diy, home, Uncategorized

Simple wooden bead garland

Hey Everybody! It’s Leigh Ann, again with The Davidson House. Thanks for stopping by! Today I want to share a real quick “how to”.

I am sure you have seen these wooden beads being used EVERYWHERE! I LOVE them. However I am not paying the retail price!

Currently I am counting the days down for my Christmas Tree! This is out of character for me. The more I blog the more I seem to be getting my own life together. So, “Thank You”. Because my house is looking CUTE!! Lol

Ok sorry for the rabbit trail… here we go.

I fell in love with these beads & couldn’t find them anywhere. Finally found them on Etsy for $30/maybe 3ft. This is too much for my pocketbook. So, I headed to my stores. I finally found a pack at Walmart. They were multi-color but that’s ok. I am doing a neutral Christmas tree this year. The different shades of brown will work great.

I found twine at the Dollar Tree. <a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1363047&u=2180756&m=64888&urllink=&afftrack=”>Free Shipping to your Local Store</a> <—-affiliate link

That’s pretty much it.

SUPPLIES:

Wooden Beads ($5.00, actually less)

Twine ($1.00) <a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1363046&u=2180756&m=64888&urllink=&afftrack=”>Everything always $1 – Shop Now</a> <—affiliate link

Step one: decide how long you want your garland

Step two: tie a knot at the end.

Step three: add beads & tie off

You are finished. I made shorter beads as well to use throughout my house on my tablescapes.

So, the outcome was (1) 9ft wooden garland plus (3) shorter, maybe a foot & half for table decor. All for less than $6.00. I’m happy & you will be too when you make these.

Once you give this a try share it on social media & tag my instagram. Remember to pin this for later!!!

Thanks a bunch

Leigh Ann 🙂

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diy, Fall, home, Uncategorized

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT?? My Fall Challenge (recreating a look)

Inspiration Piece on left & my Reproduction on the right.

Hey y’all!!! I’m excited to share this project with you. Thank you for stopping in for a minute. If you follow my blog or any of my social media’s you know me…you know I want something that looks amazing in my home but, I DO NOT want to pay full price for it.

This all began with me browsing through Pinterest one day. I’m telling you that is my HAPPY place!!! I was looking for Fall inspiration. Something I could decorate my home with. I will attach a picture of my inspiration source. Please forgive the poor quality. I cropped and messed it up. You can still see it well enough to compare.

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Inspiration piece found on Pinterest. Sorry for the horrible cropping job.

Again let me say “I do not want to spend money on home décor!!”

Alright! So now you see the piece I wanted. Isn’t it CUTE!!! Now it’s time to get creative. I’m a big believer in “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can” My starting point was to find a board, canvas ANYTHING. I found an 18×24″ canvas. I left it the natural “white” I didn’t spray it or paint it because I want it to have raw, rustic look. Also in my hoarders box (I’m just kidding) It’s a room not box. LOL I found some ribbon for the leaf and two small grapevine wreaths that I made from a topiary that I had de-constructed.

My next step…A little panic set it lol because my hand writing is horrible. My husband Steve normally does my lettering. This time I was on my own. I plugged up the Cricut. Affiliate Link: <a href='http://Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine‘>http://<a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=923343&u=2180756&m=51766&urllink=&afftrack=”>Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine</a> Woot Woot!! Cricut saved my day!!! My plan was to use the Cricut to cut out a custom stencil using low tack vinyl.

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How simple. A custom made stencil using my Cricut and low tack vinyl.

It was easy to create the look I wanted they have SOOO many fonts available. Affiliate Link: <a href='http://Cricut Access Fonts‘>http://<a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=972252&u=2180756&m=51766&urllink=&afftrack=”>Cricut Access Fonts</a> Once I cut my stencil, weeded and had it on the transfer tape. I was able to attach the vinyl to my canvas. Now that my stencil is on I took a nice Gray Acrylic Paint Folk Art from Plaid. Affilliate Link: <a href='http:// ‘>http:// I enjoy usingFolk Art by Plaid for my Home Décor projects. It is not crazy out of budget expensive and the coverage is awesome. Some crafting acrylics can be thin or sort of see through.

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Really simple to paint in my custom font.
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Close up of Fall stencil

After painting in my letters and letting it dry. I did have a couple edges that were not as crisp as I wanted so I took a chalk pin (white) and went over to create a clean edge. While that is drying I moved on to cut out my leaf. I used a scrap piece of Chevron print ribbon. I only needed a small piece. Went outside to the yard and found a few sticks for stems. By now everything was dry and I hot glued my two small grapevine wreaths in place. One on top of the other. Slightly offset. This creates the Pumpkin shape, added my leaf, stem and a complimentary bow.

Easy Peasy! My new wall hanging was finished. What did it cost? Approximately $2.00. This won’t be the case for everyone. However, this is an inexpensive project. I only had to purchase the canvas. Everything else I already had at home.

Always recycle, always try to reuse or repurpose. Use your imagination and re-think. It saves so much money. Plus, it inspires creativity.

I told you this was a quick and simple project. I hope you have enjoyed it. I hope you are inspired to create your very own. If you do I’d LOVE to see pictures. Please comment or tag me in a post on Instagram or facebook.

Until next time, be blessed 🙂

Leigh Ann


diy, Fall, home, Uncategorized

Fall Tree for under $5.00!!!

Hey there! Thank you for reading, again! Today I want to share this cute little table top Fall Tree.

