Flee Market Frenzy

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robin eye flea 8  Can I just tell you once again(for the billioneth time, no less) how I love a bargain!  Over the weekend my daughters and I went to the Robin Eye Flea Market in Whitestown, Indiana. The only depressing thing about it is that I just found out this flea market has gone on every weekend since June. I was just sick when I found that piece of information out.

Oh! the bargains and the goodies there. I could go on for hours about the wonderful treasures to be had, but I’ll let my pictures do all the talking.

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D I Y – Kitchen Utility Cart

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Well, my husband has gone and done it again! I guess he was tired of hearing me complain about the lack of storage space in my kitchen. I really believe that they don’t make houses or should I say kitchens like they used to. Or maybe we just have too much “stuff”. Humph?? Anyway, I really like the way this cart turned out because not only is functional for storage, it also serves as my baking station. Now I don’t have the lug the 30 pound KitchenAid mixer around when I want to do some baking.

This project was rather simple and only took one weekend to complete. I think the total cost was around $80.00, which is not bad considering a cart like this at Pottery Barn would cost you upwards of $400.00.

I hope you will to try a DIY project of your own this weekend. Start with something simple like a wreath for your door or perhaps stain a piece of furniture a new and vibrant color.  Saving $$$ by doing it yourself, has become a way of life at The Ravenous Kitchen homestead.  Here are some pictures of the project from start to finish.

P.S. The plans for this cart came from the ana-white.com website. She is one sister that knows her carpentry stuff and all self-taught to boot!

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Sneak Peek

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Happy September

I know it’s been forever since I last blogged and I haven’t forgotten about you. Just wanted to let you know that I (we) are working on another DIY project which is the reason that I have not blogged in a couple of days.  I hope to have the pictures posted in next few days, but for now, here’s a sneak peek!

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Space is a premium in my kitchen so we are building  this cart to help with the space issue. Very versatile and blends in well with the kitchen decor.P1080249P1080308P1080307

Dish Towels-

I was looking for a way to bring some autumn inspiration in my kitchen so I made these cute dish towels by using ticking (utility fabric) and a downloaded rustic autumn scene that I printed on an iron on transfer paper and sewed it on.  I added a ruffle to the red dish towel for a french maid inspired apron.  Very french and chic!

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……been cooking and working up a storm on a few fun projects and catering a baby shower for 50 people. I am so excited about this upcoming catering job and just hope that the weather cooperates for our autumn/rustic inspired theme.

What are your plans for the weekend? I am so excited about an awesome barn sale that is going on this weekend in Whitestown. Also thinking about going to the Penrod Arts Festival as well.

There are lots of things to do in Indy this weekend, the weather will be great so go out and have some fun with your family!

Official Indiana State Pie- Sugar Cream Pie Recipe

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?????????????????????????????????I hope you got a chance to attend the Indiana State Fair or one of the county fairs in your part of the country. Unfortunately, we were chock full of projects, summer school and summer camps that we missed them all! One of my favorite things to eat at the fair other than the roasted corn, is the funnel cakes and pies. One in particular happens to be the official pie of the state of Indiana.(really, state pie? only in Indiana) If you have not tasted a slice of sugar cream pie, you are in for a real treat. It’s a cross between a custard and rich pudding-like filling. Its super sweet and creamy so only one piece of this pie will satisfy any sweet tooth.

I always make my own pie crust because I think store bought pie crust taste like cardboard, so I have included the recipe for the crust as well. This pie crust recipe so easy to make and requires just a few simple ingredients.

Pie Crust

3 cups All purpose flour

1 1/2 cups Crisco shortening

1 Tablespoon white vinegar

5 Tablespoons ice water

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon salt

Measure the flour and shortening in a mixing bowl. Using either a fork or pastry cutter, cut the shortening into the flour until flour resembles course meal. Make sure there are no large chunks of flour or shortening. In a small bowl, crack an egg and beat with fork. Add egg into the flour mixture along with the water and white vinegar. Add salt and gently stir flour mixture just until blended.

