Sunday, February 5, 2017

DIY Ladder for Under $20

Since moving into our forever home and having Fiona I've tried really hard to be more aware of my "frivolous" spending.  When I see something I want, I ask myself a couple of questions...
 1) Is this a need or a want? 2) Can I turn this into a DIY and cut the cost?

I truly love a good project.  Scott just the other day said "I don't think our house will ever be completely finished".  I said, "Of course not, that's the fun in it all"!  When it comes to the style of home I like, it varies.  I love traditional, I love hunting unique antique pieces to add character and a story to tell.  I also love modern.  If I could white wash our entire home and have minimal pieces in our home that would totally work for me.  Then there's that side of me that longs for what I knew growing up in the country.  I love a good farmhouse, but I love to see a farmhouse mixed with modern touches.  So you see I'm all over the place and with that being said, this is why I try not to invest too much money in the pieces I buy.  Chances are in a month or so I will be mixing things up again.

The first time I saw a ladder placed in a bedroom or family room I knew I wanted to add this touch to our home.  However, this is another one of those pieces I'm not totally sure will hang around for years to come.  So, I told Scott, let's just make one ourselves, and that's exactly what we did and for UNDER $20! Seriously, how great is that?!

So here's all the details!

What you'll need...

Two 6 foot thin pieces (1x2x6′ Pine) 
 Two dowels (7/8 x 48in) 
Minwax Stain (I went with Provincial)   

(You can adjust the size depending on how large or small you would like your ladder)

For this next step I had Scott jump in to help.  This is something I love about home projects because we get to do them together and that always seems to make things more special.

You will want to decide how wide you want your ladder and how many rungs you will want.  We decided to have four.

After the rungs are cut, I simply measured out where I wanted them.  Again totally up to you on where you will want yours.  Next I nailed each rung in to one side of the long slat and then nailed them on to the second piece.

After you have your ladder together you will want to apply 1-2 coats of stain depending on how dark you want your stain.  I just cut up an old t-shirt to wipe the stain on with.

And there you have it! Super easy and inexpensive!

Happy Sunday and Happy DIY'ing!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Gaither Kitchen: Asian Noodle Salad

If you follow Delightfully Chic on Instagram you saw a major sneak peek at this beyond delicious Asian Noodle Salad I made over the weekend.  I tried to give y'all a step by step how to in my Insta Stories, but wanted to share here on the blog so you don't miss any of the details.

First, let me make note that this salad is a lighter version of the standard Asian Noodle Salad as I substituted zucchini for the noodles. This recipe should only take you about 30 minutes to make, it's a total win!  Miss Fiona and I were having some girl time while "Da Da" was working so it took us about 2 hours to make! #MomLife

Ok...Let's grab our ingredients! 

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lime (or a dash more for fun)
1 cup cashew halves (toasted)
2 cups grated carrots (I used about 4 smaller carrots)
2 zucchini, spiraled thin
2 cucumbers, halved and thinly sliced
2 yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
1/2 small red cabbage, thinly sliced

Once you have everything you need.
Start chopping and dicing those veggies! 

The next step is just fun!  You will want to use a veggie spiralizer. 
The one I used is by OxO and you can find it at Williams Sonoma.

This is what I had after spiraling 2 zucchinis. 
Isn't it crazy how much zucchini can grow when you turn it into noodles?

Next grab a large bowl and toss in all your veggies.  I told y'all this was a super easy recipe.

Personally, for me, an Asian Noodle Salad has two SUPER important ingredients! they are!

Toasted cashews!  Seriously, it's all about the crunchies!
I just tossed a dash of butter in a pan and toasted 1 cup of cashews on the stove for about 3-5 minutes. 

And last, but certainly not least, the star of the show...this amazing, knock your socks off dressing!

To make the dressing, simply whisk together the soy sauce, olive oil, honey, sesame oil, minced garlic and ginger, and lime juice.

This recipe will serve about 6.  My husband is beyond picky and Fiona only has two tiny little teeth so this salad was all for ME!! I made a bowl for myself to enjoy, along with a little mommy time while Fiona napped so I just poured a portion of the dressing on my salad.  If I were actually going to share, I would have just poured the dressing over the entire salad and tossed.

I hope y'all love this as much as I do! 


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