Monday, April 30, 2018

End Chair Update

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One of my favorite things is getting good quality items used and updating them. I love thrifting and online classifieds. About a year ago we got this matching pair of chairs from KSL

One of a pair of thrifted chairs with
good bones that need updating. www.alovedlivedlife.com

We were converting our dining room to a sitting room and needed some extra chairs. The plan was to update these once we had new dining chairs, which we just got. 

Ta Da...

One of the new dining chairs we'd like the thrifted chairs to coordinate with

The thrifted chairs will mostly live in the sitting room with the pictured grey ottoman, but they will also be at the dining table when we need extra seating. 

Decisions, decisions. 

It's a struggle to decide how neutral to go. Last year we parted with our mid-century modern matching chairs because we'd upholstered the sides with red fabric and had since moved away from that color scheme and, honestly, even that style. I don't want to spend the time updating these chairs only to say goodbye in a few years (I don't love redoing furniture enough for that). 

Despite that, we opted for the boldest of the fabric choices. After all, this chair will be easier to reupholster than repaint. Now to choose a paint color, what's your favorite? 

We chose a fabric, now to choose a paint color...

If you want to read about our last furniture update, you can check it out here

Stay tuned for pictures of how these chairs turn out. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Strawberry Radish Chicken Salad

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When you're out of lettuce why not try a lettuce-less salad. Here's a quick and easy salad pulled together featuring a few quick ingredients and starring leftover rotisserie chicken. Plus, it's only 210 calories according to MyFitnessPal


Ingredients: 


2 oz chicken breast
6 large strawberries
6 radishes
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1 t. avocado oil
1 t. honey
salt and pepper

Directions: 


1. Quarter radishes and strawberries. Chop chicken. 
2. Mix vinegar, avocado oil, honey, salt and pepper. 
3. Toss together and enjoy. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Rotisserie Chicken Avocado Salad

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One of the things I love to do is make a salad with leftovers. Sometimes I even plan my meals to create salad friendly leftovers. Here's a quick and easy salad recipe to use up some leftover rotisserie chicken and roasted potatoes. 



Ingredients: 


Organic baby herb salad mix
Roasted potatoes, cold
Rotisserie chicken breast, chopped 
Avocado, sliced
Salt & Pepper

Directions:


Throw some greens in a bowl or container. Chop up the chicken and veg and put it on top. Grind some salt and pepper over the top. You're ready to go. 

We didn't use any dressing, but a balsamic vinegar would be a tasty addition. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Saladaganza

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Lately, we've been salad obsessed. So, with summer coming and all of us hoping to be a little healthier, I thought we'd start a new series called - Saladaganza i.e. an extravaganza of salad. 

I'll share salad ideas regularly - check out the tag, saladaganza, to get them all. I didn't take a picture of my first salad (which is hard to believe, because normally I can't resist snapping a shot of good looking food), but here is our first saladaganza offering. 





Skewer Salad - perfect for summer!

Ingredients: 

Steak (cubed)
Mushrooms
Onion (one inch pieces or so)
Bell Pepper (also one inch pieces or so)
Baby lettuce
Blue cheese, crumbled
Carrots, sliced
Avocado
Beets, cooked, sliced (we like to buy the kind already prepped in the veg section)
Croutons (if you like)


Directions:

Put the steak, mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper on skewers and grill until done. 
Prep the rest of the veg.
Put it all together and drizzle with your favorite dressing. 
Devour and feel virtuous.