Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pumpkin Bread


I'll be the first to admit, I LOVE bread. I really do. From a good piece of sourdough with butter to the sweetest of breads, I LOVE it all. Naturally, I had to try my hand at a pumpkin bread. I will be honest, this proved to be a little bit of a challenge. One attempt, it came out like a dense pumpkin pie shoved in a crispy crust... NOT GOOD! Lucas quietly muttered an "interesting" as he tried to finish a bite. In the end though, I ended up with a deliciously moist, pumpkin bread. 

Here is What You Need:

Bread:

1 15 oz can Pumpkin Filling
2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 teaspoons Cinnamon* 
1 large Egg
1/2 cup of Water

9 inch Bread Pan

*For a more spiced recipe, substitute: 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon all spice

Topping:

1 cup Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons softened Butter

Step One:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Step Two:

Mix flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside. 

Step Three:

Beat egg, sugar and vanilla together. Add pumpkin filling and water and whisk until well combined. 

Step Four:

Slowly add flour mixture and stir well. 

Step Five:

Cut butter into the brown sugar. It will be lumpy and this is good!

Step Six:

Pour the pumpkin mixture into a well greased 9 inch bread pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar and butter on top.

Step 7:

Set the timer to 1 hour and pop the pan in the oven! 


Enjoy!

Let me know how yours turned out!

Squeeze - Liz 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all!



I feel like I am always saying, 'we are coming up on my favorite season!' I think I just love the start of new seasons in general. Summer has come and gone and we are starting to transition into fall and I am so excited! I love the crisp air, the changing leaves, scarves, boots and (let's be honest) all things fall. In my opinion, there is no better way to gear up for a new season than by decorating!  

I wanted to do something a little different for our door. I didn't want to make a wreath, but I still wanted it to be festive. When I start turning ideas over in my head, I always go to my workshop and look at items I have. 

I have a stack of these small pallets at our house:



So, I thought, I could turn this over and make a sign out of it. Making this was actually really easy. I painted it and this time, I hand painted the lettering; however, this tutorial will show you how to achieve a similar look without hand painting. For me, distressed painted wood screams fall and it adds warmth to our door! 



I already had flowers, but craft stores sell them by the bunches. I recommend using wired flowers. The great thing about wired flowers is that you can bend and shape them any way your heart desires. I cut individual stems off of the bunches, so that I could be more creative with placing them on the sign. Don't be afraid to use tacks to secure them!



Of course, I had to give our suspended shelf a fall makeover as well! 



The colors just make me so happy! I am currently working on a pumpkin spice bread. I have not perfected it yet, but stay tuned! I will post a recipe shortly! Also, I may or may not have bought spiced candles already. Oh the joys of this season!

Happy Fall Y'all!

Squeeze - Liz

Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Remove Veneer with Just a Little Elbow Grease

Ahhhhh... Removing that unsightly thin strip of glued on wood that HAS TO GO. What a daunting task. Am I right or am I right? So how do you remove it effectively without breaking your wrist in the process? The answer is moisture and heat. 

This is my next project that needs be stripped: 



Here is what you need:

Towel 
Iron
Putty Knife

Let's get started! 

Step One:
Dampen your towel. It does not need to be dripping wet, but it does need to be pretty damp.

Step Two:
Place your towel on the portion you are removing. I like to let it sit for about an hour before I move on to the next step. 



Step Three:
Set your iron to the cotton setting. Make sure you have water in there for added steam. Firmly iron the towel. I like to work in a circular motion and hover over each area for a few seconds.



Step Four:
Take your putty knife and gently slide under the edge. Move it slowly as you strip away the veneer. 



Step Five:
Repeat the ironing process as necessary. 


Voila!!! Veneer Free!


HAPPY STRIPPING!
(See what I did there?)

Squeeze - Liz

Monday, August 11, 2014

Two Sweet Tables get a Makeover



Remember the Fabulous Blue Chair I did a while back for Sarah? Well, she had another project for me!!! 


I love Sarah, because she knows exactly what she wants. She shot me a message and told me what color (Hemlock by Benjamin Moore) to use and how she wanted it to look. It is really nice to know exactly what a customer wants so that we are on the same page. 

I LOVE the color and how clean they turned out! What are your thoughts?! 

Thank you Sarah for allowing me to complete another piece for you in your home!


