Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Modern Vibe



We bought this chair after we had seen an ad on Craigslist that cracked us up. Its funny what challenges you to buy something. The ad listed a chair in similar style for almost $800. (YIKES!!) Then it said it was "All original" and "Recently reupholstered". For some reason it cracked us up to read that.



So we came across this beauty and decided we could do a little switch-a-roo with it too. D thoroughly enjoyed the duct tape seat.


I took all the layers off, re-stuffed the bottom and then recovered it with a lovely modern material. Loved the result!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What's Cookin' Wednesday


Creamed Spinach & Mushrooms
(from Cooking Light)


Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 (10-ounce) package baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese 

Preparation

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms; cook 6 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Remove mushrooms from pan. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts. Remove from heat.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil; swirl to coat. Add shallots and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Combine milk and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture, salt, pepper, and nutmeg to pan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Add cheese; stir until cheese melts and the mixture is smooth. Add mushrooms and spinach to milk mixture, and toss gently to coat.
Other than trying to remember where you were with the divided canola oil - this was a pretty easy dish to make.  I skipped the shallots (couldn't find them) and the nutmeg (not a fan) so that might have changed the taste a bit, but I thought this was good!  I think in the future I'd like to try it with one of the flavored cream cheeses...mmmmm.

Paired with a simple skilled made chicken breast, brown rice and a salad - you are good to go for dinner on a week day night!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

For your entertainment!




A friend of mine was looking for a different looking entertainment center. She was going back and forth about whether or not to go for a painted piece or not. 


When I found this piece at Goodwill, it needed a lot of TLC. But, it had potential. So I sent her a picture, told her it was $20, and asked if she would be interested in it.
 

 It had character, and was structurally in pretty good shape. The handles and metal pieces were quite neat. The finish was just kinda wanting.


When I started to work on it, I decided I had to sand the top. At first, I thought I had probably shot myself in the foot. Being veneer, I wasn't sure if it would sand well or not. But, it was worth a try. I ended up with the two tones you can see above. The top is sanded and re-stained. The bottom has the original finish.


 The grain that showed through was absolutely beautiful!


So I sanded the whole piece and re-stained it. We had talked about how to add a pop of color to the piece, without painting the whole thing. Since she wanted to use it under her tv, the top two drawers were going to be taken out. I added wood to make a flat surface and then painted the inside to make it pop. I can't wait to see it in her house!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Sometimes Easy Things Take me FOREVER


Case in point this piece of furniture.



I bought this piece almost 3 years ago at a yard sale.  When I bought it some of the drawer bottoms were coming apart and it was green (I know, it's hard to see in this photo!).  It also had these twig and leaf nobs.  Well, the one thing I did immediately was change the nobs (see the very bottom one above).  I knew I wanted to paint the piece, but didn't know what color.




Fast forward THREE YEARS and it's finally done!  A soft yellow.  Unfortunately I can't tell you the exact color because I just added white to a yellow I had at home until it became the color I was looking for.  I also finally fixed the drawer bottoms....not sure why that took me three years!




















Before - green                                                                                   After - yellow

I'm so glad I waited because I'm really digging the color and yellow is NOT what I would have picked three years ago!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What's Cookin Wednesday


Chicken with Zucchini & Feta
(from laaloosh.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 medium zucchini, sliced into half moons
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup fat free feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Spray a medium sized roasting pan or baking dish with non-fat cooking spray. Slice one lemon into thin slices and cover bottom of roasting pan with them.
  3. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place them on top of lemon slices.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, toss together the zucchini, parsley, oregano, oil, garlic, and salt & pepper.
  5. Spread the zucchini mixture evenly over then chicken, then sprinkle with the feta cheese.
  6. Cover pan with foil, and make a few holes to allow for steam escape. Place in oven and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken breasts are cooked through.
  7. Serve immediately.

PER SERVING: 191 calories; 5g fat; 5g carbohydrates; 32g protein; 1.5g fiber 

Ok, I made some changes to this one.  First, I used chicken tenders (that's what was on sale at my grocery that week!).  I skipped the parsley and used regular fat herb feta cheese.

I wasn't too sure about this dish with the lemons, but after baking - it marinated the chicken so, so well!  I liked how quickly this dish came together and paired with some brown rice and a salad made a great weekday dinner!

 


Monday, April 1, 2013

I got to do a redo!


I am not nearly as talented as my younger sister - nor do I get to tackle as many projects as she does...but every once in awhile I get to dabble.  And I get to phone a friend (aka the sister who normally does these things) every couple of days when I'm stuck.

Almost 2 years ago I got a set of 6 dining chairs off of FreeCycle.  They were 90s brown with a blue printed cushion (kicking myself again for deleting that picture).  My plan was to use them when I had a dining room...and then I moved to an even smaller space.  So it was time to act!



I started by removing the cushions, staining and then painting the chairs black.  (only 5 were usable).

Then I picked out this cool fabric and got to cover all of them.  Have you ever removed 6 cushions, painted the chairs, covered the cushions, moved house and then tried to match the cushions up again....ummm.


Here they are in all their glory!

 Close up ;-)

These stayed listed for about a week and then went home with a family with 3 kids....I told them to buy some Scotchguard.....