Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
There are many things that would cause a person to repurpose furniture. This piece came to use scratched and bruised. The veneer was coming of fthe front and places on the top, like the picture above. I hate to cover the wood, but I would rather it be given a new life, than for no one to see its potential.
The blue worked so well months ago, I decided to try it again. I wanted it to be different though, so I opted to paint it just blue.
It turned out pretty well, and we had some interest in it as a coffee table, but it was a little tall for something like that.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
I read this book on a recomendation from a friend (shout out to Grandma Ruth!). I was told that this was kinda like The Help, but the writer was African American and maybe offered a different view.
The time setting for the book was different in that it was before Aboliton. The story follows 4 women that meet every summer at the "summer retreat" their master's take them to in Dayton. It was at this retreat that their master's could/would treat them as wives because they left their wives at home. And yet they still treated them as slaves.
The view point was def interesting as the main character struggles with her feelings for her master/lover. Watching her go through that was facinating and something I hadn't thought about before.
But this book was hard to read. These women were treated as property and there are numerous examples of that in the book. So be prepared.
Good book overall as it showed a side to the story that I hadn't thought much about.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Garlicky Grill Tilapia with Couscous
(adapted from Real Simple)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus wedges for serving
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper
4 6-ounce tilapia fillets, split lengthwise
1 cup couscous
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes
In a medium bowl, combine the lemon juice, oil, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the tilapia and toss to coat. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the couscous according to the package directions. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley and sun-dried tomatoes.
Heat grill to high. Grill the tilapia on an oiled grate until cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Serve with the couscous and lemon wedges.
My changes - surprisingly I didn't change much!
- used lemon juice from a bottle instead of fresh.
I loved the marinade on the fish! But thought the couscous needed a bit more...sun-dried tomatoes?
Monday, October 17, 2011
Little did I know what a story there would be here. We sell a lot of our items on Craigslist, and also at an outdoor antique show. I tried it there first, as is. There weren't any takers.
However, Craigslist saw a few interested people and we sold it. Just like this. The lady was...interesting. Sold it on Saturday, on Monday, we got an email that it didnt fit where she wanted it. (Yes, we post dimensions). Really lady?
So, I tirelessly worked on it for three days. Putting wood putty in the saw marks, leveling the legs where it was already cut, sanding the rough paint job, and stripping the top were all on my project list. The stripping took two days, but I finally have found a product I really like! Citrustrip is a environment friendly paint stripper that actually works. Strip it, then use some steel wool and mineral spirits! It strips the paint right off.
What do you think?
Saturday, October 15, 2011
3/4 pound new potatoes, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and black pepper
4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 small shallot, minced
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 small head savoy cabbage (8 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch strips
1.Heat oven to 425° F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes with 1 tablespoon of the oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Roast, tossing once, until golden brown and tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
2.Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper; cook until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes per side.
3.In a second large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes; remove. Add the shallot, mustard, and vinegar to the drippings in the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallot is soft, 2 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook, tossing, until wilted, 2 to 4 minutes more. Serve with the chicken and sprinkle with the bacon.
Things that we changed:
- None of us used new potatoes. We all used old ones (ie. ones we already had at home!)
- I forgot to thaw chicken so I made everything BUT the chicken part.
- One husband chose to eat bacon instead of the chicken, the other loved the chicken
- I used the mustard, but one sister used dried minced onions and garlic and the other 4T of cider vinager and green onions (instead of shallots) and added garlic salt (for texture)
- I think we all had memories of the hot slaw our grandma makes (YUM!)
- Both sisters loved that the vinegar help with easy clean up of the pan (I don't remember how I felt about cleaning the pan ;-))
Friday, October 14, 2011
Man, this was an embarassing book to be seen with. The title, the cover, sigh. I actually enjoyed the book. It started out kinda slow, kinda shallow, but I really got into the characters and what was going to happen to them.
