Monday, February 28, 2011

easy art!

i think this is a great idea! check out for a tutorial! she has a great idea on how to change fabric into art! i have the hardest time finding art that i like. this has inspired me to browse for some cool fabric for my bedroom.

check out the rest of this's great!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

heard of ebelskivers?

i don't know what it is about these little, round, danish pancakes but i'm obsessed!  while shopping at william sonoma i found an ebelskiver pan and a really fun recipe book. the recipe book has sweet and savory ebelskiver recipes.  i'm told that the pan can be purchased for less elsewhere but i don't know where, maybe you do?   moddy and i were introduced to the darling round things at one of our favorite breakfast restaraunts.



sequoia mall DEAL (for the locals)

i'm sure i'm  the last person to know about this.. but, everyday..yes everyday the sequoia mall has movies for $3.00! this is great! my whole family can go to the movies for 12 bucks!!! i'm super pumped! only glitch is...they are slightly older movies...and by slightly, i mean they are still not out on video. next weekend we are going to take the kids to see Tangled...again....we love that movie!
this is our "almost" Dollar Theater!
sequoia mall in all it's splendor...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

mashed amazing potatoes

i was watching the Nate Burkus show last week and he had Chef Alex Guarnaschelli on his show. she owns some million star restaurant called The Darby! i of course googled The Darby, and found out it was in New York! not cool. so, sense i won't be going to new york anytime soon...i thought i would try out one of her recipes. here it is! im going to make this tomorrow night, along with her chicken recipe!

Mashed Potatoes “Chantilly"
Serves: 8
13 by 9 by 2" baking dish
41/2-5 pounds Idaho Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" chunks (Note: please make sure the potato chunks are all relatively the same size to assure even cooking time)
Kosher salt to taste
¾ cup whole milk
1 stick butter, cut into slices, plus 1 additional tablespoon butter for greasing the baking dish
1 tablespoon unseasoned breadcrumbs
1 cup heavy cream
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
2. In a large pot, add the potatoes and cover amply with cold water. Bring the water up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add a generous pinch of salt to the water and allow the potatoes to cook until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 15-20 minutes. Pour the water and potatoes into a colander placed in the sink to drain off all of the water. Return the same pot to the heat and add the milk. Bring the milk to a simmer and gingerly add the potatoes back into the pot. Season with salt to taste and whisk in the stick of butter. Whisk until all of the ingredients meld together. Taste for seasoning. Remove from the heat.
3. Use the remaining tablespoon butter to “grease” the sides and bottom of the baking dish. Add in the breadcrumbs and roll them around inside the dish so it creates a butter/breadcrumb topping.
4. Using a whisk (or an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), whip the heavy cream until fairly firm. Season with salt. With a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream and about ½ cup of the Parmesan cheese into the mashed potatoes. Taste for seasoning. Transfer the potatoes to a baking dish and top with remaining Parmesan. Place in the center of the oven and bake, undisturbed, for 15-20 minutes. The top should be light brown from the cheese and the potatoes hot. Serve immediately.

(i got the recipe from the Nate Burkus website. check it out!)

Friday, February 25, 2011

you know you want one!

i've purchased prints from this artist in the past, and loved them! well, now she has some new fantastic prints! i think the family tree is super cool, and i think i might get the baby announcement for chicken #4's bedroom. Check her out!
my favorite blog.. .. offering a 10% off if you use THIS code SENTBYCWD10OFF !!!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

iphone covers!!

i just stumbled upon these super cute chevron iPhone covers. you can add your initials on the front! i am so going to get one! these would be great birthday presents!!
check it out!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

30 day shred

she flares her nostrils, she is amazingly buff, and has an annoying voice. but, she kicks my butt! the 30 Day Shred is a.m.a.z.i.n.g! i have lost 6 inches in my waist, and i feel stronger. now, this isn't only from jillian's fantastic video, this also works because i feel like eating my arm everyday. none the less,.. i feel like it boost my metabolism, i'm gaining muscle, and i feel good! give it a try! it's at Target and, the other night we found it on our t.v. under, workouts!!! (we have at&t)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

gone with the the FOX!

ok, girls...march 1, 7:00 p.m., $5.00!! who doesn't want to see scarlett, and rhett's love affair unfold on the big screen!?!?! i know we aren't gonna miss it! it's been along time sense i've seen a movie at the fox theater! if you are in, let us know! we might just go to do dinner before!


Monday, February 21, 2011

pioneer woman

i love to read cookbooks. i have quite an assortment but i have started to weed thru the ones i'm using les and less. a favorite of mine is 'pioneer woman cooks'. it was given to me by my oldest daughter. sometimes i plan my weekly menu based on the recipes in one cookbook. i made calzones from this cookbook tonight and they were very,very,good.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

chalk board picture

i thought this was a great idea! i saw this on the Nate Burkus show. it is super easy! now, im off to find a cool picture frame!
Liven up your kitchen or family room with a message center that suits your style.
Let’s face it, we all need reminders from time to time, which is why chalkboards are so useful in common areas of the home. They’re the perfect place to jot down chores, grocery lists, appointments and phone messages for everyone to see. And they make great billboards for sharing notes with your family. Here’s how to create a custom chalkboard that fits your d├ęcor.

