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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pink reloved repurposed Appliances

My kitchen is sooooo small, with only one cupboard, there is only room for necessities aka food. This means all my appliances have to be out...It is soo hard finding pretty appliances to match my romantic rose kitchen and being a thrifty gal with a love for vintage , most of mine are thrift store finds like the crock pot, and old Osterizer blender.

 All of these are painted with spray can auto paint, The finish is amazing, they will color~match any color you want. I chose Annie Sloan Antoinette color for mine ....I just decoupaged rose pictures printed on my computer using exterior Mod Podge. You could use waterslide decals from Ebay also....Graphics Fairy has great old rose high resolution images for printing...


                                                                       Before.....
                                                                        Ater......





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PINK PAINTED FAUCET


I have delt with my butt ugly kitchen faucet for the last day. I have been on the hunt looking for a different one,and have yet to find one I like....sooooo,.... let the repurposing begin...I can do this!.... 


I went to the auto paint store and had Annie Sloan chalk paint color Antoinette color matched .They put it in a spray can. Cost was 8 dollars for the pink, and 8 dollars for the gold. These are full sized spray cans like you get at any other store.


Prep work consisted of cleaning the metal really well with rubbing alcohol, and then scuffing it with steel wool...I put a fan on it overnight to make sure it was good and dry.

Then all ya have to do is tape it off and spray 2 coats, letting each coat  dry thoroughly.






And here she is all done....
I E6000 glued a plastic rose that I broke off of a shower curtain hanger for the top of the handle..

Friday, November 14, 2014

HOMEMADE EGG~ NOODLES





Ingredients
  • 3 C. Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 T. Butter, melted
  • 1/2 C. Milk
Instructions

 Get your ingredients so that you don’t have to grab anything while mixing. Your gonna need that flour so keep the lid off and handy....
  1. Place the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and form a well in the center.Pour the butter, milk, and eggs into the center of the well.Get your rings off, and dig in with both hands....mix the ingredients until they come together into a ball, adding flour if needed.
  1. Knead for 5 minutes on a flour covered table ......After about 5 minutes the dough should be pretty smooth {* note it will not be as smooth a  bread dough as there is no yeast in it.}..... Place the dough in a bowl with a towel covering it  for 10 minutes......Roll the dough on a floured surface  into  as close as you can get to a rectangular shape  about 1/4″ thick .....The dough will expand when it’s cooked, so if it is not rolled thin enough you will have very thick dumpling type noodles......Cut the dough  lengthwise in the length you want your noodles......Using a pizza cutter to cut the noodles{ I used a cheese cutter for a pretty edge} slice the dough into strips width wise, making each strip 1/4″-1/2″ wide.
  1. Dust a little flour over the tops of the noodles and then Gently toss them with your hands, lightly coating the noodles with flour.....The noodles can be allowed to air dry and then  saved for later in an airtight container for up to a month in the refrigerator....or can be boiled in a pot of salted water for 5 to 7 minutes then added to your favorite recipe, or just add butter..... For a sweet treat add some cinnamon sugar...yummmmmm .


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FRESH PINECONE CRAFTS

Today I searched the yard for all the pinecones from my pine tree out back. I like to open them in the microwave on a piece of paper towel, however you can also do them in a 200 degree oven for an hour..
The microwave also kills any bugs that may be lurking right away, so no need to soak or wash unless they are dirty...

If using outdoors, spray them with a sealer after cooled. This way they will not close up again when they get wet.


Here are some great ideas for using you pinecones....


UPSIDE DOWN TOMATO CAGE
How to: Screw screws into the bottom of each pine cone and then take a long piece of wire-wrapped each pine cone tightly around each screw and wrap  around base of tomato cage..work your way up..If you like them not so arranged, just wrap wire around each cone at different angles making a long string, then wire the pinecone string to the cage.You could also use a styrofoam cone, however those can get quite costly...































