Vintage Chicken Coop Table

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A client of mine left this old chicken coop with me when she picked up her french farmhouse coffee table that I rehabbed for her. This was a ‘found’ object on her farm….what a bonus. Forever,  I have been wanting to get my hands on an old coop. My clients only request to me, “Have fun & do whatever you want to it”…..alrighty then.

This is where it began…..dirty,  wood peeling/warped and in need of a little tweeking.

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First things first,  a super good cleaning and a ton of sanding. This wood is super rough. I knew that she wanted to use it as some sort of table. Typically,  you will see these re purposed into coffee tables. …but I had just completed her coffee table and she wanted this to be more of a buffet/against the wall type of table.

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The solid wood backing was very split and peeling. So I took a chance and got busy peeling the entire first layer off. Hello SPLINTERS!!! After another good sanding and cleaning,  I decided on a creamy white (DIY) chalk paint. Handy hubby added a strip of wood to each end of what would be the bottom, so that I could attach some large locking casters to it. I LOVE caster wheels….they are just totally cool & practical.

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3 coats paint, inside and out, and then a bit of distressing was in order. I didn’t go bazurk. …just enough to age it a bit. After that was completely cleaned up, I brushed on a good coat of dark wax. (Minwax makes an awesome finishing paste wax….super reasonable too.  I order mine from Amazon here). A fraction of the cost of all the popular boutique brands.  I finished it off with a piece of pre-cut glass from Home Depot and a decorative knob that I picked up from Hobby Lobby.

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Overall, just a fun, funky and unexpected piece.

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5 Minute Prep – Crock Pot Christmas Day Bread

Merry Christmas all!!!

Quite some time ago I shared a post about the ‘Crusty No -Knead’ bread that I have baked several times. It’s a great recipe (found here) and you can create many variations. Hands down, the best crusty bread EVER. So when time permits, I mix up a batch in the evening, let it rise over night and bake it in my dutch oven the next morning.

Today, I was wanting some homemade bread to go along with our fettuccine Alfredo that I am making tonight. Time, however, is not on my side. I have read many recipes about baking break in your crockpot. So after scrolling Pinterest for a bit, I landed upon this recipe (found here). No kneading, no rising, mix it up and plop it into your crockpot for 2 1/2 hrs.

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I must admit that I did not exactly measure the herbs and spices…..a few shakes of each and I called it good. I also read a few posts that used parchment paper on the bottom of the crockpot, instead of oiling the entire thing. This makes clean up a breeze……because there is no clean up.

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So, if you’re wanting bread on the fly…..this is a great go to. I heated up the crockpot while mixing up the ingredients, dumped the dough onto a piece of parchment paper, set it inside the crockpot, prepared the lid/paper towels as recommended and 2 1/2 hrs later……I had warm, yummy bread. And the house smells wonderful.

May you all enjoy a blessed day!

Garlic & Rosemary Infused Olive Oil – Gifts

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Every year, I like to do a little something crafty for the gifting that we do for all of our neighbors. This year, I elected to do things a little different. So instead of baking sweets, I went with some infused olive oil.

I purchased cute oil bottles that are the self corking/locking type. Found these at Hobby Lobby when they had 50% off of their glass items! which was a terrific score at right around $2/bottle. Then I grabbed a large container of regular olive oil (not EVOO) from SAMs Club. Apparently, the regular is better for infusing. Washed and dried the bottles really well and I also rinsed/dried the fresh sprigs of rosemary. I decided that garlic would be a nice accompaniment to the rosemary, so I got busy peeling and snipping the ends of multiple garlic cloves.

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I dropped about 3 small cloves into each bottle, followed by a few small sprigs of rosemary and then used a funnel to fill the bottles with olive oil. Because I use olive oil on just about everything, and I LOVE to dip good french bread into it, I decided it would be fun to add a small dish to the gift……for the ‘dipping’ of course. I bought all that was left on the shelf at Target for $2/dish. I used some simple brown tags to label the bottles re: their contents and attached them to the jars with twine.

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Then, I set each bottle inside of a dish, inside the center of some pretty tissue paper, thew in a handful of Hershey’s Kisses for good measure, put that all inside of a cute gift bag, tied with twine and attached our family Christmas photo/card and had my precious delivery boy (my sweet 11 yr old son) hand deliver to each of our wonderful neighbors.
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy……….it’s what my sister always says. But seriously, you can bust these out in no time. Or, change of the variation of the contents. You can also infuse vinegars as well. Merry Christmas to all!!

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

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Indeed, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, it too is a time to reflect with gratitude and grateful hearts the true meaning of this spectacular day.

Let the fun begin…… Our family started a tradition 3 yrs ago, since moving to Colorado, by driving into the beautiful Rocky Mountains to cut down our family Christmas tree. It’s become the highlight of our days following thanksgiving. However, each year I find that we are becoming more
picky about the size, density and quality of our tree. As my husband put it this year, “Do you hear the angels signing when you look at that tree?” So after an hour and a half of hiking through the woods, in deep areas of snow, we found the most amazing tree. I’m not sure if the angels were singing…..but we certainly were. It’s stands at an impressive 12 1/2 feet tall. Would have been closer to 14 feet, but we had to trim it up a bit. It’s a beauty for sure.

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Hauling that baby back to the car, where we made hot chocolate, was definitely a 2 man job….(or actually, 1 man, 1 woman…..my hubby and myself).

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And the decorating process began. I wasn’t feeling quite ready to drag out all of the multiple Christmas bins…..primarily because I was still exhausted from the hoopla of Thanksgiving. But somehow, once you start digging through the Christmas decor the season begins to grow on you……or maybe it’s just me.

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And of course, you can’t just focus on the tree. Other areas of the house need “decking”, right? And for me…..I want it taken care of, immediately, like in one day and all of the bins put away and the mess cleaned up.

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So a little Christmas love gets spread around everywhere…….and it is soooo totally worth it.

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May each of you enjoy a blessed Christmas season.