Monday, July 22, 2013

Sweet Granola Recipe

Monday, July 22, 2013

When I have a brunch to go to, one of the first things I think of to make is this granola.  It's great on yogurt or just plain.  It makes a great snack too, and my kids love it.  

And since you only heat the oven up to 250, it's even an okay summer recipe since it doesn't turn your kitchen into a sauna.

Sweet Granola Recipe

In a large bowl mix:

7c oats
2c whole wheat flour
1c Non-fat dried Milk
1c craisins
1c sliced almonds
1c flaked coconut (we don't like coconut in our house so we leave this out)

Liquefy in Blender:

1c brown sugar
1c oil
1/2 c honey
1/2 c water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract 

Pour contents over ingredients in large mixing bowl and stir to coat everything.  Divide the granola between two cookie sheets and flatten out into thin layers.  Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  I bake both sheets at once, and just alternate their place in the oven every time I stir.

When you take it out of the oven, stir again and allow to cool.  Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy! :)


Recipe Point of View Reveal

Summer is flying by.  It seems we just publish one Point of View reveal and it's time for the next one.  And sadly, over here on Ameroonie Designs, there hasn't been much in between.  I am working on things, and starting in August, I'm hoping there will be much more going on.  But, for today, we have some fun recipes to reveal.  Are you ready?


I'm hungry now.

These all look good enough to eat! :)  

So, if you want the recipe, head over to the individual blogs to find out more.  

And our guest- the amazing Jesseca from One Sweet Appetite

Have a killer recipe of your own?  We'd love to have you link it up at our link party!  We will do our best to visit them, share them and perhaps even feature them in an upcoming post.

  Have a wonderful Monday.


Monday, July 1, 2013

July Point of View Reveal- Furniture

Monday, July 1, 2013
It's hard to believe that it's already July 1st. We're in the middle of a heat wave in my neck of the woods and with 100+ degree temperatures, it's easier to stay inside and keep busy than try to cope with the heat. 


I think reveals are so exciting and this month is no exception.  These are some wonderful projects don't you think?  There's enough inspiration here to keep me busy until the high pressure shifts and it's bearable to be outside. ;)

Ready to check out all the details?

read on for mine.
and our guest: Amber with her gorgeous pink dresser.  

And now for the details of my project.  

Sometimes you happen to be in the right place at the right time.  I have been looking for a dresser to paint and put in my living room as a breakfront-type piece for a while.  I wanted some storage for all the random stuff my kids use that would free up space in my pantry where that stuff is currently residing.

  I was at my friend's house when she mentioned she had a dresser she was looking to sell.  As soon as I saw it I was sold.  And because she's the most awesome friend around- she gave it to me for free. 

Of course I had already started painting when I realized that I forgot to take a "before" shot of the dresser.  I grabbed my camera and took this one so you could at least see the previous finish.  It has such gorgeous lines, but that dark brown just screams 70's to me.  You can see the secretary behind the dresser I got from my great-grandmother.  Now that I'm not afraid of painting, it's the next to get an update. :) 

I am terrible at painting with spray paint- I get too impatient and get frustrated and end up with drips.  It has made me leery of painting any large pieces of furniture.  So when it came time to paint I recruited another friend who has a love of painting furniture and had her help me get over my fear.  She is amazing and now I feel like I could paint anything.

We used a formula to turn regular paint into a chalkboard-like paint by adding plaster of paris to flat paint.  The ratio we used was 2/3 c plaster of paris, 1/3 c water to 1 quart of paint.  It worked great.  I love that it makes it so you don't have to sand the whole piece- which would have taken forever with all the details on it.

We painted 2 coats, let it dry and then sanded it.  I lightly sanded the entire thing, and then sanded a bit harder in a few areas to distress it just a little.  Since my children would be handling this piece once in a while, I figured it was best to just start with a distressed look so that when they truly distress it, it won't bother me. :)

I used a Minwax paste wax to finish the dresser.  The one I purchased was clear for a natural look.  I did one light coat of wax before I added a little tint to the wax to add a bit of aging to the piece.  We made up a small batch of the tinted wax and focused on the edges and crevices, but spread it all over the whole piece to tone down the color just a bit.  Then we did one last coat of the clear wax.  It sounds like a lot of work, but it was really fast and easy.  I'm totally sold on the waxed finish.

I love how some of the drawers are divided.  They will help me keep these kiddos organized- at least a little bit.

I am totally in love with the dresser.  I left the antique brass finish on the hardware because it blends perfectly with the tones of the wax finish, but I might spray paint them eventually to a pewter finish because brass isn't my favorite.  We'll see if it ends up bothering me. :)

I finally have the statement piece I've been dreaming of.  It's the first thing you see when you come into my home and I think it's the perfect representation of my love of color, clean lines and traditional pieces.  I can't wait to dress it up with holiday decorations and make it my faux mantel.

Do you have a piece of furniture you've modified or found?  I'd love to see your Point of View- link up any furniture posts- new or old.  It's a great way to get new eyes on old projects and it will give you a chance to be featured on one of our sites or other social media channels.  I hope you'll join the party!


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