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Monday, October 13, 2014

Spicy salt and vinegar kale chips

 

spicy salt and vinegar kale chips

 

As most of you know, I try to eat healthy the majority of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I cheat and eat bad foods too. These kale chips are just like cheating but you’re not! They give you the crunch and saltiness of a chip but they are packed with nutrients.

 

These are pretty easy to make. Here are the ingredients that you will need:

 

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Kale (1 bunch)

1tbsp Olive oil

2 tsp Garlic powder

1 tsp Salt

1 tbsp White wine vinegar

1-2  tbsp Red pepper flakes

 

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Take all of the leaves off of the kale.

 

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Toss all ingredients with the kale in a gallon ziploc bag. Shake it up to coat the kale.

 

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Lay your kale out on a baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees flipping every 10 minutes until the kale is crispy.

 

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A healthy snack that will satisfy that chip craving!

 

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Industrial Entertainment Center

 

 

Industrial entertainment center

 

I love, love, love the industrial look. Before I even moved to my new apartment, I knew that I wanted to build an industrial entertainment center. I got my inspiration from this entertainment center.

 

My dad helped me draw up plans and figure out what all I needed to complete this project. He mentioned that he hoped I lived close to a Home Depot or Lowes because I would be taking many trips in order to get it just right. I was all like, “nah, Dad, I’ve got plans!”

 

Lets just say that dads know best. It took me about six trips to get it right and luckily a Home Depot is about .25 miles from my apartment.

 

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Unfortunately this is one of the only pictures I snapped before hand. Mostly because I got extremely frustrated that I kept having to go back. One thing that surpised me was that the pieces (found in plumbing) are not as cheap as you would think. I’ll give you a total cost at the end!

 

The poles pictured were 16” tall. That ended up  being entirely too tall so I took them back and ago 12” pieces that were perfect. I spray painted them a nice oil rubbed bronze color.

 

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I posted this picture on Instagram (follow me at hannahyoungandcrafty) and asked what you thought I was making. I got a headboard, bookshelf, and a rack to hang clothes. Those were all great ideas!

 

So basically, you need to figure out how many shelves you want. I wanted three. That will tell you how many poles you need. If you do three, you will need 12, 12” poles. Next you will need the joints. You will need 4 T joints and 2 elbow joints. The last thing, and most expensive, are the floor flanges. You will need 8 total of those. Lastly you will need whatever size boards you want to use. I knew I wanted mine to hang over a bit so I just measured and then got Home Depot to cut them to size. Then stain whatever color you want!

 

Trust me, it took 6 or so trips to finally get it right! Even if I had taken step by step directions, they would still be all over the place. Let’s just look at pretty pictures instead.

 

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You can find the tutorial for the windsor chair HERE and the orange wooden pumpkin HERE.

 

As far as some of the accessories go, here is where I got them. The globe with the wooden shoe is from Homegoods. The metal sphere is from TJ Maxx. The industrial bike sculpture is from Homegoods. Everything else is thrifted or was given to me.

 

How do you feel about the industrial look?

 

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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Friday, October 3, 2014

Brittany’s Fun Friday

 

 

Fun Friday

 

A few weekends ago I attended the Montgomery Wine & Music Fest.  Montgomery is only about 20 minutes from Conroe and it seems like they have a festival every weekend, lucky us!  I can’t imagine a more perfect festival to attend…Texas wine and Texas music with my fiancé, my sis and some good friends!

 

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We enjoyed wines from 16 Texas wineries/vineyards.  This is our new friend Bonnie!!  She is tons of fun and the three of us have been spending a lot of time together. 

 

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At the festival there was amazing Texas BBQ and kettle corn.  Brent bought a HUGE bag to take home and we have been munching on it for two weeks now!  We aren’t feeling too guilty because popcorn is a whole grain, low calorie (maybe not kettle corn) and a great source of fiber.

 

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What a fun weekend with great friends!  Can’t wait to do it again.

 

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Louisiana String Art

 

 

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You may remember my State String Art project from last year.  It is a favorite of mine and people who visit our home always love it!  Brent’s boss just moved into a new home and I knew exactly what we would give the couple for a housewarming gift! 

For a full tutorial on how to create the sting art click here.

Louisiana was significantly more difficult than Texas.  The bottom right half of the state is all marshes and jagged edges.  I did my very best to follow the state’s shape. 

Brent cut the particle board to 16 x 20 inches.  I painted it black, printed off my enlarged Louisiana map and got to nailing.  I took black finishing nails and placed them around the perimeter.  Brent had to special order the gold string off Amazon, I couldn’t find it anywhere!  (He didn’t mind because he is addicted to ordering things off Amazon with his free shipping Smile)

Brent and I knew gold would be the perfect color.  This couple loves the Saints and they love their home town of New Orleans.

 

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I originally thought I would need the rectangle sized board for the state, but quickly realized Louisiana is a little shorter than I anticipated.  I used the extra space at the bottom to add the couple’s last name and their beloved Fleur-De-Lis.

