Monday, March 27, 2017

WEEKEND RECAP

Friday night I tried out a new recipe that I'll be sharing later this week. It was a husband and best friend approved, so I'll be making it again! Before dinner Matthew and I sat out on the patio and enjoyed the nice weather, and it made me so excited for more nights out there together this spring/summer. Love this sweet man of mine!
 Our best friend, Ethan, stayed the weekend with us, and Friday night after dinner we went to Hobby Lobby to pick up Matthew's frames that he had ordered a couple of weeks ago. They look so good and he got them up in his office this weekend and they look great! After Hobby Lobby we made a Dairy Queen run for some ice cream...because why not?? ;)

Saturday morning Matthew went to work, and Ethan had to run a few errands around town for the day, so Reagan and I slept in a little and then spent the rest of the morning outside. It was in the low 70's with a breeze and felt incredible! So Reagan played in the backyard all morning and I worked on our chalkboards, read, and ate an early lunch out on our patio. I knew we had storms coming early that afternoon so I wanted to spend as much time outside as we could. I even had all the windows open around the house to air it out and it was so nice!

After Matthew got home we all took a nap lol and then I woke up and worked on our big chalkboard that hangs in our kitchen. Reagan slept most of the afternoon, I guess playing outside all morning can wear a girl out! I forgot to take an after picture of this chalkboard but I used my new chalk markers on it that Rachel got me and I loved the new markers!! Has anyone ever used these markers? If not, get some! They are some of the best chalk markers that I have ever used...and I have tried a ton over the years.

Saturday afternoon Matthew and I got ready for date night! It was finally time for me to take Matthew out for a belated birthday date. I surprised him with a couples massage and dinner at one of our favorite places in town. It was a great night and we both agreed we need to get massages more often, ha!

It was a great weekend and I was sad to see it go, as usual ;)

Friday, March 24, 2017

FRIDAY VOL. 12

Spring is here and I have been enjoying afternoons out on the patio reading while Reagan plays and we wait for Matthew to get home from work! Fingers crossed the warmer weather is here to stay!!

Monday we welcomed spring with the perfect weather and by Wednesday it was back in the mid 50's. Thankfully it has warmed back up!

Tuesday afternoon we had some strong storms come through but they passed through pretty quickly. They did cause a lot of damage for some people, unfortunately. After work Tuesday I went to Murfreesboro to meet my best friends for dinner. We decided to try a new place in town that had just opened. We went to Puckett's for dinner and Hattie Jane's Creamery for dessert. 
They were both really, really good and I told we need to go there together very soon. 
I got their bbq and it was delicious.

Hattie Jane's Creamery was right next door to Puckett's so we just walked over. All of their ice cream is homemade in the store, and after about 3 different samples I finally decided on the "donut cream". Turns out they seep bits of donuts hole from one of my all time favorite donut places in Murfreesboro, Donut Country, into that ice cream...it was to die for!
It was a fun girls night with these two! It always makes me miss spending just about everyday with them when we were growing up. Thank goodness for our group message that we use just about everyday now!!

It's been one week since Reagan's surgery and I am more than happy to report that she is doing great and pretty much back to her normal self! We are still keeping her baby onesie on her when we aren't there during the day and during the night while we sleep, and so far it has worked! She still thinks that she can't go down the stairs in it lol so she'll just sit there and wait for me to bring her down...spoiled.
 She ate her dinner on the patio last night because the weather was so nice! She would probably stay out there all night if she could, girl loves the backyard.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

#THECOATSHOME: SPRAY PAINTING OUR CHANDELIER

When it comes to updating/upgrading things around our home we have to pick and choose where we want to splurge and where we want to save. Our light fixtures are on our list to upgrade in our home, but we also know that they are not cheap by any means. So in the meantime we decided to give our dining room chandelier a little update....

I forgot to take an closer picture of it before we took it down, but here is a picture of it. Basically, this is what it looked like before.

and here is a picture after we spray painted it and let it dry for a couple of days.

Total Cost: $7

Painters Tape - Already had on hand
Sandpaper - Already had on hand

We covered the entire thing in spray paint and then let it dry for 24 hours, and then went back in and spray painted a few areas that we missed the first time, and let it dry for 24 more hours before we hung it back up. The hardest part was taking it down and putting it back up, I left that to my dad and Matthew, ha!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HOMEMADE MEAT SAUCE | DINNER RECIPE


I have been looking for a new homemade spaghetti recipe and I finally found it! We all know homemade is better than store bought, and this recipe makes quite a bit for the two of us, so we can freeze it and use it later.

Homemade Meat Sauce

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 tablespoons sugar
1½ teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and ground black pepper

Directions:
1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, cook beef, sausage, and onion over medium heat until mostly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain if desired, and then stir in garlic.

2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more salt to taste if desired.

*I actually let mine simmer for around an hour. The longer it simmers, the better...in my opinion ;)
You could also use this in Lasagna.



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