Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Strawberry Ice Box Cake

Friends don't let friends use the oven when it's this hot...

Today I'm over at The Southern Institute with a post on a delicious cake that needs no baking and uses up some of those delicious strawberries from this year's crop. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Little Girl's Wreath

I'm generally a newbie when it comes to crafting. Right now all I know is I love it and I can follow directions really well. For some reason I can only come up with inspiration when there is a purpose involved.

Last weekend was my next door neighbor's daughter's 6th birthday and I wanted to make something she could use as decoration for her party and keep for her newly decorated room. I thought a cute wreath would do it. So I found some great ribbon and a straw wreath (thanks for not having styrofoam Hobby Lobby) I made sure not to take off the plastic of the straw wreath and started tightly wrapping the ribbon around the wreath. Now comes the tricky part for me...

I'm no good with bows.

So I tied a knot in the end of my pink riboon and started twisting it and wrapping it around the center adding super glue every now and then to make sure it stayed together.

Then I added more roses and thankfully got a beautiful wreath. If you are interested you'll need roughly 4 spools of ribbon. 3 for the wreath (4 feet each spools of ribbon) and one for the roses. Who needs to buy wreaths when there are so many great ways to do them yourself?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Egg Salad with Whole Grain Mustard & Blue Cheese

The South Floridian in me always felt like the thought of egg salad seemed repulsive to me for years until someone explained to me that it's just deviled eggs mashed up between two slices of bread.... They were explaining this to me as I shoved a deviled egg into my mouth.

Ummmm. Wow. Ok I gotcha.

Then I figured out the reason I never cared for it was because I'm not a fan of a lot of mayonnaise. So most of the time I just add equal parts mayonnaise and whole grain mustard. On this rainy day where me and a certain someone are cooped up:

Who me?
I decided I wanted to make something comforting so I could continue my day making a little person happy.

I'd like to take this time to thank the makers of Bumbo. My arms thank you and my stomach thanks you for to the fact that I couldn't make this recipe one handed. It's hard enough peeling hard boiled eggs with two hands.

So I took two hard boiled eggs I had left over from a Chef's Salad I made the day before and added some whole grain mustard I keep on hand, mayonnaise and a handful sprinkling of blue cheese crumbles. Slapped it between two pieces of bread and looked out at my new clothes line that I still have yet to use since the rains came. However I'm thankful for the peace and quiet the rain brings - and naptime.

Whole Grain Mustard & Blue Cheese Egg Salad Sandwich
(Yields 1 sandwich to tired and hungry new mother)

2 hard boiled eggs
1 tbsp whole grain mustard
1 tbsp mayonnaise
Handful of blue cheese crumbles (roughly 1/4 cup)
Salt and pepper to taste

Mash the hard boiled eggs in a small bowl and add the other ingredients. Pile the mixture between two pieces of bread and enjoy comfort food heaven. Naptime not included...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

My New DIY Removable Clothesline

Summers in South Florida are really hot. One of my least favorite things to do when we were off from school was putting out the laundry to dry on my Mother's clothesline. To this day I don't know why I really didn't like it besides the fact that it was a chore and I had to brave the intensely humid and hot elements.

I remembered this when reflecting on the 100 degree temperatures we've seen here in Chattanooga (12 hours NORTH of where I grew up in Florida and decidedly HOTTER) lately and wondered why I wasn't capitalizing on the heat and drying my clothes on a clothesline? Especially since this little one has added to our amount of clothing being washed.

I decided I would have to construct one right away. The only problem? I have zero back yard.... Now our front yard we have no problem. There is tons of space for my ever increasing cottage garden. But seriously: who wants to hang out their laundry in their front yard? Not I...

So off to searching the internet for a solution and I found one and the best part was I could use my new power drill. Yes.... I found this tutorial that was not only perfect for a removable clothesline but it was super inexpensive to make $20. So after surveying my situation I found two perfect trees on the side of my house. So I had a chat with my neighbor and found out that she had always wanted to construct a clothesline too. So I made two clothes lines one for me and one for her. I installed the two eyebolts into the tree and either one of us can attach our clothes line and start drying. Neighborly harmony, helping the environment and saving money. It's a total win/win.

For now I'll start with the baby clothes (drying all your laundry on a single clothesline can be time consuming right?) and I'll see how it goes but I'm looking forward to the wonderful smell of clothes fresh from the clothesline.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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