Thursday, April 24, 2014

I've Got it Covered

Yes, after 4 1/2 years of bare wood floors, I've got the family room floors covered.  I've had many questions and comments from readers through the years, wondering if I had something against rugs since I have so few of them.  But, that really wasn't the case.  I think it was more because we had lived in a carpeted house for so many years before, that we didn't want to cover our floors up once we moved in here!

But, I finally decided it was time, and after searching around, I found this one at Overstock. And we are loving it.

There's a huge difference between this room now and the pic below with no rug, huh?

It's an 8'x10' handwoven seagrass rug with a tan border, and even with it's rustic texture, it adds a cozy element to our family room.

I love this one because it has a little more detail than a typical sisal rug.  Can you see the subtle chevron stripe texture?

And it's backed with a great protective under layer, too.

Click here for the link to order, but be sure to use your Ebates first to get the best deal.  (Let me refer you to sign up here for your free money if you haven't signed up before.)  I got my rug for only $175 plus free shipping with a coupon and Ebates, and if you've shopped for rugs, you know that's a good deal for a large quality rug.

This might just be the year of the rugs for me since I bought one for my Master Bedroom a couple months ago and I'm still on the lookout for just the right one in the Piano Room, too.  

Do you have it covered when it comes to the floors in your house or do you prefer your floors au naturel?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easy Weeknight Chicken Pot Pie

If you're like me, you like to switch up the weeknight routine sometimes and veer away from the same-ol' same-ol'.  But, quick and easy are still key factors-- let's not get too crazy!  A great option for a dinner that fits these criteria is this Chicken Pot Pie recipe I threw together the other night.  It passes the test on "quick and easy" and it's pretty yummy, too!

Here's what you'll need:

3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour  
3 cups of milk 

2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (this works perfectly with cooked chicken in the crock pot like I did here) 

2 cups frozen peas and carrots 

2 cups frozen Southern hash browns (the cubed kind) 

2 tsp each of salt and pepper 

1 refrigerated pie crust

Start by preheating the oven to 400ยบ and removing your pie crust from the fridge to let it sit out for a few minutes to soften up. 

While the crust is softening, start making a nice white sauce in a good-sized pot.  To do this, melt the butter, then add the flour and whisk well.  Before it scalds, add the 3 cups of milk, then continue to whisk until it thickens and begins to boil.

Next, add the vegetables, chicken, and salt and pepper.  Stir it well and let it simmer for a few minutes to thaw the vegetables.

Meanwhile, lay out the pie crust and use a pizza cutter to cut the crust into 1-inch strips.

Once the the pie filling is heated through, pour it into a 9x13 baking dish (no need to spray beforehand).

Next, lay the strips of crust across the top.  Criss-cross it if you want, but it doesn't have to be perfect.

Next, lightly spray the top of the crust with a little cooking spray to crisp it up a little.

Then, just bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until it's golden brown and bubbly!  Serve it up with a salad, and you've got a great one-dish wonder.

Double the recipe for a large crowd, because if your family is like mine, they're gonna want seconds.

Here's to weeknights with less time in the kitchen!  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I Know.

Happy Easter, friends!

"For I know that my redeemer liveth..."
Job 19:25

My hope for you this Easter, and each day of your life, is that you do know Him, Jesus Christ, the one and only Saviour of the world.

Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

*image via Pinterest