Thursday, July 25, 2013

*UPDATE* on Vintage Dresser Transformation

You may think that I already posted this dresser.  Well I did but I the painted filigree was not painted on the dresser yet.  Click here for the first post:

If you visit the first post, the dresser was plain cream so I thought it needed a simple touch of some filigree.

This is what I used to stencil on the filigree.  I bought it at our local ASCP stockist store.  This stuff is great, a little bit goes a long way and it dries quickly!

I also added a smidgen to the top rim, can't see it in this picture though but I promise you, it looks great.

I put it on Craigslist in it's plain state a few weeks ago and didn't get a bite.   I lowered the price (hubby said I asked too much for it the first time) and with this 1/2 hr. filigree paint job, I already got a nibble within the hour after I posted it.  

Have a great weekend and savor every moment!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Choc Chip Coconut Cookies and Milk

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Combine the flour, salt and baking powder.  You don't have to sift together like I did.  Can't really tell you why I sifted it together but it didn't hurt.

In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown and granulated sugar together

Add each egg one at time, making sure to combine well before adding the other

Add the vanilla and combine

Slowly add the flour

Add the chocolate chips (I didn't have enough chocolate chips so I also had to add some mint choc. chips which is why you see some green ones).  Manually combine into the mixture

Finally add the coconut, manually stir in with spatula, combine well.

Using a tablespoon, scoop and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are a golden brown

Carefully place on wire rack to cool

They're ready to eat anytime with a tall glass of cold milk!  Enjoy!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Vintage Dresser Transformation

This was my mother-in-laws dresser.  I don't know how long she had it but it had to have been over 30 years.  I used ASCP in Cream.  No distressing, no dark wax.

This is what it looked like before

This dresser is in great condition

Waiting for the first coat to dry

Waxed and buffed

I wanted to add a gold touch with the Gilders Gold Paste that I used on my hubby's armoire but I couldn't find it :(  Hubby and I searched hi and lo for it earlier today to no avail.  If I don't sell this piece soon, I may have to go back and buy another tin of the gold paste and give this dresser an added touch.

This was fun and I have more to do!  Can't wait! :)

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary and Thyme

(click on image for close up)
3 medium size red potatoes
4 carrots cut in 1" pieces or 10-12 baby carrots
2-3 parsnips cut in 1" pieces
1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
5 sprigs fresh thyme, roughly chopped
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 425F degrees.

Place vegetables on a parchment-lined sheet pan (I completely forgot to add the paper).  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and chopped herbs.  It already smells wonderful!!

Add olive oil and combine.  Taste a carrot to see if it needs more salt.  Roast uncovered for 1 hour, stirring 1 or 2 times.  

Time to admire. . . . 

Time to drool. . . .

Time to . . .


I dared to use the oven on this hot, muggy Summer day and I didn't fret one bit!  This recipe was so worth it.  Hubby is ready for me to make more tomorrow and I can't wait.  Prepping it is half the fun :)

Definitely enjoying the week!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Garden Wall

This was just taken a few hours ago

This was taken in late May.  Since then, as you can see all the flowers have flourished.  I have to water them almost everyday!  I have also added a bench that hubby and I found up the street on the curbside on our way to church one Sunday morning.

I just wanted to give you an update on my Garden Wall.


God, Family, Country, Food and Paint

Just days before we were supposed to have some family come down from up north, I decided to repaint my kitchen shelf.  

I decided to use Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in "Cream" color
It was completely dry within a few hours and then I clear waxed it
I refilled it with some old items and found some new things:
I couldn't help it, but I fell in love with this ginormous cup (flower pot) and it fit perfectly in the middle shelf
A patriotic sign perfect for the occasion

I got this idea of the sunflowers and American flags in small mason jars from the Pioneer Woman.  The fish we've had for decades and just in case you don't know what it means.  The fish is a symbol of Christianity.  The Greek letters mean: Jesus, Christ, God, Son, Savior. (Click HERE to know the history behind the fish symbol).

A few days later I gathered these ingredients:  Blueberries, Strawberries, Marshmallows and homemade chocolate cake cut in squares. . . 

. . . and made these delicious kabobs

I took the decorations off my kitchen shelf and placed them as our table centerpiece
I made some Red Lobster Cheddar Cheese Bay Biscuits to go with our . . . 
. . . Low Country Boil.  I had been planning this meal for weeks (since Memorial Day) and as I was preparing it in the morning while watching my favorite cooking shows, wouldn't you know it, Trisha Yearwood was making it too on her show!!  I took it as a sign that it was meant to be!! :)

Little Miss Sunshine!

Got the convoy ready

of course the men had to look at the car that's being worked on
Enjoying the pool and staying cool
Outside playing football
Son and grandson

"Catch Dad"

"This is how you throw a football".  (You go girl!!)

Heading out, she looked so adorable coming out of the house looking like a tourist
Can you believe he's only 3??
Hubby, Niece, her hubby and their kids (our daughter was out of town and our son and kids had left the day before), this is all that was left this morning.
The house is quiet now, back to my hubby and I.  We enjoyed having everybody over, what a joy it is to see these kids that we raised, are now parents themselves and doing a great job!
I savored every moment!

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