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Dress(er) You Up With My Love

6 Sep

This week, Steve and I undertook a pretty hefty project (for us).

We bought an old oak dresser and refinished it.

Slap a little paint, drill some hardware, load ‘er up with clothes, and you’re good to go, right?

Oh no. This was an endeavor. As in, I lost my sh*t probably three times a night for an entire week kind of endeavor.

This post isn’t a tutorial on painting, because this project was a big learning experience for me. Mostly it’s a post to show everyone point A and point Z and nothing about how we got from one to the next.

Painting a large piece of furniture is a labor of hate love. You paint a coat, wait a day, sand/buff it out. Repeat. Four times.

Next is going through the meticulous process of attaching the hardware. Let me tell you – that is a lot tougher than it seems. There is a strong likelihood that you will throw at least one drawer and drill down the hallway in frustration. That’s a good time to stop working and have a Popsicle. Or if you aren’t suffering from constant sobriety, a hearty glass of wine.

All that being said, the final result was worth the hard work.

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Final result.

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Hardware pulls, Amerock brand, were purchased from Miner’s Hardware.

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This little handle was purchased from Anthropologie. Definitely worth the splurge of $12.

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Drawer liners are an inexpensive way to add a nice personal touch to your dresser. I found this and many other amazing patterns here.

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While I was at it, I put together a little storage cabinet to use too. I used the extra drawer liners to back the cubes that are exposed.

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I raided some items from my childhood to help stock the nursery. I’m sure the kid is going to LOVE outdated junk from the early 1980s. I mean, who wouldn’t?

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And our cat still seems to think the room is being redone just for him.

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Key Lime Pie

6 Jun

One of the most summery things I can think of is citrus. Lemons, limes, oranges – the colors, flavors all exude summer.

I found myself with an ample amount of limes leftover from a pretty big party we recently had (ahem, the wedding), and after some thinking (I had to sit down, all that thinking takes the energy right out of me) I decided some Key Lime Pie was in store.

Best part about this recipe is that aside from baking the crust, the rest of the recipe is no bake!

Key Lime Pie, c/o Betty Crocker’s Best of Baking

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/4 – 1 1/2 C crushed graham cracker

1/4 C granulated sugar

6 TBSP butter

Pie Filling

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 C lemon juice

1/4 C lime juice

1 TBSP grated lemon peel (I only had limes – I used refrigerated lemon juice – so I used all lime peel)

1 tsp grated lime peel

3 drops of food coloring – green

3 eggs, separated

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375. Melt butter and mix together with sugar and crushed graham crackers.

Press into a springform pan, and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and set. Set aside to cool.

Mix together sweetened condensed milk, lemon and lime juices, lemon and lime peels, food coloring. Set aside.

Beat egg yolks a bit with a mixer. Set aside (we are setting things aside a lot in this recipe)

Pour the cream of tartar into the bowl with the egg whites. Beat until egg whites are stiff and foamy (this takes several minutes, so if you have a standing mixer, this is when to use it).

As your egg whites are going, pour your egg yolks into your sweetened condensed milk and juice mixture.

Once the egg whites are set, gently pour your yolk and milk mixture in with the egg whites, and fold together.

Pour over set crust and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set.

I intended to have an image of a slice of the pie, dolloped with some whipped cream. But apparently I forgot to document that moment, because we ate it in a blackout rage of excitement.

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