Friday, October 20

Halloween Candelabra

I have been keeping my eye out for a candelabra and happen to come across one at a yard sale.

As a teenager and young adult, I loved old haunted scary mansion horror movies like the ones the actor Vincent Price starred in.  And they always seemed to have a woman in a flowing gown, descending a huge stone staircase, holding a candelabra!

I still love fall, Halloween, pumpkins, and good scary movies.

When I came across this old brass candelabra at a sale in Michigan, it was the end of the day and they took a $1.00,  I knew with a facelift, it would work great for our annual fall party!

Updating the candelabra is quite simple, all you'll need is:

  • Black spray paint
  • Hanging crystals
  • A paint blanket

Old brass candle holder

First I washed the candelabra, then let it dry completely.
Next, I laid a blanket in my backyard, set the candelabra upside down on the blanket and painted the bottom first. After letting it dry in the sun for 2 to 3 hours, I flipped it right side up.

I was going to attach the crystals last and leave them clear, but halfway through painting, I decided to add the crystals and paint them black too.  You can leave them clear or paint them, it looks great either way. 

Half painted and adding the crystals

And, crystals can be a little pricey.  I went to Hobby Lobby, and they just happened to have their Christmas ornaments out and I found ornaments with crystals!  The ornaments were also 50% off so, Yeah!!

After adding the crystals to the arms of the candelabra, I took it back outside to finish painting. 
I spray painted the rest of the candelabra and all the crystals, then left it to dry, 
After a couple hours, I checked it all over and repainted any areas that needed it.

Finished painting

Once the candelabra was dry I added taper candles.
I used white but you can add Halloween candles in orange or purple. 

I love the end result!  

Done painting

The cost for a cheap plastic candelabra can run $35 to $40.00.  
I have about $6.00 in this one, not counting the black spray paint I already had from a previous project and I also have a few crystals left over. 

And this is a real candelabra, not plastic!

Finish Candelabra

Our annual fall party is this coming weekend so I'm busy putting up decorations.  Next on my to-do list is the grocery shopping and cooking! 

Happy Autumn,

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Tuesday, September 5

Upcycled Chalkboard Signs

OK, so yeah.  I'm a trash picker.
I will definitely stop along the road if there is something in someone's trash I can reuse or repurpose!

And that's where I picked up the drawers to make these:
Vintage Display Shelves
and where I scored the wood for my Chalkboards signs!

These chalkboard signs are actually the ends or sides of kitchen cabinets.
The cabinets already had the old, flaky grayish-blue paint, which really gives them a vintage weathered look.
You could also use an old heavy picture frame or mirror. Heavy because you don't want the wind to blow the signs over.

All I needed to do to turn these cabinets into signs was apply the chalkboard paint and add a stand or brace to the back to prop them up.
The results are marvelous!

What You"ll Need:

  • Chalkboard paint
  • Painter's tape or masking tape
  • Cabinet frame or large heavy picture frame.
  • 2 x 2 board for the brace
  • L bracket and drywall screws
  • Drop cloth

Wednesday, August 30

Honey - Cilantro Chicken Kabobs (Skewers)

This is one of my most requested recipes!

And not only is it flavorful and delicious, it's easy to make and very versatile. You can add any additional veggies or fruits you like, but the kabobs are perfect just following the recipe.

I sometimes add quartered peaches and red bell pepper or whatever is in season from my garden.

I usually serve a peach or strawberry salsa with this dish, along with roasted red skin potatoes or spring greens salad, yum. 

Thursday, May 18

Sweet Smoky Barbecue Sauce

Summer is here and we love to barbecue!  My husband even bought a smoker 2 summers ago and we smoke everything and even have what we call "Smokin Sundays"!
Years ago my sister Debra and her husband Phil came over on a lazy summer Saturday to show us how to make our own homemade barbecue sauce.  
They brought all the ingredients with them and we spent the day mixing, stirring, simmering and tossing back a few cold adult beverages.  
Once the barbecue sauce was thick enough, we generously brushed it on ribs and had a wonderful backyard barbecue.
I didn’t write down each ingredient as my sister added it to the sauce, nor could I have, without just guessing at the correct measurements.  My sister had a way of cooking without a recipe and everything every time turned out delicious. Let me tell you, I am not that person.  
I lost my sister a few years back but I'm still trying to recreate some of her recipes.  One of our favorites I was able to somewhat copy is Debra’s Stuffed Hot Peppers.

