Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Cure for What Ails You!

I think I've just discovered baking therapy. Last night I got home from work, a little beaten down and worse for the wear. I pulled out my mixing bowl and pans and proceeded to make a huge batch of chocolate banana bread, peanut butter chocolate cupcakes and coconut chocolate cupcakes. And VOILA, I felt renewed and had dozens of baked goods to show for it. The best part is that I'm allergic to wheat so I can pawn them off on everyone else!!

So for any of you looking for a cure for the blues, here's a perfectly amazing recipe to try.


1 cup margarine, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
6 bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup lite sour cream
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugar and eggs. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Sift in flour, baking soda and cocoa; mix well. Blend in sour cream and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A dining room I like . . . and other small victories.

So I PROMISE not all of my posts will be about my house projects, BUT I've been working hard on them and wanted to share.

After 2 years of looking for the right table, paint color, chairs, etc., I'm finally happy with the dining room AND even ended up saving money on the deal thanks to craigslist! I love Craig.


This is a cardboard sign courtesy of my creative genius sister, Cubbie. It hangs prominently in my basement in honor of her brilliance.

Two favorite things -- art and books.

I searched for a huge map for my kitchen forever and finally found one at Ikea. It even matches the colors in my kitchen, although not really that table cloth.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mysteriously WONDERFUL Wednesday

So I just got called down to the front desk to find this waiting for me . . .
And this was the mysterious card. I'm a HUGE Friday Night Lights fan so it must be someone who knows me well enough to know that. Hmmm.
Any guesses?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Nickle & Dime-ing!

I think it might be in my genes to love all things garage sale, antique shop, free-from-the-side-of-the-road, etc. So here are a few of my favorite “finds”.

One of my first purchases. A $25 chair from an estate sale, where I had to throw a few elbows to capture this gem.

I LOVE this lamp. $2 from my old roommate's garage sale.

A Luckett's Store find. It was being pulled off a truck and I snagged this baby for $10. I sanded down the trim and painted them, and voila!

This was free! I painted it and changed the knobs. They're cute little clocks now.
A craigslist purchase, changed from gray paint with black industrial knobs to cute yellow with flowers.

Garage sale post!

A pair of matching garage sale chairs for a total of $5 with homemade pillows.

A gift from my friend Jill from a garage sale in Amish Country, no less. Scandalous and AWESOME!

Now, who's excited for Garage Sale Season to start?!!!!