Thankfulness, A Beautiful Table, and Pie

I am so excited for Thanksgiving which will be here in only two short days. Normally I start getting stressed out about the holidays because it normally entails lots of running around. This year we decided to stay home and enjoy four long glorious days off without running around. I am excited to enjoy every sweet minute of it with Beckett, Nick and of course some of our amazing family.

Photo By: Christina Roberts Photography

Today I am going to show you how to put together a beautiful Thanksgiving table in under 5 minutes, that’s right 5 minutes! I quickly gathered a few things I had lying around my house and literally threw them on my table. A table runner, eucalyptus, candlesticks, and pumpkins left over from Halloween. That’s all you need to get things looking festive and fun.

Table Runner: Mine is from a little vintage store in Placerville, California that my Dad used to shop at called Country Elegance. You can find these vintage doily table runners at lots of antique stores, or flea markets these days. Here is one I have have been eyeing from cost plus world market.

EucalyptusI bought one bunch of Eucalyptus at Trader Joe’s yesterday when I went grocery shopping but you can just go out in your yard and clip whatever greenery you can find. Look for something with unique, geometric leaves. I have an olive branch tree in my back yard that I use for my home decor all the time.

Candlesticks: My candlesticks are from the Alameda Flea Market. If you have a local, vintage flea market nearby you should definitely go every once and awhile and pick up some fun vintage items, like candlesticks, for dirt cheap. Check these ones out from target that I have been eyeing.

Pumpkins: You know where to find these. My chevron pumpkin in the center is from the Target dollar spot. If you don’t know about the Target dollar spot you are missing out. You can get coffee mugs, home decor, kids toys, and so much more for cheap.

Plates: Mine are from Crate and Barrel. They come in all colors

Napkins: These are from Cost Plus World Market. They have the best napkins with such fun prints.

Silverware: I have a vintage gold set that was handed down to me from my grandma but you can use whatever matching set you have. Check out this swoon worthy set from West Elm.

I also wanted to share with you guys my moms perfected apple pie recipe that is so amazing and easy. We are BIG Apple Pie people in my family so this is just a no-brainer when it comes to the holidays. A little ice cream on top and I am in pie heaven. Nick and I actually served pie at our wedding instead of cake because we are obsessed. Please give this recipe a try. You will thank me later.

9″ Pie Crust 

-2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
-heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon sugar
-3/8 teaspoon baking powder
-7 tablespoons oil: canola, vegetable, olive, your choice
-1/4 cup cold water

Instructions:
-Whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder
-Whisk together the oil and water, then pour over the dry ingredients
-Stir with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened (you may need to add more water if it is not at a doughy consistency)
-Pat the dough across the bottom of the pie pan and up the sides. A flat-bottomed measuring cup or glass will help smooth out the bottom
-Crimp the edge, or flatten with the tines of a fork

Filling

-4 lbs Newtown Pippin or Mutsu apples (or you can use a mix of your choice)
-1/4 cup granulated sugar
-1/4 tsp. cinnamon
-Juice of 1/2 lemon

Instructions: Peel, core and cut the apples into 1/4″ slices. Toss with the lemon juice. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and toss with the apples. Arrange the apples on top of the pie crust, with the points facing down.

Streusel Topping
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup granulated sugar
-1/4 tsp. cinnamon
-3/4 cup (6 oz.) butter

Instructions: Place dry ingredients in a food processor, pulse to mix. Add butter and pulse until crumbly. Pour streusel topping on top of apples, pressing down onto the slices. The streusel should cover the apples completely.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Tent the pie loosely with foil. Place on lower rack of oven. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil, transfer to center rack and bake for 1 hour until apples are softened, but slightly firm when tested with a skewer. Cool on rack for at least an hour before serving.

I hope you all have the best Thanksgiving. Take the time to focus on GRATITUDE this week. Hug your loved ones tight and let them know how much you love them as often as it crosses your mind.

