Weekend Distractions No. 15

I want to thank Pinterest for “Picked for you” 2016 printable calendars (because of one search) because, you know, it isn’t November or anything. I want to be able to turn off the Picked for you. I. DOn’t. Like. It.

My sweet little poochie geni.jpghas discovered she loves water. The other day while outside with my dad, his sprinklers came on. My mom said she ran back and forth through them. Ok cool. Glad she likes water.

Then yesterday happened. November came in with a bang. I went from wearing shorts and a t-shirt to bed with the fan on and having hot flashes earlier this week, to wearing flannel bottoms and a long sleeve shirt to bed last night and was still cold at first. It rained. On and off all day. But at one point in the afternoon when it was raining really good, my sweetie went outside. And came in half covered in mud where she was running back and forth at her favorite dirt spot by the back fence. My dad says I don’t need gravel. I said what about when I am not home every time it rains or snows and she runs through the wet dirt. Sheesh. Men.

I need to pave the corner of the space like thisf963db5fa1094e5b6fc5e23ed9a46ea9

But the pavers would go all the way to the fence and the gravel would be bigger. Have to make sure that there are no plants for her to have a place to dig. (So far, she doesn’t dig in the gravel, only bare spots.) There is a spot where my back neighbors are different and there is a small spot of older fence. I have this metal display thing from my brother’s old skate shop that I need to attach to the posts and plant a vine (trumpet). I think I could DIY the concrete pavers and make them bigger, varying sizes.

How to build my own cabinet doors without special toolscabinet-doors-13

Thank you Kristi. Now I just need to figure out how to remove the laminate from the cabinets so I can paint them too. I’ll just have to remove the one cabinet, where I want to put shelves, and experiment on it. I also know what to get now to finish off the doors on the pantry so I don’t have the gaps on those either (before I ever finish painting them). I also think I messed up and bought a flat paint and I had wanted glossier. LOL. Leave it to me to ask for satin and it isn’t smooth.



Copycat Copycat Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake



1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I used the Ninja and ground up whole crackers)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup melted butter
4 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons sugar

Preheat oven to 475°F. Place a large pan filled with 1/2 inch water in oven. I had to use my large, flat bottom skillet, make sure the springform pan will fit inside the water bath pan.

Make crust: Mix graham cracker crumbs and cinnamon; add butter. Press crust onto bottom and 2/3 of the way up a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment (I didn’t have any so didn’t do this, the bottom had to be scraped up, I don’t recommend not using it). Wrap 2 pieces of heavy duty foil around bottom of pan so water can’t get in the edges. Freeze until filling is prepared.

Make filling: Use your stand mixer to mix cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Blend until smooth and creamy. At least 3 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Whisk eggs in a bowl and add to cream cheese mixture. Blend just until eggs are incorporated.

Remove crust from freezer and pour in filling. Carefully place cheesecake into preheated water bath. Bake for 12 minutes; turn oven to 350°F and bake until top of cheesecake turns golden, about 50 minutes. Do not use a tooth pick or any other object to test doneness. Once golden on top, turn off oven and leave oven door open to let cheesecake set completely (no more than 10 minutes). Mine had had a little indention in the middle that popped up while sitting in the turned off oven. Remove cake to a wire rack to cool.

Make topping: Combine sour cream and sugar and spread over cake. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Remove springform, cut and serve cold. Enjoy.

Adapted from myrecipes.com

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Weekend Distractions No. 14

Oh, this view:


I would love to have this sunroom, overlooking water. Swoon. And there is an outdoor deck above the sunroom.

This room I could live in:


I don’t care for all the decor, but I love the ceilings. The doors. The walls. I could seriously retire in this house. With that view from above outside these windows.

This desk:


The table Lauren found to make these desks was perfect. And the color she painted them is lovely too. This desk in that room, with that view.

And faux brick in the kitchen:


Lauren has a truly impressive, DIY home. The faux beam coming into the kitchen is impressive too. But I have said before how much I like the faux beam and how I wanted to use it on the part above my cabinets, making it look like exposed brick beams in there. I found this today and it is a good example of the faux brick in the kitchen. Thank you again Lauren for your inspiration. Not to mention I also love the concrete counters.

Making my mouth water:


I think my picky boy would even eat this. Yum!

