Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY Chalk Board Planter

This is a great simple fix for an old dirty planter, and also a great way to label your plants.

All you need...

1. Ceramic Planter
2. Chalkboard Paint
3. Tape
4. Spray Paint ( optional if you want to add a contrast color)

     If you want to add a contrast color on the planter plate and planter rim, add tape under the planter rim, to avoid any spray paint on the planter.  I added a metallic gold, and loved the way it came out, it was also a great contrast against the black. 

   Unfortunately, my other pictures of this process are MIA, but simply spray the rim and planter plate with the spray paint color of your choice ( you need two coats, and let sit for about an hour)

 Remove the tape and add two coats of chalkboard paint to the planter. I added painters tape on the rim, to prevent the chalkboard paint getting on the gold.   ( let sit over night)

My chalkboard planter on my chalkboard table I posted about HERE.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Green Monster to the Rescue

   I know I am a little late on the Green Monster Movement bandwagon,  but it is truly a miracle drink.  Many of my friends had raved about the Green Monster, and it wasn't that I didn't believe it was going to be fabulous, but I just had no desire to get up in the AM and make a smoothie drink.  ( I am working on a better morning routine ha.).  But after person after person kept talking about Mr. Monster, I decided to give in, and see what the hype was all about. 

...and they were right.

   Not only did the Green Monster taste delicious, but it gave me so much energy, much more then my usual morning  Every day I've made a Green Monster prior to going to work, I have been so productive all day long.

If you haven't given the Green Monster a try, I would recommend it, especially on those Monday mornings, when you are fighting with your alarm clock before will not be disappointed.

   I use the recipe straight from a Green Monster Movement website, and I promise it will not taste like spinach.

  • 2-3 cups spinach
  • 1-1.25 cups of milk ( your choice: skim, soy, almond, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed ( optional)
  • 1 banana
  • ice ( I use about 4 cubes)
Add the above ingredients in a blender in the following order: 1) Flax, 2) spinach, 3) banana, 4) milk.

Blend all the ingredients for about a minute.


If you have not tried the Green Monster before, try it, and let me know what you think.

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Green Onion Garden

  On Pinterest I had seen a few people pinning about how easy it is to regrow your green onions.  Green onions add great flavor to dishes, but I don't always have them on hand, so I was excited to see if this worked.
   About a week ago I used store bought green onions for a dish I was cooking.  Only about 3-4 inches were left on each onion.  I added four of the remaining onion "stubs" into a mason jar with about an inch of water. 

About a week later.....


I am seriously shocked to see how much they have grown in such a short period of time, but I love that I have green onions any time I need them.

Have you tried to regrow green onions??

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Frat Collection

  A few weeks ago while reading College Prep I read her post about The Frat Collection, and instantly fell in love.  I immediately checked out their website and I  spent quite sometime mixing and matching shirt colors and pocket patterns.  Although I've been removed from the Frat/Sorority scene for a few years now, I adore these t-shirts.

   The Frat Collection allows you to pick your favorite t-shirt color and add your favorite pocket pattern to create your own custom Tee.  They have so many great patterns to chose from.  I (not surprisingly) am drawn to the seersucker an grosgrain pocket patterns.  I also love the polka dot.

  Another great thing about the Frat Collection is that they donate 10% of your purchase to the philanthropy of your choice.    Who doesn't love purchasing an item where the money goes to a great cause.

These shirts are perfect to throw on when it is a cool summer night.

What is your favorite tee / pocket pattern?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Garden, A Grill Smoker, and some Champagne Sangria

       As usual sometimes life takes over and my blogging takes the back seat, but I have been keeping busy and getting excited that summer is here.   I cannot even remember the last time I was able to come home right from work and do nothing.  I have done so much since I last blogged, but I figured I would show you some of my life through pictures over the past few weeks:

      After checking out all the Shops of Target, The Webster collection was by far my favorite.  I picked up this cute shift and a tunic and I was happy my Target didn't have any other pieces in  my sizes because I probably would have bought them all. 

DFH and I finally planted the herbs and veggies in our garden.  Some of the veggies are a bit ambitious for our small garden, including the zucchini and eggplant, but I am excited to see what pops up. 

At least our basil and mint is already growing like crazy, one can never have too many mojito ingredients in their backyard ;)

         DFH and I created a new drink to celebrate all the mint we had haha ...Introducing the Moscow Mueljito:

  • Muddled Mint
  • 1 shot Vodka
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lime Juice

My parents bought DFH a grill smoker for his Birthday.  We cooked up some salmon to give the smoker a try, and it was absolutely delicious.  The salmon had such a delicious smokey flavor, I love that you can switch out the smoker chips to give the meat/fish/veggies a different taste.   I think we're going be experimenting with the smoker a lot this summer.

For me, Sangria is the prefect drink for summer, it is so refreshing and I love that you can experiment with so many different ingredients.  The other night ALV and I had a fun girls night and cooked a yummy spinach and artichoke pasta, and created a champagne sangria that was delicious....a little too delicious.

This one is for the books!!  I highly recommend it.

  • 1 bottle Prosecco
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 peach
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lime
  • lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups of tonic water
  • 1 cup OJ
  • Pomegranate seeds