Sunday, December 13, 2009


I've been working on some changes for the past few weeks. My blog is "currently" being worked on by my fabulous designer. I'm not changing my "design" but I'm going to a different blogging platform. Blogger has been giving me issues since June of this year. I go back and forth with my love/hate for them, every single day. I am nervous and excited for the changes coming up!

But, as a loyal reader of Angry Julie Monday.

You are loyal, right? That's what I thought.

You NEED to subscribe!

I know many people read my blog on the Blogger Dashboard. (cough, cough, Stacey)

But how do you subscribe?

You will not miss out on any of my fabulous posts. Right now, my blog actually has a blogger address. It is just forwarded to my own domain. I can't guarantee that everything will forward, etc. properly.

Does it sound like I'm rambling? Do I make any sense? Well, The Nester, also recently switched platforms and did an entire post about subscribing. You need to check out her post which explains it better. Why should I re-do the same post all over again, when she wrote the perfect post.

But seriously, sometimes it takes me hours to do a blog post. I've had MAJOR formatting issues the past month. I scream and yell at the computer. I shake my fist at my monitor. All of this is just making me, well Angry. I can't wait for you to see all my changes. This also means that my blog may be down this week. I can't tell you exactly when. It may take a few days. Plus, I have to learn how to use it. So be patient with me!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Some Sweet Holiday Goodness

I have been super busy the past few weeks, but I do want to start some Holiday baking. I pulled out the family recipe book, and flipped through it. My aunt has the best frosted sugar cookie recipe, but there are a ton of steps. I really don't have the prep time to make those. They are soo good that my mom usually gives my aunt some money and asks her to make us a few dozen.

I do want to try some different recipes this year. I've been searching all over the interwebz for some great ideas. I wanted to share what I've found.

These are from the Pillsbury website. You just you refrigerated sugar cookies, and some other small ingredients. Very cute! I'm sure you could make all kinds of designs with the right colored frosting.

Festive Candy Cane Kiss Centered Brownie Bites

I saw these on Picky Palate the other day. They immediately made my mouth water. You can't tell from this picture, but there are Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses in the middle of these brownies. I picked up two bags of the Hershey's Kisses last night in preparation for these delightful treats. I love everything on Picky Palate's blog. Now only if I had the time to bake/cook more.

Christmas Candy Cane Cookies

I found this recipe on the Betty Crocker website. The ingredients are quite simple also: sugar cookie mix, butter, an egg, and food coloring.

Oreo Cookie Snowmen

My friend, Kelly, made these. They are soo simple and there's NO BAKING involved. How cool is that? All you need is White Fudge Covered Oreos, M&M's, and some gel frosting.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Our "Real Simple" Closet Makeover

I was reading my latest issue of Real Simple Magazine, about two months ago. I saw an article about re-organizing a front closet. It had before and after pictures from the makeover. I've been telling Angry Husband for awhile now, that I want to re-do our hallway coat closet. I knew that the space could be re-done and made more useful. At this point, it was a gathering place for wrapping paper, coats, our vacuum, and random junk. Isn't everyone's closet like this?

I knew that WE (Angry Husband, BFF Stacey, and me) could accomplish this project. I knew that it would not be very costly. It really wasn't complicated, but add in very busy schedules, and that's why, I'm posting the final results over a month later.

At the beginning of November, I posted my "before" photograph. This is when the project began. I started by cleaning out the closet. I took several items to the Goodwill and Salvation Army.

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Before Picture of Closet

In mid-November, I posted some sneak previews of the paint in the closet. Stacey came over for the day and painted the closet. I'm totally allergic to paint, and doing anything creative like painting. The paint color is Valspar JalapeƱo Jelly 6005-6A in semi-gloss, which is found at Lowes. We went through a gallon of paint, because the closet probably had never been painted since house was built, seriously. We took out the shelf and the bar in the closet before it was painted. We also took off the door to the closet to make it a little easier to paint.

