Friday, July 31, 2015

Findings Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I'm starting a new post segment called Findings Friday. Its going to be all about the things I find over the week and think are share worthy.

There's so much stuff out there in the wonderful world of social media that I never get to share with you because its not something I have tried. I've compiled a list of cool things ranging from fashion to food. From art to nature. All of them are amazing things and are meant to inspire you throughout your next week.

I hope you enjoy this list of cool things this week. I might just have to go and bake me some brownies and print me a picture of Bruce Willis holding a glue gun. That would definitely make my day. Hope it makes yours.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DIY custom door mat

I've got another easy DIY project for you. Check out this cool custom door mat.
 We had a plain brown door mat with nothing on it, so we turned it into this custom welcomer that warns people who come over to our house about what goes on inside. Now, you don't have to put words on your mat. I've seen it done with the house number alone, but as for me, I wanted something that speaks to me.

What you will need:

1. A door mat that is blank or has a blank spot in the middle.
2. Stencils
3. Black Sharpies





After I decided what I wanted to write on my mat, I laid out the stencils so I wasn't terribly lop sided when I started coloring.


I love how this project looks next to my DIY solar light. Its an easy and great way to bring your front porch to life.

Please leave me a comment about your favorite front porch DIY projects or send me an email to SHendersonPhoto(at)gmail.com

Monday, July 27, 2015

Style me 7-27

I don't think most of you know that i'm 5'11", so sometimes its hard to find clothes that fit my tall frame. I've been forced to stick with brands that I know will fit which gives me less of a variety in my wardrobe. I've been lucky enough since I started loosing weight to find a few items that I really love and with the snap of cool weather we've had the last few days, I was inspired to put together an outfit that reflects my inner warmth.

Sticking with my tomboy/boho style I've got tthree obsessions i'd like to share with you today.


First is the tribal pattern sweatshirt that I picked up at Ross for a whopping $5.99. It is so comfortable, but at the same time not overly warm. Its just what I need on a sixty degree day in the summer time.

Second is my newly fitting Levi 524 supper low straight leg jeans. Since I lost weight they don't squeeze my hips too much and their straight leg is not to tight, but not to loose either.

Third is my new brown Oxford shoes that I purchased from Amazon. It can be hard to find a larger sized shoe and these fit great on my big boats.

So to put it all together:
Sweatshirt: Ross $5.99
Jeans: Levi - Amazon.com $19.99
Shoes: Breckelle's - Amazon.com $25

This style is so comfortable for me I wish I had another sweatshirt like this tribal one. If you find any let me know.




Check out this way to wear this look in warmer weather. I'm totally going to try this.

You could still wear the Oxfords with this lighter tribal style shirt or wear a nice sandal. Check out more of Lindsey's style on her blog Pillow Thoughts.




Utensil drawer organizer and 300th post!

This is my 300th post! And to celebrate, I've got a DIY project that you are going to love. It's going to make your life so much easier and organized.
 My utensil drawer has always been a mess and there wasn't much I could do about it. The silverware containers were sliding to the back every time I opened the drawer and the rest scooted around in there like my middle son without his caffeine in the morning. I couldn't find anything and when I did organize the drawer, a day later it would be back to the way it was before. I know you all can relate.
I found this tutorial on Pinterest that showed how to make a really cheap and easy organizer for my utensil drawer. Can we say life hack. This is so easy, I really suggest you try it.

What you will need:

1. Poplar craft boards 1/4x3x2 they are about $1.50 a board (I only found these at Lows. Home Depot didn't have anything like them.)
2. Instant bond glue
3. Hand saw
4. Measuring tape


What I did first was organize the drawer. Separate all the utensils into types and place them in the drawer how they fit best. It was pretty hard to come up with a layout that worked, especially so I could reach the ones in the back. You could always get the full extend drawer sliders if you want them to come out farther, but I didn't get those.

