Upcycle: Thrifted Figurines

This will be a short post because there isn’t much to it!

It’s no secret that many of the figurines you find secondhand are pretty hideous.  Oftentimes an awful paint job is to blame.  With that in mind, a simple coat of paint can transform even the most offensive of tchotchkes into a modern accent piece.  Painting these dated figurines a single color allows you to focus on the shape alone, which can be quite neat. Continue reading

“Finally” Cake – Alternatively, From-Scratch Yellow Cake

“Don’t eat that, I need to take a picture of it first.”

“Don’t take a picture of it – it’s too small!  It’s cold and you made it days ago!”

This is how the conversation went back-and-forth between my husband and I regarding this last, solitary sliver of cake.  Of course, he just wanted to hurry up and eat it, but the thing is, I didn’t know I would want to blog about it when I made it.  In fact, I imagined that it would very likely be a flop, or at best, unequivocally “meh.”

Boy, was I surprised.

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Thrifting Haul!

Armed with $40 for two days, I attended two church fundraiser sales and two subdivision sales.  I thought I would share my haul since I personally LOVE seeing what other people find.  It’s one thing to show a single item that is cool, but seeing what can be found in one day or one place at a time really puts things in  perspective. Continue reading

Beatty’s Chocolate Cake by Ina Garten

Two beans, both alike in dignity,
In American kitchen, where we lay our scene,
Despite ancient grudge inspire a new recipe,
Where chocolate dessert meets morning caffeine.

Sorry to wax Shakespearean, but this cake has me feeling poetic.  Let me state for the record that I hate coffee-flavored desserts and that, despite identifying as a slight coffee snob, the same goes for cold coffees.  Tiramisu, frappucinos, coffee ice cream – all a big “nope” in my book.

Apparently though, the use of coffee in chocolate desserts can enhance the flavor of the chocolate, without imparting much of a coffee taste.

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Oreo Cupcakes

Someone stop me.  I find about three new recipes every single day that I seriously want to try.  I started a binder of these recipes.  And it’s a big binder.  And it’s 90% sweets.

Not the best idea for a dieter who has currently “plateaued.”  These lovelies are for a bake sale though, so it’s for a good cause (#pedestal).  Also, it’s Valentine’s Day.

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Ambitions for 2017

I hope you are still going strong with your New Year’s resolutions as we approach the end of January. I hesitate to call mine “New Year’s” resolutions per se since they mostly just happened to coincide with the beginning of the year, but there are just so many things I want to accomplish in the coming months! New DiY projects, a lengthy reading list, personal wellness goals, and – as always – a never-ending “life” to-do list. On to the fun parts though! Continue reading