Homemade Waffles

*Courtesy of allrecipes

** I made these for the first time this morning.  I've always bought the Shake and Pour pancake batter and just used that to make waffles but decided to try waffles from scratch.  They were very easy to make and I froze the leftovers to reheat for Karlie.

~ 2 eggs
~ 2 cups all-purpose flour
~ 1 3/4 cups milk
~ 1/2 cup vegetable oil
~ 1 tablespoon white sugar
~ 4 teaspoons baking powder
~ 1/4 teaspoon salt
~ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat waffle iron.  Beat eggs in a large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. (I used my stand mixer)
2.  Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla until smooth.  (I also added cinnamon sugar...just sprinkle however much you like)
3.  Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.  Pour mix onto hot waffle iron.  Cook until golden brown.  Serve hot.

My Brother's a Model

Seriously.  He's going to California next week to begin the long journey to stardom at the Julie Nation Academy .  Don't ask him about it though because he doesn't like to talk about it.**

So to get him started on the right track, I shouted pose commands over Skype.  The results were not too shabby.  Take a look....

To start him off easy, we started with just a basic smile...

He was a little nervous.


"Sorority Girl"


Devastatingly Sad







And finally.....

This one will be his headshot

** Those of you who don't know me (or Samuel), he's actually heading to West Coast Baptist College.  {Although I'm sure he can use some of these looks to catch some ladies...}

We are very proud of him and cannot wait to see what the Lord does with his life!

Mirrors Mirrors on Our Walls

Sorry for the lack of posting!  It doesn't mean we haven't been busy though!

The two mirrors we have in our house (besides bathroom mirrors) received a little love and attention recently.

Mirror #1 {the one in our master bedroom}
We actually fixed this one up back in March but it wasn't until yesterday I realized I never posted about it.   This beauty was bought at an antique store when I was in tenth grade, sometime in 2001 or 2002.  It was just about the only thing I contributed to our new life when we got married in 2006.  Since then, it has always hung faithfully over my jewelry stand, mostly collecting dust.

Side Note
I was originally going to use this picture:

Notice anything??  Look really hard and you can see a very creepy version of my husband in the reflection.
I didn't know he was standing there until I uploaded the picture and then had to retake it.  Nice babe.

Anyway, after a little bit of sanding and slopping on about 3 or 4 coats of white paint,
here she is in all her glory:

My inspiration to paint this mirror came when I found a mirror (very similar in style) at Z Gallerie.  The only difference??

My mirror - $0 (I already had the mirror and the paint)
Z Gallerie's - $399.00
Cha ching!

Mirror #2 {the one in our living room}
This project we started and finished yesterday.  We bought this mirror in December 2006 and we thought it was the best thing we'd ever buy.  It was our first (and last) purchase from Kirklands.  Since then, it has hung over our couch in Kentucky, on our dining room wall in Texas, and now is back over our couch in Alabama.

Now with mirror #1, we use a bucket of paint and some paint brushes.  However with this one, we happened to already be on a spray painting spree so we spray painted this one.  We used one coat of white spray primer and 2 coats of high-gloss white spray paint and ended up with this:

Don't you just love white paint?  For a while, my younger sister {I don't like to name names} teased me because my response to any home-decor-remodeling question was, "Paint it white!"

So I submit to you that you could paint anything white, and it will in fact look fabulous!