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Thursday, January 31, 2013

A New Salad to Try and a Give Away!

Here's a new recipe to add to your list of healthy, yummy salads!


I found it here on Kristina's site. She's a ROC star here in Houston, not just because she's so amazingly energetic but also because she's bring health to the masses. She's even got You Tube recipes for all!
 She's a star in my book!


Raw Macho Taco Salad

Mix the following ingredients together and top with lime juice.

corn - 1 can -no salt, rinsed
romaine - 1 head, cut and sliced 
mango - 1 peeled, cut into cubes
avocado - 1/2 cut into cubes
cilantro - about 1/4 of a bunch, finely chopped
onion - 1/2 finely chopped
cherry tomatoes - 6 halved
celery - 3 stalks finely chopped
lime - juice only

I also added 1 can of Mayocoba beans (they are very similar to pinto beans) - any favorites will do. Kristina has a dressing she used with this, but I liked just using the lime juice.

The great thing about this salad is that you can add or delete any ingredient you'd like...it's that versatile!

Today is the last day for entry to my give away, you can read all about it here
The winner will be announced tomorrow, Feb. 1! 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Little Something Extra

I eat a lot of salads...
usually twice a day.
Lunch and dinner.
It's all due to my quest to be healthier and Dr. Oz.
Do you watch him?
I really like his show...it seems that there is always something new to learn.

Ok...back to salads.
I have tried just about every low fat/no fat salad dressing on the market 
and they just don't cut it for me anymore.
Turning to Pinterest, I found several recipes...
some good 
and
some not so good.

Here are two {I've modified a bit} that we consider keepers!
Enjoy.



Green Goddess Dressing (inspired by Green Cuisine Cookbook)

1 garlic clove
1 c packed avocado
7-8 tbsp water
5 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4-5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 c packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 c packed fresh parsley
1/2 c packed green onion greens

Put all ingredients in a blender/food processor until smooth. Makes about 1 cup.


This one's a little sweeter.

Nathan Pritikin's Italian Dressing (submitted anonymously on Pinterest)

1/2 c freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c rice vinegar
1/4 c frozen apple juice concentrate
1/4 c water
2 green onions chopped
1/4 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in blender until well mixed. Makes about 1.5 cups.

Now, with something a little extra, and really healthy, my salads are even better!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Vintage Jacket

I found a denim jacket a while back and knew it was a great "starter" for my project.




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My project: adding a bit of vintage charm.

 It started with a little trim,


a little lace,


a few strands of pearls, a scarf, and a fluffy little flower.






It's been a warm addition to my wardrobe, especially for these winter days...nice and cozy!
Hm...wonder what else I can refashion?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A little shopping...

I'm looking for a few extra pieces to add character to my home... 
finding just the right piece is like a treasure hunt.
And, going on a treasure hunt isn't much fun alone, 
so,
I'm usually part of a trio.
My mother and sister make up the other two thirds.
They love a good adventure too and antique shopping is always on the agenda. 
We stumbled upon an amazing place in Galveston, Texas while on a quick visit.
It's called:
Big House Antiques
2212 Mechanic St.
GalvestonTX 77550
Phone: (409)762-0559

It's not really a house, it's actually and old hotel that has been converted into an antique shop.


Don't you know these floors have some great stories?


The former rooms are actually still there, but are filled with various vintage items.


Aren't those transoms great?
Can you see a peek of the original bead board paneling?

I love the simple trim.




Those wicker chairs remind me of gorgeous Victorian photographs of years past.
Like this one...


or this one.


Both sides of this room were stacked with head boards and matching foot boards.


Some rooms were set up with full sets.
{Here you can see the original bead board.}






The hallways were filled with loads of treasures.


Downstairs was one large room with tons and tons of unique items.


Heater grates...
and this item.


It looks like some type of teapot, right?
Well, the tag said this:


Nope...that didn't help me at all.
So I looked it up here.

sam·o·var

  [sam-uh-vahr, sam-uh-vahr]  Show IPA
noun
a metal urn, used especially by Russians for heating water for making tea.
Origin: 
1820–30;  < Russian samovár,  equivalent to samo-  self (see same) + -var,  noun derivative of varítʾ  to cook,boil

I was close! 
Wow! Really, the 1820's? From Russia?
See, treasures!

What treasures have you found lately?


Friday, January 18, 2013

Starting again...

