My Pantry Needs Help!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008




I love our walk in pantry, however, it has quickly becoming a dumping ground for my miscellaneous kitchen items. Like most new construction homes, the closets are typically built with the white wire shelving. They are a great feauture although items sometimes will tip or become uneven due to the wire grooves. I decided to take charge and buy a few organizers from The Container Store.




It's a work in progress but I am determined to make it organized and functional. I will be posting back with it's progress and all the great organizing tips that I come up with from this project. If you have any pantry organizational pics or ideas to share, I would love to hear them!
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Karen's Easy Turkey Chili

Monday, October 27, 2008




The first snow flake fell in Cleveland today so what better way to kick off winter than to cook my special turkey chili. Jeff loves my chili recipe, I pretty much combinded a few chili recipes that I found on-line based on my on personal preferences and Karen's Chili was born. Here is the receipe, enjoy!

Karen's Easy Turkey Chili

1 package of ground turkey meat
1 can of Delmonte canned tomatoes with green peppers and onions
1 can of Kidney beans
1/2 chopped green pepper
2 tblspoons of chopped onion (add more or less based on your preferences)
1 package of chili seasoning
1/2 cup of water

Ground turkey meat on stove top until cooked throughly and broken into pieces. In a large pot, combine cooked meat with rest of ingrediants. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45-60 minutes.

Serve with cheese and saltine crackers.
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Some decisions...finally!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

After thinking about curtains for our great room/kitchen area for 10 months, I finally made a decision on the slider curtains. And the winner is....



The west elm bi-colored grommet linen curtains in ivory/espresso! My plan is this, since I have so many windows all along the back of our house, I need coordinating panels, but not 6 of the same panels. It would be too much in my opinion. Most likely, the great room windows will either have these grommet panels in espresso from west elm in the same linen material.



or these silk grommet panels in espresso



Even though the material of this panel is silk and the bi-color is linen, I think they would still go. I haven't officially decided on the linen or silk but we are making progress!!!

I also really like these pillows from Target. I have to thank my siser-in-law Amanda from sending me a picture text from Arkansas with her find. So cute so thank you!!!! They will definetly go with either of these panels.



First things first, I am off to Bed Bath and Beyond tomorrow to buy the slider hardware. Woohoo!
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My boo's!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Here are the boo's that I gave to two neighbors. The one neighbor has a little girl so I bought candy necklaces and pumpkin bubbles. Don't you just love the sparkle pumpkins? I thought they were so cute, I had to give them out! The only downside to booing your neighbors is now I have 5 pounds of Halloween candy sitting in my house. Ugh, I am going to need some serious willpower here!
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We got boo'd!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008


Jeff and I love to take walks around the neighborhood after dinner. Recently I started noticing these "BOO" signs taped to my neighbors windows and doors. I honestly wasn't sure what they were at first. I thought it had something to do with their kids and trick or treating. I then started to learn from The Nest that there is a new fun game to play with your neighbors called "Booing". I put the two and two together and realized that my neighbors had been boo'd! Since our cul-de-sac is a little off the beaten path from the rest of the neighborhood, I started to think it would be fun for me to boo our next door neighbors. Apparently someone has beat me to it tonight!! In the middle of watching "How I Met Your Mother," with Jeff, our doorbell rings. Jeff answers the door and finds this adorable little bucket of treats on our doorstep with this poem!!!! I was so excited!!!! I am off to Target tomorrow since it is now my turn to boo 2 neighbors. I am so excited!!!!

BOO

The air is cool, the season is fall
soon Boo's will come to all.

The treat that came with the special note
Is yours to keep, enjoy them both.

The fun comes with friends like you
now copy this and make it two.

Then others here among our friends,
will give warm fuzzies that will never end.

We'll all have smiles upon our face,
no one will know who BOOed each place.

Just one short day to work your fun,
or a big ZAP will strike, SO RUN!

And don't forget a nifty treat,
like something cute or something sweet.

Please join the fun, let's really hear it,
and spread some Boo's and lot's of spirit.

Directions:
1. Enjoy your treat.
2. Place the picture of your BOO on your front door.
3. Now you have 24 hours to copy this twice, make 2 treats and 2 BOO's and secretly deliver them to 2 neighbors who do not have BOO on their front door.
4. Then watch how far this spreads by Halloween.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008



October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in the United States. Each year, over half a million dreams are shattered. Out of 3.3 million born alive, some 30,000 die during the first 28 days. Another 39,000 babies are still born. Miscarriage occurs in fifteen to twenty percent of pregnancies, while ectopic pregnancy occurs in one percent. More than 25,000 children are stillborn in the United States every year leaving mothers, entire families and communities devastated.
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Thank you my readers!

