Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Blanket Review

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Hi everyone! 

Those that follow me on social media are always commenting on my rescue tuxedo cat, Figgy.  He has a personality like I've never seen and is pretty much a staple here at Number Fifty-Three, especially when I pull out the camera!

Over the years, readers have suggested that I write a book about him, or make a calendar or greeting card, so when I was recently contacted to collaborate on a project, I knew exactly who the star would be!

The photo blanket by is so soft and cuddly and the pictures and colors are crisp and vibrant. Note: You can choose from several different blanket types; mine is the sherpa.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hearty Meatless Tomato Sauce

Growing up, my father always treated us to a wide variety of restaurants and, since his hobby was cooking, we always had amazing food at home, too.

It gave me an appreciation for making food from scratch with quality ingredients. I think that he would be proud of me for using less boxed meals and for always experimenting in the kitchen.

I created this recipe when my now teens were little because one of them (still to this day) isn't a huge veggie fan. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Easy Thrift Store Shelf Makeover

Happy Wendesday!

Today, I wanted to share with you all an easy makeover I recently did with a thrift store shelf I bought for under $20. I actually bought this piece for my living room, but ultimately felt the scale was wrong. Also, I'm a super visual person so if I have an idea, I sort of go with it and sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. For example, I had stripped this piece to bare wood and it was gorgeous, but didn't mesh well anywhere in my home.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The BEST & Easy Homemade Bread and Roasted Garlic

Hi there!

I know that Number Fifty-Three has traditionally been a place to share inexpensive DIY crafts, furniture makeovers and decorating, but over the past year, I've started sharing recipes, too. I hope you all like this addition! The truth is, I love food and cooking and I love to share recipes that have been handed down to me or that I've tried and think are the best.

Today, I'm sharing the best homemade bread recipe that I discovered years ago on Pinterest.  This is something that my family asks for often and I don't mind making it because it's only a few ingredients and you don't need any special equipment.  You can find the recipe here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Budget Friendly Vintage Modern Mudroom

I've shared images of my mudroom on social media over the last few months and just wanted to document it here too, before these last couple of days of summer disappear.

I actually purchased a new, more subdued rug this past weekend and have a few styling ideas for autumn that I'm almost ready to work on, Fall is usually my favorite time of year, but I'm feeling a bit down this year and a bit sad that school is beginning again tomorrow.

Anyway, I did a mini makeover on this space in the spring to simplify it all. I gave the floors a fresh coat of white paint (and I think despite weekly scrubbing and a large rug that it will be a yearly chore). I also repainted the walls black added back the closet door (with trim), removed the shelf and replaced it with the chair and new accessories, and lastly, replaced the ceiling light. You can see the previous incarnation here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Antique Inspired Secretary Desk

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Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to share this antique inspired secretary desk with you. It's been such a long time coming as I tried to figure out how I wanted to refinish it and where it could fit in my home.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Easy Farmstand Ratatouille

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a favorite recipe that is super easy to make and perfect for summer.