Monday, October 22, 2012

Cayenne Pepper Peanut Butter Cookies

 Last night we were having yummy dumplings with peanut satay.   The peanut satay ended up in the microwave a little too long, and we were eating the overcooked edge in the bowl like they were cookies, and thus born, my brilliant idea.....Chili Burn Peanut Butter Cookies
 I decided to use my Mom's Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie recipe.
   That would make them gluten free.

1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Large Egg 
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (or to taste)
Mix ingredients with electric mixer.  Roll into one inch balls. Flatten with fork and make a criss-cross pattern on top.   Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.  Makes 12 to 15 cookies.

And now for the chili burn.....Ahhhhh. 

 Well not really, but you could step it up a notch if you want.
Update::  I made a second batch for the boys.  Hot stuff.  Used 2 heaping teaspoons of cayenne pepper, and the cookies got two thumbs up.  More for the true chilli connoisseur.  But for us less experienced, one teaspoon was perfect.
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Shaker Style Doors

As we were walking to town with our old milk cow, whom was going to be traded in for some doors to complete the bathroom vanity, we came across a man who told us he had magical beans.  We could just plant the beans, climb the stalk and grab our doors.  So we planted the beans and that's how we scored shaker style doors for our cabinet!
How easy was that!

After heading to the lumber store for wood, and selling more than our milk cow to pay for the it, we headed home with some solid wood and a sheet of 1/4 inch plywood.  Probably not the finest wood, but one that equaled the trade in of our milk cow.

Look at the Donnie Darko bunny in the wood....I believe his name was Frank.  Kinda creepy and cool, all at the same time.

They were made using a table saw and a dado blade.  Bless the dado blade; a very useful tool!

Time for some layout work and cutting....

  And now the assembly work

Dry fitted to ensure all joints are tight!

When you are up to your elbows in fast drying glue, it is kinda hard to schedule a photo op.  We will just fast forward to the finished doors.  TADA.... one is stained and the other isn't.
First coat.
Second coat.

For the brown stain/paint color, I mixed 4 parts latex walnut stain to 1 part flat black acrylic paint and shook vigorously. I thinned it with about 1 part water.

Picture of the vanity, complete with concrete COUNTER-TOP.

Stain was applied.  This is the first coat.  I applied two coats total.

Handles and hinges mounted

Doors installed!
And with one last quick grab from the giant;
a golden mirror.....the goose that laid golden eggs was on hiatus!
I decided that I needed to match the vanity to the mirror.

So that's the story of our magic beans and shaker doors  :D
 Stay tuned for the tall corner cabinet!

To see more about the concrete vanity

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Concrete Vanity Top Complete

 SEE PART ONE for the recipe and how we built the mold!

   Our piece came out with a little bit of grief.  We had to drill the wood from the tap void as the melamine wasn't sealed which caused it to swell.  We easily could have avoided this if we had just put some paint or silicone on the unfinished board.  After a wee bit of persuasion, we were able to un-mold our countertop.  Sorry no pictures of this task, only a few naughty words.