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Thursday, September 15, 2011


I found a quick and easy little check list (here) for one woman's home.  I love the idea of Debbie's Sanctuary Challenge (which my irreverent mind will insist saying with a Quasimodo accent, 'Sanctuary!') but this week is super busy for me and I can't think of anything off-hand to do that won't pull me into a project quicksand.  But this seemed easy...and sanctuary facilitating.  So I'm doing some clutter cleaning.  I'm thinking 10 bags.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sanctuary Challenge

This past weekend we had a speaker at church (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland) who talked about sanctuaries - and about how they should be a refuge from 'the world'.  The most important sanctuary we have is our own home. 

Here's my challenge this week:

Make at least one room...or failing that, PART of one room in your house a place where you (or a family member) can go and feel at peace and safe from the world. 

Let's see some pictures people!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Yam-Salsa Meatballs

I made meatballs on Sunday. Secretly. While the children were watching VeggieTales, I loaded the slow cooker and disposed of the evidence.
At dinner time, the children ate ecstatically. "I love this dinner!" said several children. Trevor asked me what was in it. I told him Costco meatballs. He said, "Yum! Maddie needs to know because I'm going to marry her when I grow up!"
We'll never mind this recipe was born because I had inadvertently picked up a can of yams at the store, not realizing we were out of cranberry sauce. 

Yam-Salsa Meatballs
frozen meatballs (about 2 lbs.)
small jar of mild salsa
large can of yams, drained

Fill the slow cooker about 2/3 full with frozen meatballs. Mash the yams with a fork (or blender). Stir in the salsa. Pour over the meatballs and stir. Cook on low for about 6 hours.

For cran-salsa meatballs, replace the yams with one small can of cranberry sauce.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Gallery Wall

The room's not done yet - but I thought I'd give you a peek at our gallery wall(s).
There's no rhyme or reason - except that Steve's relatives are on his side...mine are on my side.
Ignore the bookcase - that's next on my list.

Yes, I went with long curtains, horizontal stripes.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Goodwill steals

I really should know better than to try and take pictures in my bedroom after dark.  Oh well, you get what you get. I thought I'd give you a peek at my newest additions to "Roundup Time at the Lazy B" aka My Master Bedroom.

For $3 I snagged some kind of wooden thingy that was just right for a tv riser...after Andrew and I cut it in half.  So really, the tv riser ended up being $1.50.  The other half is on Steve's night stand...you'll just have to wait to see it.

For $3.50 Steve and I found this cool bench.  It's a bit deep for the space - nothing a table saw can't remedy.
I still haven't sorted out the Great Curtain Dilemma...but I am a step or two closer to a finished room.

Curtain Dilemma

I got a great deal on this Ralph Lauren fabric...the colors and style are right.

My problem is this: should I do traditional long curtains with the stripes vertical?

Or should I do short OR long with the strips horizontal.

Let's recap the choices:
1. Long w/ vertical stripes.
2. Long w/ horizontal stripes.
3. Short w/ horizontal stripes.