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As I have mentioned I am a total thrift-store lover. I check regularly to try and find that great deal on mostly furniture or decor. And i have lucked out a few times due to my persistence. This time I found a hutch, I believe it used to have glass doors, but only the wood frame on the doors remained. Lucky for me I had another thing in mind and got the china-hutch for a bargain price of $35. This was such a steal, but I think most people saw it useless without the glass doors. So I decided what color I wanted to paint it, glossy black!
First you have to sand it and make it ready for the primer paint. This is always the worst step I think, because it is messy and hard work, and I know a lot of people skip this step, but dont! The paint will stick to the wood so much better and longer. On this hutch my first coat of the paint was a dark gray primer to make the paint really stay on there. I knew I wanted to use this hutch for all my wine glasses and my decor, so a good sanding and primer is not going to make the paint chip however many times I take the glasses and cups out and in. 
Step by step: 
1. Sand thourogly
2. Use primer as your first coat, try and find a color that is close to the final paint color. 
3. Paint the final coat. You might have to have to do two coats, depending on how thick your first coat is. You'll decide and see. Luckily the third coat goes a lot quicker than the first or second!
4. Let it completely dry before you place anything inside of it. I would say 24 hours for the paint to really get hard, and so none of your things gets stuck.


So, I told you that there was no glass in the doors, in Norway the use chicken wire as the glass, and the look is very rustic meets classy with the glossy black. So I went online to find the cheapest chicken wire I could find, I ended up on amazon and it has 1" holes in the wire. I layed the doors on the floor and stapled the chicken wire to the wood frame. I was able to get it pretty thight without anyones help, but it probably would be easier if your friend helped you with that step.. Or all of them ;) 
So here you go, easy trick to use if you don't have money to buy glass doors. I absolutely love the look! What about you? xo.Abella


GUACAMOLE

Great as a dip or topping for your tacos!
Who does not enjoy some homemade guacamole? It is the perfect appetizer for a party and a great topping for your dinner. This recipe is delicious and easy to make, so after work or for lunch its great to use your avocados on this healthy dish.

INGREDIENTS

Three Ripe Avocados
1/3 Cup Chopped up Red Onion
2 Cloves Chopped up Garlic
1/4 Cup Chopped up Tomato
1 Tsp Chili-Garlic Sauce
1/2 Lime
Salt & Pepper
Cilantro

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Lately I have been trying to cook more healthy, like staying away from dairy, sugar and wheat. So tonight I made a pasta dinner that tasted excellent and is so very healthy. I always figured that the gluten free and dairy free food was expensive and not very flavor full, but with this recipe it was neither. Okay, since all ingredients were organic it is a little more pricy than non-organic food. But the few extra dollars spent was well worth it to me, when you know that you are eating healthy and the food used is good for your body. This pasta dish is also made without any oils or butter and is low-sodium. In other words very healthy for you, and might I say delicious! Here is the recipe:

 

INGREDIENTS

1 Onion
2 Garlic boats
32 oz diced tomatoes
1/2 Lbs Organic Turkey Meat
1 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp Garlic powder
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Pepper
1/4 Tbsp Salt
1 Tsp Chilli Powder
1/2 Tbsp Orgeano
1/2 Tbsp Basil
Squeeze of half a lemon
16 oz Brown Rice Pasta
1 Cup Water

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Pallet table -
The easiest table you will ever make!

This is will be the easiest thing you have ever made, and its a table! So you might think, how is it possible to make a table without any screws, glue or nails; easy! Make a pallet table for your outside patio. It will be the easiest DIY project you have ever made and let me tell you I got so many compliments, you will too!

So the hardest part for me was to find the pallets that they look decent and were in good condition. Eventually I ended up getting a few pallets from my parents-in-laws business, they were going to throw them away, but I figured I could use them for something, and I did. I made a outdoor table just by staking the pallets on top of each other. You don't need screws, nails or glue to make this table. It is so easy to make this table and it turned out so rustic looking and pretty! This was the easiest DIY project I have ever made, so if you are looking for a easy D.I.Y. project to do; MAKE this table! So for the top I found a huge basket to keep all my decor and candles. I love doing little projects and when its this easy and cheap I call it a success! Let me know what you think of my new patio table! xo Abella

 

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Spring Feeling
How to make your patio ready for summer!

Its finally spring and my fingers are itching to make my house feel like spring. I am not sure if my house can ever feel like spring, but when the sun is shining and the temperature is rising its time to be outside, I mean your change from winter clothes to spring clothes, so why not change your patio from winter to spring. Sooo, it is time to make your patio feel like spring!
The first thing is to clean, bring out your patio furniture and clean it so its dust and cobweb free. If you are in the market for some new outdoor furniture there are several places where they have affordable and gorgeous. When your clean furniture is in place make sure to add fluffy pillows, blankets and furs. This will definitely make your patio homey and ready to be used after a long winter.


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GIN & TONIC

This is my husband and mine all-time favorite drink, it’s a classic drink that will never go out of style. It is a classic for a reason. Even though this drink is perfect just “classic”, but there are a lot of variations with this drink too. First there is a lot of different gin's like Bombay, Tanqueray, Beefeater or Hendricks, the list goes on and on and there are several different options to add a special flavor to your G&T. Of course a squeeze of lemon is always good. But a few of my other favorites is fresh squeezed orange, blood orange or fresh pomegranate juice. The options are endless, any fresh fruit or berries you add to this classic will make it like a new drink. Below is the recipe for the classic gin. Feel free to add whatever juicy fruit to this drink! If you are thinking out of the box with the fruit, which I love, let me know and I'll try it and post that as well on my blog.

 

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HOW TO PACK YOU PICNIC BASKET:

What would be better than a little outing on an weekday evening or on the weekend like a picnic? To be honest it is not something I do too often, but just the thought of it when its spring, the weather is starting to heat up and longer evenings makes me want to plan one right away. Not to mention it is the perfect outing for a low budget. Perfect! This will be fun, I know it:)
Well, if you are warming up to the thought but think it is a lot of work, don’t worry. Here is a little help to make you not forget what makes picnic a picnic.
What not to forget:
You will probably need a place to sit, so either bring your favorite blanket or even a couple chairs might not be a bad idea. Personally I prefer sitting on the ground so I am going bring a couple of blankets, one for the ground and one for when it starts getting chilly to keep warm. If you are in need of a blanket ikea has a lot of them for pretty cheap.
What do you want to eat when you are on a picnic, this is totally up to preference of course, there is so much to choose from but the classic is cheese, bread and wine. It is the classic for a reason. The options are endless, pack your favorite sandwich and chips for your daytime picnic or maybe you just want to snack so salsa or hummus are great options.And don’t forget your favorite beverage!
What to pack in? Well you can even do a backpack or something you have handy. I might go to World Market and buy this picnic basket because it is gorgeous and would serve well carrying my food.

No matter where or when you want to have a little picnic if you are in good company it will be a success, and the best thing is that everyone can bring their own basket full of goodies, so in other words great company and great food is the recipe to a great time. So remember, a place to sit, your favorite food and remember to invite your friends!
Let me know if you are planning an event and please email me a photo of your outing. Have fun! Xo Abella