Monday, December 22, 2014

Homemade Marshmallows

I just made some Homemade Marshmallows and I just had to share my experience with you.   I am not the best baker in the world, and there are many things I've never heard of yet alone tried to make. Marshmallows is for sure something I never thought Id be making. These turned out pretty simple to make, but not sure I could have done them without my Kitchen Aide.  You need to whip whip whip for a long time and I would hate to sit there with a hand mixer if I didn't have to.  I was able to do a load of dishes while it was mixing :)

Homemade Marshmallows
Whip it! Whip it real good :)

After the whipping was done it was time to color the mixture, prepare the pan and let the Marshmallows cool and set for 2+ hours.

The powder sugar / cornstarch mixture is key to making the Marshmallows turn out right. Time to cut them up and shake them up in all the sugar so they wont stick together.

Starting to look good. One more hour to set and then its time to test them out.

YUMMY!!! Nothing says Christmas like a skull mug & pink marshmallows ;)  So I made green ones to & put together packages for Zak's work and our neighbors.

I think they turned out pretty great and look cute. Kids would love these. If you want to try these for yourself comment below and I will send you a screen shot of the Recipe. I found it in a magazine, and I can't find the exact recipe online :)

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Ludwigsburg Christmas Market

Zak & I were feeling like we needed a good date night, and wanted to get in the Christmas spirit. He was finally back home after being away for 7 weeks so we were due a night on the town. We ventured out to Ludwigsburg, which is a city in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. They have a christmas market there that we just had to see.
Love seeing our last name everywhere in Germany :)
So many cute decorations everywhere
Festive Gluhwein.. Couldn't pass up this cup
It wouldn't be a Christmas Market without Santa :)

We really had a great time seeing all the beautiful sites & shopping around at all the wonderful little shops. If your in the area I wouldn't pass up this Market, and make sure to come when its dark so you can see all the great christmas lights. After the market we found a great Italian Restaurant and Zak had a Parma Calzone & I had Spaghetti Carbonara. It was all great and a decent price, so If I can find a receipt I will add the name later.  We also went to the Esslingen Christmas Market when Zak was back for a couple days during Thanksgiving, So that will be my next post. 

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 Brianna :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Annie Sloan: A Table to Match

A table to match. 

Well I decided since I had left over paint from my previous restoration it was time to finish our dining room table. While painting our home back in Utah a couple years ago we didn't cover up our furniture like we should have. So the table had spots of paint all over it. Not to mention wear & tear. 
I thought I'd post a few photo's of how it turned out. If you have any questions make sure to ask. I will link below all my sites I'd love you to come and check out. Oh and make sure to follow my blog(those links below also)

Just a couple of the Before pictures. You can see the paint splatter & character marks from a well loved table.

This was the part where I thought "What in the heck were you thinking Brianna Jeanne"..  I had to push on and trust my first instinct that it will all work out. This is also when I decided I will wait to paint the chairs. Now the finished table~

I love that I decided not to paint the chairs for now, because its a good contrast and helps things from being to white. Also I would so paint our walls be we only have two years left & we would have to paint them white again before we leave, so I decided not to bother. Next thing to work on is getting a bigger better rug :) Thanks all. Come check out the links below,
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Annie Sloan China Cabinet Restoration

I never thought my arch nemesis could be a china cabinet, but boy was I wrong. In the end though, we became the best of friends :)   I thought I would explain a bit of my restoration on this china cabinet. 

I knew right away what colors and brand of paint I wanted to try. I had been eyeing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for a real long time. I loved the colors florence & old white. I bought samples of them while I was back in the states visiting & fell in love with the colors and how easy the paint was to work with. I bought my cabinet at a thrift store where I am living. I didn't pay much, and it isn't to old, so I wasn't worried about painting it.

HERE is the before picture:

It is a very pretty piece even without painting it, but it had many issues that needed to be fixed. Once I dove into the project I found many many issues that made this much harder then I thought it would be.
Annie Sloan paint is known for being easy to use. Not needing to prime or sand your furniture before hand. So I took that to heart without thinking and painted a coat of Old White the the bottom piece. Because of all the stains and the stain that was on this they would soak through the paint and appear again. So I tried some primer and that did the trick. I was going to use clear shellac but couldn't find it anywhere. Below is some of the stains. 

Next up was this mess. Any clue how hard it is to remove 20 year + old contact paper? VERY. Ok so I researched easier ways to get rid of the paper. What I did was get a blow dryer and spray bottle with water in it. I would spray the paper with water and use the blow dryer on high heat and it would start to peel. You do this over & over until its done. It took me about 3 hours to remove it all. 

After it was removed there was a sticky mess left behind. It to wasn't easy to clean up. I did more research and bought a product called Goo Be Gone. It worked wonders and I was done quick. 
So more issues I ran into was some cracks in the wood. Ive never used wood filler so for some reason I was intimidated. It ended up being the easiest part of this process. Just fill in the gaps, let dry and sand off the extra. 

To make things easier I took off the glass/doors/shelves and hardware I wasn't planning on painting. The paint is so much fun to work with. I wanted a pretty thick coverage so I did two coats. The paint is very very thick. So second coat I watered down a bit and it spread nicely. 

One coat in on the Old White. I wanted a bit more coverage because I planned to do some distressing at the end. I had some o.k. paint brushes I used from the BX. I used different sizes & some angled ones to get in the corners. 

ALMOST done. All that was left was some clear wax & some dark wax. Clear wax is a breeze. Dark wax is a lot scarier. I just rubbed a little on at a time, and used a clean rag right after to whip up the excess. Ok guys here is the final After pictures...........

Some CLOSE up pictures of the distressing.. I think it is my favorite part :)

Next up I wanted to show how colors and items will look inside. 

I think they look so CUTE. I also love it with the blankets & pillow.

Well this has been my favorite project I've done in a very long time, or forever really. I enjoyed is so much. It took many many hours and although some of them were difficult I loved every moment. I have a lot of time on my hands in Germany, and I think I found my new Hobby and love. Hope you like it guys and thanks for reading and looking.

Much Love,
Brianna ~