Monday, October 24, 2011

umbrella upcycle

A few months back a storm blew through our neighborhood and left us with a broken umbrella. It has sat neglected in the corner on the porch ever since. Coincidentally, we have a very used and abused dining room table and chairs. This is the same table and chairs that my sisters used to sit at when in grade school and our homework. So you can imagine what the upholstery on the chairs looks like. (there's picture proof coming up) after a few months of blog hopping, I have been inspired to upcycle things around my house, and thought this was the perfect opportunity!
Here's a picture of our umbrella. I'm sure why, but i really liked it. Something about the bright colors i suppose. So I was sad to see it go with the rain. Below, is the picture of where the umbrella was supposed to be. Please don't look at the state of the lawn....the record setting Texas summer of 2011 left few survivors.
Ahhh, and here's a shot of the cushion from the chairs. Stage left shows the cute little feet of my artiste who helped make that paint stain in the upper right hand corner. As you can see, even if these were clean the fabric really isn't up to date anyway. (not that bright red, orange and green stripes are ultra hip. i just like them better)
I was really bad. I mean really bad. I didn't clean the umbrella fabric before stapling it to the cushions. Just some dusting off by hand. O:) So bad..
After laying the cushion on top of the fabric as a guide, I cut out a square leaving enough on each side to wrap around the cushion. Then, I got to use my handy dandy staple gun. This was the best part of the project.
Tada! New and improved dining room chairs for free!! The whole project took under an hour.

Now, what to do with this carpet in my living room that I don't like......

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

october 22, 2011

Over the past few weeks we have been trying to teach L about responsibility. she's starting to feed the cat(s) {that's plural because we feed the neighbor's cat too} but i digress. This topic seems to come up most frequently when getting out of the car. She doesn't like to help carry her own things inside. I find myself frequently saying things like "these are your shoes, they're your responsibility." Or, "we're a team, we need to help each other carry in the groceries" And every time I say these things they seem to go right in one ear and well you know the rest... there's no indication that what i'm saying is starting to stick with her.

that was until this showed up at our table with our food at lunch on saturday....
She was immediately more interested in this than her french fries. asking "hey what's that?" with a look of excitement. Then I heard these words come out of her precious little mouth: "hey, we're a team. we need to share that right there" well at least i know she hears me. even if the application is quite there yet. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Landry's first trip to the fair.

just a quickie post. we took Landry to the fair for the first time today. i'd say minus one run in with a camel (yes you read that right) she enjoyed it very much! this picture if of her riding her first carnival ride ever. it was one of those that has the cars that spin in circles.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Homemade Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

I've been in an organic phase lately. hopefully it's not just a phase.... ha, we will see. anywho, i've been doing alot of reading about the health benefits of eating whole wheat vs. "enriched" flours. you can google it, there's tons of info out there. but basically white breads are made with flour grains that after processing or air puffs loaded with lots of calories and carbs and no nutrients. yuck! well, buying whole is somewhat more expensive, so i started making my own to save a few $. here's my recipe.
ingredients needed:
3 T milk
2 T honey
2 t active dry yeast
1 c warm water
1 egg
2 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 t salt
2 1/2 T butter
Sesame Seeds
Combine warm water, honey, milk and yeast. set aside and allow it to become foamy, approx 5 min.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In stand mixer combine salt, flour and butter and mix until you have a "crumble" texture. Some may prefer to do this with their hands. I do it with my stand mixer and dough hook for convenience and I haven't had any problems to date.

Slowly add your water/yeast mixture and beaten egg and knead for 5 minutes. If you are kneading by hand it will take a little longer. the mix will be somewhat sticky at this point. If it has a more wet appearance add more flour. Cover and let rise for 2 hours.

After your two hour break, get out your rolling pin and cookie cutter. If you don't have these items, improvise!
My rolling pin disappeared years ago in the hands of my three year old. so i typically use the end of my turkey baster or my hands to flatten the dough out to approx 2 inches. I also use a glass cup to get my circular shape.
Cut out a few buns and set them on your cookie sheet. then roll up your left over dough and repeat. This recipe should yield around 8 buns. Add sesame seeds if preferred. You can also spread another beaten egg over the tops before baking.
Bake for 15-18 minutes. Then ENJOY!

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