Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Grape Chili Jelly

Welcome to our Zone 3 Vineyard where we are world renowned for our
 famous wines and jellies!

Come tour all THREE of our grapevines!
That's 3.

This looks all good and dandy but I have to confess that this contraption, which works great for tomatoes, sucks for grapes.  It clogged up so badly that  I ended up throwing the whole works in a pot,

 shoved my foot in there and stomped

 I got out my stick mixer and just blended it all up, hung the mess in cheesecloth and strained.

If you like heat, you might like this jelly.
I followed the pectin grape jelly recipe from the box, except I wrapped some chili's from my garden in cheesecloth

 and boiled the bejeebers out of it.

  When that wasn't hot enough, I put in a pinch of chili powder...
and by a pinch, I mean a teaspoon.

4 cups grape juice
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 box pectin
1 tsp citric acid
1 tsp chili powder
Boil pectin and grape juice for 1 minute
add sugar, chili powder and citric acid and boil hard for one more minute.
Pour into sterilized jars.

I processed them in a water bath for ten minutes 

And if the jelly wasn't hot enough, I foolishly ate a pepper......YIKES!
Feel sorry for me tomorrow. 


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

An Ikea Hack with Besta Units Part Two

As our saga continues, the Boss, being happy with the job thus far, wanted to sit on the bench with no worries of diaper leaks, which could lead to blackmailing evidence in her teen years.
You don't know our family!
You can see part one HERE.

  This was a job for her Crony.  Being a master with a brush, she expertly applied her stain and sealer in one. 

After numerous coats, Crony was delighted with the results.
The last part of this project was to build a door for the center unit to hide the power bar from little fingers.  With a few scraps of wood and some leftover beadboard from my master bedroom makeover,  I was able to create this door!

Crony painted her new door white to match the rest of the bench.

Power bar tucks neatly inside and latch holds door closed. 
 Crony did an excellent job with the installation!

The boss was drinking her face off
at the Mommy Bar (not shown), demanding
a new table that she could dance on.
I wanted no part of this so I STOLE these next pictures, 
watermarked them and claimed them as my own.
Hopefully Crony doesn't shut this blog down.

I figured I would take my chances as I think
Crony has her hands full with her little 

The Before Pics of her $20 table!

The During Pics

The All Done Pics!

The Boss fits for now, but Crony has decided to purchase some chairs for the 
little milk-o-holic as she won't be in her prison chair for too much longer.

But that will be for another day, another dealfind,
and another picture hijack from Feral Turtle!
I'm pretty sure I have another 17 1/4 years to 
find good pictures on Cronys camera as she will be quite occupied!

The Boss has been dancing non stop but I couldn't show you those
 pictures cuz, um, well she had a bit too much at the Mommy Bar,
 and forgot her nappy....No one wants to see that, 
but you will wanna see this!

Good Job LouLou Belle!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

An Ikea Hack with Besta TV Units

The day was sunny, and unbearably hot.
The Boss was young, cute, extremely chatty and somewhat demanding
Her crony was an amazing cook.
The job was an Ikea hack.
This is our story.
My niece who will be referred to as Crony from here on out, was
 looking for a built-in bench to put on her long blank wall.

After a month long search for BUDGET FRIENDLY, over the fridge cupboard units, the Boss and her crony, came across a sale on Besta TV units from Ikea.  The measurements were pretty close to the size we needed with a slight modification (cutting the whole center unit down.)

After hours of measuring, a few nappy changes,

and deciding on the perfect layout,


 us minions went to work while you guessed it, 
the Boss went to her office for some number crunching.

We built a frame for the three units which would raise them up to chair height. 
And nobody chopped their fingers off!! 

There really was three units but all the pics seem to show two. 
The Technical (Read if you are really bored))
To modify the center unit, I cut approx. 1 1/2 inches off the top, bottom and back piece. 
 The side was joined to the cut pieces  using regular deck screws secured to the solid wood.
  It would have been a lot more work if the end of the unit was visible, but luckily for us,
 it tucked in neatly between the two larger units so the unfinished side was no problem.

This whole bench unit can be easily removed with only a few screw holes to fill so
instead of rewiring the outlet, we decided to just drill a hole through the modified cupboard, add a desk grommet and a power bar.    
 Perfect for hooking up a few glue guns for those crafting parties.

1/2 inch shim material was used so we wouldn't have to cut down the baseboard which we salvaged from the wall.

The units were secured to the base and to each other

A two by four was placed on the back wall (not shown). 
 This supports the back edge of the plywood.

Baseboard and plywood installed!  Voila!

We had to wait for the boss's approval which consisted of a quick monster battle on the carpet and then a drink at the Mommy Bar (not shown)

Yep, Boss approved!
Stay tuned for part two.
A door, some paint and stain!