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I Love fall

Yes, fall is my favorite time of the year…I love the chill in the morning when I step outside for a walk .. I love seeing my breath in the air..swirling around me like little clouds…I love the front porches dotted with spots of orange…pumpkins…

and scarecrows tied to trees…I love going for car rides just to view  the changing of the leaves . Reds , yellow, purples, browns, greens…such a spectrum of colors line the sky line..for our enjoyment…

I love  picking crisp apples from the orchard and sipping on warm spiced apple cider..I love hearing  the announcer at the football games miles down the road..and I can close my eyes and be at my own high school football game…cuddle in the bleachers all wrapped up in a blanket with hot chocolate in my hand…ready to cheer my team on…and I can still see my father  standing at the fence.. with his high school buddies…still friends…as they move along the fence following the football…as it makes its way to the goal…never sitting…always by the fence..the closer the better to see each play, I’m sure reliving the past at the very same high school where he was quarterback…

I love the smell of the morning ..clean..crisp fall air..and I love the sounds of joy with children out playing..running…singing…I love fall fairs…and caramel apples on sticks of twigs…

 

I love seeing random pumpkin patches appear as I drive alone the road…and children running though them..looking for just the right pumpkin..

 I love watching Charlie Brown and the pumpkin patch..again..it never gets old…

 

 

I love the smell of pumpkin bread in the oven..and on a crisp fall evening I love  the taste of Mike’s chilli…to warm my soul…yes I love fall and all that it brings..I only wish it could stay longer…

 


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EASY Crock pot pumpkin bread

EASY crock pot pumpkin bread

I continue my quest to use my crock pot more…constanlly looking for new recipes and new ideals to try in my beloved crock pot…

Today I was brainstorming..and thinking pumpkin! I want to make something with canned pumpkin…maybe it was my new cinderella pumpkins that triggered the thought..

Cinderella Pumpkins

What ever the motivation was..this bread is to die for!!!!!!! And so very easy!!!! Mix it, put in the crock pot and walk away… let it do its stuff…and fill the room with the fragrant aroma of  pumpkin and spices!

Easy Crock pot Pumpkin Bread

1 can pumpkin ( not pie filling)

1/2 can evaporated milk

4 Tab cinnamon

3/4 C  Brown Sugar

2 eggs beaten

mix well… add 1 box of carrot cake mix and stir..

spray crock pot with cooking spray…and let heat up for 10 minutes…then put batter into the crockpot….place a tea towel over top..and secure with lid.

( so the moisture won’t gather on the lid and wet the top of the bread)

set on low for 1 1/2 hours. depending on your crock pot. check on it and when a tooth pick comes out clean it is done.. don’t let it over cook.

This pumpkin bread  is very moist…and so delicious…we loved it..the loaf will be round or the shape of your crockpot..you can cut it in wedges or slices…your choice

Easy Crock pot pumpkin bread…


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Little Plastic…Wall Curio painted with Chalk paint

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Little black wall curio

I found this little gem on-line..it turned out not to be as big as I thought it was..but I still liked the “bones” of it.. and the fact I got the chance to Recycle something..was a plus for me..

I didn’t like the color right from the start. I wasn’t sure you could chalk paint plastic…but after reading you can chalk paint anything!  I knew I wanted to paint it red..but red is a very hard color to get. Most reds are more “pink” and I don’t like it.

So I made a trip to Home Depot and scanned their selections of paint. You know they will give you a sample of any of the paint for like $2.89! It’s worth every penny..! You know how you hate it when you buy that big gallon size can of paint and get home and hate it on the wall! Well this way you don’t have to!

I looked and looked and looked even more at all the REDS! So many reds..so little time..sorry ! Any way I decided on Martha Stewart RED Barn.. it looks red..not pink..however when she made the sample it looked more “pink”…with my red/pink sample..off to the house to try it out..

Now when I first started putting this on. I thought oh no! PINK! But I kept going..

