Friday, August 26, 2016

FALL COFFEE TABLE DISPLAY 2016



I am not sure what is going on with the blogsite this morning, but things were not working.  Sorry in advance for this wonky posting.  I have had this far with the cute lid for a few years.  I tied some jute around the lid and attached it to the neck of the jar.
















I took off this set of sewing machine drawers off a dilapidated set years ago. 











 What a perfect way to store the remotes and coasters!


















 







 That is what I call a very easy coffee table fall display.


Have a good weekend


FALL COFFEE TABLE DISPLAY 2016



I am not sure what is going on with the blogsite this morning, but things were not working.  Sorry in advance for this wonky posting.  I have had this far with the cute lid for a few years.  I tied some jute around the lid and attached it to the neck of the jar.
















I took off this set of sewing machine drawers off a dilapidated set years ago. 











 What a perfect way to store the remotes and coasters!


















 







 That is what I call a very easy coffee table fall display.


Have a good weekend


Sunday, August 21, 2016

WHITE WICKER HIGH CHAIR FROM GOODWILL

Sorry about the late posting.  I will try to get back on schedule.
I'm getting the autumn seasonal items out.  Where did the summer go?


Now back to the post.


While dropping off a few bags of donations a few weeks back, I decided to go into Goodwill to see if I could snatch up a good deal.

There this vintage wicker high chair stood with a price of only $5.00. 





Obviously this chair has a broken arm. The base of the arm has to be resecured to the seat of the chair also.,    But I'm thinking that I could restring the wicker, screw the arm to the seat  and then give it a good coat of spray paint.


Once this is completed, this chair could be used in many areas of the house.  Where do you think I will put it?
 

Monday, August 15, 2016

OVEN BAKED MAKE-AHEAD QUESADILLAS

I love to make dinners ahead of time.  One of the main reasons is that by the time afternoon comes, I need to take a power nap for me.  When I wake early in the morning, I do my exercises and then head off to the kitchen to do prep for that night's dinner. 

Today, I'm going to show you my quesadilla recipe that I make during softball season.  I actually even bake them, cool them and put them in the fridge.  To reheat, I put a Teflon skillet on the stove and cook them on both sides to reheat.  I haven't tried them on the grill, but I think this would work. 

Let's get started.  I usually buy a big family pack of skinned chicken breasts.  Once home, I wash them under cold water and drain them on paper towels. Then I slice the breasts in half and take each half and cut then slices until all the chicken is trimmed. 

Place all of the chicken in a bowl and toss in one package of dry fajita mix.  Mix around with your hands until all your chicken is covered.

Take out a cookie sheet, line it with foil(I tried parchment and as much as I love it, almost caught fire under the broiler.)  Then use your spray Pam or whatever you have on hand, and coat the bottom of the cookie sheet.  Then lay all of your chicken flat with no pieces overlapping on the cookie sheet.

Broil until cooked. This doesn't take real long.  Remove from the oven.  Most of the pieces will be cooked, but the thicker one might need to be flipped over.  Make sure you remove the thinner cooked pieces from the cookie sheet before returning to the oven.  There is nothing worse than dried overcooked chicken.

Let cool and then take another cookie sheet and lay parchment in the bottom.  Take all of the pieces and lay them beside each other without touching and put in the freezer.  Once frozen, removed the chicken slices and place in a zip lock freezer bag.  Return to the  freezer.



You can buy pre-packaged
Tyson fajita chicken in the grocery section for about $6.98 for 22 ounces.  If I buy a family pack of breasts at $1.99 a lb., I could buy 3 lbs. and make my own for about the same price.

Once removed from the freezer, bag up the fajita chicken and place back into the freezer until you are ready to assemble the quesadillas.

With the chicken prepared this way you can make 1 or 10 by taking out the amount of chicken you need.  This really saves a huge step in making them for dinner.

When ready to assemble, take out your grated cheeses.  I use pepper jack and Colby-jack.  The girls don't like them as spicy so I use Colby-jack on theirs and Mr. Thrifty and I have the pepper jack.


The last two ingredients are the small flour tortillas and chopped jalapenos in the can.

Start by lining a cookie sheet with foil.  Lay out 6 tortillas.  Spray Pam on all the top surfaces. 


Flip the tortillas and begin assembling them.



Ready for the oven.



Bake at 375 with the convection oven 10 minutes on each side.

Regular oven, bake at 400 for 10 minutes each side.

Serve with salsa and sour cream.



Leftovers can be put in the fridge.  To reheat them, lay in a small fry pan and cook on both sides about 5 minutes.  The girls love to reheat them and they taste the same.

¡¡¡¡¡¡¡QuĂ© delicioso!!!!!!

Monday, August 8, 2016

NO CHURN GEORGIA PEACH ICE CREAM

Summer in the south has been hot, but what would you expect?  But with the heat, my mind seems to wander to ice cream.

I have tried the newly posted Pinterest recipes of no churn recipes online and I can attest that they are fabulous!

While returning from Georgia we stopped at a farm stand for peaches.  I couldn't wait to come home to try a new recipe.

My neighbors loved ice cream and since they had taken in our mail, watered the plants and picked up the trash dumpster, I knew that I had to make some no churn ice cream for them.

