Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guest Room Quandary

I get stuck occasionally, I'm not too proud to admit it. I've been dying to show of the guest room to you, but I have a problem. It's not entirely finished. Everything was going swimmingly, and pretty much everything is all wrapped up, except the bed. In particular the headboard. I can't seem to decide or make up my mind, maybe there are just too many options or maybe I'm just easily distracted. Either way I can't seem to commit to one idea. Maybe you can help? 

1. Old Doors

Rustic elegant master bedroom- DIY use two old wood doors sandpaper them to give them an extra rustic feel and then use them as a headboard.

2. Re-padding and painting an old head board

10 things every guest room should have!  Edie always has the best suggestions! 

3. Pallet wood Headboard

More minimalism—try stripping lamps of their shades to show off their wiry curves.

4. Window Board

window panes headboard - A New Headboard by Bedtime: 12 Unusual & Affordable DIY Headboard Ideas

5. Industrial Lettering accent

If headboards decorate the wall then wall decor can make for a headboard if there isn’t one. Use pictures, plates, gerbarium and other wall decorations to create eye-catchy arrangements as an alternative to a headboard.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekly Round Up

Time again for the weekly round up-- feel free to join in with your weekly photos over on Confessions of a New Old Home Owner's Facebook page. Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pops

I'm a sucker for just about any kind of chocolate, and I have a sweet tooth that has gotten me into trouble more times then I care to admit. It's a fact of life that chocolate and I are joined at the hip. haha. I have found through the years that if I have just a little chocolate treat every once in a while it helps to curb my chocolate cravings, especially when they are paired with bittersweet chocolate. 

One of my more recent go to desserts has been chocolate banana pops. I've never been a huge fan of bananas, I will eat them but I certainly wont go out of my way for one. For some reason when you freeze bananas that all changes, maybe it's that they aren't so... banana-ie or that their texture becomes more palatable but these banana pops changed the game.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pops
10 min. to make (excluding freeze time) 
150 calories per pop

1 bag of Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (60% cocoa) 
2 large bananas
Peanut Butter
Tooth Picks or Popsicle Sticks 

Start by peeling your bananas and then slicing them into 3/4 inch slices. Place a small amount of peanut butter on one half of the slice (about the size of a blueberry) and then make a 'sandwich' with the other banana slice. Stick with toothpicks and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Freeze for 2 hours before proceeding. 

Place half of your chocolate chips in a small deep dish and microwave for 30 seconds, stir chips and microwave another 30 seconds until fully melted. Remove banana pops from freezer and dip in chocolate placing them back on the parchment paper. When finished place back in the freezer until solid and then place in a large Tupperware to prevent freezer burn. Keeps for 1 month. Makes 16-20.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIY Sea Glass Serving Tray

When I was little my mom used to have a pink glass sea shell full of sea glass that she had collected through out her life. I used to love to go through them admiring their sanded polish and trying to imagine where they came from. Even though I'm older sea glass still holds that nostalgic feeling for me when I see it, so it seemed fitting that I would make my sister's second serving tray (here's the first tray) from one iconic thing that reminds me of our childhood together.

This was a fairly simple project, I spent about $30 dollars on this project, mainly because I didn't have any of the supplies on hand, but you might. If you don't here's what you will need:

Wooden Tray (Michaels Set of 2 for 4.99)
Sea Glass (Michaels -- at least 2 packs 3.99 each) 
White Primer Paint
Pre-Sanded white grout
Tile Adhesive
Putty knife
Rubber spatula or tile float
Fork (optional*)
Bowl & Water

Start by priming your wooden tray with the white paint, make sure you do at least two coats and allow them to fully cure before proceeding. 

Next spread a even later of tile adhesive using your putty knife, I textured mine with a fork to help pull out any clumps and to help make it more even but you can skip this if you want. 

Stick down your sea glass into your mosaic design and allow 24 hours before proceeding. 

If you have a tile float you can use it but I found it was too big to be much of a help so I used a rubber spatula and pressed the grout down into the crevices. Scrape off any excess. 

