Eggs Benedict

I happen to love Eggs Benedict and only ate them when we went out for breakfast. I thought making Hollandaise sauce was way out of my league. I then noticed the Hollandaise sauce mix packages at the store and thought I would give one a try and choose the Knorr brand of Hollandaise sauce. I had used the Knorr brand of sauce mixes before and have been pleased with the results. What did I have to lose. It was a big hit with my family because they now request Eggs Benedict at least once a month for breakfast and sometimes dinner.

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Closet Cleaning

Do you ever have good intentions of cleaning out your closet? But only to wind up with it jammed packed because “You’ll probably wear all those shirts someday”?  I do that.

My closet cleaning escapade consists of 1) a mini fashion show (to make sure the clothes still fit of course), 2) rediscovering a ton of “really cute tops”, 3) exhausted and decide to do it another day.

So here’s the solution I found on Pinterest:

Turn all the hangers backward and wait 1 year! Sounds easy right?

(Photo courtesy of blog post: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/control-closet-clutter-with-th-162160)

Then as I wash & wear items, I’ll return with the hangers the normal way. Anything left with backward hangers after 1 year will be donated or consigned.  I’ll keep you posted!

Also, here’s a list of consignment and thrift shops in Bemidji that I’ve used:
Value Smart- South end of town
Twice but Nice- Downtown
Tk’z Clozet – Downtown
Secondhand Splendor- Downtown
Thrifty Kids- North of town by Simonson’s (baby, kids and maternity clothes)
Goodwill – Downtown
St. Phillips Clothing Depot- Central Bemidji

Favorite Photo Canvases

I really enjoy making canvases and over the past few years I have made several and wanted to be able to show a few of my favorites and explain some of the techniques that I used.

The chevron stripes behind the birds are much easier than they look. The best advice I can give is to paint a canvas white before starting if there will be any white left. Pencil marks erase much easier from areas that have been white rather than plain white canvas. I used painters tape to mark off the different areas and then painted every other stripe purple. Once it was dry, I drew the birds on with a pencil. I had looked up several different images online to base my drawings on. Then I painted black and I was done.

The first step was to paint the background pink and while it was drying I used a paper punch to punch out several different butterflies from different colored paper. Once the background was dry, I used hot glue to stick the butterflies to the canvas in the shape of a heart. Lastly, I used white paper to add the quote.

First, I painted one half pink and the other half white. Then I painted the chevron stripes alternating colors. Lastly added the anchor and the words on top.

When I started this project, I visited a used bookstore and found a book for 50 cents. When I got home I ripped out several pages and used mod podge to stick them to the canvas. Once they were all adhered to canvas, I put a layer of mod podge on top to seal the pages. I painted the tree on and then used hot glue to stick the buttons (leaves) on.

I had an old map in my car so that was inspiration for this canvas. First I cut the map to fit the size of canvas. I used mod podge on the back side of the map to stick the canvas. Once it was dry I put a layer on the top of the map. Then I used to a pencil to write out the words along with the arrow on the top and painted them on.

I started with covering the entire canvas with the striped paper with mod podge. Next I used stickers to write out the quote. Then I put several layers of yellow paint over the stickers and the paper. Yellow was a hard choice, because it was a lighter color. Once I had enough layers to cover up the strips, I peeled off the stickers to reveal the quote.

Breaded Boneless Pork Loin Chips with Stuffing and Gravy

Looking for a super easy kid friendly meal for dinner? Try my Breaded Boneless Pork Loin Chops with stuffing and gravy.

Prep Time: 15 min total (Pork + Sides)   •  Cook Time: 35 min   •  Servings: 5

Ingredients
Boneless Pork Loin Chops (my package had 10 chops)
Seasoned Bread crumbs
3 eggs
Stove Top Stuffing for Pork (I used 2 boxes)
Instant pork gravy mix (I used 2 Packages)
Canned corn

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a shallow dish, beat the 3 eggs and sprinkle in some garlic salt and pepper. In another shallow dish add the bread crumbs. Then dip the pork chops in the egg and then into the bread crumbs and coat well. Place on a sprayed cookie sheet and cook for 35 minutes or until done when you cut into it.

While the pork chops are in the oven make the stuffing and gravy (following the directions on the back of the packages) and heat the corn in the microwave.

 Enjoy!

Ready for School? Part 2

In the Fall 2014 issue of in Magazine, Mollie Burlingame, a member of the in consulting committee, sat down with Jack, her new kindergartner, before he started classes to see how he was feeling about beginning school. Now that school’s been in session for over a month, Mollie asked Jack a few more questions to see what he had to say about school now.

Mom: What do you think about school now that you’ve started it?
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Chalk Based Painting Class

Last week I was invited to attend a Chalk Based Painting class at Dixie’s Weekend Boutique. The boutique is owned by two sisters, Jenny Hendricks and Sandy Rasmus, and recently opened this summer. Their business hours are during the weekend, so it was fun to do a little pre-shopping during the middle of the week.

Down the middle of their store, there was a long table set up with mason jars, paint, frames, paint brushes and wine glasses. After seeing the wine glasses, I thought to myself, “Now, this is my kind of art project!”

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Game Day Tacos with Homemade Salsa

If you come to my house on Sundays to watch the Vikings play then Tacos will be on the game day menu! We started making Tacos for Sunday Vikings games 7 years ago.  It started out as a quick meal that could be made at half time and enjoyed during the second half of the game. Every Sunday morning Jon and I would try and figure out what to have that was easy to make during half time and Tacos always came up. That’s how Taco Football Sunday was born at my house.

Game Day Tacos with Homemade Pico de gallo

Cook Time: 20 minutes   •   Servings: 10

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