kitchen

DIY Farmhouse Table

So late last summer Home Depot so generously sent me a $100 Project Gift Card after seeing my Drab to Fab Headboard Makeover Post & my DIY Starburst Mirror post.  They told me to use it on future projects, and since we were right smack dab in the middle of packing our house up to move, it was perfect timing to look towards future projects.

Obviously since moving we have done many projects, including a full kitchen remodel, but we wanted to save the project gift card for something special.  So, my husband and I saved it to be used on the DIY Farmhouse Table that he built for our dining room!

We have never had a large, family size dining room table.  When we first got married we lived in a tiny campus house, so we bought a small round table that sat four, but in our first house we only kept out two chairs because we didn't have room for all four.  Anyways, in our new house we put the leaf in the table, so it was a tad bit bigger, but still not a real dining room table.

I was thrilled when we had the idea to build this table.  We found the idea on Restoration Hardware, when we found a table that we liked, but it was WAY outside of our price range. So obviously we weren't going to buy that table....instead we decided to build our own. My husband found the plans, and we got to work! Here is the outcome in comparison to the one at Restoration Hardware.

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The best part about this table is that the wood used on the top came from the wall that we tore out in our kitchen.  The walls of our house are all shiplap.  The house was built in 1929, so this wood is old.  I love that our table has this unique quality, and is essentially 80 years old.

We don't have chairs for the table yet.  My husband has built this bench, but still has to finish it.

We have talked about putting benches on both sides and then buying nice, fancy upholstered chairs for the heads of the table.  BUT...I got the idea recently to do only one bench, the upholstered chairs, and then look for some CHEAP chairs from a garage sale to put on the opposite side of the bench.  So, we will be heading out this Saturday to look at garage sales for chairs!

What do you think about our table?!!?

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We love the way our table turned out and seeing it in our new dining room! Thank you so much Home Depot for the Project Gift Card that made this possible! little signautres

Yummy--Zucchini Bread Recipe

So I started the contest blog out with a Wheat Bread Recipe , and I am going to end it with another bread recipe! 
Here is a great Zucchini Bread Recipe! I have made it twice so far and it turns out perfect and so yummy! 

Zucchini Bread
3 eggs
1 C vegetable oil
1 ½ C sugar
3 medium zucchini – grated and well drained  (2 C)  (I put the grated zucchini in a strainer, press down with my hands to get out liquid and then put a plate on top to drain out as much liquid as possible.  I’ll leave it for about 10 minutes to let it drain.) 
2 t vanilla
2 C sifted flour (all purpose)
¼ t baking powder
2 t baking soda
3 t ground cinnamon
1 t salt
¼ t nutmeg
1 C raisins (optional)
1 C chopped walnuts
Beat eggs lightly in large bowl.  Stir in oil, sugar, zucchini and vanilla.
Sift flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Cinnamon, nutmeg and salt onto wax paper.  Stir into egg mixture until well blended.  Stir in raisins and nuts.  Spoon batter into two well greased 8 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans.  Put 3 C batter in each pan.
Bake in a moderate oven (375 degrees) for 1 hour or until center springs back when lightly pressed with fingertip.  Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool completely. 
(350 degrees works best for my oven and I still cook it for 1 hour – see which works best for you.)

Thankful for my friend Dani Kizer who shared this wonderful recipe with me! 
In my bread I didn't use raisins, only walnuts, and it was fantastic.  Also, I only used 2 zucchinis instead of 3 and that turned out wonderful! 

Anyways, I would love to hear if any of you try this! Or if you have a different recipe, let  me know what you do different in a comment below so I can try your style! 

I hope you all enjoy this recipe, and can add it to your list of recipes to try! 

REMEMBER....today is your last chance to win the
Lequip Professional Stick Blender with all of the attachments.
This tool is so amazing. I have used it to mince veggies such as onions, cilantro, and even tomotoes. We really enjoy using it to help make our fresh salsa. I have also used it when making baby food. The uses for this tool are unlimited. 
The website describes this tool as:
“An ideal blender for daily use. Slim ergonomic design with soft-touch easy-grip handle. Stainless steel body. Removable, interchangeable blades for mincing, beating, chopping, aerating, and whisking. It also includes a multi- chopper/grinder attachment.”

If you want to enter click on GIVEAWAY and it will take you to the place to enter! Each person has 6 chances to ENTER, and the giveaway ends tonight at 10pm (Central). We will be announcing the winner this weekend, so keep an eye out to see if you are the lucky winner of this awesome kitchen tool! 

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Bread + 6 kids??

