Posts Tagged ‘Food & Recipes’

Amy’s Notebook 08.14.13

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

DIY Bathroom Makeover

Source: I Heart Organizing

 

I’m so impressed with this DIY Bathroom Makeover -the fabulous, rich look and the inspiration that a dated bath can be made to look great on a budget with just paint and DIY skills that are within most people’s reach!

Cute, cute, cute – colorful pom-pom magnets and pushpins would look so adorable holding papers and photos, wouldn’t they?

I’m loving the look of this large chalkboard calendar – that it is a lighter gray, looks a bit industrial, and uses mouse traps!

I’m craving summery salads during these August days and these two that use super fresh, seasonal goodies like corn and tomatoes are going to make an appearance on our menu for sure:

Also on my radar are summer fruits and this recipe for Plum Blackberry Cobbler uses two of the best – yum!

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Lunchbox Fun for Back-To-School

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Back-to-school means it’s time to start thinking about packing your kids lunchbox. Every day. I don’t know about you, but it’s easy to get in a rut of sandwich-fruit-chip/pretzels, but with a little bit of planning and thinking – dare I say it? – outside the box, we can get out of the rut and create a bit of lunchbox fun!

Fun Lunchbox Ideas.MomAdvice.com

With that in mind, I’ve searched the Mom Advice archives for some of my kids favorite lunchbox foods, visited our lunchbox Pinterest Board (lots more ideas there, by the way!) for ideas, and then searched for even more creative and healthy ways to bring a little lunchbox fun to the school year!

16 Fun Ideas for Changing up the Lunchbox Routine

 

From Mom Advice:
Fruit Infused Water :: MomAdvice.com

Fruit-Infused Water {in place of juice boxes!}

Lunchbox Asian Noodles :: MomAdvice.com

Asian Lunchbox Noodles

Granola Bars on MomAdvice.com

Easy Homemade Granola Bars

Chocolate chip cookie bars from MomAdvice.com

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

More fun ideas from others {please be sure to pin from the original source – thanks!}:

Mini blt wraps

Mini BLT Wraps @ The Girl Who Ate Everything

ham & cheese pinwheels

Ham & Cheese Pinwheels @ Jamie Cooks It Up

Mac-n-cheese muffins

Mac & Cheese ‘Muffins’ @ The Daily Meal

Grilled cheese Lunchbox

Grilled Cheese & Vegetable Lunchbox @ Biting The Hand That Feeds You

Salads-in-a-Jar

Salads in a Jar @ Simple Bites

PB&J Dippers

Peanut Butter & Jelly Dippers @ Momables

30 days of lunches

30 Days of No-Repeat Lunches @ Peanut Blossom

pizza pockets

Homemade Pizza Pockets @ Another Lunch

Healthy Gummy Bears

Healthy Fruit Gummy Bears @ Undressed Skeleton

Soft Whole Grain PB Cookie

Soft & Chewy Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cookie @ An Oregon Cottage

And here’s a couple ideas that are sure to gain a smile:

Lunchbox jokes printables

180 Lunchbox Jokes Printable @ 320 Sycamore

Lunch sack printables

Lunch Sack Printable @ Kensie Kate

What are some ways you like to create lunchbox fun? And don’t forget to check out our Lunchbox Love Pinterest Board if you need even more ideas!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 08.07.13

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

beach-ball-garland-party

Source: Skip To My Lou

 

Wouldn’t it be fun to make these little paper beach balls to turn into a cute garland and placecards and then use them for an end of summer beach-themed party? Very kid-friendly, too.

I’m loving this small home that uses thrifted and unique items to make it one-of-a-kind. Especially the slightly modern vibe – check out the fuzzy pillows!

I think these adorable folded-flower pen toppers would make an awesome welcome back to school teacher gift – but I’d make sure to keep one for myself, too!

Grilled Bloody Mary Salsa, anyone? Um, YES.

white chocolate brownie

Source: Bake or Break

 

Oh, my – these White Chocolate Brownies are making me drool – I just had to include the picture, don’t you agree?

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Amy’s Notebook 07.31.13

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Vintage Door Outdoor Bar

Source: Infarrantly Creative

 

How amazing and cool would this beverage station made out of an old door look at your next outdoor get-together?

I absolutely LOVE this idea and list of 33 ways to ‘craft it forward! My favorite on the list? So many, but #27 is a great one.

It’s fresh basil season and I’m happy to find this list of 10 delicious ways to use a bunch of basil – yum!

