Friday, April 28, 2017

FROM RED TO WHITE IN THE DINING ROOM

It's that time of year again...

There isn't one drop of wax left on the floor of my classroom, the keys to almost every test and quiz are piled up in a basket waiting to return to their appropriate file folders, my markers have played out, and my students have flipped their switches to OFF. It happens every year. Something about the word "April" on the calendar. It makes everyone--including the teachers--a little haywire. But have no fear, we will make it through May, just like we do every year. Feel free to have a moment of silence for us when we come to mind. :)

In the midst of the end-of-the-year chaos,  I up and decided to start painting my red dining room white. I have wanted to for months.


Fourth of July Table

It will be a slow process, but hopefully I'll be done in the next couple of weeks. Until school is out, I only have an hour here and there to work on it.

I've been loving all the white walls on Instagram and in the blogging world, so I took the plunge. I'm trying out the white room for myself.  Here's one of my many inspiration photos.

Ethan Allen

I'm off to a good start, but I still have about half the room to go.


Many of you have asked me on Instagram about covering the red. I hope to have a full report for you soon.

Enjoy your weekend!

Kathryn

Friday, April 14, 2017

ROASTED MUSHROOMS

I have never cooked mushrooms as a side item, until this week. I bet you can guess why not. Yep, that's it. No one likes them but me. My people are a tiny bit picky. Today I'm sharing one of my latest pins. The recipe turned out even better than expected.

Roasted Mushrooms  


Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of butter
1 tablespoon of lemon juice 
1 teaspoon of thyme, chopped (I used a dash of powder instead.)
1 pound of mushrooms, cleaned and rinsed

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Rinse your mushrooms and pat dry. Stir your olive oil and salt and pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Add mushrooms and toss.  



Line a cookie sheet or baking dish with mushrooms.



Bake for 17-20 minutes or until they begin to brown and caramelize.


Next, cook the butter over medium heat until it starts to brown. Remove from heat. Now add the garlic and lemon juice and thyme. Toss the mushrooms in the butter sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.



And that's it! What could be easier. We I ate them with grilled chicken, a salad, and a baked potato. They were also good heated up for the next few days. If you're having guest and need a larger serving, it would be really easy to double the recipe. 


The original recipe is from Closet Cooking. I'll be trying more!

Have a great Friday!

Kathryn

Friday, April 7, 2017

DOUBLE DUTY FOR A SOFA TABLE

For months I've been wanting my own at-home work space--nothing fancy or frilly, just a little nook for blogging, paying bills, or grading papers. I've pinned tons of inspirational pictures and had a pretty good idea of how I wanted the space to look. Then, one day scrolling through Instagram, I saw a picture of a work space using a sofa table as a desk. The table in the picture was very much like the sofa table I painted last summer. You can see the entire transformation and my homemade chalk paint recipe here. The table was originally my grandparents'.




After being inspired by those Instagram pictures, I began rearranging my tables to see if I could make a work space for myself. The table I was using for a night stand swapped places with the sofa table in the living room. And, it worked out pretty well!




If you like the idea of a small work space in your bedroom too, here are a few other ways to pull it off.

Starting with blue and white, of course! :-)

The Designer's Attic

Lauren McGrath via Architectural Digest 

Cuckoo4design


Kate Collins Interiors 

Better Homes and Gardens

Sarah Richardson Design
Do any of you have a work space in your bedroom?

I hope you all have a great weekend! I'm headed to the prom tonight, again! I think it will be my 20th time...
#teacherlife

Kathryn