Tuesday, August 31, 2010

{Recipe} Puppy Chow for People

Also known as Monkey Munch, this is a yummy snack and makes a lot.  We made it a few times last summer for swim meets and it was devoured at every meet.  The girls didn't swim this summer and so we hadn't made any until "this one" was going away to cheer camp.

We thought it would be a great treat to share in the cabin.
Yummmm...peanut butter.
Melt 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter, 6 ounces of chocolate chips and 1 cup of creamy peanut butter in a sauce pan.
Stir until it is just melted.
Put one box of Crispix or Chex cereal into a large bowl and pour the melted chocolate mixture over the cereal.

Stir gently to coat all of the cereal with chocolately-peanut buttery-goodness.

Like this.  Let cool.

After it has cooled, pour powdered sugar (approx 1/2 - 1 pound) over the cereal.
Stir gently. Add more powdered sugar as needed (this is to keep the mix from sticking together so be generous).  If it hasn't cooled enough, the sugar will melt.

You could also pour the chocolate/cereal into a bag of powdered sugar and shake it up but I do it this way and it works just fine.
Keep stirring until all of the chocolate is covered.
Make sure it is completley cooled and coated before storing.  Keep in an airtight container.

It's addictive, you've been warned!

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Awesome Thrifty Finds

Another quick Goodwill run while the girls were in art class....I did pretty well.

This acorn shaped nut bowl set was my favorite.  I'm obsessed with acorns!
It was only $2.97 and originally it had been $28.99!
I love decorating for fall and my kitchen is painted in a pumpkin color so I can use it in there year round.

See original price!!
But that wasn't all! There was an additional oak leaf bowl in the gift box as well that was a separate purchase at $12.99! 

Cute little squirrels are sitting in the bowls and the nutcracker was included.  Swoon!
This will never leave my grubby hands would have made a sweet housewarming or hostess gift. I can't wait to put it out in a month or two.  The leaf bowl can be for the shells, right?
I also found some ceramic fruit, not the paper mache kind. This stuff is heavy.

And this sparkly dish/could be cloche.  I'll try not to break this one.
The house shaped WELCOME blocks are in the basement as is the handsome wooden pig.  The large basket also found a new home out here.  The Rubbermaid storage container went off to camp with my daughter full of Puppy Chow for People (recipe coming soon).
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

New Deck Cushion Covers

Awhile I ago I introduced you to our outdoor living space, the deck but the cushion covers were waiting a makeover at the time. It looked like this. The cushions are hard to see but they had a leaf pattern on them in tans and browns (they are not on the seats because I was drying them out). 

Here's another view. We purchased the furniture with the house.  This is what the deck looked like when we first toured the house.  The cushions for the dining chairs were a tweedy taupe.
We already had this brick red umbrella so I wanted to incorporate that into our new color scheme.
My MIL worked very hard to finish up these new covers with the outdoor fabric I had picked out.
Out here in the "tree house" we have stripes in cranberry, brown, tan and olive on the love seat and chairs.

I think it really makes the furniture pop now!
I got these Moroccan lanterns to go with the color scheme. They are heavy and don't blow over when it's windy.
I picked up this basket at Goodwill for $3.00.
The accent pillows are made out of the same fabric as the dining chair cushions.
It's a floral pattern in the same colors.

Now a side by side comparison.
These new cushions really draw the eye outside from our kitchen window.  I need to go sit out there and have a cup of coffee while listening to the birds!  Do you have a favorite outdoor space?


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Clock to Cloche

I'd seen the idea to turn a mantel clock into a cloche on a few sites around blog land. I found a little clock on one of my Goodwill trips for $3.97 so I knew it was time to try it for myself.

It started out looking like this (and did not work anymore).

Before I purchased it, I made sure that I'd be able to get the glass top off of the base.  It looked like it would be fairly simple to unscrew the few screws on the bottom.
Here are all the pieces after I disassembled it (minus the glass).
I decided to give the base a coat of that Heirloom White that every body's been raving about.

I also painted the base from this cloche project while I was at it.

Here's the new cloche.  It's tiny so it can't hold too much.
I tried out a few different ideas.

A little bird, some coral and a mini nest.

A mini English cottage from my British BFF.

A clay bee and rosebuds made by my younger daughter in art class.
The little Easter tea pot house(also purchased on the same GW run) fits on there without the glass.

 And one of my faves, our Christmas card photo when my oldest was a baby.  Awwwwww!!

But it wasn't all unicorns and lollipops, no...this cloche and me, just weren't meant to be. I dropped the glass top on my kitchen floor and it shattered into a million pieces. FAIL!!!  I'm keeping the base and it's holding up a little silver bowl in the china cabinet right now.{sniffle}

 Off to look for more clocks!
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