Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

So in my antique hunting I found this cool old buffet in San Angelo at West End.  If you are ever in Angelo and like cool old furniture they definitely have lots to look at.  I was in search of a 7ft long buffet or sideboard to use as our double sink vanity in our master bathroom.  So guess how long this piece is yep 7ft and it has a marble top so I thought this would be the perfect conversion piece. 

Before Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I have seen Annie Sloan Chalk Paint all over pinterest.  Last year some good family friends of ours redid their kitchen cabinets in Ruidoso with ASCP.  Then she did several pieces of furniture and posted pictures on facebook. After drooling over how awesome her pieces looked I knew I needed to get some of this stuff and try my hand at it.  

The picture below is after 1 coat of ASCP, the left door has been distressed with sandpaper, the right door hasn't been distressed yet.  

After distressing to what I thought was "enough" it was time to wax.  I got both waxes, clear and dark.  There are several different techniques you can do to wax a piece so I dove in head first and tried the one I hoped would work the best.  I clear waxed the entire piece first and then went back with dark wax for added depth but a not so muddy look.

FYI if you get too much dark wax in one spot just put some clear wax over it and it will pull the dark wax off when you buff it off.

So here is the new vanity after I finished waxing it.

Painted, Distressed, and waxed! Love this stuff

I don't have a picture of it with the sinks on it yet but when I do I will be sure and post it.

Happy Furniture Making-over!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Olive Oil Mayo

First off let me just say the Marinated Feta didn't last long.  I have eaten every bit of it! Well I did give three jars away.  It is so delicious!

Yesterday I met with our local weight support group and shared with them God's Diet.  There are lots of variations out there but I feel like if God made it then eat it.

This picture pretty much sums up how I feel about eating.  God's diet to me is way more than a diet it is a way of living.

So this afternoon I decided to make this Olive Oil Mayo recipe out of an e-cookbook I have called Well Fed, it is a Paleo cookbook.  I do not follow a Paleo diet but there are some really great recipes in this that fit into God's Diet.

This mayo is so easy to make and it tastes great! It doesn't have any of the "CRAP" store bought mayonnaise has.


1 large egg
2 T lemon juice
1/4 cup plus 1 cup light olive oil (not extra virgin!)
1/2 t dry mustard
1/2 t salt


In a blender of food processor break the egg and add the lemon juice.  Put the lid on your appliance and let it set until it reached room temperature, at least 30 minutes.  Once they are at room temperature you are ready to add the mustard, salt and 1/4 cup of oil.  Blend until combined.  Now if the fun part of emulsifying.  Slowly stream a thin drizzle of the remaining 1 cup of oil into your processor.  DO NOT DUMP it in all at once.  Once you have all the oil in you will notice a thick white mayo has magically formed.

I decided after I made this mayo I should try it out so I made my mothers delicious egg salad.  Sam even liked it so it must be good.

Happy Eating!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

DIY Marinated Feta

All I can say is DELICIOUS!!

Over spring break I was introduced to this amazing concoction and could not get enough, so yesterday Katy and I went to Costco, while we were in San Antonio for Irene's HEB Slim-down Showdown Finale, and bought the goods to make it.  


Grapeseed Oil
Block O' Feta
Bay Leaves
Garlic Cloves
Whole Peppercorns
Any other herb you like would also be good

This block of Feta is unlike any other feta I have ever eaten.  It is creamy and buttery oh so tangy and delicious.  Crumbled feta is good but it tastes different than the block.

Cube up the feta, fill jars with it but don't pack them too tight.  Add chopped herbs, garlic, bay leaf and peppercorns. Then fill the jar up with grapeseed oil and seal.  Let set out for two hours and then refrigerate for two weeks.

It is so easy to make the hard part is waiting 2 weeks for it to be fully marinated.