Armoire to Bar

I was not successful yesterday.  In the morning we went to look at a camper shell for our truck.  We were not able to bring it home because the jacks did not work, it was on a frame and the gentleman was not there to show us his plan to get it on the truck. That killed the morning.  I wanted to do some mending  but that did not happen because my son and daughter-in-law came over to talk about buying the place when we got back home. We had a nice afternoon and they stayed for fried chicken & cauliflower for dinner. By the time they left it was 6 pm and I had no desire to do anything constructive.

This afternoon we are supposed to go back to pick up the camper shell if the repairs have been completed. In a way I hope it’s not done. But I know we need to get it to the house so Mac can start working on it for the animals to travel.

 

 

Since I found a picture of the armoire that Mac built back in 1997 or 1998, I thought I would show you how I converted it into a bar. The armoire was originally stained golden oak and used as a coat closet.

 

 

 

First I painted the exterior gray and used a sponge and hunter green paint to finish the outside.  

Inside I painted the walls a light green with black shelves and trim.  

We had a bar sign which we installed as well as 2 wine glass hangers.

We decided that mirrors would add extra brightness.

Mac found an old mirror and used it to cover the opening that used to be a drawer.

This is where we keep extra alcohol.

Finally Mac installed a rope light so the lower shelves weren’t so dark.  This turned out great and we can display our many glasses and alcohols.

Thread the Needle Day

Today I think I will thread the needle on my sewing machine. I haven’t been motivated lately but I need to do some mending and work on some projects. Today I will be fixing a dog bed, repairing some grocery bags and maybe even work on the denim seat for a wicker chair. The last time I worked on mending I got almost everything completed. Hopefully I will be just as successful today.

That being said I also need to work on my son’s birthday present. I will be doing a snack pack similar to the one I did for Fathers Day. I will be providing 4 seasonings with popcorn & potato chips. I think he will really like the gift as he does enjoy to cook and these seasonings can be made into a dip or a dressing for salad. I’ll try to share more later in the week.

Moving

Has anyone moved recently? We have lived here in the same house since 1997. That’s 20 years in September. We are talking about leaving as we have equity and can move to Louisiana and live comfortably for at least a year on what we can sale the property. Now that being said, how do you decide what goes and what stays. We have 4 dogs and 5 cats that will be moving with us.

We decided last week on this move and have given my son first chance at purchasing this property. The next thing is getting a camper shell for the truck to convert to a place for the animals to travel. We will also need a trailer to pull behind the truck. This week we have went to see 2 camper shells. The first one is too big and the 2nd one has a leaky roof and damaged flooring. Neither one will work so we will keep looking. For the trailer, we do have a boat sitting on a nice trailer. To convert it, we would need to remove the boat – Ugh – and then put a floor and sides on the trailer frame.

The idea of moving is overwhelming. We have collected so much stuff. We will probably leave large appliances and furniture but take the generator, power washer and tools. We will most likely sell the motorcycles and car just so we don’t have to move them. We will put the golf cart up for sell next week and should be able to get a couple thousand dollars. How many small kitchen appliances, pans, dishes, glasses, etc. should we take? Then of course paperwork and pictures will be going. I have collected quite a bit of holiday decorations. Do we take them or leave them? We have wood and projects in the shop. Should we take any of that stuff?

The one good thing right now is that we only work on Saturday and Sunday so we have 5 days a week to plan this move.

Hot Dog Day

Today I’ll be sharing a Southern Hog Dog Topping since it is Hot Dog Day. I have previously shared a Garden Hot Dog Topping which is also very tasty.

¼ c. mayonnaise
¼ c. jarred diced pimentos
4 oz. Grated sharp cheddar cheese
Chopped pickles
Barbecue Sauce


To make pimento cheese, combine mayonnaise and pimentos in a bowl. Stir in cheddar cheese.

Serve hot dog with pimento cheese, pickles & barbecue sauce.

Photo Storage

When we arrived here in Southern California 20 years ago, we started saving photos in a 2 drawer safe. This safe is stuffed to the gills with all kinds of things: memorabilia, pictures, empty photo albums, letters, cards, etc. Yesterday I began the process of going through everything to get organized.  This sudden urge was a result of us talking about moving.  We definitely need to downsize before moving so I thought this would be a small start.  I got through the top drawer and have gotten rid of some cards and removed the albums that were in there. I did put the things I am keeping back in the drawer for safe keeping until I go through the second drawer and than decide how to organize everything that is left.

Should I make albums for the kids with there school stuff even though they’re in their 30’s? Do I digitize everything and give them a disk?  Do I fill the albums I have and than take pictures of the rest? Do I buy new albums so everything is in some type of order?

Many choices. The cool part is that we have found some pictures we were looking for and some pictures we had forgotten about. This will definitely be a trip down memory lane. Have a great Tuesday!

Peach Ice Cream Day

 

With summer here, it is a perfect time for ice cream. I made some homemade vanilla ice cream last week. My ice cream maker takes no more than 4 cups of liquid.  I used some half ‘n half, almond milk, a can of goat milk and a teaspoon of vanilla. This ice cream turned out well with a little tang from the goat milk.

 

 

To add a little more flavor and texture, I found a package of frozen organic peaches in the freezer.  I took them out and cut about half the package into bite size pieces. I than mixed the peaches with the ice cream and placed in the freezer to firm up again.

 

I would suggest getting an electric ice cream maker and getting creative this summer.

Grand Marnier Day

I don’t know if you’ve priced Grand Marnier lately but it is pretty expensive. I found a small bottle at my grocery on sale for $19.99. I have purchased it before but couldn’t bring myself this week.  It is a tasty orange liqueur. In honor of Grand Marnier, I made an orange liquor by juicing some oranges and mixing with an equal amount of Absolute vodka.

Not quite the same since first off mine is orange in color while Grand Marnier is clear. This would only make a difference if you were making a drink like the B52 shot which layers of Irish Cream, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier. Also Grand Marnier is a Cognac where as my mix is a liquor. What ever your choice: orange vodka or Grand Marnier, make yourself a drink and enjoy today.