Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Vegetable Garden Salsa

It's that magical time of year.
Local gardens are bursting with beautiful vegetables 
and nothing ever tastes as good as it does right now. 
To take advantage of the bounty of the season 
I'm sharing one of my favorite late summer recipes today.

It's from my friend Joan, who creates magic in her kitchen every day...

 Summer Vegetable Garden Salsa

To make about 4 cups, (which is never enough) 
you'll need:

2 large tomatoes (about one pound) seeded and finely diced
(Joan peels them. I'm too lazy)
1/2 medium red pepper, diced
1/2 medium yellow pepper, diced
1/2 medium orange pepper, diced
1 large carrot peeled and diced very finely
1/2 cup corn kernels (about one medium ear)
2 T finely chopped cilantro
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/4 t pepper 

1 avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Combine all ingredients except avocado and refrigerate 1 hour.
(May be prepared up to 4 hours ahead)
Add avocado just prior to serving with crisp Tortilla Chips.

I strongly recommend doubling or tripling this recipe.
You're chopping 1/2 of those peppers anyway...  

This could be dinner, all by itself!

There will be NO leftovers.

I'm off to enjoy these last golden days of summer....

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Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Love Blooms

Love Blooms

The perfect theme for a Wedding Shower!

I am honored to be co-hosting a Wedding Shower for a very lovely young lady
and I wanted to show you how "Love Blooms"!

Thank you, Pinterest for so many wonderful ideas.
I saw lined invitation envelopes there and knew just what to do.

I had photographed masses of these zinnias at Dinges Farm

and thought they'd be perfect for a summer Wedding Shower.

I printed Zinnia photos out and pasted them onto photo mount cards.

Then I printed more flowers for the envelope linings.

I used regular printer paper for the liners
so they would be thin enough to fold easily.
It made a lighter, softer version of the photo that I really like.
I made a template, cut them to fit and pasted them inside.

I think they'll be so lovely to open...

For favors, we'll pass out dainty little packets with labels I printed for them, 
filled with Zinnia seeds.
They are actually just little Kraft paper envelopes from Hobby Lobby.

Now, I need to fill them with Zinnia seeds....

A day or two before the shower, we'll grab the Bride to Be and her Mom 
and go to Dinges Farm and cut a million Zinnias together.
How much fun will that be? 

We'll decorate all of the tables with them.
There will be Zinnias everywhere!
Can you picture it?

The guests will also be able to take little bouquets of fresh Zinnias home as favors
And they'll have their very own Love Blooms!

Isn't that Just Grand?

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Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Beach Cottage Update

Hello, friends!
Time for a little beach cottage renovation update....

You remember this cottage...

It's right next door to our cottage...

and our good friends bought it last fall.

Lots of work has been done- 
you can read about it in the last update.

The interior was gutted and everything is new, inside and out.

and now all of the finish details are in the works.
I'll just show you a few of the interior things we've been working on.

There's the newly tiled fireplace 

and the sliding barn doors

custom made by a local craftsman and so awesome!

Here is a detail of the mantel

and here are the doors, ready to hang.

They look great, don't they?

I love the V-groove paneling over the fireplace and in the panels of the sliding doors.

That door hardware is massive and it will tie so many things together- 
the new TV over the fireplace, the ceiling fan 
and the chandeliers-
Look how cute this one is, with it's new bead board ceiling. 

Bead board was added to the ceilings in the bedrooms 
and V-groove paneling was added on some interior walls, too.  
It's so coastal and nautical and the texture it adds is fantastic.
Did I mention that I love V-groove paneling?

Here's a peek at the kitchen in progress.
Can you spot the V-groove?

More on the kitchen soon.  
It's nearly finished!

And now for one of my most favorite parts of the entire project...
The back of the cottage got a new entry and deck. 

There's room for a bench and some flower pots and it's going to be great.

But the best part is the new window box!
I've dreamed of a window box there for years.
Dreams do come true!

And that's Just*Grand!

Linking to:
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Through Life
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

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