I then used straws to mark out where I wanted to put the boards. This way I had a visual and something to measure.
 After I had my measurements, my adorable and most helpful husband cut the boards to size with a hand saw and his muscles. I suppose I could have done it, but it wouldn't have been as much fun :).
Before I glued the boards together, I put them in the drawer where they were supposed to go, to make sure they fit properly. Its a good thing I did too. Two of the boards were to long and needed to be trimmed... several times. Let's just say my measurements were slightly off.

After all the measuring and cutting was done, I glued the boards together and let them dry. They turned out really great. I'm now wondering what other drawers I can organize :)
As always, I would love to hear about your drawer organizing projects. Comment below or send me a photo to SHendersonPhoto(at)gmail.com

Menu: Week 103

It's been a fun week with my baby boy turning two. He's decided to call me Ma, but he has a southern accent. It is hilarious. Just call me Ma Henderson.

Anyway, we've got a lot of fun DIY projects coming up in the next couple of weeks and the hubby and I are building a tool shed in our back yard. Wish us luck, I've never built anything this big before. Plus, we tried out another yummy summer time burger that I can't wait to share with you.

Enjoy this weeks nutritional products.

Monday
- Hamburger casserole

Tuesday
- Baked ravioli

Wednesday
- Chicken fajita pasta

Thursday
- Buffalo chicken rolls

Friday
- Creamy spinach tomato tortellini

Saturday
- French bread pizza

Sunday
- Spaghetti

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Roadhouse Burger

I have been on a mission to find the summers greatest burgers. I've come across some amazing recipes already and I've been sharing them here with all of you.

Did you all try the delicious Ranch burger? Yep, that one was pretty tasty. If you haven't all ready grilled one up, maybe you should. Or you could make one of these amazingly scrumptious Roadhouse burgers that my family tried a few days ago.
Here is a list of ingredients that you will need:
Beef patty
Toasted onion buns
Munster cheese
Caramelized onions
 Bacon
Garlic mayo
Onion rings (We didn't have these but it would have been so good)

I think what really made this burger was the garlic mayo. It really gave it a kick. This is definitely a breath mint kind of meal, but it was so good. 

Grill up a burger or two and send me a picture. I would love to see what you come up with. SHendersonPhoto(at)gmail.com

Monday, July 20, 2015

Query critique and first 250 words

Here is what I have of a query and first 250 words on a new MS that I am working on. I would love some critiques on them.

Code name: Hunter. Occupation: Telepathic bounty hunter for Talon, Aka the Telepathic Alliance of Latent or Non-manifested.

At the age of sixteen, Hunter is one of the best at her job. That is why she is selected to go on a very important mission to take down a ruthless criminal named Seeker. The only problem is, he has managed to hide himself very well, but that’s Hunters specialty. She is able to find the trail left behind in someone’s mind.

While Hunter and her partner are out scouring the minds from Seeker’s past something goes wrong. They’re being followed. Convinced that their mission has been compromised, Hunter’s partner turns on her. He believes that she has turned against him and cannot be trusted.

Just as Hunter’s partner prepares to pull the trigger and end her life, Seeker saves her. Turns out he works for a secret government agency called the PIT – the Psychic Intelligence Team. They have a plan to take down Talon and save her life, but first she needed to give up any information she has about their operation.

Faced with a life or death situation, Hunter chooses life and sides with the PIT. One last mission. One that will turn her world up side down. The only problem is, someone won’t survive.


HUNTER, a YA urban fantasy is a work in process. It's a stand alone novel with series potential.


FIRST 250 WORDS:
The city streets of Portland held my prey. The normal people. I laughed. They had no idea I was in their heads.

My partner spoke in my ear through the com link. “Hunter, stop being such a girl and locate the mark.

Although the world moved around me, a stillness flowed through my mind letting it open up to the people that passed. The flow of their voices and the chaotic thoughts made it hard to distinguish one person from the next. I had learned to control it a long time ago. Learned to find what I was looking for.
            