Thursday, May 4

The U.P. Pasty

The hubby and I love to travel and although we take an occasional week long trips, my favorite trips are just 3-day weekend adventures. Living in Ohio we are centrally located near numerous beautiful states with lots to see and explore.

One of our favorite states to spend a weekend in is Michigan. There are tons of lighthouses, wineries, bodies of water and beaches, ATV and snowmobile trails, historic sites, beautiful scenery, and tree lined winding roads.

A couple other trips we have taken to Michigan are Holland, Michigan's Tulip Festival, and a Lake Superior Circle Tour Camping Trip.

On one summer weekend trip, while touring wineries,  we stopped at a little roadside vegetable stand and diner. We noticed many signs advertising “pasties” (pronounced pass-tee) as we came into town, but were just not sure what they were.
We ordered one at this little roadside diner and I fell in love!
Of course, I had to immediately talk to the cook and get the entire 411 on Pasties!

Monday, March 13

Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage

A traditional St. Patrick's Day dish I make every year. 
But first, what is Corned Beef?
Corned beef is made from a beef brisket that is cured or pickled in Brine. Brine is salt water.

In North America, corned beef dishes are associated with traditional Irish cuisine. However, there is considerable debate about the association of the corned beef and cabbage dish with Ireland.

In the 1800's, corned beef was used as a substitute for bacon by Irish-American immigrants because it was cheap and considered a luxury in Ireland. Corned beef and cabbage is really the Irish-American version of the Irish dish of bacon and cabbage.

Wait, bacon and cabbage?!?!  Well, now that's on my list to make!

Thursday, February 23

The Longest Yard Sale in the World

The 127 Yard Sale
The weather has been in the 60's here in Ohio and spring is in the air so yep, I'm daydreaming about gardening and yard sales!!

The World's Longest Yard Sale is also known as The 127 Yard Sale or The 127 Corridor Sale and is a 4-day event every year. The dates are always the first Thursday of the month of August, from Thursday to Sunday.  And that's 4 whole days of yard sale heaven!
If you are a yardsaler, antiquer, flea-marketer, thrift store shopper or anything in-between, you will love this!
The 127 Yard Sale covers 690 miles of sales, through six states, from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama and boasts thousands of vendors every year.
And it's even been featured on HGTV!

Friday, February 17

Texas State Flag Quilt

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My daughter Jami and her husband Donnie and the kids moved to Texas for a job in 2009. I hate that they're so far away (I'm in Ohio) and that I don't get to see them much. But we have taken numerous trips to Texas and we think it's a nice state to visit. We've even been to the Dealey Plaza and the Grassy Knoll in Dallas.

I have been making quilts for family members for the last year so decided to make Jami and Donnie one for Christmas gift.

I searched Pinterest for ideas and knew as soon as I saw it that the Texas State Flag would be the perfect quilt for them. And besides, patchwork is my favorite quilt pattern.  I always seem to be drawn to it the most, even before making quilts myself. Of all the quilts I've purchased over the years, I have the most of the Patchwork pattern. It just feels very homey to me and very “usable.”

Monday, February 13

Best Ever Monster Cookies

I make these cookies for different holidays, so this week, they're for Valentines Day!

Monster Cookies are not new and the recipes for making them are endless. Probably 95% of my cookies are homemade, but sometimes you just need a quick and easy recipe. 
I decided to come up with my own version of Monster Cookies which are easy and great to throw together when we have unexpected visitors or to serve at club meetings or any other last minute function I need to take something to.
For me, there will always be room in my recipe collection for a few super easy and fast recipes for busy days.

They're called Monster Cookies, I believe, because it's easier than saying “peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal M & M super yummy cookies!”

Besides easy, did I mention they're a wonderful tasting soft chewy moist delicious cookie?

Monday, January 9

The Mercantile

A few years back I received The Pioneer Woman's first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, as a gift for Christmas. 
I love it and have since bought for myself or received as gifts all her other cookbooks!
The Pioneer Woman or Ree Drummond also has her own blog and recently opened a shop called The Mercantile in her hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Ree and her husband Ladd purchased an old red brick building in downtown Pawhuska and she had it completely remodeled.  And the results are stunning. I just love old red brick buildings and am always so happy to see them rescued from demolition.

According to The Pioneer Woman's website, the building was originally a mercantile beginning in 1910 and was known as the Osage Mercantile.
It was a place for trading goods and browsing. Ree and her family wanted to honor that legacy by recreating that shopping experience with hints to an earlier time in small town America.