Monday, April 23, 2012

Annie Sloan Primer Red and My Goodwill Kitchen

This is my latest Goodwill find. It is oak with quite a bit of veneer.

It is old but not sure just how old. Along with being old it is in pretty rough shape.

There were repairs made to it previously that were not top notch and there may have been a mirror or shelves attached to the top at one time. The bottom support was broken beyond my abilities to repair it.

The veneer had lifted in a few places so I used wood glue and clamps to reattach it.

Wood filler was used to fill in some of the major dents and broken veneer.

People ask why I did not refinish it.  The woods did not match and it was not that pretty.

See above how the door looks like different wood. Icky.

I had Bob use a hack saw and we cut off the bottom support. I don't know just how much support it was actually doing. I think it was more for looks.

Plus I wanted to be able to put a basket under it.

After a light sanding to smooth the rough spots I painted it with Annie Sloan Primer Red and a coat of Dark Wax.

This time I chose to paint the inside of the drawers and cabinet in Annie Sloan Olive.  I have not lacquered it on the inside yet. I may, just not sure.

I love how the green looks against the red.

I found new hardware at Home Depot. Finally got a deal on the hardware, $1.98 a knob.

I also needed to attach new magnetic catches on the inside of the doors. Pretty inexpensive at $1.08 each.

I love that I finally have places around my home to display the bazillion photos that I have. Occupational hazard I guess.

It is 70 inches long and covers the window a touch. That is OK with me though, this window is kind of non essential.

Loving it!

A view of my eat in kitchen area with all of my Goodwill finds.

Everything that you see in this photo with the exception of the table and rug (and cat) came from the Goodwill

Love it when I go to take a picture of the cat and they look away.

Yes, Ozzy I am taking about you. Your getting a little portly there young man.

I went to see my SIL this weekend and they have a Pottery Barn and a Crate & Barrel right next to each other. I was in heaven, pure heaven. Anyway this is the new phone I picked up at PB. Just love it. It even rings like an old time phone.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pasta with Fresh Veggies

This is an incredibly easy dinner that is so healthy for you and tastes amazing. Love it.
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Cut slices in  your French Bread and butter. Wrap in tin foil and heat in a 350 oven for about 10-15 minutes. Make sure it is wrapped tight so it does not dry out.
Slice grape tomatoes in half and set aside.

Cook a box of bow tie pasta until tender.
This is the pasta I use.

Brown two chicken breasts in olive oil until cooked through. When cooked set chicken aside...we will get back to it.

This is an important step. Step back, lean against the counter and take a big drink of this AWESOME beer!  I love that I can drink and stay awake at the same time....Beer & Coffee, WHAT A CONCEPT, pure genius.

Time to add the Pesto to the cooked pasta. Classico had 2 different pesto's one is a red pepper and the other is basil. Both are REALLY good. I like the red pepper best but that is a personal preference.

Drain the water off of the pasta and same about a 1/2 of a cup of the pasta water. Drain the excess olive oil off of the pesto. Stir in the pesto and 1/2 cup pasta water, cover and  set aside.
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Add 2 table spoons olive oil to pan and heat. Add Asparagus and cook for 3 minutes. Add spinach, tomatoes and chicken, sea salt and pepper to taste. Use tongs to stir until the spinach is just wilted.

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I cooked additional pasta  for the boys. They don't know what they are missing. Silly boys.

For some reason Carter thinks he is a rapper? Carter is so not a rapper.

Add a little fresh Parmesan and your ready to eat. I am telling you it is wonderful
 What you will need.....
1 bunch of fresh asparagus cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large bag of fresh spinach
1 package of grape tomatoes cut in half
1 box of bow tie pasta
1 jar of pesto
1 large chicken breast cut into bite size pieces.
Parmesan cheese
Sea salt
olive oil

I double the recipe because I like left overs.