Friday, February 24, 2012

Furniture Feature Friday ~ Miss Mustard Seed: Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

Miss Mustard Seed is hosting Furniture Feature Friday. The rules are simple. Your post has to be just about furniture. You can share makeovers, awesome finds, favorite pieces, furniture arrangements, or even pieces on your wish list! Built-in furniture like kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities qualify as furniture.

This table is on our wish list! It would look amazing in our dream home dining room! So I added it to my Pinterest Dream House board.

Urban Wood Goods uses reclaimed wood from old building and barns located in the Midwest to create these custom tables.

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

My husband and I love the steel pipe legs on this one but you can choose to have hairpin legs.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I Will Never Kiss Big Daddy's Lips Again! I'm Sick!

It's official! I've got a cold. I will no longer kiss Big Daddy's lips ever again!

Well, maybe when I feel better...but just once a day.

Attention Chronic Pain Sufferers: Do You Suffer From Hair Problems ?

I started sharing my experience with hair loss on my blog in March 2011.
photo from 2011

At the time I didn't know that other hair issues could be related to my Fibromyalgia. I do occasionally suffer from a sensitive scalp. On those days I cannot even wear a wig or a hat because it's so irritating.

And due to pain and some loss of grip in my hands I only purchase synthetic wigs because they don't require much maintenance. Human hair wigs need to be styled and that's just not for me.

As a chronic pain sufferer do you suffer from hair and scalp issues? You may want to check out Fibromyalgia Hair Problems blog post and Poll.

Migraines Linked to Depression in Women ~ Health News

The results of a 14 year women's study discovered that women suffering from 15 chronic headaches a month are more prone to developing depression.

The conclusion of the article was that the leading doctor of the study would asks his migraine patients if they have depression.

In my 12 year journey of chronic pain I hesitated on being treated for depression. It actually took me being committed to a mental institution, in 2010, to accept that I was depressed. The doctors also put me on the right medications that allowed me to finally get much needed sleep, reduce my anxiety and depression.

Please don't leave your depression untreated.

Click here to read more of the article.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Replacement Purchase: Model, Model Carmen TP1B/33 Off Black with Dark Auburn Highlights

I originally purchased Model Model Carmen last July from Luxurious Hair Boutique. I loved the feel of the hair, the layers and the many compliments when I wore her. And I wore her out!

Most synthetic wigs might last 3-4 months so I think I did get my money's worth.

This time I purchased her from BlackHairSpray. They're selling her at $19.99 with $9.14 for shipping. I ordered her on February 17, Friday and my package arrived today via FedEX.

Next month I'm going to order a short, curly wig.

Wordless Wednesday ~ February 22, 2012

my make up stash

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What's for Dinner?! Paula Deen Pot Roast!

I read that some of the reviewers cooked the Pot Roast in a slow cooker. That's my plan, as well.

I purchased a 2.11 pound chuck roast from Vons for $5.71 this weekend! We love their grocery delivery service.

Servings: 8 servings
Cook Time: 3 hours 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

1 (3 to 4-pound) boneless chuck roast
1 teaspoon Paula Deen’s House Seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup thinly sliced onion wedges
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup red wine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
3/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Add the House Seasoning, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Rub seasoning into the roast on both sides. Heat oil in a large skillet and brown the roast, searing it on both sides. Place the meat in a roaster pan. Add onions and garlic to skillet for 1 to 2 minutes to absorb leftover roast juice. Place into roaster pan with meat and bay leaves.

Combine the mushroom soup, wine, Worcestershire sauce and beef bouillon into a bowl. Pour over the roast. Add water.

Cover pan with foil and bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until tender.

Remove and discard the bay leaves.

*Cook’s Note: If the gravy is not thick enough, remove the meat from the pan and pour the gravy into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and thicken it by adding 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water, stirring constantly.

Here's My Pinterest Recipe Box Board!

Don't you love Pinterest for collecting new recipes? I sure do!

Now I have another resource for creating new meals and treats! (with photos)

Here's what's on my Recipe Box Board.
buttermilk blueberry breakfast cake!

Hubby's Tortilla Chips: A Family Favorite!

Charles always makes our tortilla chips. And I have to say they are way better than the ones in a bag! My husband learned from his mother and has been making them for years. He than taught Marcus who says he just knows when the chips are ready!

My husband cuts up corn tortillas in similar size triangle shapes, fries them in vegetable oil in a cast iron frying pan. He uses Guerrero Corn Tortillas. If we're at a Mexican market he'll purchase the handmade corn tortillas.

Once the oil is hot he'll place a few into the pan. Don't crowd them. Look for a brown color and crispy texture to develop around the edges before turning them over.

When they are golden brown he removes them from the oil onto a paper towel that's placed on a cooling rack. He also immediately seasons them with light dash of salt.

I have a habit of not waiting for them to cool off before enjoying them. He will either serve them with homemade guacamole or salsa. Marcus and I will also enjoy them plain. Delicious!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Menu Plan Monday ~ February 20, 2012

I took the weekend off from the Internet. My husband started his new work schedule as a Monday to Friday guy! It's been almost 5 years since he had a traditional schedule.

We had a great time, sleeping in, taking walks and shopping. I love hanging out with my husband!
hubby's homemade tortilla chips

Our son is turning 20 years old this Sunday! No more teens in our house!

Enough about my weekend now onto this week's menu plan. Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Mondays.

Beef Fajitas, Homemade Guacamole and Tortilla Chips

Buffalo Chicken, Mixed Green Salad

Ham and Potato Casserole

Steaks, Salad


My Thrift Store Finds ~ February 2012

A new thrift store, Epic Thrift, has opened up in our neighborhood! My husband and I decided to take a look this weekend.

We split up when we walked in. I headed to the women's clothes and he wanted to look at the furniture and household items.

I found lots of great tops but decided to stick with these 6 shirts and 2 scarves.

My husband was hanging out in the furniture section talking to 2 men. They were discussing DIY techniques.

And the store is withing walking distance of our apartment. I'll definitely be back next month!

Eat Less Processed Foods and More Whole Foods! Great Advice for Chronic Pain Sufferers

Many doctors feel that there are chemicals in some foods that trigger the release of neurotransmitters heighten one's sensitivity to pain.

I'm continuing to notice a little less pain since following my healthier diet several months ago.
I added some chickpeas and green olives stuffed with blue cheese!

How Did You Enjoy "Downton Abbey" Season 2?

In case you've missed an episode or two of "Downton Abbey" on PBS you can still watch them online! I'm not going to spoil it for you.

It was so refreshing to watch a show that didn't have to result to low blows. And the writing, sets, costumes and acting were amazing! It's been a long time since I was this interested in a TV series!

I found myself counting the days till next Sunday! Now I have to wait till next year for Season 3. Bummer!

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