Monthly Archives: February 2012

Cottage Window Coffee Table Upcycle Project

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While I was browsing around our local ReStore (Habitat for Humanity resale shop) I came across their stacks of old windows. They do test for lead paint,which is nice – a lead free guarantee!   I was leaning towards making a coffee table, because we didn’t have one…so this was a very nice treasure hunting trip. I LOVE ReStore!

TONS of old windows at ReStore

Materials Used:
8 pane window
4 table legs
light grit sand paper
window calk (I had leftovers)
calk scraper
primer (I had leftovers)
spray paint (I had leftovers)

1. I picked out an eight pane window, and paid a whopping .60 cents for it. On my way out the door I spied a bin of old table legs, and grabbed myself 4 matching ones for .10 cents each.

I've got legs! And I know how to use them!

2. I had some primer in the garage and I have shelves full of half used spray paint colors…so this is also a stash buster for me.
I picked Aqua Turquoise.

3. I wiped the dirt and grime off the window as much as possible, then scraped the crusty loose calk from the edges of the panes. I did a quick hand sanding, lightly, then wiped the window down again. I calked the edges to even it out as much as possible  but I sort of suck at calking. I let it cure as directed on package.

Messy work

4. Next, I primed the window with one coat of Kilz primer. I used up the last bit I had left. Yay stash busting! Yay excuse to go to the hardware store!  I also sanded the legs and primed them, but somehow didnt end up with a picture of anything wet on the newspaper. I coulda swore I took those pictures, but they are not on the computer or camera anywhere…hmmm….

5. Then, I covered the panes with newspaper and taped them off.  Then I applied several coats of the aqua turquoise paint to everything and let it dry overnight. 

This is the result, my quaint little cottage window coffee table. I think it looks good with my dark blue sofa. It brightens up the room a bit! Now if I could keep my daughter from picking at the calk. She keeps peeling it (she is way beyond the put things in her mouth phase, just a compulsive peeler) so the middle pane divider thingies are not as pretty as I would like. Ah…kids. Aren’t they grand? 🙂

My Cottage Window Coffee Table

 

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What Does Valentine’s Day Mean to You?

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Because I love ya!

Valentine’s day has always been more about the little things in our house. Birthdays are a much bigger production. We   don’t usually go out for Vday, but I do like to make a special dinner. IF we buy gifts for one another (sometimes we make  them) it is a small token of affection or something that the person needs…this year us adults exchanged t-shirts, and I put  together a small gift basket for Lil’ G that had dollar store manicure stuff in it. We are working on getting her to stop biting  her nails, and I though this might be a fun way. We keep it small and light, no pressure and little money spent. How do  YOU celebrate the day of love? Tell me in the comments!

With all the customize-able freebies this year, everyone in my house got a personalized Valentine from me. I also snagged 30 free personalized Valentines for Lil’ G! They were a HUGE hit, and there was even a few left over for family. This is the one I got, with one of my favorite pictures of my princess! What a smiley happy sunshine baby!

Vista Print Freebie!

😀 The Valentines (and birthday treats) you send to school here in our rural town are somewhat of a status symbol, and although I do not usually fall into the “Keeping up with the Jones’s” attitude, I was pleased to hear that the Valentines we sent were the HIT of the school party. Even over the ones that had candy!

All together it was a quiet day and a quiet night, filled with smiles and affection. The boys each brought me flowers, which I broke up into little bunches and spread out all over the house. Daisies, a few roses, tulips and carnations…MH even brought Lil’ G her own bouquet of carnations, it really made her day!

Happy Valentine’s day, everyone! And if no one has said it to you yet today…I Love You! 🙂

Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes with Strawberry Centers – for VDay

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Love at first bite

My mens were so happy when I made these treats for them, and oh boy do they deserve it! The cold months are always roughest on us financially, and they get a double whammy with V-Day, and my birthday, all in one month.  They have been working extra hours to get me a present, a memory card for my Nook. They deserve cupcakes, and so much more, for how sweet they both are to me!

Ingredients:
1 package cupcake mix, chocolate
1 package strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1 package pudding, chocolate
Fresh mint sprigs,optional but awesome

Directions:
1.Prepare cupcakes according to package and let cool. Using a paring knife, core out a well down into each cupcake, for your strawberry to fit into. Prepare your pudding according to the package.

2.Stick the strawberry pointy side down into your cupcakes. Top liberally with pudding in leu of frosting.


