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.
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?
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……
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….
Loaded with protein and fiber, lentils are not only a healthy meal option–but a tasty one too! Growing up, our mom prepared lentil soup during the chilly months; however, we’ve managed to enhance their flavor with our own special recipe. With steamed lentils from Trader Joe’s and an array of vegetables, lunch is served.
Lentil & Veggie Medley
Heat 1 tablespoon of grape seed oil over medium heat. Chop carrots, red onion, zucchini, squash and bok choy and add to preheated pan. Saute vegetables and add prepared lentils. Heat thoroughly.
*If you’d like a little spice (and added nutritional value) sprinkle cayenne pepper while sauteing vegetables.
The brightness of summer is slowly fading. With school zones flashing away and stores beginning to stock their pumpkins (a bit prematurely, in our opinion), we bid farewell to the long summer days. In Texas, however, it’s patio season most of the year. When the weather is bearable, we love being outdoors—on the covered patio, in the garden, or recently, in Ingrid’s new hammock! Right around this time, the patio furniture starts to go on clearance. Unless we find an absolute steal, we still love sticking to our trusty thrift stores! These green chairs were crying out for help when we spotted them. They begged us to take them home and promised to look beautiful after a bit of cleaning and paint. They definitely did not disappoint!
We put the spray paints aside for this week’s installment of TST. A few weeks ago, while perusing through the children’s books at a new thrift shop, we found some classics we couldn’t pass up. With a few projects in mind, we decided to try our first idea on Three Step Thursday. This project reflects our three favorites: simple, frugal, & unique. Create a gorgeous gallery wall in a nursery or kid’s room, and inspire children to see the beauty of written words…
“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond”
1. Select your frame and picture book
2. Measure and trim the edges of the page to fit your frame
3. Using double sided tape to adhere, align the paper and put the frame back together.
With all the buzz about Prince George lately, we are seeing the Union Jack showcased everywhere! We’ve had this small round table in the garage for a few weeks and couldn’t decide on a pattern for it—until now. After a light sanding, we requested some help from our expert painter (Lucy’s hubby) who did an amazing job! We left the “white” part of the flag as the natural wood color in order to allow the table’s original beauty to shine through…Check out the before & after pics!
We are thrilled to participate in our very first trade show in New Braunfels, Texas, next month– and this table will be one of our featured pieces. Cheerio, mates!
Neither of us can remember the last time we had a Pop Tart. However, when we saw this revamped childhood treat at Local Coffee, we decided to reintroduce it into our lives. In an effort to reduce our intake of processed sugars, this homemade version is great for giving us the sweet morning fix a little more naturally. Using prepared pie crust and fresh peaches, we made this delicious treat into an acceptable part of our diets.
Peach Hand Pie
Preheat oven to 350. Cut a fresh peach into small pieces and add a teaspoon of honey. Unroll pie crust and add a tablespoon of fruit (without the juice) to the crust, making small mounds. Unroll a second pie crust on top of the peaches and using a glass (or cookie cutter), cut out pie circles. Using a fork, seal the edges of the pie crust and bake for about 20 minutes (or until golden). If you’d like an added touch of sweetness, drizzle honey before enjoying.