Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Color Yellow and Good Karma...

Today I am painting my dining room.
I'll (hopefully) show you the results next time…
I originally painted the dining room a 
sunshiny, lemon yellow when I bought this house,
and it was my favorite room.

Yellow has always been a favorite color of mine. 
However, my tastes and moods have changed
a bit since.
I am going with yellow again,
but more of a "mustard" yellow this time.

I actually started this job yesterday.
I have always used a "satin" finish in the past
but this time I decided to be a little different
and choose the "eggshell" finish.
BIG mistake.
I think eggshell takes a better painter than me.
The first coat looks blotchy and streaked.
After a bit of research I find I can
paint satin on top of eggshell.
So…an early evening run to Lowe's
last night for a second gallon of paint.
I am using Lowe's Valspar
and to my happy delight,
their policy with this paint is
"…if you are not happy with the color,
have a second one on us."
Who knew????

I picked up Chinese takeout for dinner on the way home 
and, I kid you not, 
this is what my fortune cookie said,
"Focus in on the color yellow
tomorrow for good luck."
That's all the mojo I need and expect
good final results.
But in the meantime…
it's time to paint.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter Weekend!

I'm off this morning to drive to
Washington DC,
to spend the weekend with
my daughter Kate.
(Please send good karma my way,
that I won't get lost too many times!
It's a given I will some…)

Hoping everyone has a 
Easter weekend!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Nice Snack Cracker...

…you can make yourself!

Zesty Ranch Crackers

Mix together:
3/4 c. Orville Redenbbacher's Popcorn Oil
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing mix

 Add one large bag of small oyster crackers

Mix to fully coat the crackers.

Pour crackers onto a large rimmed baking sheet.
(I used the broiler pan from my oven.)
Bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 250 degree F. oven.
Using a spatula, toss and turn the crackers every 10 minutes.
Allow crackers to fully cool then 
store in an airtight container.

These are a great little snack cracker!
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