Did Someone Say Turquoise Door?

I have begun to think that the items on the “To-Do list” will never get scratched off. This is mostly due to me getting side-tracked. 🙂  Such as painting the back door!  But it was so ugly…and yucky…and black. And what you can’t see is the previous paint job was not good. Not good at all.

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And since the weather was so nice over the weekend, we had the doors open. Therefore, here was a yucky, black, bad paint job door in my bright and cheery kitchen. So….we painted it!

Mr. taped it off and we primed it. It already looked better just with the primer, don’t you think? (We’re only painting the outside of the door. The inside will stay white to match the trim work.)

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Two coats of both primer and paint later, and I have a “new-to-me” door in my kitchen! 🙂

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And here it is from the outside. I love it!

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Crock-Pot BBQ Brisket

Happy Friday!! What have y’all got going this weekend? Mr. and I are going to Waco tomorrow to the Junk Hippy Roadshow! It is “the fun and funky, shabby and junky, sparkly, shiny, rusty and chippy traveling junk show”!! Lovin’ me a road trip!

I’m also lovin’ my slow cooker. I’ve had this cooker for a couple of years now, but only used it once before we moved into our new house. Nowadays, I use it just about every week. Today’s recipe is another easy-peasy slow cooker one.

Crockpot BBQ Brisket

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3-4 lbs. beef brisket

3/4 cup bbq sauce (my favorite is Head Country)

1/4 cup flour

1 onion – sliced

Walker & Sons “Slap Ya Mama” Cajun Seasoning

Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Line cooker with liner bag. Season both sides of meat with seasoning and pepper. Add onion to cooker and place brisket on top of onion.

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Combine bbq sauce and flour together and mix well. Pour sauce over meat. Cook on low 4-6 hours or until tender.

That’s it! Easy, huh? And any leftovers make wonderful chopped brisket sandwiches the next day! Yum!

Y’all have a great weekend!

Christmas Lone Star Wreath

My friend Susan and I went to the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market last Friday in Houston. It was the first time I have ever been to it and I have only one word…Awesome! Disregarding the thousands and thousands of shoppers and the $4.75 bottle of Diet Coke, it was still…Awesome! So many vendors and so much merchandise! I bought a metal “V”. Not sure where I’m going to display it, but for now I have it resting on the mantel in the living room.

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There were TONS of Texas items. (this being Texas and all) Things made from Texas license plates were a big hit. And plenty of Texas Lone Stars! So since this is our first Christmas in our new house in Texas, I decided to make us a Christmas Lone Star wreath.

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I was almost finished with it when Mr. reminded me that I didn’t take any pictures while I was making it to show y’all the process. But it’s really easy! I found all the items needed at Hobby Lobby. The star is metal and has a frame that goes completely around it. So all you have to do is wind your greenery around the frame and attach it with floral wire. Add the ornaments, decorations and ribbon. Make yourself a bow, attach it, and…Viola! One Lone Star wreath ready for hanging. I’m still thinking about adding a string of battery-operated lights to it. That way you never have to worry about the cord hanging down or making sure you hang it by an outlet.

I am sooo ready to decorate for Christmas, but I’m making myself wait! (although Mr. has already started wrapping the trunks of the palm trees with lights) The countdown has begun and we are only 14 days away from Thanksgiving and 14 days away from decorating!! Woohoo!

Crock-Pot Sweet Garlic Chicken

Yay, it’s Friday! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the weekend! So let’s get this post a-going so we can enjoy this weekend.

Yesterday I fixed a new recipe that I found on Pinterest. If you like the smell of garlic and soy sauce simmering, then you’re going to love this recipe!

Crock Pot Sweet Garlic Chicken

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Prep was easy-peasy.

