Ever dab excess paint off your paint brush, and end up getting more paint dripping over the sides of the can rather than back in the can?
Happens to me all the time. And, since I am painting something almost weekly, I'm always looking for ways to keep my job process clean and more effective. When I saw this idea online, I thought I would give it a try.
Enter today's Quick Tip Friday.
Turns out this tip is not only effective, but genius. All you have to do is take a rubber band and place it over your paint can, centering it in the middle. This works as the perfect line to remove the excess paint from the brush.
All the paint goes back into the paint can rather than all over the sides, and the paint can stays clean.
Seems extra rubber bands are always laying around somewhere. Put them to use and wrap the paint can to help keep paint in the can.
....how cute those watermelon and blueberry wands are?!! And those flavored ice cubes?! Is your mouth watering yet? Well, it should be because these treats are not only fun to look at, but good to eat, too.
And if you didn't already have enough red, white and blue in your Fourth of July entertaining scheme, let's add to it with this quick and easy decoupaged flag tray.
Taking me less than 5 minutes to create, it brings novelty to those star spangled bites. A galvanized tray I found at a local craft shop, a flag that fits perfectly in the bottom, along with a little help from some Modge Podge, and you've got yourself a patriotic tray in no time.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July!
The heat is on (love), summer is in full gear (so happy) and the Fourth of July (my favorite holiday ever) is on Monday! And anyone that has been following my beloved blog knows that any and all holidays around here are centered around food!
I thought I would share with you a few easy recipes for you to prepare for the Country's holiday, that will make your's and your guest's taste buds sing the Star Spangled Banner, starting with my Fried Chicken recipe.
The secret is in the brine and flavoring the batter. Juicy, tender and full of flavor, no one will be able to have just one piece. Recipe found here.
Natch, to go along side of the fried chicken is my Southern Potato Salad. Hands down, my favorite potato salad recipe. I'm not sure what makes my potato salad so addicting, but let me just tell you that I have been known to serve myself up a small leftover the next morning for breakfast. It's that good! Recipe found here.
And why not amp up the s'mores game?!! My version of S'mores on a Cone is so tasty!! It all starts with Roasted Marshmallow Ice Cream. Let the kiddos help you with the roasting, and you're on your way to devouring a s'more in a new and delicious way. Recipe found here.
And after all this, you'll need to wet your whistle. My Watermelon Limeade will quench everyone's thirst!! Recipe found here.
Stay tuned for tomorrow! I'm going to share even more DIY and entertaining ideas for the Fourth of July!
As you know, I'm SO HONORED to partner with Poughkeepsie Journal Media and be named The DIY Dutchess!! I wrote about this honor and what it means to me, and my weekly column and video series debuted this month!! I'm so grateful for all of your amazing feedback and support. Thank you so much, sweet friends. In case you missed a tip, you can catch them here, here, and here.
And with Keeping Fed...
It wouldn't be summer around our house without serving up a few batches of these Honey Soy Glazed Chicken Wings. Because they marinate so long, once they're grilled up, they're tender, juicy and loaded with flavor!! These are my favorite wings ever! Click here for the recipe.
Why didn't I think of this? Monogram coming soon to the Be Fed front porch!
And while rocking out on my front porch, I'll be refreshing myself with one of these.
Thanks for Keeping Fed everyone! Cheers to July!
Be Fed Again
I have always dreamed of living in an old farmhouse. I love the character of them, and the thought of refurbishing one is an opportunity that I relish.
I am Brooke Fedigan, and I consider myself pretty handy. I am relatively versed on many domestic aspects, and I love preserving all things old, and truly appreciate the heritage. And so I set out, beginning my quest for our beloved farmhouse.
I went on a drive one day, and saw a sign on the front lawn of this old house that said “For Sale By Owner.” Being the eternal optimist that I am, I didn’t let those four words deter me. I called the number on the sign and made an appointment for my family and me to take a look. Although we were all overcome with the smell of moth balls and BENGAY, we fell in love with it immediately. It met our criteria, and I started remodeling, preserving, and decorating in my mind, never dismissing the fact that the undertaking would be huge.
The buying / closing process took 9 months, but in the end when we finally took over the keys, all was worth the time and tears. First things we moved in were a bucket of cleaning products, and daily necessities. A lot needed to be done before we could even begin to move our belongings. Our farmhouse became a colony of workers. Floors being refinished. Walls being patched and painted. The kitchen received the beginning of a facelift. A month later we fully moved in, and the list of projects began to grow and grow.
And so the blog begins.
This blog will include projects that I have undertaken and those currently in process, all with humor and humility. Cooking is one of my releases, so I’ll include some of my favorite dishes. Take a look at the “Guide” page for all of my favorite haunts, shops and craftsmen. Please enjoy sharing my ride as I strive to make my stamp, and create the “ups” in our beloved Fedigan Farmhouse