The mellow grays of the city streets set a dull surrounding, one that gave off a sad vibe. The warm yellows of the sun would never show itself here. Portland, what a joke. I wished we hadn’t taken this assignment.

I hated big cities. There were too many people, too many voices rolling around in my head. My eyes closed, focused on the thoughts around me again. It was easier to concentrate if I didn’t have to battle with my sight.

My mind tried to pull one person at a time from the crowd, scanning their inner monologue for the information I needed, but it was proving to be difficult. Come on, where were they.

I wandered further even though the mass amount of voices in my head was getting to me. The all familiar ache was starting to seep into the spot between my eyes.

Then I heard her. I heard Kathy, the mark.

The Birthday Board

Today's DIY is actually an old project that I put together for another one of my blog years ago. It needed a little updating.

I gave this birthday board to my mom a few years back. It had all the birthday's of my immediate family on it sorted by month and date. Since then, we've added four new members with one more on the way and the board has fallen apart slightly.

Over the weekend I stole the board from my moms, spent about $5.00 on supplies and redid the board with ribbon instead of hooks. It worked way better and the hooks didn't fall out when the board was hanging.

What you will need to make this awesome reminder of how many birthdays are in your family:
A board big enough to hold all the months
Sharpies
Glue gun
Wooden coins (We have the 1.5 inch)
Ribbon
2 hooks
Letter stencils


To start, I used the letter stencils and sharpies to write out the "Birthday" letters. Then i just free handed the month letters. I wrote everyone's birth dates on a wooden coin and then hot glued them to a piece if ribbon. The ribbon then is glued to the back of the board. Its a pretty simple DIY project.






I'm currently waiting on more wooden coins since all the local Joann fabric stores and Michael's Crafts were out of the size I wanted (Had to order them from Amazon) to finish this project completely. My family now has at least one birthday per month.


Good luck on your DIY project and as always, I would love to see pictures of what your birthday board looks like. Email me at ShendersonPhoto(at)gmail.com

Menu: Week 102

It was another hot dry week. I was really hoping for some rain but that didn't happen. We did get to take the kids to the spray park yesterday to cool down and spent some time with my family. We made a gluten free cake with homemade cream cheese frosting that was to die for. It turned out amazing although it looked like my five year old made it. I called it my "Master Chef Cake." It tasted way better than it looked, lol.

Enjoy this weeks menu.

Monday
- Roadhouse burger

Tuesday
- Spaghetti

Wednesday
- Creamy spinach and sausage pasta

Thursday
Hawaiian grilled chicken

Friday
- Grilled cheese and ham

Saturday
- Pizza night

Sunday
- BBQ

Friday, July 17, 2015

How Grandpabbie ruined lives

Like so many Americans and people across the world I have been stricken with the Frozen bug. "Let it go," plays non stop in my house, in my car and in my head. I even hear it at work which most the time makes me want to pull my hair out. The really sad part is... I have boys.





My youngest son, who will be two in a few short days, is obsessed with everything Frozen. The minute we get home from a long day of me being at work, he asks "Show. Show?" And the only thing that will appease that little hellion is that darn movie. For a while there I was able to distract him with Guardians of the Galaxy or Captain American: Winter Solder. Two movies I can stand, but now we are back to the grind.

With all my in depth knowledge about Frozen I have come to the conclusion that Hans is really not the bad guy. In fact he is just a miss led boy who has no idea that this whole thing was set up by the most evil villain that Disney has ever seen... Grandpabbie...

Lets face it folks. This evil little monster could have saved Anna and Elsa's family a lot of heart ache if he had just told their parents how dumb they were. Really? Conceal, don't feel, don't let it show? That is the worst idea ever.

I've made a list of people who might have been better off if Grandpabbie had the guts to give the King the what for.

