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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich Recipe with Homemade Honey Mustard #KetchupsNewMustard

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The spring and summer bring so many things that I just love about two the two seasons.  I love when I walk outside and you can smell food, knowing that someone close by is grilling and making up something amazing!  We really enjoy cooking outside too, making hot dogs and burgers and other amazing dishes. I love that's it easy and usually not as much clean up :).  This past weekend I made up this honey mustard chicken sandwich and it was AMAZING!!!  Seriously, I ate the whole thing and was wanting more.  The homemade honey mustard made with the New Heinz® Yellow Mustard totally makes the sandwich.  
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I headed to Walmart to get the Heinz Yellow Mustard. I found it in the aisle with the other condiments.  The mustard was across the aisle from the ketchup.  The Heinz Yellow Mustard comes in 8, 14 and 20 oz bottles.  The new cap down bottle makes sure that the first squirt isn't all watery or you get that mustard plug that comes out at the beginning.  And it's super easy to squeeze out.  
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This is what you'll need for the honey mustard:
1/2 cup Heinz Yellow Mustard
1/2 cup Heinz Mayonnaise
1/3 cup honey
Dash of Worcestershire sauce 

Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together.
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This is enough to make a batch, so I put it in a jar so I can use it in the next few months.  This stuff is amazing though, I love it!  I'm excited to dip my chicken strips in it and put it onto all my sandwiches.  The Heinz Yellow Mustard gives it just the right flavor.  The new mustard has a secret blend of spices and vinegar to enrich the flavor, plus it used 100% natural ingredients. 
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This is what you'll need for the honey mustard chicken sandwich:
Homemade honey mustard
Chicken (I used a breaded chicken that I baked but grilled chicken would be great too)
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Put all the topping on to the buns and then pour the honey mustard on.
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And then enjoy this delicious sandwich!  I bet you are going to want more after you're done with it!
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Is your mouth watering yet??  Because mine is and I just ate lunch! 
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The honey mustard was great for the chicken but when it comes to hamburgers, I just love the Heinz Yellow Mustard by itself.  It gives the burger just the right amount of flavor and tang!  Pair it with Heinz Ketchup for the fries and you have a perfect meal! 
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What is your favorite thing to grill outside?  What do you like to put mustard on?  I would love to hear it! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DIY Barn Door with Burned Wood Finish Perfect for Large Openings

Disclosure: I was given product in exchange for this post.  All opinions, ideas and content are 100% my own.
Today I am very excited to share with you a project that I have been wanting to do for a while now.  I know that barn doors are really popular right now, for good reason.  They are awesome and very inexpensive and fairly easy to make!  Plus they look awesome!  We had a large opening in our house that we knew we wanted to turn into a room but to frame it and buy french doors would have been way too expensive.  So we came up with this solution and it turned out great.  Plus it only cost about $250 to make, much cheaper than it would have been had we framed it.
Here is the room before.  It is supposed to be a formal dining room but we never used that as a dining room (a dining room with carpet and kids doesn’t make sense!).  So we had it as our formal living room, but honestly it was a waste of space because we really didn’t need three rooms that are for the family.  So we decided to build the door, to make the space into my craft room and then use the space that was my craft room as a bedroom.  It has been so nice because now we are using this space wisely and it works better for our family.
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This is how we made the door:
We went to Home Depot and picked up some wood.  We used fence wood because it was cheaper and lighter than the other wood.  Since the door is very large (almost 5’x8’) we needed something lighter.  We also got some square dowels to make a template for the holes we drilled.  We also got some 3/8” circle dowels to put into the wood to connect them together.  We had 35 pieces of wood altogether- 17 was the inner pieces.  12 for the outer border, 2 for the center piece and then 4 for the diagonal pieces. 
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We cut 17 pieces of the wood 57” wide. 
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Then using the square dowel, we drilled some holes into the dowel to make a template. Then we used the dowel to mark where to drill the holes on each piece of wood.  Each piece had 4 holes into, to insert the dowels into.  We put some washi tape onto the drill bit to show how far down we needed to drill.
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Once the holes were drilled, we inserted 2” dowels into the holes and then put it into the holes that were in the other side of the wood.  Each piece of wood had holes on both sides of the wood.  That’s how we connected all 17 pieces for more structure and stability. 
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Once all the wood was put together with dowels, we then put on the border.  We went all around the wood and then one in the center.  We also did the same for the back of the wood.  We used a nail gun to attach the border.
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For more support, we put a long strip of pine onto the sides.  We attached that with a nail gun.
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For more support we put on a diagonal piece of wood.  We cut the wood the length of the diagonal and then traced the angel onto the wood and then cut it.
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Then we nailed that onto the door.
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Here is what the door looks like all done!  The back side has the same design too.
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We then sanded the wood to get it smooth and ready for burning.
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I love the uniqueness of burning the wood gives, so that is what I did with the door.  As you can see the flame really brings out the grain of the wood.  Here is a quick video of me using the BernzOMatic torch to get the burned wood finish.

