I must be bad at keeping secrets, because I’m spilling the beans on the hidden jewelry storage behind this art print. Want to see what I’ve got back there, and my advice and sources for building your own secret jewelry storage?
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!
Blackberry Coconut Lime Popsicles – Combine blackberries, coconut, and lime for refreshing summer ice pops. (Lots more popsicle recipes here.)
Sunglasses shelf – Sunglasses a mess? Make this easy sunglasses organizer.
Kimchi potato salad – This spicy kimchi potato salad is a delicious twist on a traditional summer favorite.
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.
Almond Honey Cold-Brew Coffee – Too hot for coffee? Stay cool with honey almond milk cold-brew 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!
Are there any summer DIY projects you’d like to see from me this year? I’d love any suggestions!
“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.
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!