If you love Gazpacho, you’ve got to try out this recipe! A great departure from the usual hot soup, this one is incredibly light, crisp and flavorful… and best of all, it’s SO simple to make! This recipe makes four (1 cup) servings but easily doubles to make more. Since it can be made so far in advance and requires no prep after that, it is perfect for a first course to a dinner party or amazing as a light lunch on a hot day. Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
I had originally bought this fabric to make a long maxi dress, but while cleaning up a few things I laid it on my dress form to get it out of the way and realized that it drapes amazingly and decided to make a caftan-style short dress out of it instead! I’ve been scouring the internet lately looking for great summer dresses that are DIY and don’t require a pattern and I have come up with a whole lot of nothing! So this is my new goal for the spring/summer… come up with really beautiful dresses that do not require you to go out and buy a pattern, that are really simple to make and then post them here with easy to follow tutorials! Click here to see more pictures and learn how to make it!
Given the choice, I’ll pick a French chocolate cake over an American one any day. Most people would choose a huge fluffy piece of cake with tons of frosting but I much prefer a smaller, denser piece that’s jam packed with flavor. This recipe comes from famous French chef Jean-Geeorges Vongerichten and is so simple and delicious that there is no reason to not make it! What I love about this cake is that by substituting in finely ground almonds(which also makes it incredibly moist), it is almost flourless! This cake packs so much flavor that you’ll be surprised to see there’s only 7 ingredients in it! Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
Ever since these first came out I have been dying for one. The Alexander McQueen version retails for $2,195 and up so obviously I would never own a real one so I set off to find a way to make one. I had originally planned on making the box clutch and then making the brass knuckles part by gluing together 4 separate rings, but I was able to find a much better and easier way to do it! CLick here to compare mine to the real one and get the step-by-step tutorial!
This meal is great because it balances a perfectly pan-fried chicken cutlet with a really delicate salad, which in my opinion creates a perfect combination. The cutlet has lemon zest in the breadcrumbs and lemon juice squirted over it after frying, which gives it an amazing and unexpected layer of flavor. The salad is just three ingredients (watercress leaves, flat leaf parsley and radishes) and is topped with an insanely delicious homemade buttermilk dressing that can be served to the side or right on top of the chicken. The best part of this dish is that you make your own cutlets, which ensures you’ll get the most bang for your buck! Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
I have just started the LONG process of turning half of our basement into a workroom for myself. I have a lot of problems to solve along the way so I thought I would share these projects with you as I go. Organizing our embarrassing 700+ DVD collection was the first of these and one I’ve been wanting to tackle for quite a while. We’ve tried organizing them in the past, which left us with 4 shelves tucked in a corner of the basement as seen in the “before” picture, which was still a mess. My goal for the basement is to get rid of anything that we don’t absolutely need… and we certainly don’t need 700+ DVD boxes. I managed (with lots of help from my husband) to shrink our entire movie collection into a ridiculously organized 6 boxes which stacked as shown in the “after pic” measures just 16″ by 16″! Click Here to get the Step-by-Step Tutorial
My husband and I have been trying to make lighter versions of things lately and have inadvertently been eating vegetarian for the past few weeks. After trying out a bunch of new recipes, I saw a common item popping up in our dinners and that was meatless burgers. Packed full of flavor and incorporating protein in different ways, these 3 different ideas are a great change up to the typical beef patties most of us are accustomed to. Click here to view entire post & get the recipes!
This addition to the Designer DIY section was a request from my husband. We saw it in the store and he immediately walked over to it and said “how amazing would this be, it’s like laying on a warm sweater!”. After looking at the price tag (a steep $255) I told him I’d make him the same one for much less. I already had the Polyfill and used scrap silk for the back so the only cost to me for this project was the yarn, which cost $5.99. This project is super simple and I think it’s a great departure from plain old fabric throw pillows.
My husband has kind of a crazy work schedule and there are some nights when he’s literally got a 30 minute window to be home for dinner. Nights like these I always want to make something that’s quick and easy so it can be waiting on the table when he walks in the door. We’ve also been trying to lighten up our favorite dishes lately, so this recipe covers all my criteria. The rice noodles are coated in a low calorie sauce, tossed with added protein and garnished with fresh herbs and roasted peanuts which makes one serving of this dish (which serves 4) just around 300 calories! It’s super simple and full of flavor making this dish a perfect one to add to your week night repertoire. If you leave out the egg, this dish is vegan. Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!