Thursday, April 7, 2016

Refreshing old decor

We just bought a house in Maine which needs a ton of work. My hubby is a contractor, so he will be renovating it as soon as possible. We also went through the entire inside of the house, it was filled with junk, old items, dirty items & trash! We threw some out, but I set aside items that I could revamp & use to decorate the newly renovated home!

Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the before of this cutting board. Let's just say it was scratched, had a terrible, hideous graphic on it & was grimy as well. I took it home & decided to give it a good wash, then I chalk painted it a cream color which I then distressed with sandpaper. I printed out a few graphics. One graphic I found on the internet & the other I made on a word document. I proceeded to decoupage the 2 graphics onto the cutting board. I think it looks great now & would make a great decoration for the new home!

I also washed out a plain mason jar I found there & decided to paint a nantucket blue/gray color. I made the color with a blueish black acrylic mixed with a cream chalk paint. I painted jar, let dry then distressed with sandpaper. I then added some brown string around the top & a salt dough ornament to the jar, one I previously made . I plan to put dry flowers (hydrangeas?) in when I use for decor. 

I like how they came out! Trash to treasure! I promise to start taking before pics so you can see difference.  Here are items together:


Friday, April 1, 2016

Quick caprese salad

Ripe tomatoes
red onion
romaine lettuce
mozzarella cheese
fresh basil
avocado (if desired)

Garlic herb butter for Steak

My family loves this seasoning when I cook steak for them. I use it while cooking the steak & also brush some on with a brush after it's done cooking & on the platter. It's so easy too!

In food processor blend:

1 stick Butter (softened)
3-4 cloves of garlic
dash of salt/pepper
dash of oregano
about 1 tbsp rosemary seasoning

Blend until smooth.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Chalk painting wood candlesticks

I found some plain wood, boring candlesticks & decided to chalk paint them. I painted them with chalk paint mixed with a little beige acrylic. I waited for them to dry then distressed them by rubbing a nail file in various places to rub the paint off. I think they look pretty cool. Decorations on the cheap!

Turning regular jars into cute containers

I took 2 regular food jars, washed them & decided instead of recycling, I'd make use of them. The cap was already black, so I didn't have to paint that. I washed the packaging off well. I then hot glued a knob to the top. Then I hot glued some raffia wrap to the body of the jar. Be careful here, you could burn yourself - I did! :( I finished it with stringing some of the painted salt dough ornaments I made a few weeks ago & wallah! A cute container!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

changing up home decor

I had a hanging planter that was pretty, but I it had snowflakes & was white & a bit rusty. I wanted to change this planter to something crafty/artsy/beachy, so I painted it & hot glued on some of the salt dough ornaments I made (see previous post). I can't wait to add some dry hydrangeas to this & hang! The first one you can see some coasters that I painted & decoupaged starfish to also. It's great to take old, tired items & make into something new! Recycling! :)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Mexican Bean Soup

I kind of combined 2 recipes for this soup, but my husband absolutely loved it! It was so quick & healthy!

1 package frozen corn 
1 small onion chopped
1 can black beans rinsed
1 can large kidney beans rinsed
2 cans rotel (kind w/chilies)
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 can enchilada sauce
1-2 cups tubetti or other small soup pasta
2 tsp cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
Cilantro, salt, pepper, coriander if wish
You may also add sauteed peppers if you wish (I didn't because hubby doesn't like)

Saute onion, add other ingredients except pasta, which you add last. Cook till pasta is tender & soup is warm. You can serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheddar, soup cream etc. if you choose.

~ Enjoy! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Salt dough Crafts

Easy salt dough recipe:

1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Mix and roll out with rolling pin. Shape as you wish, or cut out with cookie cutters. You can also stamp the dough to make embossed design.

Bake 250 for a few hours until hard. Cool & paint if you wish.

You can use these for:

Kids dough crafts, Christmas ornaments, ornaments for gift bags, decorations for the home, etc.

I will show ornaments I made, then will update when I use these ornaments in various ways. :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

EASY Pasta Salad Appetizer for a crowd


Red & Yellow cherry tomatoes
button mushrooms
Artichoke hearts marinated
hearts of palm
chunks of cheese
parmesan shredded cheese
Mozzarella balls
salad dressing
Cooked tortellini
Green & black olives

I use as much as each item as I see fit. It's up to you how much you'd like to use. Cut all items into bite size pieces & toss with dressing
Sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese & toss again. You can serve with toothpicks if cut into larger pieces, or serve as a pasta salad.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Around the Home


Savory Mushroom Crepes


2 eggs
1 cup milk
2/3 cup all purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil

Blend all ingredients in magic bullet, food processor or blender. Spray cooking spray onto a medium saute pan. When pan is hot, add thin layer of crepe mixture & swirl around to coat pan. Cook until bubbly, then flip. Cook on other side until lightly browned. Transfer to paper towel lined platter. Do this until mixture is used up.

