Archive for March 2013

Healthy Baked Zucchini Chips

3.24.2013


My biggest weakness is chips of ANY kind.  I will always pass over the "sweets" for yummy chips.  These days I am trying really hard to make healthy choices in my diet; therefore, I came up with this idea to make chips from Zucchini.  I just gathered a few items from my pantry that I thought would make the zucchini taste great.  
They turned out amazing...I have a new favorite snack! 
My family ate them ALL in 10 minutes!
They were delicious!





Ready for the oven!



You have to try these!!! Let me know how you like them! 


Baked Zucchini Chips

1 zucchini, sliced 
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt + pepper

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
Pour the milk in one small bowl place the sliced zucchini in the milk.
Combine all the other ingredients on a plate.  Take the zucchini slices one by one and "roll" them in the crumb mixture. Place the coated zucchini on a wire rack coated with cooking spray on top of a cookie sheet, and bake for 30 minutes. 

These were to die for!!

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Stairway Gets a New Look with Paint & Runner

3.15.2013

When you buy an existing home or build a home 
sometimes it takes more than one makeover to get it right!
Scroll down a couple of pics to see how bad these stairs 
were when we moved in! 
I initially thought removing the ugly stained carpet from the previous owner and re-staining the steps would appease me. But I was still yearning to paint the stairs and add a carpet runner.  I could never get my nerve up until my dear blogger friend, Rhoda of Southern Hospitality inspired me to do so.  
The key here is that I worked with what I had.  So many people will completely rip out what they have an start over. I was determined to not do that but I have to admit it crossed my mind! Once the carpet was removed the wood on the stairs had seen its better days.  But I kinda liked that they were beaten up...it gave the stairs some character. 
After a lot of hard work, I finally have my foyer /stairway the way I want it. I chose a peachy, apricot color for the walls because I love this color.  Also because I thought it would brighten up my dark foyer. Most importantly, I chose this color to pull the two rooms on both sides of my stairs together.  
To the left of the stairs is our family room 
and to the right is my office.  
The family room is made up of greens, golds and peachy silk drapes.  
My office is greens, robins egg blue also with the peachy silk drapes.  
Having the stairs between the two rooms using the peachy apricot color on the stair walls really pulled everything together!

I ordered the runner from www.Wayfair.com 
The runner name/style is Safavieh Couryard Terracotta.







Chevron frame and "Love is All You Need" came from Homegoods. 
White frames came from Pottery Barn.


This picture was taken when the house was listed For Sale. 


Taken when house was For Sale! 

~~~~~~~AFTER~~~~~~


This was my first attempt at "redo'ing" the stairs.  At first I thought I would just remove the carpet, re-stain the stairs, add bead board to the wall and paint BUT it was just too dark for my taste!

If you will notice above, I added this antique newel post that I found at the Screen Door in Asheville, NC.  (a great store full off all sorts of "great finds")
Well, I ran across another great antique newel post at
1st Consignment in Charlotte, NC. (GREAT store!)
I knew this one would be perfect at the top of the stairs.

Down with the OLD and in with the even OLDER!!  :-) 






The stairs walls were first painted the peach color. Secondly, I primed all the areas of the steps and bead board that previously had stain on it. I had to prime these areas before I could paint them the antique white.  I only primed on the outer edges of steps because I knew a stair runner would be added.

I painted off & on for a week but finally called a professional! :-)

Primer was necessary to cover the stained wood before I could paint with the antique white I chose.
Primer and Paint finished...ready to install the runner.

Carpet padding was cut to fit each step.


I used a staple gun to attach the carpet padding to the steps.  
The padding was not necessary but my husband and I 
wanted the padding.



When my hubby was installing the carpet runner, I snuck and wrote "love notes" to him on the stairs. 
 As he worked his way down the stairs, he saw the notes! :-)
I knew once the carpet runner went in my notes would not be seen!  
We stapled mostly under the stair nose, but we did add several staples on each step in the back corner.  We also stapled a couple at the outer edge of each step. NOTE:  We tried using a regular staple gun but we needed more power; therefore, my husband's electric stapler came in very handy. 
It took a total of 3 runners for us to cover my stairs. We made sure the the seam was nicely hidden under the nose of a step. 


View into our family room.

Notice the peachy apricot silk drapes in family room.


View into my office. Notice the peachy apricot silk drapes.


Coffee table in family room.
 Frame came from Hobby Lobby. Vase and letter "J" came from Homegoods.






 Pillows came from Homegoods.




The big chair & 1/2 with ottoman I found at 1st Consignment in Charlotte, NC. I knew the second I saw it that I HAD to have it. It was in perfect condition and I loved the colors. At the time I had no idea where I would put it but I knew I would find the perfect spot! 
If you have a chance to visit 1st Consignment in Charlotte you are sure to find something you cannot live without! Tell the owners, Richard & Donna (you will love them) that Rhonda sent you! 















Paint used in the stairway.
Walls:  Behr Paint the color was Nectarina (egg shell)
Trim and bead board:  Sherwin Williams Paint, 6119 Antique White (semi-gloss)

 I am so happy with how my stairs and runner turned out! It completely added an entire new look to our foyer.  Thanks again to my dear blogger friend, Rhoda of Southern Hospitality for inspiring me to take on this project!


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