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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 26 – You be the jury….or maybe me??

Today I had to go downtown for jury duty. 

ben in the central jury room 

In most instances you show up, wait in the Central Jury Room and then see if your juror number gets called.  If it does, you go to that floor and they take you in and ask a bunch of questions and then they decide who will be on the jury.  That was waaaay oversimplified but you get the idea.  

I actually look forward to it and get a little excited as I really do love being a part of the process!!  In the past I’ve never been picked but today was different…woohoo!!!

ben with the jury info

Have you ever served on a jury?  :) 

Stay awesome y’all!!  ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 25 – My name…or at least my initial…in the marquee lights.

This is what I am working on….

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What is it??  Well it’s a paper mache letter H that I bought from Hobby Lobby on sale.  I am cutting off the front and then will paint it gold and then install lights inside.  It’s a future project that I am definitely going to share here on the blog so stay tuned.  It’s kind of one of those….”I sure hope this turns out as good as it looks in my head” projects.  ;)

And yes, that is the map that I recently bought that I haven’t hung yet that you see on the left….another project in the making although I have decided what I am going to put on top now so at least I’ve made progress…haha!!

What things are you creating today?

Stay awesome y’all! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 24 – Homemade Egg McMuffin

Today my awesome hubby made some yummy homemade egg mcmuffins.  It’s healthier, we didn’t have to go out to get them and they were just as MORE delicious than McDonalds’.

ben and a homemade egg mcmuffin

As far as how “healthy” this is, that is all relative.  Here’s the scoop on our homemade version.

We used 100% Whole Wheat Thomas English Muffins; 1 large grade A Lucerne eggs, 1 slice of Jones sliced ham for a total of 215 calories.  You can break it down even further by carbs, proteins and fat but for now that’s what I’m tracking.

What did you have for breakfast today?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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Biscuit Pizza

Do you want something super fast and easy to make for dinner?  Then I recommend, Biscuit Pizza!!

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Here’s what you need:

  • A can of biscuits
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni

biscuit pizza ingredients

Place the biscuits on a stone or baking sheet.  Make a small indent in the middle of the biscuit dough and add 1-2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce.

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Add some pepperoni or any other toppings you’d like.

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Finally – top with cheese.  Put the cheese on last otherwise everything will slide off as you bake.

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Bake according to the biscuit packaging and that’s it!

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They are so yummy for your tummy!  Let me know if you try it!!

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 23 – Real Estate Realities

Ben watching while I check on listings…

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I’m working with several clients right now and it is so fun to check out houses and find the right ones to meet their needs!  I’m very lucky to have a little assistant that is so willing to help me in the process.  ;)

My 365 Photo A Day Project is still going strong…..what New Years resolutions have you kept? 

Stay awesome y’all! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 22 – I can’t drive 55….

officially a driver

Actually my granddaughter CAN drive 55 – officially and legally because today she got her license!!  WooHoo!!

Do you remember the day you got your first license?  I actually still have mine…I’ll have to get it out from my scrapbook and share it with y’all one day soon!

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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High 5 Friday!!

It’s Friday….woohoo!!! 

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First up is something yummy for your tummy….

mini meatloaves

I made mini meatloaves for dinner the other night.  I’ve made them before and each time it has been really yummy for my tummy!  It’s super easy to make and all you need to do is {{ CLICK HERE }} to check out the recipe.

pin cushion

This has been something that has puzzled me for years…the pin cushion.  What the heck is it?  A tomato?  A strawberry?  Both?  Why?  I of course googled it and found this on {{ Wikipedia.org }}:

One popular design—a tomato with a strawberry attached—was most likely introduced during the Victorian Era.  According to folklore, placing a tomato on the mantel of a new house guaranteed prosperity and repelled evil spirits.  If tomatoes were out of season, families improvised by using a round ball of red fabric filled with sand or sawdust.  The good-luck symbol also served a practical purpose—a place to store pins.  Typically, the tomato is filled with wool roving to prevent rust, and the strawberry is filled with an abrasive to clean and sharpen the pins.

