I would consider myself a pretty determined person. If I get something on my mind that I want to do, I usually find a way to do it! Getting Ashley's bathroom finished was a project that has been on my mind for a long time and I reeeaaallllly wanted to get it finished today. So I got up this morning, started painting...and it's done! Yayyy!
I will tell you that I have painted alot of rooms and painting this bathroom was the messiest and hardest paint job I've ever done! So many little nooks and crannies and so much to tape up and paint around, etc. But everyone was gone today. Laura, Lindy, and Ashley all had babysitting jobs, and Mark was at his second home-the Y! So I got my computer and turned on my playlist on my blog (haha) and just had fun singing and painting! I can get so much more done when I'm by myself. I love it! And I was happy with how everything turned out. Here are the before and after pictures.
And here's after:
In between coats of paint I also watched the Today Show wedding with that precious couple that won. They were so sweet!
I fertilized my flowers with some Miracle Grow. These are some of the flowers on my porch.
I got to read some of my assigned summer reading, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult. She is a really good writer and my girls have read all her books and love them, but that book is dark to me. I'm not really crazy about reading about Columbine type school shootings. No....not for me!
This afternoon I took a break and ate some lemon squares that Ashley made. Try the Krusteaz kind if you like lemon squares!! Yummy!
And I was so excited when I went to the mailbox and had two new Netflix movies. I love getting fun stuff in the mail! One of them is Amazing Grace. I am looking forward to seeing that. I've heard it's really good.
Tonight we met Steve's family for dinner then we stopped by their house so I could look at the project Steve and his brother, Mike, have been helping his parents with. He has been helping them build a wall around the natural area around their deck. It looked really good. They have such a beautiful deck. We always enjoy relaxing over there!
And I wanted to share a new recipe I tried yesterday out of my Katie Lee Joel cookbook that I got for my birthday.
Grilled Chipotle Three-Cheese Sandwich
One 7 oz. can chipolte peppers in adobo sauce (I like La Costena brand)
1/4 c. olive oil
12 slices Monterrey Jack cheese
12 slices Swiss cheese
12 slices Cheddar cheese
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced crosswise
1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
12 slices sourdough bread (thickly sliced if possible)
12 tablespoons butter, softened
Place the chipotle peppers and their sauce in a food processor or a blender and puree until smooth. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
Preheat a large heavy skillet to medium heat.
Spread each slice of bread with chipotle puree (1/2-1 tablespoon depending on how spicy you like it).
Layer half the bread slices with two slices of each cheese and a few slices of the tomatoes and onions. Top with the remaining bread slices, chipotle side down. Spread top and bottom of each sandwich with butter.
Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side. Slice sandwiches in half and eat immediately.
I made this for lunch yesterday and it was good. It was definitely different than a regular grilled cheese sandwich with just a fun, interesting twist. I love to cook and now I've got the time to try some new recipes, so I hope you don't mind me sharing them with you!