I've always been a a creative person. Carl has too, though, I tell him all the time that he surprises me every time he whips a new talent out that I never saw coming. Such as this:
(Before and After)
Someone on craigslist posted that they had a free desk to give away, so I told Carl, "Hey, you should check it out." So, he did and he sent me the picture on the left. In my head, I said, "Bummer, it's yucky, maybe another free desk will show up" but Carl said, "Fun project!" So he brought it home, glued the top back on (the picture doesn't show its terrible curling top due to water damage... you can kind of see it on the back right corner), sanded it down, stained it, put the handles all back on, and voila! We have a new desk! We brought it inside, but unfortunately, the stain still smells toxic and it needed to air out some more. It's a really well crafted desk though- all the drawers are fitted and glued together, nothing like the desks we have around today.
When we moved out here, I told Carl that if we could find a cheap glider chair, I would really like one. Not really a necessity, but it would be pleasant to have one during late night baby parties. Yes, they will be parties, not moan and groan getting out of the bed to change poopy diapers. I try to be optimistic. Well, what's cheaper than free?! I joined the local Freecycle.org, posted a want for a glider, and a lady contacted me soon after that she had one with an ottoman to give me! Talk about kind people, right?! I had been searching for weeks on craigslist and they were all at least $50 or 50 miles away if less than that. We picked it up the next day and it was kind of yucky because it had been in the garage for several months and also had really stained cushions, but this time it was my turn to say, "fun project!" Here are the results:
(I don't feel like the picture did the new fabric justice, so here's what it looks like up close)
And here we have my new Boppy pillow cover! I really had no idea what I was doing, but it turned out fairly nice in my opinion. Carl chose the fabric (well, I gave him 3 choices to choose from) and it was much cheaper and better than the store-bought covers. Maybe I'll have business making Boppy covers... or maybe I should continue studying and be a licensed nurse :)
Finally, I just had to share a recipe. I meshed two recipes into one from a Better Homes & Garden cookbook and I must say, it's fantastic. Last night, I made a dozen of these Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins. Right now, there are 4 left. And Carl and I haven't shared them with anyone. Without further ado, I present:
Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins
1 1/3 c. flour
3/4 c. rolled oats
1/3 c. white sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon (I just eyeballed it)
About 1 c. sweetened dried cranberries. I may have used 3/4 c.
1 beaten egg
3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. oil (I usually bake with canola)
3 tbs. brown sugar
3 tbs. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbs. butter
2 tbs. nut of your choice (I used chopped almonds)
1. Pre-heat oven to 400* and grease/flour each muffin tin. Or use paper/foil muffin cups!
2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and seperate those clumps of sticky cranberries. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together and then pour into the dry ingredient well.
4. Mix only enough so that everything is moist and there is no longer any dry ingredients
5. Fill each muffin cup about half way.
6. Top with streusel topping.
- To make: combine all the dry ingredients except the nuts. Cut in butter until course crumbles appear. Mix in nuts.
7. Bake for 18-20 min.
8. Take out, wait about 5 minutes, and delight in the new tasty treat. Mmmmmmm!