A Two Door Post

I had big plans…big big plans for this week.  I’ve spent most of it in bed.  Sick!  Really Really Sick!  I wanted to bake, cook, invent, re-invent, be the master of my kitchen.  Finally out from under the Christmas decorations and the Holiday Grog, I was aiming high!  What I got instead was the stomach flu.  And this puppy hit me like a ton of bricks, like a giant semi or a freight train.  You get the idea.  So I haven’t baked, I haven’t cooked, I haven’t even really been in the kitchen except to look for some pity from my family.  So as I sit here trying to join the land of the living, little by little, I thought I should share 2 new door projects we finished in our home!

Truth is, I am still so nauseated, I can’t stand the thought of talking about food….and if you know anything about me then you know I must really be sick if I don’t want to talk about food!

Project No 1. The Kitchen Pantry Door.

I saw this idea on Pinterest (where my husband informed me I spend HOURS daily) Using a barn type door as a pantry door on rollers.  It really could work for any door in your home but you will need wall space to do so.  You need space to slide that big boy.  You can buy an old door or make one (which Mr. Man did).  Ours is made with hickory and stained with Minwax in Golden Pecan.  I wanted to keep the look as natural and rustic as possible.  Here is a little pictorial for your enjoyment 🙂

This is our original pantry door. Simple, functional and boring!

This is our original pantry door. Simple, functional and boring!

this was the problem with the door, if someone was sitting at the table you hit them with the door!

this was the problem with the door, if someone was sitting at the table you hit them with the door!

New Super COOL door! I love it!

New Super COOL door! I love it!

Simply slide it open! Easy and functional!

Simply slide it open! Easy and functional!

I love the hardware, the company carries different finishes but I went with black!

I love the hardware, the company carries different finishes but I went with black!

I love the beautiful natural look of the wood

I am so happy we kept the beautiful natural look of the wood

Here is who made the rollers (but we bought them on Ebay instead): Rustica Hardware

Project No 2. Chalk Paint for the garage door. 

This project happened while I was somewhat dying on Monday (OK, OK, not dying but it sure felt like it!)  Matt started painting and the girls said: “umm, Dad, Mom wanted the other side painted.  Not the side inside the house but the side in the garage itself”.  Moment of panic aside, Matt came to me and asked.  He was doing the side I asked.  I did debate on which side, but ultimately I wanted to walk by and see the fun things we could write on it.  I wasn’t mistaken.  It only took a day and it started.  I love it!  I am not entirely certain what all the messages mean but we still communicate and that’s cool!

Easy project for anyone...be sure to use a good primer! 2 coats of chalk paint is also a must!

Easy project for anyone…be sure to use a good primer! 2 coats of chalk paint is also a must!

Luke I am your father? What? Which spoon is too big??? Oh my...this could get interesting!

Luke, I am your father? What? Which spoon is too big??? Oh my…this could get interesting!

Note: from what I understand you can now have chalk paint in any color you want.  I went with black because it seems to work well around here but it could be a fun colorful project for a kid’s room!  Our Sunshine does have a chalk wall in her bedroom, it is also black which goes nicely with the violent purple on the other walls!!!  Needless to say with my sad stomach I haven’t been in her room in days!  😉

Well, that is all the energy I have.  Going back to take another nap….it’s only my 5th or 10th one today!  I was told: rest, rest, rest…for once in my life I am only happy to obey!

Peace and Love,

Isabelle from under the covers!

More interesting shopping!

I found this great magazine called: Uncommon Goods.  I call those shopping magazines or eye candy magazines.  In fact, it is not a magazine at all….I have to stop typing the word magazine…

Just like the Sundance Catalog (there’s the word I was looking for!), Uncommon Goods has tons of creative and fun products to feast our eyes on.  Also, if you are looking for a truly original gift for someone special (or not special, either way, I don’t judge) this is the place for you.

As always, I will share some examples of what I find to be unusual and creative!  Because I love to share my finds and I am delusional enough to think it makes sense.

Tasting Plate

Dancing Couple

Shower Squid  Isn’t that the cutest thing for kids (or pretend kids) showers?!

Black Cat headphones  I wanted to buy those for myself but even I realize I would look somewhat ridiculous at the gym with cat headphones…or maybe it is just a conversation starter???

House Rules Football Glasses  Even something for the boys 🙂

You can even choose items that were handmade or recycled products or special occasions…etc…

Here is their web page, although I love to get the Catalog and look at it over and over again…I know it’s bad and a waste of paper…

Uncommon Goods

Have a lovely day,

Peace and Be Uncommon,

Isabelle

Everything Sweet and Salty!

