Month: August 2015
It’s back-to-school time already! The summer flew by and as much as the lazy days of summer will be missed, I think kids and parents alike are ready to go back to school and get back into a routine (although your kids won’t tell you that!)
I’ve put together some ideas for marking the first day of school. These ideas are a nice way to give your kids their school send off and mark the start of another year where they will learn and grow so much!
I was at a tag sale and saw old green wooden barn shutters for sale. I bought them all at a relatively cheap price with nothing specific in mind, but knew I could do something with them. At first I was going to build a picnic table using two as the top base and one each as the bench base. But then when I wasn’t convinced that would work (or I could pull it off), I decided to use two of them as shelves on our deck where we have a dead space. We took a trip to Home Depot and bought sand paper, spray paint, brackets and screws. I started by sanding them down on the front only, thinking I wouldn’t need to paint the backs. I did end up spraying the back so in hindsight I should have sanded both sides. Then I mixed some dish soap and water in a spray bottle and sprayed both sides and washed them down with the hose. They dried relatively fast in the sun.
Once dry, I applied Rustoleum spray paint. I used a lot more then I thought I would, almost 6 cans for two shutters. It was a little more than one can for each front and back and then I had to spray the sides, top and bottom and some touch up. The only issue I had with the spray paint was that in two spots it bubbled. I think because it was too humid the day I sprayed.
After the spray paint dried, we measured and attached the brackets to the wood that makes a sort of “wall” on the deck. Then laid the shutters on top and attached the brackets to the shutters. We had originally purchased two brackets, but went out and bought another to support the middle of each shelf. Once everything was in place, all screwed in and secure, we had two shelves that could be used to hold drinks, food, plates or almost anything! Despite the few mistakes along the way, all-in-all, being one of of first home DIY projects, it came out pretty well!
Makes 5 Large Quesadillas
5 Tortillas (You can use any kind, I used 10-inch white, flour)
4 Chicken Breasts
About 2 cups of cheese (I used a mix of a Mexican blend and Mozzarella)
Salt and Pepper
I made this whole recipe on the grill. The quesadillas cook fast on the grill and they had an extra crisp which was really good!
1. Gather ingredients. Mix a small amount of olive oil and salt and pepper in a bowl and brush on chicken. 2. Grill chicken on both sides until cooked through – 4-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink on the inside.
3. Remove chicken from grill and slice into strips.
4. Place a tortilla on the grill and line one side with a few strips of chicken and enough cheese to cover. Flip the empty half on top and then brush that half (the half of the tortilla facing you) with some olive oil. After about 1-2 minutes, carefully flip the quesadilla to grill on opposite side. Grill for another 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted.