It's getting to be another hot summer right now, triple digits for the 4th! We may stay in, as frying outside by the water doesn't sound that appealing. Maybe in the water all day, but otherwise, I'll pass. I love swimming, but 100 degrees is no fun, unless you're in the water all the time. We may go to a movie and have a little family dinner here. Right now we're watering a lot and keeping an eye on the yardens. With the 4th around the corner, I thought I'd visit this challenge again! Here goes....
1. Plant Something-
We just bought three more 1-gallon veggies, 1/2 price to add to the garden. 2 tomatoes and 1 small red bell pepper. $3.00 each, and fruit set already. I love buying these this time of year-
2. Harvest Something-
Lots of eggs! Chives, herbs, collard greens are ready, kale just about. Lots of peppers on the plants. Tons of fruit on the pear, apple and peach tree. Peaches should be ready in July, as I bought an early ripening variety. My roses are just exploding, I'm going to cut and bring some in out of the heat-
3. Preserve/Store Something-
I have been hitting the local Grocery outlet, buying breads, frozen foods, amazing European jams cheap. I'm a sucker for their Danish jams, big chunks of fruit, very clean.
4. Manage Reserves- Get a Good Deal/Barter/Stock Up/Prep-
Went to Costco yesterday, got great deals on Tabasco (huge bottle for $5.00), cat litter, much-needed windshield wipers. I've been keeping an eye on the pantry closet more. I need to do some deep sorting their. Bought some great used books on Amazon, more below.
5. Eat the Food- Try New Foods/Recipe-
I heard about Rachel Khoo quite a while back. I got a great deal for three of her (used) books on Amazon. My summer reading pile may be different than some, but some amazing, simple recipes -
She was British and moved to Paris, studied French pastry at a chef's school, eventually had a BBC cooking show filmed in her tiny studio apartment kitchen. I found her Chicken Crouton Salad recipe 1st, using the chicken breast skins as croutons, then sliced breast meat, an iceberg lettuce wedge, with a buttermilk dressing. BRILLIANT!!!
I used my bowl of Service Berries from last weekend to make a compote to go with berry pancakes! I used the whole grain Kodiak mix, added cinnamon and a little sugar-
Compote with berries, sugar, a pinch salt, a little corn starch and water
Served with bacon, wonderful flavor! Similar to blueberries, but unique
6. Build Community Food Systems-
Sharing extra eggs with our girls, will hit a framer's market this summer, maybe. They tend to be either over-priced or lacking what I want.
I've been cleaning out more closets. I made a management decision (ha) that I will get rid of any summer work blouses I have to iron. What waste my time ironing? So I'll be donating those nice clothes. Time freed up for me. I loaded up my upcycled painted book tote for the grand kids-
8. Skill Up-
French cooking, for now.
9. Regenerate What is Lost/Salvage Something-
I have been doing a lot of mending on my clothing. Hemming repairs, reattaching buttons. It always amazes me that people throw away something missing a button!
In the front yard I put out some mini flags, and wind spinners for the 4th. Inside I mixed summer decor with patriotic goodies. Here's a peek-
I wanted to brighten up the couch, then had a brilliant idea to drape my Grandma's quilt over it!
It's Anya approved!
All thrifted items
My fave chunky prim handmade flag
Entryway dressed up for summer
Master Bedroom Re-Do Ideas-
I painted our master bedroom a nice peach when we first moved in. Something soothing. Now I want something brighter. I have about nine days off around Labor Day, so I'm planning on painting it. Here's the old paint color above. I'm shooting for a very white gray, like our master bath. It's really grown on me. I started a big Pinterest folder if you want to see some ideas I have? I thought about doing a board /batten wall behind the headboard, but it wouldn't go with the furniture. I may do that later, if we get new bedroom furniture. I was hoping to get some from Ikea, but I can do much better carefully thrifting. We got a bedroom set years ago from Pier One, but I'm ready for something different. With the rattan I can't really paint it and I'm keeping the wall art over the bed. I'm inspired by these kinds of this looks- light walls, light or natural woods, simple and clean. Photos are from my Pinterest page -
Love the sea foam green!
Maybe Dave could build this? DIY Farmhouse Headboard