Framed Chalkboard

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The interwebs has so many fun and creative ideas for signage. I used to think dry erase boards were so fancy. You’d hang it up on the wall with the magnetic marker that would stick to the board and some of them even came with half of a cork board for pinning notes and pictures as well. These days, were way past cork and dry erase boards for writing cute notes to our loved ones, leaving a list of “to do’s” for the next day or even leaving a motivational quote for a quick reminder that you are awesome and life is good.

One style ofΒ  board that has become very popular is chalkboards. I still don’t quite understand the hype with chalkboards, but I do sort of like the look of them. Now the craft stores even have a chalk marker that makes writing on the boards look neater, in my opinion at least. Only thing I dislike about chalk markers, is when you go to erase the previous writing, it will sometimes leave a shadow of the lettering behind, so be careful when choosing to use the markers vs the chalk.

I personally love the framed chalkboard look. This was such a fast project to make and very inexpensive. Just another cute craft idea using old picture frames for great decor around the house. πŸ™‚

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Total Time: 30 Minutes-1 Day

Mise en Place:

  • 1 Picture frame (Size of your choice, Pictured above is an 8×10) *Also found frame from the thrift store, if looking to not spend a lot of money πŸ™‚
  • Flat White Primer (I used the Rustoleom Brand, in the aerosol can found at Home Depot)
  • Black Chalkboard Paint (See above)
  • 1 Large Paint Brush
  • Newspaper

Method of Prep:

  • Remove the glass from the picture frame, set frame aside.
  • Working on top of the newspaper, first clean the glass of any dirt then dry completely. Once dry, spray on primer. Let dry for 20 minutes then spray on a second coat and allow to sit overnight. (If in a rush to finish this in one day, just make sure primer is completely dry based off instructions on primer bottle before turning to the next step).
  • After primer has sat for a bit, paint on the first coat of chalkboard paint. Allow to dry completely and then add on a second coat. (Be sure to paint in the same direction for both coats. You will see paint brush lines left behind once dry, there’s nothing to really change that as far as I’m aware and wont effect the writing on the board at all).
  • After chalkboard paint has dried, you can now reassemble your picture frame and being to write on it as you please.
  • Enjoy!
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**Note: If you’ve never worked with chalkboard paint or primer before, please be sure to read the instructions on the bottles before using them to make sure you are using the right brand that will work on glass, how to use and how long drying time may take.

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Cauliflower Steaks

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It’s a well known fact that fresh is always better than frozen products. When it comes to vegetables though, the shelf life for them being fresh and kept in the fridge goes faster than I can keep up with in my back and forth work schedule.

During the slow winter months, also knows as our off season at the Country Club, I try to use this free time to do a lot more cooking at home. The only thing I wish this side of Cleveland would offer is more farmers markets. I would much rather spend my money there than at the grocery store any day. Even though I’m doing a lot more cooking at home, I’m still watching how much produce I bring home. I can only use up so much of it at one time during the week. Like I said, fresh vegetable always seem to wilt or rot on me before I get to using them.

I’ve always had a liking for cauliflower, raw or cooked didn’t matter to me. A fellow co-worker mentioned how she will make roasted cauliflower for her 2 little kids at home. She roasts it in the over with oil, salt and pepper and then sprinkles loads of Parmesan cheese and tops it with fresh made pesto, she really talked the roasted cauliflower recipe up. I figured if 2 kids under the age of 6 will eat it, it’s gotta be good. Usually I steam cauliflower so I was ready to try something different with roasting it. I took the basic ingredients: salt, pepper, and EVOO and added a few more spices to it to really make the flavor pop. The recipe makes the best entree, or side dish, you choose.

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 25 Minutes

Mise en Place:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, stem & leaves removed, cut (You will get 3 steaks out of 1 head)
  • 1/2 Cup EVOO
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning Blend
  • S&P, TT

Method of Prep:

  • Heat Oven to 350
  • Once cauliflower is cut, place on a sheet tray
  • In a small bowl mix together EVOO & seasonings
  • Using a pastry brush, brush oil over the front and back of cauliflower, brush along the tops and sides as well. Season with S&P.
  • Place in the oven and roast for 10 Minutes. Turn over and place back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until tops of cauliflower are golden brown.
  • Enjoy!
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