When we began renovating the back patio and yard, we noticed the picnic table had its best days behind it. This table hosted decades of summer dinners, lobster races, and conversations. But the look and the shaky legs meant it was time to move on.
We didn’t throw the table out, though. We needed to get rid of the seats and the legs. But we kept the tabletop, all six feet of heavy, peeling, warping wood. Then, it sat in the basement for a long while. Recently, though, a cloudy day left us hanging around. Scouting for something to do, we rediscovered this table.
We decided to turn it into an American flag. Being in Massachusetts, it seemed nice to go with an original colonial style, with the 13 stars. And, being on Cape Cod, it seemed interesting to use starfish instead of regular stars.
This mostly turned into a one-day project with a few keys:
The table was red. We decided to maintain the original paint, with some peeling that reinforced the age and reminded us of the original function of the table top. This also led to a quicker project. Otherwise, we’d have needed a second day to let the white paint to dry overnight and then to paint the red stripes.
We still allowed time overnight for the paint to fully dry before hanging it. The next day we measured and centered the flag on an otherwise-empty wall on our outdoor shower, screwing from the inside of the shower to leave the flag unblemished.
We were really happy with the artwork; with repurposing something otherwise destined for the demolition bin at the town dump; and with bonding over our shared and easy project.
It also left us wondering about what else we have kicking around the house that could be converted to one-of-a-kind artwork, and serve as a sign that we’re enjoying the good life – what about you?
With summer in full swing here on Cape Cod, any visit to a restaurant or bar on the water will show a lot of people enjoying a delicious-looking frozen cocktail. Some of these places use pre-mixed ingredients that are often neither high quality nor as tasty as those mixed fresh and on-site. However, if you’re at home, you have a chance to make your frozen concoction almost healthy!
You can taste the difference when assembling ingredients from scratch, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are only a few keys to keep in mind:
In essence, the goal is as simple as making your favorite smoothie and then adding alcohol and serving in a fun glass. A good starting ratio of alcohol to everything else is 1:3.
One other way to make this even healthier is to add protein powder. It can act as a thickener, has high quality ingredients, and starts to turn that drink into a meal replacement meant to be enjoyed on your back deck or patio.
It can also be a fun way to experiment: perhaps cocoa, banana, and coconut flakes, or fresh-picked berries and cream, along with white rum? Juicing cucumbers and watermelon and adding cucumber-infused vodka? It’s a five-minute drink, $10 bucks less than a bar, and far healthier than any bar will serve.
What combinations would form your favorite frozen drink and leave you kicking back in your chair, feeling like you’re enjoying the good life?
can be anything from recipes to interesting antiques to fun projects. These are all things that might spark your interest or your own ideas!