Monday, August 19, 2013

Chalkboard Top Table


I have always wanted a chalkboard table but I thought that it was going to be a big project or that it would be impractical or expensive but when my roomate got a new kitchen table for our house I decided to take the plunge! And it was the easiest thing ever. I'm actually kind of upset I didn't do it sooner. 

The entire project took about twenty minutes of work time and cost about ten dollars. 

We bought two cans of Rustoleum spray paint, one red and one chalkboard and sprayed the table. We let it dry overnight and did a second coat of the chalkboard paint. That's it. 

And guys, we love our table.


If you too want a chalkboard table, you should definitely do it! Just learn from our mistake and only use a wet cloth to clean it (not paper towels).


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Weekend Links

This is hands down the best homemade tortilla soup recipe I've come across.

Botanical print downloads, because why not?

Just in case you're as obsessed with faux taxidermy as I am.

And, speaking of undone beauty the infamous J.Crew bun deconstructed.

Last but not least, 10 Great Books About Art.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Healthy Breakfast Muffins

I'm kind of on a health kick. I'll admit that it probably won't last too long but I'm determined to make the most of it. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day (and my favorite) I thought that would be a good place to start.

I'll bake in the morning but I'll only make pancakes or dutch babies or muffins. I can't convince myself to bake something healthy so early. So I decided to bake healthy muffins and stick them in the freezer so I can pop one in the microwave before I can eat something sugary. 

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash salt
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
3 teaspoons raisins (you can add more I just don't love raisins)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (I couldn't resist)
1/2 cup pineapple
1 cup shredded carrots
1 banana 
1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup milk (I use coconut or soy milk)

1. Preheat oven to 400 and spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray.

2. Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt until there are no lumps.

3. Add oats, raisins, pineapple, carrots and banana. Stir until everything is coated with the flour mixture. 

4. Add the egg, applesauce, and milk and stir until combined. The batter will be runny.

5.  Put 1/3 cup of mixture into each muffin cup. Bake for 23 minutes or until golden.

6. If you want to freeze the muffins wait until they are completely cooled (otherwise they'll get mushy) and then put them in an airtight container and put that in the freezer!

And voila! You have healthy muffins to eat for the week! Enjoy!