Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Living Room

For some reason i seldom show you my living room, but today i am showing you
my summer living room before summer is over!! I'll take you around the room.
It's quite a big room!! I won't do too much talking, and let you take a look.


                                                          Have a great day!!!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Old Candelabra Redo Before And After

Last week i went to one of my favorite antique shops. As i was browsing around the
shop i came across this big, and heavy candelabra. All rusty and wonderful!! I really
wanted to leave it just as it was....No Painting, but i wanted it in the living room, and it
didn't fit in with the rest of the room. Well, i had to paint it, and try to make it look
old (like me).

I do love the rusty look!!

After in the living room.

 A close up so you can see how i aged it with lots of glaze and antique wax.
 I'll be back to show you my summer living room.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Shortbread Cookies And Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

I made some shortbread cookies. The recipe is from Ina Garten the Barefoot Contessa.
I love her recipes. This shortbread cookie recipe is so easy, and so good. While they were 
in the oven i made some homemade vanilla ice cream in my ice cream maker. Ice cream and
cookies..... Yes!!! I enjoy cooking, and baking for so many reasons. I think food can bring
people together. I thoroughly enjoy it, and it's a great feeling of accomplishment when i 
make something my family enjoys. To me, finding a good recipe, and putting all the 
ingredients together to make a delicious meal makes me happy, and my husband is 
happy too:)))

Shortbread cookies and ice cream.....Yum.....Don't forget the sprinkles!

Dish up some homemade ice cream!  I just let the ice cream maker do all the work!!

I made half, and put the other half in the freezer.

                                                         Crispy and delicious


3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 to 7 ounces very good semisweet chocolate, finely chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter
and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl,
sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and- sugar mixture. Mix
 on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted
with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill 30 minutes.                      

Roll the dough 1/2 inch thick and cut with a 3 by 1- inch finger shaped cutter.(i used a round 

cookie cutter) Place the cookies on an ungreased  baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. 
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature. 
When the cookies are cool, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put 3 ounces
of the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Stir with a wooden
spoon. (don't trust your microwave timer, time it with your watch) Continue to heat and stir in 
30- second increments until the chocolate is just melted. Add the remaining chocolate and allow 
it to sit at room temperature. Stirring often, until it's completely smooth. Stir vigorously until
the chocolate is smooth and slightly cooled. Stirring makes it glossier. 

                                                            Have a great day!!

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hanging Copper Cookware In The Kitchen

I have over time found pieces of copper cookware. Every now and then i find
pieces of copper at the thrift store. All the copper pieces you see here are from
the thrift shop found at all different times. I thought it would be nice to hang
them up instead of keeping them in the cupboard. I bought the bar to hang them
at world market online. I gave them a good cleaning with cooper cleaner,and hung
them up! The one i found recently is the oblong au gratin pan. I love that one. I think
they make a beautiful display in my kitchen.

I think this is a good spot to hang them. Right above the cupboard.

 This pan is really old!!

Some old french cookbooks!!

                                                                  Have a great day!!
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