My FBP and I are always looking for new projects to help us gain back more space in our small Queen Anne condo. With this project, we gained 8 inches in our bedroom. It means the difference between bruised knees and stubbed toes and pain free trips from the bed to the bathroom. We were always banging our legs, toes, and knees into the foot board of our old Queen size bed.
So my FBP came up with this idea to use two book shelves from IKEA and transform them into a Queen size platform bed without a head or foot board.
He started with two of these book shelves...
We made a trip to Home Depot for wood, joints, bolts, screws, and contact paper. Six hours later, my FBP had THIS bed...
One more look at the bed...
I love how I gained more space for my cowboy boots!!!! I do have plans to get some baskets for the remaining cubby holes at the bottom of the bed to store other things.
Mostly I'm just happy we gained so much space by getting rid of the clunky old bed.
If you want to do this yourself, this is where my FBP got the inspiration. Now he modified our bed a little differently than this picture and IKEA hack sight, but this is the general idea.
This story is heartbreaking, and it has gone viral. Take a moment to read the details. And if you know anything, please contact Brandon Harker through Facebook.
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LAKEWOOD– A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was devastated when he returned home from deployment to find his dog was missing — and possibly sold on Craigslist.
Brandon Harker returned last week after an 8-month deployment to Afghanistan. He was excited to see Oakley, his 2-year-old purebred yellow Labrador retriever.
Harker had asked a friend to take care of Oakley while he was deployed. When he contacted the friend to pick him up, he was told the dog had been given away.
He turned to social media to find his dog and was contacted by numerous people who said they’d seen Oakley listed for sale in February on Craigslist. Harker has been calling local veterinarians and shelters, hoping for word on his dog since Oakley is micro-chipped and registered.
“I am just trying to get him back since he was wrongfully given away or sold without my permission while I was deployed,” Harker said.
Last week Jake Owen wrecked a go-kart while racing Nascar driver Kevin Harvick. He shattered the bones in his fingers. The doctors say it's like dropping a cinder block on your hand, and they had to basically sew his fingers back on his hand.
Doctors were not sure if Jake would ever be able to bend his fingers properly. Which means he would not be able to play guitar, play sports, or most importantly hold his daughter, Pearl.
Today Jake Owen tweeted a picture of his fingers, and says he is starting to get movement and feeling back! It will take around 8 weeks to heal completely. Keep Jake in your prayers. From the looks of this, he's gonna need it!
Could these two be ANY cuter? Hillary and Chris just welcomed their first child into the world yesterday. They named her Eisele Kaye. I found out the way the rest of the world did on Twitter.
As I read the name, I was having a hard time pronouncing it. I tried to sound it out.
Eee-zull ...no, that can't be it.
Maybe the (i) makes the (e) silent. Eye-zull. No...Eye, sell.
All I could think about was years of this beautiful baby girl having to explain to everyone how to say her name correctly.
We're gonna need an explanation and can you spell this phonetically for us too PLEASE?
I found the details on People.com.
Born Monday, July 22, in Nashville, Eisele Kaye Tyrrell weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. The names honor Chris’s mother’s maiden name (pronounced Eyes-lee) and Hillary’s mother’s middle name.
“She is incredibly gorgeous,” the proud dad tells PEOPLE.
This is the first child for the couple, who, following a six-month engagement, were married in January 2012 during an intimate ceremony in upstate New York.
Scott, 27, announced the pregnancy in December, and revealed in March that they were expecting a girl. She also revealed one little quirk of her pregnancy.
“There was one night where I looked at my husband and I was like, ‘We really have to go to the grocery store because I need a Pop-Tart right now,” Scott said. “That’s really one of the only cravings I’ve had, that and sleep.”
I found this recipe on Pinterest, and I thought I would share with you. If you are anything like me, you luuuuuurve mac n cheese! Give me a choice of chocolate or mac n cheese, and I'm face planting into a bowl of mac n cheese ALL day!