So, about a week ago I took my daughter to the orthodontist & when we were checking out the office manager was putting together a full sized “Fall” tree. It was BEAUTIFUL! This tree was of course lighted & had small fall leaf garland and HUGE I’m talking, placemat sized fall leaves on it. I was inspired. So, I came home after doing a project with a friend and had all kinds of fall material left. It was the perfect time to try it for myself. Because I don’t have room for a full sized tree I decided to do a table top.

Here’s how it went…

SUPPLIES:

Table top Christmas tree (The Dollar Tree)

Sunflower garland (leftovers)

Clear/white Christmas Lights

Scrap ribbon

Ribbon for bow

Scrap burlap

Evergreen twists to fill in tree

LET’S BEGIN:

Unbox your tree, spread out your branches. This is where I take the pine twists & fill in, in between the branches. It keeps your tree from having holes.

Once your tree is filled in start with adding your lights.

Then add your garland. Now you can start to place your bows. I used scrap ribbon from a project I had done earlier. ALWAYS, always, always SAVE your scraps!!!!

It’s as simple as decorating a Christmas Tree but, with FALL items. You seriously could do this for ANY holiday.

I placed mine on my bistro table in my kitchen with a few hand painted wooden pumpkins from, you guessed it…The Dollar Tree!!!

Thanks again for reading. As always I hope my simple decor ideas inspire you to decorate your life.

Until next time, be blessed!!

Leigh Ann 😊

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DIY Fall Doormat using items from The Dollar Tree

INEXPENSIVE enough to change out seasonally!!!! Who wouldn’t love that? I love decorating for each season. Not over the top but, small spots. Places that are simple and inexpensive. If you follow me, you already know my go to spots for my supplies. My own stash from leftover projects, Goodwill and The Dollar Tree or any clearance rack that I come across.

Once again…I went to the Dollar Tree. I truly can’t help myself, lol. So, anyway I did it. I’ve seen these cute little pictures on Pinterest of a doormat & feet. I had to try.

Supplies:

  • Doormat (mine is from The Dollar Tree)
  • Non slip (The Dollar Tree)
  • Stencil of your choice ( I cut mine with my Cricut)
  • Acrylic Paint ( I recommend outdoor paint)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Embellishments that you might want to add
  • Scissors and hot glue

Step 1:

Place your stencil down in the area of your mat you would like to paint. Painting may take more than one coat. Have some coffee, have some wine. This is a slow process.

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Waiting for paint to dry…

Step 2:

Once your paints have dried flip your mat over and cut your non slip to fit just inside the boarders of the doormat. Spray with your spray adhesive, this stuff is pretty sticky so don’t touch it if you can help it. Carefully place your nonslip on the back of your mat.

Add nonslip backing to your mat using spray adhesive.

Step 3:

Add any embelishments you might want. I used hot glue to add mine. Just know ahead of time these are risky. If you will be placing this mat in a high traffic area I would advise against them. Mine is on my front porch which NEVER gets used.

I hope you find this project simple, cost effective and fun. I’m so thankful that you have stopped by to read what I’ve been up to this week.

As always I hope to inspire you to love your home. Create the environment you desire for you and your loved one’s. Enjoy your life. Be Happy!!!

Until next time be blessed,

Leigh Ann

diy, Fall, family, home, Uncategorized, upcycle

Hello Fall!! A TV/Mantle redo under $10.00

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Welcome to The Davidson House Blog

HOME IS A FEELING!!!

Hi everyone, Thank you for joining. I’m Leigh Ann with The Davidson House Blog.

Since it is the first day of Fall I thought it would be a great day to reveal one of my largest projects that I have shared on here. It’s a takeover/makeover. Let’s be honest here, I’ve covered almost every inch of my house and had to find a new canvas. My bestie, Lisa was willing to let me come and takeover a corner in her living room.

We will be talking about how to decorate a TV/Mantle in the corner of her living room. Before we get into the meat of what we did I just want to take a minute. I’d like to give a short explanation of the items we used. Some of our items where new, some old & some upcycles. Generally when I’m doing any type of project the first thing I do is shop my own stash. I take a look through all of my things that I have stashed away and try to re-use anything possible. Some people would NEVER, I know it seems weird. It really bothers me to see things thrown away. Obviously trash is trash but, I have to look at things and say “has it really been used ALL that it can?” Rarely do I decorate and discard.

As you follow me you will see one of my sources for my “goodies” is my Aunt. I love her dearly and thankfully we have somewhat the same decorating style. I get ALL of her hand-me-downs. It’s like Christmas to me when she decides to change things up. Not only does it save me money it also challenges me to think out side of the box. To re-create with what I’ve been given. Lots of the items used for this mantle were just that, things my Aunt discarded. Lets take a look at the photos below to see where and what I started with.

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Fall mantle redo, blank space
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Decoration Basics for the Fall Mantle, redo

Like I said, any project starts with me shopping from my own inventory. Items I have used and are saving for a second chance. Sometimes they are items I purchased for a project and didn’t use. I just hang on to them because “one day” I will use them, lol. Out of my inventory shop I found a galvanized “Thankful”, ribbon, orange burlap, orange Styrofoam pumpkins from the Dollar Tree, a fall sign and a white plastic flower vase from Goodwill.

My next step is either the Dollar Tree or Goodwill, depending on my mood I guess. This time I went to the Dollar Tree. I found Fall Leaf Garland (5ft for $1.00), orange clip on pumpkins, fall appropriate flowers and a gold plate charger. I spent less than $10.00 and headed back to the house. It’s time for the fun stuff now SPRAY PAINT!!! God knows I probably couldn’t do a project without it.

