Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Healthy breakfast idea

egg toast mushrooms, onion, asparagus chopped lettuce & tomatoes Italian dressing Simply sautee veggies in olive oil & season with salt/pepper/rosemary seasoning. Put on top of toast. Fry egg in same pan & put on top of veggies/toast. Top with a side salad/Italian dressing & parmesan cheese.

What a little paint can do!

Took this white picnic table that was in very bad shape, sanded & painted it with exterior gray. Love it!! To get you inspired to update that old item with paint instead of throwing it out.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Painting & Decorating inspiration!

Been painting & decorating a lot, lately! Will add more pics as I take them! Love sharing my creations.
Decorating high shelves with plants & displaying photo's of best friends & family
Kitchen Table basket added to tie together napkin holder/salt/pepper shakers. Added a plant for some greenery & color!
Painting items I bought at Savers that were old & cruddy. Making them into pieces I can use. #repurpose
Took an old tin baking pan & painted/decoupaged & using as platter to pull together some decorative pieces nicely!
A Plain pot I painted for a friend w/colorful plant! Easter Pots/plants for relatives:
Candle in glass bowl surrounded by wine corks!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Veggie Lentil Bolognese

Veggie Lentil Bolognese

1 Onion
3 cloves garlic
3 cups red lentils
vegetable broth - 2-3 cups
2 carrots
3 red peppers
3 green peppers
1 can tomato paste
4 cups tomato sauce
romano/Parmesan cheese
Red pepper flakes or sriracha hot sauce
whole wheat pasta

Grind up in food processor most the vegetables (I chopped a few so little larger for texture). Sautee in olive oil & season with salt/pepper. Add in the red lentils. Slowly keep adding broth so lentils get softer.  Cook until tender. when done add cheese on top & put mixture on top of whole wheat pasta.

NOTE: My kids gobbled this right up & it's very healthy! Was delicious! Manga!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Zucchini noodle salad

Zucchini - 4
feta cheese - 1/8 cup
grape tomatoes
olive oil/salt/pepper
lemon juice
Rosemary garlic seasoning
1 bulb garlic chopped

Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil & season with salt & pepper & the rosemary garlic seasoning. Roast tomatoes in 400 degree oven until carmelized. Spiralize zucchini (I use pampered chef spiralizer) & put in bowl. Put feta on top of zucchini. Then when tomatoes are done, add those on top. Mix lemon juice & olive oil & garlic for dressing.

NOTE: My kids LOVED this! :) Next time I make will take a better picture. It's very beautiful & would make a nice side dish for company.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gift for Mom

For mother's day, I picked out some pretty purple plants. Then I bought a regular ceramic planter pot & painted it a really cool purple color which I mixed with different paints. Then I decoupaged different pictures onto the pot & gave each pot a few coats of polyurethane. These came out really neat & Mom's loved them! Unique pot for a pretty plant!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Trash to treasure: old wall picture to chalk board

I sadly did it again & failed to take a picture of this chalkboard before I started painting it! I may have one somewhere, if I find, I will post. Anyway, this was an OLD, RATTY wall hanging. The frame was dingy, cracked, dirty etc. It had in it an old map which was just haphazardly placed there! I first washed the whole thing good. I then sanded it & washed again. Then, I filled the cracks with calking, let dry & sanded it again. I then taped the frame part off & painted 2 coats on the glass with black chalkboard paint. Then when that was dry, I taped the chalkboard part off & painted the frame an oat/creamcolor with the chalk paint. When that was dry, I painted with a dry brush just over some areas (brushed) a metallic gold. Here is the finished project which I plan to use in my kitchen in my new beach home!

After chalk paint, before frame is painted:

Finished & ready to go on my kitchen wall! :)

Trash to treasure

Grungy, tacky mirror made into a cute beachy mirror! Also, a VERY old, cracked, wall hanging that had an old map in it. I decided to make it into a chalkboard for my kitchen!

The beach mirror originally had a gold frame & was very tacky! Instead of tossing it, I mixes a bit of grey acrylic paint with some oat chalk paint. I put 2 coats on the frame (after taping the mirror part with painting tape). I then distressed the painted part in various parts. I then put a layer of wax paint over it to set. Wallah! Here it is:

This looked fantastic when I peeled the painting tape off! From tacky to beachy! :)

Plain vase to shabby chic vase

I took a plain turquoise vase that I thought was ho-hum & painted it & made it shabby chic! I mixed turquoise, grey acrylic paint & added some oat chalk paint. I painted the entire vase & let dry. Then I printed a graphic I thought would look nice & decoupaged over the top! Sadly, another example I didn't take a picture of before. Very happy with the results! I think I'm going to use it to put cooking utensils in!

New Life for an old stool

I took this dirty, cobweb filled, paint-peeling, grungy stool & washed it good! I then sanded it down, gave it a coat of paint & let it dry. I then put another coat of a different color as a wash it & let this coat dry. I then decoupaged a graphic I found on the internet over the top. Wallah! This is the before & after ~


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! :)