Thursday, March 22, 2012

*Holly Bake*

Yum, Yum here is a good recipe for you!!  

~Rocky Road Shortbread~

I found this recipe tucked away in one of my files. 
 I pulled the page out of Family Circle magazine 
back in November 2009.  
They look fancy but are actually easy to make...
I never should of waited so long!!

Here's the recipe.  Happy Baking!

Rocky Road Shortbread
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or use a Silpat sheet.

In bowl, beat together butter, sugar and vanilla for 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy.  Stir in flour, 1/3cup walnuts, salt.

Roll 1 Tablespoon dough into a ball; place on prepared sheet.  Repeat with remaining dough.  Gently flatten each ball to a 1/2 inch thickness and smooth out edges.  Bake for 16 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips in microwave.
 Remove cookies from oven and spread each with 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate, sprinkle on walnuts and add a few marshmallows.  Return to oven for 1 minute, until the marshmallows are softened.  Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

*Holly Paint*

When I found this table I knew it had potential!  

The top was completely split down the middle.  I knew my husband could of fixed the top but I wanted to do something fun instead.   I have been wanting to use pallet wood for awhile now and I had a pallet sitting in my workshop.   
So I had him pull off the broken top and use pallet wood to give the piece a whole new look.

Here's the final table...once again I'm wishing I had a spot for this in my house!   
Perfect as a small buffet table in a dining room (with the farmhouse table I just finished!), as a entry table, t.v. stand, on the patio or just about anywhere.  

I painted the base a dark turquoise first, then put on a thin coat of antique white and heavily distressed. 
 The pallet wood already had the dark turquoise color on it so this allowed it all to work together.  
Can't wait to get my hand on more pallets...I have so many ideas!!

Furniture Feature Fridays

*Holly Paint*

I found this table in hopes of using it in my kitchen but it just wasn't the right size.  
I was so disappointed because I really loved the style plus it has two leaves that store underneath so it was great for large gatherings.  

Oh, well...I guess someone else will get to enjoy it in their home!

I sanded the whole piece, painted the bottom an antique white and distressed heavily.  The top is stained with a dark walnut. 
 I wanted it to look like it came out of a farmhouse!

Here it is with the 2 leaves. 
 Oh...I sure wished it worked in my house!  
I will hate to say good bye to it!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

*Holly Paint*

I found this desk on Craigslist and I was kind of scared of it...but still wanted to take on the challenge.  I figured a little paint couldn't hurt anything.  So I grabbed a fun color of paint and a paintbrush and went to work.

Well, I can say that I am happy with the final product!  It is a dark turquoise (or teal?) color with a light distressing. 
 I put some fun knobs on it for an updated look.  
I can totally see this in a teen's room.
When I picked up the piece I wasn't into the side shelf but now I'm kinda liking it!  It give it a certain Charm!

Friday, March 2, 2012

*Holly Paint*

This End Table was given to me by my in-laws...they figured they could give it to me instead of sending it off to Goodwill.  
I'm thankful they did since it is a great piece. 

A little white paint, slight distressing and a vintage knob and it is a whole new piece!