3.19.2012

$5 Lamp Makeover: Before to After


Howdy all! I was out the other day at our local ReStore, did I
mention I frequent ours? I'm supporting our community, that's right.
I happen to spot a ton of these lamps and just had to buy a couple.
They were $5 a piece, score!. Isn't there an old saying out there somewhere 
that if you ever see a "matching" pair of lamps while thrifting to buy them? 
I think these lamps all came from a hotel. This would also explain the dozens
 of Holiday Inn garbage cans for sale...I'll pass on those.


Wooden and brassy, aren't they are screaming "paint me!"  


RustOleum: Aqua


Bought two shades from Target, spent $14 per shade. 

Total cost per lamp:

Lamp base: $5.00
Spray paint: $3.99 
Had the paint on hand and too hard to figure the price on this
Lamp shade: $14.00

Total per lamp is around $19.00 x 2 = $38.00 for the pair


I have been working on our Piano room for awhile now and thought I
should turn over my IKEA Expedit shelving unit. It's perfect for my new 
lamps. What do you think? 



I have some painting going on tomorrow, all I can say is Gray Owl....pictures
coming soon


3.17.2012

Oh my Lucky Charms


While perusing through all of the cooking websites today I came upon these cute St. Patrick's Day treats.  Nothing like a Lucky Charm cupcake to bring a smile to your face or some
frosted Irish cream brownies.  


Lucky Charms Cupcakes from Betty Crocker 

Frosted Irish Cream Brownies from Betty Crocker 


Do you have any big plans for St. Patrick's Day? Remember
to wear some green, or else.....


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3.13.2012

Brass be gone: Fireplace makover


I know Spring is definitely in the air with the warmer temperatures
around my neck of the woods, how about you? 

My fireplace has been on my "To Do" list for quite some time. Now 
that I have it done I wish I would've done it sooner. My
inspiration came from Kate and the fabulous job she did here







I taped off the glass doors and painted over the brass with three coats.
For the handles, I didn't use this paint I spray painted them with a satin black.
The reason I spray painted them is because they don't absorb the heat like the doors
do when the fireplace is lit.

Side note: This paint is tough on the skin and is hard to wash off...


What do you think? Besides the fact that I cleaned the dirty glass doors, ugh!
I think it looks 100% better and the brass/gold is gone. Not that I have anything against
brassy, just not on the fireplace. Oh, I wish hubby would let me paint the brick...


Next up is the mantel 
I'm looking for a creamy white color, any suggestions?




Partying with
Bowl full of Lemons

3.08.2012

Better than "almost" anything cake AKA: Better than Sex Cake


Hello, hello! Can I just say this has got to be one of the best cake recipes of
all time. I whipped this up the other night for some company we had over and
it was a hit. What's not to like about chocolate, caramel, whipped topping,  
Heath bar topping, and let's not forget the condensed milk. We are not even
going to talk about the calories...here we go 


Here's what you need:

1 package German chocolate cake mix..I use Devil's Food

Water, oil, and eggs as called for on cake mix directions

1 can(14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 jar(17 ounces) caramel, butterscotch, or fudge topping

1 container frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 bag toffee chips or bits


Preheat over to 350 degrees. Blake cake as directed on package 
for 13x9-inch pan. Cool for 15 minutes.

Poke top of warm cake every 1/2" with a handle of a wooden
spoon, wiping handle occasionally to reduce sticking.



Drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top of the cake: let
stand until milk is absorbed into cake. Next drizzle caramel topping. Cover
and refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled.

Spread whipped topping over top of the cake. Sprinkle with toffee chips.
Cover and refrigerate or eat as soon as possible! 



Have you ever made this recipe or tried it? 
Try this one, it's heavenly!

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