Friday, November 29, 2013

Photo Friday: 11.29.2013

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click  here.

I'm ashamed. The only picture I took on Thanksgiving was the one in this post of my sister's cat in a sweater. Maybe next year I'll do better!

Buckshot is growing like a weed!

He's basically posing for pictures now...

He's real cute, but he might not be that smart...

This is the only picture I took on Thanksgiving. Obviously it was a super important moment to capture.

Jared and I got our Christmas tree today! This little car can haul anything, I'm sure of it!

That little gooney-bird finally figured out how to look out the window like Puck does! It's too cute!

This weekend is going to be full of decorating for Christmas and list-making for the Christmas party! Happy weekend, y'all!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Stick a Fork in It!

I can't remember how this fork came to be in my possession, but it sat in a corner of my studio for about a year before I decided what to do with it. Then I remembered a little basket of vines that used to sit in my mother-in-law's kitchen window; she used a wooden fork to keep the vines up off the counter. I decided to copy her idea! Of course, my fork is giant compared to the one she used, but the idea is the same. 

Now it sits in one of the houseplants that I inherited from Parrie. 

 The fork was a dark wood for a while, but I spray painted it white for a fresh look.

I love giving things a new purpose! Plus, it's super cute! How do y'all accessorize your plants?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kitchen Table Makeover Part 3!

To catch up on the other installments, click here and here.

It is finished!!! I am so excited to have my kitchen table back! 

Once I finished re-painting the pedestal with approximately 3 coats of Cut Ruby, it finally stopped looking pink. NEXT TIME I WILL USE A GRAY PRIMER. Thank Jesus it is finally red!

Then, I used Minwax waterbased Polycrylic protective finish to seal the table top. I followed the manufacturer's instructions and waited 24 hours to use the table. It looks so great! The only thing I would warn y'all about if you try your own version of this project is to beware of FUZZIES. Fuzzies are those really annoying things that float around in your air, but you never notice them until you start sealing your table and find little particles of stuff stuck in the clear coat. They are really annoying. I decided not to seal the base 1. because I was sick to death of painting the pedestal (real talk, y'all.) and 2. because the legs don't stick out so far that people will be putting their feet on them all the time. 

So, without further ado, here's our table!

Ophelia's ready for supper!

I'm hoping to slowly phase out the tall brown chairs for shorter ones that I'll probably paint. I also have plans for that yellow chair as well! 

Thanks for following along with this project! I'm so so so glad it's over! :) 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Photo Friday 11.22.2013

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click  here.

Jared and I went to check out a house in Waleska. It wasn't great in person, but the sunset was beautiful!

Playtime outside!

"Mama! My bowl is empty!"


I felt pretty cute the other day, so I had Jared take a picture of me! I feel like cute should be documented.

Bouquet season is in full swing!! This one is for a February wedding!

This little dodo bird went to the vet this week, and he weighs 29.5 pounds! 

We found this gem of a Christmas photo at Jared's parents' house. It is amazing.

After a very unfortunate book selection from Goodwill, I got really upset that I spent money on it. I mean, it was about two bucks but still. Then I remembered a wonderful government institution: THE LIBRARY! So, I got a library card!

This week, this wonderful juxtaposition happened on my screen. It is quite possibly the greatest thing my phone has ever seen. 

I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Jared and I are still deep in our fiscal food fast! To be completely honest, I expected we would be finished by now, but there's still a good bit of food left, so we're going to see how long we can make it!

The weather has been wet and cold lately, and I've been wanting some good chicken noodle soup, so I went through our cabinets to see what we had to fix some with. Normally, I pull ideas from various recipes and come up with my own recipe, but this one came strictly from my brain and our cabinets, so I was pumped with it came out to be so delicious! It's a pretty rich soup as well, which is good for me since I cannot stand watery soups. I mean, I want to feel like I've eaten something when I'm done, you know? Anyway, on to the recipe.


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 cooked and shredded chicken breasts
  • 1 can of carrots (if you're using fresh, it was about 2 cups)
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of Chacheres Creole Seasoning
  • 2 cups egg noodles

First of all, I preheated the oven to 400 and baked two chicken breasts for 30 minutes. While that was cooking, I chopped up the onion and started sauteing it until it was tender.

For some unknown reason, I had a can of carrots in our cabinet, so I drained the water and chopped them into tiny pieces. I tossed them in the skillet with the onions.

Then I dissolved the bouillon cubes in some water in the microwave. Then I added the cubes and the rest of the three cups of water to the soup pot. In my original recipe, I used three cubes, but it was pretty salty because of the cubes, so I adjusted the recipe to two. (But if you like it salty, go for three. This is your supper; do what you feel!)

I dumped a can of this cream of chicken in the soup pot as well.

I stirred everything together and let the cream of chicken dissolve into the broth. Then I dumped the onions and carrots into the soup along with the spices.  By then, the chicken was finished, so I shredded it with a fork and added it to the pot as well.

 I let it simmer for another 10 minutes or so and then brought it back to a boil, added the egg noodles, and cooked them according to the noodles' instructions, which was about 11 minutes.

Then, we feasted!

Keep in mind, when I was making this soup, I was drawing off what was in my cabinets and fridge, so if you want to substitute the bouillon cubes and water with actual chicken broth or the canned carrots for fresh ones, feel free! I'm sure it would be even more delicious that way. You could even use a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking chicken breasts for convenience. 