Here's what I found:
Macaroni and cheese is a comfort-food favorite. You'll love our recipe, which is low in fat and calories.
Recipe from Now Eat This! a Ballantine Trade Paperback Original by Rocco DiSpirito
Mac and Cheese Lite
Makes: 4 servings
Nonstick cooking spray
4 ounces whole wheat macaroni
1/2 cup onion-garlic puree (see "Rocco's Secret Weapon," below)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup shredded 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mist an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set it aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions, drain.
Meanwhile, bring onion-garlic puree, mustard, and cayenne to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Whisk in cheddar until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in yogurt.
In a medium bowl, toss the macaroni with the cheese sauce. Season with salt to taste. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle panko over the top. Top with Parmesan.
Bake until Parmesan is melted and macaroni is hot throughout, about 10 minutes.
Bechamel sauce (a mixture of milk, butter, and flour) plays a starring role in traditional mac and cheese recipes. DiSpirito uses this aromatic blend of onion and garlic to build flavor and texture without fat (makes 1 cup).
Combine 1 large Vidalia onion, 9 garlic cloves (roughly chopped), and 1/2 cup water in a
microwave-safe bowl. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on high 10 minutes.
Pour the mixture into a blender; blend until smooth. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. (Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to 72 hours.)
Blake Shelton shared this chilling story with Men's Health. I can't imagine finding a letter from my father years after his death, but that's exactly what happened with Blake.
Found from CMT:
There's a country song somewhere in this story about Blake Shelton finding a life-lessons letter from his dad about 20 years after he'd sent it. He talks about it in the August issue of Men's Journal, and it's just so sweet, Shelton needs to write a song about it. According to the magazine, Shelton moved to Nashville right after high school graduation. A few weeks after he arrived in Tennessee, his dad sent him a five-page letter about entering the world. "I didn't want to hear it. I was 17. I didn't want to be told what to do," Shelton said. So he didn't read it and lost track of the letter for two decades. But after his dad died last year, Shelton found the long lost letter when he was going through some of his old things. He said most of it was practical advice. "But there was also a lot ... about how to treat people, how to get respect, how to look people in the eye and how to shake their hand -- basically, how to be a man in the world," Shelton said. "It was like I was having a conversation with him I never had."
1/2 cup cream, lightly whipped
1 tbsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 teaspoon gelatine, dissolved in 2 tbsp boiling water
6 tbsp caster sugar
250g Philadelphia cream cheese
1 cup of oreo, crushed
- Beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in the gelatine mixture, vanilla essence, cream and 1 cup of crushed oreo.
- For the crust, I did it the lazy way by using an oreo for the base. (No crushing of oreos, mixing with butter and pressing into tin.)
- For the above, I used plastic strips to make temporary round containers to place the oreo and cream cheese mixture. If you don’t have those, use your trusty muffin pan. Place liners and an oreo into each muffin hole, then fill up with the cream cheese mixture. Freeze – add oreos on top before serving (suggestion from Dorothy – so that the oreos won’t get soggy ;))
Initially placed these in the fridge but I got the same comments from those who tried it – it was a bit too soft for a cheesecake. So I transferred it to the freezer. It didn’t harden (phew!) but became a nice dense cheese cake texture ;)
I’m thinking I could use the normal softer consistency to fill cakes. And if I wanted my cheesecake, I’ll simply freeze it!
The preparation of the protein takes a bit of a back seat in this meal. I found curry marinated chicken tenders at Trader Joes, so I threw them on the grill three minutes per side. Done and done!
The only prep work was chopping a few veggies! Look at the beautiful colors!
Here's what I did:
Lime Veggie Couscous
1 cup wheat couscous
1 cup chicken stock
1 tbsp. curry powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 red onion
1/2 bag of snow peas
1 red bell pepper
2 - 3 tbsp. fresh cilantro
1 lime zested and juiced
Bring chicken stock, all seasonings, and butter to a boil. Pour in couscous, stir, remove from heat. Put a lid on it, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Chop all veggies, cilantro, zest the lime and add to a large bowl. Add a little salt and pepper and juice everything with the lime.
