How to remove paint from hardware (Chemical free)

A client and sweet friend of mine brought me this pepto pink desk and chair and wanted it refinished in a navy color. So of course I had to strip it down, sand it and then refinish in the desired color. She wanted to use the original hardware and we were going to paint it gold. Only problem was the pulls had been painted over and onto the desk drawers. So first we had to pry them off and then get to removing the two coats of paint. Its so much easier then you all may think. It doesn’t require any harsh chemicals or hard labor.

pepto cutie  (3 of 1)pepto desk  (3 of 8) pepto desk  (4 of 8)Here is what you will need: 1/4 cup baking soda 1 pot of water pepto desk  (5 of 8) Boil the water and then add the baking soda. Once fizzy, drop in the hardware and let soak for 1hr on low heat. Go and eat lunch, grab coffee or do what I did and paint the drawers 😉 Then come back and remove the hardware from the pot and dry off. pepto desk  (7 of 8) Take a small nylon scrubbing brush and gently remove the paint. It will be hard and flaky and should come off with a few strokes. pepto desk  (8 of 8)pepto desk  (9 of 8) The entire removal process (once soaked) took me a total of 5 minutes and then voila this is what you get! pepto desk  (10 of 8) Here is the entire piece finished. pepto desk  (3 of 2) Hope this tutorial helps in your DIY furniture restoration needs. Have fun! Until next time XOXO Tany

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Strawberry, Apple, heart Pie

In honor of national day of Pi, we decided to make a pie. This was another one of those days where I had to use whatever we had in the fridge so strawberry and apple it was. This Pi was not only super cute but taste absolutely divine. My hubby “whom isn’t a pie or PI person 😉 Absolutely LOVED it. You have got to give this recipe a try. Happy National day of Pi Bon Appetit! national day of pi  (12 of 10) Strawberry, Apple, heart Pi! Ingredients 3cups of strawberries (cut into chunks) 1 large Gala apple 2 pie crust ( I made my own) 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup water 3 tablespoon cornstarch 1 egg yolk Sanding sugar – national day of pi  (3 of 10) In a bowl, coat the cut strawberries with sugar. In a medium saucepan, bring the water, cornstarch, and strawberries to a boil over medium heat (about 10 minutes).

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In a medium saucepan, bring the water, cornstarch, and strawberries to a boil over medium heat (about 10 minutes). national day of pi  (6 of 10)national day of pi  (7 of 10) national day of pi  (9 of 10)  Meanwhile, cut out hearts from the pie crusts using a heart shaped cookie cutter. – Then peel and slice your apple. Place apples into pie shell. national day of pi  (8 of 10) Let the strawberry filling cool and then pour into the pie shell. – Brush one side of the hearts with the egg wash and firmly place them on the crust. – This is the first row. Continue to place the hearts by layering them in between the gaps. – national day of pi  (10 of 10) This is the first row. Continue to place the hearts by layering them in between the gaps. – national day of pi  (11 of 10) Brush the entire pie with egg wash and dust with sanding sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes then reduce the oven to 375 degrees and bake for another 20 – 25 minutes until the filling bubbles. – The Crust should be golden brown. Serve with homemade whipped cream and ENJOY! pi day (3 of 1) So delicious! I hope you all will give this recipe a try. If you do please leave me a comment letting me know how it was ~ Until Next time XOXO Tany

BLUEBERRY LEMON LOAF WITH LEMON GLAZE

I woke up this morning wanting to cook something both delicious and beautiful for my family. So I went to my fridge and grabbed some blueberries and lemon and alas! The Blueberry lemon loaf was created. HA! If only it were that simple. I actually adapted some of this recipe from one I saw on Pinterest. I served it with my roasted potatoes and scrambles eggs and everyone went wild. The curlies were begging for more. With both blueberries and lemons in season I see many more of these to be made in our near future. So without further ado.
Bon appétit!bon appetit (3 of 5)BLUEBERRY LEMON LOAF WITH LEMON GLAZE
INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup. oil (coconut, vegetable, or canola)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter milk or greek yogurt
  • Zest & juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Lemon Glaze
  • ¾ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon of the flour and set aside (this helps to prevent the blueberries from sinking).
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the oil, vanilla, eggs, sugar, greek yogurt, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, just until smooth. Do not overmix or your bread will come out tough.
  6. Lightly fold the blueberries into the batter.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. The bread will be finished when a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.*
  8. Once bread is finished, remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf pan. Remove from loaf pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once bread has cooled, whisk together the confectioners sugar and lemon juice. Start with one tablespoon of lemon juice and whisk well. If your mixture is too thick, slowly add up to one more tablespoon of lemon juice. You want the glaze to be thin enough to drizzle, but thick enough to set up on the bread.
  10. Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze on top of the bread. The glaze should harden up a little more after about 15-20 minutes.Spread with you favorite butter and enjoy! Goes perfect with coffee or tea =)
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Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time
XOXO
Tany

NOTES
*If bread begins to brown too much on the top, tent with aluminum foil. I used some foil for the last 10-15 minutes of baking,
*Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to five days. Bread will freeze well for up to two months.

