Easy Recipes

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a yummy, healthy snack bar.

You won’t see many recipes here because I’m not big on cooking, but this recipe calls for no cooking at all. I came up with this recipe using ingredients I already had on hand. It’s been test driven on friends who were willing to try something made from a non-cooker, and happily they all thought it was delicious!

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

 

I’m showing you, in the above picture, the specific ingredients I used. You can make these bars using organic items and/or whatever brand you prefer. The protein powder, AfterBurn, can be bought on-line or at any Burn Bootcamp location. It’s my favor protein powder! And it makes amazing post work-out shakes too.

 

Add the dry ingredients first – the oats and protein powder, and mix it together. Next add in the rest of the ingredients.

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

Stir the mixture together until it’s blended and moist.

 

I put it in a food processor for a few quick pulses to really blend it all together, but not necessary you don’t have one. The processor made the ingredients really stick together without turning it into mush.  My food processor is small, so I did 1/3 of the mixture at a time.

 

Once blended together, spoon it into an 8 x 8 dish and gently patted it down. Next, place it in the fridge for 30 to an hour and ENJOY! (Store leftovers in the fridge.)

 

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

1 1/2 cups Oats

1 scoop of Protein Powder (I use AfterBurn protein powder)

1/4 cup Peanut Butter

1/8 – 1/4 cup Honey

1 Banana, mashed

1/3 cup Pistachios, shelled

1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

1/3 cup Cranberries, dried

2 tsp Chia Seeds

 

DIY projects · DIY Projects & Decor

Scrap Wood Coat Rack

Hello again! The project I’m sharing with you today is a simple one, but one that turned out pretty cool.

I started with scrap wood of different sizes and arranged them in a random order.

Next, I gathered different shades of wood stain and went to work staining each piece of wood a different color.

Once the stains dried, I used my Kreg drill and wood glue to attach the wood pieces together.

I added a “Welcome” plaque and metal hooks I also had stashed away.

DIY Wood Coat Rack

There you have it. A one of a kind coat rack for your entryway. I made another one similar to this and they are now in my booth at the Antique Mall.

DIY Wood Coat Rack

Scrap Wood Coat Rack

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New Life for a Vintage Headboard

Hello again! Today I’m going to share my version of an old headboard turned foyer bench.

This queen sized headboard was purchased from an auction for $20. I knew it would become a bench as soon as I saw it.

I already had salvage legs in my stash of wood. I measured and cut them to the size I needed. Then I built a frame for the legs to attach to and for bench seat to sit on.

I don’t normally build furniture in my sun room, but the floor in the garage is NOT level.

Sometime you need to use blue tape when you don’t have enough vise grips. 😉

I used my Kreg drill to attach the pieces of wood for the seat. This bench is going in my foyer, so I made the seat a little bit narrower than a regular seat.

Back out to the garage for paint and stain. The stain color is Provincial by MinWax. I added a strip of molding to the back of the seat to fill in a gap. You can see it better in the picture below. The back legs of the headboard had holes for a bed frame. I covered them up with big tacks that I had. The holes could have also been plugged up with wood pegs or even spackle.

Vintage Headboard Bend

Here it is in the foyer. Add a couple of pillows and done. 🙂

Vintage Headboard Bench

DIY projects · DIY Projects & Decor

Antique Sewing Machine Makeover

I have been keeping a look out for an old sewing machine base and I was lucky enough to happen upon one for $45! These babies usually go for over $100!

This one needed a good cleaning. After wiping it down though, it still looked dull and rusty. I found a product called Rust-oleum Rust Reformer. It covers metal with a black protective covering that stops rust and allows you to paint over it. I liked the way it looked straight out of the spray can. The mat finish was perfect.

I did cover the Singer logo and the sides with blue tape. They still had the original gold tone I wanted to maintain.

The top was made from wood I had stashed. I used Dark Walnut to stain it.

The handles on the sides were a 50% off buy from Hobby Lobby. They have the best knobs and handles!!!

