Goulash a perfect winter meal

A handful of really good stew recipes to help get through winter is a must. Goulash is a Hungarian recipe, its strongest flavor is paprika and it is the perfect cozy dinner for these chilly winter nights.

Continue scrolling after the recipe to find my favorite tip for revamping old furniture.

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Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 and 1/2 hour

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cans of kidney beans, drain and rinsed
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, finely chopped
  • 3 TBS of flour
  • 24 ounces of vegetable broth
  • 10 ounces of mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 TBS of paprika
  • 3 TBS of tomato paste
  • 1 sweet red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • pasta for serving

*Other recommended serving toppings: Hot sauce and/or sour cream

Another great addition to this meal would be my recipe for Irish Soda Bread

Directions:

  1. In a large sauce pot, heat two TBS of olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and celery, cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add flour then toss to coat veggies.
  2. Pour vegetable broth into the pot while stirring. Stir constantly until thick and bubbling.
  3. Next add the kidney beans, chopped mushrooms, paprika, and tomato paste. Set to simmer for 1 hour. After an hour add the chopped red pepper and cook for another twenty minutes.
  4. The last 10 – 15 minutes of the stew simmering, cook the pasta.
  5. When the stew is ready add pasta to the bottom of a bowl then ladle the goulash over top. *I like to add hot sauce to the top of mine for some extra flavor, you can also serve it with dairy-free sour cream. Enjoy!

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How to easily create your own image transfer on furniture

I have been working on a cabinet re-purpose project for a few months now. It is not complete yet, but through the process I learned a creative and easy way to add beautiful transfer prints to furniture that look like something you would over pay for at a home decor store. It turned out so much better than I could have hoped and now I want to stencil everything in my home! It’s so easy, anyone can do it. So here are the steps to revamping your furniture.

  1. Find a image you want to use

I started off by searching transfer prints that I liked on Pinterest. This is the website where I found the free transfer image that I used https://thegraphicsfairy.com/best-printable-transfers-furniture/

Print out the image to the size you want. This may require a little tech knowledge. You can also print the image large so that it prints out on a multiple sheets. if you have a copier at work, maybe you can use the copier to enlarge your image.

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2. Make sure you have the correct size print that you want. Hold it up to the item you’ll be transferring it to. Once your measurements are all sorted, take a oil pastel crayon or piece of chalk (you’ll want it to be colored) and color the back of your print, covering as much of it as possible. I used oil pastel, that’s my strongest recommendation, chalk might be a little messier.

oi pastel on the back of a transfer image

3. Place the print on the item you’re transferring the image to, image side up. Make sure it is exactly where you want it and tape it in down with painters tape to secure it. Once you start transferring the image you do not want it to move.

4. Use a ball point pen to trace over every line on your image. Take a peek under your page every once in a while to make sure it’s transferring properly. After you’ve traced over every image you should have an exact outline of your image.

5. Paint in your image. I recommend using acrylic paint and a thin paint brush. Pick the paint colors you want to use and paint over and in between the lines of your transferred image. Use your original image for referencing.

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Once the paint is dry you may be done, but here’s how I finished off my transfer.

  • After the paint dried I went over the image with a fine sand paper and lightly distressed the image to create a vintage look.
  • I cleaned off the dust from sanding and painted over the image with a high gloss varnish. My image was transferred onto a cabinet top that I expect to see a lot of activity so I gave it 3 coats of varnish.

The cabinet itself is not finished but here is the completed image transfer.