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DIY chalkboard menus

Our wedding was this weekend and it couldn’t have been more wonderful!  My year of planning finally paid off- thanks to everyone who pitched in and sponsored us 😉 too!  There are many beautiful moments and images to share which will be posted on my Wedding page soon- stay tuned!

I thought about creating these last minute chalkboard menus less than a week before the wedding.  I was really happy with how they turned out and the best part is they were fool proof!

I started with this chalkboard spray paint from Michael’s…

and used these center cut tree trunks as a base- also from Michael’s.  They fit perfectly with my dressy casual seaside farm wedding.

Just spray the wood with one coat of paint- staying about 20 inches away and make sure to do it in sections.  If you spray continuously- it will clog.   Give it a minute and one more coat.  Then wait about 12 hours before you write on it.  The can says to wait 24, but it worked fine for me before that.  It also said to prime the surface with some chalk and erase it- I didn’t do that either.  I wanted to keep it prisitine.

Let me know how this works for you or if you know of any other fun ways to use chalkboard paint.  (I still have a whole can!)

Take care,

Mrs. Lauren Lear 😉

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3 Weeks Gone Raw

I’ve completed 3 of 6 weeks on my raw diet and I’ve just finished reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw.  I’ve also lost 6 pounds and have been told to expect 6 more by the end of my 6 weeks.

I was very intrigued with this guide from the start and finished it quickly because it breaks down everything you need to know about starting a raw diet plus it gives many recipes.  I made four recipes from the book that I will share.

I decided to go with a Thai and Tahitian theme, however, the book spans many other cultural dishes as well.

Tropical Thai Coconut Soup

Pad Thai with Spicy Thai Almond Dipping  Sauce

Papaya-Pineapple Pudding with Tahitian Vanilla Sauce

These recipes are very detailed and lengthy so I felt it best to show the outcomes to entice you to check out the book instead.   It also has zero pictures on the inside which is why I decided to create some.  That is a huge pet peeve of mine since I usually can’t be enticed to cook anything without seeing an end result picture.  However, I couldn’t pass these up, picture or not.

my kitchen…gone raw…

Going raw is no doubt a lot of work in terms of stocking your kitchen, having the right equipment, and making the time to prepare foods that keep you interested. As much as I like to experiment in the kitchen, I am exhausted after 5 hours of shopping and preparing these 4 recipes.  The point is that you get what you put in to it and what you put in your body should be a priority.  I never understood that as much as I do now.

One more treat before I go…

This is not from the CIG to Eating Raw, however, it is fabulous!  Its from Whole Living magazine and it is a simple and delicious pudding for raw foodies and omnivores alike.

Chocolate Pudding

3 avocados

6 Tbsp cocoa powder (I used raw cacao)

1/4 c raw honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

  1. Puree avocados, cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla in a food processor until smooth. Sprinkle pudding with salt before serving.

    A great raw alternative to traditional cocoa.  This organic treat has no added sugar and is full of antioxidants, magnesium, and iron.

    That’s all for now 🙂

    ~Lauren

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