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Table Talk

25 Sep


The kitchen is said to be the heart of the house, as this seems to be where the most traffic is. Meals are prepared, families gather to talk about events of the day, pets gravitate towards this room when they are hungry and in need of social interaction. Some of the best conversations I’ve had with my mom have been while sitting at the oak table that has seen my sisters and me grow up.

I’ve been on a table kick lately.  My week has been slammed and I haven’t had a chance to finish my sewing table project, but I did come across this pretty vintage cast aluminum table on Pinterest that I love.  I don’t know if I’d paint it periwinkle, though.  I’d probably stick with something neutral since I am already painting the sewing table this same color!  I love the detail in this table though, and how beautifully simple it is.  This would be an eye-catching addition to any kitchen or patio, regardless of what color paint was used.  The plan now is to scour the local antique stores in search of something similar, since I already have the glass and have wanted to find a cool base to go with it!

That’s all for now… time to get ready for Chris’ family reunion!

S’mores and Chocolate

21 Sep

Pinterest has some of the most creative, delicious recipes that I’ve ever seen. One of these is a French twist on an American Classic… s’more croissants!  I have some in the oven right now.

Picture taken from Northern Cottage

To see the recipe on Northern Cottage, click here.

And now for the more serious portion of this particular post. S’mores are part of a camping memory that many Americans cherish from their childhood. Every day, children in Africa are sold into slavery on the Ivory Coast to farm cocoa beans. Humanitarians and activists have been after the major chocolate companies to reduce the heinous practices that go into farming the cocoa bean, but it hasn’t been wiped out completely. Do your part to stop this, buy certified Fairtrade or Organic chocolate!

You can read more about the S’mores Campaign and child slavery on these sites:


CNN Freedom Projects

Stop Chocolate Slavery

Foodie Friday

16 Sep


Chris and I both LOVE PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps.  They are amazing, and anytime we order them, they are gone pretty quickly.  Since this is something that is relatively easy to make, I decided to try to make a healthier version at home by cutting out the noodles and doubling up on the veggies.

This week I made some lettuce wraps for dinner for Chris, Brad, and their friend Clark.  They were gone pretty quickly!



1/2 head of lettuce

1 lb lean ground turkey

1 T. toasted sesame see oil

1 package broccoli slaw

16-20 oz. frozen stirfry veggies without sauce

1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts

6 oz. House of Tsang Bankok Padang Peanut Sauce


1. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.  Add turkey and let cook until brown.

2. Add vegetables.  Cover skillet and reduce heat to low.  The veggies are done when slightly limp.

3. Add peanuts and sauce.  Stir and let simmmer for a few minutes so the flavors can mix.


Serve on lettuce leaf, folded like a taco and enjoy! Refrigerates well.   This is also good on steamed rice.


DIY and Giving Junk a New Life

13 Sep

There’s something rewarding about taking an old object and reinventing it.  Sometimes it’s as simple as painting an end table a new color.  The worn out arm chair from an antique shop suddenly looks modern and chic once recovered in grey burlap with metal rivets.  Suddenly you’re ready to redecorate the whole apartment, metal rivets on everything! 

 Maybe it is a little more involved, maybe you have to actually reinvent the object and upcycle it to give it a new life.  One of my favorites on Pinterest is a picture of a recycled pallet.  Some creative mastermind turned it into a shelf for pictures… it is perfect, and has an earthy but polished look.  I love the black frames, and how different they all are.  Different designs, different shapes.  You could vary your pictures like they do – black and white, colorful, new, old.  What has been created is an easy photo wall that invites guests to look at some treasured photos without pretention. 

Another thing that I love are these bird-shaped gift tags (also found on Pinterest)!  Perfect for gifts and absolutely adorable!  Another use for these would be some homemade ornaments for a tree.  If you have some extra fabric scraps sitting around, this is a great way to use them and will add a little extra festivity to the gift.  Or if you are not a fabric hoarder like me, you can always buy some swatches of fabric for cheap.  With the holidays coming up, I like to keep an eye out for slightly different, interesting wrappings! 


I found this music stand at a yard sale, and bought it for a dollar.  It is now a great cookbook holder in my kitchen!  This wasn’t a huge stretch, since it is meant to hold a book while you do something else with your hands, but I think that makes it all the better.  The stand has placeholders so you can flip back to your recipe if you have to look up another quickly.  It’s lightweight but holds a decently heavy book (although my Julia Child cookbooks are decidedly too large), and the apple adds to a more kitchen-like vibe. 

Now, off for a run and then out to eat fajitas!

Happy Crafting!