Friday, January 23, 2015

Settee Make Over

 Ok so I got an awesome deal on a French style settee. The catch was it was gold and not a lovely antique gold with patina but a way to bright glaring gold. I wish I had gotten a better picture before I dived right in, but my camera lens is scratched, it was dark outside, and I was way to anxious to do something about the gold. 
To be honest I wanted to do minimal work to it, but that striped fabric had to go. I HATE upholstery work. Rank it up there on my list of least favorite things to do, plus it's time consuming so enter plan B. Paint it!!!

I painted the fabric with Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in Schloss one of the new fantastic colors from her European Paint Line that was just released today!

If you are local you can get it at my favorite shop in town Fivethirty Home
They also have classes and sell online!

My next step was to use Miss Mustard Seeds White Wax all over the frame to tone down that gold. I let it sit for a few minutes and then buffed it out in places where I wanted some of the gold to peek back through.

I added a little bit of the white wax and buffed on the upholstery too. I think it lended to an aged French Nordic feel.

I chose to leave the bottom of it the way it was, un-upholstered with just the burlap. I'm digging deconstructed furniture lately.
And ta da!!!

{I so wish I had better photos to show. Some day I am going to get this thing replaced!!}

Here is the close up again where you can see the detail and how nicely the wax tones down the brightness and how the buffing brings the details out.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Doing Irish Onion Soup the Right Way

I've mentioned before that I am by no means a food blogger, and while that remains true I am really enjoying food lately.
I've always loved to cook, and I've always loved to eat, but I've never been very adventurous on the food cooking front.
 In fact up until last month I'd never even used the broil setting on my oven.

But we are on a food journey that involves more organics, more clean eating, and all around more tasty things. 
I'm not going to tell you you have to eat only clean, only organic, only blah blah blah. 
We eat a lot of stuff that isn't anywhere to be found on a healthy list, but we are trying to eat better most of the time.
Anyway so on to the adventurous part of food, I was sitting here this morning contemplating lunch because there isn't a lot of food in the house and grocery day is tomorrow and then I saw it....
A recipe for Irish Onion Soup.
Well I love all things Irish and I love Onion Soup and some how miraculously I had all of the ingredients!!
This stuff was seriously delicious. I'm talking flavorful soup and bread and gooey cheese and yes folks I even used the broil setting on the oven!
I found the recipe over at Tasting Table
They are on Facebook and Pinterest too. I'm pretty sure I will be trying more recipes that I find there!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chili Recipe

Well it's cold, rainy, and there is a lot of ice here in central Indiana and I am in the mood for one of my cold weather favorites.
It's chili night!!
 As much as I love chili, my youngest son and I both have somewhat sensitive tummys so I have specific ingredients I have found to be perfect for our chili while still keeping the spice and being easy on us.
1 lb grass fed beef
1 cup of vegetable juice
1 large can of Brooks Chili Hot Beans
1 can Italian style diced tomatos
1 can crushed tomatos
1 onion
chopped garlic 
1 box of pasta {I like rotini}
grated Parmesan to top with
ground cumin, onion powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, sea salt, ground pepper

{I don't use measurements on the spices, I just shake it in until it tastes about right. In fact most of my cooking involves just tossing things in until it looks or tastes about right.}
Brown the ground beef, then add garlic and onion and stir until the onions begin to look translucent. 
Cook pasta according to ingredients on box. 
I like to drain mine while they are still very firm so they don't get mushy once the chili is all put together.  

Toss everything together in a large pot and let simmer on low so all of the flavors blend together nicely. 
Top with Parmesan and enjoy!

As you can see, I am not a professional chef {I'm not even a very good blogger about food}. I like to relax when I am in the kitchen and just experiment until we find what works for us. 
This recipe is not exact and I've been known to change it up.
We use as much organic as we can because it works for us, but you can cut costs by using non organic. 

You can use tomato sauce or juice instead of vegetable juice. I use vegetable juice to cut back on the acidity of using too many tomato's and because it's always nice to have ways to sneak extra veggies in!

Switch out Parmesan for cheddar, ground beef for sausage, add different noodles or no noodles at's up to you and how your family prefers it, there are plenty of choices and ways to customize your chili. 

Sometimes we add cut beef cubes, chicken and bacon instead of ground beef for an extra meaty meal. The bacon adds a delightful smoky flavor.

I'll be having a bowl of left over chili for lunch today!

Friday, January 9, 2015

January Restock

The Christmas decor is down and the house feels a little bare, yet fresh and clean!
Now it awaits some pops of red for Valentines Day.
The January Restock in my online shop is all about the red and pink!

And all things German Glass Glitter of course. I LOVE the pink. It's pretty amazing. 
Pink and Red will only be available for a limited time in the shop!