Friday, January 14, 2011

More Addiction....

So here is a table I finished, and it is going to be a gift. Hopefully she likes it and is able to use it the way that I hope :) Oh and did I mention that they are twins ( I named them Mia and Tia, we watch a lot of Cars around here), not completely sure what is going to happen to the sister :) But here is Mia finished with Krylon Glossy Almond.

The corners are what sold me on this piece:
All finished and glazed

Next on the list is a console for the TV my brother got for Christmas and he wants me to finish a piece for it to sit on.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

HMMM I think I have an addiction

Hi my name is Cari, and I am addicted to spray paint and old furniture. It all started when my friend Stacey (give her some love here), refinished a pie safe that was super old. So I refinished a hutch for my kitchen. The whole time I was working on it I was thinking to myself what else can I refinish? I started plotting ways to get Lance to let me buy furniture to refinish. When I came to realize that currently in my basement I have an old night stand, a rocking chair that belonged to my husbands great great grandmother, an hand me down table that we dont use anymore. So while yes I am going to get to those eventually :), I decided to refinish a piece of furniture for each of my sisters for Christmas. I havent given one of those pieces away yet because I havent seen one of my sisters since before Christmas. Also in my hurriedness I forgot to take a picture of one of them when it was finished but I am going to see if she will take a picture and send it to me :). Everything I have learned about spray paint I learned from my new friend (but she doesn't know it) Brooke at I dont think this is an addiction that I will be getting over anytime soon........

My hutch
Its a little boring right now because I just took all the Christmas decorations off of it and need to come up with something either Valentines or everyday to put on there.

I forgot to take a picture before I started priming it oops...

Jana's table that I did in Lime Green that I forgot to take pics of before I gave it to her.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Super Easy and Delish Marinara

I grew up in a home where we never had spaghetti from a jar. I think it is because my mom didn't like all the veggies in it. As a matter of fact there were very few veggies that we were forced to eat as kids, mostly because my mom couldn't stand them! So as adults my siblings and I all eat a large variety of veggies and really like them. So in comes my sauce. My mom would just open up a couple of cans of tomato sauce and season it with your basic italian seasonings and some onion and garlic salts. When Lance and I got married this is basically what I made for him, he was okay with it. One day I decided to use diced onions in it. MMM tasted pretty good, so after a little while of that I decided to start adding diced tomatoes. You can probably see where this is going. So eventually I ended up with what is my marinara sauce today. I am going to toot my own horn here for a second, anytime we are having a family function where my mom is making Lasagne she asks me to make the sauce (TOOT TOOT). The sad part is there really is no recipe, there are the basic ingredients that I use and then I will finely shred or puree whatever veggies I have in the house and hide them in the sauce. So here is what I do.

I start by dicing onions and throwing them in the pot with a little EVOO,

I add a couple of cloves of pressed garlic.

After about 3-5 minutes I add a can of diced tomatoes and any other veggies I am smuggling into the sauce

Then I add 2-3 cans of tomato sauce.

Then comes the wheel, Lance used to ask how do I make this, this was the way that I came up with to show him what to do.
That is my wheel or flower of herbs. I use oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil and parsley. I also season it with salt and pepper. Use as much or as little as you like.
While this is going you should have been cooking your noodles. These are my favorite and wished they came in more varieties. They are a multigrain pasta that tastes like regular pasta.
This literally takes about 25 minutes to prepare and it tastes fantastic! No preservatives and it tastes fresh! This is the bowl that I scooped up quickly for myself as I was headed out the door to a YW Volleyball game.

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Is anybody still there?

Buehler, Buehler..... I have been absent for a while due to some technical difficulties with the camera, I have several projects and post to put up now that I have a found a chord to load pictures we are set! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!