Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Monday, December 05, 2016
I then went to the Michael's black Friday sell and picked up a few gold decorations for 60 percent off. LAST, I found a green wreath for two bucks. I did not LOVE the plastic green finish, so I took a dollar can of spray paint and 'flocked' the wreath. I tried to record the process using my phone....but I hit slow motion instead of time lapse...oops.....so...here's about a 30 second spraying job that takes 2 minutes to watch, but....seriously, how neat does a can of dollar spray from Walmart change up the whole look of this wreath? I didn't even have to buy that expensive can of 'snow' spray and I got the same impact. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go 'flock' everything in my house now.....
In the meantime, here is the video tutorial.
Friday, December 02, 2016
here. Excuse my voice....I've been sick for a month and despite some heavy duty meds.....I still have stuff hanging around. I'm still putting together a little area by my fireplace with my blow mold Santa's and this little tree. BUT.....I'm pretty excited to finally have enough to fill a little tree!
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Please note in the first photo June checking out my gift while I took a picture and her reflection was displayed in full glory. I left it b/c she is so spectacular.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
Fall Spinach Salad
2 pkg of baby spinach (12 oz total), 1 medium apple (chopped), 1 c. crumbled feta 4 oz, 1 c. glazed pecans, 1/2 c. diced red onions, 1/3 c.dried cranberries, 5 pieces of bacon (cooked and crumbled)
Dressing Ingredients: 2 T apple cider vinegar, 1 T. sugar, 1/2 t. Dijon mustard, 1/8 t. pepper, 1/4 c. olive oil
Thursday, November 24, 2016
I've celebrated Thanksgiving with many different people in many different ways, but over the last few years it has taken on a new meaning for me as I've seen more of the world. I am sometimes stopped in my tracks when I see the rest of the world and see this spot God carved out for me. I am so thankful. I know that so much of what I struggle with would be a dream for others. My worries are so trivial, and I am so grateful to be so blessed, but I'm trying to hold tight to all I've been given even when it doesn't seem like it's as 'much' as others that surround me, it's still so much more than most. I've been given so much freedom. I've been given so many resources. I've been given so many great friends. I've been given so many holidays with family. But I know it was not for nothing. It wasn't because I earned it, or God loved me more....it's because He trust me to use my blessings for His kingdom. I'm praying this holiday that the next month opens doors for me to love better, and give more generously of all I'm thanking God for today.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Apple Salad Recipe
Ingredients for Dressing: 1/4 c. sugar, 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar, 1/4 c. vegetable oil, 1/4 t. garlic salt, 1/4. t. celery salt,
Monday, November 21, 2016
I've accidentally aged a lot of wood over the years....but that requires A) Being forgetful B) Mother Nature and usually C) Carpenter Ants. So, said aged wood gets tossed. This year I wanted to make some angels for my front yard (finished project coming later), but I wanted to have an aged look to the wood (I'm white washing later on top of the 'aging'). I googled a bunch of different ways to age, and went with the simple tutorial of steel wool (Brillo Pads) and Apple Cider Vinegar.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Recently, my pal Regan introduced me to this set of rolls she makes all the time. She greeted me at the airport with a bag and I at some as we drove back towards her house for a weekend visit.
I love homemade rolls, but through the years, sometimes yeast can be tricky....and this recipe seems to be relatively easy and fool proof. So...if you like rolls, need an easy recipe, or.....need a great recipe for Thanksgiving, try this one.
*makes 24 rolls
Ingredients: 1 1/4 c. milk (warmed), 10 T unsalted butter (melted, cooled, and divided), 1 large egg, 4 1/2 c flour (divided), 2 T sugar OR honey, 1 envelope (or 2 /14 t.) instant yeast, 1 1/2 t salt
1. Whisk the warm milk, 8 T melted butter, and eggs together.
2. In a standing mixer (with a dough hook)-mix together 4 c. flour, salt, yeast, and sugar (or honey). Add half the milk mix and begin to beat on low. Add the remainder of the milk and continue to beat on low for about a minute until it's combined.
3. Increase speed to low-medium and let the machine knead the bread for ten minutes. Check the dough about five minutes it, and if it's sticking to the sides of the bowl, add 1 T of flour at a time (up to 1/4 c.) until it doesn't stick anymore to the sides of the bowl.
4. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for a hour (until it's doubled in size).
6. Brush the tops of the rolls with the remaining 2 T of melted butter.
7. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes (should be turning golden brown when they are ready).
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Here's a quick tutorial I did for Good Morning, Texas on Tuesday. It took me awhile to figure out the are of subway signs.
Friday, November 11, 2016
...even in the rain.
On Sunday, the rain did not give up so I stuck near the hotel and then when it cleared (at least the rain, if not the clouds) I went down to the Staten Island Ferry. It's a free trip across the water....and back (you do have to get off one ferry and hop on the other at the opposite end of about a thirty minute ride), BUT it takes you right past the Statue of Liberty and you get a great view of the skyline.
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
The past five (or more?) years my work got together for a cookie/recipe exchange I work with a lot of folks, so baking a certain number of cookies for us each to go home with a platter/selection is a little unrealistic, especially when you are single! It became a recipe exchange instead. We bake two of each cookie and place them in baggies (as cute or plain as you feel like being) with an attached recipe. It's been a great way to gain some really fun new recipes through the years. Last year I tried one I found on brucrew that seemed simple, and turned out to be delicious. Here are my bagged cookies ready to go.Print Recipe Card Here If you want a copy of the recipe. Click the link (it's a free website I used to share uploads.
Basically-you choose your favorite brownie mix, and bake it up (using the recipe with the * next to it).
You cut it into 35 pieces after it cools, and then wrap each little square around a Rolo.
Chill for an hour or so in the fridge. Then melt almond bark. Roll each brownie ball into the almond bark. Sprinkle with sea salt. Harden. Bite. Eat. Repeat.