Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kitchen Chair Makeover

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Do you ever have one of those weeks that you just don’t get much done and really don’t have motivation to? That was last week for me. I don’t know where my head was at, but I just couldn’t focus to do a project or get a post together.
Over the weekend we went to St.George to see an airshow – the boys loved it! It was a great break from the week and I was able to come back fresh. Oh, and we got waffles!! Such an amazing treat and takes me back to the year I spent as an exchange student in Belgium. Mmmm so good!
So I was finally able to tackle a project that has been on my list for a while – giving my kitchen chairs a makeover. They were looking pretty gross with food and water marks on the cushion, paint rubbed off, and wobbly as all get out.
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I disassembled the chairs, glued them, and put them back together.
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I borrowed a friend’s paint sprayer and saved a ton of time and trouble painting them. Then I used a brush to apply a coat of polycrylic to hopefully prevent future rubbing and peeling paint.
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Then recovered the cushions. I actually ended up removing the red completely so it wouldn’t show through my new fabric.
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Staple one side, then the opposite being sure to pull snuggly.
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Then reattach to the chair and you’re done. I’m actually going to go pick up some clear vinyl to cover the seat in too so they don’t get so yucky looking so fast.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Homemade Cherry Hand Pies

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I’m am totally not a ‘reader.’ I need to be, I should be, but I’m not. I have gotten into a few books series, but generally I don’t finish books. So it might surprise you that I am part of a book club. lol.

I hosted book club last night at my house and of course we have treats! The other ladies are super creative and usually make a treat to match the book in some way. Well I have been totally horrible at this in the past so I put a double effort in for this book.

I chose the book, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma. It is the third book in the series and we had read the other two at some point over the last couple years so I figured we’d finally finish the series.

I loved these books! They are fun adventures with great kid characters. They are also great for kids to read. Probably why I like them so much
Anyway, one of the characters is a former circus strong man and is also an amazing cook. He is well known for his pies. So I decided to make cherry pie!

I didn’t have a recipe for cherry pie, so what to do? Search Pinterest and my fellow food blogger’s pages, of course! I found the recipe for the filling at Oysters and Pearls.

I don’t have a cherry pitter so I just cut the cherries down the middle and pulled the seeds out.
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Then you cook the cherries down with sugar, vanilla, and a tiny bit of salt. Then you add a cornstarch/water mixture and bring to a boil. Turn the heat off and allow to cool, stirring occasionally.

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Then you gotta make crust. I got my recipe from Crazy for Crust. I’m not so great at crusts…so they aren’t too pretty. I used a bowl to cut out

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Once the circles are cut, you carefully fill with the cherry filling and pinch the sides closed. With the tines of a fork you make the the crimped edge.

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See not so pretty…Give each pie a brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with a tiny bit of sugar. Then poke holes to prevent the pies from exploding (haha too late!)

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Bake and enjoy, once cooled of course! They turned out fabulous. They don’t taste like canned pie filling, which is great. I don’t like bright red cherry pie. These ones were perfectly tart and sweet.

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What’s your favorite kind of pie? Or are you more of a cake person?

Check out Oysters and Pearls for the cherry pie filling and
Crazy for Crusts for the pie crust recipe

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Create: A Momma’s Oasis

Disclosure: I was provided free entry and craft to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
I went to THE coolest place. A place where the children play inside, away from the heat.
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A place where a momma can craft without little hands grabbing at everything!
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A place where they seriously have EVERYTHING you might need to create something unique and special…
paints, ModPodge, bakers twine, ribbon, paper, kid’s art supplies, fabric, sewing machines, burlap, markers, and blank projects ready to be made cute by YOU!
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They are even ready for the little people in your life. 
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So it was a really fun place to go. Create: Craft, Play, Party is pretty new to Henderson/Las Vegas area and the concept is brilliant! Kendrah, the owner is a super creative woman. She can help you imagine up your project or help you with the finishing touches. I just loved that everything they had all the supplies I needed, on hand, and easy to find. You know, unlike at home where I spend half an hour looking for the markers I hid from the kids, thinking ‘oh, I’ll put them here where I’ll remember them.’ ha! (you know what I’m talking about!) There are also plenty of crayons, paints, paper, stamps, etc for the kids to get creative too. 

Did I mention, they do the clean up? WIN!

Create has a monthly schedule where you can either pop in and craft or they have specific classes, like beginner sewing classes or famous artist themed craft classes. You can also party at Create. You can have your child’s birthday party here, have a mini art party, or a momma’s night out!

So if you’re local to Las Vegas and looking for a fun way to escape the heat, a birthday party idea, or a fun mommy’s night out, be sure to check out Create: Craft, Play, Party in Henderson. I live on the other side of town, but it was definitely worth the drive and sooo much fun!

Here's what Ben made

and I made some robot art for the boys' room :)

Create: Craft, Play, &Party is located at 
1570 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy
Henderson, Nevada
(702) 897-9977 
Be sure to like them on Facebook to keep up with the schedule, craft of the week, and any specials they have!
Do you have something like this where you live? I love this place and will be going back! 

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