Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Go-to Banana Bread

My youngest daughter gave me this recipe a few months ago, and it was some of the banana bread I've ever tasted! It's super-moist, and not overly sweet.

1/2 C. unsalted butter (1 stick)
2 C. sugar
2 eggs
4-6 ripe bananas, mashed
3 C. flour
2 tsp. baking Soda
2 tsp. baking Powder
3/4 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Vanilla
1-1/2 C. chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 300°F.
Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.
Cream butter and sugar together in mixing bowl.  Add slightly beaten eggs.
Add mashed bananas.
Combine dry ingredients into a separate bowl, and whisk together to combine.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in the mixing bowl. Combine.
Fold in sour cream, vanilla and nuts.

Equally divide batter into the prepared loaf pans.
Bake at 300°F for 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Test with cake tester, should come out clean.

Let me know if you try this recipe, because I think you'll LOVE it like we do!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hot Glue Gun Holder with Tutorial

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I've been busy lately doing what I call "easy DIY", like this little Hot Glue Gun Holder that I quickly put together yesterday.  All you need is basic woodworking skills for this one! I'm definitely still a beginner, so if you think you see any imperfections in your work, well, you are in good company!  {Besides, I like the "perfectly imperfect" style, myself.}



What you'll need:

-- one board 10-inches by 5-inches (I used a pallet board scrap)
-- one board 5-inches by 3-1/2-inches (I used a lumber scrap)
-- a tile (I picked some up at ReStore Habitat for Humanity really cheap)
-- wood glue (I like Gorilla Wood glue or Elmer's Professional Wood glue)
-- a saw to cut the wood to length (I used a jigsaw)
-- a 1-1/2 inch hole saw bit that fits into your drill
-- drill
-- sandpaper
-- paint or stain (optional)



-- Cut the 2 boards to the correct dimensions.
-- Next, you'll need to cut the half circle. (Clamp the small piece down to a work surface, to make this step easier.)  Attach the hole saw bit to your drill.  Position it on the wood near the edge where your half circle will be, and proceed to cut. I found it easiest to go just a little more than half-way, so you are actually cutting slightly more than a true "half" of the circle.
-- Now, sand each board smooth, and wipe down to remove dust.
{At this point, you can paint or stain the boards with whatever you'd like. I didn't take time to do this, but I'll probably end up painting it later.}
-- Measure in from one side on the larger board 3-inches and draw a line. (See diagram above) This is where you will glue the other board upright. Use the wood glue for this. You might want to clamp it down until it dries, but I didn't want to go out into the hundred-and-fifty-thousand-degree garage to get my clamps, and it's holding fine.
-- Glue the tile down flat in front of the upright board. Again, I used the wood glue, and it was fine.


Ta Da! You've made a Hot Glue Gun Holder!  Simple and inexpensive, and when the hot glue drips from the end, it will land on the tile, and you can pop it off when it's cool.  It's a safe place to rest your glue gun while in use, and to cool it down when you're done!


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top 6 Posts - First Half of 2015



I really intended to jump into 2015 with both feet, because I had tons of ideas swimming around in my head! Instead, it started out with me being ill for about the first 6 weeks of the year. Nothing serious, thankfully, and with the Lord's help I did heal, and was able to complete several cool projects!



Little French Girl is a sweet little table that I've had for 20 years, but she needed a much-deserved makeover. Now, with her fresh new look, she'll continue to serve our family well for years to come! I'm a big believer in shopping your own home, and using what you already have.



It was exciting to work on my Dresser-to-TV Media Console, turning a Craigslist find into a much needed and lovely addition to our home.



My old cedar Hope Chest was also given a new life! I used the same DIY white chalk paint and embossed wallpaper on it, as I did on the TV Media Console. Now, both pieces grace our living room, and with their neutral looks, they can go anywhere!



With the gift of an unusual sized pallet from the Hubs, I immediately envisioned a Console Table for behind the sofa! It fits the space perfectly, and can also be used for an entryway table.



Browsing through Goodwill, I found a honey of an Antique Desk that needed a little work (it was a labor of love).  Removing the badly warped and damaged veneer from the writing surface was the "easy" part.  Eventually, I chalk painted only the top and left the rest of it's loveliness to shine on it's own!



Memories of my first chalk paint project came flooding back as I gave a little Ikea Hemnes Nightstand a look that would give our home a pop of color and add some charm.

Each of these projects gave me experience at success and failure; learning about how power tools work; shopping my home; watching out for bargains; and mostly about how I can put my own touch of love into unlovable pieces and bring them new life.  When a blogger puts her challenges, fails and final results out there for the world to see, it can be a nerve-jangling experience. Thankfully, my Hubs and family, friends, and followers have given me lots of positive feedback and allowed me to grow as I tackle these new things and plunge into the next!

With all my heart, I hope that my readers enjoy this blog and that you'll continue to visit me on this journey through life.  Please leave your comments, likes, and suggestions at the bottom of this page. To keep up-to-date on new posts and projects, sign up for email alerts (on the top right), and follow me on Facebook and Instagram!