October 21, 2014

New Black Doors

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Hi there! We finally finished painting the French doors to our study and I'm so happy with the new look!  Our study is right next to our front entry door, which is also black and it looks so much better.  I also have an entry table and buffet that are both black in this open entry area, so it flows nicely with those pieces as well.  I love the contrast against all the white in this room!  You can see the doors before in the below picture.

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I ended up going with Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze for my color, which is a deep charcoal as opposed to pure black.   And I'm so pleased with the color!  To paint the doors, we took them off the hinges and sprayed them with our paint sprayer and compressor using the same technique as this project, giving it a nice smooth finish.

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This is for sure one of those easy projects that sure makes a huge impact!  And one that left me wondering why we didn't do it sooner...

Have a great day!



October 16, 2014

Peanut Butter Blossom Spider Cookies

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Good Morning!  I hope everyone's week is going well.  After our rainy day nap on our Columbus Day holiday, the kids and I woke up hungry so we made these creepy little cookies. 

Not only is this one of my all time favorite cookies recipes, but it's a super cute, super easy idea for all your Halloween festivities.  Unlike a lot of cute cookies you buy in the store that are loaded with really sweet icing on top of an okay cookie, this cookie is really delicious!!  I shared the original recipe long ago right here.  And by changing the Hershey's Kiss that I normally put on top to a Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffle and adding some candy eyes and icing legs, one of the yummiest cookies is now an adorable spider.

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Peanut Butter Blossom Spider Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles (or candy of choice)
  • candy eyes
  • black tube icing
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cream together butter, both sugars and peanut butter.  Add 1 egg and vanilla.  Add flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix all ingredients together until dough forms.
  3. Roll dough into walnut size balls.
  4. Roll in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.  While baking unwrap truffles
  6. Remove and allow the cookie to almost completely cool, then place truffle in the middle of the cookie pressing down a bit.  (If the cookies are too warm the truffle will melt and if too cool they won't stick to the cookie.)
  7. Completely cool cookie, then add legs with black icing and glue candy eyes on with a dab of icing on the back.
 
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A delicious peanut butter + chocolate cookie all dressed up in disguise for your Halloween festivities.

Hope you enjoy!

October 14, 2014

A Desk for Lyla

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Good Morning!  Were you lucky enough to have yesterday off?  We had a holiday here and it was a rainy day, so we spent our time at the movies and then home for a nap.  Sometimes it's nice to have a rainy day and the perfect excuse to be lazy.

So are you tired of seeing my daughter's room yet?  I think I am finally calling it done!  The last two projects I wanted to tackled were her pom pom curtains and her desk space.  I finished the curtains a couple of weeks ago and you can see the full post here.  And I finally got her desk in the right spot and added some accessories.  We actually moved this desk in her room from our playroom a little while ago, but it was on the opposite side and I never finished accessorizing it.  She has a nice size space between her bed and window, so I decided to move it there, so she would have lots of natural light pouring in.  Nothing too fancy, but she loves it!  One thing about Lyla is she is a child that will play by herself in her room or playroom for hours and this desk is one of her favorite spots!

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I think my favorite part are the flower bookends that I found at Home Goods.  How fun are those?  The bins for her colors, markers and other art supplies are from the container store, and I changed out the knob on the drawer with this pink one from Hobby Lobby.  We added a few old DIYs including the gold arrow, the pom pom garland and the heart clipboard.

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So that does it!  Nothing like a 10 month room makeover...thanks for sticking with me while I finished this space at snail's pace ;)

Have a lovely day!