Upcycles for this project

There was also a flower pot that I purchased from Goodwill. Unfortunately I failed to get a picture of it prior to it’s paint job.

The pictures above show the process of the pumpkin makeover. Starting with the Deep Halloween Orange. I generally use spray paint for all of my projects. So, I used a spray paint that I had on hand. I started with a white and then added an orange that I had here. I just continued with the layering of paint until I reached the color I wanted. Once I found my color I took a nutmeg (brown) spray paint and hit the grooves very lightly. then came back with some yellow and white to give highlights. Topped it if with a stick from my yard and some greenery that I had save from some old silk flowers. Tied it all up with some garden twine. Just wait until you see these guys on the mantle. I’m telling you I’m in LOVE!!!!

Once all of our paints dried I was able to gather all of my supplies and head over to Lisa’s house. At this point I have thought through all of the layers of the mantle and side table. Tried to play it out in my head as much as possible. Realistically you can’t do it until you are at yor destination and unpack everything and just start.

I’m going to kind of talk you through my process. Of course start with a clean space. Lay down your runner or fabric whatever you are using for a table cover. Once I had that in place (making sure it is even on your surface you are decorating) Begin to add in your statement pieces or your larger items. Then for me I came back in with the tiny flower pots and scattered them around between the mantle and the side table. Since I was decorating two spaces that were corner to corner with each other. I treated them as one space. Making sure they flowed together visually.

Close up Shots

So here is the final product as a whole! I hope this inspires you to create a beautiful space for you and your family. Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. Use what you have, buy what you can afford and enjoy where you are!!!

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OMG!!! Doesn’t this make you want to start a fire and sit down with a cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee!!!!

This project was SOOOO much fun for me. I’m so grateful to Lisa for allowing me to use her house to showcase some of the things that I have created. My goal here is to inspire you to create a space that you enjoy. A space that you can love your family in. Somewhere you can invite friends into and be confident. Home is a feeling!!! Make sure your space reflects the feeling of your choice.

Thank you as always for stopping by to read. I will be praying over you, I am grateful for you. Feel free to pass this along to others and check out my social media as well.

If you have any requests or suggestions please share with me.

Until next time

Leigh Ann 😊

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Get your SWAG from the Dollar Tree!!!!

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Cute Fall Swag/Banner made entirely from Dollar Tree finds.

Ok, I know that title is silly but, laugh it’s okay. I won’t judge you 🙂 On a serious note. Do not under estimate the Dollar Tree. Decorating can be expensive. I used to live next to a lady who decorated her house for every occasion. At first I thought her house looked silly, like Hallmark threw up on it. But, I began to anticipate her changing for the holiday’s. I’d go to the kitchen when it was close to time to change and I was excited to see what in the world she was going to do next.

On to my point. I love to decorate certain spots in my house. I’m not one to redo EVERYTHING. However, I’m not saying I won’t one day. Just not today. Let me find the right clearance rack & we might even have a Christmas BATHROOM!

The other day I bought a wooden pumpkin from the Dollar Tree, which I will be sharing in another blog later. While I was painting I decided I’d like a few more. Being that it’s only September I headed out to the Dollar Tree to find out that EVERYONE in Randleman & Asheboro had wiped out the Fall Décor. So, lesson learned if you see it at the Dollar Tree & you like it, buy it THEN! While I was there I found some leaves & wooden owls. Thus the idea for the Dollar Tree Swag was born. No, I don’t NEED it. That’s not the point. The point is I found these cuties & they deserve to be used. Right??!!

To begin, I gathered up all of my goodies & spread them out onto my workbench. Placing all of my idea items together helps me to settle on colors for the ribbon or paint, etc.

While the base paint is drying on the owls I went ahead & made the eyelets for my fall leaves to hang from once placed on the swag.

Here’s a quick tip. When decorating use odd numbers. Things flow better if they are not matchy, matchy. Generally I decorate in 3,5 or 7.

So, in picking my leaves for my banner I have 3 different colors and started with 1 leaf, then an owl, 2 leaves, owl, 2 leaves, owl, ending with 1 leaf.

Pictured above you can see the step by step process of how I painted my Owls. I wanted mine to have a very whimsical/folk art look. I am not talented enough to take myself too seriously when it comes to art. So, this is what I came up with.

I painted these cuties using Plaid Acrylic Craft paint. It’s not expensive & I like the body. Some craft paints tend to be too thin for me. I probably could have done a second coat on the wings. However, I decided not to because I like the aged, distressed look they have. At this point it’s personal preference.

It’s time now to start loading my streamer for my banner. I used a piece of garden twine cut at about 1 yard (3 feet). I didn’t want a lot of color because I went a little crazy with my owl color. So I took 3 small pieces of string ( 1 green twine, 1 natural twine & 1 orange ribbon) Simply tied a shoestring knot above the owls head.

As I stated above I placed my Owls and Leaves on in a pattern. I feel like a banner needs repetition. This is your creation so feel free to place them however they make sense to you. I left mine loose so they slide around on the main string. My reason for that is I use my items over & over in different settings. there may come a time that I need to move the owls farther apart.

Here is the finished product and how I displayed it in my hallway on my shelf. Listed below I will give you a supplies list and a total cost.

I hope that I inspire you to create beautiful things for your house. The simplest things bring a smile to our faces. You would be surprised how simply decorating your home can change the atmosphere that you live in. Home is a feeling and when you take pride in decorating something you get the burst of energy you may need to keep it neat and organized.

