Smith Family Renovations

Small town Nebraska does thoughtful, realistic renovations


January 2016

Mouth Watering Mexican Marinade

Marinading your meat or veggies is a simple and effective way to get more flavor in your favorite dishes. It’s a technique that I think is often overlooked by home cooks.  I can admit that I don’t use marinades as often as I could.  Sometimes I forget until there isn’t enough time to before I have to start cooking. And sometimes I don’t have the right ingredients on hand.  (Can you tell I need to re-read my own “Meal Planning 101” Post?) With this marinade recipe I had all but one of the ingredients in my fridge or pantry.

This marinade could be used on steak, chicken, beef roasts, and veggies.  Today I am using it to give a blade roast some Mexican flair so that I can make yummy pulled beef tacos.

Mouth Watering Mexican Marinade

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Reclaimed Wood DIY Coat Rack

Hey readers! Isn’t it just wonderful when you give the perfect gift to a loved one? Maybe it’s the gift that she never knew she needed. Or the gift he really wanted but never expected to get.  It is such a great feeling to have your gift truly appreciated, and for your efforts to be recognized.

This Christmas Tim and I gave my Grandma Schwartz the perfect gift.  I really hate to brag, but even she said it was perfect.  Useful, attractive, needed, and handmade just for her.

What was this awesome gift? A coat rack.

Doesn’t sound so special does it? Well, she really needed one, and had for some time.  We had talked about it before, and we weren’t sure where to get one.  Her old one had a habit of A. Not holding enough coats, and B. Falling over.

So the idea of making one for her came to mind.  And of course I went to Pinterest to find some inspiration.

Our main inspiration was from the blog Shanty 2 Chic.  I figured it would be more beneficial for you to view their tutorial, because these ladies know how to make stuff and more importantly how to document and describe the steps. Click the next photo to visit their blog! Keep scrolling here to see how we put ours together and how grandma’s coat rack turned out.


DIY Reclaimed Wood Coat Tree

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A Handmade Smith Family Christmas

While it’s a little late to be offering you Christmas gift giving ideas, I thought I’d give a run down of the handmade gifts we made and gave this holiday season. These are items you could make for yourself or give to loved ones any time of year.

First up are these hookboards. Click the link to see the complete tutorial!

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