Now I have to go scrape some more stripper off of a footboard. I might make it to the headboard this week.





A Leafy Landscape


My dad has ridden in this event for 5 years now, I think. It raises money for a cancer house. Great cause. Last year he rode less because it was the first time since his heart attack, but he is slowly getting back up there. And the landscape is beautiful, autumn at its finest around here.

#theidearoom #fatmumslim

A Pair



A terrible picture. But this is my son and his friend last year for Halloween. I hate buying costumes that are only worn once. I thought at least he would wear these clothes again. Nope. Never. LOL.

The city where I live outside of Albuquerque, was founded because of Intel. Since I have lived here, we have seen divisions close and people get laid off. New jobs created (but not as may as were lost). A whole bunch of people from Ireland brought over and their housing paid for. A new Intel built near Phoenix. And this Intel is closing. They decided to more utilize the Phoenix building. So the people here that didn’t want to retire, or have to find a new job, had to get “rehired” by Phoenix or Oregon. Brendan’s friend here had to move to Oregon. Sadly, they never said goodbye. And we still haven’t seen Intel close completely yet. It will greatly impact our community, so hopefully there are plans for replacements.

Rainbow Sherbet Time

merrik-ice-creamThis was by far the most colorful scrapbook page I have ever done. And he has a spoon. LOL. My nephew only eats rainbow sherbet when we go to Baskin Robbins but he will at least try different flavors.

Colorful was for #theidearoom and Spoon was for #fatmumslim


Soccer Mom I’m Not

I’m sitting here at soccer practice. Watching the younger girls that are practicing right in front of where I am parked. The smallest girl is the goalie. She is not afraid of the ball at all. She rocks her position. Pounces on that ball. 

The team my son joined this year is a competitive team that is part of the league he was playing in before. And a much cheaper team to join. But I am a little disappointed. They play favorites. They don’t really give fair chances on playing and teaching them the new positions that were added with this age bracket. And if that wasn’t the topper, the coach’s son sat out half of the season with a boot on. (I don’t think he really wants to play anyway.) By the time we get to u14, it’s only a season or 2 away from high school tryouts. I think they need more guidance. I am a little frustrated that players that are playing up by years get more playing time just because they were part of the team last year. 

Today’s thoughts. But then again. He doesn’t practice any extra either. So maybe it’s all him. I can’t get it through his head that hard work pays off. 

Weekend Distractions No. 13

This inspiration:


OMG. I love the huge shutters. But maybe not that big. The old crib pieces are pretty cool too. I have been trying to figure out how I could use the shutters I have to achieve the look with the rounded part like the shutters above. I think I might have finally come up with a solution. Stay tuned. (As always, click on the photo to take you to the original blog post.)

This printable:


I am going to print it out. Make a rustic frame with all the wood scraps in my garage.

Good use for wood scraps in my garage:chunky-bunny-15

I was actually looking for more wintery crafts, but I couldn’t not check these out. They are so cute. I will have to make sure to try these after Christmas.

Because I love how cute gnomes are:holiday-gnome-tutorial-on-madeinaday-com_-650x573

These seem like they would be pretty simple to make.

As always, here I am with all these things I want to make and not making half of them. LOL. Why it’s called distractions.





Healthy Chocolate Chip Muffins

Whole wheat flour. Oats. Pecans. Brown sugar. Greek yogurt.

I had shared a muffin recipe a few weeks ago in my weekend distractions. I made them last week. Took them to work for a birthday. Even though I baked them 30 seconds too long, everyone liked them.

I couldn’t find Old Fashioned Oats, so I borrowed what my mom had and all she had was steel cut, or Captain’s Oats. There was barely enough so I made up the difference with crushed pecans. There was supposed to be oats in the streusel too, I used pecans again.



  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (I think any oats would work)
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats/or crushed pecans
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, pecans, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and Greek yogurt. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips.

4. Divide batter evenly among greased muffins cups, filling each one almost full. I used a cookie scoop.

5. In a small bowl, stir together the streusel ingredients with a fork until well coated in the oil. Place a heaping tablespoon of streusel over the batter in the muffin cups.

6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until muffins start to turn golden brown and streusel is crisp. Let muffins cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely or enjoy.

Adapted from The BakerMama