SUPPLIES:

Garden Twine (green & natural)

Ribbon (Orange)

Wooden Owl Ornaments (2 packs)

Burlap Fall Leaves (3 packs)

Not including the cost of my paint this project cost me $8.00 before tax. It gave me a 3 Ft. Banner. I over purchased because I wanted all three colors. So, I have plenty of supplies left over for future projects.

Not sure about you but, I’m so excited about Fall this year. Our weather today has been amazing here in NC. I just want to cover everything I own with pumpkins, burlap & leaves.

Thank you for reading, I pray that you are blessed. I’ll be back with more tips, tricks & décor!!!

Leigh Ann 🙂

diy, Fall, family, home, recipe, Uncategorized

Tasty Cupcakes

Tasty Cupcakes just in time for Halloween

Years ago, my husband, my Mother n Law and I owned a bakery in Denton, NC Tasty Bakes. We had a blast but, unfortunately the economy didn’t support us enough to remain self-employed. So, ten years later I have now discovered Blogging & I am able to share my love for baked goods, party décor & cake decorating.

Today I want to share with you a simple cake recipe & icing recipe. I’m going to walk you through with lots of photos. I may come back later & do a more detailed decorating how to. If you are interested in something like that please comment & let me know.

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Photo Credit: Bailey O'Conner
Ingredients for Tasty Cupcakes

When we had the bakery we definitely wanted a homemade (not frozen) cake. There is nothing worse than walking into a bakery & NOT smelling cake baking. However, we had to be able to easily switch between THREE bakers. As I said earlier our business consisted of my Mother N Law, my Husband & Myself. Choosing a method that would provide consistency in our quality was tricky. We chose Duncan Hines cake mix, we did NOT use their recipe. In choosing the cake mix it kept a consistency in our leveling, sugar etc. All of the things that determine the texture of your cake. So we decided this would be our foundation. To this foundation we added in Eggs, Oil & Sour Cream. This became our BASE recipe, from this we launched SOOOO many more recipes. I will continue to share throughout the year (seasonally)

So, in this demonstration you can see we chose a WHITE cake mix. you can use any flavor. The reason I went with white is because I wanted mine to mimic Candy Corn. If you are only making one recipe you would have to divide your batter into thirds & add food color to achieve this look. In my photos I am baking for a larger group so I simply used 3 mixes (white, lemon & orange) For the simplifying of the blog I’m going to talk about this as if it’s one recipe.

Cake or Cupcake INGREDIENTS:

Tasty Bakes bakery recipe

Cake mix of choice (Duncan Hines brand) DO NOT READ THEIR INSTRUCTIONS.

3 Eggs, large

1/2 cup oil

1 cup Sour Cream

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. I know the box says otherwise. Trust me, slow down your bake time. Your baked goods will be more moist & level on the top. The slower cook time reduces the muffin top.
  2. Prepare your muffin tin with liners. I generally use white liners & upon decorating set them into your cute papers. If you try to bake in the decorated ones they get greasy & ugly.
  3. In your mixing bowl add in your cake mix, eggs (white only), oil & sour cream. (NOTHING ELSE) for this recipe we are doing plain classic cake.
  4. Mix together using your whisk attachment. Start slow & gradually work your way up to a higher speed. mix a good 2 minutes.
  5. Using a dasher (ice cream scoop) fill your muffin tin about 1/3 full.
  6. Place in preheated oven & bake for 20-23 minutes. Testing at 20 minutes to see if you leave an indention when you touch the top of the cupcake. The cake, if done should spring back.
  7. Remove from oven & gently place on a cooling rack to cool.

Yield Approximately 2 dozen cupcakes

While the cupcakes are cooling we will move on to making the icing.

Icing INGREDIENTS:

Tasty Bakes, icing recipe

In the mindset of keeping it simple I’m going to share a recipe using a 2lb. bag of Confectioner Sugar (XXX) This can be divided in half for a smaller recipe. ( You can also FREEZE for later use. To use from frozen allow to thaw to room temp put back in your mixer & whip. If it becomes too liquid just add more XXX sugar.)

1 – 2lb bag of Confectioner Sugar

14 oz – Crisco

10 TB milk

pinch of salt

THAT’S IT. Nothing else needs to be added to this icing. We have used this basic recipe for years. Later in another blog I will share modifications of this recipe for different flavors.

1.) Place Crisco in mixer bowl with your paddle attachment.

2.) Add milk & a pinch of salt to mixer bowl.

Turn mixer on low & stir these ingredients up the best you can.

3.) Slowly, SLOWLY add in your (XXX) sugar. Let it get incorporated before you try to add more. Once you have the entire 2lb. bag added & incorporated you gradually speed up your mixer. you want to go as high as possible & whip as much air into your icing as possible. This should mix for several minutes.

Once your icing has reached it’s peak consistency divide out & color to suit your design. I used Purple, Yellow, Black & Orange. We were creating a fun Halloween table scape.

Enjoy yourself in the kitchen. Always experiment different flavor combinations. Involve the kids. If you will start them young the kitchen is a great place to instill time management skills, math skills. Always, Always, Always encourage originality & creativity.

We had a blast creating this blog, taking the photos & eating our work. LOL

Photo Credits to Bailey O’Conner

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The thief of JOY!! don’t give comparison that power.

Comparison is the thief of joy ~ T. Roosevelt

What does it mean to compare?

This can be a positive but, unfortunately MOST of the time it is a negative. Generally we compare ourselves to see what we lack. Rather than looking at this as an opportunity to grow we feel defeated, less than. It as stated above “steals our joy”.

