Wednesday Round-up: This week’s good eats

This week so far has been a lot of cooking. All new recipes, too!  I decided today I’d dedicate my Wednesday post to the great recipes I’ve found in the past couple days.

Monday: I already posted about the pork chops we made Monday night, but I’m sharing again, just because:)

 

Tuesday: We had a nice big hunk of salmon in our fridge so I found this delicious recipe: Real Simple‘s Salmon with Dijon Dill Sauce. YUM! This was surprisingly quick and easy, so this one I highly recommend!

 

Wednesday: Decided to go simple last night since I was having friends over and my husband made a spaghetti casserole I found on Taste of Home. We used this recipe, modified it a bit based on what we had in the cupboard, added a little extra cheese on top, and loved it! Prep time was basically cooking the noodles and mixing everything in the pan and bake time was 30-45 mins.  My friends hadn’t even heard of spaghetti casserole and thought it was good–something they will try themselves.

 

Any other good recipes that are easy enough to do on weekday nights? I’d love your ideas! I’m really into “30mins or less” recipes as you can tell.

What’s for Dinner | Stovetop Pork Chops with Apples

Normally on Sunday nights we do a pretty simple dinner. We usually have our biggest meal for lunch right after church. Today, however, we were way too tired to cook something in the afternoon. After getting home we headed straight for the bed and took a nap. It was a long weekend so we wanted to catch up on some sleep.

3 hours later we woke–groggy, surprised it was already 5:00… and pretty hungry.

I flipped open my laptop and looked for pork chop recipes. I couldn’t find this apple pork chop recipe that I had done last time which turned out awesome, but I found a few others and decided since we had all the ingredients I’d just go for it.

I found this recipe at Taste of Home: Stovetop Pork Chops with Apples. I went for it based on the prep time. This one said 30 minutes and it was also only for two servings.

Definitely a good one you should try! We didn’t have any onion, but this turned out really well with apples, potatoes, a nice crispy but still tender chop, and a beautiful sauce to drizzle over everything.

Stovetop Apple Pork Chops

Wednesday Round-up: Mason Jar Lovin’

I have a big love for Mason jars (come on, who doesn’t?). I used them in my wedding, I have lots sitting around my house just waiting to be repurposed… and hopefully I’ll get around to using some of these ideas myself soon!

For today’s round-up, I couldn’t resist posting these adorable ideas.

Mason Jar decorating ideas

1. Floating Candle Jars

2. Clear Glass Ball Cluster Swag

3. Floating Vase

4. Soap Dispenser

5. Picture Displays

6. Picture Frame (with Olive Oil)

Click here for many more ideas (50 to be exact)!

Any of you have any other favorite ways to use mason jars?

Drawer Makeovers

Happy President’s Day! Since I got to stay home today, I decided to tackle a part of the apartment that might not be noticed by visitors, but one that I notice every single day. The bathroom drawers! I’ve been putting this little project off for far too long, but I have had a plan in my head ever since I came across Cupcakes and Cashmere‘s blog post Cosmetic Clutter.

This did not need to take all day, but between fighting the wind outside while I spray painted, waiting for the stuff to dry, cleaning out my drawers, putting things neatly back inside, and then posting these pictures, I regretfully admit that I have been working on this the entire day with a few little breaks in between. These kinds of projects are a full time job. That’s why I sometimes wish I didn’t have to go to work. I sometimes wish this stuff could be my job.

So let’s begin! I picked up some ugly plastic drawer organizers at Wal Mart ($1.50 for a pack of 3), grabbed my spray paint, and got out a few dishes from Ikea that were leftovers from my college days.

supplies to makeover drawers

You don’t have to spray paint the bowl and plate if you are happy enough with the plastic organizers. I just wanted to spice it up a little. The frosted glass spray paint was only for the dishes. The plastic bins are fine to spray directly with normal spray paint. Just make sure they’re clean before you start.

After everything dried, and before I put all my junk back in the drawers, I laid out some drawer liner paper. This process was a little frustrating for me since the paper I used didn’t have a peel off sticky side. I tried to use tape.

My advice: Get some real drawer-liner paper.

my before & after bathroom drawer #2

my before and after bathroom drawers

So much better!

A Fun Crafternoon

Yesterday I went over to my friend Kerrie’s house for Tea and Crafts and Crumpets (aka cookies, pastries, and other yummies). Kerrie has a fantastic blog called Sea Kettle Diaries — go check it out! She’s super creative and had a bunch of girls over today for crafts. Most people brought something to work on, but since I didn’t really have anything I was working on at home, she provided some stuff I could get creative with.

Some of us made MOD PODGE PICTURE MAGNETS! This is a great gift idea, or if you’re like me, and don’t have many magnets on your own fridge, make some for yourself! I was like a magnet making factory. I just couldn’t stop finding cute pictures I wanted to make magnets out of. 🙂

Here’s all you’ll need:

  • Some magazines you can clip pictures out of (or find pictures online and print them out)
  • Mod Podge
  • Glass pebbles ($1 at the Dollar Tree for a whole bag of them!)
  • Magnets to glue onto the back of the stones

Here was the result of my afternoon. I had a lot of fun, and these are super easy! Thanks for the great idea, Kerrie! She also told me you can get some Altoid tins, mod podge-decorate those, and put a few magnets inside the tin to give as gifts.

glass mod podge magnets

mod podge magnets

mod-podge magnets

Drink | A Refreshing Summer Cocktail….for the long winter

My bartender — I mean my husband — came home on Friday night! After almost 6 weeks he is finally home for good so we have been celebrating. Tonight we decided we’d have a little movie marathon.

But first, cocktails!

Colby used our shaker and mixed:

  • Ice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Orange juice
  • Rum (we just used Bacardi)

Simple and super delicious!

orange-pineapple-cocktails

You should definitely try these 🙂