Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Recipe of the Week: 10 Sensational Summer Salads

Hello, friends! Ahhhh...summer. Does food get any better than this time of year? I figure I'll eat one of these salads a week from now until November, and that will make up for all of the comfort food I'll consume until May. Does that work? Yeah, I thought so. Here are my favorite summer salads...all easy to make, all pack-able for picnics, and all sensational!

Crunchy Noodle Salad by Ina Garten via The Food Network

Peaches, Red Onion and Basil Salad by Martha Stewart via Home Made Modern

Summer Veggie Orzo

Baja Cobb Salad

Spinach Strawberry Salad by Life Is Beautiful

Greek Macaroni Salad by Taste of Home

Quinoa Vegetable Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing by The Garden Grazer

Edamame Summer Salad by Pip & Ebby

Three Bean Salad by Martha Stewart

Watermelon and Arugula Salad by Ina Garten via Green Valley Kitchen

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tightwad Tuesday: Coastal Tray Centerpiece

Hey, hey! If you follow me at all, then you've gathered two things in recent weeks: I'm obsessed with trays and I love that quiet coastal look. I've posted about both topics a lot (ad nauseum?) here on Home Made Modern, and over at my home. And now, I've combined my love of both!

Remember those two trays I bought from my neighbor Michelle's garage sale? I made one into a breakfast tray, and I turned the other into a centerpiece for our dining room table.

This took, lemme see...2 minutes to make? Ok, to be fair, I already had the trio of burlap-wrapped vases. And I guess I should back up the truck to say I stained this one at the same time as my breakfast tray. Alright, took 10 minutes to make. Still good, though, right? After the stain dried, I dumped in some small rocks (this took 2 bags of the greeny-blue ones), and filled in with some larger ones (1 bag), then propped up some starfish. I bought the rocks at Jo-Anns, but then saw that Dollar Tree sells similar ones. The starfish I already had.

But here's the beauty of this. When summer is over, I can easily see filling the tray with acorns, or fall leaves, or vintage Christmas bulbs, even. Pretty versatile, eh?

Here are some other posts you might like:

7 Subtle Coastal Crafts You Can Make

DIY Trays

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer's Swan Song

Parts of this post originally appeared on August 8, 2013

Summer is waning. I know, it doesn't officially end until the 3rd week of September; but, is there anyone out there who feels it isn't over the day school starts? But it's not solely for the fact that our daughter(s!) start school in a few weeks that I feel this way. The cicadas--summer's fat lady--are a-singin'. When I think about it, we've actually checked a lot of the boxes on our summer fun list. We went to a drive-in; hiked in the river; caught fireflies; made s'mores; spent the day at the zoo; picked strawberries; enjoyed concerts in the Valley; and picnicked. And YET...there are a few more things I'd like to do before we flip to fall. I'm not ready. Our Ohio summer has been unseasonably cool, we've been uncharacteristically busy, and well...I still feel a bit cheated. Maybe if I can squeeze out a few more drops of summer on vacation, I'll be ready for sweaters and football...but until then, here's what I want for the rest of summer.

Get to a county fair

See the fields of "home" (i.e. Northwest Ohio)

Walk the pier

Eat a great tomato

Read...followed by a great nap

Make homemade lemonade

Wow, I have a lot to pack in! We leave for vacation next Monday and I couldn't be more excited. Look for some posts from me next week, though. I hope you like 'em.
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