The Prairie Chick Vintage, Repurposed Furniture, by Shelly Greimann Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:23:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Amazing Gluten-Free Bread – Served at the Wedding Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:19:07 +0000 Continue reading]]> Happy Monday friends!
Here is the Gluten-Free Bread recipe that many of you have been asking for.

I say this with real meaning, and intent…


(Photo by the Prairie Chick)

This gluten-free bread recipe is amazing!

My daughters, Brianna and Makenzie, are particularly adept at cooking for our dietary needs.
For Makenzie’s wedding, Brianna made several loaves of this bread to serve.

If you have not read it yet, Brianna saved the day!
She not only made a delicious and gorgeous, dairy free, egg free, gluten free,
Chocolate Wedding Cake, she also made this wonderful bread, 
and dairy free, egg free, gluten free chocolate chip cookies, for the wedding!

Brianna found this bread recipe at: Nourishing Meals
She makes it all the time for her family.

I had to chuckle when I heard that my mother-in-law, chose not to try any of the
bread at the wedding, because it was lableled Gluten-Free.
She had often heard Farm-Boy (her son), complain about the taste of
store bought
Gluten-Free bread.
She equated that bread, with this delicious home-made Gluten-Free bread.
But several people at her table, at the wedding reception, had taken a piece and loved it!

So the next time the bread was served, at a family gathering,
she quickly decided to put some on her plate to try.
I think she loved it too!


(Photo by the Prairie Chick)

This bread, is made with all these wonderful ingredients.
Which, by the way does not include wheat, gluten, dairy, or eggs.

So that means, my family can eat it!

Remember when I wrote the post about my family’s food allergies, and how they affect our bodies?
If not, you can read about it here: “What’s for Supper?”


(Photo by the Prairie Chick)

Here is the Bread Rising on an air bake cookie sheet.
My daughter, Brianna, has found that this pan works well.

(The gal at “Nourishing Meals”, who came up with this recipe,
uses a pizza stone to bake her bread on.)


(Photo byThe Prairie Chick)

Here it is. Fresh out of the oven.
Sliced and ready to serve.

Doesn’t that look gorgeous?

Just because something is Gluten-Free, does not mean it doesn’t taste good!
It is just made with alternative flours and binders.
Remember that, the next time you are hanging out with your food allergy friends
and they offer you a Gluten-Free brownie or slice of bread.

Don’t turn up your noses…you might actually like it!

See you on the prairie Friends,

The Prairie Chick

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Repurposing Furniture – Making a Statement In Your Home Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:24:28 +0000 Continue reading]]> I can’t tell you how many times I sit in a room and imagine all my furniture pieces
in each room, and how they could be used differently, or for different purposes.

This is exactly what I do when I go shopping for The Prairie Chick Market.
I look at a piece and imagine where and how it could be used.

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Lets look at this picture of a few of the items, in the Market right now.

#1. This cute little table would be perfect in between two chairs.


I saw a table similar to this on the HGTV show “Fixer Upper”.
It had been painted and sat between two upholstered chairs.
It was the perfect size and shape.

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(Internet Picture)

Above is a picture of the table I am talking about.
See the table between the two chairs?

#2. The counter height pine table with metal cross bars could be used for a Kitchen Island.

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A couple of stools could be stored underneath for extra seating or
a shelf could be added, and large baskets or woodern crates could be used underneath for storage.

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(Internet Picture)

As in this picture above.

#3. The smaller tiger-maple commode or side-table would be beautiful in a bathroom.
There is a shelf underneath that could hold folded towels or a basket for storage.

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Or it could be converted to a vanity…

Painted green table turned into vanity
like the one in this picture.

vintage table bathroom basin

Or this.

Just a little imagination can go a long way into giving your home one-of-a-kind finishes,
for not a lot of money.

That’s exactly what my husband and I recently did,
when we converted a vintage buffet into a double vanity for our bathroom.
We saved a lot of money, and we ended up with a unique,
one-of-a-kind piece for our home.

This is why I do what I do.
I am passionate about it.

See you on the Prairie,



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The Best Table at the Wedding – The Kid’s Table Mon, 04 Apr 2016 15:56:02 +0000 Continue reading]]> The best table by far, at the wedding,
was the kid’s table.
At least they thought so!


