Month: July 2013

Chalkboard painted placemats

Chalkboard placematsThe chalkboard paint trend is one of my absolute favourites. No surface is safe in my home, especially since it comes in a spray paint version! Admittedly, I have a fascination with all kinds of spray paint. It’s probably a good thing I’m not any younger or I may be suspected of improper use of the stuff. My *maturity* keeps me to appropriate projects. Lately I’m loving the chalkboard painted placemats I made. Truth is, I made these months ago but wanted to really test them before passing the idea on. They’re holding up well, even after many uses with my niece!
Chalkboard placemats
I startedĀ out with run-of-the-mill cork backed rectangular placemats, took them outsideĀ and gave them three light coats with Krylon’s chalkboard spray paint in black. I let them dry for 24+ hours then conditioned them by rubbing the entire surface lightly with a piece of chalk. I wiped that off with a chalkboard eraser and was all set!

Conditioning chalkboardThese are so fun to play with. Write fun messages for dinner guests or keep kiddies amused while waiting for dinner. Also good for taking to a potluck to identify your dish or for laying out a cheese and cracker tray. Endless possibilities here friends. Wipe them with a damp cloth after each use and re-condition them as needed.
Chalkboard placemats
Find the supplies: spray paint from Michaels or Canadian Tire, placemats from the thrift shop, WalMart or Canadian Tire (it helps to start with a dark pattern for easy paint coverage), chalk and brush from the Dollar store.

Food truck lunch & a lesson in friendship

imageFor a friend’s birthday, I invited her out for lunch and asked her to pick the spot. Low and behold, we ended up at a food truck and it was soooo good! If you haven’t joined the craze, you should. It’s such a great way to try new flavours, freshly made by hard-working locals. And especially nice as a summer treat to dine outside.
imageThere were three distinctly different trucks to choose from at our stop: a taco truck, specialty hot dog joint and a burger-type place. We both settled on the Chickpea Burger with yam and beet chips on the side and were not disappointed! Now I’m trying to figure out how I can make this at home.
imageimageIf you’re local, check these places out at SOF arena. They aim to be there Thursday through Sunday. Bring cash and your appetite!

The bonus part of the whole outing for me was a reminder of how much I value my friendships. As an introvert, I love and need a lot of alone time and am not super social. The friends that I do have, I truly enjoy and especially appreciate the new things they expose me to. I wouldn’t have known about this food truck park or ventured to try it without the friendly nudge. I aim to remain open to more of these experiences!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on food trucks, making chickpea burgers and friendships…not necessarily in that order!

Blueberry mojito

imageIt’s Friday, it’s sunny and it’s payday….what more could a girl ask for!? Well, how about a cocktail on the patio? Earlier this week I reserved a spoonful of my fresh picked blueberries, squashed them in a jar and infused a cup of vodka – it’s becoming a thing for me. Follow along as I turn it into a blueberry mojito.

For one cocktail:
2 oz blueberry vodka
1/2 – 1 fresh lime, juiced
6 mint leaves
4 fresh blueberries
1/2 oz simple syrup (bring 1 part water to 2 parts sugar to a boil and cool)
Club soda

imageMuddle the mint leaves and blueberries in a glass. Try not to notice that I don’t own actual bar tools so I just used the handle end of a kitchen knife. Stir in the simple syrup. Add the vodka and lime juice and stir with ice. Top up with club soda to taste. Garnish with berries and a mint sprig if you want to pretty it up!

imageimageAh….here’s to a great weekend. Cheers!