Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I'm not a food blogger but....this was too great not to share!

While looking for some different healthy recipes on Pinterest, I came across this: Chickpea Smash!! 
 My middle daughter and I made this last year but I forgot all about it!  It is super easy to make and so delicious that I had to share...it's low carb & super healthy...the only change I made from the recipe I found was to add a little less pesto.   So, if you're looking for something a little different to eat, go ahead and whip this up...enjoy!!!
I LOVE these low carb pitas...
I always toast them and use them like a taco shell...
These are all of the ingredients you need...

RECIPE:  CHICK PEA SMASH

1 CAN OF CHICK PEAS, RINSED
1 RIPE AVACADO
1/2 JUICE OF LEMON
PESTO to taste ( I used 2 teaspoons)
Mash chick peas, add avocado and mash,
add juice of lemon & pesto and stir it all together
serve on toast, pita, wrap or greens
Organic baby spinach is a nice add on...
Mash up the chick peas with a fork...
VOILA!!
Bon appetit!

xo, Mariaelena

Friday, January 22, 2016

SMORES POPS: an easy bake sale idea!

Here's a quick and easy bake sale idea...SMORES POPS...


And there you go...it's that easy...YUM!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Old nursery dresser made over for a Grad School apartment!

Our oldest is finishing up her masters year and is moving into an off campus apartment.  Hence she needed some furnishings.  Below is a super quick transformation of the dresser that went with the crib we used for all 3 girls.  
It's been in my basement storing 
odds and ends for years now. 
 Take a peek...
It's also the first time I've used Lowes chalk paint...
I was VERY happy with the results.
BEFORE & AFTER
This was the old maple dresser we purchased
over 22 years ago to go in the nursery...
Emptied and removed the drawers and got started
using Valspar Chalk paint available at Lowes.
Good coverage after 2 coats...
Finished off with a glaze I made using
a dark Greige paint color and clear glaze...
it adds texture to a pure white piece,
giving it an aged, beachy appearance!
Since it was a quick fix,
I decided to paint the knobs instead of replacing them...
I was very happy with the results of the Valspar Chalk Paint...
I always use the Minwax  paste wax on top of my painted projects.
I always seem to go back to this mixture for glazing white pieces...
a little goes a very long way!
Not bad for a quick fix...
and so the little nursery lives on in a Grad school apartment...:)

xo, Mariaelena


Sunday, December 20, 2015

CORNICES FOR CHRISTMAS!!

I've had these window cornices pictured in our living room for years...
The  problem was that picture was in my head...
Well, last month I drew out my plan for my husband and he made these gorgeous cornices for me!...
I couldn't love the way they turned out any more.
Take a peek and see if you agree...

I found these great semi sheer embroidered panels in TJ Maxx...
the before...
The process...
He already had them cut them and started hanging while I was at a swim meet with our daughter...
Here's the big box he made before adding the trim...
Putting the room back together...
Moulding makes ALL the difference!
xo, Mariaelena

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

FRESH GREENS PUT TO GOOD USE!!

Last week I posted my annual clipping of the greens...
Well here are the different ways I used them and the pinecones I've collected in our home...





I just love these mini pinecones...
Our mantle is very long...so this is part of it...








Happy decorating...
xo, Mariaelena