Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Holy Easter Weekend

Flash back to circa 1967ish
Me, between my Grammie and Mom. 
Somerset, NJ, right before we moved to Louisiana

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy Day from the McKee Clan and lots of friends.  
We gathered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for our annual family reuinion and parade watching party.

That is MissAllyAnn saying "Daddy pick me up, please!!"

 The food table and decorations were set and ready.  My fudge was a hit!

 Look how great my Mom can multi task.  Talking and manning her Irish coffee bar.

We had rain gear ready, but with our Irish luck the rain waited until the parade finished!

 We will be in the same spots next year enjoying the family fun!

Monday, March 14, 2016

I CAN make fudge

I have tried for years and years to make any kind of fudge....and failed every time.  This recipe is a keeper, White chocolate pistachio Irish cream fudge!  It is only four ingredients and I bet you could easily substitute any flavor of chocolate and ingredients.

St. Patrick's day is this week, try a batch and share.

All of your leprechans will be very happy!
Maybe one will leave you a pot of gold.

I used Ghiradelli white choclate morsels
 32 ozs. I used three bags. 
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
1/2 cup Bailey's Irish Cream

You basically combine morsels, add canned milk, Bailey,'s and start stirring in a sauce pan.  No thermometer needed.  Just constantly stir, then remove from heat and add chopped nuts.

Pour into an 8x8 pan (line with foil and lightly greased)
I did not have an 8x8, so I used my 7 x 9.
I also refrigerated overnight before I sliced.  But, I think room temperature slicing would have worked better and made nicer slices.

Recipe found on Pinterest, my board "a wee bit Irish".

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The hunt continues

So I found the most perfect buffet.  Refreshed her with some paint and now it is time to accessorize the darling.
Do I layer like crazy? Dear lillie

A giant mirror is a must, but centered or off centered? Refresh Restyle
 Lamps, one or two?  One would settle the off centered mirror issue. Decorate Design Review
 Monochromatic or eccentric? Stone Gable (sorry could not find link)
Now you know why you have not seen the completed project yet.  I want to show it finished and pretty. I have narrowed down a lamp, but it is pricey and so I am still on the hunt.  Or will splurge. Looking for 3 foot by 3 foot mirror or larger.  Just a little more patience and I will have the look I want!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Buffet transformation begins....

I really stress over painting over a wooden piece of furniture.  If it has a strong family heirloom connection, I will not.  But, the buffet I wanted to replicate, could not be found new to buy.  So to Craig's list I went and found a beauty to resemble this look!
Less than Perfect Life of Bliss
I found a pretty nice cousin, don't you think?  I have already removed the hardware in the below photo, but it is exactly the same as the above picture.  
This lady has long skinny legs and the length is a nice 60 inches.  The drive to pick her up was about an hour, but at a great price it was worth it.  It is a mahogany Kindel piece.  I emailed them with the information I could find printed on the buffet.  They emailed back and advised it was early 1980's.

The Sherwin Williams Pure White paint is really bright and exactly the color I wanted for this piece. 
She has nice curves and is super glossy!  Did I mention the extra storage?!
So if you picked number three from my previous post, you were correct.  So, area two of "Project light and bright my front room" is taking shape.  More to come, stay tuned.

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