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UFO Party! What did you finish? LINK UP NOW!

It is that time!! Time to link up to the UFO Party!

So what did you finish up this week? Did we light a fire under you to finally finish that UFO that has been hanging over your head?
I did!   Here is a little preview of my project:
I'll be linking up the entire reveal so be sure to look for it!
Now it is your turn to share your project.
A quick reminder of the rules for the party.. 
1. It should be a project that you finally got around to finishing (a UFO).   It doesn't have a to be a DIY project, but can be anything you wanted to FINISH!   
2. The party runs between May 1st and May 7th.  
3. Include the button anywhere on your blog (party page, side bar.. wherever!)
4. Have fun and celebrate the fact you finished it!
This will be a shared party (meaning if you link up on any of the sites, your link will show up on ALL FIVE parties!)  

Your hostesses for this challenge are: 
Me from themoney-pit 
Lisha from onehouseonecouple
Micki from addhousewife
JoAnne from doublewideinthesky 
Shelby from thebeansproutnotes

April in Review! What a month!

I cannot believe it is the last day of April! ALREADY!!  
Where did the month go?

April was pretty exciting around The Money-Pit.    Lots of great projects got started and a few of them even got finished!  The big excitement for me was co-hosting my FIRST EVER challenge party:

Don't forget to link up starting TOMORROW!!!  And if you haven't finished your UFO yet, you still have time!  The party will be open until next Monday (the 7th) so get to work!

April featured a lot of other great projects.  Of course by far my favorite were my Ikea Shelves turned Mudroom Built-Ins:

That was just one step in my garage makeover that started here and after a lot of planning resulted in the addition of my very own workshop:

Work continued and culminated in weeks of taping, mudding and painting.At this point I am in the home stretch still trying to finish the ceilings and storage area and hope to end up with something similar to this:
During the giant garage project, I also took a break to work on a couple of smaller projects like adding house numbers
and cabinet hardware in the kitchen
and I hope to finally get some doors installed in the master bedroom in time for the UFO challenge

April also had me testing out some delicious recipes like Mexicali Cornbread Pie 

Lastly, I had a few other big changes and exciting adventures relating to my blog this month. I guest blogged at Good Girl Gone Redneck, which was really fun for me 
AND I finally joined facebook and other social media sites too

What a month!  I cannot wait to see what May has in store! 
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Southern Style Smothered Pork Chops (Baked)

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Since porkchops were on sale this week I decided to track down a new recipe I hadn't tried before and give it a try.  I knew I wanted to bake them, but I didn't want dry tough pork.

I decided to modify a recipe I found online.  It came out GREAT!  The pork was moist and the gravy was wonderful. I served it over whipped potatoes and with a side of steamed broccoli.  The kids loved it. 

So without further ado, here is the recipe:
Southern Style Smothered Baked Porkchops
6 boneless pork chops (I used sirloin chops)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (or plain plus 1/2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp seasoning mix (I used GrillMates Garlic & Herb)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup white wine
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and assemble your ingredients:

Assemble your "coating" station.  Place the beaten eggs, flour and breadcrumbs in shallow dishes. Rinse porkchops and pat dry.
Season chops with garlic powder, salt, pepper and seasoning to taste, then dip in beaten eggs:
Dredge lightly in flour (remove excess):
And coat in breadcrumbs:
Melt butter and heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat and add chops:
 Fry the pork chops 5 minutes per side, or until the breading appears well browned (pork will not be cooked through). 
Transfer the chops to an oiled baking dish, and cover with foil. Bake for 1 hour. 
When they come out of the over there will be a lot of juices in the bottom of the pan. Pour over gravy mixture**, replace foil, and bake for another 30 minutes.
I served the chops over potatoes and spooned over the extra gravy.   There is a lot of gravy for the number of porkchops, so it was nice to have a side dish which complimented it. 
**You may want to set aside some of the gravy and heat it separately to avoid the fat rendered out of the chops in the baking pan. 

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Linking up to CatchAsCatchCan, Debbiedoo's Newbie Party and here too!

Adding Privacy to the Master Bedroom: The Before

I couldn't host the UFO challenge and not be willing to join the fun! 
(If you are procrastinating on a project you are THIS.CLOSE to finishing check out the challenge and find the motivation to finish!)

