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!
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!
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….
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.
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.
With every passing year, we’ve noticed the aches and pains seem to sneak up on us more often. A quick trip to the microwave, and these soothing heat packs can help with anything from sore muscles to those annoying stress headaches. With only flannel, uncooked white rice, lavender seeds* and a sewing machine, you’ll be minutes away from relief. Cut your fabric to the desired size (we’ve found 12″ by 5″ works great for us) and lay one piece on top of the other, with print on the interior. Using a straight stitch, sew the sides together, leaving about a two inch opening. Turn your fabric inside out and fill with rice and lavender seeds (about 3/4 full). Turn the sides of the open edge in and sew closed. Finally, pop in the microwave for approximately 1 minute and indulge! Also a great way to treat yourself to a short break at work and recharge those batteries. Happy Weekend!
Ingrid & Lucy
*essential oils may be used along with or in place of seeds