Saturday, April 21, 2012

Decoupage TV tray

After painting The Orphaned Chair, I went around the house in a frenzy to find something else to paint. We've always had these old, sad TV trays that Andy got from who-knows-where, and they've always been used as end tables next to our couch for lack of better furniture. I thought my trusty blue paint would be some sort of improvement for them compared to their current state, and I always have wanted to Mod Podge something like a table since I found the idea on, why not?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Snazzy makeup brushes!

I came across this idea on Pinterest. Lovely Pinterest.
I love to make things pretty and fun. Through Pinterest the idea came from Lemon Jitters. It's so easy and cute and Lemon Jitters suggests using the idea for gift-giving.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Baking Bakery Bread

I love to bake bread. There's nothing I like more than the smell of fresh baked bread, and tearing off a chunk from my loaf dipping it in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. When I first started baking bread I had a really hard time because no matter how much I kneaded the dough, it would always come out dense. I wanted light and fluffy bread with lots of holes in it! I don't have a kitchen mixer so my search for recipes was inhibited right off the bat by that limiting factor.
Finally, I found the perfect breadmaking recipe that produced the holes I wanted!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Avocado & Crab Pizza

I know, it sounds weird. At first it was weird. But the more bites I took, the more I liked it. I saw recipes for this two ways--one with red sauce, and one with pesto. I made it with red since pesto is hard to come by around here (or, rather, basil is extremely rare and I don't buy the jarred stuff). I recommend this pizza if you'd like to try something different for a change!

Homemade Pizza Dough & Sauce

This recipe is from 500 Pizzas & Flatbreads: The Only Pizza & Flatbread Compendium You'll Ever Need by Rebecca Baugniet. It's never failed me. Before I started using this recipe I always seemed to have the problem of my pizza dough being too tough and springy. I could never get it to roll out easily at all and it drove me crazy! The Basic Turkish Pizza Crust contains more fat, and therefore results in a softer, more pliable dough.

My "red sauce," which I call "homemade" even though the ingredients come from a can, make delicious pizzas. I used to use jarred pasta sauces but they never seemed to taste that great even though there are different varieties. And they're more expensive! A big can of tomato puree is cheaper than jarred pasta sauce.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Orphaned Chair

When my husband bought this house, the previous tenants left a lot of junk around that they were supposed get rid of or take with them. Why do people do that? It happened when my mom bought a house too.

So this chair was among the pieces left in the back yard and it ended up sitting next to the wall of the house ever since. That was three and a half years ago! Pathetic, I know.

It has endured rain, hail, dirty wind, and all the snow that upstate Nevada can throw at it. But after seeing so many transformations on Pinterest, I saw potential in the forlorn abandoned piece of furniture.

Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

One day last summer or fall we got a knock on our door from these meat delivery dudes out of Reno. Apparently they travel around for this company with a freezer for a truck packed full of all kinds of beef, chicken, pork, and fish. They suckered us into the deal--we got a TON of beef and a TON of fish for a couple hundred dollars. We probably wouldn't have done it but Andy knows a thing or two about beef pricing and knew it was a good deal (they gave us 50% off I think since we were "new"). That stocked up our freezer and we're still working it off!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Painting the Bedroom (Blue!)

Back when all of our innocently ignorant hopes and dreams to renovate our sickly old house were ripe and bright in our excited minds, we had the brilliant idea to paint the bedroom, if not reinvent the closet space in there as well. After that, we were going to remodel the bathroom which is probably the one room that needs help the most in the entire house.

However, recent news has us scrambling to do what we can quickly because we're moving to Montana in less than two months! Thank goodness we've finished the kitchen; now we're tackling the bedroom.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations

The cabinets in our house are plain and in bad shape. We can't afford to replace them, so we decided to try this Rustoleum Cabinet Transormations kit for $75 at Home Depot (good for up to 100 square feet of cabinets). It can be used on all wood, laminate, melamine, and metal surfaces! The Cabinet Transformations series comes in a few different options: they have kits for dark colors or light colors, one specifically for white, and one to refinish wood. Depending on the kit/color, I think you can achieve a stain-like affect for your cabinets, but our color was too dark for that. Instead, I think our cabinets ended up looking painted but still much improved in the long run.