Goodbye Herb Garden, Hello Succulents

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IMG_3733Remember a few weeks ago when I showed you my herb garden?  Well, since then, I managed to kill every.single.herb.  I blame the heat, not the fact that I never watered them.  Nevertheless, my steelcase was looking a little lonely.  Even though I absolutely suck at keeping plants alive, my amazing hubby surprised me with newdrought resistant succulents.  Surely I can keep these alive, but I digress.  I’m so happy with the end results.  There’s something so fun and modern about succulents that I just love.   IMG_3724-2 IMG_3722 IMG_3706-2 IMG_3734

 

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D.I.Y Aged Planter

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IMG_3509-3 One thing about me is I try to be modern, but I also love anything vintage.  I especially love vintage planters.  There’s something about those aged, white planters that I just adore.  Like all things vintage, you can’t just go to the store and quickly buy them.  So what’s a girl to do?  A D.I.Y project, of course.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • terra-cotta planters
  • paint brush
  • baking powder
  • water
  • bowl

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

IMG_3471Mix the baking soda and water together.  Your mixture should be fizzy and liquidy (not pasty). Now, paint the pot….don’t get to crazy with it.

cc pOnce the mixture is dry, gently wipe the powder.  You don’t want to wipe the powder off, just move it around so you don’t see brush marks.  jjjjBam.  Now you have a perfectly aged planter.  IMG_3509-2

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Squares

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I’ve always loved lavender.  I love growing it, I love the smell and now I love cooking with it.  I know it sounds crazy, but I had no idea you could eat it!  So when I came across this recipe using lavender, I knew I had to try it!

RECIPE

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1 cup softened, unsalted butter
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1–1/2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest (two large lemons)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cornstarch
2–1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers

  1. Cream together the confectioners sugar, butter and lemon juice.  Once mixed, set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt and lavender leaves together.  Add to the butter mixture.  You only want to coat the butter mix.
  3. With your hands, blend the dough until it’s no longer dry.  Be sure not to overwork it.  You don’t want tough cookies.
  4. Flatten the dough, put in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll the dough into the thickness you want.  The cookies don’t rise, so the thickness will not change once cooked.
  6. Cut into bite size squares.
  7. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Be sure to let the cookies cool before icing.  You don’t want a mess.IMG_3705

icing

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 teaspoons dried lavender flowers
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest (1 large lemon)
1–2 tablespoons lemon juice

Whisk all the ingredients together until desired consistency, ice your cookies and enjoy! IMG_3701 IMG_3704

Our Weekend

Happy Monday, friends!  This weekend was packed full of fun.  We started our weekend off by hoping in the car and heading out to trade days, the largest out-door flea market in the nation.  We found everything from quirky deer heads, to awesome industrial letters.  Even with the sweltering heat, we had such a great time!   UntitledIMG_3615-2IMG_3604 Finally, we spent the rest of our weekend at home as a family.  And of course, the weekend wouldn’t be complete without bomb pops.  IMG_3631 IMG_3635 IMG_3653 IMG_3626IMG_3676-2 IMG_3680

Headboard Inspiration

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For the past year, Ryan and I have been on the search for a new headboard.  We wanted something modern yet comfortable.  We thought about just purchasing one, but where’s the fun in that?  Since we love a good D.I.Y project, we decide to build one.  I’m happy to say, we tackled the project head on, and finally finished it!  I’m thrilled with how it turned out, and I can’t wait to share the photos with you.  For now though, I’ve decided to share some of our favorite inspiration beds!  63a585cf14d5b8a95573d6491c339a7e37ac439f2485c5e76595b0070b981430 292040ca8958d888cca1fd73cb2e337e a26af427a08607717824930d02cdcea5 cb177661d915fed675226672e458dd5a d20946c0418126c4ddae586e96adc995 f83c9442e79676c98a9b144eb005322fClearly we like an upholstered headboard!  What are your favorite bed styles?

One Pot Wonder: Thai Peanut Style (RECIPE REVIEW)

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For the past couple of months, “one pot wonder” has been a staple in our house.  Not only do we love it, but Mila loves it….and that’s huge.  I’m always on the hunt for a simple and delicious Thai dish, so when I came across Thai one pot wonder, I knew I was in luck.

ORIGINAL RECIPE

12 ounces linguine
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup water
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
I tablespoon tamarind paste
1 tablespoon soy sauce (and/or fish sauce, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 inches of a ginger root, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 large carrot, peeled and cut in 1/4 inch by 2 inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut in 1/4 inch by 2 inch pieces
3 green onions, sliced in half lengthwise and then in 2 inch pieces
1 cup roasted salted peanuts
2 tablespoons peanut butter

Add at the end of cooking:
One small bunch of cilantro, diced
Juice of two limes

Throw all your ingredients in a pot, cover and bring it to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer, keep covered and let cook for 10 minutes.  Keep stirring it….you don’t want a sticky mess.  Cook the pasta until al dente and almost all the liquid is evaporated.

Remove the ginger, stir in cilantro and lime juice.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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MY THOUGHTS

I was very happy with how the dish turned out, however, I would tweak a few things.  Next time I would add more ginger.  I think this would give a little more flavor, and really make the dish pop.  Also, I would definitely use less peanuts.  Between the peanuts and the peanut butter, it was really just too much.  Other than that, the dish was a hit.

I apologize for the bad pictures, I was hungry so I just used my phone….oops.  IMG_20130729_190715 IMG_20130729_192810 068ee3eaf8b011e286b922000a9f14cd_7

SIDE NOTE:  Tamarind paste was almost impossible to find.  If you need an alternative, worcestershire sauce should do the trick.  Apparently, tamarind is the main ingredient in worcestershire sauce.  Who knew?

ORIGINAL RECIPE FOUND HERE

A Typical Evening

A typical evening for us usually looks something like this.

IMG_3292 IMG_3293 IMG_3294 IMG_3312-3 IMG_3328IMG_3331IMG_3309There’s always a ton of baby giggles, and even more love.  And with those two, that’s really all you need.  One thing I’ve learned recently, is sometimes you have to set everything aside, and just have fun.  If that means letting Mila stay up past her bed time, then that’s okay.  Because the memories we make, are so much more important than a bedtime.  Those memories we’ll have forever.  That’s pretty amazing.

Thrift Shop Finds

IMG_3024By now, you know I have a love for all things vintage.  I love finding something cool with a ton of history behind it.  About 2 weeks ago, on our way home from Little Rock, we made an impromptu stop in Hot Springs.  While we were there, we found this adorable antique shop located inside an old school.  We scored a ton of awesome pottery, and I just couldn’t help but share my haul with all of you! IMG_3019 IMG_3023 IMG_3025 IMG_3027The best part?  All of this was only $20!  Of all the things we’ve ever purchased at an antique store, this was probably my favorite.

What are your favorite things to get at a thrift shop?

A Few Thoughts On Being a Mom

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The thing I love most about being a mom, is the love.  It’s amazing how much you can love someone, and how much they can love you.  It’s amazing how such a little person can show so much love, and so much feeling.  Now that Mila’s older, she’s started showing much more love.  During the day, she’ll walk over to me, just to give a hug and kiss.  I mean, is there anything more heart warming than that?  Maybe watching her with Ryan, and how much she loves him.  As a parent, I’m almost positive there is truly nothing better.

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