Saturday, January 20, 2018


Years ago, I bought this 'table top' at an estate sale.  I liked the lines of it and had always hoped to give it that ol' shabby chic white paint.  However, I am so glad that I didn't go that route.

I didn't pay much for it, but put it in 'the pile' in the garage.  Later, after inspecting it, I realized that it had some interesting characteristics, as you will see in the next picture.

I must admit, it had a lot of flaws, scratches but something was calling my name.

I pulled out a set of rod iron handles bought at Hobby Lobby at half price.  When I placed them onto the top, it all came into place.

But then, I noticed one major flaw.  See the crack on the underside of the tray?  No amount of wood putty would make this right.  Since I decided to refinish instead of paint this tray, I had to think about it in another way.

More interesting characteristics.

Also, I had to contend with a floppy apron piece too.

I got out the wood glue and clamped it together.

After sanding, I used some old cherry wood stain and stained the entire piece.  I even coated the missing piece out of the bottom.  Once it was all the same color, no one would know for the better.

The piece came out beautiful.

Using some Annie Sloan wax, I rubbed a layer on.  Notice the difference in the next picture of the before on the left, and the after on the right.

Mr. Thrifty used the drill press to put the handles holes in the tray.  I did have to use 7 washers underneath the tray to get the handles to lay flush with the top surface.

And here, is the beautiful redone tray.  I'm still on the lookout for a 10 inch square piece of black slate to place on the tray if I would like to make a cheese display.

I'm happy with the results in the newly updated tray.

Monday, January 15, 2018


I found this ceramic trivet for $1.00 at Goodwill.  I really didn't like the mustard color, so a quick project began.

The underside picture shows that this medallion could also be hung as wall décor.

A quick coat of grey spray primer preps the surface.

A coat of grey chalk paint covers the primer.

A quick, sloppy coat of dry brushing white chalk paint over the grey paint.
Distress it a bit with sandpaper.  Seal with spray matte spray.

A bit of the mustard glaze shows through but it is ok on this piece.

Besides using as a trivet, this piece could be used as wall décor or after purchasing a piece of glass to cover it would be an interesting staging prop for a vase of flowers.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


I have had my Menu blackboard up in the kitchen eating area flanked by two frames with vintage copper measuring cups and molds attached to a flax material.

A few weeks ago, I stopped in a newer shop in town that carried Annie Sloan paints.  As I was picking up some paint, I spied this incredible Le Petit Parisien poster.  It is printed on think paper and the details are sharp in the poster.  It took 1 minute to attach it to the Menu frame with tacky.  The faux French lavender at the bottom of the photo compliments the poster.

Truly this poster looks so very vintage.

A closer look.

And in time for Christmas, just a few sprigs of greenery are placed at the top of the frame.
Placing the smaller Christmas tree with stained glass ornaments looks just right just in front of the frame.

Now this beautiful little corner of my world looks just right for the holidays.

Friday, January 5, 2018


Since we have had such cold weather here in the South, I have been hunkered down in the kitchen making great homemade soup. 

But today, I want to share with you an amazing Chicken Gyro recipe.

We have a fabulous restaurant in town that sells lamb gyros.  I don't feel comfortable cooking lamb so I thought I would try a twist on the recipe.  Chicken.......
Here are the ingredients.


Serves 6

Prep time:  30 minutes

Cook time:  10 minutes


2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/4 c. virgin olive oil

1/4 c. lemon juice

3 Tbsp. Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1/3 c. red onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, smashed

1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. coriander

Salt and pepper to taste


Tzatziki sauce

Feta, crumbled

Cucumber, sliced

Cherry tomatoes, halved

Red onions, sliced thinly

My first step was to cut the 2 chicken breasts into strips.

I forgot the red wine vinegar.

The first step is to make the marinade.  Mix the olive oil, red vinegar, chopped onion, garlic, thyme, oregano, coriander, and Greek yogurt.

Place the marinade and chicken strips into a Ziplock bag and place in the fridge.  This can be done the day before serving.

Lay the flatbread onto the plate.

Cook the drained marinated chicken in the pan with a bit of olive oil.  The chicken cooks up quickly.

Spread a good helping of the tzatziki sauce in the middle of the flatbread.

Place the chicken strips on top of the sauce.

Generously add the tomatoes, red onion slices and feta on top.  Fold once.

Fold the end over.

Fold the last side in and serve.

All I can say is that the chicken gyros were delicious.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


Our church had a social meeting with a wine expert as a speaker.  I wanted to have some food that would be associated with wine so I decided to make a cheese ball--in the shape of a wine bottle.

Here is the recipe that I found online. I doubled this recipe.

2 Tablespoons of Buffalo wing sauce
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon season salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
8oz. sharp cheddar, grated
8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Mix all ingredients and get ready for an amazing appetizer.

Here is the mixture.

Next, I traced a wine bottle on parchment paper.

Then using the template, I took my mixture and shaped it into the wine bottle cheese ball.

I had this wine stopper that had a bunch of grapes on the top of it. I also printed off a wine label that I found in images online.

I carefully removed the parchment paper and laid the cheese ball onto a silver tray.

I inserted the wine stopper and laid the label over the middle of the 'bottle'.  Then I secured both sides of the label with two toothpicks.

Then, I toasted pecans and pressed them into the remaining exposed areas of the 'cheeseball'.

Finally, I placed crackers on all sides of the 'wine bottle'.

Two cheese knives were laid on the tray.  I also had a tray of green and red grapes to accompany the tray.

The appetizers were a hit.

This would be a great appetizer for New Years.