I love summer time! I love that the sun comes up early and sets late! I love pony tails and flip flops...cut off jeans and tank tops! Summer is a time to renew friendships and kick up your feet! A time to enjoy back yard gardens and swimming pools! And to top off your summer, fresh produce from the local farmers market is an absolute must! Mmmm...the thought of corn on the cob from the farmer out in Salt Rock!!!! Now I'm really getting hungry!
I want to share my favorite summer salad with you and it is so easy to make!
STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD
with POPPY SEED DRESSING!!
If you can get locally grown produce to make this salad then do it! Locally grown equals even better. A couple of weeks ago, I bought locally grown strawberries and they were simply divine! They were not those over grown ones like you get in the supermarket. Generally the large ones are tasteless and have a pale or white inner flesh. These were smaller and a deep red all the way through the berry. Simply mouth watering and very sweet! All you need for this salad:
purple onion thinly sliced in rings
almonds or pecans (optional)
grilled chicken (optional)
Sometimes I make this with mandarin oranges.
Put the feta on right before serving!!
Poppy Seed Dressing: I got this from a friend years ago!
Put all of these ingredients in a blender
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 cup oil ( vegetable oil or grape seed oil)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
5 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 chopped onion (white, yellow, or sweet)
Now that you have your salad and dressing made, don't forget your sweet tea! I like to put fresh mint leaves or a combination of orange and lemon slices in mine.
This is just a quick post. I seem to have less and less time lately, but I somehow managed to make a cute little wreath! It cost about $7.00 to make. I went to the Dollar Tree and bought a small floral ring that I used as the base for my wreath. Next, I wrapped it with burlap ribbon. While I was doing that I tea stained 2 packs of coffee filters that I got from the Dollar Tree.Once those were dry ( I gave them a little help with the hair dryer), I hot glued them around my wreath. I started on the top outside edge and stopped once I got about halfway across the front. I stopped there because I wanted the burlap to show on the finished wreath. Take a look..I think it turned out super cute!
This is a really easy photo collage project that doesn't take much time at all. I first started out by taking a bunch of photos at our local park and downtown area. This photo collage is inside one of those plastic photo collage boxes and it has 3 layers. The first layer is a background image of a tree. I cut it to size and then glued it directly to the bottom (inside back) of the shadow box. The middle section is an image of the courthouse and the largest flower. I used an x acto knife to cut out the building and flower and then glued a couple of styo-foam pieces to the back of them so that they would pop out from my bottom image. Once that was dry, I glued them to my background. For the final layer, I used my x acto knife and cut out flower images and pieces of a stone wall from several other photos . I then sprayed the front of these pieces with spray adhesive and layered them on the inside of the clear lid of the shadow box. Before any of these pieces were attached permanently, I practiced placing them in different arrangements to see what looked best.
I think this would be a fun project for kids to do with photos from a vacation!
A few weeks ago a couple of my girlfriends and I got together for a Moroccan themed craft night. Well, the food was Moroccan themed not the craft. hahaha! We had the best time eating, crafting, and enjoying each others company! We even watched Casablanca!!!
The craft project idea we got off of Pinterest.
I would embed the link to it, but when I clicked the image
on Pinterest it did not take me to the original site. Luckily, the project is easy to do!
white mug with a smooth surface
stickers or stencils
All you do is decorate your mug with sharpies
and bake in an oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
You can use stickers or stencils to give you a nice outline.
Be sure to remove the stickers before you bake your mug.
I bought my mug at Kroger.
"If TEA can't fix it....
it is a serious problem."
Use your Sharpie to make dots all around your letters.
Be sure to get them very close together near the edges of the letters.
Remove your stickers and then bake in oven at 350 degrees.