Hi all...Welcome to my blog!
 I have been a bit lax for a while...but, after seeing Vicki's post on 
2 Bags Full, I knew it was time to get back to my blog. 
She's having a "Grow My Blog" party. 
What a great idea!!! 
Thanks Vicki for lighting the fire again!


As my title suggests, I tend to write a little about everything. I love decorating, DIY projects, and tablescaping. And you can add to that gardening and antiques...really anything vintage. 
 However we're right smack dab in the middle of building a new "old" home and 90% of my things are packed. {I do still have my glue gun out, just in case!}
But...
I do have something to share today:
simple signs that will hang in my new home.
They were oh.so.easy to make...really.


We've had lumber delivered frequently to the property on pallets.
Did you know that the workers usually throw those away?
I couldn't believe it!
We saved as many as possible and cut off the usable pieces,
just like the slat above.

Following Miss Mustard's Seed steps, {don't you just love her?},
I sanded down the rough spots, dry-brushed paint, and applied stain sparingly.

A font was chosen, printed off, and traced with tracing paper onto the prepared wood.



I used a Sharpie to fill in the letters, Miss Mustard Seed used paint, but my lettering was a bit smaller.
The Sharpie worked like a charm.
Super easy!

This sign didn't take very long so there was time to try a second one.
The steps were a little different:
sanded, completely painted, traced, stained, then sanded again.


It turned out a bit muted...but I love the weathered look.

And finally, I found this quote here on Pinterest and made this last sign.


The wood was from our project and prepped like the ones above.
However, the lettering was printed on a piece of scrapbook paper and ModgePodged to "glue" it down. Adding a bit of jute and seashells from Sanibel, it will be perfect on someone's shelf!
Don't you think?
Would you like to win it?
Here's the good news!
Anyone can enter, anyone can win, regardless where you live!
You don't even have to have a blog...or...you can have one!
See, it's simple!
If you'd like to enter, just leave a comment on this post with your email address.
I'll have the give-away on February 1, 2013 and post the winner on that post!
Happy winning!

So, what do you think? Which "style" sign would you like to try?

Thanks for visiting!


If you'd like to see past posts, you are most welcome to stay and browse awhile. 
There are a few pictures not showing on some of my posts...something happened when I temporary switched from Blogger to WordPress and back again.
{There's probably a button or box that I should have checked or not have checked but I can't get the pictures back.}
Ugh...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Peace and Preparation

This was the title of my morning devotional and boy, did I need to read this.
It's winter, dreary, colder than usual and I could possibly have the "winter blahs". 
However, "... underneath the surface of winter, verdant life is resting and preparing for the season that is to come next. Time of rest are provided by God for a purpose."

Cannon Beach, Oregon

"...he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul..."  Psalm 23:2

I love this quote, I love the beach (or any waters for that fact)...it restores my soul.
So that's what I'm going to keep in my mind for the following days of winter,
 it's a time that is supposed to be for peace and preparation.

With that said, our house "project" has been very slow for about a month and a half...ugh.
The holidays and the weather have all been factors in the slower-than-welcomed pace we are experiencing.
ugh.
We were hoping to be moving in by the end of January...but that's not happening.

Here are a few current pictures:


My husband, aka "Mr. Fix-It," most likely asking, "Where is my last window?"


The Hardi will be painted white, the "silver" part will be brick.
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On the bright side, the garage doors did get delivered and installed...


...and the shop was delivered.




The sound proofing walls are almost complete...


I just have to remember that it's God's timing, not mine.

*livingthegospellife.com

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Have You Read THIS Book?


If you haven't, it's a must.
You can find it here.
It's loaded with amazing pictures, tutorials, tips, and heartfelt words.


These pictures were taken with my phone...yep, I know they're not the best, but I was a little shaky even being in the same room as the ever creative, ever inspirational Miss Mustard Seed!

She was actually in the Houston area this past Friday night, all the way from Pennsylvania!
 The shop that hosted her is Altar'd, they refinish furniture and other household items beautifully. The owner is creative, sweet, a real doll. Just check out her place, you won't be disappointed.

One of the lines Altar'd carries is Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. 
And, this weekend, Marian was in town actually doing a free demonstration.


You can certainly tell she loves what she does.


After this session, she graciously sat for hours signing her book...


each and everyone one with a personal note.


It was a thrill to chat with her...she is gracious, kind...just lovely.
Be sure to visit her blog, you can find it here.
I'm sure you'll be inspired by her too!

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