So now you know….

= AMONGST =

I tend to use the word amongst and when I do it will put the red squiggly line under it indicating that the word was misspelled.  What the heck?  I’m sure it’s a word….or at least pretty sure!  So of course I had to google it and on Grammarist it said:

Amongst is a variant of among. There is no difference between them. While amongst is fairly common—though still rare compared to among—in British, Australian, and Canadian English, it is rare in American English and may even have an archaic ring.

It may be archaic but I was right….it’s a word!  Score!  Squiggly red line – 0 and Lisa – 1…haha!

milk glass

I collect things but I don’t go overboard with any of it.  I wouldn’t even really say that I “collect” milk glass since I only have a handful of items.  I took this is a pic for My 365 Photo A Day Project and it got me to thinking about milk glass collections.  In fact, there’s a National Milk Glass Collector’s Society….who knew??  I know now that I googled it. 

And finally…brown sugar.

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I went to the store and was going to purchase some brown sugar.  As I was picking up a bag I noticed there were two different colors.  A light brown sugar and a dark brown sugar.  Which one was I supposed to choose?  According to Taste of Home, both types of brown sugar are a mixture of sugar and molasses, with dark brown sugar containing more molasses than light brown sugar.Light brown sugar has a delicate flavor while dark brown sugar has a stronger more intense molasses flavor. They can be used interchangeably depending on your personal preference.

There ya have it….and obviously I went for the light brown sugar. 

Hope y’all had a great week and I’d love to hear about your google searches!!

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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Mini Meatloaves

I found this recipe for Mini Meatloaves and knew I just had to share it.  I’ve made this recipe several times and each time it was delicious!  This is another Kraft recipe.  :)

Using the muffin pan to make muffins instead of the traditional loaf style cuts the baking time in half.  Who doesn’t love saving time in the kitchen?

Here’s what you’ll need:

ingredients mini meatloaves

1 lb. ground beef

1 pkg. (6 oz.) Stove Top Stuffing

1 cup water

1 tsp. garlic powder

3/4 cup barbecue sauce

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Here’s what you do:

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1.  Heat oven to 375*F.  Mix meat, stuffing mix, water and garlic powder.  Press into 12 muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray.

2.  Make an indentation in center of each meatloaf with spoon; fill with barbecue sauce.

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3.  Bake 30 minutes or until cooked through.  Top with cheese; continue baking 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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There are variations on the Kraft website that give it just a little bit different flavor.  Let me know if you try it and if you like it! 

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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Easy Panel Curtains

These are the curtains that I used to have in my office.  I made them from an old set of sheets and you can read about that by CLICKING HERE.  I also made the tie-backs and they look fine but I felt like they weren’t really adding much to the room style-wise.   

curtains before

I loved the black and white striped material that I used for my barstool makeover (I’ve mentioned how I’m obsessing about it) and I wanted to add some more drama to my office so I made some super easy panel curtains. 

I bought several yards of material and cut it in half lengthwise.  How many yards depends on the length that you want them to be and how large your window is.  I then sewed the edges but you can also use no sew tape to achieve the same results.  I purchased these really cool hanging clips to hang the panels from and that’s it!  It’s so super easy and fast to create, that you could do this in one afternoon.

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curtain panels

new curtain panels 

I totally love how they look and feel like they add a bit of drama to the room.  :)

What have you created lately? 

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 21 – I’m following the map that leads to you….

Today I had some time between showings I had a chance to swing by Hobby Lobby and check on some things that I wanted to purchase for future craft projects.  I am going to be making a marquee letter H and I am also wanting to hang a map and show all the places we visited. 

I found one map and then went to look at the clearance area {{ one should never pass up the clearance area }} and I found an AMAZING map!!

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Yes it’s huge but I absolutely love it and it was only $10!!  I am hanging it over my sewing area…

where the map will go

I’m excited to start browsing for ideas to finish it out and glad that I found one so inexpensive!

Here’s Ben checking it out….

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What cool things have you found in the clearance section lately? 

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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