Ingrid once said, “if I had to eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would be avocado”. I agree. I think most of us have probably made this unnecessary decision of selecting the one food item you could eat for the rest of your existence… Guacamole makes everything better and the roasted corn adds a unique and delicious flavor!
Roasted Corn Guacamole
2 Ripe Avocados
handful of cilantro
2 green onions
1/2 bag of Trader Joe’s Roasted Corn
salt & pepper
Peel and mash two avocados. Dice tomatoes, green onions and cilantro. Blend avocado with tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Mix in roasted corn and the juice of one lime. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Oh, fall weather…..how we miss your cool breezes and rainy days! Summer has been great to us, but enough with the hot, sticky weather. Just the other day, we were chatting on the phone about the beauty of fall. It’s invigorating, energizing, and we even seem to breathe better! Fall is like another spring for us….it brings newness to our world and everything seems to be perfect this time of year. Our individual collections of scarves could quite possibly put a clown’s show to shame. We’ve both cut back on shopping since we seem to pass our things back and forth a few times before they end up in the donation bag (tell that to 13 year old Ingrid and 15 year old Lucy and they’d never believe it!) On a random trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, we stopped into a boutique to browse. We spotted a gorgeous yarn scarf—price tag: $40. Immediate sister reaction: we can totally make these. So we did. Now, please hurry, fall, we want to show you our new accessories!
We’ve mentioned our upcoming trade show in a few posts—and can’t believe it’s almost here! This Saturday, we will be at the Red Rooster in New Braunfels, Texas with 15 or so other vendors. This past weekend, we spent lots of time organizing and planning the final details. We’ve collected some fabulous pieces and our projects are ready to meet some great new people! Today, we’d like to share a preview of some of our finds. These photos show snippets of our vintage kitchen collection. On Wednesday, we will be posting the full photos with descriptions. For now, can you guess what any of these items are?
Embellishing lamp shades is a simple and thrifty way to spruce up any room. We’ve seen shades with a variety of frill– from lace to feathers. Last year, Ingrid took her plain bedroom lamp shades and wrapped them in twine to create a whole new look. The simplicity of this project is perfect for a three step Thursday! Inspired by our vintage thrift store lamp, we added inexpensive flowers to this simple square shade.
1. Take any simple lamp shade and find the perfect accessories
2. Use hot glue to adhere the embellishments to your shade
3. Put the lamp together and enjoy your new creation!
A few times a month, our favorite thrift shop will discount its furniture by 50%. It was on one of these special occasions that we came across this adorable children’s park bench. The size caught our attention and we fell in love with the animal detail on the back. The bench needed some repair- the wood was greying and begged for some luster. We unscrewed each wooden plank and sanded, revealing the surprisingly great condition of each piece. Using Rustoleum wood stain, we layered a new look onto each plank. With the plastic animal backing now separate from the bench, we coated it with a yellow Valspar spray paint.
Now, if only we could get our hands on a bit of Alice’s shrinking potion……
In two short weeks, we will be showcasing some of our creations and favorite finds at a trade show in New Braunfels, Texas. Planning and organizing for this event has been loads of fun. We’ve been reading up on trade shows and finding ways to make our display attractive and unique. We decided to create an A-frame sidewalk sign—just like the ones we stare down, tummies grumbling, deciding on lunch. We designed it in our minds and made mental modifications– but because we are not licensed, professional sidewalk sign makers, we seemed to come across some complications almost every time. Our answer came last month when Ingrid scored a Playskool easel at a yard sale for $5.00! After a thorough clean up, we spray painted the entire piece in Valspar’s tropical foliage. Our initial plan was to screw the sheets of metal to the plastic, but reverting to our lack of training in sidewalk sign making, we decided on industrial strength Velcro instead—(hmmmm…wonder what else we can “fix” with industrial strength Velcro?!) We added our spray painted magnetic letters and– ta-dah! We love the end result and can’t wait to display it!
As the country bids adieu to summer this Labor Day, we join the celebration with a refreshing watermelon martini. We prepared our thirst-quenching drink with fresh watermelon juice, Dripping Springs vodka (a local distillery) and sugar. To add some flair, we lined the rim of our martini glasses with a tangy chile powder–Tajín. Fresh watermelon (or nearly any fruit) sprinkled with chile powder can be found at fruit stands all over town–and it’s absolutely delicious! With our weather expected to be near triple digits later this week, we aren’t saying farewell to summer quite yet….In the meantime, we’ll enjoy another cocktail until it’s toddy time! Happy Labor Day!
Watermelon Martini with Chile Powder
Roughly chop 2 cups of fresh watermelon. In the blender, add watermelon, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and one cup of water. Liquefy watermelon mixture. Strain watermelon juice until you no longer have pulp. Prepare martini glass by lining the rim with lime juice, then dip the rim in Tajín. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add 3 parts juice to 1 part vodka. Shake thoroughly and pour into martini glass. Salud!
Mexico is a beautiful country- rich with culture, history, and art. Living in south Texas, we see Mexican influence everywhere–from food to décor. The traditional bright colors and patterns used in pottery, clothing, and furniture have a way of cheering up even the gloomiest day. We snatched up this “Virgen de Guadalupe” at a thrift store, and decided to dust off the acrylics. The Virgen de Guadalupe image is seen all over Mexico, and is a huge part of the Mexican culture and Catholic faith. The wood work is gorgeous and looks handmade; however, we decided the browns were entirely too drab! She appears to be very pleased with her new bright colors and design….