Sunday, July 31, 2011

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, topped with Sweet Potato Fries

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Today I decided to make Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, but with a twist. I wanted to top off my sandwiches with some of the yummy Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz, that I had made on Friday.
The first thing I did was make my sweet potato fries.  I put foil down on my baking pan in order to ensure an easy clean up.  I then spread out my fries in a single layer on the pan. Next I sprayed them with PAM Olive Oil Spray, and sprinkled them with kosher salt, thyme and some crumbled bacon.  I baked them in the oven at 410 degrees (the bag says to only cook them at 400, but I find turning up the oven helps make the fries a bit more crispy), for 15-16 minutes. 
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While my fries were baking I started making the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches. I cooked two Rib Eye steaks in a screaming hot pan and only seasoned them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. I cooked the steaks for 3-4 minutes on each side, then placed them on a plate near by. 
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I then used the pan drippings from the steak to help make an au jus type of sauce/gravy.  (You can do this by adding butter to the pan (let it cook until it's melted and bubbling a bit), then add some flour and mix with a flat whisk until it is combined with the butter, then pour in a cup of beef broth.) Once the au jus or gravy is made, pour it into a bowl near by.
Using the same pan, I then added in my chopped peppers and onion, a bit more olive oil, some salt and pepper, and a little bit of garlic.  I cooked the peppers and onions until they were tender. 
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While the peppers and onion were cooking, I sliced my steak into very thin pieces.  I threw the steak back into the pan with the peppers and onions and gave it a quick stir to mix everything up.  I then turned the heat off on the pan.
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I got out my sub rolls and put them on a baking sheet.  I loaded them up with the steak, peppers, and onions, and topped them with cheese.
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I placed them in the oven on broil so that I could melt the cheese on the sandwich. Once the cheese had melted we pulled the sandwiches out and plated them.  I added the cooked sweet potato fries to the top of the sandwich and poured the au jus sauce on top.  
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It was heavenly! Seriously one of the best sandwiches I've ever made.  The kind of sandwich you have dreams about late at night, and gives you cravings all day long.  The sweet potato fries were such a great addition to the Philly Cheesesteak flavors that are so familiar.  I am way impressed with how the sweet potato fries took on the savory flavor of the thyme and bacon, and yet still had a subtle sweetness too.  The sandwich was a huge hit with my husband, and that is always a good sign. I honestly can't wait to make this sandwich again, or see what other kinds of creations I can come up with while using the Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz.
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This project has been compensated as part of a  #OreIdaFries shopping mission for Heinz with #CollectiveBias but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

You can also click on the link to and view my Sam's Club shopping trip if you want.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Uprinting Giveaway Winner

Totally forgot all about picking a winner on Friday! Dang, someone needs to help me stay organized.  Okay, well Mr. Random picked:
And number 1 was:

Congratulations Joyce! And congrats to your son for having such an awesome mom who wins things for him.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Things my son says that make me laugh or smile…

I haven’t posted any crazy Levi sayings in a while, so I thought today would be a good time to update y’all on how witty my boy is.

The other night Justin called out “Pillow fight!” and hit Levi (lightly) with a pillow. Levi decided to up the stakes and grabbed a book and said “No, book fight!” Then he threw the book at Justin. No punishment for that one. Hehe.

He told me I was “the” I know it’s true, because well, you know…Out of the mouths of babes and all.

Levi likes to “fight” his dinosaurs, his cars or trucks, or any inanimate object. He also likes to pretend fight with spoons or spatulas. Blame his dad for that nonsense.  The other day he told Justin he wanted to fight, and Justin told him, “I’m a lover not a fighter.” So then Levi said, “You’re a lover and I’m a fighter. And mommy’s a fighter like me too.” So true…so true.

My Grandma wears glasses occasionally. She had told Levi we needed to get him a magnifying glass, and Levi told her, “Yeah, I need one just like you have on your face.” We all busted up laughing, except my Gram who couldn’t hear him and kept asking us what he had said. :)
Last one....
Levi put on his Pip and Bean Cape the other night and shouted, “I am a HERO!” That moment had to be captured and remembered forever.
 And yes Kim, he’s not wearing any pants. ;P

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Morning Uprinting Giveaway!!!

Hi friends! Just wanted to say how awesome and kind you all are. Thanks for giving such positive feedback about our Living Room wall project.  You guys are too kind.

I hope you guys feel like a giveaway today, because I have one for you.  This week I am hosting a giveaway for  Uprinting is an awesome site for anyone interested in creating business cards, flyers, invitations, magnets, canvas prints and so much more.  They have easy customizable options, free templates, and fast turn-around times.  You can order supplies for your business, gifts for family or friends, or hook yourself up with some new business cards for your blog. ;D 

Uprinting has generously offered to giveaway 250 Nightclub Flyers/Flyers to one winner.  The flyers are available in 2 different sizes, 4.25" x 5.5", 4" x 6" and are printed on 14pt Cardstock Gloss.  (**Front Only Printing**)  Nightclub flyer templates and business flyer templates also available for download.  There is a 3 Business Days Turnaround, and *Free Shipping.  This giveaway is open to *US residents 18 years old and above only.

