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Friday, October 17, 2014

Finds of the Week #23


I love to go find treasures and go junkin!  I go to the Flea Market, Thrift Stores and CL mostly.  Here are some of my finds for the past week.


My Daughter's name is Brayden and this large letter is perfect for her room-I will be painting it of course! 

Silver dish

Lovely old mirror 

Pair of Wooden Shoe Forms


Love the details on this mirror

Buffet

I love this painting and it is now up in my dinning room

Great leather bag-I restored it with hemp oil 

Long bench-should I upholster it in a bold fabric or go neutral?

I love the legs

Pair of Berger style chairs 


Bench 

Cute mirror
 Before:



After


Off to the Flea Market today to find more treasures! 


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

French Provincial Table


I found this cute little table a few weeks back and have finally gotten around to painting it.
Before:
The table had great lines and curves, but was to orange for my taste and I thought it would look good in a soft grey color.  I mixed up some grey home-made chalk paint and got my brush going.  I decided to accent the edges with white chalk paint and so hand painted the edges and a few other spots.  After I distressed it a little, I sealed the table with dark wax/hemp oil and put a cute ceramic knob on the drawer. 




New ceramic knob

Love the curvy edges! 


Hydrangeas from my garden

I love the soft pinks in this drying Hydrangea


Gorgeous legs


Unique shape to the top



Monday, October 13, 2014

Secretary Desk

On the hunt for treasures I found this great old secretary desk that was very sturdy and solid, but had lots of scratches and dings.
Before: 

I decided to make this a beachy/Frenchy color so I mixed up Mills Springs Blue by Benjamin Moore into home made chalk paint.  This a beautiful soft aqua/blue/green color and it is one of my go to colors.  I painted the inside Garlic Clove by BM and sealed the entire desk with dark wax/hemp oil.  


The desk has 2 original keys

I love the hardware

Keyholes 

Curved legs 



I love all the compartments inside


Old books


Lots of storage 



Curved front drawers 


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin Turnovers with Puff Pastry



I know I usually post about furniture and painting and I spend a lot of time with paint, but I also love to cook.  I almost want to have blog about cooking, but there is one problem:  I do not follow recipes!  This makes it hard to share what I cook so for now I will stick to furniture and paint! 
We were invited over to the neighbors for dinner and I am bring dessert.  I love Fall and anything pumpkin so I decided to make pumpkin turnovers.  I did not follow a recipe, but did scan a few for ideas.  Here is what I did:
At the store I bought Puff Pastry.

Puff pastry is so easy to work with if you haven’t attempted it yet. You can find it in a package from the freezer section in your grocery store. It comes with two sheets that are folded up into thirds. Take them both out of the package and cover with plastic wrap to thaw on your counter for about 30 minutes.
In the mean time start to work on your filling.  I had baked a sugar pumpkin a few days ago because I love real pumpkin in things, but canned pumpkin is great too. 
Cream together your cream cheese, granulated sugar, pureed pumpkin, one egg yolk, and vanilla. Put aside the egg white when you separate the yolk…you’ll be needing that shortly. The filling will be a little bit medium to thin consistency. It will thicken up inside the puff pastry when baked.
After the puff pastry sheets have thawed, gently unfold them. Cut and divide each sheet into 4 pieces. I usually do a quick roll with my rolling pin. 
I love my marble rolling pin-it is heavy and easy to use and came from my grandmother! 

 Spoon about one and a half tablespoon of the pumpkin filling onto the bottom half of each piece of cut pastry. 
Brush the bottom half edge of the pastry with egg with the tip of your finger or a pastry brush. Fold over the top part over onto the filling. Pinch together and the egg on the bottom half will help seal it together. It doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as it is sealed. I use a fork and press down for a good seal. 


Place on a baking sheet covered with a baking mat or parchment paper to prevent burning and sticking.
Whisk the egg white that you had set aside, and brush the tops and sides of each filled pastry. Sprinkle the sugar mixture on top, heavily.

Bake in a preheated 375 degrees oven for 23-25 minutes, 
or until golden brown on the bottoms and tops. 
Tip: Do not use glass baking pans, it seems to not want to brown the bottoms. The metal baking pans or stones work best.




Ingredients
  • 1 (17.3 ounces or 1.1 pound) package puff pastry ("ready-to-bake sheets")
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup, plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
  • 1 egg, divided the yolk and whites
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Take both frozen pastry sheets out of the package and cover with plastic wrap to thaw on your counter for about 30 minutes.
  2. Cream together your cream cheese, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, pureed pumpkin, egg yolk, and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. After the puff pastry sheets have thawed, gently unfold them. Cut and divide each sheet into 6 pieces. Spoon about one and a half tablespoon of the pumpkin filling onto the bottom half of each piece of cut pastry. 
  5. Brush the bottom half edge of the pastry with egg. Fold over the top part over onto the filling. Pinch together and the egg on the bottom half will help seal it together. (It doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as it is sealed.) Place on a baking sheet covered with a baking mat or parchment paper to prevent burning and sticking.
  6. Whisk the egg white that you had set aside, and brush the tops and sides of each filled pastry. Sprinkle the sugar mixture on top, heavily.
  7. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until golden brown on the bottoms and tops.
  8. Serve and drizzle with your favorite caramel sauce.
  9. Enjoy!

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