From the moment they arrived, the kids were busy and engaged.
It was exciting to see how much fun they were having.

And the bride was smart and seated all the parents, of the little ones,
at a nearby table,
so they could supervise within easy distance.


Here’s why the kids were having so much fun.

We covered the tables with craft paper from the lumberyard
that we had leftover from our bathroom renovation.


Then we filled wire baskets with markers and color crayons.
Everyone knows if your tablecloth looks like paper…you draw on it!

And draw they did!


We also filled buckets with Legos and tied the Table Number
to one of the buckets on each table.


The buckets did not stay full for very long.
They were dumped out and strewn across the tables within minutes!

Many awesome creations were made with those Legos and
a few of those creations went home in the hands of their little creators.

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We also had ham sandwiches, chips, and grapes, put on each table,
to keep the children satisfied, until they went through the buffet line.
It worked like a charm.
This also insured we had enough fancy food for the ‘big’ people.


This table was not hard to put together, and kept kids of all ages busy for at least an hour or two.
It was only towards the latter part of the evening that I noticed the kids wandering around
and needing to get their wiggles out.

I think everyone would agree that the kid’s tables,
were the best tables at the wedding!

The Prairie Chick

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Chocolate Wedding Cake – Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Free Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:24:18 +0000 Continue reading]]> Brianna saved the day!

The-Prairie-Chick Wedding cake maker

Brianna is my sweet, talented, determined, daughter.
She of course had heard all about her sister’s dreamed about Naked Wedding Cake.
But guess what?
Not one single bakery in our area, or the Twin Cities, makes a dairy free, egg free, gluten free wedding cake.
They do make gluten free 9 inch cakes. But only one tier.
And they cost about $60.00

Brianna was disgusted. $60.00 for a cake?
She could make it from scratch for $5.00!
So she said, as her face took on a determined look.


Brianna is the mother of six kids. She knows how to feed her family on a budget.
She also has experience baking and cooking for family members
who have food allergies and sensitivities.

And that was that.

So she made a vegan, gluten free vanilla, and vegan, gluten free chocolate cake
and layered them with raspberry buttercream, for the bride to taste test.
(She used Earth Balance instead of real butter)

They were delicious, but we all thought they were too sweet and rich.

She had also cut the layers in half and they almost seemed too thin and crumbly.
I wish I had taken a picture, so I could show you.
And the buttercream was a little too soft.
It made the cake look messy.

So we talked about a cake we have made for years.
It was a recipe I had gotten from my sister-in-law Debbie.
She had gotten the recipe from her grandmother.
It is dense and moist. We thought it would work well and hold it’s shape for a two tiered cake.

So Brianna made another test cake.


This time she used Debbies “tried and true” recipe.
And she had called her friend Athena,
who makes beautiful cakes, and got some tips.

Athena borrowed Brianna a revolving cake stand, a cake lifter, and a cake leveler.
She also gave Brianna her icing recipe and told her the frosting should almost look dry
when mixed, and also to put the icing in a cup and stand a knife up in the middle.
The knife would stay upright if the icing was the right consistency.
(Brianna used half Earth Balance and half vegetable shortening this time.)

Brianna bought an icing spatula, piping bag and tip, card-board separators, and small wooden dowels.

I went over to Brianna’s house one night to give her moral support.
We only did two layers for the test.
It looked great! Athena’s icing recipe worked better.
We all taste tested it the next day and it was perfect!
And it was so pretty to have the stripe of
raspberry pink buttercream down the middle of each slice of cake.

We also discovered that if the layers were put in an airtight
container in the fridge, that the iced cake would hold it’s shape better.

That was it.


Brianna was now the official maker of the Dairy free, Gluten free, Egg free,
Chocolate, Naked Wedding Cake!

Here is the recipe she used:

Debbie’s Chocolate Cake

2 T. white vinegar
2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. oil
2 c. water
2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. cocoa
3 c. flour (for GF – use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-1 Baking Flour)
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt

Mix dry and wet ingredients separately. Combine. Put in greased 9 x 13 pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


The bride and groom served small pieces for those interested to try.

It looked beautiful.
And people said it was delicious!

