Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Follow-up, A Project, and A Recipe

First of all I want to thank everyone for their very kind comments on my post, Tuesday Randomness.  You were all so encouraging.  Looking back at it I sounded more negative in that post than I intended that day.  But, you know, sometimes it's good just to get things off my chest.  If I can put into words what I am thinking & feeling (and find out I'm not as alone in those thoughts as I sometimes think), it helps me to move on.

A few things I was reminded of as I read your comments...

  • I am blessed!  And, I shouldn't question or envy the way that God has chosen to bless someone else.  He blesses us all in different ways, gives different gifts to his different children.  I am blind to the ways God has blessed me if I'm focused on someone else's blessings.  
  • In that same train of thought....I need to be thankful for all I have.  A couple of you mentioned the woodwork in my home.  And, I do love older homes for that very reason.  I love the character.  But, it's a tradeoff - the house won't be perfect.  Instead of looking at the imperfections (and this applies to every area of life...not just my house) I need to be grateful for what I have.
  • I should worry less about what other people think.  I let embarrassment over my home keep me isolated sometimes.  I rarely invite people over.  And, one of my passions is hospitality.  One of the best things I read on this topic of showing hospitality was at Antique Mommy. It was called "No One Drops In For Coffee Anymore".  I loved it!

    Today I wanted to share a couple pictures with you and get your opinion.  Our neighbors recently moved & they were loading some things to take to Goodwill.  I saw this piece and something about it appealed to me.

    They said I could have it if I wanted it.  It definitely needs work.  But it's sturdy & I love the feet on it.  So, do I add this to my summer 'to do' list?  I was thinking of sanding it down & painting it white.  What do you think?

     Also, the last few days have been nice & cool.  Temps are in the mid to upper 70's.  It's been sunny, but breezy.  Such a nice contrast to the extreme heat & humidity we were experiencing.  I figured it was perfect weather for baking...something a don't do a lot of it the heat. 

    So, I pulled out my recipe for Chess Bars.  Very buttery, very decadent, very yummy.

    They are crispy on the outside & gooey on the inside.  They are definitely a temptation as I am getting serious about weight loss.  Nonetheless, my family enjoys having baked goods around.  And, I feel better about them eating home-baked treats than packaged stuff.

    Chess Bars
    1 cup butter, melted
    2 cups packed light brown sugar
    1 cup white sugar
    4 large eggs
    2 cups flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. baking powder
    10x sugar for dusting top (optional)

    Heat oven 300 degrees. Butter 9x13 pan (or 2 small square pans).  Dust with flour.  Combine butter & sugar until smooth.  Add eggs. Combine dry ingredients and add to mixture.  Bake 1 hour.

    Easy & awesome!  


    1. I am so jealous of that piece - cabinet? I would snatch that up in a heartbeat. Start by painting it white - YES. I don't know if I could leave well enough alone at that point! But, I would only dream of all the other things I would do. It would probably be white for at least 9 years while I consider the possibilities. You seem to be much more able to actually finish what you start! Enjoy!

    2. Your dessert looks yummy! I have all those ingredients...I might just try this today or tomorrow!

      I just wrote a post the other day about the whole visiting issue that doesn't seem to go on anymore....I haven't published it's still in draft mode! It makes me sad that we don't have time for people anymore...

      Good deal on your cupboard! I always say if it's FREE it's for ME! I have a similiar cupboard that my husband got me our first Christmas...I keep cookbooks in it. I'm not loving it anymore (it's very country) I've been thinking of painting it or something. I should wait to see what you come up with! ;)
      I think the inside would look cool painted a different color than the outside. I can't tell what that little see through thing is up top? What do you think you'll use it for?

    3. Hey again!
      I saw this blog that I think you might like.
      She's trying to lose 40lbs too. I only had time to read one post...but I noticed her tracking weight bar on the side of her blog. I found her over at Jen's...she's one of her followers. I think her blog is FOR REAL THIS TIME. If you check her out...let me know what you think!

    4. Love that new piece!
      I would have taken it for sure.
      Can't wait to see what you do with it.
      Thanks for the recipe too.
      Looks delish!
      Enjoy the night


    6. That recipe looks amazing, I will have to try it out!

      Thanks for stopping by over at my blog :)


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