Fluff couscous with a fork, then add to the veggie bowl!
Keep in mind, you can add any veggie to this! Clean out the fridge! :)
1 jalapeno pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 red onion
1 lime zest and juiced
salt and pepper
Chop all ingredients and mix together with the lime juice and zest. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve dinner. I put this salsa on everything!
All I want to do is ride my new bike! I bought it on Saturday and have already logged close to 40 miles on it!
I have discovered that there are several bike trails really close to my condo too, so every afternoon off I go!
The best part of my ride is taking in the beautiful scenery of downtown Seattle, Lake Union, and the Space Needle! Plus, I found an app to "Map My Ride". It shows me all sorts of cool stuff!
We had a work dinner last night, so I needed to get back downtown by 5:30 pm. So I took off on my bike to take the long way around Lake Union at 4 pm.
My boyfriend rode with me, and we decided to stop at Lake Union Park. We had a killer view of the Space Needle!
A sea plane landed while I was sitting there on a bench at Lake Union Park. They are really neat to see up close!
Then I rode the rest of the way to work. I felt like such a Seattlite pulling up to work on my bike and with my helmet on and legs feeling like jello! But then we ate at this Mexican restaurant for dinner, and I didn't feel bad about having a little extra chips and guacamole. I knew I would be burning off those calories on the bike ride back home.
On my way home I recognized a friend of mine riding his bike too! So we stopped for a minute to catch up and say hello. I thought that was the coolest thing ever! When I was got about 2 blocks from my house, I had to stop and take a picture. I've NEVER seen this, and I've lived here for how long??!!! So pretty!
I still feel like a Country Girl In The City. It's a very foreign thing for me to ride my bike to work. All these other bicylists seem to have a confidence about them that I do not have yet, but I'm going to keep riding until I feel that comfortable on my bike too!
Sometimes I work late, and I can't always make dinner. On those nights, I pass the baton to my boyfriend. He can man a mean grill and bake a serious frozen pizza, but I'm not always in the mood for grilled sausage or pizza.
Last night I asked him if he would make us some Sloppy Joes! It's quick, easy, AND if you use the right ingredients it can be healthy!
Here's what my FBP did:
1 can sloppy joe mix
1 lb. ground turkey
2 garlic cloves
1/2 white onion
1 bell pepper
1 - 2 chipotle peppers
1 bag of wheat buns
Brown the ground turkey. Then add the chopped onions and bell peppers. Let them sweat for a few minutes, then add chopped garlic and chipotle peppers. Then, add one can of sloppy joe mix!
*Notice I did not add any salt to the recipe. One thing about the sloppy joe mix in the can is that is has a lot of sodium and sugar, so you don't need to add any extra to the dish. In a pinch, this recipe can get dinner on the table without having to eat fast food or frozen pizza.
Country singer Randy Travis remained in critical condition Tuesday at a Dallas hospital where he is being treated for acquired viral cardiomyopathy, his rep told FOX411.
The Grammy winner was admitted to the unidentified medical facility Sunday. No other details were released.
TMZ reported that the singer's health deteriorated rapidly over the past several days after he developed what he thought was a cold. Travis was then airlifted to a hospital on Sunday, according to the site.
Travis' sister-in-law Teresa Traywick told People that the singer had undergone heart surgery, but Travis' rep said that's not the case.
"Contrary to reports, Randy Travis has not undergone heart surgery. Travis is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy," rep Kirt Webster said in a statement. "Travis was admitted into a Texas hospital on Sunday and underwent placement of an IMPELLA peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals."
The rep also said Travis was "thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time."
Traywick said Travis had a heart attack last year, and that heart ailments killed his mother.
