Operation Organization: Keeping Up In the Kitchen

Today I’m sharing one of my all time favorite organization projects over at 11 Magnolia Lane as part of their Operation Organization: 2015 edition.
Some time back, I installed Repositionable Chalkboard Vinyl on the insides of my pantry doors.  To this day, it is one of the best and easiest DIYs I’ve done and came in at under $8 and 20 minutes for the whole project!! 
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I keep track of the weekly menu, items needed from the store and include a message to the littles about their snack choices.

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It was easy to cut, easy to apply and reposition, easy to write on and easy to wipe clean.  And the rest of the family is now trained to add on to the “remember” list as they gobble up their favorite snacks and guzzle down the last of the milk.

Hop over to 11 Magnolia Lane to see the rest!


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Sunday Supper {Taco Chili}

Y’all, I seriously love a good bowl of chili.  In the winter I’d venture to guess that at least 70% of my meals are some sort of soup.  I shared my three favorites, on constant rotation, back when we did our Chili & Beer party.  Well, Mother and Daddy-O served this quick and easy one when we were down in Savannah and I couldn’t wait to make it when we got back.

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Taco Chili
Publix Aprons Simple Meals
1 1/2 lb ground beef
2 (10-oz) cans diced tomatoes with chiles, undrained (I used mild.)
1 can chili beans in sauce (15–16 oz), undrained (I used mild.)
1 can red kidney beans (15–16 oz), undrained
1 (15.25-oz) can Southwestern corn with peppers, drained
1 (15.5-oz) can hominy, drained
1 (10-oz) can mild enchilada sauce
1 packet taco seasoning mix (about 1 oz)
Toppings: Sour cream, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips

  1. Preheat large, nonstick sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place beef in pan and brown 5–7 minutes, stirring to crumble meat, or until no pink remains. Stir in taco seasoning; remove meat from pan.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in slow cooker; stir in meat. Cover and cook on HIGH 3–4 hours or LOW 6–8 hours.  Now, I didn’t start on mine until an hour before we needed to eat so I just simmered it on the stovetop for about 45 minutes.

I LOVE it when I get to the Publix just in time to try a plate of whatever they are cooking up.  I’ve really never had anything that wasn’t good and most all of their recipes are quite easy.  Daddy-O frequents his Publix so often that the Aprons lady will save him a plate covered in foil if he’s not there at the right time.  :-)

I was also excited to use my new lion head footed soup bows from Sur la Table.  I bought the 14-oz. size, but I think I’m going to have to get a few of the larger 24-oz. size for my very-hungry-Honey.


Share Your Spot

Earlier this month, I shared “the spot” in my den.  Well, when all the family was over, Mother and Sister said they loved it and we all started chatting about our favorite places to unwind at home. 

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I thought it would be fun to invite YOU to email me a picture of YOUR spot!  I’ll share them in a post next week.  Here’s how:
1. Email your picture to peachstatebelle@yahoo.com!
2. Include a link to your blog if you have one, or just your first name and where you’re from.
3. I’ll share some favorites on Instagram, so include your IG name too if you’d like.  You can follow me here!

I can’t wait to see them!!!



Chandy Shades

When I shared “the spot” a little while back I mentioned that changes were afoot for the den.  Well, I loved all of the rich color and pattern than came in with my Christmas décor and decided then and there to start incorporating some fun black and white pattern into the space.  It’s a bit of a divergence from my usual traditional style, but it’s nothing that can’t be phased out if I decide I hate it in a year.  Or in a week. Here’s what started it all…

Pretty fabulous, no?!  We moved the chandelier in the den from our old house where it hung from the second story in a cavernous space.  Here in our eight foot ceilinged cozy space, the sizeable chandelier is so blinding that it’s almost never turned on.    So you can see why I thought putting shades on it would be a great idea – good looking AND functional.  The only problem was that the total to put these shades in my den would have run me upwards of $150.  Um…I’m not sure I paid that much for the chandelier.

So, I set out on a DIY mission to make my own.  They key was the drum shade shape.  With a few supplies and a morning’s worth of time, I did it!

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I purchased the white chandelier drum shades (5 x 5.75”) at Lowe’s for $6 each.  I can’t find them on their website, but they were there a few weeks ago.  Mother already had the black paint, so I just went with that.  Using a small paint brush, I painted the dots right on the shade, let it dry and called it a day!  SUPER easy and under $50 (compared to the $150+ price at Ballard’s).