 My unfinished DIY project is going to be installing a door (aka "endower of mommy privacy") between my master bedroom and my sewing room.
When we bought the house our master bedroom didn't actually have a door.  Well, if you consider the sewing room as an extension of bedroom, then I suppose technically you could lock someone out, but it was far from a private oasis.

These are the only photos I have of the master bedroom doorway from move in day. This is looking out from the bedroom and into the sewing room:

You can see that the other side of the "walk through" sewing room does acutally have a door, but it only blocks the noise from the stairwell and other bedrooms.
There is a 'window' in the wall that is open to the downstairs. The master bedroom doorway is on the far right:
So, even with the doors to the sewing room closed this is what you actually end up with:
 Earlier this year, I worked hard on updating the sewing room and installed the large expedit shelving unit for my fabric storage:
The room is much more usable now, but I knew adding a double door to that non-standard opening was a job best left to the pros.  (Especially considering the install charge was a mere $300.)

However, I am still considering it a DIY project, because I am only having the pre-hung doors themselves installed.  I need to trim them out, paint them and install the hardware.  

Can I get it done in time for the party?  Come back and find out! 

Linking up to these awesome parties! 

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Announcing the UFO DIY Challenge!

Why does it seem that the last 10% of any DIY project is the hardest part to finish?   You know how you are all fired up about something when you first start, but by the time you are almost finished, you are so sick and tired of looking at it (cough, cough: garage) that you run out of steam and give up.
Well, today I am throwing down the gauntlet! I am challenging you to get off your butt and finish up that never-ending project so you can brag about it at our UFO DIY CHALLENGE PARTY! 
Oh yeah, that is right.  I (along with four other fine ladies) are challenging you to complete an unfinished DIY project and share it on all five of our blogs.

Your hostesses for this challenge are: 
Moi from themoney-pit 
Lisha from onehouseonecouple
Micki from addhousewife
JoAnne from doublewideinthesky 
Shelby from thebeansproutnotes
They are all super awesome DIY bloggers and if you have never checked them out, you should definitely stop by. 

There are a few rules for the party.. 
1. It should be a project that you have started already but just haven't finished yet.  
2. Your goal is to finish the project in time to link up between May 1st and May 7th.  
3. Include the button anywhere on your blog (party page, side bar.. wherever!)
4. Have fun and celebrate the fact you finished something!

This will be a shared party (meaning if you link up on any of the sites, your link will show up on ALL FIVE parties!)  
Often it just takes a little motivation to finish off that project that has been hanging over your head.  Consider this your motivation!  
Lisa, Micki, JoAnn, Shelby and I will also feature our own UFOs and will be challenged with completing them in time for the party.  If we can do it, you can do it!

image source
We look forward to seeing your projects!

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Is this what it feels like to win an Academy Award?

I am over the moon excited about the buzz my little ole' built-ins are getting!

First, Tatertots and Jello sent visitors swarming to that post,  then it took off on Pinterest and now one of my favorite websites of all time, Ikea Hackers, is featuring it!
 If you haven't ever looked at that IkeaHackers.net, but you have an addiction to simple, clean, CHEAP furniture as much as I do, then you have to go.right.now!   It can be really inspiring and helps you think outside the (flat-packed) box.. plus it gives you 1000 excuses of why you need to plan a trip to (IMHO) the greatest place on earth that isn't "I'm craving Swedish meatballs and 2 hot dogs for a dollar!" (Although that is a valid excuse as well.)

I am so happy to see that other people like them as much as I do, and I am so flattered by the attention.

I also would like to thank these other wonderful sites for featuring it:
Someday Crafts
Junk in their Trunk
{Junk in their Trunk}

Vintage Gwen

My Repurposed Life

Serendipity and Spice

Blackberry Vine

Tuesday To Do FEatured

Creatively Living

Creatively Living

Lastly I want to thank Five Little Chefs and Snarkymomma for awarding me with the Versatile Blogger Award:

I need to pass it on, and will do that in a future post. 

Thanks so much for all the love!  I'm truly honored! 
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