Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

August 30, 2013

My mom's birthday was last Wednesday, and when I asked her what she'd like for dessert, she told me cheesecake, raspberry or strawberry cheesecake.  I decided on raspberry and set out to find a great recipe on Pinterest, which I thought would be an easy job.

Would you believe that finding a recipe for a great raspberry cheesecake is hard?  Many of the pictures were just that....pictures...no recipe.  Other pictures linked to recipes but the cheesecake was either written in metric units, which I can't convert, or were no-bake versions, not what I was looking for.  Finally, I turned to my trusted friend Martha (Stewart) to help me bake my cheesecake and once again, she didn't disappoint me.

Shopping, Sandpaper, and More Random Thoughts

August 29, 2013

Don't you love having a productive day?  I feel as though I've gotten so much accomplished the past two days and am hoping it continues.  It feels amazing to actually get some things done!  I've worked on some projects to share with all of you in the upcoming months, painted two great stools (One of which is pictured below in it's "before" stage ), worked on painting some chairs to go with a table for my mom's dining room, did some work outside, cleaned, AND went to work.  I feel great!

On a different note, I thought I'd share a few of my recent Goodwill/Yard Sale purchases......(I apologize that the photos aren't a little better!)

I'm In Love....with Leaf Lettuce

August 28, 2013

You may have noticed that I had some pretty fancy lettuce on my Grilled Turkey, Bacon, and Pepper Jack sub last week.   I typically use common iceberg lettuce for my salads and on sandwiches, but recently was introduced to my new "love"....leaf lettuce.  Do you use it?

Inspired by Miss Mustard Seed...again

August 27, 2013

I've mentioned before how much I love Miss Mustard Seed and all of her amazing transformations.  I had a couple of wooden trays downstairs that I've started painting numerous times, but have never finished. (When things don't turn out like I picture in my head, I have the bad habit of giving up!)   I found some inspiration for my trays recently, though, while looking through some of Marian's old posts.

Must Watch TV

August 26, 2013

I'm amazed at how quickly the weekend can pass.  I spent Saturday doing some weeding in the flower beds since the weather was so nice.

Inspired by Good Housekeeping Magazine

August 23, 2013

Don't you love it when there is a magazine article or blog post that just totally sums up how you're feeling at the moment?  I found that yesterday while looking through the September issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

Advice Needed

August 21, 2013

I was recently contacted by someone who would like to enlist YOUR help.

Tracy was inspired by my message center that was created from a medicine cabinet.  She has this great wooden wine box and would like to convert it into office storage.  Isn't that an amazing idea?  I agreed that we'd all help her to come up with some inventive ideas for her own DIY project.

Grilled Turkey, Bacon, and Pepper Jack Sub

August 20, 2013

I'm always looking for ways to turn traditional foods into something new and different.  Today I'd like to share with you how I changed a typical turkey sub into something fantastic!  It is super simple and tastes great when it is done.

Want to try a different type of hot sandwich?  Check out this delicious sub filled with turkey, pepper jack cheese, and bacon.  Yum!  |  www.andersonandgrant.com

Estate Sale Table Revealed

August 16, 2013

Today I'm finally revealing the table that I refurbished from an estate sale.  So, without delay, here it is!

Free Printable Etsy Planner

August 15, 2013

Last week, I listed the planner that I've been using to keep track of where I've promoted my posts.  I'm so encouraged by the wonderful comments that I've received from it.  I'm hoping it can help more than just me to stay organized.

Today I'd like to share a planner I've created for listing items on Etsy.  I love that I can sit down and really think through my listing before actually typing it on the computer.  Although I know a lot of people like things to be digital and computerized, I'm still a paper person.  I like know that at any moment I can pull out my binder and look at information that I need.  (I've also lost enough important information that I had stored on my computer and flash drives, that I prefer a paper copy that can't disappear!)

Bacon and Ranch Cheese Ball

August 14, 2013

I'm a big fan of serving appetizers and snacks when I'm entertaining.  Although there are some regular recipes I rely on, I always try to be on the lookout for something new and different, too.  Anything that is easy and can make a nice presentation is great!

I like serving different flavors of cheese balls with crackers, chips, or veggies.  People seem to love them and you can be very creative with the ingredients.

Try and Try Again

August 13, 2013

Do you ever start a project and find that things just don't go well?  I'm not a very patient person, and I typically get an idea, begin the project expecting it to go fast and perfectly, and then get frustrated when things don't work out that way.  I can probably count on my two hands the times my projects have gone as originally planned.  Can you agree?

About a month ago, I went to an estate sale and picked up this table, in addition to MANY other things. I knew when I saw the piece that it would be coming home with me before I even asked the price.  Although it was in rough shape, I fell in love with the turned wooden legs and shape of the table.

Inspiration is Everywhere

August 12, 2013

Sunday will be the three month "anniversary" of the date I started blogging and I have to say that I am thoroughly enjoying it.  I'm loving that I can share my projects, ideas, and recipes with you in that hopes that you'll be inspired to try something on your own.  When you share you comments and send me emails, I know that I'm doing exactly what I should be doing.

For many, many years I've dreamed about having a creative "job", where I could use my skills and talents, combined with my passion and desire to make something.  I may never make a living from my blog or the products I sell, but the satisfaction that I'm getting from actually DOING something I've dreamed about is worth more than money.  

Craft Paint Organization

August 9, 2013

I have a lot of craft paints because I do a lot of decorative painting.  I currently use a rolling cart that has a fold out  table to do all my painting and crafting.  The cart has four drawers, so I have the perfect place to store my craft paints.  Rather than throwing them in the drawer, though, I wanted a way that I could store the paints neatly and make it pretty to look at.

Using Vintage Tins for Decorative Storage

August 7, 2013

I'm a big fan of finding decorative ways to store everyday items.  Last week, I shared with you my recipe for making sun tea, but I forgot to mention the storage idea for my tea bags that was in one of the pictures.

Blog Planner Printable

August 5, 2013

I've been blogging for close to 3 months now, and have discovered how important it is to plan and promote your posts to get visitors to your blog.  There are a lot of wonderful link up parties out there that can show off projects that you are posting.

I have also discovered how important it is to be organized when it comes to posting and promoting your posts.  When I first started posting, I'd randomly link up to parties, post on sites like Hometalk, and pin a few of my images.  But I found that  the more I promoted, the more visitors came to my site.  The problem was that I then couldn't remember what posts I had promoted where.  So, I've created this blog planner to help me stay organized.

Medicine Cabinet turned into Pottery Barn Message Center

August 2, 2013

Yesterday I showed you what I started with in my creating of a message center.  And here is my finished project.

After painting the entire piece with white chalk paint, I had a few more steps in order to finish my conversion. Since I wanted this to be a message center, I decided to paint the door with chalkboard paint.  I had originally wanted to put cork on the door (like the Pottery Barn version), but the cork was too thick to let the door close.  I taped off a rectangle on the door with painter's tape using the edges of the door as my guide to get the chalkboard centered.  Then I painted on four coats of chalkboard paint.  To be sure that the tape came off smoothly, I ran the edge of my painter's tool around the edge of the tape to "cut" through the paint.  It came off perfectly.

Inspired by Pottery Barn again

August 1, 2013

About five years ago, I rescued an old metal medicine cabinet out of my grandma's garage before it was torn down.  I'm not sure what it was used for in the garage, maybe to hold first aid supplies since my grandma had tools in there.  I didn't know at the time what I wanted to do with it, but I guess I saw some future potential in it.

Here is the before pictures, complete with the dirt and grime collected through the years.  (I'm not so sure it was necessary to watermark these photos!)

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