Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lemon Zucchini Muffins

These little babies are tasty and light!  Each muffin has only 148 calories. Thank you to "Cooking Light" for creating a healthy muffin that I can devour without the guilt.  

These muffins also help you to clear out some of that leftover summer zucchini sitting in your fridge.  Follow along and I'll show you how it's done...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Grandma's Banana Bread

This was one of those wonderful recipes I found that was handwritten by my grandmother.  They are always the best ones! I was so excited to try it and loved it!  I'm excited to share this one.  

Follow along and I'll teach you how to make this tasty bread...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How to paint the front door.

I have to admit, I was a bit worried about painting the front door all by myself, but I did it and I'm loving it.  What do you think of the before and after?  The white was just so boring, and the black really pops!

This project really wasn't rocket science.  Anyone can do it!  I have a secret weapon... it's the new Glidden "Door and Trim" paint.  It's meant specifically for doors and trim and it's already pre-colored, so you just grab a can at Home Depot and go.  You can watch a quick tutorial video HERE.  Below is a picture of the paint I used.  It only comes in extra high gloss, so the door will be shiny.

Before painting the door, I used this stripping tool to strip away as much chipped and damaged paint as I could. I then cleaned the door with a rag and some soapy water.  Then let the door dry.

I only had to strip paint on the trim, since my door is metal.  I did not do any sanding on the door or trim but you can if you'd like.  It can help the paint to adhere. 

The only other tool I needed was a paint brush (the paint I used recommended a brush and no rollers).  I also used some painter's tape to tape off the window and around some parts of the door that I didn't want to get paint on.  

When painting with a brush, be sure to follow this pattern below for which part of the door to paint first and last.  This will help you to achieve a professional look without brush marks.  I did still end up with some brush marks, but I bought a cheap brush.  I recommend you use the type mentioned on the paint can.  But overall I loved the look I achieved with this method.

The door was almost done with one coat of this paint but I had to touch up a few areas after the first coat dried. After painting the door, leave it cracked for 6-8 hours before closing.  I painted the door while still on the hinges.

So what do you think? White vs Black?  I am very happy with the change and I can't wait to install a kick plate, hook for a wreath, and of course the wreath!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Black and Red Wedding Cake

I was thrilled when I got asked to make this wedding cake.  It was for some good friends of mine who decided to have a wedding at hunting camp!  No, that's not your usual setting but the couple wanted to surprise everyone and knew the family was already planning on being at camp!

The wedding turned out beautifully and I was just happy to play a small part.  Below I'll give you some quick tips on how I made this cake...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hall Tree Re-Do!

If you are anything like me, you have probably been avoiding DIY projects nearly your whole life... until now!  What's different now?  Pinterest of course!  

I knew I wanted one of these hall trees, but I had a budget and couldn't buy one new and none of the used ones had the look I wanted.  So the obvious solution was to re-do a used one!  

Follow along and I'll share with you how this beauty came to be!

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