It was a glorious day at the lake recently and I couldn’t help but tackle an outdoor “project” — with a snack, of course. (I’m soooooo not a chalk-painter, but I was inspired to try something new.) There’s also nothing like a lil’ premeditated “stress eating” appetizer to appease my angst. ;)
Some of you may recognize the bench in my bokeh background (praise God for photos that turn out, intentionally or not) as the antique beauty that once belonged to my sis, Laurie. I dickered long and hard about “altering” it — partly due to sentimentality and nostalgia, but mostly due to my Sis’s profound reverence for antiques.
Yet, somehow I knew she’d give me her heavenly nod for braving new frontiers and personalizing “my space.” The dull black finish just didn’t fit with my aqua-color-themed master bath and I was feeling feisty (and hungry), so out to the “veranda” I went — paint, brush, bench, and snack in hand. After the preliminary coat, it was time to indulge in some Smoky Guacamole. Ahhhh…
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, & diced
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lime
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/4 lemon
1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. smoked sea salt, divided (I used Pepper Creek Farms applewood smoked sea salt — Oklahoma-made!)
1/2 small fresh tomato, seeded & diced
1 small clove garlic, peeled & minced
3 small green onions, thinly sliced (reserve some tops for garnish)
Frank’s Red Hot or Louisiana Hot Sauce (optional — or not)
Blue corn tortilla chips
1. Place diced avocado in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with lime juice, lemon juice, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon smoked sea salt; mash together lightly with a fork.
2. Add diced tomato, minced garlic, and green onions. Give it another gentle stir.
3. Add a few drops of hot sauce if desired; stir again. (For me, hot sauce is not optional, and it’s usually more than a few drops!)
4. Adjust seasoning with remaining smoked sea salt. (You may not use all of it — or you may need more of it; depends on your taste buds and the size of the avocado.)
5. Garnish with reserved green onion tops and serve with blue corn tortilla chips.
This is my project mid-progress. I still need to sand off some corners (for character) and highlight the exceptional woodworking “garnishes” (curls & scrolls) before I give it a topcoat — and a new seat cover. The original worn red velvet is covered by faded green corduroy (indicating that somebody else was inspired to “re-do” it along the way) and I’ve been on the lookout for a stunning, artsy, bold print worthy of past memories and future enjoyment.
Life is about moving on… and forward.
In the meantime, I’ll bolster my refinishing efforts with more Smoky Guacamole. ;)
Enjoying fun in the Autumn sun,
Have you “personalized” your space? If so, how? (Do tell!)