Squeeze - Liz




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Feeling Americana

Hi All! Do you ever just get in a mood and just go with it? I do and did yesterday. I had a wooden box and a lid to a wine barrel and wanted to do some Americana inspired items! I had a lot of fun with these projects. I think the thing I love the most is the imperfection of it. Uneven lines, misshapen stars, distressed, antiqued, ahhhh... it is so fun! Here we go!



I LOVE hanging items with old chain!


So uneven! Imperfection is beautiful. 


Wine Barrel Sign: $60
Wooden Box: $25

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Hope you all are having a great day!!!

Squeeze - Liz

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Guest Bedroom Gets a Makeover (Finally)



Confession: I leave my project stuff EVERYWHERE. I mean, everywhere. I have taken over quite a few spaces in our home with projects that I am working on. The guest room was no exception. For the past month, (or more) the guest room has become a mecca of craft supplies. Last week, Lucas dropped a bomb on me... He asked if I could put the room back together! Seriously?! Here is the thing... I knew that he had a surprise weekend in store for me, but why does it matter what the room looks like? He claimed it was because he was tired of looking at all the crap; however, that is not really a Lucas thing to say. Hmmm.... did this mean someone was visiting? Oh no oh no oh nooooo noooo noooo.... This was not a room for people to stay in. And who was coming? Have they been here before? Is it someone I needed to impress? (you know, like my dad?) My mind started racing and I knew the only way that I could relax was to make the room as comfortable and welcoming as possible. Off to work I went!

When we moved in, the walls were a dark purple. So, I changed them to a bluish grey and plopped a bed in it. Voila! Guest room. (I tried looking for photos of the before and I have nothing. Go figure.)

I didn't have much time, so I worked with items I had around my house. The only thing I purchased for the room were the pillows. (Ross, $12 for both!)

The floating headboard is the back of an old porch swing. I painted it and chipped it up to keep it looking old and weathered.

 

I had a potting bench that I wanted to use in the house and found that it worked beautifully as a side table. This may very well be my favorite use of space in our home right now!



I had found this at the ranch: 



So, add a little chain, a dairy jar and dried lavender and you have yourself a cute corner vignette. 



I have been wanting to display old family photos in a unique way and didn't want a family wall. Again, these display hooks were found out at the ranch and create a perfect display for old photos. Eventually, I would like to get small antique frames for the remainder of the photographs. 



This picture of the boy and girl was in my room growing up. There is something about it that fills me with comfort and I love the way it looks with some candle holders next to it. 



Finally, the Bonne Nuit sign. This means Good Night in French. I used an old fence board to create this sign. I simply love it!



So far, I feel I have made great progress, though I do have a little ways to go. 

Was it worth it?! 

Heck yes! My surprise was these two visiting me!!!! 


This is my brother (Tommy) and sister (Jehn) and they could not have come at a better time! What a treat to have Lucas and my siblings surprise me!!!!! I loved every minute of the weekend.  

Tommy, Lucas, Me and Jehn


Thank you Lucas!!!! Thank you Tommy!!!! Thank you Jehn!!!! I love you all soooooo much!


Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all are doing well!


Squeeze - Liz     

Monday, June 30, 2014

Can I Please Have S'more Gooey Goodness!



Ahh, the Fourth of July is just around the corner and I wanted to make something really delicious. The Fourth is one of those days that screams BBQs and campfires. And what is a campfire must have? S'mores of course! So here it is, the delicious ooey and gooey cupcake for the Fourth of July!


Here is what you need:


1 package brownie mix *check the box for ingredients
(usually requires 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of oil and 1/4 cup water)

1 box of Graham Crackers

12 tablespoons of Butter 

2/3 cup of White Sugar

2 jars of Marshmallow Cream Puff

1 Hershey Chocolate Bar

1 small package of Mini Marshmallows


Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. (this may vary, follow the instructions for your brownie mix)  

Step 2: 

Melt the 12 tablespoons of butter. While the butter is melting grind 2 packages of graham crackers. This should equate to 2.5 cups. 

Step 3: 

Mix the butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until blended. 

Step 4:

Insert your baking cups into your cupcake pan. Firmly press the graham cracker mix on the bottom of the baking cup. 

Step 5: 

Add your brownie mix until the cup is just a little over half full.

Step 6: 

Pop in the oven for the amount of time stated on the box. For me, this was 26 minutes. They will be done when a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. 

Step 7: 

Let cool. Once cool, take off the cupcake wrappers and apply the marshmallow cream. 

Step 8:

Add some crumbled graham cracker, a mini marshmallow, a chuck of chocolate and graham and Voila! Delicious cupcakes!!!   

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!!!!

Squeeze - Liz