Form a ball with the dough and cut in half. Take each half and place inside a ziplock plastic freezer bag. Using a rolling pin, gently roll out the dough into a small disk. At this point you can freeze the second pie crust until needed. Chill the pie crust for the sugar cream pie for 20 minutes.

When ready to use the crust, remove from the freezer bag and place on a well flour surface and roll out into the desired size. Place pie crust in pie pan and cut off any hangover or excess crust. Pinch the edge of the crust between two fingers to make pie crust pea shaped dugh mixing remainder of pie crustrolling dough

Pinch the edge of the crust between two fingers to make a crimped effect on the pie edges.

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Pie Filling

1 1/3 cups sugar

1/2 cup flour (sifted)

2 teaspoons corn starch

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3/4 cups milk

2 teaspoons butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

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In a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle, beat the heavy cream until it is a whipped cream consistency. Add flour, corn starch, sugar and milk into whipped cream.

stirring sugar cream pie mixture  Gently fold all of the ingredients together until smooth. Pour pie filling into a prepared pie crust. Cut the butter into small pieces and dot over the entire surface of the pie filling.pouring filingready to bake sugar cream pie

To prevent crust from browning too quickly, lightly place a sheet of tin foil over the entire pie, but do not seal the edges. After 30 minutes of baking remove foil so that the edges of the crust will brown. Bake for 35-40 minutes checking after 30 minutes to make sure filling is solid and not runny. If filling is still runny,  bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool until room temperature. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Weekend Warrior- DIY Project Refinished Armoire

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This armoire holds a lot of sentimental value because it was one of the first pieces of furniture we purchased for my daughter Chloe, who was my first baby. This cherished armoire held all of my daughters blankets, teddy bears and all of her pink girly trinkets. It has seen better days as it was passed down to 2 additional children. Since my children are well past the baby stage, I have more recently used this armoire to hold my coveted cookbook collection.

I mentioned in a previous blog that we are doing a mini kitchen renovation and this piece of furniture had the pleasure of receiving a new makeover. It took a few days to complete as I had to completely sand down the old finish and prepare it for a new stain. I took out the original glass doors and replaced them with chicken wire so that the piece would have a country farm house flair. Although the color is not quite what I anticipated (bluish/grey), I am very pleased at the subtle blue color and how it all turned out.

Total Cost of Project : $27.88

Minwax White Tint Base/Pearl Gray Tint

1 in 10 ft Poultry Wire

Heavy Duty Stapler/Staplers

2 Paint Brushes

FYI: don’t attempt this project in 94 degree temperature and humidity. It took almost 2 days just to dry. 

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Thrifty Thur$day – August 29th Haul

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Last weekend I had the most amazing time with my family. First of all, my husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary! The weekend started off with a field trip to Hunters Honey Farm in Martinsville. I have so much to show and tell you about this lovely farm. I will be posting a YouTube video of my interview with Tracy Hunter, owner and beekeeper of Hunters Honey Farm. So stay tuned and I will be posting it soon on The Ravenous Kitchen YouTube channel.

Last but not least, sometimes you just have those moments of serendipity when everything just happens to fall in place. As we were driving home last Saturday from our excursion, we just happened to take the scenic route and drove through a small town and to be honest, I don’t even know the name of the town. We started seeing signs along the road for a barn sale. Me being a city girl, who has never been in a barn let alone a barn sale told my daughters to lets check it out. Boy, was I in for a delightful surprise. Inside this old rickety barn was a thrifter and antique-hunters paradise.  From antique guns (scary) to farm implements, there was something for everyone.  My daughters are becoming bargain hunter princess themselves and found a beautiful old letter written by a young girl to her grandmother while she was living in London as well as old 78′ records and tons of memorabilia.

I lucked out and found this copper set for only $25.00. Seven pieces in total.copper pieces 2 from barn salecopper from barn sale

I also found this antique cast iron pan for $10.00

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This beautiful ceramic mixing bowl was calling my name $10.00

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I also found a set of white Queen Anne’s lace napkins and some other small nick-nacks.

