Thursday, July 2, 2015

DIY 4th of July Food Flags

DIY 4th of July Food Flags

This cute little flag has so many uses!  You could use them to top cupcakes (or the delicious dessert that we had on Father's Day), label different types of cheeses or dips, or even place in a flower arrangement.  Depending on the paper you get, this can work for so many different holidays ,too!

DIY 4th of July Food Flags

I bought several sheets of scrapbook paper in a red, white, and blue color scheme.  Then, I simply cut them into strips and glue them around a tooth pick!  I made sure that the paper had different sizes of patterns and different background colors for variety.  Then, I brought them out to my parent's house and used them in the dessert mousse we had on Father's Day.

DIY 4th of July Food Flags
DIY 4th of July Food Flags
DIY 4th of July Food Flags
DIY 4th of July Food Flags
DIY 4th of July Food Flags

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bacon, Chickpea, Avocado Salad

Bacon, Chickpea, Avocado Salad

In the summer, I crave ice cream.  When I'm not craving ice cream, I love a good glass of sauvignon blanc.  But if ice cream and white wine aren't available, there's not much better than fresh food that is easy to throw together.  This quick salad is a great side dish, but also works well for meal for two.

You will need:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 small, vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 4 sliced of bacon, crisped and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons champagne vinaigrette
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil

Combine the chickpeas, tomatoes, avocado, and bacon in a medium bowl.  Whisk together the oil and vinegar.  Pour the dressing over the ingredients and toss gently.  You can eat this right away or put it in the fridge for a few hours.  The avocado will stay green for a bit thanks to the acid in both the tomatoes and the vinegar.

Bacon, Chickpea, Avocado Salad
Bacon, Chickpea, Avocado Salad

It is so fresh and tasty! (and so simple!)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday Snapshot: My Parent's Garden


When I was in third grade, my family moved to a different neighborhood.  I was devastated.  Our backyard was a huge, flat, grassy oasis.  It had flower beds, climbing trees, a swingset, and a sandbox.  It was every kid's dream yard!  My new backyard?  Not so much.  But as I got older, I grew to appreciate all the plants and beds that filled our woodsy backyard.  It's its own kind of oasis.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

DIY Summer Citrus Pom Pom Tote

DIY Summer Citrus Pom Pom Tote

I'm a sucker for a tote bag, especially in the summer.  During the school year, I tend to stick with a smaller purse, using a canvas tote for my lunch and stacks of grading.  During the summer, though, I love to just have a big ol' tote bag to throw any and everything into.  Adding a row of pom poms and some felt fruit helps this tote feel especially beachy.


You will need:

  • Plain canvas tote
  • Felt: one yellow and one orange sheet
  • Embroidery floss in contrasting colors
  • Pom pom trim

Use embroidery floss to tack a strip of pom pom trim around the top of the canvas.  Cut a semicircle and three wedges of each color of felt.  Sew these pieces onto the bag, using a contrasting piece of embroidery floss.  It's as easy as that!
DIY Summer Citrus Pom Pom Tote
DIY Summer Citrus Pom Pom Tote
DIY Summer Citrus Pom Pom Tote
DIY Summer Citrus Pom Pom Tote
DIY Summer Citrus Pom Pom Tote

I'm excited to take this to the beach or the boat this summer.  Where would you take this fun summer tote?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Grilled Peach Caprese Pizza

Grilled Peach Caprese Pizza

Nothing says summer more than grilling.  Nothing, that is, except maybe peaches.  So why not combine the two into one delicious dish?  I love how the sweet and juicy peaches blended with the acidity of the tomatoes.  This was balanced by the smooth, creamy mozzarella and the fresh taste of basil to make one amazingly summery pizza.

To make your own, you will need:

Grilled Peach Caprese Pizza

Make the crust according to the directions.  Grill on a lightly oiled piece of tin foil for five minutes.  Flip the crust over onto another lightly oiled tin foil and add your toppings.  Grill for another 3-4 minutes, then place on a pan and allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing, serving, and enjoying!

Grilled Peach Caprese Pizza
Grilled Peach Caprese Pizza
Grilled Peach Caprese Pizza
Grilled Peach Caprese Pizza

What are some of your favorite summer foods?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday Snapshot: Herbs

Lavender

Herbs are one of my favorite things to plant.  I have several pots, each filled with an herb along with an annual flower or two.  Of course the plants are functional, but they are also beautiful: from the fuzz of sage, the shiny leaves of basil, or the sweet little lavender flowers, herbs are a surprisingly lovely addition to the garden.  I absolutely adore being able to go to my patio, pinch off some basil, and add it into whatever I'm making.  My new favorite is adding a generous amount of mint along with one or two basil leaves to my water.  It's so refreshing!

Sage
Purple Basil
Mint

Do you plant herbs?  What is your favorite way to use them?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Painted Fish Stones

Painted fish stones


I have done a lot of little projects with river rocks, but these projects tend to favor the smooth, flat stones.  I always end up then with a pile of river rocks that are bigger and bulkier with more indents and character than I typically want.

The other day, I was looking at this pile of cast off rocks when all of a sudden, one of them stood out to me.  "That looks like a whale!" I thought to myself (I might have said it out loud, but my dog Inga is the only one who could confirm, and she was unavailable for comment).  So, I decided to grab a pile of my rejected rocks and paint them to look like fish.

This is pretty simple to do.  You only need to keep in mind two things:
  1. Stay with the same color scheme on each fish
  2. Work with, not against, the natural shape of the rock
Use white and colors nearby on the color wheel to mix and blend your paints into different hues, and just keep building color until you are happy with the result.

Painted fish stones
Painted fish stonesPainted fish stones
Painted fish stones

What I love about this is it can be as simple or as detailed as you want!
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