55 seconds and your eating this!

I was in desperate need of something sweet. The curlies were on another level of sassy this morning, I had a ton of work to be done and all I could thing about was eating something chocolate, pent butter, and warm. So I thought why not a mug cake. When I say it only took 55 seconds I by no means am exaggerating. JUST 55 SECONDS Y’ALL! So here is what you will need 1 medium or large egg 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar) 2tbs of cocoa powder 1 standard sized mug Put all ingredients into the mug and whisk until all incorporated. Pop into the microwave for 55 seconds. Take out immediately (careful its HOT) and top with a small sprinkle of chocolate chips and of peanut butter chips. If you are a cream cheese lover like I am. The add a dollop of cream cheese and once the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips start to melt mix the toppings until they look swirly and enjoy! pick me up (1 of 1) Thats it folks! Hope you give this quick and yummy, recipe a try and if you do tell me what you think in the comments! XOXO Tany

Ames at Marley

Aimes family photos name   (24 of 47) This family is absolutely amazing! They love the Lord, are incredibly kind, giving and have such a beautiful family dynamic. Anyone on the outside looking in would simply feel welcomed just from watching their natural interactions with one another. I first met David and Kim in our Young married’s class at church and was so blessed by the unconditional love and friendship they gave to my family. They have the cutest little boys to boot. One with this fabulous blonde hair and who is so super smart, one convo with him will knock your socks off. The other has this fire-red hair and is one of the happiest baby boys I’ve ever got to wrap my mommy arms around. When Kim contacted me to see if I could take their family photos, of course I said yes! What an honor to be able to photograph such a beautiful family. You will see just what I mean in the photos below. So without further ado. The Ames Family ❤ Aimes family photos water marked  (1 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (3 of 47)     Aimes family photos water marked  (5 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (6 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (7 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (9 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (11 of 47)         Aimes family photos water marked  (12 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (13 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (18 of 47)  Aimes family photos water marked  (23 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (22 of 47)    Aimes family photos water marked  (20 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (29 of 47)  Aimes family photos water marked  (30 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (32 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (34 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (37 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (38 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (40 of 47)      Aimes family photos water marked  (42 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (44 of 47) Aimes family photos water marked  (46 of 47)  10401497_407137792786792_1339703957328904503_n 10616029_406822352818336_8576251725248323161_n      10888734_407139709453267_8367669799889774634_n Aimes family photos water marked  (47 of 47) 11001729_407134472787124_5259578406741802793_n

Maternity at the Ranch

When I got the message requesting to take this gorgeous gal and her handsome fiancés maternity photos I couldn’t refuse. They were so at ease in front of a camera and already have so much love for their sweet baby boy on the way. While we were shooting she joked. “I just want these done in time for my baby shower” and “I just want to get through my baby shower and then he can come whenever he wants” I then said “Well hey, your water may just break at your shower and you get to bring him home after all the fun” Well that is indeed what happened. She made it to her baby shower and then baby boy decided it was time to meet mommy and daddy. Here are a bit from our time together.

Congratulations you two!

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year’s everyone,

We kicked off 2015 with a trip to the western town of Wickenburg in good ol’ Arizona. It was filled with that western charm, tons of historical artifacts and a chill breeze. The curlies loved every moment, even though they were freezing their little buns off. If you are an Arizona native or plan to visit here, we would definitely recommend checking out this charming and welcoming place. Here are some moments we captured from our fun day trip.

Be on the look out this year for super fun, adventure-filled blogs and vlogs (on our YouTube Channel)

We pray that your new year is filled with the Lords abundant blessings and His wisdom as you journey through this next year.

With Love

Levi and Tany

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A tale of two beauties

I had the blessing of being able to photograph my best friend/sister and her baby girl for their 2014 Christmas pictures. It was so hard to just choose a few to share because they were just that easy to photograph. Marcie is one hard working mommy who loves big and takes care of everyone around her. So of course I was honored when she asked if I would take pictures of her and baby girl.

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Thank you all so much for stopping by ~

Until Next time

XOXO

Tany ~

Oh what a journey it has been…..

