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!
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!
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
We managed to take a plain jar from ordinary to vibrantly vivacious in three easy steps! We found these adorable little animals in our craft supplies and transformed two jars with only spray paint and hot glue. Check out our new candy jars! We also think it’s a great “back to school” gift idea- perfect for those special hardworking teachers…
1. After cleaning jars, spray paint tops and any small plastic toy
2. Once jar top and plastic toy have dried completely, place a small amount of hot glue to bottom of the toy and adhere to lid.
Most of our posts and projects have a bit of a recurring theme—simplicity. For us, crafting and cooking is a time to unwind and think about little else. Although we do enjoy the bigger projects, we love keeping it simple and finding beauty in the unexpected. We found these fruit magnets and it brought a nostalgic feeling of Ingrid’s godparent’s home. Remember this fruity fridge decor? And, you guessed it….spray paint! Such a simple idea created a bold new look. For these we used a metallic silver Krylon paint.