Friday, June 20, 2014

Distressing Addiction...

Hi, my name is Carrie-Eve, & I have a distressing PROBLEM....I guess the first step is admitting you have a problem, right?! Haha. My newest addiction is distressing furniture.... I actually have to also admit that I have a SERIOUS love/hate relationship with the whole process too. I am almost always indecisive when it comes to things like this...I can never decide on colors, patterns, etc. Then again, I'm pretty insatiable with everything after a while too & am almost always changing up the way things look! (God love Mr.Hooah for putting up with my craziness! haha!) I found this little antique desk on Craigslist, which is my usual go-to place when looking for things I want/that need a 2nd chance at life! I knew it had potential & I was right because the outcome made me fall in complete love with it! And that old chair you see, well, I got it for free at The Airborne Attic 2 years ago. Yes, I know, I'm somewhat of a pack-rat! I knew it was meant for something, some day, & finally I found a use for it! I wasn't sure how I wanted to do it, you know, make it look pretty... & at first I thought I would reupholster it, but I coincidentally couldn't find my heavy duty stapler, so I decided to sew a cover for it so I can also take it off & remove it to wash it when/if need be. I must say it was a rather interesting process but I am so very happy with the way it all turned out! Mr.Hooah & I set out to Lowes to have some turquoise-ish paint mixed up & wouldn't you know we lucked up on this color that someone had returned & it is VALSPAR & was only $10 for the gallon! I also bought a return of a white/grey sample someone returned & they had it marked down to fifty-cents! I was more than stoked! The yellow color is the color we used for our bathroom. I used all 3 colors too! First came the sanding process...then I painted 2 coats of the golden yellow, 3 coats of turquoise, & then distressed this baby with my new sander Mr.Hooah bought me! That's when you know it's true love...when your husband shares his power tools with you & even buys you a few! Haha. After that, I dry brushed some of the white-grey over the sanded a few spots to give it a little more of a rustic-distressed look & this is what I created!

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken

Hiatus has yet again become me! I know I do not have to go into major dets about how hard it is to run a blog, as I am sure most of you already know it can be time consuming! But I have been so busy with other things... like, distressing furniture... or adopting a new furbaby... and trying to keep up with all the holidays/Army Wife Life! It's been a little hectic! And hectic means quick & easy dinners! I have made several new recipes that we love & I have added to my cookbook! Usually I won't eat chicken on the bone, unless its a drumstick, but this recipe is a great cheap one & its not too bad for you ither...MUCH better than fried chicken!
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Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken
1 pk. chicken drumsticks
1 tsp. kosher salt 
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 c. honey
2 TBSP. apple cider vinegar
  •  Mix spices & set aside.
  • Mix honey & vinegar, set aside.
  • Cover both sides of chicken with spice mix, set on sheet pan lined with foil & sprayed with non-stick spray. Cook in a 350' oven for 30 mins (cooking time may vary a bit depending on oven), flipping half way through. Then turn broiler on high and cook 5-7mins on one side, then flip & cook another 5-7mins. 
  • Now baste the chicken with honey mixture, be sure to really cover it with the mixture. Add to oven again & let it cook until the honey starts to thicken up & glaze. You can add another swipe of honey mix if you like it sticky!
  • Take it out of oven, let rest for 5-10 mins before serving.