Friday, June 28, 2013

Screwdriver Coat Rack

What is that you ask?  Well, it's a totally cool shelf made by homemade-modern with repurposed screwdrivers.  I love this idea for a little boy's room or my husband feels his ties are art worthy, so this would give him a very manly way to display them.  This summer I have really gotten into flea markets and I love finding these cool projects and then searching for the tools (pun intended) to make it happen.  You can buy screw drivers at the flea market for $1 all day long.  Cool project and a search mission for the market.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Corn, Corn and more Corn

I love summer and everything that comes with it and that includes fresh corn on the cob.  You can always find fresh corn in our fridge and this year I plan to experiment more than ever.  If you are like me and can't get enough then here are a few recipes that you're going to love.

Mexican Street Corn

Chilled Corn Soup

Corn and Cheese Cakes

Corn and Cotija Salad

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chocolate Ravioli

These little beauties are chocolate ravioli filled with sweet marscapone cheese.  What a decadent ending to any meal and talk about a wow factor.  Not only are they cute as a button but then you get to pick whatever sauce your heart desires.  What'll it be...more chocolate, caramel, raspberry or maybe vanilla?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Link Love

Jughandle's Fat Farm
Very impressive for a potato.

Pink U Rock
Festive 4th of July Nails

Partner in Dine
Blueberry and Peach Crostata

Tutto Bella
Spectacular centerpiece in a stunning mountain wedding

Monday, June 24, 2013

Watermelon Plates

Check out this great idea from three many cooks.  When you don't have enough plates just slice up some watermelon!  Practical, unique and delicious.  In the photo they are serving basil-proscuitto salad with an edible plate.  YUM!

Friday, June 21, 2013

DIY at its finest!

How many times have you set the table before guests arrived only to wish you would have picked up something with a pop of color that would really bring everything together.  Well how about buying a few items up front and always having that option in 15 minutes?  I think this idea is fun, quick and ideal for outdoor dining.  Design Improvised deserves a gold star for this adorable 15 minute runner.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Honey Baked Nectarines

Stone fruit starts gettin good in June and lasts all summer long.  I love this idea of halving the nectarines and then baking them in a hot oven for a short time.  Then the best part they get topped with a little honey, praline crumbs and vanilla creme fraiche.  I usually try to avoid the oven in the summer but I'm thinking that a hot grill would also do the trick.  Only one way to find out!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fancy Fireworks Fete

Looking to get fancy on the fourth? How about these adorable downloadable matchbox labels from lia griffith.  What could cause more ooh's and aah's then homemade fancy matches to light your fireworks?  Love it!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Link Love

Couture Enfants

Joy the Baker
Mint Chocolate Chip Profiteroles

Harry Daniell
Love the way these dining chairs pop!

Half Baked Harvest
Quinoa stuffed mushrooms with a balsamic glaze

Monday, June 17, 2013

Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese

I can't get enough of these great variations of grilled cheese.  This version is suppose to taste like a homemade cup of tomato soup and a grilled cheese in one.  Great transition into a summer treat.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Fridge Liners

Do you always pull out your crisper drawer and wonder what exactly happened in there.  For god's sake man...I just store my tomatoes, onions and greens in there.  I've started to do the blind reach, I just open look through one eye and then grab and shut.  That way I won't feel the need to pull out the whole drawer and wash it down.  Well fridge liners is saying that they have a product that will stop all this because the paper is absorbent?   I'm not completely convinced that it will help but I'm willing to give it a go.  Anything has to be better than what's going on now.  Anyone have these?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Appetizers: Zucchini Bites

I love having a little something for guests to nibble on while waiting for their grilled deliciousness to come off the barbie.  I think Blogging Over Thyme came up with the perfect solution.  It is great that you can prepare ahead of time and just pop them on the grill for a few seconds to make the goat cheese gooey.  The guests will not only be excited to see what's inside the chic little package but imagine their delight as they get a bite of the spicy goat cheese.  Yum!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


My husband and I eat dinner on the sofa in front of the tv almost every night.  Even though we have a perfectly lovely dining table.  I know it's not a great practice but there is something very relaxing after a long day to set in front of one of your favorite shows with a fantastic dinner.  That being said, the not so fantastic part is that we usually balance the plates on our laps or on magazines or half on/half off the coffee table.  It is anything but graceful.

The problem is chic t.v trays just do not exist.  They are all ugly and wooden or look like something you would get from a hospital.  Hence the balancing act continues.

When I saw the post over at Hi Sugarplum and saw the way she transformed an ordinary table with some fantastic Mexican art called Otomi the idea was born.  Honestly, I've never heard of that term before but you better believe it will be coming out of my mouth alot after seeing this transformation.  Now I just have to find some tv trays that are Otomi makeover friendly and it's on!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Link Love

Top with Cinnamon
The cutest caramels around and you can make them yourself!

Blog Da Mariah
Cool Braid...perfect for a hot summer.

Sweet Paul
Spiked Cherry Lemonade

Kitchen Simplicity
White Chocolate Key Lime Pie

Monday, June 10, 2013

Smores ,Smores and more Smores

Everyone should have a goal and how about seeing how many different varieties of smores you can eat over the summer.  Anyone up for the challenge?  Check out the fantastic variations that YumSugar has put together.  Here's a few to get you inspired.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Father's Day Free Printables

Father's day is next Sunday and so why not get a jump on your cute packaging with these adorable downloads from Elegance and Enchantment.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Blueberry Season

They are saying that fresh blueberry season will kick off this year just after Father's day.  There is nothing better than picking your own fresh, sweet berries and taking them home in the cutest little berry baskets.  If you're anything like me you always get home with way to many.  Check out Chow's 17 Sweet blueberry recipes.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Seek a Treat Puzzle

We got a puppy in December and let me tell you she is adorable but also a handful.  The energy levels are boundless.  While we took a little getaway to Mexico we had a friend stay with the dogs and even though we repeatedly told him the puppy had a lot of energy...he wasn't prepared.  When I saw this dog puzzle with a treat compartment I knew I was sold.  I attended training courses and the instructor said it is just as important to exhaust mental energy as it is to get plenty of physical activity.  This is a great gift for the dog lover in your life and it is only $11.24.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Link Love

The Glitter Guide
Blood Orange and Moscato float

The Vintaquarian
Will make you think twice when your grandma's offering you her furniture.

Roasted Cauliflower and mushroom quinoa

Lemon Blueberry Bread