1. Anna wouldn't have been deprived of human contact and wouldn't have spent her entire childhood staring at a clock and asking people to build a snowman.
2. Elsa wouldn't have been a shut in with adebilitating fear issues that froze a whole kingdom.
3. The King and Queen might not have gone on their little boat ride (Probably looking for someone who could help Elsa) There for they wouldn't have drowned and floated to shore on a deserted island to give birth to Tarzan who was then raised by apes. (These people should of never had kids.)
4. Kristoff would have still been raised by trolls but he might have found a nice girl who also loved ice as much as he did. They could have carved ice at sunset together. (How romantic)
5. There wouldn't have been a coronation ball to bring out creepo Hans. He might have found another kingdom to ruin by the time Elsa ruled Erindale.
6. The people of Erindale might have learned if the wood is drier bark up or bark down. (Just a thought.)
7. The Duke of Weiseltown wouldn't have forced his sons to become murderers and subsequently loose the biggest trade account he had. 
8. What about Olaf you say? Well, our dear little snowman surly would have been made a long time before Elsa's flight into the mountains and there for have lived many summers by then. 

This could have all been avoided if Grandpabbie had just had some balls and slapped the King in the face. You know I'm right. 

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts who the biggest villain is in Frozen. Leave me a comment below or send me an email and I'll post your thoughts to my blog SHendersonPhoto(at)gmail.com 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Delicious Ranch Burgers


My husband and I love to BBQ in the summer. Heck, we BBQ all year long. Yes, I make my lover stand outside in the cold of winter to grill me up a burger. He doesn't mind, really!

We had a little family get together last night with my in-laws and instead of the normal burgers on the grill like we usually do, we decided to try something new and delicious.

I found this recipe over at thefrugalgirls.com. They were so easy it was a no-brainer. They were practically gone before they left the grill.

Ingredients:
2lbs ground beef
1 pack of ranch mix
1/2 cup crushed corn chips
and of course all the fixings for burgers

Grill them up and enjoy! Make sure you check out the girls over at thefrugalgirls.com for more fun recipes.

For a great side dish to this burger, check out this amazing blueberry salad

Blueberry picking and Blueberry salad

It's that time of year again! The blueberries are ripe, the sun is out and my kids are torturing me as I'm shoulder high in a blueberry bush. It never fails.

We did manage to walk away with a good 9 pounds of the fresh organic blue balls of goodness. That's only after my middle monster screamed for a half hour about how he didn't want to be there and then ran up and down the isles. Fun... times...

On our car ride home I was contemplating what to make with the berries, especially since my in-laws were coming over for dinner and I still hadn't planned what we were having as a side item with our burgers. I wanted something easy to make. Something light since its been so hot out and something sweet to incorporate the blueberries with.

I came up with a salad! Go figure.

It was amazingly delicious and I will include the recipe at the bottom of this post for all you salad aficionados.

Enjoy the rest of the photos from our trip to Morning Shade Farm in Canby, Oregon.




I did get the kids to help pick blueberries after convincing them that it's a contest and we needed to pick more berries than Grandme. 



 My blueberry stomping claude hoppers. My favorite, most comfortable boots.

A little tiki light for the BBQ. 
                                                                                                                                                 

Ingredients:

Romaine lettuce
1 Cup Pecans
1 Cup Red Onion
1 1/2 Cups Blueberries
1 Cup Blue Cheese
Grilled Chicken (Optional)

Dressing:
Vinaigrette

Mix and enjoy! 






Menu: Week 101

I can't believe how dried up Willamette falls is right now. We are having one of the driest summers in Oregon of all time and it really shows in our river. Although, we did have a massive rain shower last night that woke me from a dead sleep. I laid there for almost an hour listening to the sound of the rian on our skylight. It was soothing and much needed.

Enjoy this weeks menu!