This is self conflicted abuse. STOP IT!

(Here is where I’m going to be preach to myself). I hope it helps you too.

Moving forward as you or I feel the need to look at everyone around us. You know we will, COMPARE. Let’s do it in a positive way! Do it to be encouraged, let’s do it to be inspired!

Just because my house doesn’t look like someone else’s doesn’t change the fact that this is MY home. This is where I love my family & gather with my friends. It is unimportant how big/small or expensive/not expensive it may rank. Our action should be to gather information that inspires us to create a beautiful atmosphere that allows us to be confident in sharing our space with others. Maybe I can’t afford a “new” sofa so, go online find a look you like then find a way to recreate that look in your own home. Be creative, if you don’t sow look at slipcovers. I covered a couch once with King size sheets, lol. It was pretty great. Lol

EVERYTHING is on YouTube, look it up. Get inspired NOT defeated. We have the ability to create our world. It all depends on what we are willing to do. Physically DO!

I challenge you & myself to STOP breaking “us” down with our words. STOP accepting failure or lack. Don’t let comparison teach us sorrow or sadness. Don’t let it steal your joy. We cause ourselves to focus on what we DON’T have at the moment.

Our action should be to look at what you are BLESSED with. Start where you are. Celebrate what you have. Allow your life to be filled with joy! The truth is we have more than most & less than some. However, we don’t appreciate. Appreciation is key to JOY. When we learn to appreciate all that we have & STOP comparing & complaining. We realize that most people wish they had what we throw away. Or what we take for granted.

Celebrate your world. Love God, Love People (including yourself).

Believe me when I tell you to be thankful, you will be surprised at how much you have.

Until next time be blessed ~ Leigh Ann

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What’s-for-supper?!? Taco-Lasagna

That age old question that we ask or are asked DAILY…

Here is an option

Taco lasagna

It really has NOTHING to do with Lasagna except the construction of the dish.

Here we go. You will need a casserole dish (9×13″)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb ground beef (or ground meat of choice)

1- small onion chopped

1- package of taco seasoning

1-tsp of garlic powder

Salt & pepper to taste

1- 8oz can of tomato sauce

1- cup sour cream

1- cup cottage cheese

2- cups of shredded cheese (of choice)

1-bag of tortilla chips

TIP

While you are chopping ANY vegetables for your meals for the week. Collect the scraps/trash into a freezer bag for the entire week. Keep in freezer until full.

This is important! Save them in the freezer for a week or until your bag is full. Add water & salt to a pot, boil for a couple of hours. Strain out the scraps & reserve the broth. This is a great addition to your recipes. I love to use the vegetable broth to cook rice in or add some liquid to de-glaze my frying pans.

Let’s continue (sorry I rabbit trail)

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

In a medium skillet brown your ground meat & your onion. When all of the pink is gone drain & mix in your taco season & your garlic powder. Feel free to use your own taco spices or fresh garlic. Sometimes when I don’t have taco seasoning I will use ( chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder & paprika). Set to the side.

Mix together your cottage cheese & sour cream

Prepare your baking dish & begin your layers of meat mixture, cheese mixture, chips then shredded cheese. (REPEAT). Make your last layer shredded cheese.

Bake for 20-30 min, broiling to brown the last 2-5 minutes

Serve with; guacamole, chips, salsa, salad & or Mexican rice. ENJOY!!

A Margarita or Corona would be great!!

We had wine so, we had red wine, cheese & crackers. While we waited for the dish to cook.

Until next time be blessed 😊

Leigh Ann

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Do-it-scared!!

THE project that helped me overcome FEAR!

This post is a little different than most that I do. This one is personal. Folks that are close to me know that I am on a Journey. Let me catch you up. I recently turned 50, quit my fulltime job & started a new career as a Wellness Advocate/Blogger/Home Décor designer. (all self proclaimed)

I started following the life of another blogger/influencer in the last 6 months. I kept seeing myself in her. I kept thinking “man I really want to do that”. I think it was this past Tuesday that I decided to jump in. My daughter (18) our social media expert had to teach me how to turn the video on, on Instagram.

It all started with a Goodwill purchase.

So, here is what transformed inside of me. I posted the video & my first day only three people viewed. Those people were My daughter, husband and a lady I don’t know. I was a little discouraged but, I left the video up. Here’s what happened. I got up the next morning & I posted another story. That story went up to 80 views. This may seem like a very minimal number to most of you. To me it is huge. Now, I wake up excited to film another short Instagram video. I go to sleep at night thinking of what can I share next.

Finished product
This Goodwill heart was redone, made new!

The bottom line here, yes I was scared. I had to look at my situation & say “do you want to stay where you are? Scared & feeling unaccomplished! That wasn’t good enough for me. It shouldn’t be good enough for you.

When you are faced with something remember this :

2 Timothy 1:7 AMP

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but (He has given us a spirit) of POWER and of LOVE and of SOUND JUDGEMENT and PERSONAL DISCIPLINE (abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self control).

The emotion of Fear is simply this. It is a tool that we allow the enemy to use to keep us boxed in. To prevent us from reaching the potential that we already have inside of us. Lets face this reality, sometimes we are the enemy. It doesn’t always have anything to do with heaven or hell. We tend to sabotage our own plans & life. We have to take ownership of our own mouth & thought life. We have the ability to create our own world. Think, live and react according to the life you REALLY want. Love God & Love People. (loving people includes loving yourself)

Until next time Be Blessed, Leigh Ann

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Sunflower Door or wall hanger. Yes another Goodwill “Flip”

Goodwill “flip”

It has been a busy week. I have several finds from Goodwill that I love. I probably can’t share them all on here. I will drive y’all bananas. But, I do want to share just one more. Be sure and follow me on my social medias if you would like to follow a little closer. This is a new journey for me. You are here in the beginning of me sharing with the world, lol.

