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Friday, August 25, 2017

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

With Labor Day right around the corner, I thought I would share my father in-laws Mediterranean Tuna Salad that is to die for!! It's a chunky salad and doesn't need any bread, that's why I like it so much!


All the ingredients are listed below, but I did use chopped garlic from the jar & parsley in one of those paste tubes. My mom always taught me growing up that I should always follow the recipe as is the first time & make changes after you've tried it the first time!   




Ingredients

* 4 (6oz) cans of albacore tuna, drained
* 1(14oz) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
* 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
 * 3/4 cup sliced Greek olives or black olives
* 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
* 3 fresh basil leaves, thinly chopped
* 2 cloves of garlic
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1/2 cup mayonnaise
* 3TBS lemon juice
* 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Mix

In a large bowl, combine tuna, artichokes, bell peppers, olives, onion, parsley, garlic, oregano, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt & pepper and gently fold everything together. You don't want to break up the artichokes or tuna too much to keep it chunky. 
  
It goes really well with some sliced cucumbers or crackers! 




Hope y'all enjoy this tuna salad as much as I do!






Friday, August 4, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Bakery Sign

Farmhouse style signs are the "in thing" right now, and I love them just as much as everyone else! The price on some of the larger signs are out of my budget, and I have a pile of scrap wood sitting to be used on projects! One of those pieces of scrap wood was stained in Ebony, it was a shelf at one point.
It was the perfect size for this small ,vertical, empty wall space that needed something on it.









This was my inspiration sign! I love the simplicity of it and the size.









First, I painted over the dark stained board with white chalk paint. I printed out a basic, bold font from our zerox machine, I believe size 300 for each letter. I just eyeballed the size and it fit. I placed the letters on the board and made sure they all fit properly.  



I've made several signs and I do them all the same way, by transferring the image with pencil drawn on the back. I just use a pencil on the backside of the paper, lay the paper onto my wood and trace over the image with a pen, pushing down some to get the lines to show up on the piece you're painting.



You can see all the letters are now on my board and I painted them in with black chalk paint.




Once everything was try, I sanded it all down with 80 grit sand paper in the areas I wanted distressing.



I liked it at this point but decided to add a wood trim around the edge. It just didn't feel compete and it needed something else.
I had a long piece of pallet wood and had my husband cut it in half, long wise. Sanded it & stained it. I used Early American by Minwax.

You can just buy a 1"x2" from your local hardware store too, I wanted to use what I already had.


I didn't take pictures of adding the trim but I laid the sign down on our large patio table and used plastic soda tops under it to elevate it up off the table, since the side pieces are to large with the plank of wood just laying flat to the surface. The soda bottle tops raised it to the perfect height, so that the wood sign lined right up in the center of the 1"x2"

I used a clamp to hold the two long sides onto the wood sign and nailed them on with finishing nails. The top and bottom were small enough to just hold in place. The inside wood part is 47 3/4" x 7" & the sign as a whole is 49"x8 1/4".




It wasn't really a difficult DIY and it's just what this kitchenette area needed!




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