Decorating Started

I have been slowly decorating inside the house.  Here is a couple of pictures of the bathroom. You will notice that the main colors (yellow, rust, gray & white) are still there but accented with black, purple and orange.

 

Next to the kitchen. I don’t like the way the valance is hanging so I’m trying to decide on either a curtain rod or maybe just a better piece of twine.

Here are my pot holders.

And just to make you feel welcome:

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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.

Fennel-Roasted Olives

I do like stuffed olives. We have found a double stuffed olive at Costco. The garlic and jalapeno go very well together. I’ve been trying some recipes that I can use as gifts. This recipe is for Fennel-Roasted Olives. They are easy to make and can be colorful depending on the olives you choose. I used the regular black olives and Manzanilla. If you have a favorite olive that would work as well.  Before serving, your may want to let the olives sit on the counter to warm up a bit.  Otherwise the oil is almost solid like a vinaigrette and it gives the olives a weird texture.

3 c. assorted olives
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. Orange zest
1 tsp. Lemon zest
1 Tbsp. Olive oil plus more to fill the jars
¼ tsp. Black pepper
2 tsp. Fennel seeds
sherry vinegar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a rimmed baking dish  toss olive, garlic, zests, black pepper and 1 tablespoon oil. Spread evenly and roast 30 minutes, stirring once. Divide olives into jars, add 1 teaspoon of fennel to each then pour even amounts of sherry vinegar and oil over olives to cover. Store in refrigerator up to 1 month.

 

Hat Day

Today is Hat Day so I am sharing what I have done to revamp a hat I was given.

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Last year I started buying hats. I currently have 6 hats of different colors.

 

 

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A friend gave me this white hat that she had removed the decorative band.

 

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It was a little big and had no interior trim so I sewed a piece of foam for a better fit.

 

I had purchased these 3 scarves last year. I have decided to use the star multi-color scarf as I have a blue hat & a black hat.hats-6

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As you can see I folded the scarf several times to give it the right width for a hat band.

 

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Once in place, I stitched the scarf into place on the white areas of the scarf so it wasn’t obvious as to how it was attached. I also stitched under the top end of the knot which was tied in the back.

 

With this white hat and multi-color scarf, I will have a hat for any color combination I wear this summer.hats-15

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Black Cat Appreciation Day

Rottie 4-4-16I like cats of any color but the black cat gets a bad rap sometimes.  I believe black cats may have special powers but not necessarily evil ones.  Well maybe they do.  You know how cats can be very standoffish.  Each cat has their own personality just like our Rottie.  Isn’t she pretty?

 

* Because of superstitious beliefs in some cultures, black cats are sometimes associated with bad luck and, sadly, are more likely to be put to sleep or wait a long time to be adopted from shelters. Black Cat Appreciation Day was launched to show people that a black cat could be the perfect cat for them, and help raise awareness about black cats in general.

If you’ve been looking for a rescue cat yourself, why not consider a black cat? Not only are the superstitions about them bringing bad luck completely untrue, but you might find a black cat to be a fantastic feline companion for you! On Black Cat Appreciation Day, a fun way to celebrate, if you own a black cat, is to take photos with your pet to share and spread awareness about the day on social media. Children can join in by drawing pictures of black cats.

 

 

 

* https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/black-cat-appreciation-day/

NATIONAL WALNUT DAY

We eat a nut mixture which contains walnuts, almonds and Macadamia when we are driving.  I like to season them with either Tabasco, creole seasoning, vegetable oil and salt & pepper or Wasabi, Five Spice, Sriracha, peanut oil and salt & pepper and bake them on a low temperature around 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour.  The slow baking allows the nuts to absorb the flavors from the seasoning.  Nuts are a very good snack for a Ketogenic diet because it has good fat and protein.

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*** May 17th recognizes a “nutty” holiday.  Each year on this day, it is National Walnut Day.

Rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree, walnuts are a high-density source of nutrients, particularly proteins and essential fatty acids.  Like other tree nuts, walnuts must be processed and stored properly.

Grown for their seeds, the Persian or English Walnut and the Black Walnut are the two most common major species of walnuts.

  • English Walnut
    – originated in Persia
    – commercially produced
  • Black Walnut
    – native to eastern North America
    – high flavor
    – hard shell and poor hulling characteristics prevent it commercial growth for nut production.

The husk of the walnut, which is peeled away from the shell at harvest, and contain juice which will readily stain anything it comes in contact with.  The husk juice has been used as a cloth dye.

The United States is the world’s largest exporter of walnuts.

Ninety-nine percent of the nation’s commercial English walnuts are produced in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys of California.

 

 

*** http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-walnut-day-may-17/

Outdoor Furniture Revamped

I have had a set of 4 metal chairs which I repaint every five years or so. Since spring is here and summer is on the way, I thought I would share my most recent outdoor furniture revamp. Instead of painting the chairs and small table the same color, I decided to use five different colors of spray paint.

Outdoor Furnisher Revamped (2)What do you think of the colors? I wasn’t sure about the white chair but it definitely adds a brightness to the set.Outdoor Furnisher Revamped (5)

Especially since one chair is a dark hunter green and the table is black.Outdoor Furnisher Revamped (7)

These five colors also go with some fabric I had. That means I could make pillows for the chairs and end up with a very colorful outdoor sitting area.Outdoor Furnisher (4)