Chickpea, Sausage, and Kale Pasta

This will go down on my list of “desperation dinners” joining Blue Runners with Rice and Sausage from the actual book Desperation Dinners.  I always keep chickpeas and pasta in the cabinet so all I needed to make this dish was kale and sausage…btw…I used Chorizo.

Image: Recipe photo courtesy of Bryan Gardner

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From Baby Changing Table to Bar Cart

A long while back I blogged about bar carts… one that I couldn’t afford  and one that I was sure I would never build. It’s not that I have a lot of booze but displaying it on a bookshelf just wasn’t working for me.

Somewhere along the way…either from one of my decorating magazines or via Pinterest, I came across the idea of upcycling a baby changing table into a bar cart.


And so it goes… I found a baby changing table in great shape and got to sanding and spray painting. I would advise doing a bit of light sanding and buying the spray paint that has the primer and finishing off with a clear sealant.

I love my little bar cart, I doubt I’ll ever put wheels on it and I’m okay with that.

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Nachos for Dinner(YES)!

Yes, it’s okay to have Nachos for dinner!!!

  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Get the full recipe at Martha

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Image: She Cleans (Nachos before baking)


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Image: She Cleans (Nachos after baking)

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Art for Book Lovers…

My home overflows with books…this art work would be a great accompaniment to my collection.

Ideal Bookshelf 771p: Southern Lit


"Unchained" print by Obvious State
Image: Obvious State

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Ms. Kay’s Chocolate Candy with Peanuts

2016 is upon us and true to form the days are already flying by. Before you know it, it will be Superbowl Sunday and soon after that Valentine’s Day.  In keeping with snacks for the big game and perhaps sweets for you sweetheart, you should totally make this candy for one if not both occasions. Why? It’s super-easy and super-cheap to make. My dear friend Ms. Kay turned me on this recipe years ago and I haven’t stopped making it since.

You’ll need:

2 bags of Chocolate Chips(I used semi-sweet)

1 bag of Peanut Butter Chips

1 jar of Unsalted Dry-roasted Peanuts

Medium-size microwave safe dish


Combine chocolate and peanut butter chips in microwave safe dish and microwave for about 5 minutes.

Check the consistency after  5 minutes and go another minute of two if you need to but do not over-cook the chips.

Stir to combine chocolate and peanut butter chips and then stir in the unsalted dry-roasted peanuts.

Spread this concoction onto an ungreased cookie sheet and pop it into the freezer for a few hours…overnight is best.

Once set, break into bite size pieces…and store in an airtight container.

candy raw

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Easy Summer Door Wreath

It was time to update my door wreath from Fall to Summer, I completely skipped over Spring…HAH!

I just cannot see paying some of the prices stores charge for wreaths. To the rescue were my glue gun and some really cheap plastic flowers. It’s easy to make, simply pull the flowers off the stems you choose and glue them securely with your glue gun. The design is totally up to you!

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