Friday, July 30, 2010

Pearly Whites


 

Now that Drew's teeth are coming in we've been trying to remember to brush them on a regular basis.  He loves to walk around the house "brushing" his little teeth.

Of course, he usually digs in the bathroom cabinet until he finds one of our toothbrushes to slobber on.

He takes his job pretty seriously!


We can only hope that his love for brushing will continue into his childhood years!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Snickerdoodles


These yummy cookies are soft in the center and crispy on the edges with cinnamon and sugar in every bite!


They store and carry well and make a very large batch.

Perfect for a "Thank You" or a "Get Well" in a cute etched jar.



Here's the recipe...

Snickerdoodles
(printable version)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten + (1 teaspoon vanilla, opt.)
2 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar + 2 teaspoons cinnamon (combine in a small bowl and set aside.)

Directions:

Cream butter, shortening and sugar together; add eggs and mix.  Sift flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt together; add to creamed mixture and blend well.  Shape dough by rounded teaspoon into balls.  Roll balls in cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet 2" apart.  Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in sugar.  Bake 8-10 minutes in preheated 400 degree oven.  Makes about 6 dozen.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Amazing Kitchen Makeover

My sister and her husband recently updated their 1950's style kitchen as they prepared to put their house on the market.  The kitchen had thin wood cabinet doors and very dated hardware.  

They sanded and primed the wood with a bonding primer.  Then sprayed two coats of black semi-gloss latex paint on the boxes and several light coats of paint on the doors.   



They updated the mint green backsplash by creating a faux granite finish following this tutorial as a guide.  Using a deglosser and a bonding primer, they prepared the surface and then applied two coats of Valspar's "crunch granola" in latex eggshell.  After the paint was dry they applied acrylic craft paint in tan, bronze, black, gold, and brown dabbed on with a plastic bag and then sealed with Minwax Polyshades in "bombay". 



They completed the look by updating the ceiling fan, mod podging fabric onto the wall letters and making a coordinating curtain for the window. 

Here's how it turned out...





A total transformation! 
The most amazing part...

  the entire project cost less than $300!!!

They were able to save a lot of money by purchasing the cabinet hardware on Ebay and using coupons and sales for the other supplies.
It took about two weeks and a lot of patience to complete, but it was definitely worth every minute!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dollar Store Boutique

Here are a two more projects using permanent vinyl...

I found a plain black coffee mug and a bright aluminum water bottle at the dollar store last weekend.  

After applying vinyl and adding a ribbon, these dollar store items were transformed! 






















 

{Remember these are "hand wash" only.  I would not try to put vinyl in the dishwasher or microwave.}

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Garlic Butter


Here's a yummy recipe for making homemade garlic butter...



We love to eat garlic bread with pretty much any type of meal.  It can be expensive to purchase pre-made garlic bread in the store, so I like to make my own.  I usually purchase the discounted loaves of french bread that are priced for less than $1.00.  I store these loaves in the refrigerator or the freezer until I am ready to whip up a batch of garlic butter.  I put together several loaves at once and then freeze each loaf in meal size servings.


Homemade garlic bread tastes so much better than store bought!


Here's the recipe...


Ingredients:

1 cup salted butter (softened)
6 cloves garlic (minced)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
5-6 twists fresh ground pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and spread over french bread.  Broil bread until lightly browned and crispy.


Enjoy!
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