Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4th of july entertaining...

Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and got to spend some quality time with their families and friends!  This year we hosted a few friends at our house for a BBQ and watched the fireworks from our balcony.  Here are a few pictures…

For the centerpiece, I picked up some red and white gerber daisies from Trader Joe's and put them in a white pitcher with some mini flags.  I also framed some vintage Independence Day postcards in two Ikea Tolsby Frames (portrait frames) and another frame from the "Under the Sea" birthday party from last month {see here}.

The vintage postcards were free printables that I found and printed on photo paper (see source links under each picture).




A lot of the food was routine for us such as the cheese and cracker tray, fruit, wedge salad, and corn.  However, we did try out some new recipes that turned out to be really yummy.

I found this recipe for Spicy Korean-Style Gochujang Meatballs on Foxes Love Lemons.  The meatballs were delicious and were pretty much everyone's favorite!  I can't wait to try more recipes from that site.

We also made these Honey Lime Sriracha Chicken Skewers which were pretty delicious as well.  I love Sriracha and never really thought to use it in a marinade before.  It tastes great and gives the chicken a kick (which I like).  

I also made some oven roasted potatoes for a side dish.  These potatoes are super easy to make which is great when you're juggling making multiple dishes for a big group.  You can really season them however you like but here is what I used…

Oven Roasted Potatoes

2 bags of Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes (cubed)
3 - 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 teaspoon Basil
1 teaspoon Marjoram
1 teaspoon Ground Mustard
Salt & Pepper to taste

And here are the steps:
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Line a baking pan with tin foil and then spray lightly with cooking spray
  4. Spread potatoes evenly on a baking pan
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes (stirring once in the middle)

For dessert, I baked a regular yellow cake with whipped cream frosting {see recipe here} and then decorated with some berries. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

ikea hack: tarva dresser #2

A few months ago, I wrote about an Ikea Tarva dresser that I stained and put in our guest bedroom {see here}.  At the same time, I also purchased this 6 drawer dresser to use on a project for a friend.

Ikea Tarva Dresser

I did not actually end up using the 6 drawer dresser for my other project so the dresser has been sitting in my garage for a few months now.  A few weeks ago, I decided to stain it and put it in our master bedroom.  Here is what it looked like after I finished…

I won't go through all the details and steps since I basically followed the same steps as before {see here}.  I used two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut Wood Finish and three coats of Minwax Clear Gloss Polycrylic.  

I bought larger knobs for the hardware this time and also picked a different color to match our bedroom colors.  The ceramic knobs are from Cost Plus World Market.

Cost Plus World Market Ceramic Knobs

I am still thinking through how I want to decorate the rest of our bedroom.  In the meantime, this is a vast improvement on what was there before (an old broken dresser from college).


And a quick comparison of the before and after…