Friday, September 8, 2017

Almost-Homemade Peanut Butter

My husband Ed and I love peanut butter. Lately, we've discovered that we can grind it ourselves in the bulk food department at our local grocery store (HEB).  The only down-side is that the peanut butter is very coarse and grainy, which makes it hard to spread.
Now I've figured out a way to fix that, and add a little touch of flavor at the same time:

To make this recipe, you will need:

1 lb. (16 oz in weight) of ground peanut butter from the bulk food department
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt (this enhances the flavor)
    --- and if you like it just a tiny bit sweet:
2 Tablespoons of sweetener like Stevia in the Raw (you can also use your choice of honey, sugar, or your favorite sweetener)

Process in a food processor for 3 to 5 minutes, checking after every 90 seconds or so.  You will see the peanut butter oils release as the mixture gets smoother and has a more glossy appearance. This helps it spread more easily, too!

After it's to the desired consistency, scrape it into a clean jar that has a well-fitting lid.  No need to refrigerate! At least, not in our house because it gets eaten up quickly around here!

Don't forget that I have a YouTube channel where I post recipes like this one, DIY crafts & decor, and tutorials of furniture painting tips!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Easy Fall DIY Decor {All From Dollar Tree}

Even though it's still been in the 90's here in Central Texas, seeing all the vibrant Fall decor in the stores has given me inspiration to make a few new things for my home, and I want to share them with you!

First up is a very easy way to embellish inexpensive candle holders and give them some Fall flair!

The new wreath and candle holder set looks so welcoming in my front entry hall!  The glow of the candles (real or battery-operated) brings out the colors in the leaves, and the burlap ribbon wrapping around gives it a slightly rustic, farmhouse-style.

My next project shows you how you don't need to be a floral designer to create really lovely Fall arrangements for your home:

What do you think? Are you ready for some Fall decor to grace your home?  Having made these projects on a couple of hot days, made me pray for cooler weather....Maybe I'll get my prayers answered this week!

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Come over and chat with me on Facebook or Instagram, and be on the lookout for some upcoming new DIY gifts for the candle-lovers in your life.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Journeys With Juju has a YouTube Channel!

One thing I never thought I'd want to do was have a YouTube channel.  I enjoy watching other people's videos, and since I have this blog, I didn't think I "needed" one.   But, one day it crossed my mind about how different people learn in different ways, and that YouTube is actually meeting a need for a lot of us out there.  So, without further ado...........

Please check out my channel, Journeys With Juju, and I would be thrilled if you'd click on that thumbs up if you like any (or all) of my videos, and hit that Subscribe button while you're at it.

There will be new videos added once a week (as long as "life" doesn't interfer).  If you are a Peanut Butter lover, like my Ed is, you might want to check out: Almost Homemade Peanut Butter.  More recipes will be added before the holidays arrive!

If you are a newbie at furniture makeovers, you might enjoy: How to Paint Drawer Pulls & Knobs or learn How I Fixed Bleed-Thru While Painting Furniture.

Now, I'm being honest here....I'm still learning the video editing process, so I guess I won't mind if you laugh at my little minor glitches here and trying to figure out how to fade in or out the audio!

Tomorrow, I hope to record a Dollar Tree DIY Fall Crafting video that I think you crafters and DIYers will all enjoy.

Don't forget you can always find me on Facebook, Instagram and now YouTube!  If you have any questions or comments, you can leave them below or send me an email by clicking the link "email me".

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Utility Table Transformation for Just $2 !

Hey Guys!  I've been busy this week, tying to get a lot done which included getting my workroom back into a neat & tidy order.  In March, I sold my desk & chair because I needed more space to work on Brushed Up Furniture & More projects, so I decided to get creative and transform my paint-splattered utility work table into something more desk-like.

As you can see from the photos below, my worktable had quite a lot of undesirable spills and splatters from previous painting projects.  I tried scrubbing half-heartedly wiped the table off, but alas! I think they were embedded into the surface.

Since I had already been cleaning and organizing the workroom, my eyes fell upon my basket of Contact Paper that I use for lining drawers, etc.  I had 2 rolls of Granite-look paper from The Dollar Tree  that I wasn't using for anything else.  The small pattern & texture would also work well in hiding not only the seam when I covered the table, but in case there are any future spills!
(If you want to see other patterns available, check out The Dollar Tree website. I personally have purchased nearly every pattern they carry.)

Since the table was already clean of loose debris, I peeled the backing off of the first roll and smoothed it all down, leaving a pretty ample amount overhanging the edges on the front & both short ends.  It's not that difficult, just take your time, and it's re-positionable in case you need to move it. Note: one roll wouldn't cover the entire table, which is why I had to overlap.

After the first roll was smooth, I trimmed the corners and made slits to position it around the curved corners of the table. Oh, and an old credit card worked perfectly for sliding the bubbles out.

Alright, so putting on the second roll was a little bit trickier, but patience helped me. And a credit card, and a straight pin.
I overlapped the second roll of contact paper about an inch or so, making sure I had enough overhang to cover the edges.
The bubbles will drive you crazy, so just pierce each one and flatten it with the credit card.  There might be quite a few bubbles, just keep running your hand over the contact paper and find all those little buggers.

Then, I repeated the process of trimming the remaining 2 corners.
Of course, since the tabletop is made from plastic, the vinyl contact paper didn't want to hold firmly when I was smoothing the edges under.  Naturally, I was not giving up...Painter's tape for the win!
I flipped the table over and taped the edges down, easy-peasy.

 Now, tell me that you liked the paint splatters Okay, me neither.

For just $2, I was able to quickly and easily transform my workroom utility table from paint-splattered to faux granite in just about 20 minutes!

Head on over to The Dollar Tree for some Contact Paper, and see what you can transform!
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