Saturday, July 27, 2013

Perfect for Summer - Key Lime Pie

It's not that I need balmy breezes and summer sun to inspire citrus desserts and bevvies, but it sure does help! This recipe is incredibly quick, a perfect blend of tart and sweet, and is a sure hit for entertaining al fresco. We've gone through two pies in the last 9 days!


1 cup ground almonds
1 cup graham crumbs (I used gluten free)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla

Pie Filling:

1 can sweetened condensed milk
5 egg yolks
150 ml freshly squeezed lime juice

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine ground almonds, graham crumbs, vanilla and butter.
3. Press crust mixture into an 8 inch pie pan.
4. In a separate bowl, gently whisk together condensed milk and egg yolks. Mix in lime juice.
5. Pour pie filling on to crust and bake for 25 minutes. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Recovering Chairs - Coastal Style

It has been a hectic few weeks (ongoing renos, having no internet, a visit to emerge with Tammy, work madness) but I am thrilled to be back to being creative. I recently recovered the chairs in our dining nook. This heavy duty striped outdoor fabric is not only durable, but adds beautiful colour and a fresh coastal feel.

First, I had to remove the old blah fabric. Each chair required the removal of 68+ (!?!?!) staples. Most frustrating. I used a flat screw driver and occasionally pliers to pry out each staple. This took forever. I am just going to be real and shamelessly post a photo of the decade old, cat destroyed fabric below.

Then I lined up the original seat board and foam on my striped fabric, planning how I wanted the stripes to appear on the chair. I cut all the new fabric, using the old fabric piece as a guideline. I also wanted to ensure the stripes were the same on every chair.

I started at one end, and secured it with 3 staples using an electric staple gun. I stretched the opposite end, and added 3 more staples. I then moved on to the sides, stretching and stapling the fabric in place. I could have folded over the edges and done a truly neat and tidy job, but after removing over 275 staples from the old fabric, I just wanted it done! And with the least amount of staples possible.

The corners were tucked in and secured with 3 more staples.

This is definitely a great way to brighten up a room.

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