Monthly Archives: October 2013

Old Windows Repurposed As Art!

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves in this project where I repurposed old windows as decorative art for my dining room:

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(The artist acrylic paints are Golden brand, purchased locally at Art Outfitters. The windows were purchased from Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. The scrapbook papers and Gloss ModPodge used to “frame/border” the art prints were purchased at Hobby Lobby. The art prints were all found on Pinterest and printed on my laser printer. See the individual prints on my Pinterest board “Beverage Art” for links to more info about each of the 18 prints, here. All of the prints are Beverage related, mostly illustrations and watercolors of girls and women with tea, coffee, or juice, since we have three daughters and these art pieces hang in the dining room.)

This is my second project using ModPodge and architectural salvage! Have you seen my CRAZY OLD DOOR? If not, see it hang above my bed in our Master Bedroomhere!

Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

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Do you have anything repurposed or reinvented in your house, too? Windows? Art pieces?

PS
This “Repurposed Windows as Decorative Art” project will link with other blogs! You’re invited to visit the link-up parties:

ModVintageLife’s Mod Mix Monday

AlderberryHill’s Make The Scene Monday

Craft-o-maniac’s Monday Linkup

ElizabethAndCo’s Be Inspired Link Party

ConfessionOfAPlateAddict’s The Scoop #89

Arkansas Women Bloggers’ Sunday Link-up

iShouldBeMoppingTheFloor’s “Inspiration Monday Link Party”

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Arkansas State Fair 2013

We went to the Arkansas State Fair and had a great time!
Rides, Food, Games, Animals, Crafts!
It was fun!
Our daughters had a GREAT time!
Speaking of our girls, they’re really excited about the bright, fuzzy hat/scarf/mittens with ears that they bought!

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Did you visit the Arkansas State Fair this year? What was your favorite part of the fair?

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Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

This post will link with Arkansas Women Bloggers; visit here:
ArkansasWomenBloggers’ Sunday Link Up

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Easy, easy!
Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
Use an electric mixer when following this recipe, and you’ll have this Spiced Pumpkin Bread made quickly!

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola

Mix ^

3 eggs beaten
1 can pumpkin purΓ©e (15 oz.)
1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 Tbsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix ^

1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Mix ^

Pour evenly into two greased and floured 9″ x 5″ loaf pans.
Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes!

Yields two small, moist, yummy loaves! Enjoy!

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Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

PS
This recipe will link with other blogs!
You’re welcome to visit the blog party link ups:
NiftyThriftyThings’ Nifty Thrifty Sunday
ArkansasWomenBloggers’ Sunday Link Up
ImAddictedToRecipes’ Scrumptious Sunday Link Party

Green Tomatoes!

Frying Green Tomatoes, Tonight!

This week, temperatures are falling drastically here in Central Arkansas, zone 7. Chances are, if like me, you grew tomatoes this summer, you still have plenty of green, underripe tomatoes growing.

Do you leave the green tomatoes behind or pick them?

We pick them!! Fried green tomatoes are an autumn favorite of ours!

~Amber Hamilton Henson

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(Check back later, this blog post is a work in progress, as I update with links to Bonnie Plants’ Mr. Stripey and Troybilt! …and maybe a few photos of the fried ‘maters! Yummmmmm!!”)

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EASY RECIPE:

4-5 green tomatoes, med size, sliced 1/4 -1/2 inch thick

Mix 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 Tbsp salt, 1/2 Tbsp pepper, 1 tsp cayenne.

Coat the tomatoes in the dry mix.

In small bowl whisk 1/2 cup buttermilk and 3 eggs.

Coat the tomatoes.

Fry until golden!

(Fry over Med-high heat. Must have high heat to prevent soggy batter! Light and Crispy is the goal!)

