Friday, February 12, 2016

Square Pottery Candy Dish

I just love how this dish turned out. I had all these ideas swirling around in my head that I wanted to try and I tried several of them out on this dish that I hand built.

First off, I slab rolled out my clay. Then I used a ruler to make a square template on newspaper and then cut that out of the slabbed clay. I did not use a mold with this one. I used slip and scoured my corners to join them and then made a small coil that I put inside each edge that I smoothed in to place.

After I finished making the body of the dish, I used the tip of a fettling knife to create the detail inside. Once that was finished, I made the feet, which I did my rolling balls and flattening them on both sides, then using a sculpting too I carved out the details that make it look like bottle caps. I put those in place by souring and using slip between the feet and the dish, the smoothed edges together.

Next was the detail on the outside with the coils. I made those to help fill in and strengthen the joined edges of the dishes.

Finally, the glaze. I really wanted to see the knife detailing I did inside so there is only a clear glaze on the inside sides. On the bottom I used a sandstone glaze with clear glaze over top and on the outside I did a dark blue glaze. This piece for me was more about the details I put in the clay rather than the design of the glaze.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Refinishing a Drum Set

This was my husband's project last winter. He grew up always playing the drums and had a set on and off. This is his current set. He decided that he didn't like the wraps that were on this set. He spent quite a bit of time looking up new wraps to buy to replace on his shells, but everything he found that he actually liked was quite pricey. He started taking off the wraps and noticed that his shells had a really nice grain pattern and decided instead of new wraps he was going to stain them and add many coats of a high floss lacquer.

He started out with just one to see how it would turn out and if he found the color of stain he liked and if the grain would look as awesome as he envisioned it would. It did. You can see up in the collage the center picture on the right is his first finished shell next to one of the ones ones with this burgandy wrap on it.

Of course all the hardware is still dated, but it works with the wood. I think the updated look actually makes them have more of a classic look. He's past that "flashy" drum set stage of his life and this is a very nice looking set.

There was still an investment in a high glass lacquer (I think he said he did 6 coats or so on them to get the level of glass he wanted) and stain, and the time was a considerable investment, but he now has a set he refinished and can be proud of.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Dairy Free Creamy Spinach Chicken

Dairy Free Creamy Spinach Chicken

3/4 C light coconut milk, warmed
3 T nutritional yeast
1 T dried onion
1 T Wildtree Garlic Galore
4 oz fresh spinach
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken
favorite seasonings


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Mix together coconut milk, nutritional yeast, onion and garlic seasonings,allow to rest for 5 minutes
  • Place spinach in the bottom of a greased casserole dish
  • Pour over the top of spinach
  • Stir to coat spinach
  • Place chicken on top
  • Sprinkle favorite seasonings on top of the chicken (I used Stonemill Essentials Steak & Chop Seasoning Mix and Parsley Flakes)
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Blog About My Travel Adventures

I have decided to start a travel blog about My Adventures in Travel, starting with our recent trip to Costa Rica. Please go check it out.

Friday, February 5, 2016

#ad Black Bean Burger Wraps with GrubMarket Avocados (REVIEW & GIVEAWAY too!)

I love lettuce wraps in lieu of buns. Don't get me wrong, I do love a nice ciabatta roll, but sometimes I want something lighter or am watching where my carbs are coming from. I wrap these black bean burgers that you can buy at Aldi Food Stores in my lettuce, but not before I top them with loads of other goodies including cheese, tomatoes, salsa and these organic avocados from Grub Market.

I knew my readers would love to hear about Grub Market and what exactly it is. It was new to me when I agreed to do this review and provide my readers with a giveaway. See that box full of fruits!!! They are all ORGANIC! When they arrived, they were either ready to eat or ripened in a few days. Included in this California Fruit Bounty Grub Box was a Pummelo, a Mandarin, a Blood Oranges, 2 Oranges, 3 Apples, a Pomegrante, an Avocado, a Pineapple, 2 Bosc Pears, and a container of Medjool Dates. This was the regular size grub box and it lasted our family of 4 about a week, but I also had some other fruits from the grocery store I already had purchased as well. They sell this box for $29.99, but is supposed to be a value of $45 and is for 2-3 people. They also sell a large box that is supposed to feed 5-6 people for $44.99 (value of $65).

Check back often or sign up for their email list to find out about specials on Grub Market. Right now they have organic loose red beets on sale for 50% off.

Now, the contents of your grub box can vary from time to time depending upon what is in season. So, what you see here might not be what my winner gets and might not be what you get with your order. You can also choose to have it delivered just one time or at a regular frequency every week, 2 weeks or 4 weeks.

Of course, you can always choose to buy each item individually and then you know exactly what you are getting. If you do that, I highly recommend these Medjool Dates. We had never had such wonderful tasting dates. Even the kids loved them and they weren't too sure about dates.

And it's not just produce they sell, you can buy a whole variety or food and beauty and health products on their website, but the greatest quantity of food is of the produce.Grub Market is helping make organic food, including produce available to anyone with just a few clicks online. My box was shipped via Fed Ex and if you buy $49+ you get free delivery as well.

If you like the GrubBox Idea, they also have a Sack Grub Box, Fruit and Snack Grub Box, and College Care Grub Box.

(GIVEAWAY ENDS  2/12/16)

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