Sunday, February 23, 2014

ALLISON'S BRIDAL SHOWER

My beautiful sister-in-law is getting married in less than a month! Here are a few pictures from her
bridal shower that took place at Nathan & Allison's future home together...













Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A RECIPE FOR SUNSHINE

SUNNY COCONUT SHRIMP
(a healthy paleo recipe)


About this time of year I'm always changing up the way I cook in the kitchen. Bring back the fresh fish tacos and large salads. Most of all it's time to bring the BBQ out of hiding. That's something to get excited about! 

Today's recipe is something so easy and simple I can't believe I haven't been making this longer. This meal goes well paired with an over abundance of fresh salad and homemade vinaigrette dressing! The perfect hello to spring!

All you need to make this mouth watering recipe is the following:

1 lb of raw de-vained and detailed shrimp
2 cups - Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
1/3 cup - Coconut Oil
1/2-1 tsp (depending on how much paprika flavor desired) - Paprika
1/2 tsp - Sea Salt
1 tsp - Ground Pepper

Start by preparing a cooking sheet wrapped with foil. This helps with cleanup of the messy coconut. 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Prepare a small bowl with the coconut oil melted. This will be used for dipping the shrimp in.

Prepare a flat bowl with the coconut and spices all mixed together.

Next take the shrimp and dip it into the melted coconut oil. Take the shrimp with the coconut oil on it and cover it in the bowl of coconut and spices until well covered then place the coconut shrimp on the tray. Repeat this process with each piece of shrimp.
Cook in the oven until a golden color appears on the top of the shrimp (about 8-10 minutes).

Enjoy!






Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Braided Crown

1    || Begin by parting your hair down the middle into two sections. Tie each section together to keep separated.










2    || Braid each side into french braids.  For more of a raised look reverse french braid. Create this look by moving each strand under instead of over. Take the braid along side your hairline to create a crown look.








3    || Repeat this step on the other side.












4    || Once you are finished you should have two reverse french braids. Take the braids and cross them one over the other into a twisted bun bobby pinning the over lapping braids wherever needed to keep in place.








5    || Place bobby pins wherever needed along braid path to keep secure.










6    || Loosen braid to create a timeless and loose looking braid.











7    || You're finished! You've created the "dutch braided" look.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

DIY headboard: step-by-step

Here is a step-by-step on how to make a headboard. Go to your local home store and fabric/craft store to pick out the following products:
1 large piece of plywood cut (at the store) in the size that works best for your bed. From the fabric store pick out a batting that will be just the right amount of padding that you want to create. I suggest medium. If there is too much padding there will be ridges around the outside showing the thickness through the fabric. Too thin will not give the desired "fluffy" look. After stapling the batting to the plywood with a staple gun, add in a thin batting for a more even look. staple to the plywood on top of the thicker batting.
After the batting(s) have been added and stapled to the plywood, add your favorite shade of fabric as the fabric that will be the final display for the headboard. This fabric should preferably have some texture, durability and not stretch when pulled and stapled on the plywood.
Above is after the batting, and fabric have been stapled to the plywood.
Choose a trim style that suits your taste. Along with that thick trim, pick a smaller strip that will go around the outer edges to completely conceal the plywood in the back. Measure the distance around your headboard so you have enough trim!
Pick out your favorite paint! This is the fun part! Be creative. I just chose a neutral taupe tone and added bronze for accents ( Martha Stewart Metallic Paint- Gravel and Vintage Gold) 
Don't be too picky about how you paint the trim. I painted inconsistently to get a more aged look. So don't fill in everything! Once the gravel gray color was added I whisked on the vintage gold paint for accents and the aged look.
Measure the desired angle that your trim must connect at and use a skill saw to create the angle.
The above picture shows the smaller piece of trim on the outer corner and the angle achieved. The picture on the right shows the corners connected before caulking. 
Connect the trim to the headboard using finishing nails. Finishing nails help connect the trim to the headboard without being able to see the nails!
Once connected with finishing nails, take a small amount of caulk to all divots created by the finishing nails and the corners of trim connected that have space. Caulk until an even seamless look is achieved. Let dry (if needed) then top with the same painting technique as used previously.
To make the headboard stand upright, use the leftover wood from the plywood backboard as legs (this is why it is important to have a sturdy plywood, so that the headboard can stand up without breaking).
Measure the desired height from the floor to the bed and screw in the legs using shorter screws that only screw into the plywood and no deeper. Use multiple screws in all areas to keep sturdy.


There you have it! Your brand new headboard that in the end only cost me a little over $100, but worth so much more for the time and effort! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thanks for reading!