My GoodWill haul was also very good this week:

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and Marie Louise Imperatrice of France. $1.99

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brown stoneware casserole dish  This nice rectangular stoneware casserole dish was only $2.99

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It’s All About Me

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It just dawned on me that I have never really given the followers of The Ravenous Kitchen a look inside my life. I guess I get so wrapped up in testing and preparing recipe’s that it has somehow slipped my mind that you really don’t know much about the author of this blog. So, I am going to take a few minutes to get you up to date on my oh so exciting life (not).

SPIRTUAL.

First of all, I am the daughter of the Most High God and follower of Jesus Christ.

I am saved by His grace and desperately need grace and mercy everyday because I am not perfect and I mess up usually on a daily basis.

FAMILY.

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I am married to who I think is the best and most honorable man in the world (second only to my dad). He is a hard worker who has to put in way too many hours at our store so that he can provide for us. As a small business owner, he strives to put our customers needs first instead of the all-mighty $. Most importantly he is an awesome dad to our 3 daughters and is a feyock girlgreat example of what a Christian dad should be.

I am a stay at home mom by calling, which I think is the most important gift I can give my kids at this point in their lives. The are my ministry, and although I fall short many times, I pray that I am doing my best.

I love BIG families. I come from a large family and have eleven siblings! I hope to have more children in the future either naturally or through adoption. We were foster parents to a few little babies and loved each and every one of them as our own.  I have the best examples of what loving and caring for a family means with my parents; William and Betty.

I home school our youngest daughter.  I have homeschooled all 3 of my daughters at some point in their school years. The years that I homeschooled my children are priceless! I know that I instilled godly values and they by their own admission, tell me that they learned more in home school than they ever learned in public school. (just saying)

POLITICS.

We can respectfully agree to disagree on this subject OK? I will say that I am a conservative, although I don’t consider myself a Republican or Democrat. I believe that ALL life (human) is a gift from God and should not be destroyed due to “unplanned” or “unwanted” pregnancies.  I believe in the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman. I feel that our government should stay out of our lives as much as possible and be real supporters of small businesses in America!

LIFE IN THE BURBS/COUNTRY LIFE(the dream)

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It’s no secret that we would rather be living out in the country on about 20 acres. We love where we live now (suburbia) but we can’t do what we want to do in a covenant restricted community. We want to be semi self-sufficient with a large area for gardening, chickens for eggs and  maybe a few goats for milk and cheese of course! No such luck in the “burbs”. So, we keep praying and hoping that we will get the opportunity to move. (soon Lord, soon!!)

ME.

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I don’t think there is much left to say, since I would not be me if the above mentioned did not exist. I’m not the perfect homemaker, so don’t be surprised to see laundry piled up and even beds that need to be made.

I love entertaining and opening my home to family and friends. I know that I may sound old-fashioned and even a bit antiquated in my ideas, but I love to keep home and take care of my family. Sure, I could go out and probably make good money with all of my education and work experience, but that would not be me.

Maybe things would be easier for us financially and we could acquire more “things.” But, I choose to put those things aside and focus on what I consider the most important “things” like being a being available for my family during these most critical years in their lives.

Girls, lets face it, you can’t do it all. No one can be successful at everything for very long. Something or worse yet, someone will suffer. I hope to encourage women to take the least popular path and stay home with your kids if at all possible. They grow up so quickly before you know it. I should know, I have one about to fly the coup next year.

Friday Night Movie Night Pizza and Wings Fest

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A few years ago, my family started “Friday Night Movie Night”. Although some times when we could not find a family appropriate movie, we would play board games, load up on snacks and just have a great time spending the evening with each other. Those cherished times came as a result of my husbands extended unemployment which lasted for 2 1/2 years.  The most important thing that resulted from his unemployment was that we had uninterrupted time with our kids. Although we faced some very lean times, we grew close as a family and even established a few traditions that we still keep today. One of those traditions is Friday Night Movie Night. My kids are older now and are starting to have social lives of their own. But whenever I announce that we’re having Friday night movie night, they still get excited. (ok, I’m exaggerating about the excitement part, but at this point, I take what I can get.)

