Weekend Inspiration: Summer Edition

This past weekend I was at a backyard barbecue, and I got attacked by mosquitoes. I couldn’t help but think of the citronella candles I made a few years ago, and wish that there had been some around to help protect guests from bites. One thing led to another, and I thought that I should share some of my favorite summer projects and ideas from years past.

DIY Citronella Candles  – Save yourself (and your guests) from mosquitoes!

How to Make DIY Citronella Candles - Keep pests at bay with these homemade mosquito-repelling candles.

Blackberry Coconut Lime Popsicles – Combine blackberries, coconut, and lime for refreshing summer ice pops. (Lots more popsicle recipes here.)

Combine blackberries and coconut milk to make these delicious popsicles.

Sunglasses shelf – Sunglasses a mess? Make this easy sunglasses organizer.

Is your sunglasses collection a mess? Make a DIY sunglasses organizer to display them in style. #DIY #sunglasses #sunglass #display #organize #organizer

Kimchi potato salad – This spicy kimchi potato salad is a delicious twist on a traditional summer favorite.

This spicy kimchi potato salad is a delicious twist on a traditional favorite #kimchi #kimchee #recipe

Caramelized honey miso butter grilled corn – Make this grilled corn, the kimchi potato salad, and some veggie burgers, and you’ve got yourself a full plate of summer flavors.

Carmelized Honey Miso Butter Grilled Corn

Almond Honey Cold-Brew Coffee – Too hot for coffee? Stay cool with honey almond milk cold-brew coffee.
Too hot for coffee? Stay cool with honey almond milk cold-brew coffee #recipe #coffee

Tomato jam – Summer, when local tomatoes are in season, is the best time to make this sweet, spicy tomato jam. I think I’ll definitely be making a batch this weekend!

Tomato jam is a delicious spread that makes a great addition to a summer cheese board.

Are there any summer DIY projects you’d like to see from me this year? I’d love any suggestions! 

Drink of the Summer: Strawberry Watermelon Frose

“Frose All Day” is my new summer motto. Surely I must have seen that on a t-shirt. But I’m much too hot to go to the effort of hunting it down. I think the heat is frying my brain. Is it hot where you are? We’re in a heat wave that is only going to get worse, so drinking a a daily strawberry watermelon frose slushie is just a survival tactic at this point.
This strawberry watermelon frose, made from rose wine and frozen fruit, is the summer cocktail you've been looking for. #rose #frose #cocktail

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Jalapeno Eggless Egg Salad Tofu Spread Recipe

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.

This jalapeno eggless egg salad tofu spread gets rave reviews even from non-vegans. Great as a dip, or sandwich spread. #vegan #vegetarian

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!
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A Quick Transformation

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.
Mid-century modern dresser before and after
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!
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Breakfast Nook Makeover Progress: Paint, Fabric and Light Update

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.
Breakfast nook makeover
There’s still a bit to do, but I’m really loving how it’s turning out so far!
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