Back to School Cereal Muffins

 Liam, my 5 year old, starts Kindergarten tomorrow.  I'm not sure who is more excited about it, him or me!  I say that completely joking, I'm guaranteed to shed a few tears over it.
 I have found the Perfect Breakfast Muffin.
  It can be eaten on the run if there's no time for a sit-down breakfast. 
They are full of good natural ingredients, plus they are fun for kids to make as well.
The Recipe starts off with a bowl of cereal.
It can be any kind of bran flakes or wheat Chex.
 I've used frosted wheat.
It just needs to be a cereal that gets soggy in milk. 
 Cereal Muffins
2 cups bran flakes (or other cereal)
1 1/4 cups milk
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp baking powder
4 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 bananas, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup raisins

  • Pre-heat oven 350
  • Soak the bran flakes in the milk for 10 minutes. sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in the egg. stir in alternate spoonfuls of soaked bran flakes and flour mixture. Gently fold in the mashed bananas and the raisins.
  • Line a muffin pan with paper liners and half-fill each one with mixture.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 Minutes.
  • Makes 15 Muffins

DIY Chalkboard in Bathroom

 I had this picture frame hanging in my Main Bathroom.  Jake made it for me years ago using some extra shelves from a cheap bookcase. I liked the way my lighthouse pictures looked in it.  However, the glass in the frame broke, so the picture were getting water marks on them.
 So I took some cardboard, and painted it with chalkboard paint.
 Did you know you can buy chalkboard paint in small quantities?  It's perfect for smaller projects.  This was just a dollar or two, found at Walmart.
 I followed the instructions on the bottle. Then duct taped my new cardboard chalkboard to the back of the frame.  Yes, Duct tape and Cardboard, because that's how I roll!
 It's going to help me chart Jaxon's potty training.  He's excited about it.  Which is a good start.  Wish me Luck!
  A metal Ikea bucket hanging from the towel bar holds the chalk.
 And because I think I finally found the right camera setting to take pictures in my poorly lit bathroom,  I decided to take a few more pictures around the room.

Want to see more of the Barn wood mirror frame? Click Here.

Around My Sisters House { Part 3 }

 My most popular post of all time has been the one I did HERE, Decorating a Kitchen Wall & Window Frames.  I'm guessing there are a lot of people googling window frames and I just happen to have a pretty inspirational picture that they are all clicking on.  But hey, I'll take that!

The Post I did was for my sister, Natee. She was asking advice on what to do with her big blank kitchen wall.  So I gave her a lot of inspirational pictures to consider.
This is her Kitchen Wall

She had 2 window frames and wanted to incorporate one of them into her kitchen.

Then she gave me the other one.  And I'm still so Happy she did. You may remember mine ended up on my summer mantel.  I still plan to do a light white wash on it. We'll see.

Natee Painted her window frame white, then painted the glass with chalkboard paint.
I gave her the idea in this post HERE
It turned out fabulous!

 It's just what her big blank wall needed.


 I love the way she styled it with the Bon Appetit decal and red berry wreath.
She is going to be painting her kitchen table white soon.  I can't wait to see it.  I want to paint mine too,  so I'm waiting for her to do hers first so she can share all of her tips.
Also, if any of you have tips or links about painting kitchen tables, please feel free to leave it in a comment below.  Thanks!

On one of the kitchen walls, she displayed her cool collection of rolling pins.
But since my visit, she has purchased this cute bistro print that she now has hanging in that spot, the rolling pins have been moved to the opposite wall.

 I had to also snap a picture of this awesome scale she has above her fridge. Isn't it great?

Thanks Natee for letting me post pictures of your lovely home.  I had a great visit. Your home is very warm and welcoming.
Keep us posted on all of your other projects.  We love to see them.

Around My Sisters House { Part 2 }

I know I showed you my sisters All White Bedroom Before.  I did a post about it HERE , where I also showed you a bunch of pretty All White bedroom inspirations.

 After seeing my sisters bedroom in person,  It just may be my favorite room in her house.  There is such a peaceful calm feeling in that room.

 Since that post a few things have changed.  She hung up some pretty light curtains.  I was willing to help her hang them while I was at her house,  But once she got them out of the package she realized they were about a foot short of the ground. So she had to sew a panel of fabric to the bottom of them.

She also purchased this new mirror.

It's a beautiful room.  I'll be back soon to post My Sisters dining room.

Around My Sisters House { Part 1 }

 Last Month, I finally got to see my Sisters House in person. And It is so so Cute! I definitely come from a very talented family.  We had such a fun day,  Just hanging out, chatting, Painting.....Oh yes, she put me straight to work.  ha ha.  And then the day ended with a shopping trip to Ikea!

She had seen the post I did here, where I painted a bunch of my picture frames, and she decided that that would be a fun little project for us to do together.

Here is her picture wall BEFORE.  I hesitated painting the frames at first, because she has a lot of other black pieces in the room,  But since she is going for a lighter, brighter, beachy feel,  they needed to be painted white.

 If you remember, this is what her living room looks like.....well not really,  It is 100 times cuter in  person,  this picture does not do it justice.  I really should have taken some fresher pictures while I was there.  But anyway, you can see more of the room here.

Ok, so my sister puts me to work painting,  and well, I learned A LOT about her that day.  I had NO idea she was such a Perfectionist!  I am So Not!  So as I'm painting I keep noticing her eyeballing my work. And then she mentioned, "Why don't we just take a break and I'll work on it later."  Baahaahaa.  Too Funny!  And then she goes in and cleans her brushes to Perfection. I Love Her!
So after I left,  she went to work sanding off my clumps, but realized she liked the sanded look.
So here is the AFTER:

So Much Cuter, Right?  White is such an instant Freshener!

Her photos are super cute too.  Although, I tried to blurr them out a bit for her privacy. But What a Cute Family!

 I love the sanded edges with a little of the black coming through,  See, there was a reason for all of my clumps.

I'll be back soon to show you more of My Sisters House.

Displaying Jewelry With Bottles

 I came up with this idea of displaying my jewelry on bottles, after picking up the purple tinted one at a yard sale recently.  I was carring the bottle around the house looking for a spot for it.  At first, I had it group with just a couple of other bottles with a bead necklace hanging from it. But I liked the idea so much that I kept adding more bottles with more jewelry. 

And it's actually very funtional, the bottles are the perfect size for bracelets, fishook earings hang well from the tops, and I've even stuck a pair or post earings into a cork top.

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