Sunday, August 10, 2014

Parmesan Pork Chops with Cream of Mushroom Sauce

This recipe was a bit of a surprise. I never cook pork chops. However...

I am so sick of chicken. 

I must make some kind if chicken 5 nights a week. It's quick. It's versatile. I'm sick of it. 

So today, while finishing grocery shopping, I grabbed a couple pounds of thin cut pork chops. I had no idea what to do with it, but I'm pretty good at making things up. So here is my recipe for the pork chops. 

Panko breadcrumbs
Parmesan cheese
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
Onion powder
4 thin cut pork chops
Olive oil

Combine the first 6 ingredients and coat the pork chops well on both sides. 

Pan fry chops in olive oil over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side. I like to cover mine while they cook. 

Once they are golden brown, bake them at 350 for 30 minutes. 

While the chops are baking, boil noodles and make your sauce. 

I make sauces like my mom does- throw stuff together until it tastes good. For this sauce I used a can of cream of mushroom as a base. I added a tbs of butter, a big scoop of sour cream, a splash of hot sauce, and seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste. You can add or leave out whatever you want. I also added a few small splashes of milk to make it thinner. It was delicious over the chops and noodles! 

I will make this easy, yummy recipe again soon!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Little Gray Writing Desk

I must admit- I am in love with the sleek lines on this desk.  Nothing fancy; just smooth and symmetrical.  It makes me happy.

This was another custom painted piece.  It started out like this:

Now, I'm not exactly sure what this desk is made out of.  I had assumed wood... until I took it outside to start sanding it.  POWDER flew off EVERYWHERE! Seriously, it looked like I poured a bag of powdered sugar all over the place.  And really, the desk didn't look any different. It anyone cares to venture a guess as to the material, I'd love to hear it.  

So after my quite unsuccessful attempt to strip it, I painted over it.  I used my very favorite light gray that was left in the utility room by the previous homeowners and covered the whole desk.  I knew I wanted to distress the edges eventually, but also that there was nothing really to distress down to.  No wood, no dark undercoat, nothing! So I brushed some dark gray paint over the edges.  Then I applied another coat of light gray completely covering the dark places.  I dry brushed some white over the whole thing, and then I sanded the edges just enough for the top coat to rub off enough to reveal to dark paint underneath.  I touched up just a little with some more dark gray. After that, I sealed it with polycrylic to give it just a bit of sheen.

Oh! I also replaced the knobs on the two drawers.  They were a dark bronze that did not match the new paint at all.  I found some really sweet crystal knobs at Hobby Lobby, and they really gave the desk its finishing touch!

As much as I love creating pieces of my own, I really love doing custom pieces for specific people.  It is such a joy to create something for someone.  Hopefully I can keep doing it!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A spot to sit

This adorable little stool began its life as an unfinished piece. Somewhere along the line, it was spray painted. Purple. I bought it at a children's consignment store for next to nothing. It had too much potential to pass up. 

I stripped it of its "purple-ness" and painted it white, leaving some of the raw wood showing underneath. Then I sanded it down on the edges and applied my antiquing glaze. 

It is going to make an adorable prop for photography! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Antiqued Old English Table

This is another favorite! It started out so beautiful, even as plain wood. 

The woman who wanted it painted asked for a beige color with distressing. I started with a very thin coat of the beige, leaving the wood still showing. 

Even this was pretty! I added another coat and covered it completely to meet the client's wishes. The color was really pretty and silky smooth. 

I took it outside and sanded it down on the edges and legs. After that, I tried something I hadn't used before: antiquing glaze. Here you can see the glaze on the left and without glaze on the right. 

You can see that the glaze just added a richness and really made the distressed areas stand out. I absolutely love the tone it added. It was really simple to apply.  I used a sponge brush to apply a thin coat and wiped off the excess with a slightly damp cloth.  

It is such a gorgeous piece! I am thankful to have been able to create it!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Two-tone Nightstand

Can you believe I got this nightstand for only $5?!

No? Well, how about by looking at the "before" picture?

Believe me now, don't you? This was sold "as is" because if the damage on top and the "broken" drawers. Turns out the drawers were just fine; they had just come off the track- a problem I fixed still in the store. 

The damage on top was possibly from water. Since it's particle wood instead of real wood, it bubbled up. My awesome brother got me a sander, so I just sanded the top down to bare bones. 

Once it was stripped, I painted it with two different shades of gray. I thought about distressing it or adding a stencil on the top, but it looks so clean and simple by itself, I decided to leave it alone. Sometimes, less is more. 

I posted this piece on one of the facebook yard sale pages I belong to, and I had a buyer lined up within five minutes! I love it when a hobby turns a profit! 

Shabby Chic Shelves

Two of these little shelves were also in my childhood bedroom, but they were plain wood. I painted them a very pale pink and distressed the edges. How adorable would these be in a little girl's room or nursery?!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Easter Egg Sight Words

My daughter is still far off from needing this, but my mom's preschoolers would absolutely love these! Easter egg sight words is a great way to reuse those old plastic Easter eggs in a fun, unique way. On the small end, write the last part of the word. I wrote -at. On the big end, write the first part of the word. I wrote p-, s-, c-, b-, th-, m-, and h-, spelling out pat, sat, cat, bat, that, mat, and hat. Make sure you use an industrial sharpie or else the words could rub off. Depending on how they spin the egg, they can spell different words. This is a  fun, interactive way to learn to spell and read!