I found the recipe on the myfrugaladventures.com website.

INGREDIENTS

2 CUPS OF HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM
1 CAN OF(15 0Z.) SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK
4-6 CHOPPED PEACHES

I used 7 peaches in my recipe. I also added a heaping teaspoon of real vanilla and a dash of salt.


I used the food processor to chop the peaches.  I pretty much pureed the peaches so there wouldn't be chunks to bite into.



I poured the sweetened condensed milk in a large metal bowl.

Then I mixed in the pureed peaches, vanilla and salt.

In the Kitchen Aid mixer, I whipped the whipping cream and then added this to the peaches.

Carefully I folded the whipping cream in.



This recipe filled almost 2 quart size containers.  Now, off to the freezer for at least 6 hours.


After taste testing from family and friends, this recipe was a huge success.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

AUGUST DROUGHT 2016

As I get ready to post, finally a welcomed deluge of rain hit our area yesterday.

Back to the original posting.

We have not have a significant rain since May.  This has left many areas of drought in our area. 

What never ceases to amaze me about the south is the Crepe Myrtle trees.  They survive in red clay and bloom magnificently with such a dry climate.  It's a miracle!


Thank goodness for the sprinkler system. We water about every other day and that has kept the flowers blooming.




And so for school starting up this week, I know--way too early, the summer heat continues but the flowers make it just a bit easier to handle.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

LUGGAGE RACK SIDE TABLE

It seems that most of my summer postings have been about food.  Today I am going to share with you a project I have completed this summer.


I have had a vintage luggage rack hanging in the garage since we moved here.  While sitting in my reading chair in the bedroom, I looked at the stack of wicker baskets that I have been using as a side table.  What about if I redid the luggage rack and placed a willow tray on it?


I took a trip to Home Goods and found the type of tray I was looking for.  The was half the battle....and what a price!

 I brought the tray home and placed it on top of the scruffy rack.  The size worked well.

 My thought was to use a French ribbon to use as the straps.  After looking on the Internet, I found this beautiful ribbon.  It was a bit more costly than I would have wanted, but it was in the exact color family that I was looking for. Now the ribbon was not going to be as strong as the burlap, but I wasn't planning on putting anything much heavier on the tray, so I thought it would be fine.

I went ahead and purchased two yards and waited for it to arrive.


Once the ribbon arrived, I had to come up with a color that complimented the ribbon.

The color I had in mind was a soft periwinkle. I had some Waverly white chalk paint and a bright latex periwinkle in the paint box.  I decided to mix the two to lighten up to a light blue.  The baby food jar shown below is the new mixed color. 

I had never mixed chalk paint with latex, so I didn't know what the results would be, but what the heck?  After all, it mixed well.

Here is the close up of the blue. 
 Before proceeding, I wanted to do a paint test to see if the color when dried would still be a good match for the ribbon.  Well, it wasn't.  It had too much purple in it.  So I went back to the garage and found the Annie Sloan Louis Blue paint.  Now that would work. I mixed the blue with the white chalk paint.

It did.

 The first step was to remove the two worn straps on the existing luggage rack.

A pliers did the trick removing the three worn straps.

 After laying a large piece of cardboard out, I placed the luggage rack down and gave the whole piece a once over with 200 grit sandpaper.  I then wiped down the entire piece with a damp rag to get rid of any of the sanding dust. Remember that chalk paint is very forgiving so you don't have to sand until the wood is raw...just scuff it up.

  It dried quickly, so I was ready to paint. 

See my loyal friend napping in the background.


I gave it one coat and let it dry.

 After 30 minutes, I gave it one more coat of paint.

When dried, I lightly sanded the rack and distressed the edges in a few places.

 A side note here...I store my Annie Sloan clear soft wax in a cabinet above my dryer.  If I stored it in the garage, it would become too soft and runny.

 I keep the brush in a zip lock bag to keep the wax from getting on any other items.

 I gave the entire surface a coat of wax and then buffed it off with a soft terry cloth rag.

I propped up the finished rack in the sun and let the wax bake in.  I came up with this idea.  The buffed wax is very dry after a few hours in the Alabama sun.

 The tools I used to complete this project were a staple gun, a hammer and pinking shears.

Using the pinking shears, I cut 3 pieces of fabric that measured the same as the old strap taken off the rack. The reason I used pinking shears is that the tendency to fray is diminished.
As you notice in the next picture, the wood was so old that the hand held staple gun did not shoot directly into the wood.  Using my hammer, the staples were driven in more.  It isn't the prettiest but since it wouldn't show, I proceeded.  I could have used the electric staple gun, but I would have had to have gotten the compressor out.  I decided to forge ahead with the hand held staple gun.

I did fold under about a 1/4 inch of fabric under to make sure that the fabric stayed taunt.


I completed the middle strap first and then the two end straps.

 This process of attaching the straps took about 15 minutes.  Just make sure that all your straps have the same tightness.

 I love the look of the wicker tray on the finished luggage rack.

 I could also switch the tray out for the mosaic oval tray.

 But for now, I decided to go with the willow tray for the summer.  Because it was raining outside when I was writing the post, I didn't get to cut some fresh flowers from the garden to adorn the tray.

But for now, I am pleased with this latest transformation.