Garden Party + DIY

May 11, 2015

Remember that time I went on and on about raised gardens? Remember that time I said I was going to do one myself? Well, it happened.

We "acquired" some 6x6 wooden posts (it's nice having a husband with construction connections sometimes) and used them to make two garden beds. Each one is about 3' wide and 8' long. SC (my husband) drilled holes in the 6x6's and drove rebar into the ground to secure them. He made it look really easy, but for some reason he didn't think it was very fun. :) Next we stained the wood and filled the beds with top soil.

Then it was time for the fun stuff. FOOD! I went shopping and filled the garden with peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumber, and a couple herbs. 

Of course, it needed something extra...

I've pinned all kinds of garden related things in the last couple years, a few of those items were cute inspiration ideas for garden markers. I decided to make my own, and it was so much easier than I anticipated...which always makes me happy. The whole project took about 30 minutes.

Items Needed:
Large Wooden "popsicle" Sticks
Spray Paint (chalk paint, black, or any color would do)
White Paint Pens (actual paint pens, not chalk pens)

1. Spread out the wooden sticks on a flat surface
2. Paint the sticks on each side and let dry
3. Using the paint pens, write the name of your plants, herbs, etc.
4. Mark your garden!

Told you it was easy. 

Here are some pictures of the garden. Just ignore the grass (or weeds) all over the wood...we mowed. It happened. Oh well. It's the outdoors. It's not perfect.

Now let's just cross our fingers it will grow! One of my tomato plants has a little bloom on it, so I'm expecting something yummy soon.


May 5, 2015

I don't speak Spanish, and pretty much the only thing I know is "hola" - so that's about as festive as I can get this Cinco de Mayo. :)

This weekend was action packed. By action packed I mean that we did a lot of work. The weather was WONDERFUL, and we did some tree planting, shutter painting (which is still a work in progress), gardening, flower planting...all day Saturday. Sunday we spent the day on the boat riding around site seeing, and I think I saw more pontoon boats than I've ever seen in one location. Full moon?

Sunday night after we got home and cleaned up, I sat on the couch to 'rest' thinking that I wanted to soak up as much of the weekend as I could before Monday came. Next thing I knew my husband was waking me up telling me that I just needed to go to bed. Boo. Party pooper.

And then, it was Monday. Why does Monday come so fast??? 

When my alarm went off I literally told myself it was a cruel joke and it was still the weekend.

Also, can we discuss the whole "may the 'fourth' be with you" thing that was going around yesterday? It took me a while to get it, obviously I'm not into that scene. Once I did it was very evident that yes, it is a full moon. 

How was your weekend? More importantly, what are you eating for Cinco de Mayo? I'm on a diet, so please share how many gallons of cheese dip you plan to consume.

Here's what I'll imagine I'm eating as I take a big healthy bite of salad...

Pulled Pork Nachos, obviously
Guacamole that I could eat it with a spoon
Beef Queso Dip because you should
Classic Margaritas to top it off


Friday Favorites in Five

May 1, 2015

Today is a random day. Well, actually that's not right. It's Friday. BUT I am random today. 

I have found all kinds of goodies this week. Most of them are home and garden related, because that's where my mind is. This weekend. I'm doing it. I'm going to get flowers and more flowers and edibles for the garden. Whoop whoop! I'm pretty sure that I said this last weekend too, but then it got colder so I didn't do it. 

How was your week? Anything exciting? Mine was typical. Grocery store, food prep, sleep, work, eat, sleep, work, eat, work out, sleep, feed the dog, etc.

We're a lively bunch around here.

1. I am really curious about these Black Bean Brownies. I mean, do they taste like beans or do they taste like brownies? Anybody? Because if I can get the benefits of both...yes please (if you know what I'm sayin'). They're going on my "try someday" list. This list used to be a "must try" list but I rarely get around to trying them, so I've renamed it appropriately.

2. I bet these Peanut Butter Caramel Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars don't taste like beans (not that the other ones do, but you know what I mean). Whhhhaaaattt???? Yes. Again, going on the try list.

3. Did you honestly think I would not have a picture of some type of gardening? If you did, you haven't been reading lately. Shame.

4. It really wouldn't make sense to have something like this gate at our front walk, but I like it.

5. I'm 99.9% sure that this craft to distress paint with vaseline will happen (actually happen, not someday happen) this weekend. I don't have good experience with distress painting, so I'll let you know how it goes. :)

Any fun weekend plans? Going anywhere fun? Please share! That way I can pretend that I'm doing some crazy exciting too. Oh, and by the way, can we take a moment and's May. MAY. What? Where is this year going?