WHO DOES THAT!?

I have been wanting to make some more homemade bread for a few weeks.. but life and all these munchkins have just held me back. I have wondered... how am I going to make all of this bread with 6+ kids at my house? I am suppose to be teaching them new things everyday, not making bread for my own pleasure! By the time the kids leave and we have had dinner... and Noah has gone to bed.. well quite frankly, I don't want to mess my kitchen up again! 

Today it hit me!! I'll turn our baking bread experience into a lesson that we all do together! Dare I say.. it was fun? We had such a blast! The kids listened to me and actively participated as we went through each step. We felt each texture and I told them everything we were doing.. They had so much fun. 

We began by grinding our whole wheat in our wheat grinder, courtesy of Nutrition Lifestyles. The kids LOVED this. The loud noise, plus being outside, being able to put the wheat in the grinder themselves, watching it grind, and seeing the end product was TOO MUCH fun! After we did that, I moved my Bosch, also courtesy of Nutrition Lifestyles, to the kids table and we used it to mix and knead our bread. Then we used oil and made our loaves.. then baked them!! YUMMY! If you want my recipe, just ask.. it is also courtesy of Nutrition Lifestyles. It is a great website with great kitchen tools. A lot of my kitchen is from there.... and yes, it is my mother and father in laws business! Check them out. 

In the end we had 6 beautiful loaves of bread + four small loaves that the kids got to do for themselves! It was so fun. Oh and SOO yummy! Of course AFTER we make these six loaves of bread- I REMEMBER!! I still have some frozen waiting for me! :) At least we had fun. 

Next time you feel too busy to do that project that you want to do... remember you can engage your child(ren) with you... because they can HELP! You will three birds at once..keeping the kids busy, TEACHING the kids, and getting your project completed! 


Hooray for Fresh Bread & Happy Children! 


Here is the wonderful recipe for all of you to have and try on your own! Be sure to let your kids help too, they will love it! 
100% Whole Wheat Bread
In a mixing bowl, combine and mix on a low speed until well blended: 
6 Cups Hot Tap Water
2/3 Cup Oil
2/3 Cup Honey
2 Tablespoons Kitchen Specialities Vital Wheat Gluten (optional)
2 Tablespoons SAF Instant Yeast
2 Tablespoons Kitchen Specialities Dough Enhancer
4-6 Cups freshly milled whole wheat flour
Switch the speed of your mixer down to a lower number: 
Add slowly 6-10 cups whole wheat flour while kneading
Add 2 Tablespoons of Salt
Sprinkle in the last of the flour--1/4 cup at a time (you know that enough flour has been added when the dough pulls away from the side cleanly, no longer sticking while it kneads)


Knead: On the lowest speed for another 5 minutes
Shape: Into loaf pans and let rise until the dough doubles in size
Bake:at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown
Yields: 6 loaves

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we have.  If you have any questions or if you try this recipe stop by over at Natural-Nurturer and let me know what you think! 


NOW....for the GIVEAWAY we have been telling yall about! 
I am so excited to share with you this awesome kitchen tool that you can win FOR FREE! Plus you have multiple chances to enter! It is a great tool to have in your kitchen. I use mine regularly. Also, I am so excited that Nutrition Lifestyles has partnered with us to offer this amazing giveaway to you.

Our first ever giveaway is a Lequip Professional Stick Blender with all of the attachments.
This tool is so amazing. I have used it to mince veggies such as onions, cilantro, and even tomotoes. We really enjoy using it to help make our fresh salsa. I have also used it when making baby food. The uses for this tool are unlimited. 
The website describes this tool as:
“An ideal blender for daily use. Slim ergonomic design with soft-touch easy-grip handle. Stainless steel body. Removable, interchangeable blades for mincing, beating, chopping, aerating, and whisking. It also includes a multi- chopper/grinder attachment.”
Please go to the website and read all about this awesome little tool! I think every kitchen needs one. YOU could be the lucky winner and get it for FREE!

You have so many ways to enter! (leave a separate comment for each entry that you make, so you could have up to 6 entries/6 different comments)

1) LIKE Natural-Nurturer on Facebook(and let her know that I sent you)
5) Share this contest with your friends on Facebook or twitter
6) Go over to the Nutrition Lifestyles website and look at their products then come back over here and let us know what your favorite item is! 


Make sure that you comment on the blog that you have liked both facebook pages, subscribed to both blogs, shared the giveaway on facebook or twitter, and went to nutritionlifestyles.com and commented what you would buy and why!

Giveaway ends Friday, Jan. 20th at 10pm, CENTRAL TIME..

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