Have you ever moved away from a place with a food that you love, and then found it’s not available in your new home? That happened to my sister-in-law Danielle when she moved from Oregon to Louisiana. So the last time she was visiting, she bought me a tub of something called “Toby’s Lite Jalapeno Tofu Spread,” and asked me to re-create it. A few days ago I perfected my own version, which is like a jalapeno eggless egg salad tofu spread.
Before you dismiss eggless egg salad tofu as a hippy-dippy vegan food, Danielle isn’t even vegetarian, and she loved it enough to want to make her own, so give it a chance!
Sometimes I get caught up in the idea that everything I post here needs to be perfectly photographed and styled, and if it’s not, it’s not even worth posting. But today I wanted to try to get past that by sharing a fast mini room makeover. There was no styling, and I took all of the photos with my phone really quickly just so I could share a bit of what I’ve been up to lately.
I felt like a designer on Trading Spaces, because I think they successfully demonstrate that a bit of paint and elbow grease can make a big difference in a space for not much money. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect all the time, but if it looks better than it started, then that’s a win!
Since the last update on my breakfast nook makeover, I’ve made a bunch of progress! Fairly subtle progress, but it was stuff that needed to get done before the project is finished. I did some painting, picked out fabric for the cushions, and found a new shade for the light. Oh, and re-styled the shelves a bit.
There’s still a bit to do, but I’m really loving how it’s turning out so far!
The other day a friend said she wanted to start growing houseplants, but asked if there were any easy plants that I recommend she start with. After thinking about it, I realized that I have a top 5 list of plants that are super easy for a beginner to keep alive. Even if you’re an experienced indoor gardener, this is a useful list for those tricky spots in your house that don’t get good light, or are a pain to water.
There’s a watermelon on my kitchen counter and basil growing in my garden, so obviously the universe wants me to try these watermelon basil margaritas this weekend, right?
Need to frame a canvas? This floating-frame tutorial shows you how to do just that.
I recently got this little clip-on lens set for my phone, and it’s super fun! I went around taking macro photos of every flower in my yard, and my cats until they lost patience with me.
This DIY candleholder is super stylish, with a definite Scandinavian vibe. Definitely going on my to-make list!
Flattered that I ended up on a list of Top 100 Women Bloggers into Power Tools. Maybe I should buy another power tool to celebrate? 😉
Learn how to turn a little basket into a purse with this tutorial. So cute!
Daybeds can be expensive, but they’re much more affordable (and totally customizable) if you build one yourself.
Writing this article about how to throw an amazing backyard movie night made me want to try it myself.
A few months ago I made several pairs of tortoiseshell earrings, and I’m still very into the pattern. It’s a classic for a reason! I’ve been wearing my DIY earrings a lot this summer. But this time around I have an even easier version. These DIY tortoiseshell hoop earrings will take you less than 5 minutes to make, and I even have a discount code for the supplies, so you have no excuse not to whip up a pair in every color and style.