Saturday, June 30, 2012

Weekend Update - Blueberry picking

This week included a lovely trip down to Star, MS. We accompanied some friends on one of their last trips to their farm for blueberries, as the picking season here is winding down. Our friends eat an almost exclusively raw diet, and are so knowledgeable about nutrition and wholesome living. I loved getting to talk to and learn from them, while they graciously allowed us to take home a huge bucket full of delicious, homegrown blueberries. 

On our drive to the farm, we encountered this rogue chicken who had somehow escaped from the rest of the clan. The truck was just barreling down the road and this poor thing was hanging on for dear life. 

Jail Break!

Once we got to the farm, we had a lovely morning filled with picking berries, eating more than we kept, and talking for hours. There is no better fellowship than that which takes place outside! 

Here is my sweet mama scouting the low branches for some choice berries. There were three different varieties of blueberry bush there, and we just combined them all in a 3 gallon bucket that we almost filled!

Stay tuned for some blueberry inspired recipes over the next few weeks...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Independence Day Flag Manicure

Fourth of July Flag Nails

Herein follows a fun and festive DIY manicure to celebrate independence day! You'll need small star shaped stickers, nail tape (or regular scotch tape) and red, white, and blue polish (of course).

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Weekend Update - Stash Busting Scrap Afghan

Weekend Update

Just wanted to show you guys a glimpse of what I've been working on. If you're anything like me, you can't bear to throw anything useful away. In an attempt to get rid of my hoarding tendencies, I'm giving my self until the end of the summer to either make use of some stuff - or get rid of it! One of my stash-busting projects is turning out to be really fun:

A scrap afghan. Perfect for using up all those leftover bits and balls of yarn that are too small for a complete project - and Lord knows I have a bin full.

I'm using only worsted weight yarn for a uniform look, but I've seen really cute blankets with textured and even fuzzy yarn. I'm 29 1/2 rows in currently, and I'm loving this fun and super colorful project. I'll post the pattern and a picture of the completed blanket (hopefully) soon!

Update! Here's the finished product and pattern!

Friday, June 22, 2012

16 Ways to Wear the Le Sac Dress - Fashion Friday

Le Sac Dress! Oh, how I love you. So many ways to be worn, and so much fun to mess around with. My lovely sister Emma (seriously, how cute is she?) agreed to model a bunch of different ways to wear this amazingly versatile garment. I own two versions, Teal/Black and Grey/Black, but for the last few pictures we substituted a pretty brown scarf for the black strap. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sweet Potato Pastries : Monday Munchies

Here's my little take on the Sweet potato dumplings recipe by Perpperidge Farm's Puff Pastry. The original recipe can be found here.  

First, I set out my puff pastry sheets to thaw.

I peeled and chopped up two (small) sweet potatoes from our awesome Mississippi Farmer's Market. I try to make it there as often as I can, and usually end up going about every other weekend. Such an amazing community of people with some excellent produce and products.

After dicing them, I threw them in the oven for about ten min with some olive oil, to start the roasting process.

After they had cooked to a golden brown, I combined the sweet potato with feta cheese, minted garlic, honey, and black pepper.

Next, divided one sheet of pastry into six. I saved my other sheet to make pizza with later. I've been trying to be economical with my ingredients as I'm mostly just cooking for me!

Spooned the sweet potato mixture onto the puff pastry, wrapped it up tight, and tossed it in the oven!

I can't even tell you how yummy these were. It was so fun to splurge a little and use puff pastry for a recipe, and this was so worth it! The sweet potato held it's cubed shape and the flavor was so amazingly savory and delicious. I'm definitely making these again the next time I host a party! These would make delectable appetizers.

Has anyone had any luck with homemade puff pastry dough? I'd love to try it sometime, and would be forever grateful if you left a link to a blog post or recipe about it in the comments!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nightstand DIY Remake

For the first time in a while, I've got a bedroom to myself! I grew up sharing with my sister, and then had roommates in college. I'm trying really hard to make cohesive bedroom look, something I'm not sure I've ever really had. When I inherited this piece from my friend who loved back home to Missouri, I thought it had a lot of potential to look great in my new and improved bedroom.