Monday, February 23, 2015

Spring in the House

Even though it's cold and snowy outside, I can add a little "Spring" to the inside.

I found this container about 5 years ago on clearance and knew it had to come home with me. I filled it with silk flowers and it lived on the mantle of our old house.   Since this house has no fireplace (insert 'sad face' here), I decided to put it on the dining room table.  The table runner was made by my husband's great aunt.  I'm sure it waas a dresser scarf, but I repurposed it as a table runner.

Spring is 25 days away - or so they tell me!  I'm hoping this will encourage it to arrive a little early!  
Stay warm, my friends!


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Monday, February 16, 2015

Bedroom Curtain Hack

One pair of curtains & two windows - that was the dilemma I was facing.  Since the curtains matched my bedspread, I searched the internet to see if I could find another pair.  No luck!  Spending money on a new bedspread and curtains was not in the plan, so, it was time to get creative!

What did I do?  I got out the scissors and cut each panel if half!  Each panel was 50" wide and the windows at the cottage are  36".  It was a little nerve-racking to cut those panels, but, I had nothing to lose.  The bedroom had 2 windows!  
After cutting the panels the only thing left to do was sew some straight seams.  Pretty easy!  I also had shear panels to finish the look.  

I'm sure you're looking at that photo and asking, "What is that valance hiding?"  Well, here's the answer:

I hung the sheers and curtains all on one rod and covered the top with the valances that came with the cottage.  The valances got a fresh coat of paint and the project was finished.
Total cost:  $0 !

Apologies for the photos - it's difficult to take pics of windows with daylight coming in.

I hope this hack helps you someday - it sure beats spending money on something you already have!


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Stuffed Pepper Soup

I hope you are staying warm in your part of the world.  It's still below zero here today and we're expecting a few days of this kind of cold!  Yikes!
When it's this cold, there is nothing like a hot bowl of Stuffed Pepper Soup to warm you up!  The original recipe I found (see it HERE) is delicious, but it's made with condensed soup and I wanted a recipe that was 'less processed'.  
I found one on Pinterest, but it had ingredients that made it taste more like an Italian soup.  That's not a bad thing, but I wanted a soup that tasted like a stuffed pepper.  So, I looked at my recipe for stuffed peppers and modified it to make it into a soup.  
The result:


The recipe:

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion - chopped
3 green peppers - chopped
3 15-oz. cans tomato sauce
3 cans of water
1 14.5 oz can beef broth (I use low-sodium)
3-4 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 - 1&1/2 cups uncooked rice - depending on how thick you like your soup!

Combine tomato sauce, water, beef broth, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in large pot on medium-high heat.  
Brown ground beef and onion in skillet.  Drain and add to pot.

*The chopped green pepper can be added to the pot or cooked along with the ground beef and onion.  I've made it both ways and it still tastes the same!

Bring everything to a boil and then lower the heat. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Add the rice and continue to simmer until the rice is cooked.

Dinner is served!

This recipe easily serves 4. Enjoy!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Little Blue

Good Morning & Happy Monday!  We've been hit with a ton of snow at the cottage and that means "snow removal"!  I took this pic of my hubby last night:
I sent it to my daughter and her boyfriend said it looked like something out of a horror movie!  I'm sure it's because fof my fabulous photography skills!  LOL

Today I want to show you a little desk that was left behind in the cottage.  It was sitting in the corner of the laundry room looking pretty humble.

It even had a chair:

I thought they would make a great addition to my Craft Space in the basement.  Remember "White Is Bright"?

Since I wanted to keep things light and I was using a black and white damask design on the craft table (see HERE), I thought a light blue would be perfect.  I chose Valspar's Blue Bouquet and got to work.  I did very little prep - washed the desk and removed the knobs - no sanding or primer!  Here's how Little Blue looks now:

I kept the original knobs and painted them white for a little contrast.  Here's a closer look:

Reusing the original knobs is a real money-saver. Have you priced hardware lately??

Little Blue sits in my Craft Space and stores some of my "stuff".  You Crafters know what I mean!

So, there you have it.  Another inexpensive DIY project from the cottage.  
Thank you for stopping by and stay warm, my friends!


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