -
My husband HATES mustard but he LOVES this dinner.
I promise, it doesn’t taste like mustard.

Add about 1 packed cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup mustard…

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… and mix. It will turn into sort of a pasty mixture.

Spread it over your slices of ham.

It will be pasty and will have a hard time spreading but keep at it.
Bake it in the oven at 400 for about 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of your ham slices.

The oven works magic! It turns the pasty sauce into a honey glaze sauce!

I always pair it with au gratin potatoes and green beans – delish!! I think it goes best with potatoes – even a backed potato is a really great side.

Try it!! I know you will love it!!
When you do try it, let me know what you thought!

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