September 2015 - Dimples and Tangles


Do you have plans for tonight's dinner yet?  There's nothing worse than 5 o'clock rapidly approaching and being clueless about what to fix for supper.  This is one of my go-to recipes when we need something in a flash.  And besides the fact that it's quick and easy, it's become a family favorite...I suspect some of us even like it even more than traditional lasagna.

lasagna, quick dinner recipe

2 cans crescent rolls
1 pound cooked, drained hamburger meat
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 16 oz. container cottage cheese
2 cups Mozzarella or Italian Style shredded cheese
Sliced mushrooms (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 9x13" casserole dish with non-stick spray.
2. Unroll 1 can of crescent rolls, and lay the whole can out on the bottom of the dish.  Flatten and pinch together seams if necessary to spread across entire bottom of the dish.
3. Combine cooked hamburger meat and jar of spaghetti sauce.  Layer 1/2 of mixture on top of crescent rolls in dish.  Add a layer of mushrooms if desired. 
4. Layer cottage cheese over meat and sauce mixture.
5. Layer the rest of the meat and sauce mixture over cottage cheese.  
If your family doesn't object, you could add some sliced mushrooms in with the meat layer as well.
6. Sprinkle cheese over meat mixture.
7. Unroll 2nd can of crescent rolls and spread over cheese to form a top crust.  Flatten out pieces a bit before laying them down if desired, but rolls don't need to completely cover the top.
8. Bake for about 25 minutes until top is golden brown.
9.  Let sit about 5 minutes before serving.

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Tip:  For an even faster prep time...  When I'm browning meat for a recipe, I usually brown 2 pounds instead of one, then freeze half of it.  A recipe like this one can be done in a flash when the meat is already cooked... just thaw it out proceed with the recipe.

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With all of the bread in the main dish, there's no need to prepare extra bread as a side.  Throw together a salad to accompany it and you're good to go.  Enjoy!

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Hello there!  I'm so excited that you're here today to celebrate my favorite season!  I'm always honored to be a part of the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours organized by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Company.  These are some of the best tours in all of blog land!  If you're visiting from Swoon Worthy, didn't you just love Kimberly's tour?  I'm a big fan of her chic style and love of color.

My tubs of Fall decor used to rival the number that I had for Christmas, but I've been using less and less of that stash for the past few years.  I'm finding that I'm enjoying using my favorite pieces that I keep in rotation throughout the year, but adding a touch of Fall to them with natural elements, warm colors and textures, and foraged greenery.

Welcome to our Oklahoma home!

wheat wreath, pheasant, blank and white striped pot, lantern
DIY Black and White Striped Pot

I shared my Entry and Living Room in an Early Fall tour a few weeks ago, but here's a peek for you, too.  

entry, foyer, black french provincial dresser, bust, succulents, white lamps, ornate gold mirror

You can see more photos from the first part of my Fall tour here.

After a major kitchen remodel about 5 years ago, last Fall we freshened up our kitchen with bright white paint, new hardware, and new pendants.  I'm still so happy with how it all turned out!

white kitchen cabinets, black island, brass hardware, lotus pendant light, vintage rug

easy pumpkin bread with raisins and walnuts, vintage plaid thermos, blue and white
Pumpkin Bread

trail mix, M&Ms
Our favorite Fall Trail Mix

white kitchen cabinets, black island, brass hardware, lotus pendant light, vintage rug

white kitchen cabinets, black island, brass hardware, lotus pendant light

Here's a causal look for our Dining Room with small sunflowers cut from nearby fields-

and last week I shared the table all fixed up and a super simple yet dramatic centerpiece (along with easy instructions to make one yourself!).

Thank you so much for touring my home today.  Now, be sure to head over and see Summer at Simple Stylings, she is one sweet lady with a killer sense of style!  

If you enjoyed the tour today and would like to see more, I'd love for you to visit some of my previous holiday tours:

Blogger Stylin' Home Tour Christmas 2014
Blogger Stylin' Home Tour Fall 2014
Blogger Stylin' Home Tour Thanksgiving Table 2014
Blogger Stylin' Home Tour Christmas 2013
Modern and Fresh Fall Tour 2013

Here's the complete list of tours from the week so you'll have some inspiring weekend reading!

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Well, it's been a few weeks since we've had a patio update.  As a reminder or if you're new here, we tore out our previous existing pergola and covered patio and are starting almost from scratch to create a large outdoor living space.  

The past few weeks have been filled with the framing, roof, and electrical work.  I took a photo after each day's work was finished so you can see the progression.  The first one shows where we started, with a bit of demo done so the new construction could begin.

And... finished!

The completely new roof section on the left is a little shorter than the other side.  If we had made it flush all the way across, there would have had to be additional support posts that we didn't want.  We like the thought of having the small section open, though, for those occasions when we do want to sit out in sunshine.  