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looking “PINK”

I know Pink, right? Well I let it dry and put on another coat..and another..and one more…still looked pink to me.. so I let it dry all night long, I figured I’d sleep on it..and hope it got darker by morning.

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Lovin the RED!

and get darker it did!!!! Thank Goodness!!!!!!! I love the color! Love it!!! I added a wax to it once it had dried. It now shines! And all it took was my sample for $2.89! Yes I mixed it with my “magic” stuff…and made chalk paint out of it.. After all you can chalk paint anything!!! I love this color so much I am going to paint a table with it! Although it took several coats , I really think it’s because I had made chalk paint out of it. If I had just used it straight I think it would of only taken a couple coats.

So Here it is on the wall and field with our collections of tiny little British houses…I think it looks wonderful!

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All done and on the wall!


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Quick & Easy Apple Bread Pudding!

Today I was in the mood for something a little special..for dessert… I didn’t feel like making a full blown dessert..just something for one..maybe two…but what? I’ve read about the cake in a cup you do in the microwave..but it calls for angel food cake mix..and I don’t have one..I could make little apple pies..but I only want one.. rice pudding..? no….I’d love to have some bread pudding but I don’t want a whole bunch of it.. that I will have to eat for the next week…I just want a little of it…hummm.. so I put my thinking cap on and went to the kitchen…and this is what I came up with!!!!!!!

 Quick & Easy Apple bread pudding!!!!!!

( You could use what ever fruit you have..I had apple)

first I took 3 Tab butter and melted in the microwave

To this I add 2 Tab Brown sugar Splenda

a dash of vanilla

6 Tab canned milk ( you can use regular)

1 egg beaten

3 Tab Cinnamon 

mix well and add 1/4 apple pie filling ( you could use any other pie filling you like)

next I took 3 pieces of day old bread and broke it into pieces into the bowl. Then I gently pressed this into the custard mixture making sure all pieces of bread were coated. Let it soak in a little..

Next I cooked it in the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes…check often to make sure it is not over cooked, All microwave’s  are different..you don’t want any liquid left. But you don’t want it dry either

Remove and let set for one minute. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cram or a dash of cream…or cool whip.

Eat right away… this was enough for two people..cut recipe in half for one.

Options:

Applesauce ( instead of pie filling)

1/4 Cup frozen or fresh berries

Raisins

Nuts chopped

Cherry Pie filling

Endless possibilities!

I hope you give it a try…and come up with you own..flavor of Bread pudding! ENJOY!

Apple Bread Pudding


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Chalk Painting On Furniture

 

 

Ok , I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted..and yes..I have been busy but that’s no excuse! Well maybe a little …you see I went on a wonderful adventure..to New York City!!!!!!! And all because I was on The show Good Afternoon America!!!!!! But more about that trip later..but know that the inspiration for these painting projects..came from Lara and her fantastic book ” I brake for yard sales”!

So I decided that I needed a new hobby., You know one that Maybe I could make some money from. One that would get me up and moving..what does that have to do about anything Beverly, you ask? Well stay with me here..and I will tell you.

I love a good yard sale.. boot sale, estate sale,thrift store fine..you know what I am talking about.. someone elses junk is about to become my new “treasure”!

I love looking at something through a different pair of “eyes”…I like looking at that rustic piece of furniture that looks a little worse for wear and see a brand new ‘show” piece !

Sometimes when I share my excitement for a new piece  I’ve purchased , others look at me..with a deer in the headlite look and don’t get it..your going to do what with that? Hummm..they just don’t get it!

One of my least favorite things to do in the whole world is to paint. Right up there with wall papering! But sometimes you just have to do it..

So I surprised even myself when my latest and greatest new adventure of an  “ideal” of a new hobby for myself, turned out to be transforming old beat up , unloved pieces of furniture into beautiful pieces of loving painted furniture that anyone would gladly display in their home.