Monday, October 13, 2008

I have never really posted anything to acknowledge my readers and I really wanted to take the time to personally thank each of you for all of your encouraging words regarding our IF journey and all of your great home decor ideas. When I first started writing this blog two years ago, I really wasn't sure where it would go. It has really become a fun part of my life and I love looking back to see how far we have come. I love using it to document my home decor ideas and also sharing in my IF journey. I hope that it will inspire or comfort someone else going through the same thing. I get giddy when I see a new comment so I especially want to thank all of you who leave them. In the beginning, my readers mostly consisted of my sister and my dearest blogging friend Randi who I met when I stumbled upon her blog. My readers now are a lot of dear nesties and others who read their blogs. So thanks to all of you, you are very much appreciated more than you know!
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Rate My Space Spotlight - Me!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I decided to put myself out there on Rate My Space. I am hoping someone can provide some insight on my Great Room/Kitchen decorating challenge. Here are my pics and link of the site:

My Rate My Space



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Rate My Space Spotlight - Kitchen/Greatroom Flow Challenge

Wednesday, October 08, 2008







I am always looking for homes that have the same decor challenges as me. This one shares my challenge of creating a flow between the kitchen and great room. I love how it turned out. I also really like the window panels they used, I found similar ones on BB&B.com. They are officially added to my list of possibilities.
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Fun with Polyvore.com

Tuesday, October 07, 2008









I found out about this fun staging tool from the lovely ladies over on the D&R nest board. This tool lets you try different looks in different rooms without actually going to the store and taking the items home! Do you recognize our couch? I tried to find a couch that resembled ours, the pillows are from Target which I transposed over what was provided. I also had to include the Pottery Barn mirror which is already proudly hanging up. This is actually a lot of fun, I am going to play with several different looks to see what I can come up with!

Please let me know which one you like better!
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Fall pics of the house


Our grass is finally growing in (no help from Ike though, WTF?). Anyway, here are a few pictures of my newly planted mums and our new yard! Jeff picked up the lawnmower from his brother yesterday so he is officially ready to mow!
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Finally, some answers...

Saturday, October 04, 2008

I am sitting here on the couch all drugged up and wanted to give you an update on how my lap went yesterday and a little bit about my TTTC journey.

I went off the BCP June 2006 and had my BFP November of 2006. We thrilled to have gotten pg so quickly, however, were devastated after we lost it 8 weeks. We heard all of the reassuring comments from doctors, friends, and family. You got pg once and you will become pg again very soon. That was not the case with us. A very frustrating year later we decided to see an RE. We were both tested and found no issues. We had an HSG that was all clear and were told to try again for 3 more cycles. Still no luck so we started IUI's with Femera. We were just considered to be unexplained, especially since we had gotten pg before After one day of researching on the internet all of the possible issues that could be affecting us, I thought to myself, what if I have endo? I had no symptoms at all of endo except for the one big one, infertility. I thought what if being on the BCP all these years suppressed it enough that we able to get pg right away and now nothing. Perhaps it had grown back since I had now been off the pill for over a year. It definitely sounded to me like it could be a possibility. I brought this possible theory up to my RE and he told me it was unlikely.

After our 6 IUI's with Femera failed, we had two choices, proceed to injectibles or do the lap. Lap's are not mandatory by my RE, it is up to you to decide if you want one. I was still curious about my theory and decided to go with the lap. After 2 1/2 years with no sound explanation to why all of a sudden we couldn't get pg, it was worth it to me to do the lap, even if we didn't find anything.
Sure enough, my RE found a mild case of stage II endo around my right ovary and behind my uterus. When he pulled Jeff into a room after my surgury, the first words out of his mouth was "She was right." I couldn't believe it! I am so thrilled to FINALLY have our answer. Of course I am not pleased about the endo, but so glad to know what is going on with us. He cleaned everything out and said to try on our own for a few months. No drugs, no injectibles. I pray this works for us and if not, we will proceed with the injectibles in a few months. At least for now, I have a better chance then what we were dealing with before. My advice to all ladies who are dealing with an unexplained diagnosis, I would go through with the lap. It's not fun but I am so happy to finally know what we are dealing with.
I am going to be laying around on the couch the rest of the weekend enjoying Jeff taking care of me. Has been so great during all of this, I am so lucky to have such a great husband.
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Kraft Tater Topped Casserole

Wednesday, October 01, 2008



I decided to try Kraft's tater topped casserole recipe featured in their fall quarterly magazine. It was actually better than I expected. Jeff and I are chicken people so I have wanted to throw something new into the rotation. The one thing I did change in this recipe is that I used lean ground turkey meat instead of ground beef. Enjoy!

Kraft Tater Topped Casserole

1 1b. ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup of milk
1 cup frozen mixed veggies
1 cup Kraft shredded cheddar cheese
1 1b (1/2 of 32 oz pkg) frozen bite-size Oreida tater tots

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
Brown meat and onion in skillet.
Spoon cooked meat mixture into 8 inch square glass baking dish
Mix soup and milk in a separate bowl, pour onto meat mixture.
Top with layers of veggies, cheese and potatoes.
Bake for 45 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown and casserole is heated through.
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