The fireplace, some additional brick work, guttering and painting are the last major steps to get finished.  You can see in the photo above the spot where the fireplace will go.

We also had the electrical put in during the framing process.  There are 4 recessed lights in the corners of each section (8 altogether), a chandelier where the dining table will go, and there will be an outdoor ceiling fan over the sitting area.  We also had wiring run so that we'll be able to have an outlet at the fireplace when it's installed, too. 

Things almost went off without a hitch...  oops!  I now have a really good drywall repair guy if anyone needs one!  ;)

Currently, we're looking for the right person to do the brick for the fireplace, and in the mean time we're painting all of the ceiling and trim.  We're hoping to finish the painting this weekend so we can get all of the furnishings moved into place.

Originally I had planned to paint the posts, but the natural cedar is just too pretty, so we'll trim that out with some cedar trim pieces and treat it with a protective topcoat of some sort.  With the cedar accents and color of the brick, we opted for a crisp white ceiling.  

I was concerned that the extended roof and new roof would block more light to the inside of the house, but I really haven't noticed a difference since before.  I think with the height of the ceiling it gives plenty of room to let light in and still allows us a nice view that doesn't feel too closed off from the inside. 

There's still some work to go, but we feel like we're getting oh so close to being finished, and it can't come soon enough to enjoy the Fall weather!

If you missed any previous patio posts, you can catch up here:

Don't forget about all of the fabulous Fall Blogger Stylin' Home Tours going on this week.  Start here for today's group of tours. I'll see you tomorrow with the remainder of my Fall Tour.

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Happy First Day of Fall!  I thought I'd share one of our family's favorite Fall snacks with you today to celebrate the occasion.

This is a mix you either already know and love, or else you've never tried it!  If you're in the latter group, you're missing out.

This "recipe" (this is too simple to even be called a recipe) only calls for  3 things... dry roasted peanuts, raisins, and regular M&Ms.  And, there aren't even any real measurements to go by.  Mix about equal parts of raisins and peanuts, and then add in some M&Ms.  I'll let your conscious be your guide on how many of those you put in.  ;)  And it might not be bad, either, if peanut butter M&Ms are all you have in your pantry at the time... just sayin'.

 Mix up a batch, feel good about it being mostly-healthy, and watch it disappear!

It's one of our favorite road trip snacks and we especially love to include a bag in our backpack if we're hiking or camping.

M&Ms, trail mix, recipe, snack

If you haven't been following along with the Fall Blogger Stylin' Home Tours this week, you're missing greatness!  Start here with Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Company, and hop along the tour from there.  I'll be in the line-up to share the remainder of my Fall tour on Friday (part 1 of my tour here).  Have a great Wednesday, everybody!

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Today I'm so excited to be part of a special series created by Sonya of At Home with the Barkers and Melissa of Daisy Mae Belle, called Hospitality Filled Homes.  We want to encourage you to share your home with others, and are giving you some simple decorating ideas as you do just that.

The theme today is Fall Centerpieces.  The colors I used aren't quite conventional for Fall, but that's never stopped me before!

I knew I wanted to use horse apples and mums, so I expanded my color palette from there.  I'm a big fan of using a creatively folded strip of fabric for a table runner, but this time I found something even easier... a scarf!  This one that had the bright green of the apples and some browns and yellows to tie in some Fall colors too.  And, the blue was a bonus since I never miss a chance to use my Blue Willow on the table!

This simple centerpiece was easy to assemble in just a few steps.  First, choose a container.  I used a brass planter, but a basket or flowerpot would work just as well.  I filled the bottom with a few boxes to boost the height.  Then, I filled the planter with a few mums, plastic pot and all.  Insert a wooden skewer into each horse apple (near the spot where the stem was attached so that will be in the back), and trim skewer a few inches if necessary.  Next, position the skewers into the mum flowerpots, securing the horse apple right along the edge of the container, and continue all the way around.  I added some pheasant feathers and curly branches to the top for added interest. 

It's pretty easy in my area this time of year to find horse apples somewhere on the side of the road, but if there aren't any where you live, green or red apples, pears, limes, oranges, or anything similar could be substituted for a similar look.  

For me, part of the appeal of this centerpiece is that when the gathering is over, the mums can be added to my Fall landscape outside.  In fact, these will probably be on my porch next week for the second part of my Fall Home Tour (see my Early Fall Tour here)! 

I finished the table off with a pair of DIY candelabras that this smart gal showed us how to make, filled with candles that I painted stripes on to tie in with the color palette of the table.
I would remove the floral centerpiece from the table when guests are seated, but the candelabras are tall enough to not visually block anyone during conversation.

Be sure to check out these other participants and their Fall Centerpieces today for more great entertaining ideas.

We'd love to see your Fall centerpieces today, too.  Just tag a photo with #HospitalityFilledHomes on Instagram and join in the fun!

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