Vegetable Beef

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Little Oliver is slowly looking and acting like a big boy 🙂 Its so sad how fast it goes! He’s almost 6, yes, SIX months old! Just thought I’d share dinner time tonight! Organic Vegetable Beef medley of some sort. YUMMY!

Sushi Night

Lots of photos, lots of Sushi, and lots of fun!

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That was just the first plate.

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Can you tell I’m excited?

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Our second plate.

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And Third.

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We actually had a few more but got sick of taking photos.

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Green Tea Ice Cream wasn’t very good…

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Red Bean Ice Cream, however, super delish!

my christmas pillows

Oh, how I love love love the Holidays! Yesterday I decided the loving.link household needed to get just a little more festive for the Holiday season. I (again) wasn’t thinking about this blog when I was doing my project, so photos are lacking. But I have TONS of after photos.

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I decided to sew 4 new pillow covers for the couch cushions.

What you’ll need:

  • a pillow form (mine are from IKEA and world market)
  • Heat ‘n Bond (local fabric store)
  • a solid fabric (I got 1 1/2 yards)
  • a patterned fabric (I got 1 1/2 yards)
  • 18-22 inch coordinating zipper
  • matching thread
  • printer
  • printer paper and tracing paper
  • scissors
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing machine

Directions For the Shape:

  1. Select the type of shape you want for your pillow ( I used this Deer and this Polar Bear)
  2. Print
  3. Following the Heat ‘N Bond directions iron on the HnB to the patterned fabric (I just did two 8.5 x 11 inch sections)
  4. Using the tracing paper, trace the printed object onto the paper side of the Heat ‘N Bond Fabric.
  5. Cut out your shape(s) and set them aside
  6. Using the sizing listed in the video below, cut out two pieces of fabric for your pillow. I had a 19 inch pillow so I cut mine 17 x 17. The video below gives a good break-down.
  7. Then take your shape and peel off the other side of the HnB and place it on the fabric square that will be used for your pillow.
  8. Iron until it sticks. ( I used flannel which didn’t work the best, so I had to iron it a little longer)
  9. Then this step is optional depending on how well the bond paper worked for you. I always stitch around the edge of the shape just so that its VERY sturdy and can be washed in the machine, plus it looks more professional.
  10. Proceed to making your covers.

Directions for the Zippered pillow:

  1. I used this youtube video. I’ve been using this same video for the past three years. Its easy to understand-even though it’s not the most “hip” video.
  2. I used white for both front and back with the animals on it, and a white back and flannel front for the ones without the animals.

I like it when I don’t have to type out a million steps 🙂

ENJOY! If you have questions please feel free to ask away!

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Thats my kitty Sammy 🙂 He loves the new covers.

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our tv hutch

So all great things come from small beginnings, right. Take a look at this.

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$35 dollars at the local Denver Goodwill (don’t even get me started on the Goodwill selection here in Rochester..GRRRR!!!)

With a lot of sanding, stain (classic grey), sealer, knobs, a few new screws… and BAM!

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We had to do a little baby-proofing for the side with the electronics…even though Aiden still seems to think he’s going to turn on the TV.

Oh, same knobs as my desk, I just LOVE them.

my new desk

So here’s the deal. I’m way behind, but slowly catching up. Now that I’ve noticed a few people whom I don’t personally know following me, I’m going to try to REALLY catch up and stay on top of this. I have lots of recipes and DIY projects to add.

So without further ado…

My lovely and oh so wonderful husband helped me with this project before little Ollie came into our lives this past summer. As I’m going to upload the before picture, I realized I didn’t take one. So you just get the after photo. Oops.

We sanded down the entire desk (it was REALLY REALLY dark before) and then started painting main frame. I saw a beautiful desk on pottery barn’s website that was my inspiration. They have it listed for $999.00! We got ours on Craigslist for $45. I feel guilty for two reasons.