*I know you all don’t have a night club or a trendy bar, but how awesome would it be to use these flyers as announcements, invites, or anything else you can think of.

Just leave a comment. That’s it, super easy right?  (1 entry per person)

Want another entry?
All you have to do is share about this giveaway on Facebook, or Twitter, or your blog and leave me a comment telling me you shared and include the link. (up to 3 entries per person)

This giveaway will end on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM. The WINNER will be announced and contacted FRIDAY morning, July 29, 2011. The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive night club flyers for hosting. For more information about flyers, please visit

Friday, July 22, 2011

Living Room Makeover, Part 1: Herringbone Wall

Remember a couple of days ago when I posted the sneak peak picture, and told you that I went through 2 large rolls of Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape in one day?
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Well today I am going to show you the finished product.
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Our hard work totally paid off, and the wall looks so good. 
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 I saw this picture on Pinterest, and it was love at first sight. I’ve always loved herringbone pattern in fabric.
herringbone wall from pinterest
This wall was created by Laurie, and featured on Design Sponge. And there’s even a short tutorial on how to recreate the herringbone patterned wall.

The first thing we did was paint all of our walls. We used Dutch Boy’s Refresh Paint.  One reason I chose Dutch Boy’s Refresh paint was for the low paint fumes, and zero VOC. It was really important to me to not have our house smell like paint fumes since we have a baby  and a toddler. And with the summer heat, there was just no way I was going to paint without the AC on and the windows open.  I purchased our paint from our local Orchard Supply Hardware.  After looking at Dutch Boy color samples online, I had initially thought of going with Dutch Boy’s Empire State, but on the same paint sample card, there was another color that caught my eye, Modern Classic. I went home with two samples, one in Empire State and one in Modern Classic.  I chose Modern Classic.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this gray…seriously love.  It’s lighter than Empire State and was perfect for us. I painted 3 of the walls in Ultra White and the Herringbone wall in Modern Classic gray.

After painting the wall gray we found the center of our wall, and began measuring, marking, and taping off our vertical lines.
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Next, on our vertical lines of tape we measured down every 10 inches.  We then used the painter’s tape to make the v's of the herringbone pattern.
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Once everything was taped off we painted every other row with Dutch Boy’s Refresh Ultra White.  And we also went over the gray rows with a clear gloss to give the herringbone pattern dimension. We used Rust-oleum’s Painter’s Touch Clear Gloss. 
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You can see how the gloss changed the sheen of the Modern Classic and adds a subtle dimension to the pattern.
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After brushing on the gloss we waited about 20 minutes before pulling off the tape from the wall.

I was really nervous about whether or not the Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape would create clean lines, or stop the paint from bleeding through since our walls have a lot of texture to them, but the tape worked great.  There were only 2 or 3 small spots where paint seeped through, but again our walls have a lot of texture to them.
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I would definitely use the tape again to do our next project. (I’m thinking stripes in our room or maybe creating some kind of pattern on my own?)

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I think the herringbone wall is pretty cool, and I feel ultra accomplished now that it’s done.

I also have plans to bring in fun accent colors, like blues and maybe some yellow to the room. I am searching Craigslist for the perfect dresser to redo to change out the TV stand, I am scouring the net to find new slip covers for the couch and loveseat since the tan ones just don’t go anymore, and I also want to get some window treatments, curtains or blinds… or both?

So much to do, but hopefully I can make it all work and come together. Now to save up so I can finish the rest of the room!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Living Room Sneak Peak

Okay, I feel really bad for abandoning the blog for the past week. But there’s a good reason.  We’ve been painting our living room and living in chaos ever since we started.  So just so you believe me, here’s a sneak peak of the huge project we’ve been trying to do.


Today I went through 2 large rolls of Scotch Blue Painter’s tape.  I feel like my brain is fried from all the measuring, re-measuring, marking lines, taping off and painting.


Man, this better be worth it.  Hopefully soon I’ll have more than a sneak peak to show you. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Has Design Star Inspired You Yet?

Because let me tell you, HGTV’s Design Star has totally kicked my butt into gear and inspired me to redo my living room.  No more putting it off, and living with the boring, blah, beige walls. My husband and I have been painting like mad this weekend and we aren’t stopping there.  I’ve got plans for that room.

I was so pumped after watching the first episode last week, seeing the designers take these blank canvases and create rooms with color, texture, and style.  My favorite room was from Karl and Kellie. They took a empty, bonus room that had weird angles and wall sizes and turned it into an fresh, inviting space with modern and eclectic touches.
I thought everything in this space just worked, which is strange because I don’t see myself as a modern décor type of gal. But the minute Karl taped off the wall to paint some trees on it, I knew I liked him and would like this room. (You should know I have a thing for trees.)

