926 East Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mother's Day Dinner

This year Chip and I invited everyone over for Mother's Day.  Any excuse I can find to cook for a group of people and I am there!  My mom is a big fan of comfort food and one thing we always remember about my Grandma is baked fried chicken.  Yum.  I have had a tough time getting the crispy outside that I always see so I thought I would go to the queen of fried chicken herself, Paula Deen.  I was not disappointed.  Check out how beautiful it turned out!  It has also been delicious as leftovers this week.  It makes me think that I am on a picnic.  Maybe it's time for you to try.  Good luck!  dann

Southern Fried Chicken
{Food Network}

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Southern Fried Chicken:
4 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 cup hot red pepper sauce
2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon pepper
House Seasoning
2 1/2-pound chicken, cut into pieces
Oil, for frying, preferably peanut oil
To make the House Seasoning, mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with the House Seasoning. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour mixture.

Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.

Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer than white meat. It should take dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around 8 to 10 minutes.


Thought you would want to see how these beauties turned out.  They couldn't be more beautiful.  I also replaced the foam on the seats so they look and feel so much more comfortable.  Off to your new life dears!  May you be the center of many happy gatherings!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Shades of Gray. And other attack chicken stories.

 No rest for the wicked.  I must have been really bad.   I am swimming in a sea of custom paint projects! That is a wonderful challenge to have.  As my friend Karla says, I "give gratitude" for a full shop and excited, loyal customers.  On this our one year anniversary week, it feels good to see the projects keep coming.  I am working on these lovely chairs for a client right now and I am so excited to see the drab cherry finish melt away.  In this shade they feel much more like a style I saw at Pottery Barn not too long ago.  Wait 'til you see the fabric that we are doing on the seats!
I was also thrilled to be able to paint outside on a sunny day.  Much better than having to build a wood fire before I started to paint!  On the flip side, I was screamed at by a loud group of very daunting chickens.  I may have peed a little when they snuck up behind me.  Only in the country.  Later I found out that they are a roving band of Guinea hens.  Yikes.  They were scary up close but the perfect shade of gray.  I feel an inspiration for a new Rebel furniture paint color.  Enjoy your sunny weekend.   We've wated a long time and the wait has made it wonderful!  dann

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rebel Reclaimed goes on the road!

 It makes me giggle to myself when people say they couldn't find us this weekend at the Allegan Antiques Market.  We were like an aqua, pink and orange happy little color explosion!  Oh, well.  We had fun, sold lots and I look like I just got back from the Cayman Islands.   Who knew you could get so tan when the sun doesn't shine?

 Yes. That is a fabulous white chandelier.  Yes.  It sold.
 Goodbye fabulous persimmon chairs.  You were too good to last!
 "Sassy" the 1972 camper was our backdrop.  She got a lot of attention and also worked great as a wine cellar!
Today, I am a little tired but we had a blast!  The store is all put back together and I am dreaming of summer days.  Not too much to ask in May, right?  Yesterday we painted our front porch the loveliest mink brown color.  Wait 'til you see it!  Have a great week, friends!  dann