Are you frikin crazy girl! You hate to paint..hey its an adventure..come on…try it I thought to myself…just look at these pieces on pinterest people are doing make overs on…and after all Lara Spencer does it..She’s even wrote a book on it!

So I set put on my new adventure..with high hopes..and uncharted territory..for myself..but quickly found millions of examples on pinterest!

Chalk paint..chalk paint ..chalk paint.. what is all this chatter about chalk paint..it looks pretty ..but what is it..well I quickly found out it is the hottest thing in paint right now..! Came over here from England..and everyone is talking about it..but try to go to your local home improvement store and buy it..you can’t. There are only a few places that are “stockist” ..meaning that they  are carrying this amazing Miracle paint..and yes you guessed it…it’s just a tad pit pricey. Around $36 a quart..but before you get you’re knickers all in a wad…I read that this paint  goes a long way….people claim that you can paint 10-11 pieces of furniture with one can. And the colors are out of this world!

So I ventured out on the internet to find out who my local “stockist “might be..and low an behold I found one 60 miles away. after a quick call to the “stockist” she verified the cost..

Now I’m not a cheapscape at all.. really I’m not.. heck I’ve been known to plop down some bucks at Michael’s on craft supplies. ( ok the store manager calls me her best customer) but it just seems a little pricey for me. So being the resourceful person that I am..( and after a quick “google” search..I found several “make your own ” recipes for chalk paint.

So after much “research” into the making of this stuff, I set out to make my own.

Now this is where I would like to tell you, I had to find a unimagainable amount of ingredients that were the liking to finding “eye  of newt” for a magic potion..but really it was quit simple..three ingredients.. One of which is in I would guess just about every American house hold. Water.. The hardest part is figuring out what paint color you are going to use..

The third ingredient was sitting on a shelf in a hefty bag at my local Lowes…

with paint and hefty bag in tow.. I came home to make my own Chalk Paint!

Now grab yourself a nice cold beverage of choice and turn off the phone..and put on some “working” music..and get ready to spend the next five minutes..making paint.. yes people five minutes is all it took. If even that..

What I would mention here, is have your piece you are going to paint..prepared and ready to paint, but them again..there isn’t really any prepping to do.. no sanding..no stripping…heck just get out your piece to paint out and set it up where ever you choose to paint.. throw down a drop cloth so clean up is easy.( I never spilled one drop) and make sure your piece is “clean”.

So take one cup of paint..and Put it in a container big enough to stir the mixture. I used a throw away container. Add two heaping Tablespoons of unsanded grout ( that’s the magic stuff!) and mix. It will be very thick..don’t worry…here comes the stuff in almost every American household..water..add just enough water to make it so you can easily brush it onto your piece of furniture. It’s like making bicuits..you just know when its the right “feel”. Do be careful not to add too much or it will be way to watery ( is that even a word?) And I say this from experience folks!

Now paint away… you will be surprised how far this stuff goes…I opted to do two coats. But it’s up to you how many.. were going for shabby chic look..distressed look…so I used two coats..letting it dry in between.

then the fun starts…you take a sanding sponge and distress…to your likeing..its like frikin magic people.. the chalk paint comes off really easy so you get that distressed look.. I LOVE IT! Did I mention I love this stuff!

FAIR WARING….its addicting..you will want to paint everything in your house, your neighbors house…everyone you know !  It’s fun!! It’s easy! And you will “LIKE” doing it..don’t pay high prices for “someone” else to do this to your stuff…ITS FUN!

Now there is another step to this.. after you are done distressing it ..you need to put a finishing wax all over it..but this is easy too..don’t sweat it….just apply to your piece after you done distressing it ..and wiping  it down to get any “chalk” dust off …and then let it dry for 24 hours! That’s it..a beautiful piece.. below you will find my first two pieces…hope you like them as much as I do!

Leave me any questions you might have..and I will get back to you..

After chalk paint

Before chalk paint