Socially conscious and incredibly useful, there are so many styles out there to choose from for transporting groceries, bottles of wine, and whatever else they have in mind! Click on each photo below for a link with details.
A cute retro inspired collar from Lucky Fiona at Etsy
LL Bean’s Storm Chaser dog coat. As the mom of a dog with a LOT of long hair, this is a life saver on rainy days!
Personalized Collar from Orvis. I have seen more and more of these at the dog parks lately. A great way to eliminate the jingly metal tags that a lot of our pups sport.
Shrimp 'n Grits Randolph Gulf shrimp sautéed with smoked bacon, tomatoes and basil in a sherry
cream sauce. Served over hominy cheese grits with garlic bread
A reader wrote in looking for a fun tailgate dish that can be made on Thursday and transported to another state for a Saturday tailgate.
Any ideas? The event is this week, so let her know!
PS ... Le Petite Blog always has such fun tailgating dishes, too!
A company we came across, http://www.couturemaps.com/, offers a unique and kitchsy approach to the standard map. What a fun, whimsical way to include travel details for your guests!
PS- If bright is too much a pale satin is always pretty.
What do you all think about holding weddings on what are essentially national days of mourning?
Maybe I am wrong but it seems to me that there has been a lot more talk of small and/or low key weddings recently. When I briefly worked in the wedding industry there was always talk of it being recession proof. Now I am not so sure. There seem to be a lot of cute wedding blogs these days that focus on the small DIY type wedding. Below are some of my favorites:
The Little White Book
Snippet & Ink
A $10,000 Wedding
A Practical Wedding
The amazing wedding album from This Young House
-Stop buying those pre-cut fruits and vegetables! In fact, stop buying anything that is pre-prepared for you. Say goodbye to that shredded cheese and grate your own.
-Rethink some old standbys that you may have left in your childhood, like frozen veggies and grilled cheese and tomato soup dinners.
-Explore ethnic recipes. They are often loaded with veggies, starches, and beans, which leads to our next tip...
-Be sparing with the meat...
-But don't forget eggs. They are filling and can be paired with a variety of vegetables in the form of omelets, frittatas, etc. I made a spinach and mushroom frittata last week that was good for almost a week's worth of dinners.
-Plan out your meals. There is no substitute for eliminating impulse purchases, buying in bulk, and making enough for leftovers the next day. At the same time, don't buy more than you can use only to have it go to waste in the refrigerator.
That's all I have for now. Any other ideas?
One of them sang the praises of Target clothing.
I love Target for my basics and accessories. The quality of their clothes is pretty good and their prices are great. Plus, every month they bring in a new designer... Last week I got a tank and a sweater that I can wear to work, a shirt that I would wear when going out, and a pair of earrings all for under $50.
Lately, I couldn’t agree more, especially for items that you will only wear a few times or for trendy accessory pieces.
I had been coveting this purple J. Crew sweater dress for Fall, but not loving its price tag.
For $100 less than the J.Crew number, it is totally perfect for a couple of wears in the coming months.
I have a slightly strange pet peeve...wrinkled sheets. They really bother me, but for some reason no matter what I do, when I take my sheets out of the dryer, they are always wrinkled. Is there anyway to stop the sheets from wrinkling other then ironing them before I make the bed?
Having recently moved from a fully carpeted apartment to a SFH that is 95% lovely hardwood floors, we are in desperate need of rugs for a majority of our home.
Does anyone have suggestions on where to purchase affordable, but good quality rugs for living rooms, dining rooms, etc?
I took this salad, from the September 2008 issue of Southern Living, to a Labor Day BBQ today. It was a huge hit, and SO easy. I threw in a few blueberries that I had in the fridge to add to the fruit, and it was great.
Definitely give it a try before all of the end of summer nectarines are gone!
Cranberry Nectarine Salad
1 (3-oz.) package Oriental-flavored ramen noodle soup mix
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup hot water
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 (10-oz.) package gourmet mixed salad greens, thoroughly washed
3 large nectarines, peeled and cut in wedges
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 (4-oz.) package crumbled feta cheese
Preheat oven to 350°. Reserve flavor packet from soup mix. Crumble noodles, and place in a single layer in a shallow pan. Bake at 350° for 5 to 6 minutes or until toasted, stirring occasionally. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 15 minutes). Place cranberries in a small bowl; add 1 cup hot water. Let stand 5 minutes; drain. Whisk together reserved flavor packet, canola oil, and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add ramen noodles, cranberries, gourmet greens, and next 3 ingredients, tossing gently to coat. Serve immediately.
Case in point, the patio furniture below that my in-laws gave us. The traditional wicker and iron furniture was in great shape, and we were so happy to have it. In looking for an inexpensive way to update it and make it our own, we took a dozen cans of black spray paint to it and added some outdoor cushions from Ballard Designs, and ta-da! We love the finished product!
PS- Can you tell I love an easy to make dessert??
Online, the different lantern options look especially cute for a wedding shower or summer gathering. Perhaps a little trip is in order this weekend….
Excuses, excuses – we know.
Anywho, while planning for our move, I have come across a plethora of tips and ideas on other people’s blogs.
Here is one of my favorite tips, from Newlywedisms.
How to Hang Wall Art
My husband has a tendency to make about 5x the amount of holes needed when hanging pictures and sconces, so we will definitely be using this technique (so simple!) at our home…and save our walls a lot of paint and spackle!
The August issue also has a great article about my current obsession: streamlining the wardrobe. With a Manhattan closet measuring in at 42 inches (yep, that is 3.5 feet) and exactly 2.5 drawers, I can use all the help I can get. Click here to learn more about paring down. Happy cleaning!
What items do you put in your guest room and/or guest bath to make visitors to your home feel welcomed and thought-of? Or what items do you love seeing in others' guest rooms when you visit?
I’ve recently served this sangria at a few summer events. It has gotten great reviews, so I thought I would share.
Sangria Blanco (adapted from the Food Network)
4 bottles Sauvignon Blanc
1 cup orange flavored liqueur (Triple Sec or Cointreau)
1/2 cup sugar
1 bunch seedless white grapes
3 lemons, sliced with rind
3 white peaches, pitted and sliced with skin
1 honeydew melon, in small cubes
1 liter club soda
Combine liquor, sugar and fruit together in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Let flavors blend for several hours. Add the club or seltzer water and serve over plenty of ice.