Happy Halloween!

Here’s Penelope Poodle dressed up as a Zebra for Halloween. We took our pictures a few days early, since we weren’t sure what the weather would be once Sandy made landfall. Good thing too. It’s been cold and wet!

Now the only question is, hypothetically speaking, would it be appropriate to take your dog trick or treating? (And keep the candy for yourself).


Cheesy Muffins: Fall Pinterest Challenge

Although this isn’t the Pinterest Challenge project I had in mind, since it was at least partially Pinterest inspired, it will have to be my Fall Pinterest Challenge project.  Oh and yes, I am fully aware that I’m a day late with this post.  

Hurricane prep put a damper on projects this weekend.  This was our first storm, so we made sure to stock up on non-perishables.  I also cleaned and vacuumed, including doing ALL of the laundry!  (Whoo!)  Then I turned my attention to turning perishables into semi-self stable comfort food.

Which brings me to

You know, the awesome get-off-your-butt challenge thought up by Katie Bower and hosted by Katie, Sherry, Sarah, and Carmel? (BTW you should follow all of these ladies’ blogs).

First I whipped up a batch of microwave caramel fudge.  I shared the recipe here.  You should try it!  Just don’t ever calculate the # of calories you’ll be consuming.

Next I decided that the bag of shredded mozzarella cheese in our freezer should be used up ASAP.  I think I was just using hurricane prep as an excuse for eating delicious muffins.  I poked around my recipe books, but could only find recipes for cheese scones and I wanted muffin shaped treats – please don’t ask me why I was so set on muffins…  I found the perfect recipe to try out via Pioneer Woman!  Don’t these look delicious?

Image from The Pioneer Woman’s blog

I had to change it up a little, as I wanted my muffins to be gluten free.  So here’s my version of  Fig’s Cheese Muffins, as shared by Pioneer Woman.  Since mozzarella melts easily, you can’t actually see the cheese in my muffins, but they taste pretty darn delicious.

Gluten Free Cheese Muffins (Makes 12)

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (1 pre-shredded package)
  • 1.25 cups milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg yellow
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • Whisk together dry ingredients, add in cheese.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk milk, egg yellow, and butter together.
  • Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and combine very gently.
  • Whip egg white until stiff.
  • Fold in very gently.
  • NOTE: Mixture will be very runny.
  • Scoop mixture into a greased muffin pan.  Make sure to get approximately equal amounts of cheese in each cup.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Before serving, slice these in half & pop in the microwave for 15 seconds.  Serve with butter.  Yum!

Next time I think I’ll try to add some (very) finely diced jalapenos.  And maybe use some sharp cheddar.  I think these would be perfect to make for a brunch with friends!

Linking up with KatieSherrySarah, and Carmel.  You should hop on over and check out all the awesome Pin-inspired projects!

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Hurricane Sandy came past here yesterday. We weren’t hit hard and maintained power, except for a few flickers yesterday evening. However, with all the hurricane prep, I didn’t tackle a Pinterest project. (Insert sad face here). We did finally stock up on some emergency food supplies. I also vacuumed the whole house, washed every single piece of laundry, and made sure to keep the number of dirty dishes down.

Mostly we just sat at home. Penny wondered were the squirrels were hiding and barked at falling branches.

Our thoughts are with those more affected by the storm. Stay safe!

Chalk Paint Chair: Before and After

I shared my adventures with taking this chair from blah to yellow (complete nightmare) to blueberry blue (success!) but I never showed you a close-up of it in the guest room (along with the blueberry blue wood frame). So here’s a quick before and after.

Ahh, so much better! I’m working on getting my gallery wall sorted on the other side of the room (and finding a replacement piece for the dresser on the other side of the bed). The loveseat (that lived on the porch during the summer) also recently moved into the room, so I definitely owe you an update on the room’s current state.


Coffee Table Ottoman

Kristen recently posted about coffee tables over on her awesome blog, Bliss.  And it made me realize, that I’ve never blogged about turning an old coffee table into an ottoman!

I button-tufted it, which is not a task for the faint of heart.  It took 7 hours (with the help of my awesome friend Sasha) to get it done.  When I get tired of the fabric I will definitely NOT be tufting it again.  I used this tutorial from Little Green Notebook and it worked (it was just difficult)!  The base is 36″ square.  I had a piece of particle board cut to size, bought 3″ foam which I adhered with sprayglue, wrapped the whole thing in batting, and then stapled fabric on.  Oh and I bought blue fabric and covered my own buttons (another task in itself!).

I love how it looks with the green 97 cent West Elm tray on it.  I think navy blue would also be a great accent color. The little bits of brown also ties in nicely with the couch and the rattan base.

The cane/rattan/wicker base is part of a set which also matches the side chairs we have in the living room and the love seat we have in the guest room.  My dad bought this set more than 30 years ago.  I grew up with this set in our house and its special to have it in our house now.

When I build up the courage, I want to try to redo the corners using this tutorial (also from Little Green Notebook).

Have you ever attempted button tufting something?



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Chevron Lined Bookshelf

One more thing checked off the October to-do list!  Less than a week to go and I’m only halfway there….  I blame one week of travel and one week of jet-lag!

I’m so glad I lined this bookshelf.  It feels so much lighter in that corner.  It was a PAIN to take out all of the glassware, but it gave me a chance to re-tighten the screws so that the bookshelf is less creaky and we also added two nails to keep the backboard in place properly.  I didn’t take progress pics, mainly because it’s pretty self-explanatory.  Empty bookcase.  Lie it face down on the ground.  Remove nails holding in backboard & take out the backboard.  Cover in contact paper (I covered the back side of the board just in case I hated it and wanted to go back to the dark brown side).  Slide backboard back in with chevron side facing in.  Nail into place. Stand bookcase back up.  Fill bookcase back up again.  Ta-da!

I like that you can see the Chevron from the kitchen and dining room too. I thought it would be less noticeable, being behind doors and behind all the glassware.



P.S. That wine is from Trader Joes.  It’s dirt cheap and very drinkable.  If you like fruity medium-bodied wines from California, I’d highly recommend it.

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