Silver Dining Table

Alright, lets see how the dining room has evolved over the past month and a half.

This is how it was staged when we looked through it before buying:

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Ok, lovely terra cotta walls accented by slate-ish grey. (Sarcasm.)
Actually, that accent wall was so dark in person that it looked black. Depress…

Here is the 1969 vintage dining table we bought before the table makeover:
(Room also got a paint job!)

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It was sooooo beat up, and with the dark floors and dark chairs I really wanted to paint it.
(No way was I going to sand and stain that sucker!)
Enter here:

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At least we changed the chandelier! That old sucker looked like it was about to come crashin’ down!

Alas, I wasn’t feeling the table…and our vintage wall hangings weren’t working either…Sorry, Duke!!

Bring on the silver!

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Yay! The pics don’t really show up the silver too well, but trust me, it’s fab!
Exactly what I wanted!

Now I just have to deal with the smell of spray paint up my nose.

Note to self: Next time, wear a mask.

-S.

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Chocolate Green Monster

Green Monsters have totally saved my life. Totally.
I generally have no use for salad. Ugh, I know. BAD.
The only kind of salad I like is one covered with chicken, bacon, pecans, cheese, blah blah blah.

However, that is not always so great for your health.
I used to eat one salad at a restaurant (*cough* Boston Pizza) thinking I was soooo good.
Then I went online and saw that this salad had 1500 calories.

Yipes. That’s like, pretty much an entire day’s worth for me.

Anywhoo, to the point, I found Green Monsters, which is a smoothie made with spinach.

GASP! I know, but YUM.

You can’t even taste the greens and it’s a great way to get the nutrients.
Not to mention that I had my braces tightened yesterday *ouch* and thought I would starve to death.

I usually drink the same old one, which I will post another time, but this morning I was needin’ some choco!

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This will be great for those who enjoy dark chocolate, it’s not overly sweet but I love it!

Chocolate Green Monster

1 1/2 cups of almond milk
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1 frozen banana, thawed
2 heaping tablespoons of pure cocoa
1 tablespoon of flaxseed powder

Place ingredients in order of list, blend until completely smooth with no pieces of spinach remaining.

I would rather drink this than a sugar-filled breakfast drink any day!
If I had some protein powder I would have added that as well.

You can also add ice if you like.

Enjoy!

-S.

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Thanksgiving Dinner OOTD

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Top: Target, Skirt: Thrifted,  Sweater: Marshalls, Purse: Thrifted, Booties: Walmart, Sunglasses: Target

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Cookbook Review: Double Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld

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This weekend I decided to try one of my two cookbooks by Jessica Seinfeld, wife of Jerry Seinfeld.

If you do not know who Jerry Seinfeld is then GET. OUT.

Joking! ..But seriously…

ANYWAY! If you aren’t familiar with her methods, Ms. Seinfeld’s mission is to get children to eat more vegetable via purees that she sneakily puts into meals and desserts. I still struggle with liking veggies, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I went for her Balsamic Chicken Sanwich.

Obviously I can’t post the recipe here, but it DID call for half a cup of broccoli puree. And I hate broccoli.
Surprisingly I couldn’t taste it at all and it was delish!

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I also made her brownies from the first cookbook, Deceptively Delicious. And while they tasted like reduced-fat brownies, I couldn’t taste the half cup of carrot and spinach purees, respectively.

One problem I had with the sandwiches, however, is that they were a bit of a pain to make.
That could be because I’m thinking of them as just sanwiches, but there seemed to be a lot of prepping and bringing to boil and reducing and covering, etc. I also had to add a bit more brown sugar than the recipe called for.

I’m sure that if using purees was a regular thing in your house, then you would have puree already at hand such as Jessica suggests.
I had to make mine prior to beginning the actual recipe.

Good news is, as I said before, it tasted great and I couldn’t even taste the broccoli which is fantastic.

So far, so good! I will for sure be using both of her cookbooks more often and reviewing the recipes.

-S.

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Saturday Project: Book Shelves!

When my husband and I moved into our new house we got rid of our big IKEA Billy bookcases.
Our new place has 10″ baseboards and I really didn’t want to to carve into the back of them so that they would fit flat against the wall.
Also, they would have to be painted. Ughhhh. No, thanks.

I’m an avid reader and houses without books kind of creep me out.
When we looked at this place there was nary a book in sight.
After a month of living here I was getting antsy to get some books out. I would go into the family room, (more like big pile of boxes room)
and rifle through my books, gazing at them lovingly.

I wanted shelves beside my comfy chairs, here:

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Pardon the black cords. They are gone.

We got pre-cut shelves from the Home Depot and spent some time putting them together. Enter aggravation.

Then I spent some time arranging books on them and voila:

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But J. thought it looked too uniform. The LAST thing I expected from my rawther OCD husband…

Soooooo, ok. I can mess it up. Et voila:

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Huzzah! He says it looks more cozy, I say it holds more books. Both great things, by the way.

Slowly but surely starting to feel like home..

-S.

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Saturday OOTD

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skirt: H&M tunic: Marshalls cardi: Walmart purse: Thrifted belt: Talbots boots: Costa Blanca scarf: Thrifted

Thanks to my hubby for taking pics!

-S.

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“Eggs”cellent!

breakfast!

Today marked our first actual ‘Saturday Morning Breakfast’ in the new house.
Something nicer than a bowl of Cheerios.

Please, God.

I used a recipe from Eating Well…Living Thin, a yummolicious ‘Spinach Cheese Bake’.

I LOVE Linda’s blog! I’ve been using her recipes for almost a year now, and she truly helped me make healthier meals without being so over-the-top that it felt overwhelming. 25 lbs later, I can honestly say that I found Linda’s blog at a time when I very much needed some guidance and it made a huge difference.
Thanks, Linda!

I made a couple of modifications based on what I had in the fridge, etc.
I used sugar instead of splenda, and light ricotta instead of cottage cheese.
I also used fresh baby spinach and not as much as would be in a package of frozen since I sometimes have trouble eating all my vegetables!
(Baby steps…)

It was sooooo good, and my husband loved it!

Have a great Saturday!

-S.

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