I printed the name and shapes using PicMonkey.  I cut them out using scissors and my Exacto knife (I really need to invest in a Cricut!).  I traced around them using a gold paint pen and then colored in the rest.  I am so glad I chose to use a paint pen versus paint and a brush, the pen made the whole process a breeze!

You can customize this String Art for any state, color combination, monogram, etc.  Really make it your own for a WOW piece of art for under $10.

 

 

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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative BlogFunky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Monday, September 29, 2014

Brittany’s Fall Décor


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Happy Fall!  Welcome to our home for a mini tour of my first time decorating for a season!  As you can tell by the shorts and sleeveless top, it does not feel like fall in Texas, however the calendar says otherwise and I’m getting in the spirit (fake it ‘til you make it, right!?).

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Before our big garage sale last month, Hannah and I went through her decorations and she let me keep quite a few things for my new home.  Such a great sis!!  Here is my fall inspired mantle.  Check out how Hannah made her own leave garland (here).

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I inherited this pumpkin from Hannah’s fall decorations.  See how she made it (here), she had a huge fail before these were an adorable success.   Brent actually picked out this scarecrow on a paint-pen-run to Michael’s craft store.

Fall 3

I love the height that the wheat adds to this side of the mantle.  I actually bought this bundle of wheat to use in the fall wreath and had this much left over!  Plus it was on sale for only $3.50.  I found an old carafe, wrapped a piece of chevron burlap around the base and tied it off with some twine.  Quick and easy arrangement and I can take it all apart and use the carafe again!!  Brent and I bought one of these pumpkins at Michael’s and the other two were from Hannah.

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I love this little scarecrow on our front porch, welcoming all our guests.  See how Hannah decorated with this guy at her old house (here).   My porch looks a little puny compared to her corn husks and tons of pumpkins…but hey, it’s my first year to decorate!!

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I am loving the new rocking chair pillow (also from Hannah).  Check out my tutorial on this estate sale rocking chair re-do (here).

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I am probably most excited about this DIY fall wreath!  I got the urge to make a wreath at about 11pm one night, so I woke up early to go to Hobby Lobby as soon as the doors opened at 9am!  I got all the supplies to make this gorgeous wreath for only $38.  They were selling similar wreaths for $160!!  No way man, I will always try to make it myself before shelling out that kind of dough.  It was simple to make, just pumpkins, leaves, burlap, and wheat.

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Well this is the end of our tour.  We have this little scarecrow sign in the flower bed leading to our front door to welcome everyone.  I have really enjoyed decorating this year…and have a feeling the fall inspiration is not done yet.  I am have a few empty canvases and may just starting painting as soon as I finish typing.

Hope you have found some inspiration to decorate your own home.  Half of the decorations were inherited from Hannah, so big thanks to my sis.  If you are decorating on a budget, look for sale items after the season or at estate/garage sales.  You never know how you can repurpose someone’s old décor.


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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative BlogFunky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hannah’s Fun Friday

 

Fun Friday

 

So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Fun Friday. I am loving my new town and living life! I haven’t done much crafting because I’ve been so busy just having fun. And I’m ok with that Smile 

 

If you follow me on Instagram (hannahyoungandcrafty) then you may have seen some of these. Go follow along to see what I’m up to each week!

 

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A couple of weekends ago Brittany and I took a trip home. This picture is out in my dads garden. He’s got a ton of muscadine vines (they are like grapes) that are beautiful and delicious!

 

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One of my new friends, Bonnie, and I went on a road trip to New Braunfels, TX. While there, we had to visit the old little town of Gruene (pronounced green). We ate a delicious restaurant called Gristmill and went to the oldest dance hall in Texas!

 

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Last but not least, it has been so much fun living in the same town as my sister again! We decided to go indoor rock climbing after work one day. It was a blast and a great workout!

 

Hope you all have a good week!

 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flowers

 

I love flowers. I know, I know, they wither and die quickly. But they are so pretty for the week or so that they are sitting on my counter. I smile every time I see them. There is just nothing better than fresh flowers.

 

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The Bouqs Co. has beautiful flowers. What’s really cool about them is that they are grown on an active volcano. The flowers are clipped only when an order is placed. This definitely helps guarantee freshness and that your flowers will last a good long time.

 

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They come bundled up really well. So well, that it took me a good 5 minutes to get the plastic cut!  They provide plant food to put in your vase to help your flowers last longer.

 

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Yellow is my absolute favorite color! And lilies are my favorite flower. This couldn’t have been more of a perfect combo! They are stunning. I love the vibrant color and they definitely made me smile when I looked at them. Who says you can’t get flowers to treat yourself?!

 

If you want to send flowers to someone, consider heading to The Bouqs Co. and check out what they have to offer! You will not be disappointed.

 

The Bouqs - Premium Farm Direct Flowers

 

 

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I was compensated with flowers for this post.