Remodeling furniture is something that is so much fun for me but I’ve never blogged about it before and I don’t know why. I’ve done several over pieces the years including my office desk, our entertainment center, and our end tables. Taking something that has clearly seen better days and turning it into functional furniture with a new life is quite satisfying, I must say. Over the years we have spent countless dollars on furniture that was made out of particle board that cost waaaaay more then it was worth considering it never seemed to make it past our next move. I’m in my 30’s now and my motto has become “spend the money to make it last”. Case in point, we have gone through 9 sofas in our 15 years together. That’s just stupid. My dad has had the same sofa for over 20 years and it’s still in good condition (albeit outdated a bit). Why you ask? Because he spent the money to make an investment for something that will last. So now when I see solid wood furniture that has a good base but just needs a little love and for the right price I pick them up and make them new again!
You may recall a few weeks ago when Josh and I were down in the Lake of the Ozarks for the weekend and we made a video for Navionics about their new Updates Card. Well, the folks over there liked it so much that they asked us to make a follow up video about another new product of theirs – the Navionics+ Preloaded card. Naturally, I said “oh heck yeah” and got right on it! Once the product was delivered to us, we headed down to the Mississippi River to get the footage we needed. Of course I couldn't resist a mini photo sesh with Josh and one of our friends, Parker, who was looking for some updated media content. Once there's more foliage on the trees around here we're going to head back out and do some close up shots, but for now I got a few great action shots of his new Phoenix Boat.
We’re a really big fan of eating as clean as possible in our household. If something can be made from scratch, then we are doing it. This also translates to the pupper. I only want what’s best for him and if you’ve ever read any of the dog treat food labels out there, you’ll find a long list of ingredients that don’t sound like any sort of food I would feed myself let alone my bestie. There are a bunch of dog treat recipes out there, but my favorite one that I’ve made is the Breath Busters. I will be the first one to tell you that I am terrible at brushing my dogs teeth. And even though these are in no way, shape, or form a substitute for a solid tooth brushing, the fresh mint certainly does help with his morning breath! They’re really easy to make and if you don’t have the cute doggy cookie cut-outs, they will never know the difference!
It’s been a while since I’ve baked a loaf of bread and considering it’s something that I truly love to do, and since I had the house to myself last weekend it seemed like a good time to whip one up. I wanted to bake one that I hadn’t done before and I’ve been eyeing a Brioche loaf recipe for a while now but for some reason never made it. There’s something about making bread from scratch that is so cathartic to me. The kneading, forming and rising of the dough is truly a rewarding experience especially when it turns out just as it’s supposed to. A while back, there was a show on the Cooking Channel called Rachel Allen: Bake!, where the host was so engaging and inspiring that she ignited the bread baking fire within me! She had a knack for making the trickiest dishes look easy and effortless. Of course, her Irish accent had me at hello and the fact that there are very few baking specific shows on air had me watching every episode. They were filmed at the school where she teaches her craft and ever since I started watching it’s been a dream of mine to attend their 12 week cookery course. One day…
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I'm Bri! Lover of food, wine, and photography that is currently traveling with my professional bass fishing husband along with our cantankerous rottie, Kigen. When not traveling you can find me living the lake life off the shores of Lake Mille Lacs in Isle, MN. Pour a drink, pull up a chair and join me as I journey across the country documenting it all along the way!