Lentils for lunch

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.

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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.

Ingrid & Lucy

From Green To Glam: Patio Chairs Reinvented

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!

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Ingrid & Lucy

Three Step Thursday

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”

~CS Lewis

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1. Select your frame and picture book

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2. Measure and trim the edges of the page to fit your frame

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3. Using double sided tape to adhere, align the paper and put the frame back together.

Ingrid & Lucy

The Royal Table

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!

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Ingrid & Lucy

A Peachy Pastry

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.

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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.

Ingrid & Lucy

Sew Inspired: Lavender heat pack

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!

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Ingrid & Lucy

*essential oils may be used along with or in place of seeds

Three Step Thursdays

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…

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1.  After cleaning jars, spray paint tops and any small plastic toy

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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.

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3.  Fill with… (insert your idea here)

Ingrid & Lucy

how do ya like them apples?

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.

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How to Peel A Prickly Pear

Prickly Pears can be quite intimidating with their tiny, almost invisible needles waiting to implant themselves into your skin.  Growing up, we spent our summers in Mexico and the prickly pear (in Spanish, tuna) is one of the many foods that bring dear memories of our grandmother’s home.  When they’re at their peak (usually in late July-August) we take home as many as the bag will hold.  Our simple guide below on peeling the tuna will hopefully ease your fears, so that you can conquer this delicious fruit and enjoy in your own home (over the sink, dribbling down your chin as we sometimes do!).

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Cut off the ends of the prickly pear and make one incision from top to bottom through the skin.

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Carefully open the skin to each side and peel off in one piece.

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Ingrid & Lucy

We’re on a Roll!

Happy Friday! Today, we’d like to share a little project that Ingrid created a few months ago.  On a warm winter’s eve (south Texas is home for us), she pinned the night away, finding some some super cool art made from toilet paper rolls.  Thus, the obsession began to create her own original piece.  We love scrolling through pins to get our creative juices flowing—what in the world did we do before pinterest!?!  Ingrid started collecting her toilet paper rolls until she had enough for her project.  She created these two canvas pieces with toilet paper rolls, acrylic paint, and some wooden sticks & buttons from the craft box.  The trusty painter’s tape helped create the stripes, and hot glue put it all together.  They hang side by side in her bedroom, and the color scheme blends perfectly with the decor.

As we are inspired by so many, we hope to pay it forward and do the same for others with our designs….have a lovely weekend!

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Ingrid & Lucy