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materials for sunflower hanger goodwill flip

In the picture above you can see the materials I used to pull this super cute door hanger together.

The sunflower heads are actually more recycled flowers from last years fall decor. If you saw my post from earlier I said “don’t throw anything away”. Always think outside the box. It may be a stemless flower it’s ok. You will need a stemless flower, trust me. Some flower foam to keep our arrangement tight. I used what I had. The foam I used is actually for real flowers but it’s ok.

Last but not least our Goodwill find. This cute thing was $1.99. I’m in love!

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I love these little orange stickers.

So, easy Peasy you just place the flower foam in the hanger. I hot glued mine just for security of it holding in place. Mine is on our kitchen door. Lots of action with this door.

Once your foam is secure start adding your flowers. Put your larger ones in the back building forward across the foam. One or two of mine hang on the hanger just slightly.

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Foam blocks in place to support the sunflower heads. Remember they are an upcycle, they have no stems.
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Begin by placing your largest heads first and build forward with smaller ones.

When you get all of your flowers in place you can now decide where to place your bow. I made a very simple bow. Like always, basically I just tie my shoes. Simple!

Sunflower Goodwill Flip finished

I hope this inspires you to take a look through Goodwill or at least your own seasonal leftovers. It is surprising how much we can repurpose & re use.

Thanks for reading. Until next time be blessed ~ Leigh Ann 😊

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Don’t spend your Christmas budget on your fall decorations!!!!

Above you will see some of my Goodwill haul from last week. I hate I forgot to get pictures prior to painting everything black. To the right is some leftover sprigs from last fall & a few items I grabbed at the Dollar Tree this season.

Here is my blank space. For some unknown reason when the house was built they made a countertop on the air return??? So, it is in my hall between the living space & the back part of the house. It’s weird but, I’ve grown to love this little weird place. It sits directly in front of the living room front door. When you walk through the front door it is the focal point.

I use this space to decorate for the seasons every year. As you follow me you will see this blank space wear many different hats. Today I woke up in such a mood for Fall. I just HAD to get something started in our house that welcomed in my FAVORITE season.

The first thing we did was grab a whit canvas & find a cute fall quote. I plugged in the Cricut & had to figure out HOW to use it. Seriously, it was bad, it involved YouTube & everything. Hours later…we have a cute canvas (pictured above.)

Honestly, putting the basket together was nothing hard. It is just a basket with stuff randomly stuck inside. This arrangement is different than most. Normally you would have floral foam, floral wire & possibly hot glue. I love the simplicity of it just being exactly what it is, a basket holding stuff.

My basket is made up of a wire basket that I picked up at Goodwill for $0.45. Originally it was pastel rainbow colored. Then my basket filler is scraps from last years Fall decorations. I went by the Dollar Tree & picked up (3) burlap pumpkins & a “Thankful” sign, add another $4.00. All together I’ve purchased $4.45 worth of “new” stuff for this years hallway decorations.

I started loading up the countertop. It looked pretty plain to me so I went digging through my box AGAIN for more Fall leftovers. I found a set of (3) block pumpkins that we made last year from a scrap 4×4 & twigs out of our yard. To update them to match this years theme I only had to change the ribbon. Still haven’t spent anymore money.

Ugghhhh! Still not satisfied….back to the box of Fall’s past I go. I pull out my OLD, OLD, OLD pom pom’s. I have a love hate relationship with these pom pom’s. I love them but, I feel like everyone else hates them. LOL it doesn’t matter because guess what? They were exactly what my hallway was missing. Below is the final look. What do you think?

The takeaway here is as you are creating your seasonal décor this year, save your scraps. Save your pieces, stems, whatever. You never know what might just make it back for a second or even a third year.

Spray paint is always your friend & sometimes you just need to change the ribbon to give a little update.

See you in a few days, once I decide what I’m doing with my dining room table for the season.

Be Blessed Leigh Ann 🙂

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Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie….One of my FAVORITES!!!

All ingredients needed for this AMAZING smoothie, using our Margaritaville blender.

This is one of my very favorite smoothies. For a couple of reasons, one, no waste… what do I mean by that. You know when you buy bananas they are usually as green as grass. The next couple of days when you have only eaten one or two they start getting spotty & turning. Don’t throw them away. Place them in the freezer you can either peel them & put them in a freezer safe container or freeze them peel & all. NO WASTE!! If you freeze them with the peel on it’s a slightly messier process. It includes a little microwave before you can make your smoothie. (which is what we did, because I was lazy in the freezing process)

These smoothies are a great after workout treat. Decent protein, not too much sugar that doesn’t come from the banana. It is also a great replacement for a milk shake when you are trying to watch what you are eating. Of course you have soooo many options with the fruits & just leave the Peanut Butter out all together. So, lets jump in to talking about how to put this together.

Above you can see all of our ingredients in the bowl/Pitcher of the blender. Be slightly conservative with the milk. You can add to but you cannot take away. 🙂 With your ice ready to go place in the top of your Margaritaville blender to shave down into your smoothie mix. Continue to add ice & milk, if necessary to reach the milkshake like consistency of your smoothie. I like to be able to sip mine through a straw without a struggle.

