Living Room Redo

And the DIY, budget, use what you’ve got house redo continues. Finished painting the living room. Mantle “staged” with favorite things…bird plates, old books, bird candle holders… 



Dinner is served!

I love soup! And not just in the fall and winter. (I also don’t believe it’s EVER too hot for coffee!) I mean, restaurants serve soup year-round, so why shouldn’t I? And since many soups can be cooked in the Crock Pot, your kitchen doesn’t get heated up to 1,438 degrees – at which time it might actually be too hot for soup. But not coffee..never coffee. But I digress.

So yesterday I was painting my living room. I needed dinner that I could leave for the family since I had Bible study last night and needed to leave before hubby got home. I have two Crock Pots, so I cooked up a pot of chili and a pot of white bean/kale/carrot soup and a pan of cornbread. Mmmm…cornbread. What I love about both of these is that they are even better the second day (today) and freeze well, too. So if there are any leftovers after dinner tonight, I’ll freeze them in individual serving sizes to have as quick lunches or dinners when needed.

There are no pics because I wasn’t home to take any and my family thinks I’m weird for taking them. I’ll take some of the leftovers. 😉

Here’s the recipe for the chili:

Here’s the one for the white bean/kale/carrot soup:

And here’s the one for the cornbread:

And…dinner tonight will be easy-peasy. I’m off to finish painting! I’m LOVING the new, lighter color. Makes me happy! 🙂


Recipe: Wild Rice Chicken Supreme

I’ve had this recipe so long that I’m not sure where it came from! Easy, yummy…it was perfect for this busy day!



  • 1 6 oz. Uncle Ben’s Long-grain & Wild Rice 
  • 14 cup butter
  • 13 cup onion diced
  • 13 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cubed
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 cup chicken broth


Cook rice as directed on package; set aside.

Melt butter in medium saucepan; add onion and saute until softened.

Blend in flour, salt and pepper with whisk. Gradually whisk in half and half and broth. Cook on medium-low heat until thickened.

Mix sauce, chicken, parsley and almonds into rice.

Bake in lightly-greased casserole dish for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

More Redoing

So…finally getting the bathroom finished was motivating. So, two gallons of paint later and no purchases (other than six plate hangers), the hall and dining room are done, too. Next up is the living room. Tomorrow will be fun.  

  Yard sale find…and hubby’s stuff

 Cotton field at sunrise and sunset (photo credits to my daughter)

  All yard sale finds

 Given to me = free 🙂

 Plates collected at yard sales over time

  More yard sale finds and treasures given to me by treasured ones

 Yard sales again…

 Looking into entry hall…all pics given to me or purchased at yard sales