Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mini Post on Facebook

This weekend I posted a “mini-post” on Facebook. If you follow me there you may have seen…if not…here is a link to the post. Facebook is such a great way for me to stay in touch in between post….I hope to see you on there! Just like the page and it will always show up on your newsfeed for Facebook.

I shared a few of the details and recipes from this past weeks girls night out!

See you on Facebook :)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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French Onions

Warning….these are addictive. Oh my are these onions good! So simple and yummy! You feel like it should be a special occasion…but you can have these on any old night…they are a cinch to throw together! Perfect with steak or chicken….mouth watering….goodness. Gosh, aren’t onions just grand??!?! Unsure why people call yummy, crusty, cheesey, oniony, goodness “French”….but whatever…


Yes, people may break out into a brawl for the golden crusty goodness on the sides of the dish. It is worth someone loosing an eye, in my opinion.
 May be the easiest thing in the world to make; in a bowl mix water, oil and Worcestershire. Toss in sliced onions. Mix up. Pour in baking dish.
 Use the same bowl to mix up croutons, cheese and parsley.
Bake and seriously Praise God for the onion cheesy goodness. Amen.
Ingredients
2 sweet onions sliced
1/4 C water
3 T Worcestershire
2 T olive oil
Toss and bake covered with foil 425 for 20 minutes.
Toss 1 C croutons, 1/2 C jack cheese, salt, pepper, dash olive oil, parsley. Pour over
onions and bake additional 5 minutes uncovered.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Goodwill desk becomes coffee bar…

When you follow me on Facebook or twitter….you get to see things I pick up along the way. I love sharing those experiences with you all! I tweeted this picture of an $8 table I spotted. So sad looking….it needed a bit of love. We ended up covering the entire table up with lovely aspen wood and trim.

 Perfect size….not so perfect look!
 Covered the top with a beautiful piece of Aspen wood. Just liquid nails and a few brad nails (nail gun).
 On the sides and the back (inside) we placed some beadboard. This got a coat of white paint.
 2 pine shelves were add also. We supported these with runners made of 1 by 1 on the inside of the desk. The shelves just glide in and rest on those wood pieces.
 I used wood conditioner and then 3 coats of stain followed by 3 coats of poly. Wood conditioner will make the stain go on nice and evenly. You want to be sure you use it when you are staining a soft wood (like aspen and pine). They take stain super quick…and a wood conditioner will allow the coat of stains to even and prevent blochiness.
I used Minwax in dark walnut.
 And we did add a small trim around the whole top to finish off the aspen.
 To stain, I brushed on an entire coat, then wiped off with a rag.
 This old desk doesn’t know what hit her….we LOVE this little landing spot for coffee essentials!
 The shelves underneath hold mugs and travel cups. We also have all the hot coco and coffee under there too. So nice and organized!
Better than Starbucks!!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Creepy Painted Fruit

What is the strangest thing you have ever spray painted? For me…this project was the first time I have ever spray painted fruit. Yes, as in apples, oranges….fruit. I am hosting a girls night on Thursday and since it is Halloween week and all….I decided to make it all creepy. Here is a peek at some table decorations that maybe you can throw together this weekend for your Halloween festivities!


Unsure why I feel the need to call them “creepy”…but I figure with Halloween an all….
All you need is some fruit. I had oranges and apples available. I was inspired by this pin on pinterest. So cute…this little apple votive holder!
I used some wine bottles (if you don’t have any , I have hundreds)…carry on here, nothing to see….I enjoy wine…and the bottles it comes in :)
The wine bottle holds the fruit so you can spray paint all around it evenly. I used Krylon Dual Spray paint in black
  Note: your dog may stare at you strangely when you take food outside and start spray painting it. Very confused little Putter….No worries, I won’t spray paint your dog biscuits. Yet…..
Let the paint dry over night. Then use a paring knife to cut a circular space out of the top of the fruit (making sure you use the end that doesn’t balance as well)
My candle fit better when I took it out of the metal cup holder. Be sure the wick rest on the inside though.
I gathered some random candlesticks (all silver) from around the house and placed the fruit on top.
I love a cheap, fun and spooky piece of fruit…all lite up for the party!
(A little tip, I cut mine today and I am keeping them wrapped up in my fridge…so all I have to do is take them out and light!)

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Boneyard Breadsticks

No bones about it….these are some seriously easy “wow” factor bread sticks! I got the recipe from the Rhodes bread Co website. How cute! Perfect for your Halloween dinner!! Pairs great with soup or chili!

To speed the thawing process…I placed them in the microwave (25 seconds, flip over 25 seconds) Then cover with sprayed cling wrap and place in a warm spot for about an hour. Then you can roll them out…and let them rise another hour.
Spray pan with cooking spray…
Brush with butter sprinkle with cheese and garlic salt…
Bake 350 for 20 minutes!
You can make them in morning and they are ready for dinner :)
Happy Halloween cooking!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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