Monthly Archives: September 2014

Telephone Table Gets a Lego Makeover

Ahhhhh the Telephone Table…….an outdated and useless piece of furniture from decades past….

A few months back my mom discovered an old telephone table that we used to have in our house when I was a kid.  I still remember the old rotary phone sitting there with the papers and pens ready to take messages when someone called…..the good old days……

Mom asked if I was interested in giving it a facelift.

I had seen a lot of great telephone table makeovers and I definitely wanted to give it a go.

Below is the table pre-makeover…….

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This piece of furniture just screamed, “LEGO TABLE!”

After cleaning it up and sanding it down a bit I painted the flat surfaces black (I love to make roads on my Lego tables).  I let the paint sit overnight and then taped off my roads and spray painted the rest of the table blue.

Next it was time for the Lego base plates.  I laid them out and cut a few to make them fit properly.

Base plates are pretty easy to cut.  I took a long Lego piece and swiped a razor blade down the side of the Lego a few times.  Then I bent the plate till it broke……..

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After my plates were cut, I spread Gorilla glue on the back of the plate (I was careful to keep from the edges as it expands) and pressed the plates in place on the table.  Once all of the plates were down I placed Legos along the seams……..

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Once in a while I would pop the Legos off of the seams to make sure no glue was coming up through the seam and then put them back on the seam.  If there is glue coming up through the seams gently wiped it away with a rag (when I see glue in the seams I am extra vigilant with my seam holding Legos because I don’t want to accidentally glue them to the base plate).

Once the plates were dry I painted my road with acrylic paint.

The finished table……..

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I like that the telephone table offers two separate building spaces.

This table is going to have a new home at my sister’s house.  I am going to put a big bow on it and give to my nephew’s for Christmas.  I am hoping it gets lots of playtime 🙂

Until next time…..Thanks for stopping by

 

 

 

Pear-Chardonnay Momcakes

Momcake Noun [momkeyk]

A small sweet, baked food, made with alcohol, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, and eggs normally served at a kick ass gathering of ladies who are ready to party.

Alright so this is not a real word…….yet.

I have learned that when baking yummy adult treats I have to call them something other than cupcakes or the kiddos go crazy (and these are only for the big people).

Time for some Pear-Chardonnay Momcakes…….

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I ran across a recipe a few years back on a blog called “Shazam in the Kitchen” that this is based on.  I switched up the cake part to make it super simple but the icing recipe is exactly as I found it all those years ago.

So the cake is super easy……take one white cake mix, make the batter as instructed on the box then mix in 1/2 cup diced pears (I used the canned kind in lite syrup) and 1/2 cup chardonnay.  Fill cupcakes liners with batter and bake according to box instructions…..easy peasy.

Icing ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pear juice (I used the lite syrup from the can of pears I diced for the cake)
  • 1/4 cup Chardonnay
  • 1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Mix pear juice, Chardonnay and dark brown sugar in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Simmer uncovered until mixture is reduced to 1/4 cup and is thick and syrupy.  Set aside and cool.

Mix in separate bowl mix the cream cheese and butter together then carefully mix in the powdered sugar.  Pour in the cooled pear syrup mixture and mix well.

The hard part is trying to frost the cupcakes without eating all of the icing……seriously this icing is ridiculously good but even better when it makes it on the momcake.

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Hopefully you find an opportunity to try these…..they are just that good!!

 

 

Drunken Lollies

I enjoy making grown up versions of sweets…….recently I ran across a recipe for Liquor Lollipops on Pinterest and I decided to give it a go.

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The candy recipe that I used came from “Hostess with the Mostess”

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup liquor plus 1 tsp hard liquor (I used Grape Vodka for a batch and Strawberry Rum for another)
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp Karo syrup
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp food coloring (optional)

Preparation:

Prepping for the finished product is very important because it dries FAST.  I did not have any molds so I found a GREAT solution to this at “Kingaurthurflour.com”.  To make instant candy molds all you need is powered sugar and a baking sheet.

Spread a thick layer of powdered sugar on a baking sheet and press the shape that you want into the sugar (be careful not to leave any spots leaving the baking sheet exposed).

I used the top of the liquor bottle……..

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After the molds were complete I placed the sticks in the sugar………

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Then it was time to make the candy.

Instructions:

  • Mix everything (except the 1 tsp hard liquor and food coloring) in a small sauce pan until the sugar is completely wet.
  • Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat and mix occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Once sugar is dissolved then boil to 300 degrees F (You WILL need a candy thermometer for this)
  • While you are waiting for the mixture to reach 300 degrees mix the 1 tsp liquor and your choice of food coloring in a small container.
  • After the mixture reaches 300 degrees F remove from heat and carefully mix in the food coloring mixture (be careful as the mixture will pop and fizzle).
  • Carefully spoon the mixture into the molds one at a time (work careful but fast as the mixture will harden pretty quickly).

Allow the molds to sit a few hours or overnight…….

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After mine were complete I dusted the other side of the Lollypop with powdered sugar (ate a few) then wrapped the left over ones individually with plastic wrap and twist ties…….

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These guys ended up in a housewarming gift for my friend…….

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And of course the last thing is to enjoy………

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I personally enjoyed the grape vodka lollies the best…..but I was told that the strawberry ones were also a-ok!

 

 

 

Ode to 80’s Cinema Presents……….ROCKY!!

Today I am paying tribute to Rocky in the Ode to 80’s series………

Ok, so I am going to be honest here……all of the Rocky movies run together for me.  There are just so many of them!

Below are the characters that stand out most to me……I think I have III and IV covered??

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Above we have Thunderlips, Drago (whose hair looks better in person, in this picture it looks like a poorly done hat), Rocky, Clubber and Mickey.

Yes, I know I missed Apollo……my husband pointed that out immediately.

There is nothing cooler than painting Hulk and Mr. T while jamming to 80’s pop on Pandora…….

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I think Thunderlips has inspired me to do an 80’s wrestling series……so many AWESOME characters!!

More to come……..