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Pinning Pizzazz #5

It was time to roll up my sleeves this week and try another new Pinterest find, so I thought I’d go back to my recipe boards and find one I’d like to try.

My travels took me over to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, and I decided I would try her recipe for Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli, and Smoked Mozzarella.

Can you say De.Li.Cious??

I do believe this is one of my new favorite recipes.  It makes a huge batch (which I discovered freezes and thaws just fine for reheating!), and is absolutely yummy.

It is definitely a recipe that I would save for weekend cooking, as it is rather involved and involves multiple steps. However, I really appreciated the way that she tried to write the recipe to minimize the use of separate fans.  True to my normal form, though, I still managed to create a gigantic mess that needed to be cleaned up.  But, oh, was it worth it!

Here are my pictures of my end product. You might want to stumble on over to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and check out her pictures, which are much better and more professional-looking than mine! They do far better justice to the final result than my quick iPhone pictures do! 🙂

YUMMY!! This recipe is a definite keeper!


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Pinning Pizzazz #4

Well, another week or so has gone by, and I’ve now tackled a rather enormous project that all started because of (you guessed it) … Pinterest!  The project? My laundry room. You see, I’ve now lived in my house for just under two years and although every room is furnished and decorated, I also haven’t painted a single wall. The standard blah off-white greets me everywhere I turn.  Yet I’ve been reluctant to dive in and start painting. I’m not sure why!

I blame (ahem – credit) the combined influence of several pins for my endeavor:

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1. Deborah Sanders via Pinterest
2. House of Turquoise via Pinterest
3. Life As a Thrifter via Pinterest
4.  Martha Stewart via Pinterest


Armed with those ideas and the conviction that it was time, I set out to paint and redecorate my laundry room. Why did I start in the laundry room? I’d like to say that it is solely because I had the ideas, but the truth is that I’ve gotten some ideas for other rooms too. Part of my motivation was just that I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and so this room was a little more doable than the larger ones. But honestly, the biggest motivator is that the laundry room was small and therefore, a safe starting point.

I have only one picture of the “before,” I suppose because I didn’t really ever put much time or effort into such a utilitarian space.

Boring, isn’t it?

After a trip to Kirkland’s where I found a killer deal on a few glass carafes that were on clearance and another one to Lowe’s for a gallon of paint, I was ready to go.  I’m definitely not a country girl nor am I ultra modern – “casual contemporary” perhaps. I actually surprised myself here because although I am not afraid of color, most of my house is rather sedate as far as color schemes go. But once the thought was in my head as far as my laundry room, I couldn’t erase it. So I went for bold. I painted it tangerine as I insisted on calling it over the phone with my Mom. (Umm, yes. It’s orange.)

I’m no pro and the pictures were taken with my iPhone so it’s hard to get a good idea of the actual wall colors, but regardless here are my after pictures of the (mostly) finished room.  I ended up absolutely loving it and was actually glad to spend a little time in here doing laundry!  I’m sure someday I’ll want to tone it down some – but for right now, it’s just what I wanted.




So, what do you think?  Maybe next I’ll figure out a way to help myself enjoy ironing. (That may be too much to ask.)


So what’s next on my house project list?  I don’t know yet, but this bedroom has really caught my eye. It would look spectacular in my back guest room…

Decor Pad via Pinterest


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