Friday, March 27, 2015

A Fun And Easy Chalkboard

I wasn't planning on making this, it just came to me one day. I was lucky to have everything I needed on hand. I knocked this project out in one afternoon, it's that easy.
2 trim boards measuring 1 1/2 feet long
2 trim boards measuring 2 feet long
red paint (I just had a sample made at Home Depot) (Mine is Behr's Classic Cherry)
paint brush
painter's tape
chalkboard paint

1. Paint your trim with the red paint. I only used one coat, because I didn't care if the wood showed through a little. The paint will look pink until it dries.

2. Measure out your chalkboard and line with painter's tape. We used Frog tape. I also used the trim pieces to measure out my chalkboard and used a pencil to mark the area.

3. Paint the area with chalkboard paint. It took us four coats. We let the paint dry 20-40 minutes in between coats.

4. Remove the tape once the paint is dry. It's okay if the paint bleeds a little, the trim will cover it up.

5. Nail in your trim. We actually used a brad nailer for this, so it went up rather quickly.

Now draw a pretty picture and you're done. We also hung up our Ikea planter rod (technical name...not). I'm really happy with the results. It turned out great for a spur the moment DIY.

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Greek Turkey Burgers

We made some amazing burgers the other night. They were so delicious. If you want to try something different then the average hamburger, then this is the recipe for you.
For the sauce:
7oz plain greek yogurt
1 medium fresh lemon
1/4 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp dried dill
Prepare the yogurt sauce by combining the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix well, then refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend while you make the burgers.
For the burgers:
1.25lbs ground turkey
1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
1 medium red onion (half to mix in the burger, the other half for on top of the burger)
2oz frozen or fresh spinach
1/4 cup crumbled feta
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 large egg
1 medium cucumber (to put on top of the burger)
6 hamburger buns
salt and pepper to taste
1. Thaw the frozen spinach and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Roughly chop the spinach to prevent long stringy pieces. Also chop the fire roasted tomatoes and half the red onion.

2. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey with the spinach, tomatoes, red onion, feta, minced garlic, dried oregano, egg, bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper. Stir everything until it is evenly combined. Shape the mixture into six patties.
 (We got more than six patties, because we made a couple smaller burgers for the little kids.)
3. Cook the burgers on the grill. Spread the yogurt sauce on both sides of a bun, add a warm burger and top with thin slices of cucumber and red onion. Enjoy!

We used onion buns for our burgers. They are my favorite! We served our burgers with homemade pickle chips, grilled eggplant, and salad.

I also put cheese and tomato on my burger. I'll share the pickle chip recipe with you later on. They were so good. I'm craving more of them!

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Tidbits

I promised awhile ago that I would show you all the newly made over boys' room. However since then; the organizer holding their stuffed animals fell down, Lucas dragged out every toy I had put away, and their crazy sleeping habits completely messed up their nicely made beds. So, after I clean their room up a bit and fix their organizer, I will show you a full room makeover. Until then, please enjoy the pictures I did get a chance to take.

Let's see if I can give you a full item list.

Book shelves - they're the Ikea spice racks
Desk - Target
Chairs - Target
Black magazine holder - Ikea
Metal magazine holders - Target
Lamp - Target
Curtains and rod - Walmart
Desk organizer - Walmart
P scrabble tile - Hobby Lobby
Stuffed animal organizer (on top of the doll house) - Ikea
Black floating shelves (four years old) - Target

The mini foosball table was a gift from my Mom. I'm not sure where she found it. The metal superhero signs were also gifts. They sell similar ones at Gordmans and Hobby Lobby, though. I bought two chairs for the desk, so that both boys could sit comfortably and draw together. They are also very light weight, so Luke can move them to the front of the t.v. when he watches movies in his room. We can also fold them up if needed. The best part is each chair only cost $10.

