What’s Up Wednesday: Walnut Pesto!

After yesterday’s blunder with the chair, I have a great recipe for you today! Walnut pesto!

But before we get to that, can I just say how hard it is to get a garage sale together by yourself? I hope I can pull it off!! I haven’t had time to even touch the wing-back chair since Saturday because I’ve been so busy. Wish me luck! I plan to have a full recap of how it went next week 🙂

Now, back to pesto. I have a couple container gardens in my back yard. One of them is full of basil, parsley, and rosemary. I haven’t been using them like I had hoped so they are still lush and full. I plan on finding ways to preserve the herbs so that I can use them over the winter. MY beautiful basil:

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I started with basil and decided to make pesto and freeze it! I looked at a lot of recipes and then just decided to wing it. I looked for pine nuts at Wegmans (only the most glorious grocery store ever) in the bulk section but couldn’t find any. They had some prepackaged but they were $9! No thank you! So I decided to get walnuts out of he bulk section instead. Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

4 cups basil

2 cups spinach (My pesto wasn’t as green as I wanted so I added it for it’s color as well as its extra nutrient boost!)

3/4 cups Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup walnuts

4 garlic cloves

the zest and juice from 1 lemon

1/2 cup-1 cup olive oil

In a food processor, combine all ingredients except oil.

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While processing, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until it is a pesto consistency. Make sure to frequently scrape down the sides. Then you’re done! I put half of the mixture in an ice cube tray to freeze. (Yes, the water bottle kind was the only one I could find that wasn’t being used)

gegwAnd the rest I put in the fridge to use in the next couple weeks!

gwThe first dish I made with it was a cold pasta dish. I had some leftover pasta in the fridge so I mixed it with some pesto, along with some diced zucchini, some grape tomatoes, and some red onion. So delicious!!!

gsI can’t wait to create more recipes for you guys soon! Once this garage sale is over anyways and I have my life back! Have a great hump day!!

Question of the day:

Does anyone have any advice for me on hosting my first garage sale? I could use some!!

~Amber

Transformation Tuesday #3 Fail…

I was really excited about today’s post.

I picked up this beauty FO’ FREE off of Craigslist. Isn’t she just gorgeous!?

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This is how I brought her home (trying to avoid the impending rain I might add)

sThank you so much to the nice man who helped me load it, gave me rope to tie it down, and gave me the chair…FO’ FREE!

The reason I’m so excited is because I have been looking to get my hands on one of these wingbck chair babies for about a year. But either the one’s I found were more than I was willing to pay or they weren’t in the greatest condition. But then this little piece of heaven came around and it was perfect. The seat is still firm so that means I can probably reuse the foam (which is expensive) and everything else was solid too! There is a little bit of cat scratched material but I plan to take that off anyways so it didn’t matter!

I know there are a million wingback chair tutorials out there on the web, but since this is a special moment for me that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, I’ll make this a brief one million and one….very brief

I bought a nice neutral linen fabric. I’m thinking about keeping this little darling so I knew I wanted a sophisticated and classy chair that could fit in with my changing styles. I thought this fabric would be perfect. I also knew I wanted to add some nice nailhead trim to give it that high class attitude.

I started to take it apart Saturday night around 5pm thinking that I could take it apart that night and then get to reupolstering it all day Sunday…

5 hours later and I had only gotten the back and one side ALMOST off…not even all the way! There are so many staples and teeth and metal contraptions on this thing that I gave up when I started to get blisters on my hands. I’ve decided I’m going to take it apart little by little to save my sanity. This week is horrible timing too because I’m trying to get ready for a garage sale that I’m having this weekend. So much to do!

But anyways, my grand plan on of having that chair done to show you guys today was an epic fail. Hopefully by next Tuesday I’ll have more to share!!

Have a great Tuesday all!!

Question of the day:

What kind of complications have you run into while working on a project?

~Amber

Juice your heart out!

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I recently got a brand new juicer! I bought it off Amazon. You can get the same one by clicking here! I didn’t want to buy a super expensive one because I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it, but even so, the one I got works awesome so far! I bought the Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor .

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I was so excited when it finally came!!

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So pretty!

I obviously had to start juicing right away 🙂 This first week I kind of just played around with different fruits and vegetables trying to find which ones I enjoy the most.

bI prepped all my produce the night before and put it in one container to make it easy to just pop them all through in the morning before work.

