26 August 2016

Bedroom Side Tables

This little 'ol dresser got a makeover.

While I did love the mint colour, it was time for a change. I thought I could make it work in E's room; but it's not quite big enough for her to use as a dresser & we ended up going a different route. I'm sure I could eventually make it work. But for quite a while now it's acted as a side table in our bedroom (we needed one) and to be honest, I was tired of looking at the mint. I like that it has a bigger surface than most side tables and there are lots of drawers to store things. On the other side of the bed we have a brown side table (it's also getting a makeover!). It's time for a more cohesive look and it's time to put some effort into our room and create a nice little retreat for us. A space we really like. It was one of my goals for the year so it's time I start working away at it. While going out and purchasing some nice new side tables would be lovely, we're currently working with what we've got.

I'm using Annie Sloan's Paris Grey, leftover paint from this project.

Swapping out the knobs on furniture or cabinets is a great way to give an update. This time though (for the mint dresser anyway), I'm just going with the paint. I like these pretties too much!

Here's a peek:

Hoping to share the results soon!
Happy Weekending!

15 August 2016

Basil, Bacon & Beet Green Quiche

A few weeks back we started receiving our local produce packs again. It's something we signed up for last summer and we decided to do it again this summer (and into the fall). It's great to receive fresh produce each week and the fact that it's local makes it that much better.

I mentioned here that we had an abundance of beet greens and I wasn't too sure what to do with them all. And while I have yet to make the pesto that looked so good, I did whip up a delicious quiche! I basically took aspects from a whole bunch of different quiche recipes and this is what I came up with. We ate it up no problem and E even enjoyed it!

Basil, Bacon & Beet Green Quiche

- 1 Cup of milk
- 6 Eggs
- 4-5 Slices of bacon (cooked & chopped into smaller pieces)
- 1 1/2 Cups chopped beet greens
- 1 Cup grated cheddar cheese
- 4 Medium leaves of fresh basil chopped (less or more to your preference)
- 1 Clove of garlic - I had garlic scapes on hand from our produce box & chopped up approximately 1 tbsp worth - so add however much or little garlic to your pleasing!
- Salt & Pepper

*This is a crustless quiche*

To make:

  1. Whisk together milk and eggs.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Grease a pie plate and pour in mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50min (uncovered) or until browned and cooked through completely (check the centre to be sure it's no longer jiggly & a knife comes out clean to be sure it is set).

And that's it. So easy and extremely tasty! I'm guessing swiss chard or kale would make great substitutes and some time I think I'll try making this with ground sausage.

I'd love to hear what tasty things you like to whip up using beet greens!

11 August 2016

Paris Grey Rocking Chair

So here we are, only eight months later and I'm sharing the results of Painting the Rocker Take II. The chair started off a dark brown with some painted embellishments on the top and was quite beat up (see a glimpse in the photo below).

Then if you recall, I decided to paint it white. However, before I had even finished it I hated it. It was much too stark. It sat half painted for the good part of a year and then in January I decided enough was enough. Instead of going with a creamier white (which I debated!) I opted for Annie Sloan's Paris Grey, and overall I love how it came out. It does have the ability, depending on the light, to look a little blue-grey; but for the most part it's grey ;)

Like I said, I painted it months ago. I did two coats of paint and had plans to add a coat of clear wax, but that never happened. I'm actually not sure I'll add the wax at all now as I like the end result as is. 

As you can see, the rocker lives in E's room (see her nursery at our last place here). It's not the most comfortable piece of furniture, but we decided to make use of what we had. By adding a chair cushion that I found at wicker emporium, and a cute little bunny pillow, it makes it a bit more comfortable for those middle of the night wake up calls. Plus, it adds to the cute factor. 

On to the next project. Since I have left over paint I'm thinking of using it to give the side tables in our bedroom new life! Stay tuned, and hopefully it won't be another eight months before I share the transformation of those!

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04 August 2016

Enjoying Cold Brew Coffee

In the summer I'm a big fan of iced coffee. I do still enjoy hot coffee, but many days I'd rather sip on something cold. You too?

However, when you make iced coffee from hot coffee you 1) get water downed coffee because the ice cubes keep melting and you have to keep adding more for it to get cold enough, or 2) have to make the coffee and then let it sit for a bit so the ice cubes don't melt. It's such a dilemma ;)

Enter, cold brew.

Have you tried the cold brew at Starbucks??? It's so gooooood! And, some friends and I were talking a few weeks ago about how easy it is to make your own at home. It was the boost I needed to make a batch and try out.

Making a batch of cold brew means no watered down coffee & it's ready to go when you need it. Here's how I made a batch of our own so we could just grab it from the fridge whenever we wanted some.

Cold Brew Coffee

  • 1 Gallon of water
  • 1/2 pound (approx. 3 Cups) of ground coffee - (We buy a large bag of coffee beans from Costco, but I measured out a 1/2 pound bag of ground coffee the first time I made this, and it equals out to approximately 3 cups of ground coffee. For those of you that buy in bulk, you're welcome).
To make:
  1. Measure out a gallon of cold water and place it in a container or large pot.
  2. Add the coffee grounds and stir it up!
  3. Cover and let sit on the counter overnight or approx. 8hrs (the longer it sits the stronger it'll be).
  4. Once it has sit, line a strainer with cheese cloth, and strain into a pitcher/container. 
  5. Store in the fridge and pull out whenever you're needing a pick-me-up! Of course, if you take cream or sugar in your coffee mix it up & add some ice! (If you find it a bit strong all you have to do is add some cold water and you'll be good to go!).

It's so easy to make, I don't know why I haven't made it before now! We will definitely be enjoying cold brew the rest of the summer, and maybe even beyond.