Monday, April 21, 2014

Easy Peasy Deviled Eggs

What to do with all those leftover Easter Eggs?  Well, why not make Deviled Eggs, right? 
 Fill a pot of water, gently put your eggs in, add a few drops of vinegar, bring to a boil, remove from stove, let eggs sit for 10 minutes. Remove and cool in fridge.
Once eggs have cooled, slice them in 1/2.
 Remove yolks and place into a glass bowl and mash with a fork.
 Add the following ingredients:
5-6 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons of ground mustard, a dash of garlic seasoning, salt, and pepper.  I made two batches, one with relish and one without. My family doesn't care for sweet relish, so I used dill, but lots of people like sweet relish.
 Mix it all up and....
You can also toast up some bread and mash the yolk and whites together, add ingredients and have yourself a Deviled Egg Salad sandwich, yum!
Of course, a simple hard boiled egg is fine on its own, too! Add a little sea salt, cracked black pepper, and a dash of Paprika!
Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful and blessed Easter Day!  I'm about to start dinner soon....
Honey Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Fresh Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce, Salad, and Dinner Rolls.
Strawberry Shortcake for dessert! :) 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Mantle, Easter Tree, and Easter Decor

Y'all ready to hippity-hippity-hop your way through some Easter decorating pictures? Ok, let's go...
 So, this is our Family Room mantle decorated for Easter. The greenery and flowers are from Hobby Lobby, and I mixed plastic easter eggs and bunnies into the mix. I wanted some height and variation, so I added the glass candle votives and set easter eggs in them.
Mantle shot...
This bunny is sitting beside easter eggs on our Entertainment units top shelf.
 This bunny sits on the opposite side of the other one.
Here is the whole look.
Here is our Easter Tree. Lit trees can be used year long. I may do a summer tree with palm trees, flip flops, beach towels, Mai Tai's, and starfish ornaments, for example, how cute would that be? You can keep the "christmas tree" ambiance and cozy factor going all year long. Hmm, a fourth of July tree would be cute, too! Red, white, and blue deco mesh with patriotic flags etc....
 I mixed striped pink and white, and blue and white deco mesh to give the tree the easter-pastel look. I mixed in easter ribbon and added ornaments.
All the ornaments are from JoAnn's, and I got them all 50% off.
Cheap. Cheap. Cheap.
I do the tree for the kids....they love it! 
I'm not a pastel kind of person, but I have really enjoyed this tree the whole month.
Little spring birds....
Little, glittery bunnies throughout the tree!
Even a big bunny has hopped his way into the mix! ;)
Tree Topper.
 This is what the tree looks like without the lights on....
I used deco mesh at the bottom of the tree, instead of a tree skirt.
Love this twig bunny, he sits on a sofa table.
 See my funky tree topper???  It's kind of like spring has exploded from the tippy top of the tree.
 My mantle started off very simple, greenery with bunnies mixed in, but I just had to throw in colorful eggs.....for the kids! ;)
 When Easter is over, I can leave the greenery up on the mantle, and remove the bunnies.
 Isn't he cute?
 I love bunnies.
 Bunnies and Easter Eggs....what could be better? ;)
I hope you all have a blessed Easter! 
Thanks for visiting! XOXO, ~Liz
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Break Tree Swing Project

Hi Everyone! I hope you are enjoying the nice spring weather. We are on Spring Break and decided to take on a fun project...
T  R  E  E   *   S  W  I  N  G  S 
Disclaimer: We are not professional builders, the following should be used only as a guideline, not detailed instructions for building a tree swing. 
Look for two trees spaced 12' - 16' apart. Anything larger then 16' will require a custom beam that you won't find at your local hardware store, you will have to order. The tree trunks should be at least 12" in diameter. Make sure the ground is safe, look for large rocks, slopes, etc... 
Supplies include: 3 16' 2x6 pressure treated beams, 12" 1/2" bolts, (6) large washers, swings with chains (we got ours from Home Depot), heavy duty eye screws, wood glue, 3" outdoor screws. Tools include: drill, saw, 2 ladders, or in our case, 1 ladder and a tractor front loader, vices, wrench set 1/2" long drill bit.
Measure your beam to go at least 12" on center from both trees. Our 16' beams were perfect, the trees were about 14' on center. You will use (2) beams that you will glue (we used gorilla wood glue) and screw together to create a 4" think beam x 6" wide.
Cut (4) 36" 2x6 beams for your support beams. You will glue and screw (2) of the support beams. Trim the corners for a decorative touch (looks a little tuscan to me).
After glueing the beams in a S shape from end to end, we put the beams together and screwed them about every 18" on two sides of the beam.
You can sand the cuts to make the edges smooth.
You should now have (2) 36" 4x6 support beams and (1) 16' 4x6 swing beam. Careful with the large beam it will take two people to lift. We used an 8' height to the bottom of the swing beam. Measure a couple times to make sure you have it correct.
You will now pre-drill the top bolt using a 1/2" long drill bit. Place your first support beam on the tree, and partially screw in your top bolt along with a washer. Use a level to ensure beam is correctly placed, then drill your second bottom hole and screw your second bolt in along with a washer. Ensuring you keep it level. 
Use a string level to place your 2nd support beam. We measured from the top center of the support beams. Once you have located the 2nd beam, repeat the above steps to install the 2nd support beam.
Next with two people, carefully lift your large swing beam on one side and find a way to hold it in place, while you lift the other side of the beam. We used the front loader of the tractor, so we knew it wouldn't go anywhere.
Double check everything is level and secured.
Drill 1st hole on one side, and screw in your bolt loosely.
On the opposite side drill your 2nd hole. We chose to drill a couple holes on one side opening the hole up creating a space for the bolt to slide a few inches in case the trees sway a lot. 
Our new family member, Bentley, watched on as we built the tree swings.
I can't remember if I mentioned this or not, but our new home sits just under 5 acres. We definitely needed a tractor, and it was a lifesaver in this project.
Add your swing hardware, we left plenty of space between the swings, so the kids wouldn't hit each other swinging. 
The kids LOVE their new swings.
We may add another beam on the opposite side, purely for decorative reasons. Hmm, it could end up looking like the top of a pergola.

I have always wanted a swing set for my kids, so a big thank you to my husband for helping me make my vision come true. 
Thanks for visiting! xo, Liz
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