Sunday, April 29, 2012

For the Soul Sundays

Very true indeed

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Trash to Treasure

This dresser used to be my husband's when he was little! We got them for my oldest son when we moved to our house and I always disliked it. Can see why? It was falling apart! So I decided it was time for some painting for it. I still wanted it to look "old" but suitable for the boy's room.
First, I cleaned it really good. Then (most important step) I primed it. Ever since I found the BIN primer I had never gone back to regular primer. This is why:

  • It is literally like applying GLUE
  • It cures in 45 minutes (vs. others that take 2 hours or even weeks)
  • It can be used in anything including laminated surfaces
  • It sticks pretty good and does not scratch!
  • The paint (any finish) attaches to it like magic without the tedious and messy work of sanding!
The cons:
  • Expensive
  • It stinks!
So the pros outweigh the cons!

 Yes, the boys applied stickers over the years!
I used both the spray and the half gallon size that were leftovers from previous projects.
After it cured, I added to the paint a wonderful product called Floetrol. This dilutes the paint a little bit and reduces the appearance of brushes and roller marks.
 After it dried, I decided I wanted to paint stripes on the dresser and paint the weaved part in chalk paint so the drawers would be labeled. The first step in this was the prep. I used FROG TAPE and made the stripes with the drawers on so I could see where to tape. I wanted them to match. I used a ruler and marked lines of about 5 centimenters wide. I then painted the inside of the stripe with white paint to seal the tape and reduce the risk of the blue paint bleeding (this still happened, keep on reading!)
I then painted the blue lines and let them dry completely overnight. The second line was going to be the weaved "stripe" on the drawer that was going to be painted with chalk paint. I still taped the sides and painted, and I let it dry for about 3-4 hours.
After that, I wanted to have something red on in since these are the colors of my boy's room. I got some stencils and taped them where I wanted the numbers to be. And this was my error: even though I secured it well, I did nit seal the edges of the stencil with the white and chalk paint, so yes, the red paint bled. I had to manually retouch all of them using a very fine brush. But since I wanted that vintage old look, I did not care for it as much.
 I removed the tape. See? Good looking stripes! this trick works every time!

Here it is almost done.
I then sanded the edges with a fine and medium sand paper, and applied antiquing glaze with a clean towel.
After it dried, I applied Rub on Polyurethane, let it dry and my hubby put the knobs in.

Not bad for about 10 dollars worth of materials. The most expensive part were the knobs at $1 each!!

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Princess LB and I went to the Goodwill and found some treasures! I could not believe my eyes when I saw this stroller and car seat for her babies! And better yet, they were $2.99 each! She adores playing with her dollies and cannot get enough of it.
Isn't she cute playing mommy? This is all so new to me since I am used to cars, balls, wrestling, train tracks and so on...
And after she played with the babies, she decided it was time to go outside because the boys were working taking weeds out:
Oh my! look at those gigantic weeds! We are getting ready for some gardening, it's just that the weather has been really cold!
She did not want to be left out, so...
She decided to destroy my parsley plant. Oh well...she is still TOO CUTE!

What do You Think?

My little daughter turned 18 months and I want to change her bedroom into a "big girl" room. I do not want to do the typical pink room for her, but I was thinking to do light gray walls, with a stenciled wall and some details in yellow, pink and turquoise. I found this great website called Olioboard  that you can actually pick what you like and then design your room. Of course, I will not be buying any of the things they sell, but I will be making them myself!!! And you know me, with VERY little money ;-)
 Here is an example:
What do you think?
Here is another Olioboard I made for my kitchen (project to come)

This is a fun program! I love it!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Homemade Breadsticks

We make this all the time for salads or sometimes for Pizza Night. These are the ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 T non fat dry milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil + 2 T extra
  • Melted butter (or some olive oil would do)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of basil
  • salt and pepper
In a medium bowl mix water, sugar an yeast. Let the yeast proof for 15 minutes until it foams. This lets you know the yeast is active.

Mix everything and then knead on a lightly floured surface for about 6 minutes.

This is how it looks like when it has risen DOUBLE its size. Punch down to take air out. 

Now oil a cooking sheet with the extra olive oil, and with your fingers extend the dough to fit. Cut in half and then cut your bread sticks as wide as you want, but not all the way through.

Meanwhile, mix ingredients for topping. Let them rise for 45 minutes.
Here they are after 45 minutes! Sprinkle topping mixture. You can actually put your melted butter in this step, but I just brush them with olive oil.
 Bake @ 450 for 15-18 minutes
We dip them in Ragu. Yum!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Where in the world is Uruguay?

I know one of the reasons for my blog is to keep in touch with my friends and family in Uruguay. But for many people and friends from the United States and readers from other countries, Uruguay is not a very familiar country. Let me tell you a little bit about it. We are a small country located on South America, in between Brazil and Argentina. We are about 3 million people. Its capital, Montevideo hosts about 1 1/2 million people. I am from a little town named Mercedes (yes, like the car) and let me tell you, it is absolutely beautiful. It has the 4 seasons except snow. The coldest I've lived there was 15 degrees Fahrenheit. It has beautiful beaches, ports, tourist attractions and one of the sweetest people you'll meet. We are not a rich country, but we are smart. Uruguay is one of the countries with the lowest percentage of people not getting elementary education. And education is FREE, including COLLEGE!

Montevideo and Rocha

Montevideo LDS Temple

Mercedes, Soriano. This is my hometown!!

Now I feel better that you have a better idea of where I am from. Isn't it lovely? Come visit!!
And some of the traditions...

We drink something called "mate." It is like herbal tea. We put it in a wood gourd and pour hot water into it. We drink it through a metal straw called "bombilla." We are big on Carnival, churros and Pericon, the national dance.
We have lots of markets on the streets in the weekend. They are called "Feria."

Chivitos are the most famous kind of sandwich!! I'll be posting my recipe soon.
I hope you got to know me a little bit better. Thanks for stopping by!

All the images were taken from Google
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