Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Sausage Hobo Packets

I love almost anything grilled, but this recipe that I found (taken from the August '08 edition of Taste of Home simple & delicious) is really good! I posted this awhile back on my private blog, but thought that I would share here.  We just went camping last weekend and we made up the packets before heading out.  Then we cooked them right over the fire.  So tasty.  Hope you enjoy! 

{Makes 8 Servings} Prep: 25 min. Grill: 20 min.


1 pound summer sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

3 cups shredded cabbage {I often just buy a bag of coleslaw mix}

1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced

1 medium green pepper, cut into strips

1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips

1 small zucchini, sliced

1 small yellow summer squash, sliced

1 pound chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces {I almost always use cooked, shredded chicken, since I often have it on hand and then I don't have to worry about the chicken being cooked}

2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges

1/2 cup butter, cut into eight cubes

1/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing


In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Gently stir in the chicken and tomatoes. Divide mixture among eight double thicknesses of heavy-duty foil (about 12 in. square). Top each with a butter cube.

Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Carefully open foil to allow steam to escape; drizzle with dressing. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 packet equals 436 calories, 28 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 933 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Decorating on the cheap

I have struggled since day one with what to do with this 3-sided fireplace of ours.  It doesn't have your typical mantel to decorate.  Anyone else have solutions for what to do? Maybe I will have to post some better pictures of it to get your opinion. Well, as a result of my uncertainty, I change things up on here quite frequently.  Just thought I'd post my current set-up, since I'm not sure how long it will last.  :) 

I found this empty frame for around $10 at an antique outlet (couldn't pass up it's great detail), but you can usually find them at garage sales for cheaper than that.  The wreath was 25 cents at a garage sale.  It had wooden hearts attached everywhere to it with wire.  I simply snipped them off to simplify it.  These seem to be pretty common finds at garage sales for 25-50 cents.  Look past the seasonal and sometimes over-the-top accessories on them. I have a few saved for rainy-day projects.  It is cheaper than buying the basic wreath at a crafts store.  I found the ribbon in my stash of junk stuff.  I also already had the sticks & books.  And the glass jug was 50 cents at a garage sale.  Who said decorating has to be expensive?

Linking to:

A Giveaway

Just wanted to let you know of a great little giveaway over at Heather's blog, Post Road Vintage.  Leave her a comment on this post to enter.  She also has an etsy shop with some great treasures.  Make sure to go and check it out!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Fun with Fabric Transfers

So, I followed Melissa's tutorial on how to make a cute and personalized onesie gift, found here.  I thought it was such a cute and fun idea for something different.  Here's my take on it.  I have plans to make more things using these transfer paper sheets soon. 

First, I experimented with different fonts and sizes.  You can use what fonts you already have on your Microsoft Word program, or you can download free fonts at any number of sites.  Just google "free fonts".  I used  Using your ink jet printer, print your words/monogram/initial/picture/whatever-you'd-like in a mirrored image.  You can do this by checking out the advanced printer settings.  Make sure your quality on your printer is at it's highest (not in draft mode).  You should be able to fit at least 4 on a sheet, depending on how big your image is.  {Just trying to get you more bang for your buck!}  :)  I found my Light Fabric Transfer sheets at Wal-Mart.  I got 12 sheets for $7 {sale price}.

Next, iron your shirt/onesie on a hard surface.  Such as your kids' play table, so that you can keep an eye on them...

Read directions....always...just like I do...ha-ha!

Cut out/around image/text and press down with iron to get these:

And this...aren't they cute?
 Hopefully you will now be inspired to go and create your own one-of-a-kind shirts!

I am linking this up to these sites:

Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Have you ever heard of Houzz?  If not, you must go and check it out!  It's such a fun site.  Especially if you are building a house, remodeling or are just looking for some inspiration in a room.  You can view other people's ideabooks and add pictures to your own.  Works as a great reference tool.  I love having a picture (or ten) to explain what I'm thinking.  I still like to tear out magazine pages too, but this is just so much easier and clutter-free!  Here are a few of my favorites:

kitchenlove  kitchen
I love a white bright and airy...the possiblities are endless with white

The Lettered Cottage traditional bedroom
The Lettered Cottage
Love these stripes {both direction and colors}

Love how they turned this old wooden crate into a decorative mantel piece...also love the framed map and great jars used as candle holders

Gast Architects: Projects traditional entry
traditional entry design by san francisco architect Gast Architects

And finally for tonight...I will close with this great entry/door.  Love it! 

Go check out and let me know what you think!


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