A Girly Guest Bedroom--Sneak Peek

I've been working on my second guest bedroom and it is coming together nicely.   
There are only a few more things to add, but I thought that I would share a little sneak peek of what I've done so far.

I've used all of my favorite colors (right now)--oranges, greens, metallics.
I can't wait to show you the finished project.

Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I am completely obsessed with The Pioneer Woman.  
Obsessed may be too strong of a word--I'm not a stalker I don't think, but I really like her. 
I think that we would be friends (maybe I am a stalker).
She cooks like I want to cook.
Not fancy-schmancy, just really good food.
(Sometimes I do like fancy-schmancy, just not today).

Reading her blog everyday was actually the reason that I started blogging.  
I thought, I can do that.  
Maybe not 5 different posts everyday, but I can write about all of my recipes, ideas, thoughts.

I have subscribed to her blog for a while now and everyday when I get my email I drool over what she makes.  I usually save them all.  
Well, the other day I came across a recipe for Spicy Pulled Pork.

I love spicy and I love pulled pork.  What I love even more is sweet and spicy.

So here you go.
 I changed it up a bit by adding cole slaw for the sandwich which I served on
sweet, delicious, Hawaiian rolls (---yum, yum, yum).

Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cole Slaw
(slightly adapted from Pioneer Woman)

2-3 pound pork loin roast
1 onion, cut into quarters
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo (7 ounce can)
2 cans Dr. Pepper
4 tablespoons brown sugar
salt and pepper
Place cut onion into bottom of crock pot.  Salt and pepper the pork loin and place in the crock pot on the onions.  Add the chipotle peppers and brown sugar.  Pour Dr. Pepper over all and stir to combine.
Cook on high for 6-7 hours. 
Remove roast from crock pot and shred with forks.

Place roast back into crock pot and cook for another hour.

Cole Slaw

1 package shredded cabbage
3 green onions, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons creole mustard
2 tablespoon chopped sweet jalapenos
1 tablespoon juice from jalapenos

Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well.  Place in refrigerator and allow to chill for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.


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A Few Things I'm Working On

I have quite a few things going on right now that I am really excited about. 
I am really hoping to expand my design business this year and hoping to open an Etsy shop (pillows, throws, etc...) soon. 
(Hopefully, I can get it all together!!)

I am currently working on a bathroom remodel, a nursery, a living/music room, and  a guest bedroom.  Yes, they are all different clients.  
This is really exciting for me--and a little overwhelming if I am being quite honest.

I am doing all this and working a full time job as a Speech-Language Pathologist and director of my department.   
But, with any luck, (hopefully) I will get to decrease my medical career and increase my design career (one day).    

Here is a sneak peek of an upcoming project--

The Nursery

You can see where we are trying out a few paint colorsMy client and friend, Carolyn, is not going to find out the gender of her baby.  So we are going to be designing a gender-neutral, cozy, comfortable nursery with antique charm. 

I Love Fries

I would have to say if I were stranded on a desert island
and could only have one food I would choose a potato. 
I love them every way possible. 
But, fries are my all-time favorite.

I was very hesitant to try or even make sweet potato fries. 
But, I am becoming a convert. 
In no way will they ever take the place of the original fry, 
but I think that there is something special about this lower carb alternative.   

In the past I've made them an they were a little soggy. 
Mind you, I am baking them (trying to be a little health conscious).
But, thanks to The Art of Doing Stuff I found a great trick to make them a little more crispy. 

So, now I've got crispy, spicy cajun sweet potato fries and I really want something to dip them in.   Hello, Mardi Gras Mustard!!

Have you had Mardi Gras Mustard--this delicious mustard comes from Popeye's.  
I know, I know--that is so bad for you.
But, come on--Popeye's is soooo good. 

Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
2 large sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon  cornstarch
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning (I used Tony's)

Peel sweet potatoes and slice thickly.  Place sweet potatoes in a ziploc bag and coat well with the cornstarch.  Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.  Add the olive oil and the cajun seasoning.  Mix well so that every piece is coated.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Place a rack on a baking sheet and place each piece on the sheet with plenty of space.  Don't overcrowd.  (You want air to circulate around each piece to make them crispy).