This modern house tour is beautiful and inspiring – I’m loving the orange buffet!

Chocolate dipped frozen bananas sound just perfect right about now – especially with a sprinkling of chopped pistachio nuts.

As does this southwestern grilled sweet potato salad – doesn’t it seem like a wonderful change from regular potato salad?

 

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Amy’s Notebook 07.24.13

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

blackberry blondies

Source: Baking Bites

 

Blackberries are in season and these Blondies with blackberries added to the batter look incredible – who would’ve thought?

I think even frozen strawberries would work to make this Easy Strawberry Sorbet – and what a perfect dessert for a warm summer’s night.

I’m loving this fun vintagey Australian apartment full of retro furniture and things like pink flamingos. You’ve gotta check out the pink cuckoo clock!

Make your own reusable Peppermint Kitchen Clean-up Wipes, a quick and easy project that can save you time and money (not to mention producing less trash).

This beautiful diy Pottery Barn-knockoff seagrass style headboard was crafted from a $1 yard sale seagrass-type roller shade – love it!

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Amy’s Notebook 07.17.13

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Beach-Towel-Backpack

Source: Craftaholics Anonymous

 

Wouldn’t it be nice for your kids to carry their own towels and stuff to the beach or pool on their backs? Create one (or more!) of these cute beach towel backpacks and you’ll never have to hold their water bottle again…maybe!

This Woodland kid’s birthday party is seriously swoon-worthy.

If you’ve got a stash of colorful buttons, making up some adorable DIY button rings with your kids is a great way to use a few of them!

With all the grilling that comes with summertime, I’m thinking that having a list of 11 marinades made in minutes is a good thing – a very good thing.

If you love corn and tomato season, then you’ll love this list of 10 summer salads that all use a combination of these two vegetables!

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Amy’s Notebook 07.10.13

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

raspberry-hand-pies

Source: How Does She?

 

I think a picnic featuring these adorable and yummy-looking raspberry & lemon hand pies are in order, don’t you?

Making homemade pulled taffy with the kids seems like a great memory-making summer activity to me!

What a fun, fun project that seems like an easy diy – create an outdoor Wood Marquee monogram.

Monkey bread pretty much always makes me drool, and the photo of this lemon monkey bread is no exception – definitely going on my to-make list!

I’m loving these simple, refreshing tips to get a beach house bedroom look.

I’m looking for my next knitting project – should it be a knitted floor mat or a Kimono-style sweater?

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Amy’s Notebook 07.03.13

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

DIY hexagon clock

Source: U-Create Crafts

 

Oh my goodness, this is the coolest, most amazing clock/art I’ve seen in awhile – and it’s a DIY project!

This orzo with basil and parmesan looks wonderful and just seems perfect for summertime.

I think this Limeade drink station would make such a fun addition to an outdoor gathering!

How about making a brightly colored DIY bike basket to stand out from the crowd?

And a folded paper Butterfly Garland for sweet summer decorating? Um, yes!

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Amy’s Notebook 06.26.13

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

print-your-own-pillow

Source: Make and Takes

 

What an easy and incredible way to create your own geometric criss-cross fabric and pillow – and it seems like a great kid summer craft, too…we can create custom color-coordinated pillows for their rooms!

This also looks like a quick and fun craft to do with the kids – and the resulting 4th of July fireworks decorations would be just a bonus!

I love these ideas for outdoor activities with the kiddos – especially using sidewalk chalk as photo props.

Espresso Granita with Whipped Cream sounds like a refreshing way to get a coffee fix, doesn’t it?

And I just have to try at least one of these 3 Amazing Watermelon Cocktails this summer…or maybe all three!

And finally – wouldn’t it be wonderful to be at a summer outdoor party like this? I love how simple and clean the table is and yet very elegant…sigh.

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Amy’s Notebook 06.19.13

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

orange nursery

Source: Apartment Therapy

 

I love this bright and cheery nursery – and the fact that it works for either a boy or a girl!

It’s time for summer mantels! These tips for layering and using white are awesome, not to mention simple and easy.

Summer & fun science experiments should go together like sun & sand –  I remember doing some of these easy science experiments  during summertime when I was a kid and I LOVED it!

This Southwest chicken chopped salad had me at Chipotle-Honey Dressing!

Excuse me as I drool a bit over this Peach Snickerdoodle Cobbler…doesn’t that sound like the most fabulous combination?

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