How about kicking off July with a giveaway!
Lately my heart has been drawn to many animal resuce groups and seeing how I rescued a black kitten last fall I thought Licorice the cat from the American Girl/Pleasant company would make the perfect prize.
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Giveaway closes on 7-12-12
This vegetable lasagna is the best I have ever had! I have used the recipe three times now and it is a hit every time. The original recipe does call for 2 sweet potatoes mashed and added to the second layer but I leave it out.
1 onion, chopped
1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 head broccoli, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
1 package Silken Lite tofu
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon rosemary
2 jars pasta sauce
2 boxes whole grain lasagna noodles
16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
6 roma tomatoes, sliced thin
1 cup raw cashews, ground
Drain the silken tofu by wrapping in paper towels. Break it up directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl. Add spices to the vegetable bowl and combine.
To assemble the vegetable lasagna :
Cover the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch casserole with a layer of sauce. Add a layer of noodles. Cover the noodles with sauce. This way the noodles cook in the oven, saving time and energy. Spread the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles. Cover with a layer of noodles and another dressing of sauce. Add the spinach to the second layer of sauced noodles then cover with more veggies. Add another layer of sauce, the final layer of noodles, and a last topping of sauce. Cover the lasagna with thinly sliced roma tomatoes.
Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cashews, and return to the oven for 15 minutes. Let lasagna sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Makes 10 – 12 servings
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The final give-away we are having to celebrate our new look is over at Coco and Cocoa. The giveaway is for one of the cute as a ladybug sundresses. We offer it in two styles and have two ladybug prints for you to choose from.
On her blog she shares recipes, lovely pictures, inspiration, tips, and bits about her family.
Doors aren’t typically your number one concern when you start renovating or redecorating your home. In fact the general rule of thumb is that if they shut and lock then they should be left alone! Understandably doors will be pretty far down the design pecking order when you first start your work, but this doesn’t mean they should remain there.
Your front door is the gateway to your home, probably the first thing anyone notices when they look at your house; so why not make a feature out of it? Or at least spend the same amount of creative energy on it that you would other aspects of the home. What is always overlooked is how as simple a thing as a front door can transform the overall look of a property.
The aim of this article is to try and get you to think differently about your front door and also pass on some design hints to transform almost any door into a vintage design piece.
The first thing we need to do is start looking at our front doors in a different way, to treat them more as pieces of furniture and less as functional objects. In doing so; you will be able to plan your door’s role in the overall look and feel of your property. Whether you want your front door to be a focal point or take more of a subtle supporting role.
Some front doors are unfortunately unsuited to being modified, newer UPVC doors and those built from cheaper blended wood types tend to be extremely difficult to modify. The best results typically come from solid wood doors, especially period or period style variations. This is simply because the angular and elaborate features accommodate distressed finishes and work better under focused lighting.
If you own a solid wooden door and want to create more of a vintage feel but aren’t the world’s most creative soul then simply stripping wood might be the way to go. Stripping the door of paint will reveal the natural grain and also undoubtedly a lighter colour. If you do like us love the look of a natural door be sure to seal it prior to it coming into contact with nature. Natural untreated wood will warp when in direct contact with water or even in extreme humidity.
Distressing is the act of giving an item of furniture (in this case a door) the ‘shabby chic’ look. By intentionally wearing the paint and finish on the door you will end up with a vintage looking door which your friends will be envious of.
Distressing won’t work with the look and feel of every home, it takes a more relaxed design ethos and a not so modern home design. The process I typically follow to distress a front door is strip > paint first coat colour > paint second coat colour > distress using different sandpaper grades and any other object you like.
Like with any other part of the home; lighting can have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your front door. Up-lighters and more focal lighting can really show off the angular lines found in older period door designs, whilst more subtle lighting sources can help bring the doorway together and complete the look and feel of the entry area.
The above design ideas were brought to you by Yale Composite front Doors. Yale Door manufactures period style front doors. Not only does every Yale composite door look great; each door is manufactured to adhere to strict security standards set by the Met Police.
Monday ~ Breakfast tacos
Tuesday ~ Pulled Pork and baked beans
Wednesday ~ Vegetable pitas and chopped fruit
Thursday ~ Chicken Breast grilled with spicy orange-ginger glaze, couscous, and salad greens Didn’t make last week.
Friday ~ Mystery dinner
Saturday ~ Homemade pizza and tossed salad
Sunday ~ Chicken Potpie and homemade rolls
I saw this design on Urban Threads several months back but wan’t sure about trying it.
Then I saw this Good Girl video by Carrie Underwood and knew I had to give it a try. I am very pleased that I did; it came out so pretty and elegant. I have three other styles I am working on and they will all be available for sale in the shop by the end of next week under accessories. I want to leave some plain lace and then add some bling to others. I also have a gown I am working on that will have a matching mask.
What are you working on this week?
Monday ~ Pasta Milano, salad, and rosemary bread
Tuesday ~ Black Bean tostadas/chalupas and Spanish rice
Wednesday ~ Lasagna, salad and french bread
Thursday ~ chicken strips, green beans and fresh fruit salad
Friday ~ Pizza
Saturday ~ still trying to decide, may just clean out the refrigerator
Sunday ~Chicken Breast grilled with spicy orange-ginger glaze, couscous, and salad greens
Once upon a time, Lost Bookmark Syndrome (or LBS) ruled the land. Readers of all ages and abilities bravely tried in vain to reverse the all-too-common suffering by using slips of paper, popsicles sticks, or even discarded candy wrappers.
Just when it appeared that LBS would forever plague the people, a hero emerged from the darkness. Behold … a race of creatures brilliant in their simplicity and beautiful in their purity of purpose.
As if dropped straight from the heavens above, Book-Inz arrived!
It took not long for the land’s people to embrace the Book-Inz, seeing them less as a product and more as a pet. After all, Book-Inz are cute. Book-Inz are always here for you. Book-Inz don’t judge.
Plus, a Book-Inz will loyally accompany a reader throughout whatever reading adventures it’s taken on: historical fiction, tell-all biographies, science fiction, or trashy romance. The Book-Inz needs only basic care and occasional affection, repaying the reader with lifelong dedication and unconditional love.
So the people shouted in praise, “Book-Inz are here to save!” They, of course, were right.
And, they all lived happily ever after.
Hi! We’re Book-Inz. We designed, created, and patented a magnetic bookmark that stays on your book and in your book, till you’re done reading. I’m a voracious reader of books. We’ve lost countless bookmarks in our lifetimes (I think I calculated lifetime lost bookmarks at $700 for each of us). Borrowed a book from a friend, lost the bookmark (of course), and used a popsicle stick to save the place. Needless to say, the book was irreparably damaged.
This was something I could actually do something about, My degree says I’m a sociologist, my career says I’m a word nerd, and my passion says I’m a book reader! I chewed on the concept for a while, sewed up some prototypes, and voila – Book-Inz was born.
Margaret asked us to introduce ourselves since we’ll be guest posting about books, reading, finding the time to read, and sometimes slow cooker recipes so you can read while you ‘cook!’ And by we, I really mean me. That fabulous Keepsake Book-Inz above has the spitting image of Pat – who is not nearly as voracious a reader as I am, she gets to look pretty while I sew! I hope to give you ideas for taking the time to slow down, unplug, unwind, and enjoy the life you live TODAY.
Starting now – Keep Calm and Read On!
When you head over to the Book-Inz blog you will see that we are currently running a give-away for Hearts & Home. The give-away is for the Metro Slouch Bag pattern. You can’t win if you don’t enter so head on over and sign up.