The Mayo Clinic website describes cardiomyopathy as a disease that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and carry it to the rest of the body. It can lead to heart failure. Treatments range from medications and surgically implanted devices to heart transplants.
Travis, 54, is best known for "Three Wooden Crosses," "Forever and Ever, Amen," "Diggin' Up Bones," and "Deeper Than the Holler."
In November I will celebrate three years of living in Seattle and working for The Wolf. It really is a wonderful place to live, laugh, and love! There's not much about the Pacific Northwest that I don't like.
But there's a lot of times when I feel like a "country girl in the city"! I live close to the Fremont Bridge and Lake Union in Seattle. So I'm really in the heart of it all, and I see things that are so different from where I grew up.
For instance, everyone rides bikes. They even have a meter on the Fremont Bridge with a goal that one million bikes will ride over the bridge in one year. Every time a bike goes across the bridge the meter keeps track for everyone to see. On a typical weekend close to 3,000 bikes will cross the Fremont Bridge, and since January the number is closing in at a half a million. That's a LOT of bike riders!!
So this country girl decided it's time for me to get in gear (pun intended) and get a bike too!
This past weekend I bought my first bike as a grown person! It's so cute and has a basket, a bell, fenders, and I LUUUUURVE it!
I got the bike at Velo in downtown Seattle. They have free parking, AND they let you test ride the bike before you buy it. The one I picked out is a GIANT Escape Women's Xtra Small. Yup, always gotta get me the shortie size in everything! Ha!
I spent all weekend riding the Burke-Gillman Trail with my FBP. We rode from Fremont to Matthews Beach the first day which takes you through the U District past Laurelhurst to this quaint little beach tucked back in the neighborhood. It's a 8.3 mile ride from my house. On the way back we stopped at Agua Verde in the U District. It's right on the water, and they have amazing Mexican food. Try the Diablo salsa! Super HOT and super YUM!
Then like a real city girl on Sunday we rode our bikes to the grocery. I took the basket off my bike and carried it into the store. I put all my groceries in the basket, and then hung it on my bike and rode back home.
After we marinated our chicken for dinner, we rode our bikes over to Gas Works Park. We layed out a blanket, played cards, and enjoyed some of the best views in Seattle.
I'm still getting used to the fact that things like Gas Works Park and the Burke-Gillman Trail are all close to my condo. I guess it's the country girl in me.
There's something about this time of year that makes you crave BBQ and potato salad! But, I've got a picky eater at my house who doesn't eat cheese or mayo. I don't really like to eat mayo either, but if it's disguised enough with other ingredients I can eat it sometimes.
So I had to develop a potato salad recipe that would make my no mayo eater come back for seconds! He loves pickles. We can't keep a jar in the house, because he is a pickle hound and will mow em' down as fast as I buy em'. They make dill pickle flavored potato chips, so that could totally work in a potato salad too!
Here's what I did:
Grilled Buttermilk & Herb Chicken with DeeLee's Dill Pickle Potato Salad
1 fryer package of chicken on the bone
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. fresh sage
1 tbsp. fresh thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. honey
In a large plastic bag, add all ingredients and mix together. Make sure to work the marinade into the chicken. Refrigerate up to 6 hours.
Set grill to medium heat. Place chicken on the grill with bone down first and grill 20 minutes. Discard the marinade. Make sure to check the chicken so it doesn't burn at first. After 20 minutes, turn the chicken meat side down and grill another 20 minutes or until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 160 -165 degrees.
1 lb. baby potatoes (any kind) cut into quarters
1 zest of lemon
1 cup fresh parsley
1/2 red onion
3 ribs celery
1 cup dill pickles chopped
Cut baby potatoes into quarters and place in a pot of cold water. Bring to a boil and heavily salt the water. You will not add salt again to the potatoes. When potatoes are fork tender, remove from stove and drain.
Meanwhile, chop all other ingredients and place into a large bowl. Add drained potatoes to the bowl.
