Monday, October 22, 2012

Cayenne Pepper Peanut Butter Cookies

Oh the chili burn!  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 Flour-less Peanut Butter Cookie recipe.   I guess they would be 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.

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!

Back to real life:
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. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wasn't That Spooky

Okay, so I guess it's not that spooky.  But really, who are we trying to scare.  We just don't get any kids out here in the sticks.  Sure, maybe a few kids (baby goats), and a couple of calves, maybe some chickens, but no 'candy lovin' gremlins or goblins. 
Had to keep up with the here it is!
My Halloween Wreath hung on a Christmas wreath hanger.  Just doing a bit of time-saving, multitasking!

I was in my craft closet, ahem, I mean studio, searching endlessly for a wreath form, but all I could find were little willow and grapevine wreaths, toiled in cobwebs.  Turning my head, ever so slightly, from the corner of my eye, I spied it!.  A mysterious, old haunting oval beauty, purchased from a local thrift an old antique/junk store years previous.  You could see her age, with the wrinkles of time, scarring her blemished surface.   I pulled her out and dusted her off, choke, cough, spit.....  Thus born, was the Halloween Wreath............... MUUHAHAHAHAHAH.......... but you have to say it in an eerie scary just go back and re read it, with of course, that eerie scary voice!

My oval wreath frame made from M.D.F.

Dollar Store Buys

Free paint from the last job I was on.  More on that coming soon.  I scored another piece of furniture too.  So excited!

See above photo...(the paint)....used to paint this beauty!

What is wrong with his eye??

After wrapping and gluing,
This is all I could come up with.

So back to the Dollar Store for a few more items

That's better.  This guy has the watchful eye!

  He's a poser.

Dare to enter????

Haunting With
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Concrete Vanity Top Complete

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

I have some bad news, well kinda bad.  Not like the kind that makes you wanna cry or anything, but the kind that - You have to pee really bad and there's no toilet!  No that's not it...
 Kinda like waiting for Halloween when you're a kid (maybe Christmas for normal kids)....that kind.  I will explain...
   Our piece came out with a 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 on the unfinished board.  After a wee bit of persuasion, we were able to un-mold our counter-top.  Sorry no pictures of this task, only a few naughty words.  But that's not the bad news....keep   reading.