Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hindsight makes you laugh...

(**You were warned that I had a lot of words and PHOTOS this week.  I thought I'd better remind you of that before you plunge in.**)
Last week, I spray painted an old metal table and chairs that have been slowly rusting on my front porch. (I was completely inspired by this GORGEOUS makeover post by my friend Susan.) I wanted to share it with you all but also thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share a recipe I've been dying to blog about.  I figured I could kill two birds with one stone, by placing the food I wanted to share onto the cute, newly painted table.  Win-win.
I used Rustoleum's "Satin Eden" for the gorgeous green color.  I'm totally in love with it.  And I'm sharing a fantastic gluten free Vanilla Cinnamon Blueberry muffin recipe.  It's killer good.  After I tell you this story, you'll have to agree with me.  (And side note, Ava and I are slowly attempting to work some bits of gluten back into our diets to "see" if our bodies have healed up enough to handle it again.  Who knows.  I've heard many people having good luck with this and keeping an eye on it.  I'll have to watch my vitamin absorption among other things but would love to know if anyone out there has done this?)

Okay so my story- Today, like almost every day, school got out and what feels like half the neighborhood descended upon my house.  I was baking these muffins so I could share them with you and took a big plate heaped with one dozen of them out to the group of boys sword fighting or nerf gun shooting, or whatever they were doing with faux weapons in the front yard.  (Yell "HOLD YOUR FIRE" if you ever stop by my house between the hours of 3 and 5pm.  It's the only way to survive.)

I shooed them all off the porch and began setting up the table so I could shoot a few photos of the other one dozen muffins and the new green paint.  I got it looking almost how I wanted it and had just placed all the extra muffins into the basket, when the girls in the  back yard burst in with a trampoline injury.  I left the muffins for a minute so that I could examine and ice an ankle (everyone is fine) and needed to hug a few tears away from the injured neighbor girl. In the midst of that, a friend stopped by with the materials for a custom order I had agreed to work on for her. 

As she was leaving, we stepped onto the front porch where all the boys, now joined by all the girls, having polished off the first dozen muffins I'd already passed out, were almost finished inhaling the majority of the  muffins I'd left on the front porch table to photograph for my blog. 

I know right?  

After (somewhat) calmly explaining that "this was my job... and I do take it seriously... and you don't just go around gobbling up every last muffin in someone else's house for crying out loud," I sent everyone home.  I'm not gonna lie.  (It was either that or go mix myself a mojito. Oh, I'm just kidding. Mostly.)

After I stopped being mad, which I'll admit took a while, my man laughingly said, "Wow... they must have been some darn good muffins."  I do accept some self-blame here now that I look back on it, because, duh, what kid wouldn't descend on a table full of unchaperoned, fresh blueberry muffins?

In hindsight.  I'll admit.  These are darn good muffins. 

Vanilla Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins: (gluten free version)
2 1/2 cups thai rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
*Combine all of the above dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.*

1 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise and seeds scraped (optional)
1 cup vegetable oil
*Beat the milk, cinnamon, vanilla and oil in a mixer for 1 minute, and add the following ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
 *Beat until combined.  Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
1 cup blueberries
 *Fold blueberries into batter. Spoon into baking cups, about 3/4 full.  (Dust unbaked muffin tops lightly with cinnamon and sugar if desired) Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

 (Peacock napkins, available by custom order only $20 for a four-pack + s/h.  Convo here, or by direct email at

 And also.  These hydrangeas were some of the last things I needed to plant but I thought they were so pretty I plunked them into a bucket and moved them all over the place.  Then as penance for extensive muffin consumption, Joe dug the hole and planted them for me.  Ha!

 (This was all the muffins stock remaining after little human vacuums arrived on the scene.) 

 (Canvas sold here.)

 (Dish towel sold here.)

Up next on the blog, I'll be sharing a cheery end of year teacher gift.  The hoodlums worked hard on them and we can't wait to share.  (First we have to deliver them to teachers.)

And in closing... there's a valuable lesson here for all of us.  Never leave your baked goods unattended. 

Especially after school. 


  1. i love it all. the green table is brilliant! it makes the area warmer and more welcoming. your style is stunning!

  2. So awesome - can't wait to try those muffins. I had to smile about the boys enjoying your baked treats and you needing to send them home - brings back memories. The table looks great with it's makeover. I love spray paint and the instant gratification to an older item.
    Debbie @ Deliciously Inspired

  3. I love the green table and those flowers are just gorgeous!! Thanks for the link up my sweet friend! Very nice of you. I am humbled that someone as fabulous as you could think that anything I do is worthy of praise(: I am honored. As for the husband is gluten free right now. I am going to try them. I am wondering if you can substitute applesauce for the oil? I will try it and let you know. Blessings to you! Susan

  4. Great post, I sprayed my little set from a hunter green to a black but it is chipping so I guess I will have to do it once again. To what color...hmmmmmm I guess I will have to give it some thought! :-)

    Thanks for sharing as always. :-) Have a blessed day!