I also put a grocery bag in the part where the excess skin and such comes out for easy clean up 🙂

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My favorite combination so far has been:

3 celery stalks, 1 cucumber, 2 green apples, a 1″ piece of ginger, 1 kiwi, and the juice of 1 lime.

My large mason jar is 3/4 of the way full with this combo too! I’m very happy with the results.

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6Clean up is a breeze too! Everything comes apart easily and I just rinse it all off with hot water. It also comes with a handy brush to clean the strain out with. In the morning before work, it takes me about 2 minutes to juice all the produce I’ve already cut up and then only 3-5 minutes to clean the machine. I’m getting really fast at it so it’s definitely closer to 3 minutes.

One downfall for this juicer (but it doesn’t bother me at all) is that it’s kind of loud…probably as loud as a blender. To some people that might be a deal breaker, but it doesn’t really matter to me. Like I said, it’s a quick juicer so it’s only loud for about 2-5 minutes, depending on how much produce you’re putting through.

The other little issue with it is the one time I tried it, it didn’t really juice kale very well. I only did it once and not very much, but it just basically chopping it finely and spit it in the waste bucket. I plan on definitely trying it again soon with hopefully better results.

I can’t wait for apple picking season! I plan on making so much apple juice it’s gonna be great 🙂

So if you’re like me and want to try a juicer but don’t want to spend a whole lot of money, I definitely recommend this one and again, you can purchase it here.

Have a great day!!

Question of the day:

What is your favorite juicing combination? I’d love to try your favorites!

~Amber

What’s Up Wednesday: Jalapeno Poppers with a Garlic Dipping Sauce

Happy Hump day!

So Remember all of those jalapenos that I got at the farmers market last week?

photo (68)Well I finally got around to using them to make delicious and spicy jalapeno poppers! Filled with gooey cheese and bacon and surrounded my a crispy crust…all I can say is yummmm!

Here’s how I made them.

Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove. Cut the jalapenos in half width wise and remove the seeds and stems. Place the halves in the boiling water for 5-10 minutes (the longer you keep them in there, the less spicy they become) Once they’re done, put them on some paper towel and let dry.

photo2While they dry, cut up 4-5 strips of bacon into small pieces and fry up in a pan.

photo1Now, while the peppers are drying and the bacon is frying (like my little rhyme there?) mix together the cream cheese, the shredded cheese, and the Worcester sauce. Set aside.

When the bacon is crispy, remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain. Save the remaining bacon grease in the pan.

photo (99)Next, mix the bacon with the cheese mixture.

photo (98)Now time to stuff! Stuff the peppers with the cheese and bacon mixture.

When they are all stuffed, add the vegetable oil to the bacon grease in the pan and heat up.

Set up your dipping and coating station: flour, egg (whisk the eggs before dipping), and panko bread crumbs.

photo (97)Roll the filled peppers in the flour, then egg, then panko and drop into the hot oil. Repeat this step for all of the peppers and flip when golden brown.

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Put done peppers aside on some paper towel to drain.

To make the dipping sauce, just mix together the mayo, chopped garlic, and Worcester sauce.

Then plate up and enjoy!

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photo (92)Mmmmmmm so good! They’ve definitely got some spice but the dipping sauce is the perfect addition to cool them down 🙂

Jalapeño Poppers with a Garlic dipping sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes       Cook time: 10 minutes          Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

12-14 jalapeños, cut in half and seeds removed

4-5 strips of bacon, chopped

8oz cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded cheese (I used mozzarella)

1tbsp Worcester sauce

1 cup flour

2 eggs

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1-2 cups vegetable oil

Dipping Sauce ingredients:

3/4 cup mayo

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tsp Worcester sauce

1. Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove. Cut the jalapeños in half width wise and remove the seeds and stems. Place the halves in the boiling water for 5-10 minutes (the longer you keep them in there, the less spicier they become) Once they’re done, put on some paper towel and let dry.

2. Cut up 4-5 strips of bacon into small pieces and fry up in a pan.

3. While the peppers are drying and the bacon is frying, mix together the cream cheese, the shredded cheese, and the Worcester sauce. Set aside.