Season with sea salt as they cool on paper towels! πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

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*The tomatoes shown are Mr. Stripey heirloom tomatoes. I bought 3 small, starter Bonnie Plants this spring and have had GREAT results! We’ve had loads of orange to red tomatoes to enjoy all summer. It’s October 16th and the plants are still flowering and growing strongly! This is a really sweet variety of tomato. Temperatures are dropping rapidly in Arkansas this week, so I wasn’t sure these last of the season would reach ripeness before the cold sets in. They are PERFECT for frying green! With a well seasoned batter, these Mr. Stripey tomatoes offer just the right of tang when fried while they’re still a dense green! Read more about these tomatoes on Bonnie Plant’s site:
http://bonnieplants.com/products/vegetables/tomato-varieties/all-tomatoes/mr-stripey-heirloom-tomato

*The pruners shown are Troy Bilt professional bypass pruners. With sharp blades and comfortable no-slip grips, harvesting in my garden is FANTASTIC. Troy Bilt gardening tools are really well constructed. I highly recommend them! You can find this pair of pruners and more to buy directly from Troy Bilt on their site:
http://www.troybilt.com/equipment/troybilt/garden-tools

See you around the blogosphere!
Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

PS. This blog post will continue to link with other blogs everyday this week! Visit the blog parties, via these links:
SavvySouthernStyle’s Wow Us Wednesday
HandyManCraftyWoman’s Wicked Awesome Wednesday
NiftyThriftyThings’ Nifty Thrifty Sunday
ArkansasWomenBloggers’ Sunday Link Up
ImAddictedToRecipes’ Scrumptious Sunday Link Party
ElizabethAndCo’s Be Inspired Link Party #92
ConfessionOfAPlateAddict’s The Scoop #89

Cocoa CocaCola Poke Cake

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If you have a sweet tooth, a craving for something REALLY sweet, this cake will hit the spot! It’s ooey, gooey, super sweet. A spongy cake with soft icing melted into the cake that almost crystallizes on top. Make it in a few easy steps:

– 1 stick (cup) of salted butter
– 1 cup of Coca-Cola
– 2.5 Tbsp Hershey’s cocoa
– 5oz. Marshmallows (for the brand I buy, it’s half a bag)

In saucepan, over medium heat, combine. Stir until marshmallows are melted, then pour into medium mixing bowl.

– 2 cups all purpose flour
– 2 cups sugar

In your mixing bowl, add in two cups of flour and two cups of sugar and mix thoroughly.

– 2 eggs
– 0.5 cup buttermilk
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 1 tsp. baking soda

In a small bowl, whisk these ^4 ingredients^ together, then slowly add into your mixing bowl, incorporating thoroughly.

This is your cake batter. It’s thin, but bakes up wonderfully!
Use a greased 9″ x 12″ glass baking dish.
Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

While its baking, make the icing. It’s easy!

– 1 stick butter
– 3 Tbsp cocoa
– 12 Tbsp CocaCola
– 2 lbs of confectioners powdered sugar

Melt your butter over low heat, add cocoa, whisk. Add CocaCola; Whisk. Slowly add the confectioners sugar, whisking constantly.

When your cake comes out of the oven, immediately poke holes in the cake with a fork, and pour icing. Allow to sit for 1-2 hours before serving.

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Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

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This post is also published in the internationally distributed HAT TRICK MAGAZINE. To read the online version of the magazine, please click on the magazine cover below this text.

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Third BELT Chair

I made another BELT CHAIR! This is actually my third. We already have a full size belt chair and an elementary size belt chair that I made last year, and now we have a new toddler size chair for our youngest daughter (age 2).

The process of putting it together was really simple. First, using a knife, I cut away the old, broken, woven rush seat, and I cleaned the chair with an abrasive, soapy sponge. Then, I just wove the belts onto the chair, doing all of the side-to-side belts first and buckling them on the underside of the seat. For the front-to-back direction, I alternated going over or under the side-to-side belts. I used a hole punch tool in order to get the belts to buckle at the proper (smaller) size on the underside of the woven seat. Last, in order to keep the β€œtails” of the belts from hanging down, just use a zip-tie to hold them in place!

Easy Process:
1) Clean.
2) Weave.
3) Punch holes.
4) Buckle.
5) Zip tie.
6) Sit.

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Isn’t our youngest daughter cute? πŸ™‚ Bare feet, cookie crumbs, and wiggling around while I try to take a picture…such is the way with a two year old! I love, love, love her! πŸ™‚

Want to see the other two bigger, more detailed belt chairs I’ve made,? Click here.