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  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda (diet or regular)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons minced garlic (I used fresh garlic)
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Either spray your slow cooker with a non-stick spray or use slow cooker liners. (Personally, I think the liners are awesome! Makes cleanup so much easier.) Place chicken (frozen, thawed or fresh – mine was frozen) inside cooker. Mix together sugar, vinegar, soda, garlic, soy sauce and pepper. Pour over chicken and cover. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours.

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Once chicken is fully cooked, take pieces out of cooker and pour remaining sauce into saucepan. Heat sauce over med-high to high heat. Combine cornstarch and water together, pour into saucepan, and mix well. Let sauce boil until it thickens and becomes a glaze, stirring often. (mine thickened very quickly) I served the chicken on a bed of white rice and steamed veggies on the side!

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

My Happy Little Buddha Man

Good Monday morning everyone! Hope y’all had a great weekend. We spent all weekend outside, as it was absolutely beautiful here. And for those that don’t know…our here is the Houston area. We totally massacred a couple of  flower beds! They had become overgrown and wooly over the summer, due to this being the first summer in this house and we wanted to see what would come up and then decide what we wanted to keep for next year. The previous owner planted lots, and I mean lots, of evasive plants that took over the entire flower bed if not careful. We hope to finish next weekend and spread the last bit of mulch. I’ll be sure and post pictures when finished.

I also redid one of my little Buddha statues that sit out by the swimming pool. I absolutely love these little statues. They make me smile every time I look at them. When we were in San Francisco last month, we visited a store in Chinatown and they had several Buddha statues and people had left coins all over the statues in the store, which we found interesting. Anyhoo, one of mine was beginning to show some wear and the paint was cracking.

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Sooo, I did what any girl who paints just about everything that comes into her house and yard…I painted it. And not just back to it’s original dark color. I painted it a vibrant color, as I LOVE color around me. I painted it Valspar’s Pantone Universe Cabaret.

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I think he looks so much better now. And I think he is a perfect match to my Adirondack chair, don’t you think? The only thing is I love him in this new color so much that I’m seriously thinking about bringing him into the house to live! I may just have to buy me a new one to sit out by the pool.

Baked Hawaiian Sandwiches

Happy Friday and Happy November!! So how many of you are quickly removing all the leftover Halloween candy from the house….by eating it?! I have to confess, I have had my share plus some of chocolate today! From now until New Year’s, I accept the fact that I will gain weight. And several pounds of it! I love to eat. And I love to eat fattening things! In fact, I fixed a not-so-healthy-not-so-low-calorie meal last night, due to the fact that you can’t eat just one!

I made Baked Hawaiian Sandwiches. Yummm! They are so easy and so tasty. I served them with potato salad, fresh guacamole, and chips.

There are several recipes out there and vary in ingredients. I got my recipe from a very good friend, Cece, who served them at her wedding reception last year. She said she got the recipe from a friend, who got it from a friend, who got it from a friend! Those are the best kind of recipes. Tried and tested!

Baked Hawaiian Sandwiches

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1 pkg. King’s Hawaiian Rolls

12 slices Honey Ham

12 slices Smoked Turkey (I use Cracked Pepper Turkey)

6 slices Provolone cheese

6 slices Swiss cheese

1 stick Butter

2 T Poppy Seeds (I don’t use these)

4 T Sugar

4 T Onion Flakes

1 T Honey Mustard

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cut the entire package of rolls in half lengthwise, but keep intact. You’ll end up with one top and one bottom. Lay top aside.

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Alternate layers of meat and cheese. Place top rolls over meat/cheese.

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Combine butter, sugar, onion flakes, and mustard in small saucepan and heat until warm and creamy.

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Drizzle mixture over top of sandwiches. (Cece said she sometimes brushes the mixture on for a more even coat. I had to drizzle, as my brush has ran away and is nowhere in sight!)

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Bake sandwiches in preheated oven on lower rack for about 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown and fillings are hot. (You can cover with foil if they are browning too quickly and are not heated completely)

Separate into individual sandwiches. Serve warm and watch them disappear!

Enjoy!