1. Choose a picture frame of a size and style that complements your interior design. Remove the glass pane from the frame.
2. Firmly apply strips of 2-inch masking tape to the back (inside) of the glass pane to strengthen the outer surface.
3. Spray the front (outside) of the glass pane with a coat of chalkboard spray paint. Let dry, then repeat until uniformly coated.
4. Once dry, place the painted glass back in the frame and attach the frame backing.
5. Hang the frame securely to the wall. Now grab a piece of chalk and write a message to yourself: job well done!

Note: You can also repurpose a rustic cabinet door or small desk drawer as a chalkboard. Just apply chalkboard paint to the exterior (cabinet door) or interior (desk drawer) surface and securely fasten to the wall for a highly functional, one-of-a-kind decorative hanging.

BTW: i got the DIY self info off of The Nate Burkus Show. check it out! great ideas!


reclaimed wood

i love my kitchen table. it's made from reclaimed barn wood. i have to wax it occasionaly and it has some dings and marks but i don't mind. every imperfection reminds me of family and projects. i purchased the table at the coolest antiques warehouse in jackson, ca. browsing the warehouse is definately worth a

trip and would be a great girls' get-away.


Friday, February 18, 2011


that's what it is. i know it, my husband knows it (and teases me constantly). i just can't stop!  this is my daily routine. i drop the chickens off at school. i drive up to the mcdonalds drive thru. the girl behind the machine says "would you like to our new oatmeal?" i reply "no,...i would like a LARGE diet coke please." she says "that will be $1.09."  i drive forward hand her $1.10..tell her to keep the change..and receipt...and I am handed the one thing i have been craving sense 6:30. Let me tell you..scrambled eggs with salsa, and cheese taste so good with a large diet coke. thank you coke for making my day a little brighter.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

new fabric

mobile pic...not great!

i'm so excited, my new fabric is here!!! i'm going to make new pillows for my couch! it's bad,...i decorated my living room last march, and now i'm changing it again. i love changing things up! we got a new bookshelf, that i (my husband) can't wait to put together! i'm going to get a new floor lamp, paint the side table, and maybe a new coffee table. i will post the end results soon!

Monday, February 14, 2011

balentimes day

we doubled for balentimes day this year. we went to a dinner theater. it was great! the food was good, conversations were enjoyable, and the acting was hilarious! we had a lot of fun people watching, and taking pics. to top it off, bee and i had about 30 rolls with butter slathered on them. so much for low carb dieting!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

favorite game

for christmas we got a new game for the kids. i'm sure you all remember Hedbanz..

..well, they now have a jr. version! the kids love it, and so do the adults!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

What a Steal!

i saw these chairs at World Market the other night and instantly LOVED them! so, i went online and they are selling 2...yes 2..chairs for $159.99!!! i'm amazed! i have an idea of where i want to put these beauties. im thinking on each side of an antique dresser i'm having painted for my entry. we shall see!


Friday, February 11, 2011

so cool

i have had my eyes on these little guys for quite some time. they are in all the design magazines and all over the internet. i think they would look great in my little chicken's room, my living room, or my bedroom. when i first started looking for one to purchase, i couldn't find any less than $200.00. i'm just NOT going to pay that. well, i just happened upon this fantastic website they have a lot of unique things, along with my pouf!!  here are some great ideas of where you can use them!


Thursday, February 10, 2011


i love my SWIFFER SWEEPER VAC.  i also have very DARK wood floors and this contraption is great for sucking up crumbs and hair before you SHARK.  i use it in the bathroom before i sanitze and in the kitchen too.  i have girls with lots of hair and i will say, it sucks the hair up.  the battery is rechargeable and really should be charged after a couple uses.  my SWIFFER hangs on a nail, just outside the door going into the garage, close to an outlet so it's always ready to go.


the SHARK!!

doesn't it look fun!?

i have DARK hard wood floors...this can be a pain in the rear with 4 kids. i used to get my mop out, grab the Boni...spray the floor, mop, mop, mop, rinse out the mop..repeat process. well, after talking to some friends, and seeing some pretty "great" infomercials. i was convinced this would change my life, and it HAS!! my sister and i are now totally hooked. it is so simple to use, and there are no harsh chemicals. just recently i got the hand shark steamer..and, i must say i do love!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011


living in a "smallish" town means you have zero good shopping!! i can't find furniture, fabric, or clothes!! i am always on-line trying to find great deals, free shipping, and great ideas! here is my latest find!! !! what i love about is that it's very reasonable, and you get free shipping on any order over $50.00 or more! check it out!!  my order is on it's way!!


Drum roll...........

i was 14!! i must say...being plus size in the 90's was rough!!! yhey didn't have plus size cute stuff for a 5'11', 11 1/2 shoes, 8th grader. sniff sniff. and, to make matters you think this girl got asked to dance??!! I did, by one very nice boy...thank you RN.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

valentine's double date

we're going to roger rocka's dinner theater this friday. what's on the menu? dinner and adam sandler's 'the wedding singer'. we can't wait!
for your tickets call 559-266-9494!!


guess my age!!

yes..that is me on the right hand side. someone so kindly "tagged" me on facebook with this beauty of a picture. i know, i don't look much different. let's dissect my outfit i wore to this "important" event. first, green jumper (when your 5'11,' it's hard to find a stylin dress),button up men's shirt (this is a hint), and my sensible shoes (i'm a size 11 1/2). ok, get to guessing. tomorrow i will divulge my age.

our new blog

this has been a long work in progress. we have no idea what we are doing. our goal with this blog is to let you in on our daily adventures, ideas, and fun;we always have fun!!

Moddy Bee
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