Using a sponge and some warm water, clean away the grout from the tops of the sea glass. Get comfortable this takes a while. Rinse your sponge and change the water frequently, until the top is looking clear the sea glass visible. Wait 15 minutes before checking for haze and clean again as needed. Allow proper cure time. 

Once it's cured if it's still hazy you can purchase a haze removal product from your hardware store that helps to clear it off. 

So, here it is all finished and ready for your next party!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meatless Burrito Bowl

My sisters wedding is right around the corner, did I mention she's getting married? That was sarcasm if your new here. I am the official planner, photographer, florist, designer and maid of honor for this now rather large shindig so hang in there with me as I allow it to be all consuming until September. I actually love planning weddings, this will be the 5th wedding I've planned and I am especially excited about this one because it's my sisters. Did I mention she's getting married? 

If your wondering if this is going to be a wedding post, it's not. I know some of you are 'whew-ing' in relief. I get it. 

Anyways, with the big day looming just a month and half away, I have been trying to get at least a little bit back in shape. Mr.Major and I have decided to go back to my vegetarian ways of old, which was how I got down to such a small size in my glory days. Sixteen year old metabolism-- where are you? Pretty sure it slunked off with the donuts, never to be seen again. Lesson learned, don't trust donuts. 

To be completely honest, I've never been big on red meat or pork. I will eat fish occasionally, but chicken is my kryptonite. Seriously. I was a devout vegetarian for almost four years before Mr.Major lured me back to the delicious world of chicken. Secretly I wanted him to, and it was glorious. To be completely fair it was a lot of things that lead me to my current weight, it's not the chickens fault he's tasty right? 

Regardless, I'm watching my intake, and eating a fresh food diet, every once in a while I get that itch for something chicken-y so I just trick myself into thinking I ate it. Yeah, who's sneaky now donuts? 

And so, I give you my sneakiest recipe. It's so good you'll think your being bad. Thankfully your not. 

Meatless Burrito Bowl
Makes 2 servings  *440 calories / 4 grams of fat*

2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup black beans
2-3 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 cup corn
Spring mix
Napa cabbage
Green onion, chopped
onion, chopped
bell pepper, chopped
cilantro, chopped
Chic peas
taco seasoning

1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 packet of ranch mix
chipotle hot-sauce to taste

1. Place chic-peas in a saucepan and season with taco mix. Cook until heated through and set aside.
2. Mix together your rice and 1/8 cup of the salsa and divide rice mix between two bowls. Top with chic-peas and place spring mix / napa cabbage on top. Top with remaining salsa, beans, corn and desired toppings. Sprinkle 1-2 tbsp of chipotle ranch on top and enjoy!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Weekly Round Up

Here's this weeks Instagram Round Up-- feel free to join in over on Confessions of a New Old Home Owner's Facebook page! I'd love to see what everyone's been up to! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Homemade Pesto

A friend sent me home the other day with a huge bouquet of fresh basil from her amazing herb garden. It was then that I realized I've never made homemade pesto before, and what better way to use such a generous serving of fresh basil than in a pesto? 

After studying the various recipes and methods out there for making pesto I decided to combine them and make my own. When it was all said and done I had not just a good pesto for my pasta but an amazing one! While I always just assumed it was a bunch of ingredients thrown in the blender, I now know better. So here it is, my personal pesto recipe. 

Homemade Pesto

8 cups (4oz) lightly packed and washed basil leaves
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 pine nuts
Coarse ground pepper and salt
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1. Begin by placing your walnuts and pine nuts on a baking sheet and roasting them at 350* for 8-10 minutes until darker tan. Remove from oven and let cool. 

2. Blanch the basil leaves in boiling water for 3 seconds to 1 minute until slightly wilted. Remove and submerge in bowl of ice water. Remove and press out excess water with paper towels. 

3. Place all ingredients except olive oil into blender and chop until fine. Slowly add in the olive oil until well blended. Use as needed for up to 3-4 days, freeze remaining pesto in ice cube tray for single serving size.  


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