Summer Squash

2 med. Zucchini squash
2 med. Pattypan squash
2 med. Yellow crookneck squash
¼ c. olive oil
4 green onions, white part, sliced
¼ tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. thyme leaves
¼ tsp. Rosemary
2 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste

Rinse and scrub squash. Slice evenly.

On a cookie sheet place squashes, onions and seasonings. Toss with oil and place in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Before serving toss with vinegar. Salt and pepper as needed.

You can also do this on the stove top if desired.

Steak & Shrimp Fajitas

Have you ever had a craving for something? That’s what happened this weekend. For some reason I wanted fajitas. Even though we don’t eat tortillas, the meat & vegetables in the fajitas will suffice. So I picked up some top sirloin that was on sale, and red, orange and yellow sweet peppers. I was going to get a fajita seasoning packet but decided that I already had the main seasonings (cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and oregano) at the house. I had purchased a small package of shrimp a couple of days before so I included them in this meal.

When it was time to eat, I cut the top sirloin, peppers and an onion into strips. Using the same amount of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and oregano I seasoned the meat and placed a skillet. Then seasoned the peppers and onions and added them to the skillet with the steak. I threw the shrimp in just a minute before the veggies were tender-crisp, . The fajitas were served over a bed of cauliflower rice and garnished with cilantro.

It was delicious. Next time you get a craving, I strongly suggest you act upon it and enjoy!

Garden Hot Dog Topping

This being Memorial Day weekend, I will be grilling hot dogs with a couple of toppings.  Below is the Garden Hot Dog Topping.

¼ c. vinegar
3 Tbsp. Sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
½ small yellow bell pepper, chopped
½ small green bell pepper, chopped
½ small orange bell pepper, chopped
Cream cheese, softened
Tomatoes, chopped

To make pickled peppers, whisk together vinegar, sugar & garlic in a bowl. Add peppers. Chill 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Serve hot dog with pickled peppers, cream cheese & tomatoes

Bathroom Redecoration

In January, I shared the redecorating of my bedroom. Once the bedroom was done we started work on the bathroom. I had this maroon paint which I painted the walls. Then I took a pale yellow for the ceiling. For extra color, I used bright yellow for the accent color: vanity door, trim, towels and rugs.

 

When looking for a shower curtain, Mac picked this white with yellow and grays. Not something I would have picked but it really fit into the color scheme. The shower curtain also made it possible to add a gray color into the bathroom look.

 

 

As we are aware, most shower curtains don’t go all the way to the ceiling. To solve this (to keep the heat in the shower), I had this great white and yellow fabric and made a valance, I guess is what you would call it.

 

 

There are still a few little things to complete like framing the mirror we installed and finish the caulking in the shower. We sort of stopped redecorating for a while but I have really got to finish these couple of little things.. I do have plans the living/dining area but haven’t got motivated to start it yet.

Easter Flag

 

I found this Easter Basket in a pack of appliques and thought it would make a great flag. I cut out all the pieces separately so I could embroider them. The plan is to stuff the basket handle and the rabbits separately then attach them to the base of the basket. The rabbit bows will be appliqued once the rabbits are attached. The bow will only be partially filled with batting so I can use that is the way to hang it.

 

 

 

The difficulties with this type of flag is using one color of thread instead of using the colors of the bows. If I make another one, I will make the rabbits a little longer so I can applique directly to them and not to the basket. I will also sew all the batting into place instead of stuffing some of the smaller items so they appear more even. I did have to tack the bunny ears to the yellow bow so they would stand up.

 

 

It turned out great and a little unique as it is not a typical flag shape.

Metal Chair Revamped

Found this old metal chair that had a faded blueish green color to it. Since I have been revamping items with bright colors. This chair needed no repairs just a little sanding and a fresh coat of paint. I decided on this sort of olive bright green color that came in a spray can. Did a couple of coats of paint and this is the finished product.

I also had some material with reds, greens, yellows and white on it so I made a cushion to fit and covered it with a zippered pillow case.