This beauty is not going to make it to my booth. I’m keeping this one! 🙂

But I will be keeping my eyes open for another sewing machine base! Or two!

Antique Sewing Machine Makeover

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Vintage Display Curio Updated

curio update beforeI picked up an old display curio at an antique show not too long ago. It has potential, so I put it in my booth as I found it. But after a couple of weeks there, it just didn’t look like it fit in to my “style”, so it came home for an update.

The curio originally had a mirror in the door.  I unscrewed the hinges to remove the door, and replaced the mirror with chicken wire.

After a light sanding of the entire curio, I painted the piece with left over paint from my “library” room. It’s called “Silver Mist” by Sherwin Williams.

curio update after

The back of the curio was cover with seagrass look wallpaper I already had. (Picked up for $2.00 at Habitat Restore.)

curio update 3

curio update 2

I added a new door knob I had in my stash of hardware.

curio update before and after

I think it looks more “sellable” now. It could be used in a kitchen, or bathroom, or a craft room for supplies. 🙂 Back to the booth it goes!

Antique Booth · Thrifty Finds

Online Auction Find

I recently discovered, thanks to a friend of mine, the on-line auction site EBTH. It stands for Everything But The House. EBTH.com “sells furniture, jewelry, art, coins, cars, collectibles and more, in 20 cities and counting.”

And it’s awesome! And a little bit addicting too. I only bid on auctions in my neck of the woods, but you can bid on any location and have your item(s) shipped to you. The auctions last six days, so you need a little patience.

Here’s a few pieces I won in the last auction I bid on. They are now in my booth.

Birdcage Windsor Chairs
Birdcage Windsor Chairs
Bentwood Cane Seat Chair
Bent Wood Caned Seat Chair

As much as I love “treasure hunting” for items for my booth, it’s kinda nice sometimes to find cool pieces from the comfort of your favorite chair with a computer on your lap. ‘Cuz that’s how I roll! 🙂

 

 

 

DIY projects · Thrifty Finds

New Life for a Vintage Door

While antique shopping a month or so ago, I came across four old/vintage doors. At $10.00 each, I bought all four.  As usual, I had no immediate idea what I was going to do with them. They were just cool and I had to have them. 😉

Cabinet door makeover 1.jpg

I decided to make a cabinet to hang on an empty wall in my kitchen. It’s the area where we keep our cat’s food and water bowls, so I thought the cabinet would be a good place to store her food, (in really cute containers of course!) instead of on top of the fridge.

Cabinet door makeover door without glass.jpg

I didn’t take pictures of all the steps, but it’s a simple piece to make. First I took a hammer and GENTLY tapped on the wood spindles in the door to pop out the glass. To my amazement, the glass stayed in one piece. Once the glass and spindles were out of the door, I sanded, spackled and painted the door with white chalk paint. After the paint dried, I attached chicken wire to the inside door using staples.

Cabinet door makeover shell.jpg

For the cabinet structure, I got really technical. (NOT!) I laid the door flat on the ground, and build the structure around the door. I used 1 x 8s for the sides and scrap pieces of 2 x 4s for the bottom and top. I used my Kreg jig to attach the sides together. As you can see in the above picture, I forgot to flip over the bottom piece so the Kreg hole wouldn’t show. Ugh.

I added leftover trim to the top and bottom of the cabinet then stained everything Provincial by MinWax. The door is hung to the cabinet with it’s original hinges. I added a knob to the top corner that turns to open and close the door.

I nailed bead board to the back of the cabinet. (Bought at Lowes and cut to size there.)

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I added three shelves inside the cabinet. They are 1 x 6s, cut to size, then covered in grass cloth wallpaper I had on hand. I choose to use the wall paper because I didn’t want to wait for paint or stain to dry. (I’m an impatient DIY-er!) I just wet the paper, wrapped the shelf and was good to go.

Cabinet door makeover finished11.jpg

It’s not perfect, but it was fun to build and it adds character to a space that had nothing going on. So next time to come across an old door somewhere, bring it home. You just never know… 🙂