Making new door look old

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Just recently, I was looking for an antique door to replace the plain white door I have leading to my pantry. I couldn’t find any with those exact measurements so I decided I was going to try making my new door look old using some Annie Sloan chalk paint.

This is what the door originally looked like.


Original pantry door

Original pantry door


First, I painted the entire door using Annie Sloan Florence. It’s an aqua blue color.

The door painted in Florence.

The door painted in Florence.

I let that dry for an hour before painting a coat of Annie Sloan Primer Red over that. I didn’t exactly paint entirely over the Florence, I let some of that show through the red.919 920

I let that coat dry and finished off the painting with some Annie Sloan Wrought Iron. With this color, I put a small amount onto my paint brush and applied it only to certain areas of the door to give it an old, weathered look.

Wrought Iron applied over the Primer Red and Florence.

Wrought Iron applied over the Primer Red and Florence.

I let that dry then used a coat of the Annie Sloan clear wax. This wasn’t quite glossy enough for my liking so I added a coat of Minwax polycrylic clear semi-gloss.

The molding around the door was white and I didn’t like that contrast so I used some dark brown gel wax to stain it. It took a few coats but I just kept adding stain until I got it like I wanted it.

Painted door but with white molding.

Painted door but with white molding.

Here’s what my door looks like now! What do you think?


Finished product.

Finished product.

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Family fun weekend in Natchez


2015-04-17 14.30.55 Last weekend my mom, sister and I along with one of my aunts and three cousins went to Natchez, Miss., for a book signing for Greg Iles latest novel, “The Bone Tree.” We stayed at the Elmsley House, a 4-bedroom cottage I found on The house was built in 1852 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the winner of the 2008 Historic Natchez Foundation Award for Restoration and features a large front porch and courtyard in back perfect for visiting.


Mammy's Cupboard in Natchez

Mammy’s Cupboard in Natchez

Before checking in Friday afternoon, we stopped at Mammy’s on Hwy. 61 for lunch and dessert. I heard they had great desserts and I couldn’t pass up stopping a place that looked like this. We went back for lunch here Saturday since three in our group arrived later in the day and missed lunch Friday.


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Fat Mama's hot tub

Fat Mama’s hot tub

After checking in, we went to Under the Hill Saloon across the street from the Mississippi River for a beer then to Fat Mama’s for tamales and margaritas. The building that houses the saloon is close to 200 years old and has been a brothel, warehouse, store and a bar. We saw many interesting people here which gave us much to laugh and talk about.

The Turning Angel

The Turning Angel

We also went to the Natchez City Cemetery to see the Turning Angel, a monument erected for five employees who died in an explosion at the Natchez Drug Company in 1908. It’s called this because as cars drive by at night it appears to turn as their car passes. We drove by during daylight so are still unsure if the story is true.

The "Lucky 13" house

The “Lucky 13” house

After our coffee and breakfast at the cottage Saturday morning, we headed out for some shopping along Main, Commerce and Franklin streets at the different antique shops, gift shops and boutiques. We also stopped in at Steampunk Coffee since it was rated #1 on TripAdvisor. We also discovered this interesting house nearby that the locals call the “Lucky 13 House.”

We were able to see many of the city’s beautiful, historic homes as we drove along the city streets. On a return visit I’d like to tour at least one of these.


St. Mary's Basilica in Natchez

St. Mary’s Basilica in Natchez


Dinner at Pearl Street Pasta

Dinner at Pearl Street Pasta

Later that afternoon, we stopped to take photos at St. Mary’s Basilica and attended mass there. We had dinner that night at Pearl Street Pasta and drinks afterward at Biscuits and Blues, which we had read about in Greg Iles’ book “Natchez Burning.” There is a menu item there called a Natchez Beignet which is a traditional New Orleans beignet with ice cream and a praline sauce poured on top. We did not have one but it looked absolutely delicious!

Sitting on the porch at Dunleith House

Sitting on the porch at Dunleith House


2015-04-19 14.24.23Sunday was the day of the book signing at Dunleith Plantation. We had a leisurely morning at the cottage drinking coffee before checking out and heading to the Castle Restaurant at the plantation for a brunch buffet. While waiting for the book signing, we sat on rocking chairs along the front porch of the historic house and enjoyed the beautiful weather and scenery. We all got our books with autographs, headed home and started talking about a return trip when he releases his final book in the triology.

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A garden at the Dunleith House

A garden at the Dunleith House

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Spaghetti with a twist

This month is May Fitness Challenge for my bootcamp group. In addition to the regular bootcamp workouts, this involves extra cardio sessions and low carb eating. This week I tried making spaghetti substituting roasted cauliflower in place of the pasta. It was surprisingly good! I’ve tried spaghetti squash before and didn’t really like it much. I found this much tastier.

To start with I took 1 pound of seasoned, ground axis meat (you can use regular ground beef), mixed that with some Italian breadcrumbs and made meatballs. I put those in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes until they were cooked through.

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For the sauce, I chopped up an onion, bellpepper, fresh mushrooms and fresh spinach and sautéed this in olive oil until veggies were soft. I chopped up the mushrooms and spinach really fine. I then added a 15 ounce can of tomato paste, a can of water and sautéed that for a while. I also put in a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce and simmered for about 3 hours before cutting up a fresh basil leaf to throw in along with enough salt and pepper for my taste. Finally, I added the cooked meatballs to the sauce.

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Throughout the cooking process, I added water to keep the sauce at a consistency that I like.

To roast the cauliflower, I cut up a head until I had small, thin cauliflower florets. I put those into a Ziploc bag along with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon garlic salt and tossed it around for a while. Lastly, I put the cauliflower on a baking sheet, sprinkled with black pepper and baked at 425 degrees for 35 minutes.

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Once it was done, I put some cauliflower in my plate and poured some sauce and meatballs on  top with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese. I served this with a green salad but… no bread!

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It was delicious!

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Sincerely, Paula

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What I’ve learned

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to write about this week. Then I saw that Emily at hosts a monthly link up inviting bloggers to share posts about what they learned that month. So, that’s what I’m writing about today.

Here are 5 things I learned in March:

1. I like quiet time. I enjoy waking up around 5:30 a.m. before anyone else gets up so I can read my devotionals and drink my coffee in the dim light of the lamp. This past weekend I enjoyed sitting on the balcony of our condo while Kaitlin took classes at her dance convention. It was just her and I for the weekend and while she was busy, I was able to do some reading and also get some work done.

2. Giving up my one diet coke a day was not as hard as I thought it would be. I gave it up for lent and after a few days my cravings were gone. I now have a new favorite drink – mixing half unsweetened tea, half lemonade!

3. If you are persistent and put yourself out there, you will eventually get what you are looking for. I’ve been responding to numerous job postings daily for online freelance writing jobs and I’ve managed to land a contract. Also, I’m going to begin writing content for websites for a friend’s company.

4. When things get out of whack in my life, I automatically want to make it all better immediately. This could be a disagreement with a loved one or an issue with one of my children regarding school. I’ve learned (actually re-learned and probably for the millionth time!) that I can’t make it all better. I can only do what I can do which means make amends if I’ve done wrong, allow the other person to be themselves or allow them to work through their issues. I need to put the rest in God’s hands. No matter how much I worry or how many scenarios I create and hash through in my head, it won’t make a difference. I’ve learned that I feel great peace, safety and ease when I come to this same realization time and time again.

5. Red velvet cake is my favorite. Justin had a red velvet cake for his birthday and I think I ate the whole thing myself!





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