Hope your weekend is fun and filled with family memories as well!

Pizza 3 Ways

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Pepperoni & Cheese(for the traditionalist)

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Loaded Sausage and Pepperoni (loaded because  its full of veggies)

  

 

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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1 cup Sweet Baby Rays Barbecue Sauce

1 cup Red Onion

2 cups mozzarella cheese

2 cups pre-cooked diced chicken breast

In a saute pan add a pat of butter and a teaspoon of olive oil. Heat until butter is melted and add diced chicken breast pieces. Cook until thoroughly heated through. Spread barbecue sauce over pizza dough and diced chicken breast. Add sliced red onion rings and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 450 degree until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Easy Peasy Pizza Crustmade in the bread machine no less.

4 cups Bread Flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups water + more if dough is on the dry side

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast

Combine all of the ingredients according to your bread machine manufacturer instructions. Program bread machine to dough setting and press start. Once the cycle is complete, put dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. When ready to cook,  lightly coat the bottom of the pizza pan with olive oil. Press dough into the pizza pan and lightly brush the edges of pizza crust with more olive oil.  Decorate the pizza with the fixings of your choice. Bake on for 17-20 minutes until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.

Wings & Things

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Hot, Hot, Hot Buffalo Wings –  This recipe can be adjusted depending upon your heat tolerance level

1-2 lbs of chicken wing sections

1 cup  Butter

1 teaspoon  seasoned salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 cup Butter milk

1 1/2 cups Flour

1 cup Louisville Hot Sauce (to taste)

Rinse chicken pieces under cold water and pat dry. In a plastic disposable baggie, combine flour and seasoning salt and pepper. Pour buttermilk in shallow bowl. Dip each chicken piece into the buttermilk and shake off excess, then place in flour mixture to coat. Fry the chicken pieces until completely done.

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Sticky Asian Wings

Here are the players in this hot and sticky saga:

1/2 c Rice Wine Vinegar

1/2 c Soy Sauce

1 cup Plum Sauce

1 teaspoon Louisville Hot Sauce (the hotter, the better baby!)

1 teaspoon Sriracha Chili Sauce

1/2 c Brown Sugar

2 tablespoons Ginger, minced

2 tablespoons Red Onion, minced

1 tablespoon Garlic, minced

1 teaspoon Red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons Sesame Seeds

In a saucepan add all the above ingredients except the sesame seeds. Cook on medium heat until boiling. Pour over all ready prepared chicken wings and toss with sesame seeds.

Thrifty Thur$day- August 21st Haul

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P1070440   I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I will never cease to be amazed at the things I find at my local thrift stores. This produce ladder stand is a perfect example. The worker who loaded this stand into my car said that he and his manager had a wager to see if this item would sell or not because of its unusualness. Well, in steps the queen of unusualness; yours truly and my eyes were glued to this unique piece of work.  I just new it would fit perfectly into my walk-in pantry underneath my stairs. It was a great price and something that I know I’ll never see in another kitchen. Paid $14.99

I also scored with a beautiful silver-plated coffee server set.  What you see now is a true labor of love from the original condition that I purchased it in.  The pieces P1070478  were almost unrecognizable and completely coated in tarnish. But to me, I saw the potential for this to be a beautiful, shiny coffee set sitting on my buffet at Christmas time.  I tend to get a little overzealous when I find a piece that has potential. I think it’s safe to say that I don’t have any fingerprints left after a long evening of polishing and buffing. Well worth the $6.99 for coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl.

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Here are some other items that I found this week at the thrift store:

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Stainless Steel Stock Pan that was in like brand new condition. Will get a real workout with my tomato sauce canning.  $2.99

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Set of 6 red chandelier light covers. Brightens up the room don’t you think? .49¢ each

A cute pink (my favorite color) sweater with my very own initial. Now, if only I could find a 1950’s diner to wear this too. $1.99P1070377