Monday, August 31, 2015


Hi everyone!  Boy, these Mondays sure do roll around fast after a weekend! Especially now that we're fully back in the swing of a school routine, those lazy Saturday mornings where no one has to set an alarm pass by much too quickly.  

During the school year, my husband and I enjoy "day" dates on Fridays (his day off) while the kids are in school.  It's nice to be out during the day when shops, restaurants, and movie theaters aren't very crowded.  Last week while the kids slaved away at school we spent the day at play, enjoying lunch and poking around a new to us shop.  Usually, he's my driver ;) and chauffeurs me to whatever store I want to run in to while he waits in the car, but I had a feeling he would enjoy this one.  When two different friends recommended it to me in one week, I knew we had to get by to check it out!

I know I have a lot of local friends that read the blog, so I thought I'd give you a little preview if you'd like to go check this store out too.  For those of you who aren't close by, I know you'll enjoy the beautiful styling and accessories displayed, and maybe get a few ideas of something new you can try in your home.  And, if you're ever visiting OKC, this is definitely one stop you'll want to make!

Urban Farmhouse Designs is located in Downtown Oklahoma City, at 400 S. Western Avenue.  It's a two story old warehouse that serves as their showroom and also houses their workshop where they make all kinds of unique, custom furnishings from reclaimed wood as well as unusual and repurposed accessories.  

This was my very favorite set-up in the whole store, the mix of rustic, glam, and modern elements is perfection.  Those crystal globe still my heart!!! 

I really, really loved the natural finish on this table, as well as the shape and size.

Someday I need to get my hands on one of these cute Oklahoma faux grass mats!

Was there a favorite piece that caught your eye?  You can also follow Urban Farmhouse Designs on Facebook for a look at even more of their selection and custom accessory and furniture pieces. Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015


With our patio makeover that we're in the midst of, I've had outdoor furniture on the brain.  (Catch up on Part 1 of the patio project here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.)  We're kind-of starting over out there so I've been hunting for some new pieces.  We have a great iron set that will last forever, but it only seats 4 and I'm looking for something bigger.   Today I thought I'd show you some pieces that I've come across in my search that caught my eye.  Some of these might have even come to live at my house, so stayed tuned next week when I'll share the design plan for the patio with you.  

More and more I'm liking a little touch of modern mixed in with my design, and what's more modern that a ghost chair?  


Classic farmhouse style- This table is actually aluminum but is finished to look like wood.  Love that it has the look of wood but not the maintenance, and will be able to withstand any outdoor weather.


The table and clear chair in the next one aren't marketed as outdoor furniture, but I don't think I'd have any problem using them in a well covered area or screened in porch.  I couldn't decide which chair I like better with it, the left gives a more tradition feel and the right mixes things up with a rustic/modern feel.  I'd also love the ghost chair from above with this table!

Once again, this table isn't outdoor, but I'd still use it in a covered area after making sure that the top is sealed well if it wasn't previously.


I like this table so much, I included it twice.  However, this one is a different color and larger size that the gray one above.  I think at 60" you could squeeze in 6 chairs around this one.  


Most of the time I like to mix and match and not use a "set", but I'm including this one because I really like both pieces together.  It doesn't look too matchy matchy.  Like the farmhouse style one above, this one is actually a metal table, also.

I'm definitely ready for lots of patio sitting this Fall, now we just need our temperatures to cooperate!  

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Don't you love yummy restaurant dishes that you can replicate at home?  I've been making this one for years and thought you might want to try it, too!

Italian food recipe, Johnny Carino's Italian Nachos

I don't eat out terribly often, so when I do I'm usually guilty of sticking with what I know I'll like and not branching out and trying something new so I won't be disappointed, but my husband is better at trying new things.  One day he came home from a lunch meeting at work and raved about the Italian Nachos at Johnny Carino's, and I tried them too the next time we were there.  They were an instant new favorite!  Here's how to make your own:

Italian Nachos
serves 6

12 oz. package of won ton wraps
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Cooked, shredded chicken
Cooked, crumbled Italian sausage (could substitute cooked, crumbled breakfast sausage)
Alfredo sauce (jar or home-made)
Sliced jalapeño peppers
Sliced pepperocini peppers
Diced tomatoes
Sliced black olives
Shredded parmesan cheese

Now, if you have a Johnny Carino's locally, you can make this recipe even easier by purchasing the chips there.  If you call in they will sell a bag of them for a few dollars.  When I have purchased the chips in the past, one bag is usually enough for about 2 servings.

If you don't have a Johnny Carino's near you, no worries!  You can easily make your own chips.  If you're like I was when I first made this recipe and have never made anything with won ton wraps, here's what they look like in the package.  They are usually found chilled in the produce section.

Begin by slicing each section of won tons into thirds.  Cut this way, this package makes enough dinner plate sized servings for 6 people.

Heat up an inch or two of oil in a deep pot.  You'll want it hot enough to brown the won tons fairly quickly.  Drop each piece in one by one and let brown on one side before flipping over to brown the other side.  It nice to have a helper, one dropping the strips in and the other frying, but you can do it by yourself if you work quickly.  We worked with around 10 at a time.

Remove from oil after golden brown and drain onto paper towels.  Check out that pile of golden, crunchy goodness!

From here on out, the recipe can be made to your liking.  I didn't include amounts of the other ingredients, because you just load everything onto the chips according to what or how much you want like any nacho recipe.  

Using an oven-proof plate, spread chips out then start layering the other ingredients.  I usually start with the mozzarella cheese, then the meats (all chicken, all sausage, or combo), then drizzle with warm alfredo sauce.  Then I add the rest of the ingredients (I was out of tomatoes for the photos but they're a good addition too!) and top it off with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Place your plate in a 350 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes or until everything is nice and hot and melted together.  You could also just make a big portion on a cookie sheet if you don't want to make individual servings.

I've made these for parties in the past or for dinner and they're always a hit!  What about you, have you had the privilege of eating Italian Nachos from Johnny Carino's?  Are you hooked like me?

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