Painting the Garage

We bought and moved into our first house just over a year ago, and there have been a few eyesores and little things that I’ve just wanted to update and personalize a bit!

This awful red and grey garage is near the top of the list of things that needed to be changed. I’m not a huge fan of red, especially big areas, and I think the red in the garage makes it look like an auto shop.

I’m slowly just cleaning and painting it one wall/ section at a time, hoping to also paint the floor sometime within the next couple of weeks, most likely something grey and shiny, like the epoxy paint from Home Depot.

Here’s the before and after picture of just the one wall, although I did the opposite wall at the same time.  I already feel like it looks way better, and cannot wait to see how it turns out when I get the rest of the walls finished and the floor done! Then I’m thinking about making a little mudroom/ shoe area next to the door, but I’m not going to try to get too ambitious just yet…

 

Any helpful tips or tricks to painting a garage floor?

Cheesy Chicken Avocado Pasta

One of my kids favorite meals is good ole’ mac and cheese.  Although I usually make Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese, I have started to love this alternative homemade version of mac and cheese.

Sometimes I just make and use Annie’s version and add in broccoli, avocado, canned chicken, or any variation of add-ins to make it a little healthier, but leaving out the processed cheese mix always makes me feel a little better about a pasta lunch or dinner.

For this recipe I start out with just making any variety of pasta that sounds good. I like Costco’s organic pack of noodles, but any noodle variety would work. After cooking and draining the pasta, I add in about 1/8-1/4 cup of Plain Greek Yogurt and a drizzle of Avocado Oil.  Once that is mixed in, I add in a handful of shredded cheese (I have a whole bunch of Mozzarella and Parmesan on hand, but Cheddar and Pepper jack work great too).

After the cheese is mixed in, I throw in 1 cut up Avocado and a can of Tuna or Chicken of the Sea.  My kids and I have simple tastes and don’t like too much going on, but I always add in some salt/pepper or another spice (like Sweet Mesquite) for a bit more of a kick.

I like to garnish with a little extra sprinkle of cheese and avocado on the top to make it extra pretty, and give it some extra cheesy goodness.

And there it is! One of my favorite go-to meals, which usually has a good amount of left-overs for me to take to work, or for kids lunch’s the next day.