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things”-Maya Angelou

XO, Andie

Daddy’s Dresser

All of you who know me pretty well know that my Dad passed away about two and half years ago suddenly. It was definitely the toughest thing I have ever had to go through in my life thus far. As time passed after he died I went from not wanting to be reminded of it all to wanting to be reminded of him every day.  As hard and as difficult as it was I found myself wanting to be around things that reminded me of him and my childhood as much as possible. I wanted to remember him and be reminded of him as much as I possibly could. It somehow helped to ease the pain just a little bit.

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Photo By: This Love of Yours Photography

It was so incredibly difficult the day my siblings and I had to go up to his house after he passed and start cleaning it out. The emotions on that day I will never forget. I never would of been able to get through that day without my siblings, they are LITERALLY my living angels on earth. There were a few items of his that I knew that I wanted and some that just didn’t mean as much to me. It was pretty hilarious because we all had something very different in mind that we wanted to take or keep of his. For me it was a hall tree and a dresser, two furniture pieces that my dad cherished more than anything. Everything my Dad had kept over the years were pieces that meant something to him. He was never one to hold on to something just because, he kept the precious things that to him were irreplaceable.

I actually decided when we first got there that I didn’t want the dresser, it was just shot. It was a sad dresser that had been loved to death. The handles were falling off of it, it had paint all over it, and it just looked like it had seen better days. I just kept coming back to it because every time I opened a drawer it smelt of my dad. It smelt like a fireplace which is the memorable scent that is the definition of him. I kept brainstorming ways that i could redo it or make it pretty again. I knew how special this dresser was to my Dad. It was a dresser that my grandpa had given to him and my mom back when they were married. It was a dresser that made every move with him over and over. It was the dresser he would hide his gold coins in under his socks. It was the dresser that I as a kid would search through if i wanted to see some of my dads special satchels full of coins, rings, and special mementos that were meaningful to him.

I am going to be honest and say that it took me this long to get this dresser redone. Since my dad passed away I have sold, bought, and renovated a new house, had a baby, and I work full time. Phew! We just really did not have room for it at our old house either so I was waiting until after our move and renovation to work on it. I also needed time to decide if I wanted to paint it or just restore it. I needed time to think as I knew it had to be perfect. I knew it would really modernize it if I painted it and I am sure I would have loved it but it would of turned it into a completely different dresser. I finally decided I wanted to keep it true and original. I wanted to be continually reminded of the dresser I have always known and remembered. One that I know my Dad would love as well. This quick and easy DIY project was completely done in less than 2 hours while Beck was napping. My kind of project!

I removed the old drawer pulls and cleaned all the dust and grime off of it. I then sanded it lightly with 000 Steel wool pads.  I wiped it down entirely to remove some of the wool that was left over. I then applied this AMAZING product called Restor-A-Finish. This product is so unbelievable and it only costs $9.98. I picked a color that looked closest to color of the dresser. I then applied the Restor-A-Finish using a steel wool pad. You can just apply with a rag but I recommend using a steel wool pad if your piece is pretty scuffed or scratched. This product will restore your old color in seconds. It’s such an awesome product and I am so glad I found it because it will literally restore any old wood piece and make it look brand new. You better believe I will be on the hunt to find old reclaimed woods to use this product on. I then shopped around for some modern drawer pulls. I wanted something in a brushed gold as I new brass would look way to 80’s for this dresser. I was also looking for something affordable as drawer pulls can be pricey. I found these brushed champagne pulls at my local Home Depot and they were only $ 5.98 ea. and they were perfect.

I added a gold mirror on top to tie the pulls and mirror in and to modernize it and make it fit in perfectly to master bedroom. I absolutely love how it turned out. For a total of $72.48 I had this beauty back to looking perfection.  Lately I have been so obsessed with mixing modern and vintage. It just makes my little design heart happy as I am so passionate about both styles in home décor. I hope you guys loved how this quick this DIY project turned out and I hope it has inspired you to try this out and restore something old that may just need a little love.  I am not sure how I could ever survive life without nap time?! I try to utilize it as much as possible to do something that will make my little design heart happy. I am now reminded of my Dad everyday and I can’t help but smile from ear to ear knowing he would be so proud of me and this beautiful piece.
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