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  • Easy Dinner Recipes to Bring Your Family Together

    Easy Dinner Recipes to Bring Your Family Together

    Want to know how to turn easy dinner recipes into quality family time?

    I know what you’re thinking. What do I know about easy recipes? I don’t cook! At least I haven’t done much cooking since teaching my middle son all my secrets. And promptly forgot my way around the kitchen!

    But since my household has grown from 3 adults to –well, close to epic numbers—there’s been a lot more chaos, busy schedules, and more focus on how to provide good meals that don’t take a lot of time.

    It can get pretty tricky to juggle all that and get in those moments that matter! The last thing you want to do is spend all your time cooking.  You want to be sitting around that table sharing stories and laughter!  Can I get an Amen?

    And you want that table to be the center hub of your home! The place where the kids sit and do homework while you whip together that easy dinner recipe! The table that catches countless tears of laughter. It’s the place where, for that few precious moments, time slows and memories are made!

    The formula is simple! Easy dinner recipes + welcoming dining table = more quality time with those you love!

    Here are a few easy dinner recipes shared with us by some of you!

    • Crackin’ Chicken

    Chicken tenders, one original cream cheese block, packet of ranch dressing seasoning, pinch of salt.

    Put in crock pot for 2 hours on high. Serve over rice with your choice of vegetables!

    • Taco Soup from Kayla Chapman

    1 can each of black, red, and pinto jalapeno beans, drained. 1 can corn, drained half.

    1lb ground beef browned and seasoned with taco seasoning. Drain grease.

    1 small can tomato sauce and 1 large can stewed tomatoes undrained.

    Add browned meat to stew pot and pour in all ingredients. Heat over medium heat until bubbling.

    Serve with cheese and sour cream.  Great with crackers, sour dough bread or chips.

    • Chicken Spinach Alfredo from Stephanie Still

    2 thawed chicken breasts cut into small pieces and sauté in butter with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic unto done.

    Pour in 2 cups of heavy cream, heat. Add in 2-3 cups of fresh spinach. Season with salt and cayenne pepper.

    Add in 1- 1 ½ cup of grated parmesan.  Add ½ teaspoon of cornstarch to thicken.

    Whole alfredo is cooking, cook one box of bow tie pasta. Once pasta is cooked, add pasta to alfredo and stir until heated through and serve.

    *This serves on big serving for 4-5 people. Double recipes to serve more.

    Do you have easy dinner recipes that bring the family together in busy times?

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  • 3 Ways You Can Create Your Own Sanctuary

    3 Ways to Create Your Sanctuary Space

    Everyone and everything demands your attention all day. You long for one moment to yourself.  “Calgon, Take me away,” is the cry in your mind----long record scratch---  ok, so maybe I showed my age with that one, but the sentiment is definitely the same.

    We all need a place to escape from the anxieties and pressures of the constant demands on us to wear all the hats all the time. A Sanctuary. The one place that welcomes us, reflects who we are inside our deepest soul, and surrounds us with peace.

    For me in a house of millions of people—ok, not millions, but close—having that place is essential to not only my peace of mind, but also to keep my relationships with those I love most healthy.  IT IS NOT SELFISH TO NEED AND CREATE YOUR OWN SANCTUARY!  It is vital to your life!

    So how do you create your own Sanctuary? Here are 3 ways to create your own Sanctuary and how to determine which way is best for you!                         

    Do you love the smell of sawdust? Do you love getting right in there with the paint brushes and have the skills to turn your walls and furniture into the pieces you dream they can be? Then this first option is for you!

    Option 1— DIY your space! Makeover your existing pieces or go on a treasure hunt for pieces that you love!  Or would love with the right finish! Gather up your favorite brushes and mineral or clay based paints and get right in there. There are so many ways to add embellishments, from decoupage  and transfers to DIY furniture moulds!  

    Now, maybe you dream of creating your own Sanctuary but have been holding back because you think you lack the skills. Then option 2 is for you! You can do this!

    Option 2---Community Workshops!  Sign up for a workshop or a group!  There are so many amazing artists holding workshops, both online and locally to you. Find one whose work speaks your love language and sign up! With the techniques you will learn, you can create walls, furniture, and yes, even canvas art for your space!

    For those of you who are like my Mom (She always wanted everything done yesterday without her having to worry about it.) So many times as a child, I would see her come home from a long, stressful day of teaching school and hear her say, “Calgon, take me away.” Calgon never did.  I know now that if she had just had a Sanctuary in our home, she wouldn’t have needed Calgon to take her anywhere. She just didn’t have the time or energy to create it for herself. Sound relatable? That’s where option 3 comes in for you!

    Option 3---Have someone custom create your space! These days it is easier than ever to find an artist who speaks your language when it comes to creating Sanctuary. Reach out to them! The right artist can take your heirloom pieces (or find pieces for you) and recreate them to fit your style so you will love them even more!  

    Which one are you?  Are you ready for your own Sanctuary?

    No matter which option best fits you and your lifestyle, you can get started now!  With 3 different paint lines in stock and embellishments on our website, the only limits are your imagination! For more information or to schedule workshop or consultation on custom finishes, email renee@rainydayvintage.com or click here to join a monthly community.

     

     

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  • Writing, Art Gallery, and Lotus

    Writing, Art Gallery, and Lotus

    Remember last time when I talked about doing it afraid? (If you missed that blog post, you can read it here!) Well, I took that advice and braved the tree frogs, figuratively, of course.  Even I have a way to go before that one.

    2 weeks ago, I loaded my canvas art in my truck and drove almost 2 hours to display it in a gallery event alongside some pretty amazing artists. Talk about nervous!

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  • Face your Fears, they say!

    Face your Fears, they say!

    Do the thing! Do it afraid! Face your fears!

    When I hear this advice, I picture me standing in a dark Airbnb with my husband asleep in the bedroom, my adult son asleep on the pull out in the main room. I have a book in one hand, coffee in the other, and not a single lamp. I have options.  Wake one of them up by turning on the overhead lights so I can read, or go out onto the amazing porch, sit in the swing and read by the light out there.

    I take 2 steps in the direction of said porch, only to have the image of just a few hours earlier flash in front of my eyes.  Tree frogs. The nasty little buggers everywhere!  And the one that fell into my hair. Hard shudder that nearly sloshed precious coffee out of my cup. That’s a No.

    I spent that morning sitting by the stove huddled under the light from the microwave, safe from tree frog invasion. Yeah, frogs are my kryptonite.

    Fortunately, tree frogs are not what that advice refers to. And though it may seem the tree frogs won, they didn’t. Maybe I didn’t go outside to read. But I didn’t give up. I found a way to do what I wanted—read and enjoy my coffee.

    Sometimes our dreams are like that. Do it afraid may mean small steps, not taking on all those giants at once. Start with a single step.

    What dream are you holding back? Want to learn to paint? Afraid of what others will say or think? Do it afraid! Ignore the tree frogs! You don’t have to join them to beat them!  There are so many artist communities for you to find support, teaching, encouragement and love.

    Rainy Day Painting Membership Group is one and just opened to new members! We are a small group so you won’t feel lost in the crowd!  Inside is a safe place for you to learn and share as we grow together! Will I see you inside?

     

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