I absolutely love everything sweet and salty.  I know it’s a big fad right now but even before I was in adoration of this combination.  You might remember my “hot dogs with peanut butter” moment!  Still has people thinking I am bizarre.

I found this “off-beat” (for lack of a better word) magazine called ReadyMade.  It is about reusing/recycling/reducing…all my favorites!  Sometimes they will have recipes, sometimes crafts, new ideas…etc…

Here is the link: ReadyMade Magazine

I found this magazine on-line at some point, and in the frazzleness (key word) of my brain I am unsure where!

Here is a great recipe from the magazine.  I could not get it out of my head: Salted Caramel Shortbread!  Well, Hello Gorgeous!

Funny thing is: I kept the recipe from the magazine.  I tried to make their recipe for the shortbread and it was an epic fail.  The dough was not forming, it was all crumbly.  Even when I tried to cook it by pressing the dough at the bottom of pan…it wouldn’t hold together once cooked.  I was mad.  I found my recipe for shortbread cookies and remembered my friend Dee’s Heirloom Shortbread recipe.  Success! I went on-line and the folks at ReadyMade had this caption about a “slight” misprint in the shortbread recipe they had in their magazine!  Yes, thank you, I am not crazy or a bad cook/baker!

Ingredients:

Shortbread:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup corn starch

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 1/2 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

Salted Caramel:

1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup heavy cream

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon crushed sea salt (I have coarse sea salt so I just crushed it a little more)

Chocolate topping:

7 oz dark chocolate (70% cocoa)

How to:

Mix the shortbread ingredients together in a food processor.  Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap (by the way, I had this huge fight with my plastic wrap…it was ugly!  But I won!)  Put dough in the fridge to rest for 1 hour.

Preheat your oven to 325F

Meanwhile, prepare a 9-inch-square brownie pan, grease your pan and line the base and sides with a single piece of parchment paper (see pic).  Press your dough in your prepared pan.  Poke holes all over your crust using a fork.

Bake in your preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, until light brown and starting to come away from the edges of the pan.

Cool your baked shortbread for 1 hour prior to making your caramel.

To make the caramel, put the sugar and cream in a heavy-bottom saucepan set over low heat.  Heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon as it comes to a boil.  Once it is boiling, add the butter and stir.  Bring the caramel back to a boil and let it bubble gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Take the caramel off the heat, add the salt, and stir vigorously to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed in.  Then, working quickly, pour the caramel on top of the cooled shortbread.  Put the pan in the fridge for at least 1 hour to cool and set.
***a little piece of advice: caramel is extremely HOT…taste at your own risk! (please learn from my mistake!)
Once the caramel has set, melt your chocolate.  Do not over heat your chocolate, you must do this very carefully and slowly.  One easy way to do it is with a double boiler.  Melt only 70% of your chocolate, once melted add the remaining 30% and stir until all melted.
Pour the melted chocolate on top of the caramel and spread it evenly with a rubber spatula.
Allow the chocolate to set before lifting the shortbread out of the pan (using the foil or baking parchment) and cutting into squares with a hot knife. The caramel squares will keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
This is extremely rich, not your everyday dessert.  I mean I was in sugar overload but I went back for more.  I do feel the chocolate was too thick….maybe a little less would work for me.  Yet the saltiness in the caramel is sooooooo spot on for me.  I can taste it in every bite!
Peace and Sassy Salty,
Isabelle

OOOH Etsy! Arts and Crafts Online

No, I didn’t sneeze.  But thank you anyway!

Etsy…you’ve got to go check it out!  Etsy.com is the place to find cool new gifts idea. Here is their mission:

Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers.

Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice:

Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.

They have amazing new items posted daily and if you are a pay pal customer then you have made your life a little bit easier!  Here are just but a few examples of the cool stuff you can find on Etsy.

sail fish plate

fridge magnet

xoxo pillow

Most items are handmade, some are antiques, some supplies, a lot of recycle goods and TONS of creativity!

I could go on and on, but I know you have better things to do.  And you really should just take your time and look at all the awesome ingenious stuff people make!  It is truly amazing!  I think it is a fun place to look for interesting not-ordinary gifts.

When you have a few minutes go check it out, you won’t regret it.

Here is their site: ETSY

Peace and recycle

Isabelle