June 2014 archive

Serve It :: Bruschetta Hot Dogs

gourmet hot dog recipes

Hot dogs are such a summer staple. Fire up the grill, toss on a pack of Hebrew Nationals (a favorite in our household), and get ready for a great meal. There are many summer evenings when we gather around on the patio and cook up something delicious while simply enjoying each other and the weather. My favorite summer recipes are those that are simple to make and incorporate fresh ingredients from the season. For this recipe, we turned to our backyard garden for menu inspiration!

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Progress :: Redecorating My Home Office

Have you ever really wanted to redecorate but just can’t get inspired because your space (bedroom, living room, office) requires a lot of TLC and decision making? That’s sort of where I’ve been  the past year — in a mid-redecorating-limbo. I desperately wanted to redo my home office space because I spend about 75% of my time here and it isn’t a very exciting environment. I did get started last year (yes I am currently in a year long limbo) but the project stalled because I got overwhelmed with options.

Progress :: Redecortaing My Home OfficeAbove :: Ikea Chair, Ikea desk, World Market Rug, West Elm desk lamp

Well, it’s time to pick things back up. I have some major decisions to make; like paint (my walls are stark white) and more functional furniture (I’m so over the old stuff I’ve had forever). But that’s a little much for me right now — so I’ve decided to start small. I’m rethinking a small gallery wall and adding a few more decorative touches to the space.

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Make :: Simple Pineapple Centerpiece

pineapple centerpieceThis pineapple centerpiece makes me all-sorts-of-happy. On the heels of sharing my DIY 4th of July centerpiece idea, I bring you this simple summer centerpiece idea using a pineapple as a vase.

DIY pineapple centerpieceEverything for this project can be found on your next quick trip to the market. Pick up a pineapple in the produce section and grab your favorite bright bouquet from the floral department.

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DIY Fourth of July Centerpiece

4th of july party ideasThe 4th of July is almost here and if you’re looking for DIY party ideas, you’ll love this simple red, white, and blue centerpiece!

Fourth of July FlowersI’m a little obsessed with always having fresh flowers around and having fresh blooms for special occasions is a non-negotiable in my book. So when I learned about Blooms By The Box and their wholesale flower delivery I was really eager to try out their services. They promised fresh flowers at affordable prices and boy did they deliver! Their DIY 4th of July Backyard Party Pack arrived and was gorgeous!

My box arrived meticulously packaged (and cool!) full of  White Cushion Mums, Red Fancy Carnations, and the most stunning Dark Blue Delphiniums. I decided to put together a couple centerpieces — one for a little party decor and the other to give as a hostess gift.

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Serve It :: Tequila Lime Cake

Tequila Cake

I’m a big fan of incorporating fresh flavors into summer baking and this cake definitely has that summer zing. A play on this Lemonade and Lime Cake I recently made, this Tequila Lime Cake is a great choice to serve at your next summer gathering.

Make a Tequila CakeThe best part? You don’t even have to bake if you don’t want to. I picked up two white cake layers from the local market and just doctored them up. Simple! Just poke the tops of the cakes with a fork and then slowly drizzle over about 1/4 cup tequila on each layer. You want it to really soak in.

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Entertaining Essentials for your Patio

I’ve been gearing up for a little summertime entertaining and once I created my go-to dinner party playlist, it was time to get a few new goodies for the yard. I love using fun pops of color in the summer and combining a few pieces with the natural and white pieces we use year-round. Here are a few things I picked up while treasure hunting at Pier1 Imports.

Summer Entertaining with Pier1

 

These are all must-have pieces in my book! You want guests to be comfortable and you don’t want to worry about broken dishes or stained furniture. No fuss, no worry entertaining is best! Check out their complete outdoor department — lots to choose from.

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