Monday, February 20, 2012

"Chevron Runner"

I made this "Chevron" patterned runner for my dining room table this afternoon! Got the orange fabric at the local thrift store, bought a sample of ultra white paint for $2.99 and a thin angled brush to paint on the stripes. I printed out a chevron pattern and then traced it onto cardboard to make it more durable! Used a fabric pen, traced the pattern and then went over it with the paint! I was going to paint the insides of the stripes but I kind of liked it like this?! I might change that later on, but you can mess up and it looks decent. Love the orange and white! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

It has been a while since I posted last, I don't even know who looks at blogs anymore, or at least mine?! With Facebook, Pinterest, and cell phones, I think you all know everything about me what I like to eat, read, watch, do etc. Well, 2011 was a great year for the Dean Family with yet another move, but in the same town! We sold our house in Clovis December 2010 and missed our nice yard space we used to have! In March of 2011 we found a rental in SLO or should I say they found us. The property management company called us and said they had a rental that we would probably be interested in! We fell in love with it and moved in a month later. Besides the fact it was $600 a month cheaper than our other rental, we were pretty stoked to have a nice big yard for the kids to play! Although, I find that we are not home as often as we used to be. With all 3 kids in school this year we are on the go! Ellie is in 3rd and the brother's are in Kindergarten. Ellie loves dancing and takes it 3 days a week. Brother's tried flag football, they were pretty cute, had no idea what they were doing, but it was good "Teamwork!" Speaking of "Teamwork" all 3 kids got that award at school last month. Pretty pumped about that. Anyhow, Jacob continues to work for pfizer as a pharmaceutical rep and I am launching R.I.P.P.E.D this month here in SLO! I love group exercise and now I am teaching! Thankful for the beautiful place in which we live and the wonderful friends we have here. May you have a great 2012 with many opportunities and memories to come!
Here is a recipe for homemade granola that I made last night! Super healthy! Super yummy! Enjoy!

6 cups oats 
1/2 c Brown Sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 or 1 1/2cup of applesauce (homemade or store bought) I used homemade delish!
1/2 c coconut (or not but I love coconut!)
1 c slivered almonds (or any nut)
2 tbs cinnamon
1/2 c organic Flax plus fine milled (I got it at costco 6 bucks for a huge bag) It is ground up can't taste it in the recipe but so good for you!! 

Mix all together in a bowl then spread on sheets

Bake at 225 for 1 hour 15 min spread on 2 cookie sheets turn every 15 min cool completely 
then store in an airtight container! This granola is chewy and yummy!! No oils or fats!