"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yes, I Changed My Picture!

Just tired of the same old, same old.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I'm Being Seduced!!

It started out innocent enough. I just wanted a creative outlet until my art room was available. I needed to fill my soul with tantalizing textures, pretty colors and dazzling aromas.

That's when I was introduced to Mediterranean Cooking. Who would have ever thought it'd be so seductive?

Simple, nutritious recipes rich in fruits, vegetables, fresh bread, nuts, fish, and of course, olive oil. And it all tastes so gooooooooooood!!

For a long time now, I've known I've needed to cut my sugar addiction, but like any addiction, that's much easier said than done. Coke is my biggest weakness. Like a person struggling with alcohol, I could never have just one drink.

Then came Lent, a time for renewal. A time for embracing my spirit, mind, and body. For 40 days, I've made a commitment to "detox" and so far, it's been nothing short of incredible.

I get to be creative, and Ted gets to come home after a long day of work to "Nicoise Salad" with French Baguettes and a cold beer. Looks like he's being seduced too!

This recipe is so simple and filling. I'm happy to share!

Lettuce and spinach leaves
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups sliced cooked potatoes (I found teeny weeny red ones that were perfect)
1 1/4 cups cooked green beans
1 pouch Starkist Tuna (Albacore or Chunk Light) in water
4 slices red or white onion, separated into rings
1/2 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
4 whole anchovies (optional)

On a large platter or 4 individual salad plates, arrange lettuce and spinach leaves. Arrange tomatoes, potatoes, beans, tuna, onion rings, olives, and eggs in a decorative design. Garnish with anchovies if desired.

Next, "Chicken Cassoulet"!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


After 10 straight days of priming and painting the attic, I desperately needed a break. On a whim, Ted and I hit an estate sale last Friday morning. I wasn't expecting much since it advertised mostly tools, but figured getting out would just be nice. I came home with some old laces and doll clothes, but this was my biggest score!

Since we're renovating the attic into a bedroom for Mary and playroom for both kids, I thought this would be a much cuter storage bin for Mary to store her stuffed animals, rather than the big ugly tupperware they're currently in.

It was in great shape, but dirty as can be. Although I love the look of something old, I draw the line at filth. I tossed out the original, yet very dirty old mattress and pillow, cleaned her up, and gave her a fresh coat of paint.

From shabby to chic! For the mattress, I cut up a remnant of the carpet in the kids' bedroom and covered it in white linen. Then I added the pretty pink lacey cloth as a blanket and added a heart-shaped pillow (all from the estate sale - washed twice for good measure!)

Wanting to keep it simple, but cute, I decoupaged images of little girls and babies onto the front and back slats.

When Mary came home from school, I got a much better reaction than when I first showed her crib, yellowed and grimy.

We're hoping the upstairs will be done by the end of March and we can once again walk around our house without tripping over anything. I hope even sooner, because my nerves can't handle too much more of this!

When it's finally complete, I'm going to take a day just to sit back, hot tea (or ice-cold Coke) in hand, and catch up on all the blogs I've surely been missing out on. Until then...Godspeed!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Missing You!

So busy with renovations, but almost there! Miss all the blogging and visiting, but should be back soon. Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Shabby-Chic Valentine Tree!

Originally, I was going to repaint the wrought iron white, but then I found some pretty pink spray paint left-over from doing Mary's magnetic memory board. This was a definite improvement! And because some of the black is coming through in some spots, it gives it a shabby look. We added gold glittered hearts and are debating whether to add more embellishments. Sometimes, less is more.

This is how I found it at the thrift store.

Still fighting the winter blues, house still in total chaos due to renovations, no place to exercise, eating like I'm 8 month's pregnant....I really need to move to Arizona or someplace where I don't feel as gray as the February skies.