Guys! I had no clue you could make good Chinese food at home. Forget good. I didn’t even know you could make half-way decent Chinese food at home. I tried once. Yeah. Once. That should tell you how it went. Suffice it to say that we made a fast food run that night. I haven’t even attempted since. That was more than 2 years ago.
The other day I plucked up the courage to try again, pulled on my big girl panties, and gave it another go. And guess what, a HUGE raging success!! I can’t even get over how amazingly delicious this baked sweet & sour chicken is! I haven’t been able to have the sweet and sour chicken at my favorite Chinese place ever since I went gluten-free (more on that another time) so the fact that this stuff uses cornstarch and is 100% gluten-free made my day!
This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts. All opinions are mine.
I would never call myself artsy. Creative? Sure. Artsy? No way. If you give me a brush and tell me to paint something, you would get something that looks like a 2 year old made it. Wait, that isn’t kind to all the 2-year olds. When I’m looking to create something a little more detail-oriented (i.e. anything but a blob), I turn to stencils. Stencils are my BFF. So when Plaid contacted me asking if I wanted to try out Ed Roth’s Stencil1 stencils, I was totally game. AND, better yet, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them… create DIY stenciled tea towels!
Hi. My name is Talitha. And I’m a Ranch-aholic. “Hi Talitha.”
My history with all things ranch probably started when I was 7 years old. We were visiting family in Missouri and ordered some pizza. My cousin told me of the amazingness that is Hidden Valley Ranch + pizza. I’ve been a giant fan ever since… as evidence here and here. So when Hidden Valley asked me to recreate an old family favorite with a special ranch-y twist, I was totally game. Now we have a new favorite: Spicy Ranch Potato Wedges!
Kitchen Reno part 2! Woo! I love making progress on our kitchen! We left off last time with the kitchen cabinets raised and painted. That was a long but fairly easy part of the project. Now we get to move on to the more fun and pretty part… shelfing it up.
Let me start by saying that tons of people doubted my vision for this part of the reno. My hubby, my mom, my sister, those guys at Home Depot. They all doubted that an open shelf below raised cabinets would look good. The only way I was able to get the hubs onboard with my idea was by showing him my inspiration (here and here). I am happy to say, this post will prove those people wrong! Continue reading
Kitchen renovation has begun!!!!
This is how my kitchen looked when I last showed you a picture of it back when we first moved into the house. You’ve seen glimpses of it since then… like when I painted the great room twice in 2 weeks. But aside from painting the walls and cleaning the surfaces, nothing else had been done to our white-on-white-on-white-on-white-on-white kitchen. Yes. That was 5 whites (cabinets, backsplash, counters, appliances, and floors). There is a whole lotta white going on in there.
And this is how it looks after we painted and raised the cabinets! Here are the things you should notice:
- No. You aren’t going crazy. We did paint our white cabinets white. You can kinda see in the before picture that the cabinets did not match the doors. In person, the difference was MUCH more obvious. The cabinets had that lovely nicotine-yellow color while the doors were white. Now they all match! More on that in a minute.
- The cabinets are now 12 inches higher than they were before!
- The backsplash is gone and the wall is painted.
- The blue tape line indicates something more to come! *Hint hint* look here for my inspiration!
- Yes, that is a new cabinet sans doors above the microwave. And yes, I realize that it is shorter than the other two.