  1. The desk is an antique, solid wood, and they should have been asking for WAY more than $45
  2. We sanded it down and PAINTED it : )

Back to the task at hand! So we first started off thinking we were going to paint it with a paintbrush. I picked out this antique white color from our local Home Depot. The paintbrush might not have been the best, we ended up spray painting over the whole base with a can of Rust-Oleum “heirloom white” no sheen finish (can’t remember the actual one it was). Once the base was painted I stepped back and looked at it with the unpainted drawers and FELL… IN… LOVE.

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The next thing we did was refinish the top. Here is Henry doing his thing.

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and here is the final product! (pardon the messy garage and the rain barrel that is obviously not in the rain yet).

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I absolutely LOVE that the top is a different shade than the drawers. I picked up the knobs from my local hobby lobby (while they were 1/2 off) I paid 1.99 per knob!

Pottery Barn has NOTHING on loving.link

New Look

Hello All!

I’ve changed the look of my blog. I’m hoping it’s WAY easier to navigate. There is now a sidebar with recent posts and categories below that. Before you had to scroll to the VERY bottom. I’ve also added a bar at the top of some categories I post the majority of my stuff to. I still have a few post to catch up on, but I’m hoping this helps me stay a bit more organized & helps you enjoy my blog with greater ease 🙂

Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for awhile. One of my favorite bread to make (and eat)! Enjoy!

*Makes two 1 1/2 pound loaves

  • 3 1/2 C        (16 ounces)     Unbleached Bread Flour
  • 4 tsp            (.66 ounce)      Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp      (.31 ounce)      Salt
  • 2 tsps           (.22 ounce)     Instant Yeast
  • 1 1/4 tsp      (.16 ounce)      Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Large        (1.65 ounces)  Egg, Slightly Beaten
  • 2 TBSP        (1 ounce)         Shortening, melted or at Room Temperature
  • 1/2 C           (4 ounces)       Buttermilk or whole milk ( @ Room Temperature)
  • 3/4 C           (6 ounces)       Water (@ Room Temperature)
  • 1 1/2 C        (9 ounces)       Raisins, rinsed and drained ( I don’t think I did this step)
  • 1 C              (4 ounces)       Chopped Walnuts
  1. Stir together the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl (or in the bowl of an electric mixer).
  2. Add Eggs, shortening, buttermilk, and water. Stir together with a large spoon or mix on low speed with the paddle attachment until the ingredients come together and form a ball. Adjust with flour or water if the dough seems too sticky or too dry and stiff.
  3. Sprinkle flour on the counter, transfer the dough to the counter, and begin kneading ( or mix on medium speed switching to a dough hook). The dough should be soft and pliable, tacky but not sticky. Add flour as you kneed (or mix) if necessary, to acheive this texture ( it took some extra flour for me on this step & I use a Kitchen Aide Mixer).
  4. Kneed by hand approx. 10 min, or by machine for 6 or 8 min.  Sprinkle in raisins and walnuts during the final two minutes of kneeding. I’ve found if you are using the Kitchen Aide you will have to take the dough out and manually kneed the raisins and walnuts in with your hands (it seems like a TON of raisins and walnuts for the amount of dough). The dough should pass the windowpane test and register 77-81 degrees F. Lightly Oil a Large Bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  5. Ferment at Room Temperature for about 2 hours, or until the dough is doubled.
  6. Divide the dough into two equal pieces (I’d use a scale) and form into loaves. Place each loaf in a lightly oiled 8.5 by 4.5 inch pan, mist the tops with spray oil, and cover loosely with plastic wrap. (at this point I flatten the dough and add a cinnamon sugar mixer and roll the dough into loaves).
  7. Proof at room temp for 60-90 minutes, or until the dough crests above the lips of the pans and has doubled in size.Image
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with the oven rack in the middle of the shelf. Place loaf pans on a sheet pan making sure they are not touching each other.
  9. Bake the loaves for 20 minutes. Rotate the pan 180 Degrees for even baking, and continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is. Mine is SOOOO hot it doesn’t ever take that long. Take the inside of the breads temp and make sure it registers 190 Degrees F.
  10. IMMEDIATELY take out of pans and move to cooling rack (at this point I coat with melted butter and add more cinnamon sugar to the top of the loaves.)
  11. EAT and ENJOY!

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