I am about to do something dangerous..... I am wanting to whitewash my sun room. I have never whitewashed anything! I have searched online for articles and videos and I really haven't come up with much. I know that I need to use 1 part paint 4 parts water. So... do you have any tips for me? Email me if you have advice to lend!
planks run vertically and we have windows that line the room not doors.
I would take a picture of the real room but it is a wreck!
Preface: I usually can't stand these dating shows but for some reason this season I was HOOKED! Hopefully that will be the last of that!
Hummus is not only a super quick recipe for a party but it is low in calories and it is heart healthy and super rich in Omega 6 fatty acids (“essential” fats that your body needs but can’t produce). I always buy it at the Co-Op in a powder form and add the olive oil. Tonight I thought I would make it from scratch since I had 6 cans of garbanzo beans! It literally took me less than 2 minutes to make this recipe. My favorite pairing with it is of course a warm Greek pita bread. That option isn't that healthy..... carrots, cucumbers, and even granny smith apples are wonderful with it. I have found that people either LOVE or HATE hummus. There seems to be no in between. I could literally eat the whole thing in one sitting. Ugh.... If you are looking everywhere for the Tahini (paste made from sesame seeds) go to the Co-Op or a International Foods store. They will definitely have it there.
- 2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt (don't add anymore than this! You can also do a 1/2 and be just fine)
- 2 cloves garlic, halved (I like to cook my garlic a little before adding it)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pinch paprika
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
- Place the garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.
- Drizzle olive oil over the garbanzo bean mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley.
Saturday night Ry and I went out with some friends who were in town. We went to Global Gourmet with full intentions of sitting outside and enjoying a summer evening. About 30 minutes into dinner a summer shower decided to make an appearance and we had to literally RUN inside where there was 1 table left! After dinner Heather and I had to get a chocolate martini which are our favorites! Last time we were together we had 4 a piece. Let me tell you, that was a great morning the next day! They are just so good! We always have so much fun with these guys. It's a shame we don't live closer! Thanks guys for the great evening!
This is why I love my husband. He took a design idea I had and turned it into a scary looking math equation. Take note of the letters and numbers up in the top right hand corner. Makes me have nightmare flashbacks from my freshman year of high school. One of the many reasons why I love him.
Want to know who this is? This is Melissa Farley. I searched Facebook for other Melissa Farley's and she came up. Does anyone remember that scary preacher guy from the Poltergeist movies? This lady reminds me of him. It's the hat I'm sure.
So do you like the new look???? Danielle at http://thedesigngirlstudio.com/ designed this for me! I love the little cook. This new design pokes fun at my numerous attempts at trying to learn how to cook, sew, and whatever else I pick up along the way.
At first I hated cooking, mainly because I had never had an interest in it. Case and point: My good friend Todd and I started a grease fire in Home Ec. and I started to throw a bowl of water on it. My teacher thankfully stopped me. He and I also baked bread and found a band aid in it. I can't remember who's it was. Needless to say, I have improved over the 11 years since Home Ec. I have come to really like cooking!!
With the new look comes new additions to my blog. New things to come very soon! Thank you for stopping by and taking a look! I appreciate my blog family so so much! Thank you!
The city that is...... It's amazing to get away from Southern Illinois and surround yourself in a city that has fun restaurants, shops, resources. You know, finer amenities. I ran into Ten Thousand Villages before I left for home this afternoon. This shop is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by artisans from more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries. The proceeds go back to their villages and communites. I wanted this hand woven basket and carried it around for a while. Then I saw this bag and I put the basket back. It is a hand woven bag from Bangladesh by a group of women who started weaving these bags for their community. It's huge! I can't wait to use it at the grocery store. It's better than having 7 or 8 of the fabric bags. I swear all of our groceries will fit in this one bag. I then went to Cakes on Walnut. It's a cupcake bar with very unique cupcake flavors. I got a Khalua one and a lavendar honey one. They were fantastic! So I'm finally home. It was so nice to get away even by myself! I made a lot of great contacts and did several in-services. I'm excited to see the results that might come through this trip!
The Kresel Boys, Bennie & Sammie
This morning I traveled to Champaign for business. This evening I drove to Bloomington to have dinner with my old college roomate Renee. Some of you might not know that I went to school in Bloomington back in 2001. It was so amazing to think this was home for me for a couple of years. It felt great to be back. Even more wonderful was my time spent with Renee. She and I see each other about twice a year but we always pick up where we left off. Three weeks ago she and her husband Tim had Miss Molly Elizabeth, a beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her two older brothers! I took several pictures this evening but forgot my cord to upload. I will upload when I get home later in the week. Tonight we went to the most wonderful place for dinner. Thanks Renee for taking me out on the town. It was amazing to see your beautiful family again!!! Signing off from my favorite hotel in Champaign, the I Hotel!! Good night friends.
Lemon Buttercream Icing