I was so excited to get them home and give ‘em a go…

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I think they are pretty fun and I would LOOOOVE them in someone else's room.  But, truth be told, I'm not sure if I'll keep them.   If they do stay, I was planning to layer a black and white rug on top of my leopard print rug and maybe add a couple of pillows to the banquette or sofa.  Aaaaakkkk....I'm usually not this indecisive, which tells me maybe I should stick with what I've got.  Thoughts???


Chalk Project {January}

I have so much love for Whit’s teachers.  They go so far above and beyond every.single.day.  And, orchestrating this year long photo project is just one example.  For January, we drew snowflakes in chalk on the playground wall and photographed the littles blowing “snow”.

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They turned out wonderfully.  Those cheeks… I can’t even…

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While I was at school, I helped in centers AND dined with the baby.  He’s the silliest monkey I know.


These are precious days and I’m making the most of every single one of them! 


Be Mine

I scurried around the house today putting out a few touches of pink and red for Valentine’s Day.  I usually don’t get it up until the first of February, but then it seems like a lot of work for just fourteen days of enjoyment. 

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I’m on my second year with the Bronwyn Hanahan Be Mine door hanger and I adore it just as much as the day I got it!!!  She has so many darling ones for every holiday. 

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I used my pink and red ribbons on the dogs again this year too.

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I took a few years off of my DIY pom pom garland, but sorted out the tangled mess and hung it in the entry.  I also put out a bowl of my very favorite cinnamon hearts.  Of course, the littles sniffed them out within 2.5 seconds of being home so the bowl is nearly gone.  The big red glitter heart used to be on a wreath.

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In the office I put the DIY Lilly Bunting back up again (I never got around to removing the clear command hooks up from Christmas so it was quite easy) and strung a red glitter XO on top for Valentine’s Day.

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I filled John’s pink gumball machine (CeeCee’s party favor) with conversation hearts in the family office

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While I don’t do a whole lot décor wise for Valentine’s Day, we usually go all out with fun treats and dinners the first two weeks of the month leading up to the holiday.  Stay tuned for the fun to come!!!

PS. If I ever tell you I’m buying a themed holiday book again, PLEASE STOP ME.  It never fails that I spend the whole day before the holiday frantically hunting down those darned books.  Today it’s for the 100th Day of School.  I missed the Tooth Fairy one more than half of the time, and never did find the one for St. Patrick’s Day last year. 

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$1 Monograms at HKL Designs {Giveaway}

Oh, do I have a treat for y’all today…  HKL Designs is offering 2” vinyl monograms, in your choice of two fonts and color, for just $1 this week.  Seriously, y’all.  ONE DOLLAR!!!!!  I have a feeling I won’t be seeing her for days. 

And as if that’s not enough, she’s also giving away a $25 gift card to the HKL Designs shop!!!!  She recently shared some of her sweet Valentine’s Day offerings…

Y’all know I adore all of her Disney things…

And now, she can also work with you to create your very own vintage monogram for vinyl AND to digitize for embroidery…

There are three ways to enter and the giveaway is open to US addresses only.  Post a separate comment for any/all of the following, and include your email address if you aren’t linked to a blog where I can find you…

1. Like the HKL Designs Facebook page and let her know Dixie Delights sent you.
2. Share an item from the HKL Designs Facebook page on YOUR Facebook page.
3.  Follow my blog and leave a comment letting me know.
The winner will be announced Tuesday January 27!

I’m spending most of my day in the baby’s classroom and eating the dreaded school lunch today.  Yesterday we were talking about Martin Luther King and he said “Mommy, Dr. Martin King used a lot of really good words.”  He went on to elaborate, but I could never retell his account of the civil rights movement as well as he did.  He’s actually been talking about him for days.  Mother was in stitches when she overheard this exchange:
Whit: “Jay Bird.  You ever heard of boycott?”
Bird: “No.”
Whit: “Well, that’s when people don’t ride the bus.”
Bird: “I never ride the bus.  My mommy and daddy drive me to school.”
{loooong pause}
Whit: “Oh.  Well then I guess you a boycotter.”

Happy TUESDAY, y’all!!!!  (eeeeek!!!  We got to skip right over Monday morning ughs!!!!)

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