I did notice that the icing in between the layers had softened a bit
as it sat out for a few hours during the festivities.
Brianna had made the cakes the night before and she and I
assembled the two cake tiers, the morning of the wedding.

I then took them over to the reception
venue with me as we finished up a few decorations for the celebration.
I put them in the refrigerator, and if I had been able to leave them in a little bit longer
I think the icing would have held up a little better.


Brianna also made dairy free, egg free, gluten free chocolate chip cookies and dairy free,
egg free, gluten free, bread for the reception.
I’ll post those recipes in the coming weeks. They were also winners!

I’ll say it again.
Brianna saved the day.

See you on the prairie friends,

The Prairie Chick

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Weddings and Nature Go Together Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:20:39 +0000 Continue reading]]> One week before my daughter’s wedding it was 60 degrees outside.

There was no snow on the ground.
It was perfect.

And we were out doing this.


One week…
then it all changed.


But before that…
Makie and Jackie… were out doing this…


And this…


Aaaannnd this.

We cut down Grapevine, Curly Willow, and Pussy Willow branches.
And piled them into the truck and took them home.

And a couple of days before the wedding…


The grapevine turned into that.


And this.


And the Pussy Willow Branch turned into this.


And the Curly Willow and Pussy Willow, were used for all sorts of decorations at the church.

All free!


Compliments of Mother Nature…
and our neighbor, Cindy.


And her cats.


The cats were very helpful.


And friendly.


As were the longhorns.

All that happened and we were thinking how lucky are we?
Decorations from Mother Nature and Cindy, and it looked like
the weather was going to be awesome for the wedding.

And you know what?


(Photo by Ana Ankeny)

It was.


(Photo by Ana Ankeny)

Even with the snow.

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DIY Cottage Bathroom Vanity Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:57:40 +0000 Continue reading]]> I can finally show off our cottage bathroom vanity!


(Photo by Shelly – The Prairie Chick)

If you read my ‘Bathroom Re-do Part One’ post you might have seen
these vanity inspiration pictures that I posted.

Prairie Chick double vanity inspiration

This is the vanity I almost purchased, but because we were trying to keep to a budget,
Farm-Boy and I decided to re-purpose a piece of furniture, into a vanity instead

Prairie Chick buffet example

In my store, The Prairie Chick Market,
I had a vintage dining buffet similar to the one in this picture.

We, and by “we”, I really mean Farm boy…

we decided to pull the top off, order custom marble topped sinks,
retrofit the drawers, and also use the
original top as the bottom shelf.

That simple. Right?


Here is the vanity in progress.
Actually at this point it is ready to paint.


Here is a shot of the back. My hubby pulled the old back off
and trimmed it out to make room for the plumbing.


Sadly he had to cut four inches off of the legs to make it standard vanity height.
The legs were so pretty, but enough of the detail was still left, that I was okay with that modification.

And Farm Boy did an awesome job of making the top of the vanity into the shelf on the bottom.
He also stripped the chipping veneer off the scalloped bottom
and I sanded it down prior to painting.


I knew I wanted to paint the vanity in MMS Milk Paint.
These are the three colors I was considering.

On the left, is a combination of Schloss and Grain Sack, in the middle is Trophy,
and on the right is Schloss.


We chose Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in Schloss.


It picked up the tones in the flooring and in a some of the tile.
It is part of the MMS Milk Paint European color line.


(Photo by Shelly – The Prairie Chick)

It is a beautiful ‘greige’ color.

Miss-Mustard-Seed-1345 tough coat

After giving it several coats of paint and sealing it with MMS Tough Coat,
I added some sparkly knobs.


(Photo by Shelly – The Prairie Chick)

We are so happy with the results.
The vanity is definitly the focal point of the bathroom.

I’ll post more pics of the finished bathroom in it’s entirety soon!

See you on the prairie,

The Prairie Chick

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Pinterest Crazy Wedding Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:34:57 +0000 Continue reading]]> Hello friends!
It’s been crazy around here.

We may have gone a little Pinterest crazy on all the wedding decorations…


It has been way to much fun to ‘pin’ and ‘share’ ideas back and forth,
for the past couple of months, as we planned for this wedding.


