Jan 252013
Rustic Country Door Frame

One of the home decor projects I’ve been putting off for a long time was the framing out of our kitchen entryway. I wanted it to look rustic and artsy. The entryway is wide and awkwardly angled. My fear was that it would be tricky to get the right angles on the wood beams, and

Dec 172011
Original and Vegan Bolivian Saltenas

Saltenas are the ultimate Bolivian empanada. Some of my memories of this pastry are of riding the train as a kid and looking forward to the lunch hour when we’d stop at some tiny village station. Women carrying large bowls or baskets on their heads would walk along the side of the train crying out

Jul 212011
Make Your Own Glass Tile for Backsplash Installations

Glass backsplash tiles are out of my budget, but that didn’t stop me from installing my own glass tile backsplash. In fact, my installation covers an entire wall measuring 8 feet by 6 feet, and it only cost me a little over $20. “How?” you want to know. I made my own “glass tiles” and

Jun 072011
How to Upgrade a Kitchen Island

Here is an easy way to add character to your kitchen island and save money. We have a country style kitchen where all the cabinets were at one time a mixture of grimy oak and plywood. A few years ago I painted all the cabinets an off-white, which was a huge improvement. But more recently