In same pan, saute cut up mushrooms & onions with a little olive oil. Season with a dash of salt/pepper & a generous pinch of thyme.

Put this mushroom mixture onto a crepe & sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese & parsley. You can eat as is, or roll.  

*Very tasty & very low on weight watchers points! Bonus!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Quick & Light Lunch

Lo-fat Plain Greek Yogurt
Black beans
Srirachi sauce
shredded parmesan cheese

Make your salad (ingredients as you desire) on plate.

Spray flat pan with cooking spray. In pan Put your tortilla & fill with beans, onions, corn & cheese. Fold in half & cook each side until lightly browned. Remove from stove top & put on salad, top with srirachi sauce & a dollop of yogurt. Sprinkle chopped cilantro on top. YUM! Filling, quick, healthy & light! Note: You can fill with whatever ingredients you choose.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Roasted Baby Red Potatoes & Asparagus

This is a very quick & easy side dish!

Simply chop the baby red potatoes into bite sized pieces. Pinch off the bottom of the asparagus, then cut into thirds. Chop 1 onion & add to bowl with potatoes & red onion. You can pre-season with dressing & chopped garlic if you like also until ready to cook.

For dressing: Mix olive oil, salt/pepper, rosemary seasoning mix (can find in spice aisle of grocery store, either packet, or TJmaxx has a nice rosemary mixture I like to stock up on & use too.

Toss all ingredients gently, but well, till coated. Pop into 350 degree oven & cook until potatoes & asparagus get lightly browned & softened. ~ Enjoy!

Spanish Salad

Baby Kale spring salad mix
cherry tomatoes
black beans
frozen corn
red onion

For dressing:
Cumin, Olive Oil, garlic (through garlic press)
Lime, salt/pepper

Simply put kale in bottom of bowl. then cut the avocado into slices. Cut the Onion into little bits, rinse the black beans, cook the corn, chop the cilantro, cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Then layer these items in sections on top of the lettuce mix & top with the chopped cilantro.

For Dressing: add olive oil, cumin, lime, salt/pepper, garlic (pressed) to taste. ~ Enjoy!! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lemon Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I made this cake for my kids to take over my ex husband's house for his birthday. They brought us a piece & it was YUMMY!!! So good & you know it doesn't have all the chemicals that are probably in the box mixes. I made it in a bundt pan & drizzled the chocolate sauce over the top & looked fancy too!

Lemon Cake:

3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups sugar
1 cup butter (room temp)
1/2 cup shortening (room temp), I used butter flavored shortening
5 large eggs
1 cup milk
6 tbsp lemon juice
1 lemon zested

Spray flour cooking spray on bundt pan

Add all ingredients together & mix until blended. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degree's until center comes out clean, about an hour. Cool in pan.

Chocolate Frosting:

2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
6 tbsp. butter
5 tbsp evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Add Dry ingredients in bowl. Beat other ingredients in until blended. You can change texture by adding more sugar or milk to taste. Pour over cooled cake (which is popped out of pan right side up). Enjoy!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Garden veggie tomato soup & pasta

I served this with honey beer bread & was delish!!! Everyone loved it & used up garden veggies.

Put onions cut up on bottom of cooking sheet. Put cut up tomatoes on top. Roast 350 degrees 20 minutes. Add garlic, 2 cloves chopped to top, salt/pepper & some cooking sherry. Continue roasting until tender. Put roasted mixture into food processor with some rosemary seasoning & crust bread. Blend until chunky/soupy. Pour into dish. 

For pasta i sautéed corn & cherry tomatoes with butter & broth. Season with salt/pepper & add chopped fresh basil. Add cooked pasta, toss & add shaved parmesan cheese. Serve with homemade beer bread, or crusty loaf & real butter. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quick Garden veggie dinner

Bisquick 1 1/4 cup
2 eggs 
1/3 cup parm cheese
1 cup milk
Rosemary/garlic seasoning
Zucchini cut up
Tomatoes cut up
Onion cut up

Put cut up veggies bottom of baking dish. Add remaining ingredients put on top. Bake 350 degrees 35-40 minutes. Serve with salad with veggies from the garden! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Quinoa bean chili

Got this recipe off of pinterest & tweaked it a little.  

Bag of quinoa chili cooked
Can of corn
1 large onion chopped
Can of black beans
Can of kidney beans
Tomatoes in olive oil & garlic
1 can tomato paste
Chicken orveggie broth 
1/2 tsp.Cayenne
1 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp. cocoa powder
2 cloves garlic crushed
Plain greek nonfat yogurt
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sriracha sauce to taste

Cook onion in olive oil. Add all other ingredients except sriracha, yogurt & cheese. Add broth so it can simmer for about 20 minutes & flavors meld. Put in bowl, top with dollop of yogurt, sprinkling of cheese, sriracha. You can add cilantro if you wish. Healthy & delicious served with crusty bread, totinos chips, etc.