Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pork and Sweet Potatoes



 Ingredients
1 lb ground pork
2 large sweet potatoes
1/4 1b fresh cleaned string beans 
handful of whole walnuts
olive oil 
balsamic vinegar
pomegrante juice
1/2 cup water







For this recipe I tossed sweet potatoes and string beans with 2 tbls of olive oil and roasted in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.I flipped the veggies at the 10 min mark. After I turned off the heat, I added the handful of walnuts to the pan  for 1 minute and then  remove from oven.


While the veggies were roasting, I sauteed one whole onion in 1 tbls of olive oil. I cooked it on high trying to get it browned . After the onions browned, I added 2 cloves of garlic and sauteed that for about 1 minute. Next I added 1 lb of ground pork, (this was very lean and added almost no fat to the dish), and I cooked it down for about 5 minutes. At this point, the pork is not very colorful . I added 1/2 cup of water to deglazes the pan and pick up all the brown bits from the pan. Immediately you'll see the pan start to color up with all that beautiful flavor being released into the dish. I added some salt and pepper and 2 tbls of balsamic vinegar.  Next, I added 3 tbl of pomegrante juice. I wanted to add some sweetness but not too much. 

Continue to simmer on high, cooking down until all the liquid has been absorbed. Lower the heat between high and medium and brown the pork . This will take another 4-5 minutes. 
The  pork is served over the roasted vegetables on a platter and sprinkled with fresh chopped parsley.

The flavor was perfect and it was low carb. I like it served in a bowl. 
The next morning I had some  the leftover with an over easy egg. 
This dish was a win for my family and I would make it for dinner again. I wonder what other veggies would compliment the ground pork topper?



With love and gratitude,

Michele












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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Funtastic Friday #187

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Brazilian Lemonade with Coconut
Heidi's favorite - Brazilian Lemonade with Coconut @ My Recipe Treasures
Pecan Pie Cheesecake - Creamy cheesecake filling is topped by a sweet layer of caramel pecans. This easy dessert recipe is one for the record books!
Debra's favorite - Pecan Pie Cheesecake @ Simply Stacie
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Donna's favorite - Teddy's Coca-Cola Attire @ Sunshine in the Attic
watermelon decoration
Cristy's favorite - How To Make A Watermelon Decoration @ Simply Designing
Resin poured marble coasters are the perfect addition to your home! Here we have used sea themed colors but you can mix and match any colors that work with your home decor for this easy resin pour project!
Shea's favorite - Poured Resin Marble Coasters @ Resins Crafts
Pineapple Upside Down Cookies - Pineapple upside down cake in cookie form because everyone loves cookies! Soft sugar cookie bottoms with a ring of pineapple and cherry center all covered in a brown sugar glaze!
Lacie's favorite - Pineapple Upside Down Sugar Cookies @ Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
mid century style sewing basket side table kreativk.net
Michele's favorite - Mid Century Style Sewing Basket Side Table @ Kreative K
Best Ever Peanut Butter Fingers
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Michele












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Monday, July 9, 2018

July Upcycle Challenge- Mermaid Table





Welcome to the July Upcycle Challenge.

Meet my Mermaid Magazine Table
(Say that 5x fast)


I love doing these challenges with my blogging friends because it keeps me busy, creative and very happy. It's also very exciting to see where everyone else's creativity takes them for the challenge.
 If you like a good challenge or you are intrigued by upcycling stop by and visit the other bloggers listed below. 
Don't forget to leave us a comment . 
We look forward to new friends and discussions.


Here is my Upcycle Challege. For this challenge we were tasked with finding a thrift store piece for $10 and under and giving it a new life.  My piece is actually a donation so I definitely hit the price point mark for this challenge.




My friends know I am an upcycle mama, a chalky painting fool and so they donate their cast offs to me. I get messages of sidewalk goodies and yard sales all the time. The other day my neighbor, lovingly, helped me walk a giant vintage display case down to my house.(Thank you Renee) Gosh , I love my friends. 