Consequently the house has been full of crafters (big and small), and crafting supplies.

The Prairie Chick Market has been scouted, and a pile of ‘vintage wedding’ decor
sits in a corner awaiting the big day.
It will take two trucks to haul it all, on the day we decorate the venue.


I just hope I can walk after it’s all said and done.
My feet hurt… my back hurts… but my heart feels wonderful!

The bride-to-be is glowing with love and happiness.
And we, are gaining a new son and step grandson in our family.
We love them already.

It is a joyous time.

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What a celebration it will be!
I can’t wait to share the pictures with you after the ‘big day’.

Thanks for stopping by,

aka The Prairie Chick and Mother of the Bride

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Success! A M.O.B. Dress Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:47:56 +0000 Continue reading]]> Success!
I finally found a  mother-of-the bride dress! I bought two of them in fact.
One is a little more of a party dress and one is more lacy and wedding-like.

I can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
I’ll decide which one I want to wear, on the day of the wedding.

Card suitcase

(Pinterest Photo)

Meanwhile wedding preparations continue.
The house is filled with wedding favors, candles, and bins full of decorations.

The Prairie chick bouquet

(Pinterest Photo)

We have spent only a few months pinning ideas, and planning out the day.
If you want to see what the M.O.B. ( that’s me…) has been pinning,
you can follow me on Pinterest.
Under my Event Planning board are all the ideas we have pinned so far.

The Prairie chick Table numbers

(Pinterest Photo)

You can be sure that  I will add pictures or our wedding as it unfolds to the board as well.
We have come up with some pretty unique ideas, and would love to share them.

The Prairie chick Naked cake inspiration

PInterest Photo

Remember my post about Naked Cakes?

My frugal daughter, Brianna, has attempted to make a Naked Cake twice now.
She is determined to not let her sister spend a lot of money on a wedding cake,
when she can make it for far less money.
The test cakes have been gluten free, dairy free, and egg free.
Both tasted delicious!

I’ll post our pictures soon.
It’s been crazy around here.

Have a great week friends!

aka The M.O.B.

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Getting Closer – A Bathroom & Wedding Thu, 10 Mar 2016 19:55:35 +0000 Continue reading]]> The bathroom is this close to being finished.


This close I tell you!

It’s usable and functioning and already looking bea-ut-i-ful, but we still have a few things to be do.
Like all the outlets need to be hooked up, there are towel rods to be hung,
and the linen cabinet to be delivered and installed,
and the door knob to be put on the door!


Details, details…


Meanwhile we are cleaning all that plaster dust out of the house and getting organized.
Things are really ramping up, out here on the prairie.
Any further re-modeling is being put on hold, while we prepare for a wedding.

A simple, old fashioned wedding!


Yup, these two kids are getting hitched.

It is a small wedding, with close family and a few friends.
I’m sure Makie will share details over on the “Native Gypsies” blog when she’s ready.

And In further news…I still have not found an M.O.B. dress!
(Mother of the Bride)
I ordered one, and of course it didn’t fit. but I didn’t really like it anyway.
So the hunt continues.
Thankfully everyone else has their wedding duds picked out.
It’s just me and Farm boy who still need to go shopping.

So if you don’t hear from me for a few days, I’ll be at Macy’s trying on dresses,
frantically making wedding decorations,
and cracking the whip, hoping Farm Boy finishes his ‘honey-do’ list before the big day.

Wish us luck!

aka The Prairie Chick

]]> 0 A Nursery Room & Baby Mobile Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:53:08 +0000 Continue reading]]> I remember back when I was pregnant with my first baby.
Farm Boy and I didn’t have much money.
We were barely getting by.

Purple chair nursery

( Pinterest Photo)

I so wanted a cute little nursery for the baby.
It wasn’t meant to be.
We lived in a one room apartment, so the baby had to share a room with us.
That meant I had a corner to decorate.

Neutral nursery and rug

( Pinterest Photo)

And of course, back then, you didn’t have ultrasounds
that told you if you were having a boy or a girl.
So the spaces we did decorate, were very gender neutral.

Black and cream nursery

(PInterest Photo)
I remember my mom and I went shopping for all the baby essentials.
Crib sheets, receiving blankets, onsies, etc.

