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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hall Bathroom Makeover For Less Than $500!

So, the post for today is about the hall bathroom renovation I've been very diligently working on over the past few weeks. I wanted to share the results and also that we did all of the work ourselves and spent under $500. That's right. Under $500!!

Here's how it all turned out!

Changes that we made or added:

Painted walls
Painted crown molding underside
Painted vanity
Brand new toilet
New vanity light fixture (and energy saving bulbs)
Added photos, artwork, vanity accessories
New shower curtain rod
Changed shower head

Cost breakdown:

All paint and paint supplies- $100 (I didn't add the receipts to the penny, but I rounded up)
New toilet- $200
Light fixture + bulbs - $90+$5
Shower Curtain Rod- $20
Accessories and wall decor- $65 (some of this we already had)
Shower head- $0 (we already owned this and I installed it myself!)
Labor- Free! DIY!

TOTAL: $480

(with beige/tan everything yuck!)

(with a little bit of TLC!)

Vanity close up

You can see a huge chunk of the cost was the new toilet. If your toilet is in good condition, you can really do this on the cheap (or maybe spring for a new vanity or sink, etc.). If you don't have a burly man around to do the hard installing the can borrow mine. for a price! haha. Or you may just have to hire one. I hope you enjoy the before and after pictures; we are very happy with the results!!!

I wish the photos were  a little better. It's a small bathroom so it's hard to get a good full view.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bacon & Spinach Quiche

I really love a good quiche and I LOVE bacon. Honestly, what could go wrong with bacon, cheese and spinach?! Nothing, that's what.

Bacon & Spinach Quiche

3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk (used 2% organic)
1 tbls. flour
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (or less if you don't like heat)
dash pepper
~ 2 cups colby/monterey jack cheese, grated
9 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed and drained of excess water
8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 store bought pie crust

Spray a pie plate and arrange the pie crust in the dish. Put a few bacon crumbles in the bottom.

In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and milk. Whisk to combine. Add the flour, red pepper flakes and pepper and combine. Finally, add the cheese, spinach and remaining bacon. Stir gently to combine. (It may seem like too much liquid, but mine turned out fine.)

Pour this mixture into the crust and spread evenly. (I added a sprinkling of red pepper flakes on top)

Cook at 350 for 60-65 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the quiche comes out clean. Allow to set 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!!

Servings: ~8 pie slices
Total prep + cook time: about 90 minutes

Notes: I love quiche! Husband not so much, so there will be plenty of leftovers for me. :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Crockpot Pesto Corn on the Cob

This is so easy!!!!!! Seriously, I'm not joking. I have no idea why I have never tried this before. It is the easiest corn you will ever make and it's delicious!!

Crockpot Pesto Corn on the Cob

1 jar of pesto (Homemade Pesto)
4 ears of fresh corn, husk and silk removed (from the Charleston Farmers Market of course)
salt and pepper

Place each ear of corn on a sheet of aluminum foil and slather with pesto on all sides. Throw on a pinch of salt and pepper and wrap tightly in the foil. Place each ear seam side down in your crockpot. Cook on High for 2 hours.

That's it. You just let it cook away in the crockpot and your house will smell great too.

It was so delicious. Husband enjoyed it so much, he had two ears of corn. I just ate one.

Even if you don't want to do the pesto corn (which I highly recommend), you can just use butter, salt and pepper or just about any flavor combination you like on your corn. Fantastic! This may be a no-brainer to some of the folks out there, but I honestly have never tried it in the crockpot and it's so stinking simple! Enjoy!