Friday, February 27, 2009

Mini China Cabinet Makeover

I bought this mini china cabinet at the Rose Bowl flea market for $120.00.

Those appliques are on sale now at the Bella Cottage.

I love it!!!

Secretary Desk & Hutch

I finally completed my secretary desk & hutch makeover project today,
thanks to my kids!! They ate corned beef with rice and some leftover soup
from last night for dinner. I'm going to cook their favorite "beef curry rice" tomorrow!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Blue And White

I Love blue and white!


I painted it antique white and I want to put some appliques around the edge.

Cake Pedestal

I found 2 more cake pedestals at Simi Valley thrift store on saturday.

I Love Country!

Robert Duncan Gallery

Why I Love Country Living
By Rick Rouse

As someone who has lived in both places, I can tell you that country living certainly beats the hustle and bustle of city life! Living in a rural area has advantages that simply can't be bought at any price.

In the city I was bombarded with the sounds of horns blowing and sirens blaring. In the country I'm soothed by a chorus of whippoorwills, bullfrogs and crickets, along with the pleasant sound of a cool breeze flowing through the trees.

On congested city streets I had to deal with frustrated drivers and careless pedestrians. On winding country roads I have to try my best to ignore the postcard-like beauty of the farmland and forests so I can keep my eyes on the road.

Yes, country living is the lifestyle that I, like most people who have had the opportunity to experience it, prefer. Instead of pushy salespeople knocking on my door hoping to leave with some of my money, I have warm, friendly neighbors dropping by with baskets of fresh vegetables from their gardens. Not to sell of course - they simply enjoy sharing the rewards of their country lifestyles with others.

Living in the country means that I can get up at 8:00 in the morning and enjoy a leisurely jog down a deserted lane or simply sit on a riverbank under a huge shade tree with a fishing pole in my hand.

City folks have the convenience of a store on every corner. I get to enjoy the tranquility and peace of mind that results from watching colorful birds flitter around my lawn or deer grazing in my neighbor's pasture field.

Yes, I do enjoy my country lifestyle very much! Having spent much of my life living in various cities around the world, I can now enjoy the peace and tranquility of my country home. For me, a country lifestyle makes it easy to look forward to the next day!

Someday I wish I could live in the country.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Shrimp Stir Fry With Chinese Cabbage


1 pound shrimp, peeled and divined
1/2 pound boneless chicken or pork, ( optional)
1/2 pound frozen squid body( optional)
1 cup sliced Chinese cabbage (bok choy)
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
5 shiitake mushrooms
1/2 can asparagus
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 tbsp rice wine
3/4 tsp salt, pepper
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 can chicken broth
2 and 1/2 cornstarch with water
2 tablespoon sesame oil


1. Season shrimp (squid) with salt and pepper.
2. Cut chicken or pork and season with salt and pepper.
3. Heat a skillet or wok and add sesame oil over medium high heat. Add garlic, and ginger and stir well for 30 seconds.
4. Add meat, stir fry 1 min. Add wine.
5. Add carrot, mushroom, Chinese cabbage, shrimp, squid quickly one after the other stirring each time.
6. Add chicken broth, corn starch with water. Season with pepper,soy sauce and cook until the shrimp is fully cooked and opaque. (About 2-3 minutes.)
7. Add asparagus.
8. Serve over rice

OK, Let's Eat!!!

Secretary Hutch Make Over

It still needs to be painted one more coat and the final touch up by the appliques area.
Oh! and the nobs needs to be replaced with the one
I bought from the Bella Cottage last week.

I want to put some appliques on the hutch molding area on top.
I went to the Bella Cottage yesterday to get some more appliques,
but I missed her by 4 minutes. She leaves at 5:00pm on Fridays.
I guess I have to put this project on hold until next Tuesday. :(
This flying angel is actually not an appliques.
It is made of plastic and they are used for wedding decorations.
However I painted and glued them on the hutch.
Aren't they gorgeous?
Those angles were a dozen for a dollar! It is way cheaper than the appliques.
Thanks to Esther!! It was my friend Esther's idea. :D

I would say.... my secretary hutch make over is about 70% completed.


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