Cook for 20 minutes.  

Mardi Gras Mustard
(recipe found here)
2 tablespoons creole mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


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Friendly Feature January

I really wanted to start some kind of monthly feature on my blog this year.  

I couldn't decide what to feature, though.   
So after some thought---
I decided that I would feature a home of one of my friend's each month.
But first, I had to make sure that my friends wanted to be featured---
So, I called up a few friend and they were all interested. 
(Thank goodness or I had to come up with something else, whew!)

I told them that I would take the pictures and do a little interview about their home and decor.  
I think that this will be a lot of fun!!!

I have some wonderfully creative friends, but none of them blog.
Hopefully, this would be a great way to share some new ideas and styles that you won't find in blogland.

The first home that I want to feature is of my friend Megan's.
Megan bought her first house last year.  It was built in 1926 and has tons of character.   
Original hard wood floors and moldings add to the charm. 
She lives on a great street with huge oak trees. 
I love just driving down her street.

Megan definitely has an eye.  
This house was a diamond in the rough (and she has the before pictures to prove it).
Another of Megan's talents is that she draws and paints.  
Most of the art in her home was done by her.

Megan's House

When Megan bought this house the floors were covered in dark, dirty carpet.  
She discovered the original hard wood floors underneath and had them refinished.

She chose Benjamin Moore's Pashmina for most of the house.  
Megan says that the style she is trying to achieve is "traditional modern".

The Living Room

The Dining Room

The dining room table and chairs were thrift store finds which she painted and recovered.

These were drawn by Megan. 

The Kitchen
In the galley style kitchen, Megan kept the original cabinet but added some fabulous granite. 
The walls are painted Benjamin Moore's Sparrow.

Megan's kitchen is probably the biggest transformation of the entire house. 
The kitchen floors were covered with an old brick linoleum pattern and the walls were covered in old dated wallpaper.   
She has painted the cabinets and floors, added some gorgeous granite and graphic window coverings.

Megan says that this room is definitely her favorite!!

Here are some before pictures of her kitchen.

You will not believe it??

The Guest Bedroom

The Master Bedroom
 In her master bedroom, she used  turquoise and silver as accents to an all white bed.   

I would say that Megan brought some new, gorgeous life to an old house in need of some TLC.

She says that she still has a few projects that she wants to complete but will probably wait a while.  
She loves her new house and is really having fun decorating it.

Megan was so generous that she shared her delicious M&M cookie recipe that she made in her fabulous kitchen.

Megan's M&M Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups M&M's

Combine shortening and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients and stir in some M&M's, reserving some for decorating.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a prepared cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.  Decorate the tops of the cookies with M&M's while they are still warm.

Hope that enjoyed this home tour as much as I did.  I will be back next month with another "Friendly Feature". 



Still a Tiger Fan

I don't know if you follow football or not, but my home state took quite a beating the other night during the National Championship Game. 

I had a great idea for a post on the game, tailgating, and a great dip (courtesy of my friend Nicole, i.e. "The Appetizer Queen" or so I call her). 
But---all that changed with our disappointing loss. 
I will say, though that we did have a 13-1 season---
And even though we did not win the National Championship we still are
Tigers Forever--Geaux LSU!!!

So now on to the party and a great tailgating recipe.
(We still have a chance with our Beloved Saints) 

LSU Tailgating Party
We had a great time at work on Monday and all participated in a potluck-tailgating party.  
We had dips and chips, sweets, wings, and pizza.

I must say, though that Tiger Pride was running full force.
I work with 16 other therapists and 2 techs.  I feel very lucky to have such great co-workers.  
We have fun and give great treatment to all of our patients.
(And, look how beautiful they all are--sorry Jeff--and handsome.)

Now, on to the food--
This dip is so good.  It is probably  my husband's favorite.  There are NEVER left overs.

French Loaf Dip
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 8-ounce container sour cream
1 can of diced green chilies with juice
1 jar dried beef, chopped
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1 french loaf

Allow cream cheese to soften and add all ingredients together.  Mix well.  Hollow out the top of the french loaf and stuff with the mixtureBake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Serve with crackers and pieces of toasted bread.

Enjoy and GO SAINTS!!!