My Old Bedroom

My old bedroom at my parents’ house went un-lived in for 10 years and it started to turn in to a storage space.  It was painted a greyish lavender after I moved out but my mom thought it make the room look too dark and she was ready to clean the space up and get it ready to use as a guest room.  That’s where I come in!

I bought some pictures, made curtains, picked out some paint, and got to work.  With the help of my mom, we completely made over the space in 7 hours.  Here are the before and after pictures.

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My mom painted the picture hanging above the dresser

Before_After1 Before_After3The paint we used is “Silver Marlin” by Behr and is a light grey color.  The curtains are “Suzani Slub Yellow/White” by Premier Prints.  There’s no bed yet, but we’ll get one in there soon.

Hawk

There was a hawk in our yard this weekend.  Originally he was super close, but as soon as I took out my camera, he flew to a tree.  Here’s the best picture I was able to get:

IMG_5614I also took a picture of these flowers, which isn’t nearly as interesting, but I like how it turned out.

IMG_5257Happy August!

Pasta Delicioso

A few years ago I created a meal from a combination of recipes I found online.  My husband named it Pasta Delicioso and here’s the recipe!

Ingredients
– 8 ounces penne pasta, dry
– 4 cups broccoli florets
– 2 Tablespoons olive oil
– 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
– 1 small onion, diced
– 2 cups sliced zucchini
– 1/2 cup chicken broth (or 1/4 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup of whipping cream)
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
– 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
– 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped small using scissors
– 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
– 1/8 teaspoon salt
– mozzarella cheese

Directions
1. Cook pasta according to package instructions
2. Add broccoli for the last 2 minutes of cooking pasta
3. Drain well – add back to pot
4. Meanwhile, in wok or large frying pan, add olive oil, garlic, onion and saute for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Now add sliced zucchini and continue to saute for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Add chicken broth, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute.
7. Reduce head to medium, add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
8. Stir in spinach, cook until spinach is tender, about 2 minutes.
9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
10. Add pasta and broccoli mixture.  Mix well.
11. Spoon pasta mixture on to plate, add mozzarella cheese  and serve with bread.

IMG_5122 Enjoy!

Savannah

Husband and I recently took a trip to Savannah, Georgia.  If you’ve never been, I highly recommend visiting because there’s a ton of history, lots of good food, and it’s within driving distance to the beach.  Here are some pictures I took while we were there.

IMG_4731 IMG_4751 IMG_4757 IMG_4787 IMG_4805 IMG_4826 IMG_4836 IMG_4880 IMG_4926I hope you enjoy any vacations you have planned for this summer.