Friday

Sewing desk DIY

Earlier this week I found the ambition to make a custom sewing desk for myself.  I drug the twins to five thrift stores before finding the perfect candidate, then I set out to mutilate customize a perfectly good desk with my circular saw.
Before someone tries to show their ass, I feel I should share with you a bit about my husband.  I am fortunate to have the most supportive, caring and hardworking husband.  He works from the early morning to night, using his construction, plumbing and excavation talents to provide for our family.  He could easily do these sorts of things for me but when he gets home or has free time, the very last thing he wants to do is some bullshit I've dreamed up for around the house.  Besides, look at how much fun I would have missed out on!

 With that being said, let's get to the good stuff.  My plan to tackle this little cutie was pretty simple.  First I sat my machine on top and traced the largest section of the base with a (affiliate link) Fons & Porter chalk wheel thing.  I know, not ideal but it is what I had and it worked.  I cut what I could with a circular saw and cut the smaller corners with a handsaw until I broke it. 

Once that clusterfuck was finished I sat my machine into the whole I made and traced the final square shape.  Then the kids and I ran the geese away from the pond, rolled in the gravel and gave piggyback rides, remember I broke my saw.



The next day I went to Lowe's and bought one of these, I believe it is a Keyhole saw (affiliate link) - also know as an arm breaking piece of shit - but I digress it did work quite well and was less than $10.
I then added a 1/2" piece of plywood and some lag bolts with washers and nuts to support my machine.  It is a pretty snug fit but I wanted some stability under it, in case I get carried away with my block piecing.  That was pretty much it, I dusted her off and placed it in the basement where it will live happily ever after!

Wednesday

Race car shopping carts are the devil

Yesterday I ventured to the local Kroger with the twins, I knew it would be a chore but if I didn't get some food in this house we were going to starve to death.  Upon entering the store I noticed Kroger had hauled out the 'Car Cart' for spring and the Hell Raisers girls were all about riding in the car.  Little did I know the buckles to the harnesses in the car were broken, once they were in the car there was no turning back so I proceeded into the store with even more anxiety than usual.
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The trip went surprisingly well until I hit the line at the pharmacy, that's when all hell broke loose.  This was near the end of our trip, they twins were bored and I was exhausted no NATURALLY this was when they would decide to bust out of the cart and run in opposite directions.  I was finally able to bribe Lyra with a bag of cookies but Della Rae bolted down another aisle, I lost her.  With Lyra in tow I took off toward the front of the store and was able to hear her undeniable giggles coming from the clearance Easter candy.  Upon retrieving Della Rae, Lyra was prompt to tell her that she was a bag girl, as if she were an angel. 



Now, if Amazon could hurry up with those drones and grocery delivery - I would gladly be the first in line.

Friday

What to do with lost keys

In real life my husband and I own an apartment company that he has spent 20+ years building.  I recently cleared out the key cabinet to find a large pile of orphaned keys. I've seen windchimes, jewelry and coat hooks made of old keys.  Do you have any other awesome ideas that I should use with these?  Feel free to leave me a comment if you have a suggestion.
This is incredible ironic that I would have an abundance of keys because I have lost my personal keys more than twice in the past year. 

Monday

Times, they have changed.....

I just stumbled upon this blog again today, in all honesty I had completely forgotten about it.  It's really incredible just how much life changes in such a short time.  Sure, three years isn't a short time by some standards but in comparison to the change - WOW!!!

Let's see, since my last post in June of 2012 I have had two happy, healthy twin girls that I refer to as they Hell Raisers.  They are Lyra Jo and Della Rae, born December 2012 and at two years old I'm pretty sure God gave them to me to get me out of bed each day.  Meaning, if I don't get out of bed they WILL burn the house down around me. 



We lost our two bulldogs, our 'first children', and added a couple of strays that my husband found while building different projects.  It's funny because these two found us and though they have only been part of the family for a short time it's as though they have been with us forever.  They're cute and they arrived house trained so they get to stay.

We found an amazing opportunity to build a new home and move our family across town to a large lot on the edge of town.  It's literally THE EDGE, right within the city limits and is adjacent to a large park on three sides.  It is our own little slice of paradise that I like to refer to as Camp Craft-A-Lot.  There is plenty of space to grow whatever we choose, a pond to play in, a basement to create in.... you know, it's perfect! 

A whole lot of other things have happened too but it was mostly boring, stressful bullshit so I'll skip it.  Let's see how long it takes me to forget I have a blog this time.  HA!  Leave me a comment, it may encourage me to share some more of my day-to-day adventures of Team Daniels.

Simple Summer Salsa

My friend 'Weenie' showed me this recipe a couple of summers ago and I've adapted it just a bit and it is the most delicious salsa, you're going to LOVE it!  You will need the following items
  • Food Processor
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Can Opener
  • Large can diced tomatos
  • Tomato Paste
  • Fresh tomatos
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Bell Peppers
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • bunch of Cilantro
  • Italian Dressing Seasoning Packet
  • Rice Wine Vinegar

Place Jalepeno, Cilantro and Garlic in food processor and chop.  You want these ingredients to be the finest so put them in first.


Add tomatoes and pulse.

Core bell peppers and add to processor, pulse until chopped.

At this point your vegetables should look something like this.

Add packet of Italian Dressing Seasoning, you can substitute a bottle of Italian Dressing if that's all you have.  I just don't care for all the oil in my salsa.

Now add 1/2 small can of tomato paste and 3-4 Tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar, this is a sweet vinegar and adds just enough acid. Pulse in food processor until combined.

Now place mixture in large lidded bowl, stir in your canned tomatos by hand, I don't care to run them through the food processor. The diced tomatoes help keep it nice and chunky.