What is nice about the TS3000 BernzOMatic torch is that you can adjust the flame so you can go really dark or you can have a light shade.  I burned all the border first and make it darker, to make it stand out.
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Then I burned the middle pieces.  I did different shades in the middle.  Some of them were really dark and some were light.  I love the look of the burned wood.  I love that it brings out the natural look of the wood. 
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Here is the barn door all complete!  Ready to be hung.
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Since the barn door is so large, we needed a larger track and bigger hardware. This was a little tricky because the majority of barn door kits are only 6ft-6.6ft wide.  And if you want one that is 8ft you're going to pay about $300-$400 for them.  Since the door is so big too, we couldn't just get a 8ft bar of metal, we needing something that would hold it.  So we found a track, wheels and brackets that went together but that were sold separately.  We got a track that was 8 feet long (click on the link to see where we got it) and then used three of these wheel tracks for it (two probably would have worked but we wanted to be safe).  We put all three of the wheels onto the door by drilling holes into the wood and then bolting them on.
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To put the track on, we used a 2x8x8ft piece of wood (that’s I burned to match) and then put that onto the wall.
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We put the wheels onto the track and then put the door up.  It wasn’t the easiest task since the room is so small but once we got it up it went up well.  We put the door onto boards that were 5/8” thick (that’s how far we wanted it off the ground) and then screwed the track onto the wood with the brackets.  That is what is holding up the track. 
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And that’s it!  I love how it looks and I love having a room again.
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The door doesn’t open all the way because of the size of the room and on the other side we have an arch that is too low, so it was the only option we could do.  But if you had a space that fit a longer track, you could definitely have it open up all the way.
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I added a turquoise handle for a pop of color.  I love how it looks!
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It is so nice to have another room in our house and not have a wasted space.  And I love how the wood looks burned.  I love the variety in the woods and in the colors.  You couldn’t get that with a stain or paint color. 
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Enjoy Cold Foods Even with Sensitive Teeth- Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Popsicle Recipe #SensitiveSmiles

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I love cold drinks and popsicles.  One of my favorite things about warm weather are the cool treats that I get to enjoy when it's nice and sunny!  Too bad my teeth don't love the cold.  As I've gotten older (and since I got my braces off a couple years ago) my teeth have gotten more and more sensitive to the cold foods.  Luckily for me (and for you) Colgate has come out with an awesome new product that not only helps with the sensitivity of teeth, but it also helps care for them, giving you long lasting relief.
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The new Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush and Sensitivity Pen are designed with ultra soft bristles and the pen is made for on the spot targeting to relieve the pain.  
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I got the new toothbrush at Fred Meyer in the dental hygiene aisle.  Many Kroger stores and Kroger brand stores might have digital coupons that you can download for the Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush and Sensitivity Pen.  You should check out at your store to see if you can get some extra savings!
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This toothbrush is different than other toothbrushes because it has extra soft bristles and the sensitivity pen.  You can use regular toothpaste with the brush and and store the pen inside the toothbrush.
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Once you are done brushing your teeth, you then twist the pen and a gel comes out.  You put the pen in the area that is more sensitive and brush for one minute and then not rinse.  The Actis Enamel Pen blocks sensitivity at the source of pain. Simply: Brush, Apply, Go.  It's super easy and you will notice a difference right away. The longer you use it the formula in the gel will build up a barrier that will make your teeth less prone to sensitivity.
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I have been using the toothbrush and pen for a several days now and I was ready to try a cold treat to see how it felt on my teeth.  So I made an amazing chocolate covered raspberry smoothie popsicle.  

This is what you'll need for it:
Raspberry yogurt- 16 oz
Frozen berries
1 1/2 cups milk
Ice cream chocolate shell
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Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend.  Pour into popsicle molds and then freeze for 4 hours.  After about an hour in the freezer, I put the popsicle sticks into them, that way they don't fall down.
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After they were frozen, I pulled them out and then put the chocolate shell on them.  
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The first thing I did was took a huge bite out of it and it was amazing!  I couldn't do that before without cringing. Normally when I eat a popsicle, I use my tongue to break off a piece and then smash it on the roof of my mouth. The roof of my mouth starts to get sore and hurt because of the pressure.  So it was great to be able to enjoy a cold treat without having to do that and being able to use my teeth!  And the popsicle was amazing too, so it was a win win!
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Do you have sensitive teeth? What would you eat if you didn't have to worry about your sensitive teeth?  I'd love to hear it!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

18 Easy Recipes Perfect For Warm Weather {MMM #273 Block Party}

Hello everyone!!  I am so glad that you are here today!  The weather is starting to warm up and it's time to start thinking about eating outdoors.  Check out these awesome recipes that will be perfect for warm weather and eating outside! 

It's Kaysi again from Keeping it Simple.

I love warm weather and creating super yummy drinks.  Here are a few of my favorite ones.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Inexpensive DIY Plank Statement Wall

My family is full of DIYers, they are amazing!  It's amazing the things that they do to their homes!  My brother bought a home a few years ago that was not in great shape.  I think that is putting it nicely.  The previous owners did not take care of it.  It was dirty with holes in the wall.  They have spent the past few years fixing it up and it looks amazing now!  Hard work really pays off!  He let me share with you guys his latest project, a plank statement wall.  It looks so cool plus it is a very easy DIY project and doesn't cost very much! 

Here is the wall before.
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For the plank wall he used fence wood, in various sizes.  Then he painted them all different colors.  
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Once all of the planks were painted, he arranged them into the wall and nailed them in with a nail gun.
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And that's it!  Very simple and it easy to do.  What a great way to put some color into a room!
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