I put some Walmart organizers in each of the drawers to help keep their desk clutter organized. I don't allow markers or sharpies in there, because a certain little boy sees a blank wall as a canvas. So, those are stored downstairs in the craft room. I also removed the scissors after he decided to cut up his brother's Minecraft poster.

Eventually we will paint the room red, white, and blue to go with the superhero theme. Until then, they are pretty happy with the results and so am I. Now if I could just get Luke to keep his room clean....

In other Friday news, Luke and I are taking a much needed day off from cleaning and running errands.

I'm pretty sure my weekend is jam packed full of things to do, but for the moment I can't think of a single thing I have to do. So, if I made plans with you this weekend, please remind me. I do have a few wedding errands to run, but other than that it should be a nice relaxing weekend. Which is perfect because there is no way I'm staying out all weekend with all the snow we are supposed to be getting.

What are your plans for the weekend? Anything fun?

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Granola Bars And Fruit Leather

Ah, to blog again. I've missed it so much. So, I've been home for over a month now. I've worked here and there training for my new job. I wish I could say that I've been extremely busy working on home projects, but actually I've just been doing some wedding planning. Less than four months to go. I'm trying to get everything planned and ready to go before my job picks up. I have no idea the hours I will be working yet and I don't want to fall behind on the wedding plans. I would hate to be doing things at the last minute.
With that being said, yesterday was recipe Wednesday. I wanted to have this posted then, but sadly I couldn't find the charge cable for the laptop. This is what happens when I decide to clean the house. Well, Jeremy found it this morning (my night in shining armor) so I'm posting it now. Just pretend that it's Wednesday.
Fruit Leather
All you need for this recipe is blueberries, strawberries, parchment paper, a baking pan, and a food processor (I used a blender).
Preheat your oven to the lowest setting possible. Ours will bake at 175 degrees. You'll want to bake this for 8 hours.  

Cut the tops of the strawberries, rinse off your fruit, and stick them in your food processor or blender. Pulse until all the chunks are out.

I used a whole carton of blueberries and two small cartons of strawberries.

Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. I had enough to make two baking sheets worth of fruit leather. Now your going to have to use your best judgement here. Too thick and your leather will be too soft and kinda runny. Too thin and your leather will be really chewy and kinda crunchy in spots. (I have yet to perfect my pouring.) Jeremy preferred the too thin kind.

Now let this cook all day. If your oven setting is higher than 175 degrees, you should decrease your cooking time. Since ours went to 175 degrees, we let it cook for 8 hours. The thicker the mixture, the more time it needs. The thinner the mixture, the less time it needs. So continuously check on it after 6 hours.

Once it is done, lift the leather out of the pan by the parchment paper. Let your leather cool and set up for at least an hour before you cut it. Enjoy!

Granola Bars
I consider us very lucky to have a Hy-Vee grocery store that has a health food mart inside. They sell nuts, dried fruit, and oats by the pound. It was extremely helpful when making these bars.

My bars had oats, dried cranberries, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, melted butter, and honey. No peanuts. The first thing I did was chop the pecans and walnuts in my mini food processor. It's okay if they are still a little chunky.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Next, I melted about a cup of butter in the microwave.

I put the walnuts, pecans, seeds, cranberries, oats, and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. I tossed the mixture by hand until everything was incorporated together. Then I added about a cup of honey and the melted butter to the mixture. Stir the mixture well, until everything is coated with butter and honey.

Line your baking dish with parchment paper, then spray with cooking spray.

Pour your mixture onto the baking pan. Spread it evenly. I had so much that I had to use two pans (story of my life). Bake for thirty minutes. If you have a thicker bar, you might want to cook it longer. Just make sure that you keep an eye on it so you don't burn your nuts (yeah, I laughed at that).
Make sure your bars are a nice golden brown when you take them out of the oven.

Lift the bars out of the baking dish by the parchment paper and let cool at least two hours before cutting them.

I hope you enjoy these recipes. My kids sure have!

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings
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