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It has been such a long time since we last met here on the ModestModernMom Blog and I thought a little catching up would be nice. To let you all know I am still alive and very much miss blogging but had to take a step back as life began to get a little bit crazy. Well life is always crazy it just seems it was a little more than usual 😉 When I first sat down to write this little update I was going to write about how all was well and how we have just been insanely busy with our many endeavors. But really that just isn’t the truth. Yes we have been busy with our new business Tanryelle Designs and keeping up with all that it entails in addition to homeschooling our clan and attempting to keep up with every day life. Truth is We have been drug through the ringer these past few months with two pretty scary medical diagnosis and depression to follow. Now I know it is so taboo to talk about depression and is a topic that I have found in my recent bout with it to be silent. People just do not openly speak about depression and if they do everyone around them seems to either over compensate or run away. Its a tricky issue to try and approach. Before we dive into all of that let me first touch on just how I got here.

It was July 3rd, almost midnight and I had just gotten home from taking my baby sister and her husband to the E.R. (he had a dash in his hand but is okay now) Levi had asked me to bring home a soda not anticipating I would be out so long. When I arrived home he was asleep and the T.V was on. I turned off the T.V and gently tapped his shoulder and whispered “hey babe, I’m home. I brought you a soda” He woke up and looked at me and then sat up to ask me how mike was and in the middle of his sentence started ceasing. I panicked and didn’t know what to do. It freaked me out and in all honesty my first thought was “quit playing!” He wasn’t playing. This was real. He had never had a seizure before. Within the next few days we went to see our PCP and then had an MRI and within two weeks a diagnosis. Those two weeks were the longest two weeks of my life (or so I thought) He was later diagnosed with pituitary adenoma (growth in his pituitary gland on his brain). Also was diagnosed with complex partial seizures and chronic migraines. All of which have nothing to do with each other. Just doctors finding stuff we never knew was taking place. As quick as that diagnosis came so did our life change. It no longer was centered around homeschooling our five beautiful children, blogging, YouTube, and our new business. It was now solely focused on getting Levi back to pristine health. We were watching what we ate, paying closer attention to every little tick, twitch, and migraine he had, and praying like crazy for the LORD to dissolve the mass that was growing inside of his brain. Just as we started to accept what was happening in our life, the unthinkable happened…..

It was a crazy weekend filled with dinners, parties, and tons of clean up 😉 I had a strange monthly that caused me to have an extremely heavy flow. I woke up a Sunday morning, and went to get up to get ready for church just like always, except for this time I was extremely dizzy. So Levi decided to take me in to our local E.R and have me checked out. I was poked, prodded, hooked-up and drawn-out, and at the end of it all it was an ultrasound that revealed an unknown mass growing on my ovary. It was thought to have been a lipoma but later tests and rapid growth would show that it was indeed a tumor. Yep, you read that right, a tumor. So now not only was my hubby battling his own health issues, but so was I. I have had crazy symptoms like, depression, loss of appetite, random bruising, and my all time favorite, loss of energy. SIKE! I hate this almost as much as I loathe the depression. For months I had wondered just what was causing me to go down this slippery slope and so many around me had no idea that anything was wrong with me on the emotional side at all. (I’m kind of good at hiding that sort of thing) Not cool at all.

So here we are both in the midst of a final prognosis. Praising the Lord that brain surgery is not needed for Levi at this time and praying feverishly that when the surgeons go in to remove this ovarian mass it doesnt prove to be cancerous.

So now we are all caught up and I am prepared to take you all with me on my journey beating this depression and through the journeys ahead of us as we both battle our medical challenges. Even in the midst of so much pain and heartache our GOD remains good, and is day-by-day seeing us down this path. When you think of us, pray for us, and we look forward to keeping positive minds and joyful hearts, taking it one day at a time.

Without a doubt, the year 2014, has been one filled with much heartache and many blessings and I can only pray that this new year will be amazingly intentional, filled with blessings, and good health for my family and for each and everyone of you!

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

Until next time my loves

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

XOXO

Tany

Project Nursery III – Nursery Revealed!

Hello my loves,

It has been far too long since I have written to you all – or blogged at all. There have been many changes happening around the Tafoya Clan casa. Some good, some not so great, and many fantastic! We have been uber busy with our latest venture Tanryelle Designs If you follow us on FB then you already know what that is. For those of you who do not, it is our new interior design and furniture restoration business. I have been busy posting all of my latest restoration projects, DIY’s and interior design projects over on that site and would love for you all to come and check it out. No worries though, blogging is still my first love and it is my hope to encourage other parents out there as well as shed some light into REAL life as a mom of 5 – So without further ado. The Nursery –

If you all remember in our blog post about the crib and dresser refinish we did here ( a few months back) well this is project nursery part III and now we are finally finished with it! YAY!

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Thanks for stopping by!
Until Next Time
XOXO
Tany