Monday, June 23, 2014
Regret, vintage bust and oven fries
I was glad to take a break from all things remodeling for a bit even if we did end up at the home improvement store and got the rest of what I need to finish up our side table this week. Man, this all sounded so good and easy in the beginning. Given how long this small table was, I was starting to lose confidence I could refinish our dining room table. We went to a favorite vintage store and we're friends with the owner and I was checking out his farm tables. He has a very reasonably priced table for $460 but not quite in the right color right now but is willing to take orders. As I ran my hand over the finish, the Mr said if that was the finish we would get for shelling out almost $500 then he thinks that I can get very close to that so I'm going to give it a go. I'll probably save that for last when we have reclaimed our folding buffet table as the current media center. So pathetic looking in here. I found an area rug I love on Etsy but the seller isn't getting back to me. I'm REALLY hoping she tells me she was on vacation or something but her customer service isn't impressing me right now and the Mr wants me to move on and I don't really want to give her our money either given she's not responding to a very simple statement (basically, yes...if you can dye that light gray and have a higher pile, I'll take it) then I don't know how things would go if there was an issue. I almost had a panic attack the other night from it.
I even noticed the Mr getting in on the act last night...
Yesterday, I was certain I would be able to find perfect accessories for the living room at this vintage show but it came up a big, fat bust. I was a sad clown the rest of the day.
Again...it all sounds so easy when you're in the planning stages. The execution blows.
I wanted a burger and fries for dinner so I got to it after our workout. So if you don't mind some really crappy phone pics taken at dusk of this quick recipe, I can show you how to make perfect baked fries.
Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees. Grab two washed 8 oz russet taters.
Cut it in half and then cut that half in half for four slices.
Take each slice and do the same thing. Cut that half in half and then cut that half in half for four fries per slice.
Toss them in a big bowl.
Add some good olive oil, about 1 tbsp, and give it a toss to coat.
Scatter the fries on a cookie sheet and coat with freshly ground black pepper and the slightest dash of sea salt or no salt if you prefer.
Set your timer for 15 minutes and halfway through, about 7-8 minutes in, your fries are going to start letting off some steam. That's when you know to give 'em a little shake on the sheet to make sure they're not sticking.
When the timer goes off, is when you add any spices like garlic powder and rosemary or Mrs Dash, etc.
Give the fries a flip with the spatula so the side that has already roasted is showing off it's golden goodness.
Set the timer for 15 minutes again and at the 7-8 minute mark, give 'em another shake for good measure until the full 15 minutes has passed.
Thirty minutes and you have easy, perfectly cooked oven fries!
What did you do this weekend? Do you make your own homemade fries?
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