3. Add a sprig of mint if you like.  I think it adds a certain something, and my neighbor had some growing in her kitchen and shared…but don’t go out and buy some.

4. I cut each cutcake in half and set it on a plate, because presentation is everything with these suckers. They are DELICIOUS and super easy!

 

I love you, *DH and *MH! *kisses and hugs galore*    Now, eat a cupcake!  *shoves a cupcake into two open mouths*

Pine Cone Earrings from Toilet Paper Roll

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Today I realized I have a big bag full of toilet paper rolls that we have been saving for crafts…and no crafts have come to mind to use them up!  So I pulled out my ol’ jewelry supply tackle box (yep, i keep my supplies in a big tackle box!) and made some pine cone earrings. Later on down the road I will go into more detail, or perhaps post a tutorial…if that interests anyone…but here are a few grainy webcam pictures of me wearing the funky T.P. Pine cone Earrings!

Chili Con Carne for the Superbowl

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Chili Con Carne and Cornbread

February means a lot of things in my house. Of course, there is Valentine’s Day, and my birthday too! But the most fun part is the SUPERBOWL! This year, we are going to MIL1’s house, and the family requested my “famous chili” and sweet cornbread. When they butter you up like that, how can you say no? 😀  I’m making my chili con carne…which is only semi-famous. I have won 2 local chili cook offs with the recipe, but outside of our area I don’t know that it is all that famous,haha. 😉

Ingredients:

2.5 LB. ground beef
1/2 diced green pepper
1/4 Cup dried flaked onion

If you shop sales with coupons, the ingredients are pretty cheap,too.

1 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup red wine

1 14 oz can diced tomatos
1 6oz can tomato paste
2 beef bullion cubes
1 can lite kidney beans
1 can dark kidney beans

Spices:

1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp sugar


 LET’S MAKE SOME CHILI CON CARNE! 

1. Saute your green pepper, onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat, until they are softened. (This part smells great!)

2.  Add the meat, and brown over medium heat until the juices run clear (cooked through).

3.  Add wine, bullion cubes, tomatoes and herbs and combine well. I like to use my big ol’ wood spoon for this part. My Grammy gave it to me. 😀

4.  Add both cans of beans, liquid and all. At this point in the process I also added 1/2 cup water, and gave it a really good stir.

5.  Let simmer for around 90 minutes…or until the smell drives you crazy, and you HAVE to have some! I distracted myself by making cornbread muffins. In my opinion, chili without cornbread is like A burger without a bun. Sure…you could eat it…but it just isn’t right. 😉

This is one of my favorite one pot meals, and you can adjust the spice level to your tastes. We like it to kick you a little in the back of the throat! 😉    Well, everyone except *MH, who does not like chili in any form. Although he HAS said, of all the chili he has had to eat, he tolerates mine the best. 😀 

Crock Pot Molten Lava Cake

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Crock Pot Molten Lava Cake

When I was younger, I worked for one of the church ladies, cleaning her house. She would make this on Sundays, for her husband. I could smell it cooking while I dusted and vaccumed, and once she invited me to have some…I HAD to have the recipe!

Thank you, Phyllis! This has become a family favorite with MY family now, too. Plus, very few dishes to wash!

Easy to make

Cake Ingredients:
2 C. Brown Sugar
2 C. All-purpose Flour
6 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
4 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 C. Milk
4 Tbsp. Butter, melted
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 C. Semisweet chocolate chips.

Molten Lava Sauce Ingredients:
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3 C. Boiling Water

You can see chocolate chips hiding in there

1. Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in your crock pot. Stir in milk, melted butter and vanilla until combined. Spread the batter evenly over the bottom of the crock.

cocoa powder and brown sugar

2. Mix together the brown sugar and cocoa. Sprinkle mixture over the cake batter.

NOTE: If you are not a molten fudge type of person, and want a more subtle cake, omit the sauce step, move on to the next part. The result is a springy, sweet and spongy cake that is a hit with the “I don’t much care for chocolate” crowd.

DO NOT STIR

3. Pour the boiling water over the top. DO NOT STIR!

Not a great presentation piece but delicious nonetheless

4. Cover and cook on High for 2 – 2 1/2 hours.

Molten Lava Cake with vanilla bean ice cream

5. Turn off heat, and remove lid. Let sit approx. 20 minutes before serving, so its still warm and liquid but will not scorch your tongue!

This is what the cake looks like made without the sauce.