I know it's fall - but I'm still finishing up my summer beach reads! ;-)
Liked the book - didn't like the ending. I felt like the author was just like "ok, done writing"
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
1/2 pound smoked turkey kielbasa, cut into 2 pieces
1 large potato, cut into wedges
1/2 each medium green, sweet red and yellow pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1 small onion, chopped
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
Divide the kielbasa, potatoes, peppers and onion among two double thicknesses of heavy-duty foil (about 18x12). Drizzle with lemone juice and oil; sprinkle with garlic powder, pepper and salt.
Fold foil around kielbasa mixture and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 30-35 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape.
Each packet: 366 Calories, 11g fat, 1277mg sodium, 5g fiber
- only used green & red pepper
- I cooked this in the oven instead of on the grill. Cooked it at 350 for 30 minutes and then 425 for 20 minutes. Should have started at 450....
Love how easy this is to put together and make up fast. I usually have all of these ingredients in my house, so that's nice and quick without thought for me!
Monday, October 10, 2011
When I got this piece, it looked like this. The seat stunk to high heaven, and the wood was all scratched up. (You cant really tell from the pic. The wood SHINES in this picture, but it doesnt in real life...boo)
I painted two coats and then put two coats of poly on.
Then I started the recovering process. I had to take off four layers first. It is so cathartic to pull out every one of those staples and nails.
Here it is all finished and nailed down.
I finished it by covering the top piece with fabric as well. I put down some poly, pulled it tight over, trimmed, polyed over it and then waited for it to dry. Then, I trimmed again, and then polyed again. It is now a hard surface. :-) And cute to boot!
Friday, October 7, 2011
I read this on the recommendation of someone...that I can't remember now! Going into this I knew Eric Clapton by name, I knew a few of his songs (that isn't an understatement!) and I knew the story of how his son died (as there are now laws in NYC because of it). The book was an interesting read. I struggled through the parts where he was doing massive amounts of drugs & drinking and at time it felt like he was rambling. But overall, a very interesting look into the life of Eric Clapton. How he's changed his life (he talks about detox centers, AA and religion all playing a part). How making music will never leave your life if it's something you enjoy doing. Made me want to go buy (maybe just preview!) songs on i-Tunes!!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Spiced Cod with Brocooli-Quinoa Pilaf
3 tsp olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
2 cups chopped broccoli
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
2 scallions, sliced
4 6oz pieces skinless cod, halibut or striped bass fillet
1/2 tsp paprika
Heat 1 tsp of the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and season with 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and starting to brown, 3-4 minutes
Add the quinoa and 1 1/2 cups water to the saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer gently until almost all the water has evaporated, 10-12 minutes. Fold the broccoli and raisins into the quinoa, cover and cook until teh quinoa and broccoli are tender, 8-10 minutes more. Remove from heat and fold in the almonds, scallions, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tsp of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the cod with the paprika, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and cook until opaque throughout, 3-4 minutes per side.
Serve with the pilaf.
Calories 363, Fat 16g, Sodium 833mg, Fiber 6g
- Somehow I totally missed the salt & pepper line...add when eating
- Only had 1/2 cup quinoa so I used that and then 1 cup broccoli
- left my almonds at work so I just skipped that
- thought I had scallions and didn't - skipped that
- used tilapia as the fish
I liked this. I'll make it again - maybe even with all the listed ingredients!
Monday, October 3, 2011
What a transformation!
It was a faded, scratched, part red, part something else dresser with stickers ALL OVER IT!
There is a bit of a story to this one. This dresser came from an auction I let my man go to...alone. He made lots of good purchases, including this one. However, I did find it funny...he bought the WHOLE ROOM! This was included with a desk, another dresser, a cedar chest, etc.
I let him go for one day... *sigh*
It really was a good deal though, even if all the pieces needed some major work. They all had GREAT personality. This little beauty included. I knew what it would look like as soon as I got to see it! (He "hid" everything over in his parent's shed...before telling me.)
So, black is totally in. It was fun trying to decide which black paint to use. As my man said "Honey, its all black." And, he was right, even if they were different shades. I chose "Kettle Black" since it seemed antique-y.
So there it is folks. The finished product. I did it that week leading up to the antique show. Wood filler for all the gouges left in it from the former owners, lots of sanding, two coats of paint, two of poly, and then the knobs.