Winnie the pooh

(Photo from Internet)
We found a Winnie the Pooh bumper pad for the crib. Nothing else really matched.
I picked out a green checked sheet and a solid yellow sheet to go with it.

Vintage balloon lamp

(Photo from Internet)

I also picked out a lamp like this.
There were no Winnie the Pooh Lamps, or believe me I would have gotten that.
It wasn’t much, but we were thankful for what we had.

By the time our second daughter came a long,
the girls actually had a real bedroom.

It had blue/green walls, painted wood-plank flooring and white trim.
I saved enough money to buy an oval braided rug.
It was done in various shades of blue and green.
A friend, gave us a couple of small matted pictures
of Big Bird and Cookie Monster, that she had done in water colors, to hang on the wall.

We still had the ballon lamp and the Winnie the Pooh bumper pad.
All in all it was bright and cheerful.

If I were to design a ‘small-space’ nursery now,
I think I would have no problem putting together a co-hesive look on a budget.
There is so much more to choose from.

Here are a few of my favorite looks on Pinterest right now.

Colorful nursery

(PInterest Photo)
Some are colorful

Closet turned nursery

(Pinterest Photo)

Some are neutral.
Like this one that is a closet turned nursery.

Crib in closet

(Pinterest Photo)
There are quite a few examples of that on the internet.

Just because a room is ‘neutral’ does not mean that it can’t have a punch of color.


(PInterest Photo)

This room has a ton of personality and color thrown in with the neutral walls.

Tree wall nursery

(Pinterest Photo)

The ‘Woodland’ theme is popular.
And there is a lot of fun artwork on the walls.

Woodland nursery

(PInterest Photo)

Love this one.
The dark feature wall with the trees, is very unexpected don’t you think?

Or how about this next one.

Navy nursery

(PInterest Photo)
Who would ever think to use dark colors in a nursery!

Chalkwall nursery

(Pinterest Photo)

Or a chalk wall!
I love it.

Baby corner

(Pinterest Photo)

And if you really only have a corner to work with.
This charming set-up will work!

Baby basket in corner

(Pinterest Photo)

Or this.
I had a baby basket like this for my little girls.
We carried them all around in it!

NYC nursery loft

(PInterest Photo)

Isn’t this a great idea for a small loft space?

suspended baby cradle

(PInterest Photo)

I love this too!

And lets talk about a few creative storage ideas.

Corner storage for nursery

(PInterest Photo)

You could even do two or three shelves in a corner like this, if needed.

Corner baby clothes storage

(Pinterest Photo)

Here we have more open corner storage.

End closet space used as nursery storage

(Pinterest Photo)

This crib was placed in the closet, and the end of the closet
was turned into clothing storage.

Wall storage for nursery

(PInterest Photo)

Easy wall storage.
A couple of boards, and some wooden dowels screwed into the wall.
A little sewing, but simple enough to figure out.

Sarah richardson nursery

(Pinterst Photo – design by Sara Richardson)

There are so many adorable ways to welcome little ones into the world.

Brick wall nursery

(PInterest Photo)

My advice to first time parents is to keep it simple.
Buy the basics that you need, for the first few months.
You can always fill in after that.

Joanna Gaines nursery

(Pinterest Photo – design by Johanna Gaines)

We can’t all have designer baby nurseries… go figure…

At the end of the day, it’s really more about the love
and time you can spend with your little ones, than it is about the room.

But it does help, to have a place, where you know they are sleeping safely and are
stimulated by a couple of things around them.


(Photo by The Prairie Chick)

The day my youngest grandson was born, the rest of the granny kids and I
kept busy, by making a mobile, and a banner for the baby’s room.


(Photo by The Prairie Chick)

The two projects didn’t cost much money. Just a bit of our time and imagination.
All you need is a few scraps of ribbon, some scrapbook paper, markers,
scissors, glue sticks, and a plastic lid.


(Photo by The Prairie Chick)

And I must say the little guy loves the mobile. His mommy told me that he has stared at it
for many hours while being rocked, cuddled and fed.
So just a few touches are all that’s really needed to transform a small space into
a friendly environment for your little one.

See you on the prairie, friends.


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