Monday
- Chicken Yakisoba

Tuesday
- Chicken strips and fries

Wednesday
- Spanish rice with ground beef

Thursday
- Cheesy taco skillet

Friday
- Hawaiian grilled chicken and rice

Saturday
- Spaghetti

Sunday
- Tuna sandwiches




Friday, July 10, 2015

14 Things to do in Oregon City


I asked some Facebook friends what their favorite places around our little town were and they came up with an amazing list of things to do in Oregon City this summer. This little town has captured my heart and I am so happy that my children get to grow up here just like I did. Enjoy this list.

1. Visit the Bluff - There is an amazing view from a little park at 2nd and High st. It overlooks the waterfall below. I love this location as the sun sets casting an orange glow over the water.

2. Walk the water front - Take a romantic stroll along the newly restored water front in downtown Oregon City. On occasion in the summer months you can see the massive sea lions surfing the current below.

3. Take a dip in the river at Clackamas Cove - This is something I haven't done yet but it sounds amazing. The cove is a relaxing and calm little water way that has a beautiful walk that skirts its edge. This is on my list of things to do this summer.

4. Oregon City farmers market - Saturdays from 9am to 2pm at the public service building off Kaen Rd. They have live music, organic fruits and veggies and local products that are amazing. My best friend is obsessed with a local peanut butter. I tried it. It's AMAZING!

5.Visit Canemah Graveyard - There is a nice short hike along a beautiful bluff in Canemah park that leads to an old 1800 grave yard. It's a little creepy, but its a beautiful location to visit.
6.Oregon City Brewery - If you want to try some of the best local beers, this is the place. It has a tap room and outside seating. Check it out and have a drink with the girls.

7. Movies in the park - There are some really cool movies playing this summer and the best part, its FREE! They are playing one of my favorite movies this year, Guardians of the Galaxy. "I'm distracting you, you big turd blossom."

8. Concerts in the park - Yet again, another FREE fun thing to do with the family this summer. Check out the link for a list of who's playing.

9. Singer Hill Cafe - In the summer, this eclectic little cafe opens its garage doors to let the summer breeze in. You can get a nice cup of Joe while people watching from the windows, or hang out outside near the garden wall (My personal favorite.)

10. Super Torta - If you got a hankering for some authentic Mexican food, this little eatery has everything. Its a popular stop for locals and should be on the top of your summer list.

11. Kayaking the Clackamas - This is one of my husbands favorite things to do. We have our own kayak but if you're looking for a little fun this summer, check out the link to a local rental place that will get you on the water in no time.

12. Ride the elevator - As a kid, my Grandma would take me and my siblings on a ride on the elevator. There are lots of eateries at the bottom along with a nice walk along the Oregon City bridge. This is a definite must this summer.
13. Highland Stillhouse - This is a little pub on the edge of town that holds lots of memories for me. Long before it was a pub, my Grandpa and dad used to go there every day for coffee. Those are some of my fondest memories from my childhood. Now a days, this pub has the most amazing Scottish food around.

14. Mi Famiglia -  Last but not least, this little pizzeria in the heart of downtown has some amazing gluten free pizza for all you glutards like me. Its authentic wood over pizzas and other Italian foods fill the tummy with wonderful flavors. Spend your next Friday night here, and drink a beer for me.

As always, if you have anything to add to this list or if you've visited these places I would love to hear from you. Send me an email at SHendersonPhoto(@)Gmail.com



Monday, July 6, 2015

Style me 7-6

As most of my coworkers know, I rely on Pinterest to dress me in the morning. Some days are better than others and some days I don't even try at all. My normal style is definitely tomboyish, but lately I've been branching out a little more and actually been looking a little girly.

There's nothing wrong with change, right?

I've put together a few outfits that are a little Boho chic and a little tomboy. And of course the are comfortable, just the way I like it.


Top : Candie's $4 thrift store
Pants: Arizona skinny slacks $16 JC Penny
Boots: Clarks $90 Amazon.com



Top: Massimo $14 Target
Skirt: $3 Thrift store
Sandals: $10 Target 


Share your favorite outfit with me ShendersonPhoto(@)Gmail.com

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