Friday, April 24, 2015

Family Favorite: Lemon Whip Salad

 Today I am going to share a traditional, family-favorite!
We love this Lemon Whip Salad; growing it up no Thanksgiving was complete without it. 

It's light, airy, and perfectly lemony. I'm not much one for Jell-o "salads" but this is my favorite, and it is fun to make--I usually make it for dessert. ;)

Give it a go--you won't regret it. :)

Lemon Whip Salad
1 small lemon Jell-O                                               
¾ c. boiling water                                         
1 c. sugar       
¼ c. lemon juice  
1 can chilled evaporate milk  
zest of one lemon                                        

  1. Dissolve Jell-O in hot water; add lemon juice and lemon zest. Allow the Jell-O to partially set.
  2. Whip the evaporate milk with an electric mixer and slowly add the sugar.
  3. Fold the Jell-O into the whipped milk.
  4. Line the bottom of a pan or glass bowl with crushed graham crackers. Pour Jell-O mixture over and let set in the refrigerator for a few hours. If desired, you can layer the crackers and Jell-O and put some crushed crackers on top.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Starting to redo the kids' rooms!

 And it begins!

We are moving to a new house! And soon! And we are so excited!
I'll say this over and over again, but I'm just can't believe our good luck. If I were to write down a list of everything I could possibly want in a house, this house has almost everything. I honestly didn't think we'd be so lucky. 

The home is dated, but we WANTED it that way--now we could afford to buy it and we get to fix it up how we want over the years. :) perfect!

We've also be very lucky because even though we haven't actually bought it yet, the owners have let us come in and start working on my three girls' rooms! Nobody was in those rooms, and they needed some TLC, so we've been working on them, and I think they'll be ready to go before we move in. 
 Not only will my girls be more happy and comfortable in their new house having their rooms just they want, but also I will be able to move on to other projects.

Room 1
So, here is the plan for my almost-8-year-old daughter's room.
(Pinterest makes it so fun and easy to plan and daydream!)

She wanted white walls with LOTS of bright colors in everything else--bright bed spread, bright decor, and bright flowers on the walls. Sounds fun to me.

Here's what we had to work with though:

Not a bad brown really, BUT not white and not at all what she's going for. 
I didn't bother with a picture of her walls right now...but they are beautiful white. I'll show that when the flowers are done!

 Room 2
And now for my 5-year-old daughters room.
She loved the pre-existing yellow walls. I convinced her to tone it down a bit and go with a lighter shade, which is much better. Still yellow but softer.

 And now that the "canvas" is ready, here is our plan for her room: