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Work in Progress

5 Oct

So remember Mabel? Yeah, it’s the side table I’ve been promising an update on for like three weeks now. Well, I have made some progress! Babies and working and keeping a house under control sorta make things move in slow-motion ’round here sometimes.

Anyhoo, Mabel.

Here she is before I got to working on her makeover. At first, I thought I would just paint her completely white and I would just keep her as a side table. Because you never know when you’ll need another side table! Am I right? Then I got to looking around and thought that a stippling effect on the glass would look cool. At first, I was ok with it, but just not in love with the whole glass shebang.

Then one day, I was deep-cleaning the house sitting around and I thought, “what if I turn this little boring side table into a seat?”

And then it happened. I had to get fabric and scrap wood and make this little idea of mine a reality.First, I had Dave cut down two pieces of scrap wood. One to fit in the space where the glass went, and one to cover that awful wicker ‘shelf.’ To make the seat, I just laid cotton batting on top of the wood, wrapped my fabric around it and stapled the fabric to the back. Oh, make sure you iron your fabric first. This gives it a nice crisp look (maybe I’m just OCD.)

To make the corners, i just folded triangles in (sorta like wrapping a gift) and stapled the bunch down. My staples didn’t go all the way in, so I just used a hammer to push any sticker-outers (technical term) all the way in.

And voila! We have a seat cushion! Ok, theoretically we have a seat cushion. I’m still not so great at this whole getting pictures of every step deal. New Year’s Resolution?

So yeah, progress! I’ve actually done more…those changes will be coming Monday. Pinky promise!

Unfinished

3 Oct

Our hall entrance is making me crazy. Of all the unfinished projects around hizere, it’s the one right now that is driving me B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

It just feels so…unfinished. It’s such a narrow space, I’m having a tough time trying to decide what to do in there.

We refinished the half-moon thrift store table and built the hanging shelf, but it’s still just missing something.

I’ve got ideas for the space. Like this and this, but while we’re working on our money makeover, it’ll just have to wait. For now, I can dream. And ask you for suggestions.

What do you think? What can I do to liven up the space a bit?

Fuhgeddaboudit Chili

2 Oct

Something about paying less than five bucks for multiple meals just makes my friggin’ day. When it tastes like it costs much more than five bucks? I’d say that makes my friggin’ week. You might say I’m easy to please. This chili is mighty tasty and costs about $4. Total. Slam freaking dunk.

Because I have the taste buds of a roughly seven-to-eight-year-old-child, my chili has to be made with zero beans. I’m about as anti-bean as they come, so they stay far, far away from any meal I’m preparing. Dave, on the other hand, is a grownup and likes beans (blech), so I will sometimes accommodate the nasty request to add beans to a meal such as this. Of course, I have to make a separate portion to do so, because I’m not gonna have my meal contaminated with bean filth. No way Jose.

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
2 cloves minced garlic
1 large onion
→ I don’t keep onions on hand, so I normally sub with 1-1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
2 T chili seasoning
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 can chili (kidney) beans **optional**

1. Crumble beef in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic until the meat is browned, then drain off any excess grease.
2. Add chili seasoning, tomatoes and vinegar, then stir until its evenly mixed.

3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simma’ down nah for an hour or so. This is where the “fuhgeddaboudit” part comes in. Chili gets better the longer it simmers. So if you’ve got more time to let it simmer, then just let ‘er go. Just make sure to stir occasionally to prevent it from burning and sticking to the pot.

**If you’re using canned beans, stir them in about 10-15 minutes before serving, as they only need to be heated.**

Add a dollop of Daisy sour cream and some shredded cheddar cheese on top, and this makes for the perfect meal for a chilly (No pun intended. Ok, maybe half a pun was intended.) evening. Plus it scores major bonus points in the leftover category. Let it sit overnight in the fridge and it gets even tastier.

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