These can be done using wire for feet, and styrofoam balls, wooden beads or even ping pong balls. For the heads paint with school glue and glitter...red cardinals would be great also, or even blue birds for springtime...Get creative!!!

Homemade Christmas Potpourri

Why all natural potpourri you ask? Well not only is it practically free, but all the natural oils benefit you as you inhale them.
The qualities of natural potpourri are very real, and these are more than beneficial, many times over.  Natural living and dried plants have been used for many, many years, providing great relief from stress and direct relaxation.  Not only have they been utilized for finding a relaxing state, but natural potpourri  has been simmered to create an inviting aroma within an individuals home as well.  From purifying the air, to cleansing the environment, to simply refreshing living accommodations–the choices are numerous. 


Any herbal combination is best from natural, botanical ingredients, whether these are from the ground, or growing in shrubs, or even flowers.  They can be derived from many  locations right in your own yard.  For example, pine branches, pine cones,and even tree barks can be condensed down and mixed to create quite a fragrance that is charming to many.  Further, tree sap, resins, herbal roots, many blooms, leaves, and even pine can all be intertwined in a variety of creative ways to develop multiple herbal aromas to be enjoyed.  The best news here is that there is always something for someone.  I chose pine cones, pine branches, apples, cranberries, and pumpkin pie spice for mine, but I also use oranges and cloves .If you don't have spices, tea bags work great too. 

I put mine on the stove to simmer, adding water as needed. You can also use a crockpot.

Enjoy!!!!
From my home to yours....

Monday, November 10, 2014

Turkey Noodle Casserole

GOBBLE GOBBLE...

This casserole is sooo good. Warm, creamy, and the perfect comfort food. This would be a great casserole to use up that leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. Here it is....

  • 1  cup chopped small pieces turkey or chicken, cooked.
  • 8 oz. Wide Egg Noodles {1/2 bag}
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoons Flour
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup cubed Cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. Garlic, minced
  • 3 drops of Hot Sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • Fresh Parsley, chopped
For the topping:
  • 2 tablespoons butter; melted
  • 1/3 cup crushed crackers....I use townhouse type
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

1.Cook pasta according to package directions, set aside.
2. In a large skillet, melt butter and add onion and garlic. Cook until onions are soft, and translucent caramel color 
3. Add flour and whisk together and let it lightly brown.
4. Slowly add the milk and chicken broth. Cook on medium until bubbling and the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat.Add your cubed cheese.
5. Combine, mixture, chicken, cheese, and noodles in a large casserole dish; mix together well.
6. In a small bowl, combine the butter, cracker crumbs, and parmesan cheese. Stir to create a crumble. Sprinkle over noodles.
7. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the sides are bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Top with fresh parsley.
*Special note:You can add any canned or frozen veggies{ I like carrots corn, broccoli or peas} before baking for a great all in one dish!!!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Pink Palace~Jane Mansfield Mansion


The story goes that in 1957 Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay purchased their beloved Pink Palace mansion in Beverly Hills from Rudy Vallee for a sum of $76,000. One of the pre-conditions of marriage was that Jayne would have the heart shaped swimming pool of her dreams. And so it went...


“The Pink Palace.” Mansfield purchased the 40-room Mediterranean-style mansion in 1957 and immediately began renovating. She didn’t stop at painting the exterior pink—think of an entire bathroom furnished in pink shag carpet, walls and all. As clever as she was lovely, she wrote to furniture and building suppliers requesting samples for her new home; those “samples” totaled over $150,000 ($1,246,742 in 2014 dollars). The house itself cost only $76,000 ($631,682 in 2014 dollars).
Oh, she knew how to catch the eye! I've always liked her for her dedication to her children, she seemed like a wonderful woman.Her and Elvis must have tossed around ideas over lunch..

In 2002, the pink palace was demolished.I was there in 2009 and all I could see was the old white gate abandoned in the bush…such a shame :(





















I am sooo incredibly sad such a historic piece of old Hollywood had to be demolished...too bad I don't have millions to save all historic structures and homeless animals....because I would.