Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Greek Macaroni Salad

greek macaroni salad

Hey there! Last weekend we went to a picnic potluck at our friends' house for Memorial Day, and I made one of my favorite summer salads: Greek Macaroni Salad. I love it because it comes together quickly, doesn't spoil as easily as traditional macaroni salad or potato salad, and of course, tastes great! It's better for you, too, because it doesn't contain mayo.

macaroni salad without mayo

Greek Macaroni Salad
1 c. uncooked macaroni
1 small can chick peas, drained
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
1/2 c. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine the chick peas, olives, feta, tomatoes, and onion in a medium-sized bowl. When the macaroni is finished cooking, drain it well, and add it to the other ingredients.

For the dressing, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over the salad and toss to coat.


Here are some other summer salads you might like:

10 Sensational Summer Salads

Monday, May 25, 2015

S'mores for Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you get to enjoy a parade somewhere today to honor those who've fought for our freedom. I just want to spend time with my family today, so I'm keeping this short but sweet, with an emphasis on the sweet. Here is a reprint of two s'more recipes we've tried and loved. If you make either of these today, make sure you get the camera of the kids eating s'mores are always keepers.

Cinnamon Toast S'mores

Cinnamon graham crackers
Marshmallows (I burnt mine a little which just added to the toast-y flavor, I think)
White chocolate chips
Butterscotch chips

...and these...

Peanut Butter Cup S'mores

Graham crackers
Mini Reeces' Peanut Butter Cups

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Organized Office Shelves

organized desk shelves

Hey there! Way back when, I showed you how we turned a closet into a home office. Little did I know how much time I would be spending in there in the days to come. Life happened, and as it turns out, I'm now a librarian-turned-freelancer-slash-business-owner. The freelancing part is my dream job. LOVE it. The business owner thing goes against everything in my personality (I'm more of the type who enjoys a steady paycheck); but, running this thing alongside my husband has its definite plus-side, and most days, underneath the weariness, we understand that we're on some sort of adventure that we wouldn't change for anything. Anyway, since I now spend lots of hours in my office, I was finding that it had some shortcomings. I still have quite a few things to tweak to make it function just perfectly, but here are a couple of things I've done recently to make it work harder and look better:

I spray painted some cardboard file boxes navy blue and added some metal tags for back issues of magazines I want to keep. I love that they now look so much richer.

spray painted file boxes

I added some ikat storage boxes from Tuesday Morning to hold my daughters' school papers and art projects. The @ sign was a TJ Maxx find and is a symbol of my current gig as a blogger here on Home Made Modern and a writer for

ikat storage

Here are some other storage boxes that I did use for office supplies, until I started using my toolbox desk caddy. Turns out the toolbox is way handier. So I pressed these guys into service to store power cords and software installation disks. Oh, and the clock you see in the background here is a cheapy from Wal-Mart; I think I paid $6 for it. I took it apart and lined the clock face with orange paper.

storage boxes

Finally, my favorite thing: I framed a cover from The New Yorker, which features a line drawing of a library reading room circa 1980. It's a nod to my former profession and I love it!

framed magazine cover

One of these days I'll finish this space and show you the whole thing. Thanks for visiting! Until next time...

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