Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds....

I spy with my Etsy eye some...
mint chocolate.

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Wishing you a restful weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Antique Dresser

This post has been a long time in coming! If you have a really good memory, you might remember that we bought this dresser back in June, and I started refinishing it at that time. If you're interested you can read
Part 1...

Part 2...

and Part 3 of this saga...

Those posts detail how I cleaned and restored the piece to it's former glory. Between those posts and now, summer happened. A couple of weeks ago after I got home from my last trip, I knew it was time to finish this project!

When we bought the dresser the framed mirror that rests on the top of the dresser was a mess. It had been jury rigged, and incorrectly "fixed" many times, so this is where we spent most of our time in restoring this piece. We repaired the obvious, and some not-so-obvious, problems. Then I restored the frame the same way I refinished and restored the dresser. A beautiful new beveled mirror replaced the corroded old one. Then it came time to hang the mirror in the newly restored oak frame. The former owner(s) had attached the mirror to the frame with makeshift brackets...

What's more, they hadn't hung the mirror straight, so it tilted on the frame. It was a mess. We bought some new swivel brackets and mounted them on the mirror and frame...

The last step was to mount the frame onto the back of the dresser -- easy...

This dresser now sits in a newly painted and redecorated room. I love the intricate carvings and curved lines of the framed mirror pared with the straight lines of the mission style dresser. So beautiful...

We were lucky to find a dresser that still had all original hardware...

I think I was fortunate to pay $130 for this beautiful dresser. It cost another $100 to replace the old mirror with a new beveled one. {crazy} All in all, it was a great project, and I'm so happy with the results of this antique piece.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye... 
little boy blue!

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Wishing you a whimsical weekend!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Suzanne's Black & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

 I love this time of year because I get the urge to start baking again. As the temperature outside cools down, my oven warms up...

Here's a recipe I've tweaked, and in my estimation it's as near to perfection as any cookie has a right to be. Crispy on the outside... chewy on the inside... and stuffed with semi-sweet and white chocolate chips and nuts. Seriously yummy.

 Suzanne's Black & White Chocolate Chip Cookies
{makes 6 dozen cookies}

1 cup (2 sticks) of salted butter, softened
1 cup of butter-flavored shortening
1 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
1 cup of granulated sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups white chocolate chips
2-3 cups nuts (optional)

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Lightly grease cookie sheets with a little bit of shortening or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2.) Beat softened butter, shortening and sugars in large bowl until creamy (about 3 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. (Sifting makes a big difference.) Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, mixing until just blended. Add chocolate chips and nuts; mix well.

3. Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, drop dough about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 minutes. Let cool.

I'm hungry.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Thankful Thoughts...

What moved me this week?

For the last few years I've been on a quest to develop more inner peace. I think that's something we all crave, but often, especially when we are facing real-life challenges, it's not easily found. I've had enough experiences in my life to know that true inner peace can only be found through Jesus Christ and his teachings, but for me, knowing that and applying His principles -- especially when life gets painful -- can be two separate things. This week I had a break-through in this quest when I realized that inner peace and faith are inseparably connected. As I read specific scriptures about faith, I realized that God has given us the capacity to exercise faith, and by doing so we can replace our fears and concerns with inner calm, comfort and hope born of the Spirit. When we have faith that the Savior is all-powerful and that He knows and loves us and is aware of our thoughts, concerns, failures and pain, we can be assured that He will provide help and support when we need it most, no matter how challenging the circumstance. By exercising more faith in Jesus Christ and inviting Him to shoulder our burdens and heal our hearts, He helps create for us a new path to inner peace. Now that I've discovered how to develop more inner peace, my next journey is to grow my faith and trust in the Lord. I'm confident that inner peace will be a natural consequence of that quest.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye some... 

Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

David Archuleta: GLORIOUS from Meet the Mormons

I'm looking forward to the soon-to-be-released movie "Meet the Mormons." Much is said about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of it is accurate and some is not, but there's nothing like learning about a subject from the source to give you a more clear understanding! Here's the soundtrack from the movie -- beautiful lyrics that all can appreciate. If you continue to watch after the soundtrack there are trailers for the movie...


Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple, Carrot & Broccoli Slaw with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing...

The other day I had a Jicama Slaw at a restaurant in California. It was wonderful and it got me thinking about other ingredients one could use for a slaw recipe. I decided on this combination, and it was a hit. This is an embarrassingly simple recipe. It will take you a minute to put together, and it only has three ingredients!

Apple, Carrot & Broccoli Slaw
(feeds 2)

1 pkg. ready-made broccoli & carrot slaw
1 apple (Honeycrisp or other sweet variety)
Ready-made Lemon or Orange Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

1.) Put two small handfuls of Broccoli and Carrot Slaw into a bowl...

2.) Cut apple into slivers to resemble the pieces of slivered broccoli and carrots. No need to remove the apple peel. Add apple to mixture.

3.) Add enough ready-made Lemon or Orange Poppy Seed Salad Dressing to moisten. Regular Poppy Seed salad dressing can be substituted, but the citrus definitely brightens the flavor of the slaw. This salad can easily be doubled, tripled or more!