Something old turned into new


Do you ever get tired of getting the mail each day, opening it and feeling lazy just leaving it on the counter top of your kitchen? If you are one of those people that are like my husband than I get it.  I on the other hand have OCD (obsessive Compulsive disorder) I have to have my house nice and tidy, clean. It drives me batty when I see my house get cluttered, or just disorganized. I usually have to go behind my husband and clean up what he leaves around the house which I know drives him nuts, but hey happy wife, happy life right?

So where am I going with this well I went shopping the other day and just could not find what the heck I was looking for . We had a bare wall in our kitchen and for the longest time I did not know what to put up on that wall till I came with an idea to put something up there to hold our mail so it would no longer have to be piled up on our kitchen counter.  I decided to finally go into our local town Sutter Creek and shop at our wonderful antique stores. If you have never been into Sutter Creek please come visit the best little shabby Chic town with B&B’s, antiques, consignment stores, and great little restaurants. Oh one thing I forgot to mention this town is in the heart of wine country, or I would like to call it little Napa.  The wine country is a hidden gem in Northern California, trust me my husband and I lived in Rancho Murieta for three years and stumbled across the wine country one day, and never went back to the crowded Napa.  Next door to Sutter Creek is Amador City small quaint little town with a wonderful bakery, and my favorite store Bellflower garden store. They have so many unique things in that store from garden stuff to in door decor. I went there and found an old antique rod that had hooks on it with the old tag holders attached. I fell in love with it and looked at it for the longest time, and realized I can make something out of this!  bought it for 18 dollars and took it home to get started to design what I wanted out of it.

When we bought our house, the people who lived in our house before us had left a lot of reclaimed wood downstairs underneath our deck.  I had kept all of it and put the wood in our shop to dry out and just to sit there until I was ready to use for what ever projects I could think up.  So I had found a long piece of wood that was a perfect length for the rod.  I then took that wood sanded it down a little around the edges. I didn’t want to sand it down a lot because I wanted that old rustic look for my  project. After I had sanded it down I then painted a clear coat over the wood to bring out the beautiful color of the wood.  once the wood was dry I then put on the back of the wood wall hanging wire to hang it up , and then drilled the rod into the wood.

once I was done doing all that I kind of got stuck was not sure what to do with the hooks.  I thought maybe I can use little baskets, but could not find anything to use. All the baskets that I found were like wicker or the wire baskets were to big.  Then I came across burlap bags, and once again light bulb came on. When I got home with the burlap bags I realized they needed a little oomph so I then stenciled the word mail, and added a flower to the last bag. To hang the bags on the hooks I then tied twine to the little hoops that were already on the bags.  Ta da the finished product is now hanging on my wall in my kitchen!  I love it and I love the fact that my mail no longer sits on the counter top everyday.  of course I think it is funny that my husband forgets it is up there and does not check the mail I have to remind him you have mail up on the wall.  The other day he said to me it is kind of cool because it is like Christmas you go to your stocking .  I honestly never thought of that, but of course if you won something in the mail and it was in your mail bag that would be more like Christmas.

With this whole  idea I wanted to really share to others out there to let your mind be creative.  We sometimes forget that old stuff out there can be used over and over with time.  we tend to want what is new or what is the trend, but I believe unique styles and ideas that you never find out there always are more valuable.


Something Fun for the kids how to make home made butter

Home made butter (2)

Home made whipped butter

The other day my husband who loves to cook mentioned to me that our heavy whipping cream that we had in the fridge was about to expire and that I better use it soon.  Well I thought to myself what am I going to do with it since I was really not going to use it anytime soon for any baking ideas.  Then it dawn on me a childhood memory of mine, Pioneer days in elementary school in Washington state.  Ok now I am going to date myself I know, but I had to share this since I LOVED those days that we would have in school.

For Pioneer days they would have us children dress up  wearing  1800’s clothing from bonnets, to crochet shawls, to little house on the prairie dresses. It was a lot of fun to feel like being in another period of time for just one day.  We would learn how they lived, how they were craftsman, miners, farmers, homemakers etc. back in those days.  I would remember  how the women would wash their clothes, how they would iron the clothes, but one particular thing I would like to do was churn the butter in the tall old fashion churner.  I remember the person that did the presentation they would have the children inner act by pouring heavy whipping cream in the churn, and then she would pick someone from the group to churn for awhile. Each one of us would take turns, and then she would pull off the top of the churn and pull up the paddle to show the progress. I would be so fascinated to see how liquid would turn into that beautiful yellow whipped butter. I have to be perfectly honest the best tasting butter ever as well as all natural.

Now to present day I decided to go ahead and make whipped butter since I did not want to let that heavy whipping cream go to waste, but of course I don’t have a churn right! I always keep my left over glass jars that were previously used for salad dressing, or seasonings. I never get rid of them when they become empty because you can use them again for something like this.  So I had a mason jar and a left over dressing jar to use .  This is the part  that I know kids would love to do since you will get to teach them a little bit of science, and a little bit of history.  Such an easy and fun thing to do with the kids, but also teaching them they can help in the kitchen with you.

So what I did was I added a cup of heavy whipping cream in the mason jar, covered it with the lid nice and tight, and just started to shake it up.  Now when I noticed that it started to clump inside that of course is the butter, but during this process you are also making butter milk.  You will see that there is still some milk inside go ahead and poor that out.  I did that process by using a bowl and having a small colander over the bowl in case some of the butter falls out you can pick that up and put it back into the mason jar.

Home made butter idea

Put the lid back on the mason jar and shake again for awhile. You will see some more butter milk in the jar so repeat the step to drain it.  Keep shaking the mason Jar until you no longer see the milk, and the butter becomes a nice yellow color, and nicely whipped.

finally your are done you have whipped butter in the mason jar, and you can save the buttermilk for making butter milk pancakes, or for baking whatever you want.  I added the butter milk in the other jar that I had because I will eventually make a nice ranch dressing.  Keep the two in the fridge for about two weeks.  This idea is inexpensive, flavorful for baking or you can make different flavored butters from sage to garlic.  plus you even get to make butter milk for other baking or cooking processes, enjoy!

The Coolest Idea for ladies!


Picture courtesy of Mon

Ok ladies I came across this website that I am totally hooked!  If you have a vice of purses, shoes and sunglasses like I do then this is for you.  I came across this website on Twitter and was so curious about it.  Totally a cool idea where you get to design your own purse the way you want it.  They have hand bags, clutches, and big purses.  You get to pick the materials, the colors, and monogram them.  They are a little pricey, but save some money and really make it your own!

Check it out Mon  I am hooked!