Dill Pickle Marinade
1/4 cup pickle juice
1 lemon juiced
3 - 4 tbsp. olive oil
3 - 4 tbsp. Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste (a pinch of each is what i used)
Shake marinade together in a jar. Add a tablespoon at a time to the potato salad. DO NOT OVER DRESS THE SALAD. It will become soggy. So add a couple tablespoons, then taste it.
Serve with the grilled chicken for a yummy summer BBQ!
For three wonderful years, I lived on what the southerners call the Redneck Riviera on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It's a beautiful coast, and it's lined with old oak trees and a half a dozen tiny bedroom communities tucked back off the water. The people who live there are rich in spirit and food traditions.
My friends Tom and Russell shared this rockin' recipe for potato salad with me back in 2008. Still to this day, it is THE BEST POTATO SALAD I'VE EVER ATE! It's a whipped style potato salad, and it comes from Russell's mother Wulita who has now passed on. But Wulita has left behind a southern Mississippi tradition that I will do my part to keep alive. So please feel free to share with your friends and enjoy at your 4th of July BBQ's.
Wulita's Potato Salad
5 lbs. of potatoes
7 hard boiled eggs
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup dill pickle relish
heaping tbsp. yellow mustard
1 bunch of green onions chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Bring large pot of water to boil. Once it reaches boiling point, salt the water heavily. Peal the potatoes and chop into small pieces. Boil until tender.
Boil eggs until hard. I start with a pan of cold water, place eggs inside, bring to a boil, and let the eggs boil for 5 minutes. Then I take the eggs off the heat and them sit for 5 minutes. Then peal them.
After you peal the eggs, take one egg at a time and hold it in your hand. Use a fork, hold the egg over a bowl, and mash the egg with the fork into your hand until it crumbles. You could use the food processor for this as well, but I'm sharing with you the way Wulita's method.
Mix everything together. You can use a hand mixer to get the desired consistency. Wulita used to leave it a little chunky for texture.
Then Wulita would always top her famous potato salad with a bit of paprika for color!
Ok, we get it Mother Nature...it's gonna be a HOT July! But ya still gotta eat right? And who wants to turn on the oven?? NOT THIS GIRL! So we took some help from the grocery on last nights meal.
We found these amazing marinated lamb kabobs! So I decided to throw together a quick Tzatziki sauce to go with it. We also had some broccoli in the fridge, so we decided to use that as well. Here's what we did.
Grill kabob 12 minutes on high heat. 3 minutes per side on all four sides.
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cucumber grated
1/4 onion grated
1/4 cucumber chopped
1/4 onion chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1 lemon juiced
1/4 cup parsley OR WHATEVER HERB YOU LIKE (dill, rosemary, etc.)
salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until time to serve.
2 cups of broccoli heads
salt and pepper
pat or two of butter
Make a tin foil boat, then add all ingredients. Close up the tin foil and grill 15 minutes on high heat.
Serve the kabob with the Tzatziki sauce and broccoli. Lamb should be served medium rare. Otherwise the meat will get tough.
This cleaning lady (who is also a struggling mother of 3) showed up to clean this house.... and realized that someone had BOUGHT HER the house!! Truly an awesome story here! Watch below.
(photo-- Collin Anderson/flickr)
Citing Ty Herndon as inspiration yesterday... Billy Gillman filmed a video and uploaded it to YouTube. He is also gay.
Billy claims the fact that he is gay has kept him from signing a major record deal. If that's true, that is sad and...
Ty Herndon has come out of the closet! Read the entire story from People Magazine HERE.
Here's a couple of my favorite Ty Herndon songs from the 90's:
Good for you, Ty. I support your courage and hope you can be a role model...
Meghan Trainor (who sings "All About That Bass") steps up to the mic and belts out an AWESOME version of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"! This is addicting! Check it out.
(photo: carla da souza campos/Flickr)