Use your imagination with this & be creative. You can use frozen fruits like strawberries, mixed berries etc. Another good addition is Orange Juice instead of milk this obviously would be without the Peanut Butter & only fruits & juices. (your favorite protein powder can be added)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 2 servings)

2 Frozen Bananas (if frozen in the peel microwave for 20 seconds, just long enough to be able to squeeze the banana out)

1 Fresh Banana

1 cup Cool Whip (thawed)

1 cup Almond Milk or milk of your choice.

2 TB Peanut Butter or Nut butter of your choice.

1 Cup of ice for the blender

Place all ingredient except the ice into the pitcher of the blender. Place ice into the shaving reservoir of your blender if using a Margaritaville machine. If you are using a traditional blender your ice would go in with your other ingredients.

Happy Mixing !!

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Testimony Tuesday!!!

How I have added Essential Oils to my life!!! http://www.doterra.com/us/site/davidson

My husband and I start each day off with these 4 oils.

Seasonal Threats, NO…I’m not doing it!!!!

ALLERGY BOMB!

“Hello!” Welcome, if this is your first time stopping by. I’m so glad you are here. Today I just wanted to take a quick minute to share my personal testimony about how essential oils have relieved me.

Just a little over 2 months ago I had an oils class. Simply because I was curious if it was possible for oils to be a benefit. I totally believe what we put in our body either heals or kills. So, it is my opinion that you can gain healing benefits from your food etc.

This is a new journey for my family & me. I am NOT an expert. However I am a daily user of Essential Oils. I hope you will continue to read as I share my experience.

When I received my 1st sample of Essential Oil I had SOOOOOO much doubt. I mean lets be real, I’m 50. If oils really worked I would have known about them already, right??? WRONG!!!

Seasonal threats are very hard on me & I share my home with (2) fur babies. One is hypo allergenic. The other loses enough hair for (3) dogs. So, to say the least my eyes itch and water. I have a runny nose & itchy throat.

I woke up one Saturday morning with a terrible headache. I just recently turned 50 & have decided to try my best to make better choices going forward. I thought to myself, let me get on pinterest & see what I can figure out with this oil that I had a sample of. Breathe from doTERRA.

I had a diffuser (which I had purchased as a room deodorizer, did I mention DOGS!) I came across the doTERRA blend *Breathehttp://www.doterra.com/us/site/davidson/breathe this just happened to be one of the samples I had been given.

Can I just mention again the doubt that I had. It was my mission to either prove to myself that the oils actually could be used as an alternative to medication or that they were the “new” room deodorizer. At this point I had refused to take anything for my headache/sinus pressure. Taking an OTC allergy pill & Advil was an everyday part of my life.

So, I put about 10 drops of Breathe http://www.doterra.com/us/site/davidson/breathe in my diffuser, sat down next to it with a cup of coffee. Seriously! within minutes, MINUTES. My head had opened up. My headache had stopped. It was at that moment when I decided I would use oils every day. This was a huge part of starting my journey as a wellness advocate with doTERRA.

With Essential Oils I don’t think you ever stop learning. There is so much and what I’m about to share with you works great for me. However you need to remember that we each metabolize the oils differently. Therefore you may have different results.

Always! Always! make 100% sure that your Essential Oils are CTG (certified therapeutic grade) Purchase from a trusted source. If you don’t know an advocate you can hit me up, I’ll be glad to help.

I’m super excited to say that since I’ve become familiar with some of the Essential Oils I have been able to remove ALL OTC medications from my home. We use (Lemon, Lavendar, Peppermint & Frankincense ) 2 drops each added into a Veggie Cap every morning. Usually we only need this one time per day. However with oils you use a smaller amount more often. So, if throughout the day maybe 3 or 4 hours later I start feeling the pressure again. I will either add a few drops of peppermint & lemon to my water or take another veggie cap.

Lemon http://www.doterra.com/us/site/davidson/lemon – Supports healthy respiratory function, seasonal discomfort

Lavenderhttp://www.doterra.com/us/site/davidson/lavender – Calming & relaxing, may help support your immune system during seasonal threats. Promotes feelings of more clear breathing & open airways.

Pepperminthttp://www.doterra.com/us/site/davidson/peppermint – Helps with respiratory function and breathing.

Frankincensehttp://www.doterra.com/us/site/davidson/frankincense – Supports cellular function, lung and respiratory function.

Above is the blend that we use (2 drops of each) into a veggie cap http://www.doterra.com/us/site/davidson/Veggiecap We take one capsule each morning, followed with lots of liquid. If you spill any on the outside of the capsule you will know. LOL its weird at first but then you become accustomed to the way the oils taste & won’t mind it.

There are several people who just drop this in the morning water…I prefer the capsule. Later in the day I don’t mind the oil in my water. If you do use your oils like this be sure to drink from a (Not Plastic) cup. Glass, stainless etch. Oils pull toxins therefore it will pull the toxins out of your plastics.

Thank you for taking time to read about my “oily” experience. I have enjoyed learning and testing out the claims. I can tell you that I have not been disappointed at all. Remember if you try something and you are not completely satisfied get with a Wellness Advocate so they can help you maneuver your way through. It is a lot of information & can seem overwhelming. Just learn a little bit at a time.

See you next time, be blessed 🙂

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Pigs N A Blanket!!! Yes!!!!

Well, here we go. Sometimes we need to go back to the basics. This, I believe is an all time favorite, for most people. We can all think back at that one time we had Pigs n Blankets. Right?