There were also some rooms and design elements I didn’t like, and if I am being honest some designers too.

Color pallette, Yes.  Floppy, weird headboards, No.

What about you though? Did you guys have a favorite room or designer from last week?  Did you agree or disagree with the judges on sending Blanche home? If you watched let me know so we can chat about the show. It’s my new TV show addiction, and I need someone to share in it with me! Haha.

Tonight’s episode has the contestants facing off against each other in the white box challenge. So you know there’s going to be some fun, funky, and awesome rooms coming from the designers!
Design Star episode 2 starts tonight at 9pm/8c on HGTV.

I’ll be on Twitter chatting about the show tonight too, so if you’re on there look me up and we can have fun talking about the show. You can also follow the #designstar hashtag and join in with others too. Can’t wait to hear what you guys think of tonight’s episode.

This post is part of a sponsored campaign by Crafterminds and HGTV Design Star. My opinions are my own.

Friday, July 15, 2011

InstaFriday- #2

Hi everyone! Thanks for coming by and reading about our week today!

This week we went to a fun splash park close by. Levi had a fun time and loved running back and forth from the water to the play equipment.
Um, Justin decided he didn’t want to dress appropriate for the weather or the environment, so he wore jeans. He was the only one wearing jeans there… Can we say, lame?
Aparently we don’t need toys for her to play with, because a closed door is more entertaining….
BEST find this week was this trendy outdoor pillow in a fun chevron pattern. I loved the colors too. You can find it at Walmart….
More awesome pillows from Walmart….
I’m going to be painting my living room soon, and these our some of the colors I’m leaning toward using on the walls and maybe on some accent pieces…

Look at my gorgeous boy. He’s too cool, right?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out what we did this week. Did you have a post to link up to InstaFriday? I’d love to see it if you did.

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Fiber One Giveaway Winner

Morning Everyone!! How is your week been so far?


Real quick post here to announce the winner for the Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownie Prize Pack.  This time Mr. picked…..

fiber one winner

And that comment was from…



Congratulations Marilenn! I will email you to let you know you won! Or if you see this first you can contacts me to claim your prize.


I’ll be back later with my InstaFriday Post so be sure to come back!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Could you be a DESIGN STAR?

Ever think that you have what it takes to be on HGTV’s  reality competition show, DESIGN STAR? design-star-season-6
Yeah, me either. But what I wouldn’t give to have half the creativity and design skills that some of their contestants have.  Seriously, the rooms these people come up with are pretty awesome sometimes.
Design Star is also one show that I can really get into watching. It’s got the best from what reality TV has to offer- competition, creativity, and style.  I love that the contestants have timed challenges, or get to do themed rooms. And most of all, I love being inspired to step out of my own comfort zone when it comes to home décor and try something new. 

This year, Season 6 has a new host, Tanika Ray, and a mentor for the contestants, David Bromstad! He was also season 1’s winner and has his own show Color Splash.

And I am super excited to see the judges too.  Confession #1: I have had a mild style crush on Genevieve Gorder way back to the days of Trading Spaces. judges for HGTVS6-design star

I know you all are as excited as I am that Season 6 of Design Star premieres tonight at 9pm/8c on HGTV, right? 

Hope so, because I’m going to need to chat about this season with all of you that are! (My husband isn’t as interested in paint and fabrics and all that design stuff as I am.)   And don’t worry if you don’t have cable and can’t watch it tonight, HGTV has full episodes online! Got to love that, right? Okay, so promise me you’re all going to watch…or at least not care that I am going to be totally invested in this season and tweet about it, a lot.

This post is part of a sponsored campaign by Crafterminds and HGTV Design Star. My opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

My Insta-Week

For the past few weeks, I’ve been wanting to link up to Jeannett’s (Life Rearranged) InstaFriday. Last week Levi had surgery though and I forgot all about it. This week I was plain tired and didn’t upload my phone pics till last night. 

So yeah, I’m a little late, but I always tell you guys how bad I am with schedules and deadlines.

First up, Levi’s bandaged up incision from surgery. Thank the Lord that this surgery was easy than all the others, and we were able to come home later that night.

We went to my parents’ house for the Fourth of July, and enjoyed swimming and fireworks…
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But mostly, we enjoyed this awesome Strawberry Shortcake Trifle that my man made.

This week Levi was extra silly, and happy more times than not. Win for me!
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We busted out my old Sesame Street books…got to love the vintage children’s books

Even when I don’t get more than 3 hours of sleep at night, seeing her lovely smile always makes me a happy mama…
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Rian smiles

And when I hear my sweet boy yell “I love you Mommy-o” I know I am the luckiest mom EVER!

This girly girl loves the camera.  When she hears the word “Aww” she knows to strike a pose…

What's even better than her sweet poses? Her learning how to walk, that’s what! Love those strong little legs…

My husband is becoming quite the cook…. Jalapeno and Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Sourdough. The best sandwich I’ve eaten in a long time…

How was your week? I’d love to know about it.

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