everyone has some old grandma-ish vases collecting dust around the house, right? easiest solution: paint.
first, clean vase and dry. paint an even coat of paint on inside of vase. this first coat will be fairly transparent. let coat dry for about 15 minutes. continue painting additional coats, with breaks for drying. for a solid look, you will need to paint about 4 coats.
we chose to use folkart enamel (so we could still put water in them) in dark blue and shimmering copper. random colors, yes. fun, yes. you could easily whip up some shabby chic vases with some pastel pink or white paint!
...if you're feeling left out because your grandma is hoarding all of these fancy vases, take a trip to your local goodwill. there is an entire aisle of them waiting to be rescued!
blend ice until it becomes snow (with your ninja, duh!). mix vodka, lemonade mix, sugar, and lemon juice in a separate bowl. pour liquid mixture into blender with ice and pulse for about 20 seconds. pour into glasses and garnish with lemon or lime slices.
... and then a baby arrived!
but not a fat baby.
a little nelson baby- eeeek.
congrats to my best friends jess and chad on their new family of three
see this madness? this is our workspace ha. it's currently in progress (obviously!) while we turn it into a place we can spend full days without feeling trapped in a dungeon. we are attempting to make it awesome with things we already have around our houses or pieces we can snag for free. next week we are off to ikea for inspiration and possibly some small purchases. we'll keep you updated!
we got all fancy last thursday and went to the midnight premiere of the vow. fancy as in sweatpants, full pints of ice cream, bags of dark chocolate, and two teenage sisters. HA. i seriously think there was only one dude in the entire theater-- that's okay because we had channing. swooooon.
the couple's chicago apartment was almost as dreamy as the man himself. and rachel was gorgeous as always. our reviews ended in a split; one of us spent the hour and a half laughing hysterically at the poor/ corny acting and the other had tears streaming. ohh- if only, looks could act! haha.
it's not alllllll about the food. okay, it is. BUT we did get a little festive with some confetti footballs!
we got the idea from camille styles, but from there just kind threw them together with things we already had. we went with colorful footballs because those are the colors we had and we made our own confetti with old scraps of tissue paper. also, we used craft paint instead of puff paint. super easy (and fun!) craft to make on the cheap!
back to food...ha! here's the food (and drink!) that we didn't get pictures of, but thought we'd go ahead and share the recipes.
in a hurry meatballs
1/2 of a 32oz bag of store bought turkey meatballs
10 oz. grape jelly
10 oz. montgomery inn bbq sauce
Mix all ingredients. Cook on 350 for about 30 minutes.
favorite veggie chili
3 tbs of olive oil
1 yellow onion
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
2 small zucchinis
4 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno pepper
2 tbs of steak seasoning
3 tbs of chili powder
1 tbs cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup beer
1/3 cup bbq sauce
1/2 cup coca-cola
1- 15 oz can of black beans
1- 15 oz can of kidney beans
1- 15 oz can of chick peas
2- 15 oz cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes
1- 15 oz can vegetable stock
1 cup frozen corn
Dice all veggies! Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Then add peppers and zucchini for about 5 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add garlic and all of the spices - let cook for about 5 minutes. Pour in one cup of beer to deglaze pan. Once the bear stops sizzling, add all remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 30 minutes. We topped ours with sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream and oyster crackers! Wish we would have remembered avocado!
Brush bread with olive oil and/or butter, bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or until golden-brown. Dice tomatoes, crush garlic, and ribbon basil. Place 3 ingredients in a medium sized bowl - add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Mix until combined and add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mixture onto warm bread, top with romano cheese and extra olive oil.
cinnamon sugar almonds
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
about 1 tbs of cinnamon
2.5 cups almonds
Mix first 3 ingredients in sauce pan over medium heat until blended. Add almonds and stir constantly until sugar mixture crystalizes - approx. 10 minutes. Cool on wax paper.
unfortunately we didn't catch pictures of all of our food, but we'll share the recipes for everything else in a separate post! veggie chili, meatballs, drinks!