Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Salad for the Fourth of July ~

I made this salad several times last summer, and just recently last weekend for my daughter's soccer team BBQ.  I found the recipe in a Better Homes & Garden magazine years ago.  I love it because it's super easy to make AND you can make it a day ahead of time.  It's always a hit!  The blueberries in the salad surprise people every time.

Corn and Blueberry Salad Ingredients
6 fresh sweet corn
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped

2 tbs lime juice
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs honey
1/2 tsp ground cumin 
1/2 tsp salt

Cook corn until tender.  When cool enough to handle, cut corn from the cobs.  In a large bowl combine cut corn, blueberries, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno. 

For the dressing: In a screw top jar mix lime juice, olive oil, honey, cumin, and salt.  Cover and shake well.  Add dressing to salad and toss.  Cover and refrigerate overnight (up to 24 hrs).  Enjoy!

Happy Fourth of July Week!  
Hope you're planning some fun with family and friends.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chalkboard for a teens room

We're in the middle of decorating my 13 year old daughter's new bedroom.  One of her requests was to have a chalkboard wall in her new room.  I wasn't on board with doing a whole wall in chalkboard paint (can you imagine the chalk dust?).  We compromised on a smaller chalkboard.

I looked at several Goodwill's for a large frame to re-furbish for this project, but had no luck.  I ended up buying the cheapest, large frame, I could find at Target.  The frame is 24" x 36".  I disassembled the frame/glass/backing, using only the frame itself for this project.  It had been black before I got to it with some white gloss spray paint.  

I taped off an area on the wall a little larger than the 24" x 36" frame opening so none of the wall color would show through the inside frames edges, and painted directly on the wall.

The frame "lip" also serves as a great spot to rest your chalk.

The entire wall is more of a gallery wall of art. 

The art includes a canvas of our dog, Sadie, a photo of my daughter's hands with ice cream and lots of colorful bracelets, and other miscellaneous stuff. 

She likes quotes about smiling :)

Keep on smiling!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Where It All Happens - The Family Room

Our new house has a very open concept with high ceilings.  Here's the family room where all the real living happens (or all the lounging after busy days).

One of my husband's our first purchases was a TV that would fit perfectly in that built in space.  Not an inch left on either side!  Now, how to hide those cords???

We moved in with a sofa and two chairs for this room, but with two teenagers and two parents ready to stretch out at 9:00 at night we agreed a sectional (this is from Macy's) was needed.  Trust me, we make great use of this large piece!

I'm trying to find a round coffee table for in here, but no luck yet.  And, I'm still trying to figure out what to put on the mantel of the massive stone fireplace.  I'm thinking something simple because the stone is pretty (and busy) on it's own....hmmmmm....any suggestions?

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Monday, June 23, 2014


Every story has an ending, but in life, 
every ending is a new beginning...
(Don't know who said this, but I like it!)

Our family went through a big life change in December.  We packed up the only house our kids really ever knew after 13 years, and moved about 11 miles up the road.

From here

To here

We weren't really looking to move, but when we received a letter in the mail from a realtor with clients interested in buying our home we were intrigued.  We thought, "why not show the house and see what happens?" 

Our son had just started high school and was getting on the bus at 6:50am for a 35 minute bus ride, so the idea of maybe moving closer to the high school seemed like a good idea.  Not to mention all the after school football practices that would require a lot of driving on my part.  So, we began the house hunt.

We found this new house, in a great neighborhood, RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL!

To make a long story short, the clients that were initially interested in our house made an offer, but we decided to officially put it on the market and see what kind of response we would get.  We showed the house to several others before accepting an offer in November.

And, we started our "new beginning".....(with some unhappiness from our kids).  I have to admit, it wasn't easy for them to leave the only house they'd really ever known.  My hope was that they would see the benefits of being close to their high school eventually.  And, 6 months later, I think they do.  They may not admit it, but I think they do.

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