Category Archives: DIY Projects

101 in 1001 update – January 2013

Greetings Friends. So I’m back, pretty dedicated as I’m nearing the end of this challenge. Here’s what happened in January 2013:

#11 – Take a Cooking Class – this is something I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m officially signed up, with one of my BFF’s Megan. We are scheduled for a 2/25 class and I’m looking forward to the hilarity that’s to come of this. I have a feeling we might end up like this clip from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (for the record, I would not be the one with the soap on the chicken):

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 2 – Soap on a Chicken – Video – Bravo TV Official Site.

#18 – Take a picture every day of a month and blog about it – so right now I’m just over halfway through my 30 day photo challenge. You see the first 10 pics here, the next 10 should be posted by the end of next week. If you have Instagram, you can follow along by searching #shannonsshenanigans30dayphoto

#54 – Try 10 New recipes – I’m sure I probably had this complete last year, but since I was lazy on a blog hiatus, I can’t quite remember what I may have made that was “new”. So a few weeks ago, I made Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup. It was fantastic. I even made my own garlic croutons (I took rolls that I had in the freezer, thawed them out, cut into cubes, and mixed with melted butter/garlic powder. Baked at 350 for 10 minutes) and they were awesome too. I’m thinking about making it again this weekend, except this time I would puree the veggies for a smooth soup. Also, I found out that the soup freezes well too, just make sure you thaw it out slowly in the refrigerator.


I also tried this Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers recipe from Skinny Taste. I used the exact ingredients, however, I decided to cook it in the crock pot (chalk it up to my love affair with my crock pot). Um, it looked and tasted like dog food. Maybe next time (that is IF I try this again), I will follow the recipe exactly. It sounds like it would be good.


#96 – Paint a piece of pottery to display in my house – Back on January 12th, I had a girls day out with my sister Kelly and my niece Makenzie. I had bought Makenzie a gift certificate for a local pottery place (she is quite the little artist) for Christmas with the intention of having day out with them. I painted a vase, complete with a monogram ‘M’ (because I’m obsessed with all monogrammed things) for my front hallway. Kelly painted a chocolate bunny and Makenzie made a heart trinket box. Here’s pics from the day:





Any new recipes worth trying? Feel free to share!!! Take care until next time!


Meet Marilyn

Wow, the kitchen is finally done and I have to say that I’m beyond excited at the transformation and the completion of my kitchen (sorry for the 2 month delay on the reveal).  I’ve been busy organizing, reorganizing (bad habit) and cooking up a storm (I NEVER, EVER, thought I’d say that).  Here’s what she looked like when she was plain, drab, and boring Mary:

She was cute and user-friendly, but I wanted more.  This is where I last left you (mid way through the transformation):

To quote my favorite Clean House diva Niece Nash (although sadly no longer with the show)…..”Take off your blindfolds and open your eyes (ok, assuming you are wearing virtual blindfolds):

Isn’t Marilyn a beauty???  This is the actual first makeover where I’m actually happy with everything (including artwork).  Just for your viewing pleasure, here’s a slide show of the entire project (if you’ve got 3 minutes to spare):

A few things I would recommend (beside the obvious get pricing, interview contractors, etc):

(1) Stick to your budget – we went over by 15%, not terrible, but not great

(2) Be patient – yeah, easy for me to say, very hard to do, but I bit my tongue quite a few times

(3) Keep your eye on the prize – no matter how many times I got frustrated with a lack of a kitchen, I kept telling myself to think about the end result. 

What do you think?  Anyone else accomplish some major home improvement tasks lately?

Meet Mary

For those of you who know me, you know that I’ve been longing for my dream kitchen since I started taking an interest in cooking (which was about 2 years ago).  I call my kitchen Mary.  She was the best part of the house when we moved in 6 1/2 years ago, and as we’ve slowly updated the rest of the house, she’s become very drab.  Here she is in all her plainness:

Mary is simple.  Mary fits our needs.  BUT Mary wants to become a Marilyn.  She believes that the kitchen is the heart of the home, where people can hang out, chat, and cook gourmet meals.  Right now we don’t spend that much time in there.  I feel like I’ve neglected her and let her down.  We thought about doing a few updates, like paint and a new countertop, but you can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still a pig. 

I’m excited to announce that we are going for a major overhaul including new cherry cabinets, a granite countertop, new ceilings (yay for getting rid of popcorn ceilings), recessed lighting, window/floor moldings, paint, and tile backsplash.  The appliances will have to wait at least another year (unless of course I can convince the babes to go for it now).  I’m excited and am ready to start the demo! I invite you along to keep up with our updates as we continue to make our house a home!

I keep daydreaming about all the gourmet dinners I’ll cook for Ed and me, the dinner parties I’ll be hosting, but who am I really kidding?  I’m not Donna Reed; we all know that when Mary becomes Marilyn that the kitchen will become my “untouchable”room – you know, like the Italian living rooms with the plastic on the couches?  I can say that because my in-laws once had that room.  Just kidding Ed!!