Update Mirror With Spray Paint

Hey, it’s Friday! Soooo happy. I love weekends and more so lately because it gives me the time to take naps. Yes!

Now that all our upstairs rooms have been painted, I have no excuse to start decorating the walls. So, slowly but surely, I’ve been hanging things up here and there. One of them is the mirror by our entrance door. Ryan keeps complaining about the fact that we didn’t have it anymore, so I finally hung it up this week. It just needed a little update.

Spray Paint Mirror how to

The mirror frame was black, which is fine for a rental apartment, but it doesn’t match with anything in our house. Some spray paint and 30 minutes changed that. I used Rustoleum’s Metallic Flat Paint in burnished Amber and loved it!

Spray Paint Mirror

First took off the glass. This one works just like a frame so it was easy to do. If the mirror part doesn’t come off, you can just tape the whole thing.

Spray Paint Mirror assembly

Then, I cleaned the frame and placed it on top of a cardboard on a well ventilated area aka outside. this pregnant lady doesn’t need to inhale any fumes.

Spray Paint Mirror prep

After shacking the can, I put a layer of paint from every angle. The paint covered very nicely and was very thin, which I really liked. Waited a few minutes and then did another thin coat.

Spray Paint Mirror first layer

Once the top was dry, I turned it over and did a coat of paint on the backside just to cover any of the sides of the frame that got missed.

Spray Paint Mirror backside

Let it dry completely and reassemble. I did this the next day, just to make sure it wasn’t sticky at all.

Spray Paint Mirror reassemble

Hang up and done! Now it matches the curtain fixtures (which both look really black in this picture) and I have a happy husband.

Spray Paint Mirror diy

Hope your weekend is full of sweet adventures!

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Good morning! This week has been a little bit on the chillier side and every time I go out the door in the morning I think of how awesome it would be to have a nice cup of hot chocolate waiting for me. Well, this morning I made my dreams come true. I walked out the door with a cup of the sweet deliciousness with a dash of cinnamon. Best morning commute ever. Plus, Ryan drove today, so it was extra special.

But, back to last night’s dinner. It was great! This week, Fareway, the grocery store I frequent, had a sale on tenderized pork loins. If you know me, I’m always up for snagging those sale items, so I went ahead and got some. Well, last night I finally made pork tenderloins and they were delicious. Quite simple too if you don’t mid the mess. We paired them with some tater tots and, needless to say, I had a pretty happy husband.

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

The recipe calls for buttermilk. I never have any on hand or need a huge cartoon, so I make my own. It’s the easiest thing ever. Just add one and a half teaspoons of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it sit for about 10 minutes. It doesn’t get thick like buttercream, but it still gets that tart flavor. If it’s for baking, I’ll head out and get the real thing though.

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich buttermilk

Then, you have to get some breading ready. Roll a sleeve of saltines in a bag and done.

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich saltines

Once the buttermilk is set, then you can add the rest of the spices: cayenne pepper, seasoned salt, pepper, salt, minced garlic and an egg.

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich spices

Get the batter station ready. A bowl of egg/milk/spices, one cup of flour and a bowl with the crushed saltines.

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich batter station

Heat some vegetable oil, or oil of choice, in a skillet. Once it’s nice and hot batter the tenderloins. Milk/egg to flour to milk/egg to saltines. Place in hot skillet and fry for about three minutes each side, or until golden brown.

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich fry

Remove to a plate with paper towels to drain. I also add another dash of salt as soon as it comes out of the skillet.

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich salt

Assemble your sandwiches on burger buns with choice of toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, mayo, ketchup, etc) and enjoy!

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich recipe

It was definitely delicious. You could also make them with regular pork loins and just tenderize them yourself, but having them ready to go saves some time and works for me.

 

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 4 tenderized pork loins
  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil
  • hamburger buns
  • toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, mayo)

Directions

  1. Combine buttermilk, egg, cayenne pepper, seasoned salt, salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
  2. Place crushed saltine crackers and flour in separate shallow dishes.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet.
  4. Batter each pork tenderloin by dredging it in the milk/egg/spice mixture, then cover with flour on both sides, back to the milk/egg/spice mixture and on to the saltines on both sides.
  5. Place in skillet and cook for about three minutes on each side or until meat is done and outside looks golden brown.
  6. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  7. Assemble sandwich and enjoy.

Super Fast Weekend

Good morning! Hope you’re doing well and that your weekend was fantastic! Mine was one of those that just fly by. I was enjoying it fully, so didn’t take time to take a lot of pictures. Nonetheless, it was great.

Friday after work, I made a quick stop at the grocery store before heading home to meet up with Max, Kayla and their baby for the weekend. They were going to stay with us the whole time and I was quite excited to spend some girl time with her. We met up with Josh, Kalyn and their baby for dinner and then hung out at out place for the rest of the night. It was quite the sight to see the two kids running around our backyard and poor Boone trying to keep up with them.

Friends Forever

Saturday, the boys went fishing, while Kayla and I went to the park for some baby-playset time. The morning was a little bit chillier than we anticipated, but still pretty good. After lunch, we waited for the boys to get back and then we all took a nap. Don’t judge us, it was glorious. The rest of the day was spent hanging out, chatting and chasing the baby around.

Boone on the lookout

Sunday was followed by some more baby chasing, until they had to get on the road.

Wondering baby

After another nap for me, I got to do some crafting. Starting the baby quilt! Boone was very gracious and let me work, unlike other times where he just lays on top of what I’m working on.

Craft Sunday

To close off the night, we had some tomato soup and grilled cheese for dinner. I use this recipe form Iowa Girl Eats. It’s delicious.

