Friday, February 19, 2010


I'm working hard on getting information out there about my Celebrating Home business. I've been spending about 2 hours+ a day on it. Hopefully I will see something start to happen soon.

We are off to my mom's tonight for dinner. She's making my favorite:
salmon patties! And broccoli casserole-Catie's favorite. I'm bringing a yummy salad with all my favorite things:eggs,cheese,bacon and homemade croutons from fresh bread! All of this is low cal of course (wink).

Tomorrow we are hitting a yard sale at Georgetown Elementary School! Come on out-it supports Relay for Life! I'll post pics if I find any good bargains.Next week there is a yard sale at the Optimist Club in Georgetown. I am planning on setting up a booth there! Watch for pics.

Well-I'm tired and need a little rest before dinner. I'll let you know the recipes soon. I've been asking mom for years to write them down!!

Hoping the stinkin snow melts soon!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Will it ever stop snowing?

We have about 8 inches after last night's snow on top of Sunday's. We are off school today-I think this is our 5th snow day since January. But, we still have to eat so I put on chicken and rice in the crock pot yesterday. My family's favorite!

3 to 4 boneless,skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of chicken broth
Place in crock pot on high for 6 hours (tear chicken with a fork)
In a bowl combine
1 can evaporated milk
8oz sour cream
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
stir together and place in crock pot
*let the mixture heat up (about 30 minutes)
then add 4 cups of instant white rice
It will only take about 20 minutes more to be done
Enjoy a steaming bowl of this creamy,hearty dish!

Well that's my tip for today! A nice comforting meal.
I am also going to share some trash to treasure pics of things that my husband and I have done around our home. I'll start with a couple today!

Our beautiful china cabinet was found at a garage sale about 2 miles from our house. The lighting even worked inside. The back is mirrored and one piece (the middle) was cracked. Matt made a template on butcher paper and took it to our local glass store. Guess how much for the new piece of glass? $18. So, for a total of $21 we have space to store my mother's wedding china, wine glasses and so much more. (Matt installed the new piece of glass)

I had been wanting a table big enough that we could have my whole family over. But we just were'nt having any luck finding the right one. Matt found a "top" from an old desk at a local Salvation Army for $15 and he already had legs that he had found during one of his trash picking forays. We painted it solid black. We also painted my great aunt's chairs she had given me. I then recovered the seats and made little slip covers for the backs. I used 2 Waverly napkins per chair (from Target and Ebay) with a simple straight stitch. Then-you won't believe this! Matt found a pew bench in a dumpster a few weeks later and you guessed it we painted it black and use it for seating at the table!
Let me know if you'd like any more details on either of these projects!

Decorating in the snow,


Monday, February 15, 2010

Day 1

My name is Shannon Dorgay and I adore so many things about decorating! So many ideas run through my head each day that I thought I'd share them with you here and see if I could find some friends. Friends that share a love of yard sales, flea markets, antique shops, history, gardening, family, cooking, crafts and so very much more. My first love is digging for those hidden treasures that I can turn into the next great piece for my home.

I just joined a fabulous company called "Celebrating Home". It lets me use my creative side on my own time and terms! Visit my website at

www.celebratinghome/52281318 to see some of our fabulous items!

My goal each day is to surround myself with beauty, creativity, wonderful smells (whether it's a cinnamon candle or chicken and rice in the crock pot)! I try to do something creative each day- scrapbook a page or two or make a card for a friend. But my absolute passion is decorating my home near the Ohio River in Southern Indiana! The thrill of the hunt really gets my adrenaline going...

Let me tell you about my wonderful family! My husband Matt and I have been married for 16 1/2 years. We have 2 great kids, Catie who is 14 and helpful and talented at tennis and art. And Drew who will be 11 in a few weeks, he is into sea creatures and mythical monsters (Lochness for instance) and he is such a talented drawer as well. I am blessed beyond measure that I have a loving supportive family.

I am going to post pictures of my home on my blog, share my favorite receipes and little helpful tidbits. My friends call me the Martha Stewart of Southern Indiana but more on the low budget,do it yourself,trash to treasure end of the scale!

I want to hear what you would like to hear about my life. So please post comments! Be gentle-I am very tender hearted!!

For today-"Home is one of the best words in ANY language"


Shannon :)