Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ditalini pasta and eggs

Dinner on a budget! As a child, this is one of those family meals we had all the time. This is also one of the Chief's favorites. A large pot that feeds a family of four can be made for under $4.00. It is so simple to make.

Boil 2 quarts of water in a large pot
4 cloves of garlic chopped
1/4 cup of parsley chopped fine
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
7 eggs scrambled
One scallion diced (optional)
Parmesan cheese (optional)

Bring water to a boil and add pasta, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook pasta to desired tenderness then add scrambled egg and olive oil. Stir egg gently so it can stay in large chunks.

Serve hot and sprinkle scallions with parmesan cheese on top. If the pasta absorbs the liquid just add more water to make a soup consistency.

This meal can't get any easier, inexpensive and delicious.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Making the Pinewood Derby Race vehicle

We have a big race coming up on Saturday. It will be our first Pinewood Derby with the Boy Scouts. We purchase the Boy Scouts recommended car kit and it turned out to be a block of wood that has to be carved into a race car. Yes!!!! A block of wood! We were in Hobby Lobby over the weekend and they happen to stock all kinds of pre-carved Pinewood Derby cars and trucks. The Chief and the Cisco Kid decided to get one of the Trucks.   

The Chief and the Cisco Kid decided this truck is not going to be any ordinary truck; it's going to be a Fire Truck race vehicle. 

This is what they have so far.

They added two square pieces of wood to heighten the cab so they could attach fire hoses. 

That block of wood!!!! I thought I would try carving a hammer head shark race car out of it and have a little family rivalry between cars.  Not going so well!!!  I think this just might have to wait until next year's race.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A cool party place for a seven year old.

I have started working on The Cisco Kids 7th Birthday party. The hardest part about his birthday party is.... where to have it. I found this place called Jungle Quest. We went there yesterday to see if the birthday boy would like to have his party there. It was a huge hit. It has zip lines, a rope bridge and a rock climbing wall. This place is a very cool and safely brings out the adventurer in a child.

Once he took the first leap he could not get enough.  Now that I have my Scrapbooking room I am going to get started on the invatations. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Renovation is complete.

 For the BIG reveal!!!!!! The Scrapbooking/craft/guest room is complete. Since the room is a multipurpose room I needed it to be very organized and spacious. For the guest bedroom portion we decided to get a Murphy bed and since I needed it to store all my crafts I ordered one with shelving, lots of shelving. We got the Murphy bed in on Friday and it took them six hours to put it in.

Now that I am done with my reno I have turned my attention to my photography.  

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The shelving folds back so the bed could be pulled down.
I love the fact you can fold the bed up with all the bedding still on the bed and it stays intact.  It has a belt that straps the bedding down so it won't move when the bed is folded up.  I also screwed a picture to the wall so it won't move when the bed is closed.
The Cisco Kid's work table is folded down to allow for walking space.
We built a counter top inside the closet and the Chief put some electric in there for all my electronics. I put up a florescent light because it was a very dark area. I also put the peg board above the counter so I could have everything at arms reach. All my scrapbooking and craft supplies are readily available without me searching throughout the house for them.
 When I designed this room I made sure I was able to store everything away easily and conveniently so when the bed was down nothing was in the way.
I needed a table to work on and I had a drop leaf table that fits perfectly under the counter for easy storage. Now I don't have to worry about putting away a scrapbook in progress if we should get sleep over guests. I just simply push the table under the counter and it will be just fine until I am ready to get back to it. 
This corner is all my paints, gift wrapping supplies, sewing machine and fabrics. 
I love this is an electric fireplace/heater. This room seems to be the coldest room in the house. I was in Lowes and saw these Fire places and thought it was a perfect solution to warm up the room. What I love most about it is you can run the fire without the heater. This gives my space a real cozy and comfortable feel all year long.
The shelves are from Target and they are called Shabby Bookshelves. They are great for storing more of my Scrapbooking supplies.    Because the Chief knows how much I love TV, he got me one to complete my space.
Here are some before and after photos. 

I would love to hear what you think about the transformation of this room.



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