Monday, August 8, 2011

Reupholstery Project

Hello and Happy Monday! It is Monday, isn't it? I always lose track this time of year. With football season in our sights and school starting up in a few days, I'm rushing around to get things done. The players report for training camp tomorrow and Coach is up to his eyeballs in everything football, so my to-do list just got a lot longer!

The Gridiron Gang did manage to squeak out one more relaxing Summer weekend before the football frenzy begins. We spent Saturday visiting with family in Dallas...playing laser tag, bowling and enjoying a nice dinner. Sunday we boiled up a bunch of shrimp, laughed at the length of our list of things we should be getting done, and played in the pool all day. Ahhhhhh, the calm before the storm.

Anyway, as mentioned in a previous post, I've been working on a reupholstery project. My husband and I inherited a beautiful, formal dining room set from his parents. I've been told it might have been a wedding gift to them from their parents, but I haven't been able to confirm that yet. Anyway, Coach and I have had the dining set for years and it's needed to be reupholstered for quite some time. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to doing it. If I had known how easy it was going to be, I would have done it ages ago!

All I needed was 3 yards of fabric to cover the eight chairs, a screwdriver, scissors, and a staple gun. Man, I love my staple gun! My Daddy gave it to me a few years ago and I use it ALL THE TIME. Anyway, here's a little glimpse of my before and after project....EASY PEASY!

Before - Chair with original covering

Removed seat by unscrewing from base

Measured and cut fabric

Centered fabric, stretched to remove any slack and stapled

Screwed seat back onto base


Dining room is complete and ready to be decked out for Fall!

Hope you all have a GREAT week!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Blueberries and the Perfert Summer Smoothie

Happy Friday! I hope you all are enjoying your summer and staying cool. This crazy heat is no joke...112 degrees here in lovely East Texas yesterday. Remind me not to complain when there's snow on the ground.

Coach is back to the football grind, so the Knuckleheads and I have been trying to entertain ourselves and enjoy our last couple of weeks before school starts.  A hot as it's been, we've been trying to find indoor activities as much as possible. However, a few days ago I got an email from our favorite little blueberry farm, saying that the picking season was coming to an end. That was all we needed to encourage us to brave the heat and spend a morning picking blueberries. It was as hot as the hinges of the devil's door and we were the only ones crazy enough to be out there, but I'm so glad we went! We picked a pile of the sweetest blueberries I've ever tasted. We gave ourselves blueberry tummyaches eating so many right off the trees as we picked!

We've been having fresh berries on our cereal and oatmeal every morning. We've made blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, blueberry syrup and fruit salad with loads of blueberries...and we still had plenty to freeze for later. We kinda love blueberries.

Of all the ways to use the berries, my favorite is a simple smoothie. They are so easy to throw together and you can knock out several servings of fruit and dairy in one glass. Here's how I make mine....

Start with 1 cup of 1% milk, add 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 banana, 4 strawberries, a few peach slices and a small handful of blueberries. Then...

Add a big handful of baby spinach. No really, it's awesome! You can't taste the spinach at all and it's so good for you. My kids love love love these smoothies!

Just give them a whirl and I bet you'll love them too!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL weekend!

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