Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Another Laundry Day Victory!

I had yet another laundry day victory today. However, not the same kind of victory that I described in my previous post about laundry, but....well, just see for yourself...

BEFORE

It's hard to see in these pictures, but basically the laundry room is very dirty, is in desparate need of a paint job, and lots of other little touch ups.



There were shelves here when we moved in but we took them down when we got a big freezer that we kept in this room. I sold the freezer on Craig's List in February, so for months we've just been looking at these yucky "wounds" on the wall.



It's hard to see what's going on in this picture, but this wall was the best wall to look at to see how much this room needed a new paint job. There were speckles of who knows what all over this wall and weird patchy parts. Also, the main color of the paint on all of the walls and the ceiling was a weird off white color that just kind of looked like dirty white.



AFTER

Isn't it beautiful!?!?



Here's a picture of the laundry room in use. I did my laundry after all the changes had been made and it was wonderful. It was a pleasure to be in the room since it looked so much nicer and cleaner. It was also nice to be able to hang things up as I cleaned them. I had the shelf to fold things on and store the stacks so I didn't have to clutter up my house with clean clothes on laundry day, they could all just stay in the laundry room.




Here's a video of the finished product. It's hard to capture the beauty of it all with just still shots, so I thought I'd better take a video...

video

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Perfect Birthday Cake


Ellertson Birthday Cake


1 super moist German Chocolate Cake mix

MIX:

1 (8 oz.) pkg. of cream cheese

1 egg slightly beaten

½ cup sugar

2/3 cup chocolate chips (folded in)

TOPPING:

1 small package of vanilla instant pudding

1½ cups of milk

8 oz extra creamy whipped cream (or cool whip)


Directions: Make cake according to directions for 9x13 inch pan,

but use a 10x15 inch pan. Put into baking dish then dab mix on top

and use knife to zig zag into batter. Bake it according to directions

(be sure not to over bake). Let cake cool completely then spread

topping over cake and serve. Note: for topping, let pudding set

before adding cool whip. Also, for mix, add 1st three ingredients

and mix together, then fold in chocolate chips.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Someday... Red, White, and Blue


Someday, when I have my own house and plenty of rooms I am going to do an Americana theme in one of my rooms. I love the look of the red, white, and blue and I love America!


I already have it going in my hallway right now a little bit. Even though Brad has only been in the military for a little over a year, we already have quite a few things (certificates, important photographs, etc.) up on our walls because of it. So this room will also be the perfect place for those things.



What got me thinking about this was the other day I was getting the girls dressed and I saw Jane's shorts with a red and a blue star on them and it just went from there.


I decided it was time for a matching red, white, and blue day for the girls.



GOD BLESS AMERICA!!