I love repurposing items in unusual ways!! You?

Laters!
Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

This belt chair post will link to the best blog parties!
The link parties:
TheBrambleberryCottage’s Time Travel Thursday #169
StoneGable’s Tutorials, Tips, & Tidbits Thursday #68
iGottaCreate’s Wildly Original Link Party
ArkansasWomenBloggers’ Sunday Link Up

Fritters!! Fried Batter coating Pickles and Onions!

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Who doesn’t love a good, easy fried fritter? Y’all, I’m southern to my core. I’ll fry anything, and there are few savory fried bits of yumminess that I enjoy more than good ole fried onions and fried pickles. Putting the two together in batter and calling it a FRITTER , is pure southern brilliance.

Healthy to eat everyday? Of course not! However, they suit us just fine as an occasional indulgent snack!

The batter is so good and plenty salty that you won’t even need a dip, but if you want, grab some ranch or ketchup or thousand island! Lots of options work well! First, the easy instructions, then a few photos:

2 cups vegetable oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 cups (small jar) of dill pickle round slices*
(* drained and patted dry with paper towels)
1 small yellow onion, diced small
1 large egg
1/4 cup buttermilk

STEP 1
In a large, heavy skillet, heat oil over medium to med-high. In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add pickles and onion and toss to coat. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and buttermilk. Add to pickle mixture and stir just until combined. Note: It’ll be a consistency of glue/paste, but don’t “over stir” or you’ll release too much moisture from the pickles.
STEP 2
In two batches, drop batter in 2-tablespoonful mounds into oil. With a small spatula or butter knife, gently flatten each mound and fry until golden, about 4 minutes per side, flipping once (adjust heat if browning too quickly). Drain on paper towels. Makes about 10.

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Later, ‘Gators! Afterwhile, Crocodiles!

Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

Update:
This post was Mentioned by Michael Roberts of Arkansas Times’ Eat Arkansas! See the news article: http://www.arktimes.com/EatArkansas/archives/2013/11/11/november-food-blogger-round-up

Linking to other blogs! Check out the blog parties:
Arkansas Women Bloggers’ Sunday Link Up
AlderBerryHill’s Make The Scene Monday #95
DIYShowoff’s Sunday Showoff
ElizabethAndCo’s Be Inspired Link Party #90
ConfessionsOfAPlateAddict’s The Scoop #87
SavvySouthernStyle’s Wow Us Wednesdays #139
StoneGable’s Tutorials, Tips, & Tidbits Thursday #68
iGottaCreate’s Wildly Original Link Party
NotYourOrdinaryRecipes’ Foodtastic Friday
RattlebridgeFarm’s Foodie Friday

Woo Pig Sooie! Razorbacks! #wps

Woo Pig Sooie! Razorbacks! #wps

So, I’m a fan. Wooooo PIG Soooooooie!! We call the hogs!

I was born to parents that were college students at the University of Arkansas. Both graduated as Razorbacks. Even though I graduated from U.A.L.R., I’ll always be a Razorback fan. How could I not; after all, half of the baby and toddler photos of me are of me wearing Razorback gear. Really. πŸ™‚

Now, as my oldest daughter is in middle school, uniform code allows her to wear collegiate apparel on Fridays. She has lots of Razorback T-shirts and hoodies, so we decided to make some Hog accessories! Cute, right? LOVE!

We bought artisan glass lampwork beads at Argenta Bead Company and online via eBay. She arranged them onto a bead design board, then she threaded them with memory wire; I added the clasp for her! I don’t mind spending a bit extra for these neat glass beads, since we’ll both make good use of the accessories. Her: at school on Fridays; me: on Saturdays watching the game. Love.

Enough with talking, here are the photos: (click on photos to enlarge them)

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You already knew I make LOTS of jewelry, right?
If not check out these two posts:

NEAT LAMPWORK BRACELETS
CRAZY STATEMENT NECKLACES

Laters!
Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton

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PS
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Arkansas Women Bloggers’ Sunday Link Up
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ConfessionsOfAPlateAddict’s The Scoop #87
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SavvySouthernStyle’s Wow Us Wednesdays #139
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