Basic is ok. We don’t have to be ashamed of BASIC. I’m gonna talk you through short & sweet my version of PIB (pigs in blankets)

Cost:

Hebrew National (20 count) $0.50 each

Colby Jack Cheese slices $0.02 each

Jalapenos (I didn’t figure because it is minimal)

Crescent Rolls (8 count) $0.13 each

Total $0.65/pig. For a meal of 8 Crescent Rolls would cost $5.20. Now you can definitely reduce your cost by purchasing store brand or using a coupon. As I stated before I’m picky about my Hot Dogs. Therefore I don’t mind paying extra for the brand I enjoy.

Ingredients:

OOPS! I the Jalapenos in the photo. “sorry”

Refrigerated Crescent Rolls 8 count (obviously, make as many as you want)

Hot Dogs (My preference Hebrew National) I am a bit of a Hot Dog snob.

Add ins optional. (We used Cheese & Jalapenos)

How to:

Preheat your oven according to the package instructions. Mine preheated at 375 degrees.

To make things easy on you go ahead & pull your Crescents out of the can. Beware this is the human equivalent to a jack in the box!! I’m terrified of them.

Do the Hot Dog to Crescent math. I cut my Hot Dogs in half. So, 1 Hot Dog per 2 Crescent rolls

I used 1 slice of Colby Jack cheese slices. Cutting mine in 1/3 seemed to work well for me. We didn’t have too much oozing out in the oven.

I work on my cutting mat. The dough seems to behave fairly well on the mat. Meaning even though it is coming down to room temperature while I’m working it doesn’t seem to get too sticky on my work surface.

  1. Unroll (1) Crescent Roll
    1. Starting with the wide end. Lay your Hot Dog down & add cheese if wanted or peppers.
  2. Roll down to smallest point. Place (PIB) on parchment lined cookie sheet, point down.
  3. Repeat until all Pigs are tucked snug in blankets.
  4. Place in preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. This depends on your Crescent Roll baking instructions & the oven you are using.

Once all of this goodness comes out of the oven let them sit for a minute before serving. They are extremely hot & steamy on the inside.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. I prefere ranch & some kind of hot sauce!!! Be creative!!!

Good sides to go along are baked beans, slaw, French fries or chips.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

Until next time, Be Blessed

Leigh Ann

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Make your own Dishwasher Powder and save just over $70.00/year!!!

Super EASY!! That’s what I like….

Above you can see the ingredients used to create our home made Dishwasher Powder. I’m super excited because it’s all natural ingredients. No TOXINS which is where my head is right now. At the end of making this it didn’t have a smell so I added in a few drops of my lemon essential oil. http://doterra.com/us/site/davidson I mean come on, if it doesn’t smell it couldn’t be cleaning, right?

Ingredients: (yield 3 cups)

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1/2 Cup Citric acid

1/2 Cup Kosher Salt

5 drops Lemon Essential Oil (please use CTG safe for internal use)http://doterra.com/us/site/davidson

Simply Mix ALL dry ingredients together. Stir until most of your lumps are gone. Store in a glass container if you will be adding the essential oil. I used a wide mouth mason jar.

You will use 1 Tablespoon with each load of dishes. Along with this I have added into my rinse compartment in the dishwasher, white vinegar. I have been using the white vinegar for years instead of an over the counter rinse aid. It stops spotting & your dishes come out sparkly clean. Plus you get all of the benefits of the vinegars cleansing properties.

Ignore my plastic container this was prior to me deciding I needed an essential oil. Remember I ended up storing in a wide mouth mason jar.

So, lets talk about why we would want to take the time to make this DIY. First off, it is healthier. This small step is just one more way to remove some of the harmful toxins out of your home. If you stop and think about the toxic residue that can remain on your dishes. Then you feed your family off those plates or let your little one’s drink from those glasses. Sounds extreme and I know not everyone will want to think like that.

Let’s move on to a topic that we all love to learn about. SAVING MONEY!!! Let me break this down for you. The recipe above costs $2.84 (give or take depending on where you purchase your ingredients) to make 3 cups of detergent 48 loads this is $0.06/load. If you are like me I run my dishwasher at the very least 1 time per day. By the end of the month it would cost me $1.86 or $22.32/year. Now I have gone online and found a comparable natural dish powder that is $11.99 for 45 loads the breakdown is $0.27/load. The savings at the end of the year we gain by making our own is $76.80. Yep, I don’t hate that, lol.

I realize that saving just over $70.00/year isn’t going to allow you to quit your day job. Look at it this way whatever you save can be applied to another area of your home. I’ve been a stay @ home mom for 20 years. Whatever I can save is like my income. It’s what I bring to the table as far as income for our household. The bottom line the savings is great however, the health benefits that you and your family reap. Well, you just cannot put a monetary value on that.

Thank you for hanging out with me for a few minutes. I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or comments please connect with me & lets talk it out!

Hope you have a great day & be blessed 🙂

Leigh Ann

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Welcome to the Davidson House Blog

“Hi There”

My name is Leigh, thank you for stopping by. Here at the Davidson House we will be sharing lots of different things. We have people contact us almost daily asking how to do various things. Sometimes it’s food sometimes it’s a recipe. You never know what we may be doing next. Whatever it is you can rest assured we will share with you the success or failure of our project.

This site is a hodge podge of everything I love, everything my Mother in law loves and just a few things that are necessary to share.

Come on back & see what’s up. Watch u grown into whatever we will become.