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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Super Bowl Party Recipes

super bowl party recipes, the altered past blog


Is your family a football family?  We are.  Even with 3 daughters and no sons, we love watching football games at our house.  Throw in some great food and it's a perfect day.

Here are a couple of recipes we love to have on game day.  They'll be perfect for tomorrow's Super Bowl and super easy to make!~

great super bowl football party recipes, the altered past blog

redneck nachos, super bowl party recipes, the altered past


My family loves Redneck Nachos.  They're easy to make and easy to cater to your family's likes and dislikes.  You could tweak it with more heat by substituting Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce with Frank's Hot Wing Sauce...yum!  Or add black beans and drained corn instead of northern beans for a more Tex-Mex flavor.  Easy, easy!

fiesta corn salsa, super bowl party recipes, the altered past

fiesta corn salsa, super bowl recipes, the altered past blog


I found this recipe for Fiesta Corn Salsa a few months ago.  There are several versions and sources for it on Pinterest.  The one I read said that it is the one dish that everyone will be gathered around at parties and that's no lie!  No worries if you run out of chips, just grab a spoon ;)

chicken enchiladas, super bowl recipes, the altered past blog

chicken enchiladas, super bowl recipes, the altered past blog

And, last but not least, Chicken Enchiladas!  We have made this recipe for many years and it's delish!  Easy to make for a crowd as well.

Hope you've found a new recipe to try.  Who will you be pulling for tomorrow?!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Angie

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Something To Talk About Link Party #1

Do you shop at antique auctions?  You can really snag so great deals.  I've shared a few of mine before in this post.  I came across this website a few months ago and I'm hooked.  

I'm not an affiliate or compensated for this.  It's just so good, I wanted to share it!

It's called Everything But The House and is lists estate auctions for several large cities.  They've actually added a couple of new ones recently.




All bids start at $1 and there's no fee to place a bid.  However, if you are the final bid, you are obligated to make the purchase.  

Want to see some other places to find auction deals?  Try this site:  MarkNet Alliance  I've bought several items locally from an auction company that sells online in my area.  Here's a few of the deals I've found.


This beautiful mirror was only $11!!  It's old and very heavy.  Love it!


 This antique alabaster lamp was $9.  I know, crazy isn't it!

That's just a taste of what you can find at online LOCAL auctions.  Ebay isn't the only place you can find auction deals.  Local ones are online as well.  The best advantage to online sales is that they usually offer a preview day so that you can see the items firsthand before placing the bid AND you pick them up locally...no shipping costs!

Have you got some deals  or recipes or DIY projects to share?!  Well, this next part is for you!!  The Altered Past along with 2 Bees in a Pod, The Crowned Goat, Concord Cottage, and Bluwaterlife have joined together to bring you the Something To Talk About Link Party!  

It begins today and will run each Monday on all five blogs.  If you share your link below, it will be visible on the other four blogs as well.  How's that for exposure!  Each week we will also be selecting links for our features!  

Enough talking, let's get this party started!  Thanks for stopping by and God bless!!
Angie



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Monday, January 19, 2015

Easy Way to Paint a Table and Chairs

quickly and easily paint table and chairs with paint sprayer, the altered past blog

Are you constantly upgrading your stuff like I do?  I mean, I had a perfectly decent table in my office.

quickly and easily paint table and chairs with paint sprayer, the altered past blog

I bought this table at the thrift store a few years ago.  It's worked fine as a craft table and desk but it took up more room than I liked.  I also knew at some point I would paint it.  It has a beaded edge and beautiful legs.

Fast forward to just a few weeks ago when I saw an ad for a table with 6 chairs.  I didn't need the chairs but the table was exactly what I'd been looking for and the price was right.  Hubby and I made a trip across town and the set was mine.

Time to bring my current table downstairs to finally paint it along with the 6 chairs that came with the new table.

I hate painting.  Having I ever mentioned that?  I really do.  Probably because I stink at it.  Ask me to paint you a landscape or a still life and I'm your gal.  Ask me to paint a wall or a piece of furniture and I'll make a mess of it.  I know, it's like opposite world because I'm just weird like that.


quickly and easily paint table and chairs with paint sprayer, the altered past blog

This was the beginning of the torture painting.  I used a linen white chalk paint because I love the coverage you get with chalk paint.  What I don't like is having to get into all those little grooves.  That's when I decided to reach out to the people of HomeRight and give their Finish Max Pro paint sprayer a try.

They happily agreed and this beauty arrived!

quickly and easily paint a table and chairs with paint sprayer, the altered past blog

My knight in shining blue plastic :)

If you've never used a paint sprayer before, here's some quick tips:  make sure you have lots of space in a well-ventilated area, put tarps or plastic down to catch over spray, face mask, if you're inside, and latex gloves, if you have manicured nails (unlike me).

quickly and easily paint a table and chairs with paint sprayer, the altered past blog

First coat of paint done with a brush (and possibly a few choice words)

quickly and easily paint a table and chairs with paint sprayer, the altered past blog

Nice, smooth coat of paint MINUTES later using HomeRight Finish Max Pro paint sprayer.  

I will confess here.  I tried out the sprayer in the garage on this chair.  Along with the over spray, you need to expect a lot of dust, I guess you could call it, from the dried paint particles flying in the air.  I did have to sweep up the dust from the garage floor so I moved my operation outside on the next day when it was sunny.  

quickly and easily paint a table and chairs with paint sprayer, the altered past blog

Even with the time it takes to set up my spraying area and the clean up of the paint sprayer (which is pretty darn easy), using this method to paint the 6 chairs took probably less than half of the time it would have taken me with a brush.  And, the finish is nice and smooth, free from brush marks.

quickly and easily paint a table and chairs with paint sprayer, the altered past blog


quickly and easily paint a table and chairs with paint sprayer, the altered past blog

quickly and easily paint a table and chairs with paint sprayer, the altered past blog

Not sure why the top looks like it has grayish areas but it's totally white.

Seriously guys, a paint sprayer is the bomb!  I was able to finish two large painting projects in just a couple of days.  Just make sure you take it outside if you don't have ample space and ventilation inside.  You don't want to save all that time only to have to clean up the garage ;)

Many thanks to the people of HomeRight for sending me the Finish Max Pro.  The projects and opinions about their product are 100% mine.

Oh, and here's a little sneak peek at the new table in my office!



Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie

I'm linking here:
THE STYLE SISTERS
JENNIFER RIZZO
HOME STORIES A TO Z
FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS
HAVE A DAILY CUP OF MRS. OLSON
COASTAL CHARM'S NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY
STONEGABLE
UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING