Thursday, July 28, 2016

Gorgeous & Free Headboard

There are a lot of DIY projects out there.  I have a list a mile long of all the ones I want to do.  This headboard has been on my list for over a year.  I intended to have my whole master bedroom made over by my anniversary, 3 months ago.  Didn't happen!

But!!! One day my husband said, "Hey, do you want to build our headboard today?"

"Umm, YES!"

And here she is!

Here are a few of the details.

First it was completely free!  FREE!  I use a lot of pallet wood in my crafts.  So I already had a pile of them in the back yard.  Last year I pulled apart some larger pallet boards to use for this project.  I picked boards that were over 5" wide.  I cleaned them with bleach water and after they were dried I brought them in to acclimate and stay dry till I was ready to build.  They have been in a stack in my room for like a year.

I measured the distance I would need for a headboard and layed the boards out and adjusted it a little to fit the boards without having to cut any boards the long way.  I divided that in half.  Drew out 1/2 of the  template.  Folded the paper in half and traced the template so both sides would be the same.

I layed all the boards out realized the boards I saved to be the back braces were not long enough.  So I used some scrap real wood flooring on the back.  I wood glued them down, predrilled the holes and used wood screws.

I layed the template on it and traced the outline.  Then cut with a scroll saw.

Next I sanded and stained and it was done.  The stain I had left from a previous project.  It seriously took a few hours and it was done.  I'm so excited. 

Inside I needed to predrill holes and bolt to the frame, but I didn't get pics of that step.  Sorry.

I'm just in love with it.  And I built it with my hubby, aaahhh so romantic!

I am still working on the whole makeover, linens, dressers, etc.  Someday I'll show you the whole room.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

French Toast Casserole

I love traditional recipes.  French Toast, Apple Pie.  I mean the classics.  Why change them?  Most of the time I make them the old fashioned way.  But once in a while . . . you just have to change.  Meet French Toast Casserole.  It's easier (especially when you are cooking for a crowd) and tastes exactly like the French Toast you already make. 

I used my own French Toast Recipe the same as I would use for the traditional way.  Just so you know, I rarely measure.  I just pour and mix.  So the below recipe is really just a guestimate!

Mix the in a bowl:

1 Dozen Eggs
1/2 Cup of Milk
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Sugar
Splash of Vanilla

Chop your Bread.  I love using Texas Toast.  It is just nice and chunky.  I used one whole loaf.

Grease a baking dish.  Any baking dish that's big enough will work.  Put all the bread in the dish.

Pour egg mix onto bread.  Gently stir.

Bake 350 for about 30 minutes.