Monthly Archives: May 2012

Kitchen Set :: Before & After

We decided to center last year’s christmas on one big toy for the schooners: a kitchen play set.  I had picked it up for $5 at a yard sale and we hid it in the garage till we could give it some tender loving care.  Steven decided it needed to be candy apple red.

It’s a good thing he’s around, because I would have just gone with my boring neutrals and painted it white or taupe.  Typical me.  And typical him.  He was right.

Friends of ours, let us borrow a paint sprayer after the hand painting was going slow.  And it did a number of wonders for this play set…

We replaced the cheapo bright silver hardware with the sleek, black handles from Lowes.

And cut out “burners” from adhesive black felt and simply stuck in place.

We filled their stockings with ikea fabric food and mini pots and pans.



The kids LOVE it.  We were going to put something in that hole for a sink, I was thinking something whimsical like chicken wire, but one of their favorite things to do, is drop their toy food down in that hole and hear “ker-PLUNK!”.

  So this mom is letting go of whimsy. :)


I did kinda go crazy with the chalk and I hung a sun mirror and a sheer drape from 2 nails and some twine.  The kids whispered me their praises and told me it was as whimsical as whimsical can get…lest I fill their hole with chicken wire.


We ended up putting the kitchen set in Keller’s man cave, despite the irony of it being a kitchen.  I’m a firm believer that men can cook…and do it well.  There’s nothing hotter than the sight of your man in the kitchen.  Amen, girls?!

“Keller’s just getting a head start,” I tell Steven.

Every time I hear “ker-PLUNK!”, coming from Keller’s room, it makes me smile. :)



Sun mirror :: Pottery Barn Outlet {years ago!}

Sheer drape :: Pottery Barn Outlet {similar to THIS}

Fabric Food, Cookware, Baking Essentials, & Kitchen Utensils :: Ikea

Plastic Fruit :: Thrifted

Hardware :: Lowes {similar to THIS}

our weekend :: memorial day edition

This is the second, three-day weekend in a row we’ve had…I could get used to this.  The kids got really sick, causing us to quarantine ourselves and cancel our Memorial Day plans.  We had lots of low-key family time instead…

(1.) I always say I won’t decorate for a holiday, and then the festive mood hits me a day before the event and I gather my supplies and create something on a whim.  I also always say it gets the girls more into the holiday, but it makes me celebratory too. :) (2.) We did some baking and sugar indulging.  I use holidays as my excuse to say goodbye to honey, and get out the good stuff.  We ate that fruit dessert all day. (3.) Wood skewers turned red, white, and blue pennants. (4.) Leftover cardboard and moss make a great earthy nod to our stars and stripes. (5.) I went grocery shopping, got side tracked, and picked up this red and white ribbon.  It turned itself into a banner and hair bows. (6.) Headed to Tulsa.  Shiloh is going to be my fashionista.  She lights up when I give her her fedora hat to wear.  Notice her attempt to make her dress into a tube top?  Lord, have mercy. (7.) We didn’t want to bring our germs inside the chinese place, so we wait outside for daddy. (8.)  While waiting, Emma schooner learns how to drive.  She bought me groceries while she was out. (9.) Just gorgeous sunset on our way home.

Hope your Memorial Day was spent with loved ones, remembering what great a price our freedom has cost. Thank you, soldiers!!!

Memorial Day :: Last Minute Recipes For You

I’ve made the following two recipes and they were absolute hits, so I thought I would share them quick-like {is that a southern term?} in case you’re looking for something to bring to your barbecue tonight.

Happy Memorial Day!!!

This Feta Black Bean dip has a sweet/tangy base and it’s none short of addicting.  It makes a lot, so it’s perfect for hosting an outdoor summer party, or hoarding all to yourself when you can’t seem to get yourself under control.  I may or may not have done that. :)  You can easily halve the recipe too.

Feta Black Bean Dip

Serves 30

1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 {15 oz} cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
3 {15 oz} cans of Shoepeg corn, drained and rinsed
1 bunch of scallions, chopped
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 {8 oz} block feta cheese, crumbled

Whisk sugar, vinegar and oil in a large bowl. Add the black beans, corn, scallions, cilantro, and feta and mix well. Chill until serving time. Serve with tortilla chips or corn chips.

Source: FlyThroughOurWindow

This next recipe is festive and perfectly patriotic for Memorial Day.

I was inspired by THIS recipe and just switched things up a bit to make layers and layers of fruit and creams.  It’s summery and delightful…and red, white, and blue.

You make your graham cracker crust and let cool.

While that’s cooling, whip up some whipped cream and pop in fridge till your ready for it.

When your crust is cool, layer your cream cheese mixture on top…

…and then your berries on top of that…

…and then dollop with your whipped cream…

Striped Fruit Dessert


3 C finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
½ C white sugar
¾ C {1 ½ sticks} melted butter
½ t cinnamon {heaping tsp}

Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter or margarine, and cinnamon until well blended. Press mixture into the bottom of two 8 or 9-inch pie plates or one 9×13-inch baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7-10 minutes. Cool completely.

While it’s cooling, get your whipped cream made.  

Whipped Cream:

1 pint {or 2 C} heavy whipping cream
2 T sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Be sure to pop your bowl & whisk/beaters in freezer for a few minutes for best results. Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. You can adjust sugar/vanilla amounts to your liking. Do not over beat. If you under beat you can beat again before serving or using. You will likely have a little left over—2 cups of heavy whipping cream will yield 4 cups of whipped cream—but don’t worry it won’t be around long!

Cream Cheese Filling:

1 {8 ounce} package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cold milk

Whip cream cheese, sugar, and milk till smooth.  Add 1/4 cup of your whipped cream.

Layer crust, cream cheese mixture, fresh blueberries and strawberries, and dollop with whipped cream.   ENJOY!!!