Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Daddo.


This past week on the farm has been pretty busy. Curry, a good friend from college, helped Princess and I move all our rubbish from KY to TX, and because he is so nice, he drove the moving truck for us. One of the first things Chap bought for the farm was a Kawasaki Mule. It's perfect for riding around in the bumpy overgrown grass. Princess added her own little touch by repainting the caddo to Daddo. (our nickname for Chap)
We burned loads of old bacteria infested carpets and cardboard from the move. We also found 5 million poisonous spiders in the workshop we were clearing out. One being a Writer spider (pictured). The give away is the cool zig-zag pattern it creates with its web. There were loads of screams from me as we overturned boxes and they came running out. I allowed the boys the pleasure of squashing them.



 



K

Monday, 30 July 2012

Restoring Love.


Last night in the Dallas Cowboys stadium we experienced the third great awakening. It was so encouraging and makes me pleased to be an American. How blessed we are. I know now that standing up for something is the only way to create lasting value. We can all demonstrate love to others and restore this good nation.


Learn more about about Restoring Love.

K

Sunday, 29 July 2012

A Spot To Eat.






BG may be small, but it packs the most restaurants I've ever seen per square mile. I was determined to eat at all my favorite spots before leaving town, and civilization.

1. Chocolate Chip Cookie from Chick-Fil-A is the most delicious cookie you'll ever eat. Like chocolate all over your face and hands delicious. And for only a dollar. You can't beat that.
2. The Iz Special from Puertos Vallartas, my favorite Mexican joint. Rice, chicken, and cheese. I don't even want to think about what it would look like if I piled all of the Iz Specials I ate over the course of three years.
3. Pancakes from Judy's Castle, a local cafe that serves excellent breakfast, hot coffee, and huge pancakes.
4. The Kung Pao Pizza from Home, a newish restaurant makes excellent everything food.
5. And yea...an Iced Caramel Macciato from Starbucks. I know this doesn't really count, but the nearest Starbucks is at least an hour away. You gotta get the Bux when you can.

K

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Friends and Fashion.

There's no denying that my friends have style. 


Just thought i'd show it off to you.

K

Friday, 27 July 2012

Texas Crunch.


If there's one thing I learned from living with Roomie for three years, its how to bake. She used to make this dessert that we would literally sit on the couch and eat a tray of called Texas Crunch. Seemed like an appropriate thing to make to break in the new oven. 

Basically it's made of 5 ingredients.

1 Pack of Saltine Crackers
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Stick of Butter
1 Cup of Chocolate Chips (or 2 if you're me)
1 Cup of Butterscotch Chips 

I actually used up all of Mummy's old bags of Chocolate chips so there's dark, milk, white, and butterscotch in there... extra yummy.

1. Melt the butter and sugar in a bowl in the microwave until butter is melted and hot.
2. Lay Saltine crackers on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
3. Pour the hot butter and sugar combo over the crackers. 
4. Heat oven to 350 degrees and put the Saltine crackers in for 10 minutes.
5. This step has to be done straight away. Right when the crackers come out of the oven, pour the chips over the crackers and let them sit and melt.
6. Now walk away and give them about ten minutes to sit and melt.
7. Spread the melted chips over the crackers and put the whole tray in the fridge to cool.
8. After cooling a couple hours you can take the tray out and break the crackers up into small pieces to eat... my favorite part.








You won't regret making this, trust me.

K


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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Cupcakes and Cashmere.




I've been a little obsessed with Emily Schuman's blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere for some time now. She's been working on a book for about a year, giving her style, cooking, decorating, and entertaining tips.


This lovely thing arrived in the mail just the other day. Well done Emily. You've got an admirer.


K

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Ardent Coral.

My second DIY project was one I had been thinking about for a while. This dresser is my Grandparents old old old dresser from Sears. Mummy, one of five children, told me when her family moved when she was little they had no furniture , so they took a trip to Sears and bought seven dressers, seven beds, seven everything. I wonder where the other six matching pieces ended up? Maybe some of my aunts and uncles still have them.

It's pretty beat up though. There's loads of scratches and dents in the wood, and apparently the sound of the drawers clapping against the metal sounds like Mummy's childhood. I decided it needed a face lift. I certainly didn't want to get rid of it because it was sentimental but something had to be done with it.

Here's what I did...

The Before.


A coarse sand paper took off some of the lacquer on the wood and smoothed out the dents and scratches. It also made it easier for the primer to stick to the wood. 


I put two coats of a heavy duty furniture primer on the outside of the dresser and the fronts of the drawers. I didn't think I needed to paint the inside because I won't be seeing that much.


I picked a beautiful coral color, ardent coral, (also inspired by pinterest) and painted a generous two coats. 



After the paint had dried I applied a polyurethane coating on the top of the dresser and in between the drawers. These were the places I would most likely knock or bang into. It said it was clear but kinda turned a yellowy color, which was not that noticeable, but I must've not made the coat very even. If you try this yourself make sure to do a very thin and even application of the polyurethane, and then leave it outdoors for a good day to dry and get rid of the smell.

Final step was some new hardware. I can't decide if I want to keep the old ones for the top drawers. It was hard for me to get rid of everything so I may keep them for now.

Here's the finished product:






I highly recommend this method to re-vamp an old piece of furniture. It only took me a day to paint, was pretty inexpensive, and adds a new pop of color to my room.

K

Country Boots.





[Dress] Banana Republic [Boots] Nine West

Despite the 98 degree heat I still wore boots to church. Take that summer. 

K