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Closet After Shelf and Bar Were Removed, Plus Paint Added

I got an idea in my head, as usual. I decided that the closet needed some lighting. Do I know anything about electrical work? Umm, no..that's what Angry Husband is for. We went back and forth with all these complex ideas for electrical work in the closet. We ended up going with the simple route. He installed a recessed light in the closet ($15), and he tied (wired) it into the recessed lights in our hallway. You have to turn the hallway lighting on, to get the closet light to work. By doing this, we did not have to install lightswitches, etc...You like how I say, "We"!

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Recessed Light in Ceiling of Closet

I then made a few trips to Ikea, Home Depot, and Lowes for supplies for this project. I added my own touches to the original project from the magazine. I did use the Expedit shelf from Ikea. I looked around for other "similar" shelves, but this shelf was perfect for our closet size. Angry Husband cut out some of the molding in the closet to place the shelf unit firmly against the wall. He also secured it to the wall with mounting brackets provided with the unit when purchased.

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The Closet with Expedit Shelf in Place

I found a piece of melamine at Home Depot to use for the shelf. The shelf was held up and supported by pre-primed molding also found at Home Depot. The white metal clothing rod was purchased at Lowes. It was very long and Angry Husband had to cut it to size. The clothing rod was held into place with a flange set found at Lowes. After everything was in place, Angry Husband painted the molding used to hold up the melamine shelf white (not pictured).

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Closet After Melamine Shelf and Closet Rod Were Installed (Various Views)

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Closet Showing the Expedit Shelf, The Melamine Shelf, and The Clothing Rod

I wanted to place baskets on the Expedit shelves like in the original picture. I did not like the baskets that they used. I improvised and took (3) baskets from Angry Toddler's bedroom. We are in the process of re-organizing his room and toys. He had (3) perfect wicker Medium Sabrina Baskets from Pottery Barn Kids. I will do a post later showing what I placed in the baskets. I placed our coats back in the closet. I also placed my gym bag, Angry Toddler's backpack, my camera bag, and various other items on the shelves. I still haven't decided what to put on the top shelf. I think the vacuum needs to be accessible, so it also went back into the closet.

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Finished Closet with All Our Stuff (Door Removed)

After the closet was pretty much finished, I had another idea...must modify, right? I wanted to add some hooks to the inside of the closet door. I'm always looking for my purse. I don't know why I'm always looking for it. I now put my purse inside the closet, when I get home. Therefore, it also prevents Angry Toddler from digging into my purse. I got the rack (hooks) from Target.

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Closet with Door Back On, and Coat Rack on Interior of Door

I hope this step-by-step process of our closet makeover helps or inspires someone. It took awhile to get it completed. I think I made a pretty good Project Manager. I'm not very handy, but I always have great ideas. Or maybe it's just the Project ADD....

Wordless Wednesday: Disneyland Railroad

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Merry SITSmas!!!

Happy Holidays

You probably thought you were going to see the "real" Angry Family Holiday Card here. Yea, not so much. I'm so behind with all this Holiday stuff. Can you believe we have not decorated anything? No lights, no tree.... But I have done some shopping. I can always shop.

It's been an awesome year, blogging-wise. I've made so many great connections. But after doing this "blogging" for two and half years, I've realized something. You cannot do it alone. It really takes a village. Blogging is about community. I think to be somewhat successful, you need community to interact with. I've found so many great blogs, and people throughout my many communities that I participate in. I've been participating in SITS for small while now, but have made so many connections through their site.

Have you heard of SITS aka The Secret is in The Sauce?

SITS is a group of women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments. Lots and lots of comments. Whether you are new to blogging and looking for blogs to read, or a veteran looking to expand your readership, a mommy blogger or a single gal, SITS is for you!

Happy SITSmas To You!!!

Oh, and the photo above? Taken at Disney Family Media Day last weekend. See my review site for details of that day. Angry Toddler refused to pose with the characters.
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