One thing is for sure: this fiscal food fast has taught me to get creative with what we've got at home. If not, I'd probably never have made this delicious soup! I posted a facebook status yesterday talking about how I didn't want to toot my own horn, but the soup turned out delicious. One of my friends said, "Sometimes if you don't toot your own horn, it doesn't get tooted!" which cracked me up 1. because he's a funny old man and 2. the word "toot" was bandied around quite a bit and 3. I'm 4 years old. 

Y'all let me know how y'all's version turns out!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Kitchen Table Makeover Tutorial Part 2!

To see the first part of this project, click here.

Okay, when we last talked about this project, I had primed the table top. I got so excited I didn't even think about priming the leaf for the table or buying the actual paint!

The next day I went to the store, and I bought some satin white paint for the top and some Olympic paint in Red Gumball.

I decided to go ahead and prime and paint the leaf as well.

I primed the pedestal with the same primer I primed the table top with. Turns out that was a mistake. When I put the red paint over the white primer, it came out pink.

um. no.

Several coats later, it still looked too pink to me.

I went back to Lowes and returned the Red Gumball and got Cut Ruby by Valspar. I figured it wouldn't hurt to go back over it with a darker red and see if that made it less pink.


I should have primed it with a gray-based primer. But you live and learn, right?

It's not perfect, but it's better than before! Now,  I've got to add another layer of white on the table top and then put polyacrylic down to seal it! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Photo Friday: Saturday Edition 11.16.2013

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click here.

I should re-name these Photo Friday posts to Dog Updates. These little babies killed me with the cutes this week. I mean, honestly. Look at these cuties!


Except for when they destroy toys.

I went shopping with Melissa for wedding stuff, and I came cross this door knob. I need it. For every door in my house.

We also went dress shopping!!!! The first dress Melissa tried on was a very dramatic number complete with a little dress elf named Cathy.

I've been working on the pedestal part of my table. I chose Red Gumball, but it's been giving me fits. I'll fill y'all in next week.

I hope y'all are having a great weekend! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fiscal Food Fast

This corn-shaped cornbread is a symbol of mine and Jared's attempt to be more responsible with our money. I know it doesn't seem like much, but I feel pretty proud of myself for making cornbread!

It all started when I began watching Extreme Cheapskates on Netflix. Most of the people on that show are definitely too extreme for me (No thanks, I'll flush every time I use the bathroom.), but one man named Jeff Yeager and his wife participated in what they called a "Fiscal Fast." Basically, you take a week and decide to spend zero money on anything. Jared, of course, loved this idea because he gets STOKED about saving money, but I suggested we try a fiscal food fast instead; we wouldn't go out to eat or make any last minute grocery store runs, so we would actually eat what we had in our cabinets.

And there is quite a bit of food I'd been ignoring in our cabinets.

Our first couple of nights we finished off the leftovers in our fridge. Well, we ate the ones that hadn't turned into science experiments just yet. Last night was our first night that I cooked a full-blown meal out of the ignored ingredients in our cabinets.

So, the night before I found a bag of dried black-eyed peas and I put them in a pot to soak before we went to bed. I also found a packet of mash potato mix. Jared had brought home some gravy mix a while ago, and I decided to attempt cornbread because I have a really cute cast-iron cornbread pan that I have NEVER used and I wanted to give it a whirl.

But there was a problem. We ran out of milk for the cornbread.

So, I fired up the google machine and found a recipe for dairy-free cornbread!

That crisis averted, I decided to try and come up with my own recipe for the black-eyed peas, and here's my recipe:

  • 2 cups of dried black-eyed peas (soaked overnight)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder (or minced garlic, but we didn't have any left)
  • 1 tablespoon of Tony Chacheres creole seasoning
  • 3 dissolved chicken bouillon cubes (these have been ignored in my cabinet for FOREVER)
  • 3 cups of water (or enough to have about an inch of water over the beans)

Rinse and drain your peas and dump them in the crockpot. Dissolve your boullion cubes in some water in your microwave for about a minute and half and add it to the peas. Combine the rest of your ingredients and cook on low for about 4 hours.

I was expecting them to take much longer, so I started them earlier in the day and ended up having to put my crockpot on the "keep warm" option.

My parents came by to pick up something I found for Daddy, so we all had supper together, so it was a really nice surprise!

Then Mama forced Ophelia to snuggle.

Last night's supper was extremely filling and delicious. Plus, since we shopped our own cabinets, I feel good about us not wasting anything. What do y'all do to save a little cash here and there?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Kitchen Table Makeover Tutorial Part 1!

Jared and I have had two tables since we got married. The first was a rectangle table from Jared's parents, and when I decided I wanted a round table one of our family friends gave us this one!

It's been a great table, but over the past year or so, I've noticed places where the top is bubbled up or cracked.

I decided to start this project on a whim. Literally, I was sitting at the table and got so sick of looking at it, I went to the garage and found this primer. It's perfect for painting over laminate furniture because it will stick to anything! I've never had any luck sanding laminate furniture, so this primer is great.

It was getting dark when I got started, so please excuse the lighting in these photos, but I started by separating the table where the leaf goes (and if I had any sense, I would have primed the leaf at the same time.), and began priming.

This is it with the second coat of primer on it.

I've got some big plans for this table. I want to paint the top white and the pedestal base red. I'd also like to get rid of the chairs that came with the table and replace them with funky chairs painted mostly red with black accents.

I've got to get started painting!