Saturday, July 5, 2014

3 Ingredient Banana Bundt

 We all have them . . . overripe bananas that no one wants to eat.  I always toss them, skin and all right into the freezer and use them for banana bread but today I wanted something a little bit different AND something that would use up a LOT of bananas at once, not just one or two.
So, by adding two more ingredients . . .
   you get this . . .
So quick, simple and it uses up 4-5 bananas!
I highly recommend that you add a cup of chocolate chips (which I did) but it's also good plain.  I'm also going to try adding some coconut the next time.
 So, here's the recipe:
1 box of cake mix (I used white because that's what I had but you can use yellow, spice or even chocolate)
2 eggs
4-5 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 c chocolate chips (optional)

Combine everything and pour into well greased Bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees 40-50 minutes.
 That's it!  Does it get any simpler? What is YOUR favorite way to use up those bananas?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

EASY Remove Paint From Hardware!

 Another great piece given to me by a friend has these great drawer pulls that need the layers and layers of paint removed.  I did a search and found a method that REALLY works with NO chemical strippers.  I went onto YouTube (do you ever use YouTube for instructional videos? It's a great resource for people like me who are visual learners!) and found a guy who showed the whole process so I had to try it myself.  You will need:
An old pot that you will NOT be using for cooking again
Baking Soda
That's it!
Cover the bottom of the pot with baking soda and place your hardware pieces in.  I put mine in face down just because most of the paint was on that side but it doesn't matter if paint is on both sides as this process will remove it all over.
 Next, fill the pot with enough water to cover the hardware.
 Don't stir or anything -- just simmer, for 30 minutes.
 Mixture should not boil, only simmer.  One note, check periodically to make sure the water hasn't all cooked away.  Mine did but it was okay and the pan cleaned up fine afterward but I'd imagine if it burned, it would be a bit of a mess.  I'd say check after 20 min. or so to make sure there is still water in the pan.
 Using tongs, remove the pieces and begin rolling the paint right off!  It reminded me of peeling dried, school glue off of your fingers!  In just a few minutes, I pulled the paint right off. I used a safety pin to reach into some of the crevices thinking I'd have to "pick" it out but NO, it just PULLED right out of there too!
 The end result!  
 Check out the YouTube video -- he is cleaning a really old door hinge using this method.  I can't wait to try this on other projects -- life-transforming!  LOL  
So what "tips" or "tricks" have transformed YOUR crafting life?


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Itasca M.A.R.K.E.T. 2014

Just a month prior to a local show, I decided to throw my hat into the ring.  So it's been a frantic marathon of projects . . . so much so that I often didn't even take "Before" photos . . . poo!  But is was a huge success and I plan to do it again next summer and this time I'll be working on things earlier!  I loved this old book shelf and if it hadn't sold, it would be mine LOL. After painting, I added a vintage French script letter to the top.  It was a really lovely piece!
 Like I've said before, I'm blessed with lots of friends who "gift" me with their cast-offs so literally, everything in this picture came to me free.  

 The music-inspired table went to an adorable, first-year music teacher.  She was thrilled with it and I was thrilled she got it!  It was meant to be.
 My boards were great sellers too -- I did quite a few with a "patriotic" theme for the upcoming holiday.  Now I'm working on projects for myself and my guestroom.  There are always projects, aren't there?