Tuesday, September 28, 2021

{The Abode} Living Room Gallery Wall

 

This is another project that I don't know what took us so long to complete it. I've been wanting to add a gallery wall of photos to this room forever!  After we had the wood floors installed I felt it was time to finally make it happen.  It took us a few hours and was not as challenging as I thought it would be.

We got the Ribba frames from Ikea and ordered the prints from my photo lab White House Custom Color.  We needed a few tools to get started: level, hammer, painter's tape, ruler, tape measure, calculator and a small screwdriver for opening the frames.
We figured out where we wanted the gallery wall to fit on the wall and made a center line down the middle with painter's tap.  We also arranged the photos on the floor to see what kind of spacing we wanted between the photos.
I think he's making sure our center line is level.
We did some calculations and put painter's tape where we wanted the next rows of photos to go.   We tested out the next row down.
*One tip is to also measure the frames because they can be off a little from what is on the packaging.*  We figured out where the frame would  hang from on the back and used that measurement to add our picture hanging nails to the wall right through the painter's tape.
These were the nails we used.
More checking for level placement of the nails.
After we had all the nails in, we hung the frames to make sure we liked the spacing.
Then we took them all down and added the photos before hanging them up on the wall.  We arranged them how we thought they looked best to our eyes.  It was so hard to narrow it down to nine photos but we can always change out the photos or add more later.
We are thrilled with how it turned out and how it ties the room together now. You can see our Staircase Gallery Wall here.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Costco Faves & Finds

It feels like I just did a Costco post but it was back in July so it's time for a new one!  This is from a few trips we made to the store.
I was excited to see Pendelton brand sheets. I only saw twin size but they'd be so cute in a kids' room.
They were next to my beloved fleece Pendelton blanket that I got last year and I'm still loving it.
Obviously Nessa approves as well!
I was also excited to see the Starbucks Holiday Blend K-cups. I know it's early but I had to stock up.
I hadn't seen Zevia here before and it's a good deal if you like this soda.
Julie recommended this oat milk and we bought some for College Girl when we were in Boston. I took 2 home with me to try and I like it a lot.
These Idaho Spuds were also new to me.   We split them with College Girl.
They are cute cartons of dried hash brown potatoes, just add hot water and let sit for 12 minutes. You can eat them like that or cook as you would frozen hash browns.
This looked good but I didn't get it.   Maybe next time.
I needed some new body wash and this Kirkland brand looked intriguing. I used the Google Lens app to see the reviews on it and they were good.   I love it..very light citrus scent and it has a nice bubbly foam.
I've wanted to try Lumify eye drops and didn't know if the 2-pack was a good deal. I used Google Lens again and found out that it was a great deal. They are pretty amazing for making your eyes look bright and refreshed.
I love their holiday ribbon. The spools are huge and the ribbon is great quality.
I didn't expect to like Dawn Powerwash as much as I do. The whole family loves the spray bottle and it really works.
Holiday stamps are already available and no waiting at the post office!
I think this Puma pack of sports bras was another Julie recommendation.  

I got a 2-pack of grey and black.
I picked up a 4-pack of mums and they really spruce up the front porch!
These blackberries were amazing!
We picked up two cabernets that were well reviewed on the Costco Wine Blog.
I snapped photos of their descriptions.
We've only tried the Daou so far and really enjoyed it.
Speaking of wine...the wine advent-ure calendar is here for 2021. We had a lot of fun with it last year so I'm glad snagged one! Have you done any Costco shopping lately?

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Friday, September 17, 2021

September Daily Goodie Box

 September's Daily Goodie Box just arrived.  Let's see what's inside this month! 

Zolli Candy - Boss Baby Limited Edition ZolliPops
Zolli is known  as  the "clean teeth candy" and these Boss Baby lollipops are too  cute! 
Zen of Slow Cooking - Tuscan Spice Blend
 This spice blend sounds delicious and is recommended for slow cooking beans, meat and poultry. 

Moon Cheese - Cheddar Bacon Me Crazy
This combo sounds amazing. Mr. Click snagged these right out of the box.

Gloss Leaf - Collagen Iced Tea Peach
https://glossleaf.com/collections/gloss-leaf
Another flavor of this collagen iced tea punch! Refreshing! 

South of France  - Orange Blossom Honey Soap
This soap smells so nice!
Natrapel® - Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
I love a natural insect repellent. The lemon scent is a plus!
 
Aroma Naturals - Lavender Beauty Oil
This also smells amazing and feels so good!

Daily Goodie Box will send you a box of free samples and full size products and all you do is let them know what you think. Shipping is Free. No credit card required EVER!


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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Drying & Storing Home Grown Chili Peppers

This year we harvested quite a few hot peppers and wanted to dry them to use later.
There are several ways to dry out peppers: hanging on a string (takes longer), dehydrator(don't have one) and oven drying. BINGO!
I cut the peppers in half lengthwise (wearing gloves) and also cut the tops off. I kept the seeds in mine but you can remove them.  I set them on a baking sheet with a grill rack on top (you could also use parchment paper).  Bake them for 1-2 hours at  150ºF with the door slightly open to allow moisture to escape.  Check the peppers every 30 minutes and rotate them.
Peppers are completely dry when brittle.
I crushed mine up but you can also grind into powder.


Store in an airtight container and use as you would crushed red pepper flakes.

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