  5. Too funny, I am in love with the green!! Loving the green with those blue jars..

  6. I was totally ooohing and aaaahing your first porch picture, then noticed the BEFORE sign! I said....."Of course" and scrolled on down to check out the AFTER....Gosh dang it, you're stinkin amazing!!! Like, seriously! I can't ever get enough of your fabulousness, I can't, and I don't want to either! The table set looks amazing dressed in green, such a great color!!! I love your stories of neighborhood kids....we moved away from the neighborhood going on six years ago and you make me miss it :/

    Anyway, your home looks great, I want everything that you have and then I want you to come set it up in my house for me : ) Sound good? Yes?? I thought so!!! lol

    Let's get on that, shall we? xoxo

  7. Morning Sasha!
    The human vaccum cleaner story made me snicker. Love the color you chose for the table and chair redo. It's fresh and summery. Hydrangeas are my very favorite flower and in that color too. They look so pretty in your bucket. : )
    I am going to try your muffin recipe they look yummy and you have already shared they got "hoovered" so that's a good enough endorsement for me.
    As for slipping gluten back into your life all I can say is good luck. I would cheat every once in a while after having gone gluten free and it just wasn't worth feeling miserable for two days. I hope you and Ava have better time with it than I did.
    Have a blessed day girlie!

  8. Wow! Looks amazing girl! Glad to know I am not the only one spray painting up a storm, doesn't it just make things fresh and all purdy for cheap?! Love that! Making those muffins and hiding them, you don't have to tell me twice;)

  9. that green just made all the difference. i bet your hands didn't kill you afterwards either. so need to get one. i keep forgetting!!

  10. You've inspired me to paint my garden furniture. I need to breathe new life into it! It's original black finish has turned into a dull gray. Time for a change! And I'm a gluten free gal too - going to print out your muffin recipe and give it a try!

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. The patio set looks great! Green is my favourite colour and I love that bright cheery green especially! As for gluten free, I am currently eating gluten for 12 weeks in order to do the celiac blood test (must have gluten in system 12 weeks leading up to the test for the test to be accurate). I know several celiacs and have been advised that if you do have the illness, rather than a gluten sensitivity, any gluten amount of gluten is harmful to the body, so not sure what tests you may have done but its worth discussing with your physician. Here is a great post about celiac (and the blog in general has AMAZING recipes and great information!)
    Hope it's helpful!

  12. What a fabulous shade of green! It really pops! The pillows work perfectly too! Had to laugh about your muffins getting eaten up, but if they were my muffins I would have been pretty miffed too!

  13. These photos are beautiful and I am so in love with your new patio look. The green is gorgeous! Makes me want some of those muffins myself;-)

  14. Because I copy all of your ideas and often refer to my friend Sasha when friends exclaim over each new trick I learn from you, may I please ask the source for the muffin liners and your kitchen sink rug?!? Then mylife will be complete...until your next blogpost ;)

  15. I just repainted my small metal table GREEN too. How can you blame them for eating your muffins they were displayed so inviting "help yourself", kinda like the pie cooling in on the windowsill.

    Have a great day dear friend.

  16. I love the table! As for reintroducing gluten, my son removed it for 2 years and then was able to tolerate it again. Now, I still manage it especially white refined flour. We also take a gluten free break for a few days every few weeks or take digestive enzymes for extra gluteny days. Good Luck!

  17. I have to tell you... I adore your blog... and I've been stalking it for a while now, without ever commenting (until today). (And don't worry, because I am a very NON-threatening kind of blog stalker, because I have carpool and a one-year-old and a twelve-year-old and dinner to fix and laundry to do and groceries to buy and naps to enforce and toothpaste splatters all over my bathroom sink that need wiped up, and I simply don't have the time to dress up in a black trench coat and dark sunglasses to become a crazy blog stalker. You're safe.) Anyway, I had to laugh, because we have a twelve-year-old boy, and when he and his buddies hang out here at our house (which seems to be ALL. OF. THE. TIME.), they EMPTY my pantry. Twelve-year-old boys eat like Great White Sharks. They need a lot of food volume, they're messy, and they take enormous bites of things. Those must've been some very scrumptious muffins! Also? Well... I'm pretty sure that you and I could become great friends. I'd like to have you over to my house for coffee, because... while we're sitting at my dining room table, sipping the stuff I drove down to Starbucks to pick up for you... you could look around my house and say things like, "You know... This is the ugliest rug I've ever seen, and the throw pillows don't match at all, and HOW ON EARTH DO YOU EVEN LIVE THIS WAY?!" And then we could go shopping, and you could pick out a new rug and new throw pillows for me, and show me how to artfully arrange fancy green-glass bottles of water on my kitchen counter. I may covet your kitchen JUST A TOUCH. And by "just a touch," I mean... WOWZER! I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN! Plus... I remember you saying that cleaning was kind of your hobby once, and... well... we have a one-year-old, so cleaning is something that I don't do any more, because WHY BOTHER? The baby is just gonna go on ahead and empty every drawer and cupboard we own onto the floors, so we have resorted to living like the Seven Dwarfs here. I just wish Snow White would show up soon and get some cleaning done. And while she's here, I'd love it if she brought one of your VW van paintings and just went on ahead and hung it on a wall somewhere. Have a great weekend... and good luck feeding the neighborhood tribe of boys!

  18. love the pictures....
    so pretty.
    the porch makeover is beautiful...clean and colorful.

  19. Love it, but wanted to write something about the cabinet hardware and hope it doesn't get lost in comments.

    I just painted our new island a espresso brown and the existing wall cabinets are a soft off white (more off than white), and wondered about hardware (should they match or not, is dark ok on dark or does it have to contrast? You're picture of your hardware helped me open my choices up (harder to narrow down, but still good). I also wonder if I should have a back plate behind them.

    TFS the pics. It helps un-related inspiration, who - knew!