Tomato Soup

And for dessert: some Orange Leaf. I’m pretty sure I put a little bit of anything chocolate for toppings. Delish!

Orange Leaf

Have a great week!

Also, check out this post on Skip to My Lou which features some quick DIY projects, including mine on How to Fix a Broken Necklace. Thanks!

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 13-15

Hello hello! So, it’s time for another update. This time from Weeks 13 to 15. I just turned 16 weeks today, so it’s basically from the weeks prior. If you want a recap of my first trimester, head on over here.

Baby Size

From the size of a pea pod on week 13 to the size of an apple on week 15. I am up about 4 pounds since before being pregnant, and it’s all in my tummy. I officially have to wear all jeans with my button open. Just holding them together with a hair tie, classy.

wk 13wk 15

Daily Activity

I’ve been getting a lot better. Taking more walks with Boone, doing strength at least once a week, yoga once a week and just moving around in the weekends. Also, I’ve been trying to get up from my chair at work and take little walking breaks. Sitting for 10 hours straight is not good for anybody. There are still days that I would rather lay on the couch after work or take a two hour nap in the weekends. I’m not completely energized, but my fatigue is not as debilitating as it was. Also figured out that to avoid tiredness headaches, it’s best for me to go to bed just before 9pm. I do wake up at 5:30am, so it’s alright.

chillaxing after our walk

Symptoms

The morning sickness has gone away, but I still get waves of nausea every so often. They also come unannounced. Before, I could tell that I was getting hungry and the nausea would start creeping in. Now I can go from being totally fine to hacking in no time at all. At least once a day.

For some reason, thinking about raw chicken or eggs still repulses me. The other day, Ryan had to cut and cook some chicken for me cause I just couldn’t stand the thought of it. Weird. But, I still have been able to cook for almost every dinner, with some weekend exceptions. Breakfast is still on a day to day basis.

Headaches were pretty much a constant for two weeks. One Saturday morning, Ryan was going fishing and I really wanted to go, but my headache was just not letting me do anything. I actually felt so helpless that I ended up curling in my bed with Boone and crying. Ryan talked me through it and I was able to unenthusiastically get dressed and head out the door. Once we were out there, I felt much better.

The pain on my lower back has slowly being going away too. Maybe I needed more rest, or maybe I needed to move around more. Who knows?

Randoms

Does Boone know I’m pregnant? I highly doubt it. He still plops right in front of me to snuggle. Ryan seems to think that he senses something because lately his jealousy towards us has been ramping up. He gets kinda frantic when I pay attention to Ryan and not him. I think it’s just his usual awry self.  

Stopped by Motherhood & Maternity and Target to check out their maternity jeans. Bought some items from both stores, but I know I’ll be returning some as well. Just need to try them out at home with a variety of shirts to see if they’ll really work.

A coworker handed me a box full of maternity items (belly supports, pants, camis). It was awesome!

maternity items

During week 14, I went through a little depression phase. I think it was due to my first trimester symptoms subsiding and the headaches. I was just flooded with doubts. This past week though, my belly has decided to make a presence, so any doubts have pretty much gone out the window. I’m sure this feeling will come and go throughout the pregnancy.

Sleeping with two pillow now. I kept waking up during the night due to a strained neck and the two pillows have let me sleep comfortably. I can sleep with my back a little propped up, which seems to be the most comfortable position for now, until the belly weight becomes too much.

Highlight

No real highlights this week, but I’m definitely excited to go to our next prenatal appointment next Wednesday. Feels like forever ago when we first heard the baby’s heartbeat.

so happy to be back

This weekend our best friends are staying over. She’s also pregnant, so I’m sure we’ll be babbling non-stop about everything. Plus, we already made plans to go to Buffalo Wild Wings and satisfy a craving we both have. Yumm!

Have a fun weekend! 

Iced Lemon Pound Cake

Good morning! I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want summer to end. I just love it. This week, the temperatures have been on the cooler side, so I’m trying to save any ounce of all things summer as long as I can. That’s exactly why I made this lemon pound cake this last weekend. It’s delicious. If it reminds you of the one from Starbucks, well that’s because it’s adapted from a copycat recipe from The 36th Avenue. It’s a little less moist than the original version, but still delicious.

Iced Lemon Pound Cake

Plus, it’s super simple to make. First off, you mix your dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt).

Iced Lemon Pound Cake dry ingredients

Then, blend your liquid ingredients together (eggs, butter, vanilla extract, lemon juice and sugar). I used three lemons to get the lemon juice, afterwards, I just threw the leftovers in the garbage disposal for a quick clean up. Plus, it’s the bets way to freshen up the disposal.

Iced Lemon Pound Cake liquid ingredients

Add the oil and zest to the liquid mix. Finally, blend the two (dry and liquid) together.

Iced Lemon Pound Cake zest

Pour into a loaf pan. As always, I like it with parchment paper for easier cleanup and it just doesn’t stick to the pan at all.

Iced Lemon Pound Cake batter

After baking for about 45 minutes, try to hold back and let the cake cool completely.

Iced Lemon Pound Cake loaf

Mix the glaze ingredients together (powdered sugar, milk and lemon juice).

Iced Lemon Pound Cake glaze

Pour over cake and serve.

Iced Lemon Pound Cake recipe

A piece of this cake definitely tastes like summer.

Iced Lemon Pound Cake how to

 

Iced Lemon Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (about three lemons)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9”x5” loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract and lemon juice until blended.
  4. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients until smooth.
  5. Add oil and lemon zest and mix.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  8. To make the glaze, whisk powdered sugar, milk and lemon juice until combined. Drizzle over cooled cake.
  9. Enjoy!