Saturday, August 21, 2010

Paint the Scales Red

One of my "treasures" I found at the estate sale I went to Saturday was a brass scale.

I am not a big fan of brass, so I decided it would look better red. I never remember to take a before picture, so I ran and grabbed my camera. I had already started painting one of the dishes.

Looking better after the first coat...

Now...I like it much better. I am trying to decide where to put it.

That's the ticket...a toilet paper holder in the powder room.

I am linking to Metamorphosis Monday


Pear Preserves

I went to an estate sale yesterday, and found a few "treasures". One of the homeowner's granddaughters was selling pears 10 for $1.00. I bought 10 and came home and peeled them...
I covered them in sugar for a few hours.

Covered the bowl with a vintage towel (purchased also at the aforementioned sale)...

I added a little lemon juice, a dash of salt, and a smidge of cinnamon. Then I cooked them for a long time (several hours) til tender and golden to make some preserves.... Here is my one jar...

My sister in law, Ginger, brought me this beautiful loaf of honey wheat bread yesterday from a nearby Amish bakery.

So...this morning, I toasted it up...
slathered it in butter...

and preserves...


Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Day With Our Favorite Boys

The grandsons spent the night with us
Friday night.

Saturday morning we took them to Home Depot for the kids workshop. Joey helped Jackson build a school bus pencil holder.

Hudson slept most of the time.

Jackson was really good with the hammer.

Here is his pencil holder. He seemed quite proud of it. It really turned out cute.

Then, we went to Build A Bear and Jackson made a puppy. We found a cute little dog for Hudson, too.

After you build the pet, you take it to the "bathtub" area and give it a bath and a good fluffing.

We had some lunch and went to the park for a while.

When we took them home, Jackson put on his Buzz Lightyear costume to match his new puppy.

Then he decided to cool off in the sprinkler.

We had a wonderful time with them. And, yes, we were all tired!

Grilled Pizza

Tonight we enjoyed some grilled pizzas courtesy of
She shares the recipe and if you click to her more recent post, she shares grilling directions.
I gathered the ingredients, all of which I had in the pantry.
It is really quite a simple recipe.
I got out my Domino's Pizza menu to get some inspiration. We used sausage, pepperoni, olives, sauteed onions, mushrooms, and cheeses.
I forgot to take a picture of the dough in the bowl or rolling them out,
but you've seen it before...
We placed them on the grill just as Stephanie from Under the Table directs
nice and bubbly, and melty
The finished pizza...

They were gooooood! Try them, and you will see. Next time I will buy some pulled pork and make BBQ pizzas using BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce.
The possibilities are endless.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

RED Paint for my Tired Rocking Chairs

This weekend was quite productive, I will say. We started out by balancing statements for 3 bank accounts , and going through old files and thinning them out. I hate those kind of projects, but I do feel good once they are done. We had a huge bag of "throw away" papers, and a large bag to burn the next time we light the "burn pile". We live in the country, so our debris has to be burned periodically.

Four of the five dogs got baths. Our backs would not hold out to bathe Keely. We will get to her next time.

I did 5 loads of laundry yesterday (I have my parents laundry to do, too) and two more today. Joey did some yardwork, and we are tired.

BUT, we did get a project done that I will share with you. Here is a picture of the front porch at Jackson's birthday party in early July. The rocking chairs were looking a little

We painted them...


so much better...

don't you think?

Here is the first one in her place...

and the finished project...

I am so pleased at the way they turned out.
Red makes me Happy!

Today, I am linking this to for another Metamorphosis Monday. Check out everyone else's projects.