Anyway, my friend Rick is moving and gave me this little cutie.  Of course , I don't truly have a before picture because I got to painting in a hurry, like I do, like I do do do. Can you hear a little jingle there?

First things first, I give this piece a wipe down and a coat of Chalk Country Paint in Crisp Collar, which is our white.
After a coat and a half of paint and some drying time, I use some 100 grit sandpaper to sand the edges and various spots, to get it looking distressed.

Now what? 
Boring, so boring. 
Who even likes magazine stands? Forget it ,this thing is not going to work for me. Yuck. 

Oh wait , what if I make it beachy...like I do do do.

I see Mermaids. So off to the Graphicsfairy.com to pick out a killer image. Something so gorgeous I won't be bored. I need inspiration!
Tada. 
I like to call her, Inspiration. 
Suddenly I am seeing a very black and white piece. Oddly , not my norm.

I printed her on standard paper and cut her out . Then I used some Mod Podge to place her onto the table. I only applied the Mod Podge glue to the back of the paper and was very careful not to rip her. (I ripped her the 1st time I tried to apply her.)


 While she dries, I stencil on a few designs .
(There it is , the black and white)
 Yes
 Yes

Boo boo alert. What? After the paint dried a few hours, I took a bit of sand paper to knock back the painted embellishments and create a little more distress but that was a mistake.

Even though the paint was dry , the sanded bits began to cling to the stark white chalky paint. Ugh.
 Not a look I was going for here. ( The answer to this is to wax the entire piece before sanding the black embellishments to make them looked distressed ). This doesn't always happen but with the black and the white ...well.

After a deep breathe, I grabbed a tiny paint brush and began a few quick touch ups with my Chalk Country Paint . 
Next I top coated the paper image with a clear wax and buffed it. This seals in the printer ink and keeps it from bleeding onto your project.

The whole piece was interesting but not a wow piece. 

 I had picked up some Flood just for this reason. I believe that Flood will act like a glaze and will be tintable and easy to work with without drying too fast.
I used approx. 2 tbl of Flood (actually I used a cap full but I believe it's about that)
I added one drop of white acrylic craft paint and 2 drops of black craft paint to create my glaze.



Now to test it out. 





That works . 

Here we go now. 


At this point, I'm thinking of showcasing the mermaid with the diy glaze but after the blotting it didn't feel right.


But in the end I filled it all in ,working in sections glazing and blotting. When that was good and dry, I went over the whole thing with a quick coat of the DIY Glaze and blotted it (all the while moving and twisting my hand to ensure a random finish).
 I was very satisfied with the Flood in helping create the DIY Glaze.
Boy, have I got some ideas for the Flood.
This is a pic of the wet glaze before I blotted that last time.

Here she is finished. After all was said and done, I coated the piece with clear wax 2 more times to create a durable finish and protect the paper image.



I love her. She's such a Coastal Bohemian.







With love and gratitude,

Michele












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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Funtastic Friday #186

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I'd like to wish you all a belated Independence Day , although I'm pretty sure we just got a 2 week celebration out of this one day. 

I like to  keep my red, white and blue decor for the entire summer. Labor Day weekend is my cue to get ready for Fall decorating. 

Here's a fun  piece to keep around this summer. 

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BTW . I'm so excited to showcase 
Make A Stylish Bench from Nightstands In One Day @ Dazzle While Frazzled. I'm an Upcycler and I love this idea.

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Frozen Coffee Cream Pie @ Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
HOST FAVORITES
Create a drop zone by turning two old tables into a storage and seating bench.Michele's favorite - Make A Stylish Bench from Nightstands In One Day @ Dazzle While Frazzled
no bake homemade chewy granola bars with chocolate
Mexican corn on a baking sheet with mayo, feta cheese, cilantro, bacon, and lime wedges
Heidi's favorite - Mexican Corn on the Cob with Bacon @ Adventures of Mel
Painted Concrete Slab and Brick Pavers One Year Later - So Much Better With Age
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