4. When the bacon is crispy, remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain. Save the remaining bacon grease in the pan. Mix the bacon with the cheese mixture.

5. Stuff the peppers.

6. When they are all stuffed, add the vegetable oil to the bacon grease in the pan and heat up.

7. Set up your dipping and coating station: flour in one bowl, egg (whisk the eggs before dipping) in another bowl, and panko bread crumbs in the last bowl.

8. Roll the filled peppers in the flour, then egg, then panko and drop into the hot oil. Repeat this step for all of the peppers and flip when golden brown. Put done peppers aside on some paper towel to drain.

9. To make the dipping sauce, just mix together the mayo, chopped garlic, and Worcester sauce.

Then plate up and enjoy!

I hope you try out and enjoy this recipe as much as I did!!

Question of the day:

What is your favorite way to use jalapeños?

~Amber

Transformation Tuesday! #2

I am so excited to show you guys the transformation I have for you today!

So on Saturday, my Mom and I took a trip out to this amazing fabric store in Jamesville, NY called The Fabric Mill. It was an amazing place!

Below is the sample room alone! So many choices!!

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They have a big clearance event coming up that I will definitely be attending!

On the way to The Fabric Mill, we made an impromptu stop at an estate sale. And that is where I found this beauty for only $3!

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Look at that fun pattern carved out of the wood!! I fell in love and guarded it with my life until it was safely in my car (2 people told me they wished they had seen it first!)

While at the fabric store aka heaven, I had this chair in mind and I found the perfect fabric for it!

As soon as I got home, I took the seat off of the chair:

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Put wood filler into the dents and holes:

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And sanded the uneven parts down.

Then I put it on its side so I could paint the underside of it first:

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I used my go to Rustoleum paint

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Here’s the chair after one coat of primer:

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When the painting was done and drying, I got to work on the seat cushion! I took the old fabric off, put new batting on it, and then covered and stapled it to the back.

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Now…here’s the before picture again:

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And the beautiful after!!!

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And the delicious, perfect fabric!

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This transformation literally only took me 2 hours tops! And it was so inexpensive! This chair would look absolutely adorable in a nursery or a little girls room.

I can’t help but stare at it…so pretty

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Hope you enjoyed!!

Question of the day:

Where is your favorite place to buy fabric?

~Amber

Motivate Me Monday!

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was great! Got some awesome finds to make over that I can’t wait to share with you guys! Here’s a sneak peak of the befores:

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They’re going to be awesome! One’s already done (which I’ll be sharing with you tomorrow!) and one is almost complete! New finds like this get me so excited and I can’t wait to get started on them. I also got a new juicer that I can’t wait to share with you guys too!! Have a great Monday!

Question of the day:

What were your great finds of the weekend?

~Amber

Farmers Market Trip

Finally!! It’s Friday!!

I feel like this week has gone on forever! Does anyone else feel that way?

So all i’ve got for you today is my little recap from my visit to Syracuse’s Regional Farmer’s market. They’re open on my lunch break on Thursdays so I find it’s a great time to go! I skip all the crowds that go on Saturdays but I still get so much great stuff!

There is this one booth that sells baskets of fresh produce for $1 a basket…it’s my favorite booth. Here’s my loot:

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I got everything but the two baskets of figs for only $11. Sooo much cheaper than a grocery store! 

Here’s a breakdown:

6 cucumbers

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4 apples, 4 limes

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1 pint of blueberries and a bazillionnnnn jalapeno peppers…so plan on making stuffed jalapeno poppers with them!

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3 peaches, 4 kiwi, and a bunch of fresh ginger

 

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A hugeeeee cantaloupe

 

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A two types of figs!!

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I’ve never had figs before but I’ve seen them everywhere in blog land! So when I saw them at a different booth, I had to get them! The woman in the booth recommended the green ones (I forget what they’re called, but I definitely preferred the brownish purple ones. They were softer, more savory, and just plain delicious!

I bought a juicer yesterday so my plan was to stock up on things I could juice, but I feel like I need more variety so I may possibly go back on Saturday and get more fun things 🙂 I also have a couple projects I need to work on that I’mm share with you guys next week!!

 

Have a great Friday all!

 

Question of the day:

Which kind of Figs do you prefer?

~Amber