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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

18 Beautiful Summer Projects

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A few weeks ago, I co-hosted an Outdoor Extravaganza Party with a 5 other bloggers and we invited all of you talented bloggers out there to come link up your summer projects. After looking through so many amazing projects, I have rounded up a collection of all kinds of things that can be made-over, painted or created to make your house and yard look absolutely fabulous! There are still many weeks left of summer and lots of time to create something that will make you smile!

Did you find something to inspire you?

You can find more amazing ideas on these boards on Pinterest:

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Come Link Up Your Projects! Be Awesome Link Party #4 & Features

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Hello lovely readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Welcome to this week's Be Awesome Party where you can share your awesomeness by linking up your projects just once and they will be seen across all 8 blogs of the hostesses! How cool is that?
The wonderful hostesses joining me each week are:
Virginia from Fynes Designs, Julie from Sober Julie, Crystal from Sew Creative,
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, Tara from Suburble, Stacey from This Lil' Piglet and Shauna from Satori Design For Living.
Thank you so much for partying with us! You are all so crazy talented!
This week's features were chosen by Angie from Echoes of Laughter.
Check out these fabulous projects that were linked up last week!
I loved all of these fabulous projects!
And here what some of our hostesses have been up to this week:

Before we get started, here are a few PARTY RULES:
1. Please link to a specific post, not your home page.
2. Please link up your own work/creativity/projects only.
3. Please link back to this party with a text link in your post. If you would like to be featured, please link back!
4. No links to promote giveaways, link parties or shops.
5. This party starts Monday @6pm EST & ends Wednesday night.
6.. By entering a link, you're giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs or Facebook pages. Proper credit & links will always be given.

Let's Party!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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We love summer grilling when it's sizzling out there. And we have so many favourites like grilled curry & lime pork kabobs, grilled curry pork burgers, and tin foil packets that are oh-so-easy for grilling!
But if you are looking for a delicious vegetable recipe to grill for main course or side dish, than look no further because this here dish fits the bill perfectly!
Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are so yummy and very filling. But we are mushrooms lovers in our mushrooms of any kind are delicious to us!
This is a very versatile dish as it can eaten as a main course, served burger style in a bun or as a side dish where they could be cut in two.
And although they take a bit of preparation, the result is worth it!
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
{serves 4}

4 portobello mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or vinaigrette
3 cups spinach leaves, chopped
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 feta cheese, crumbled
2 tomatoes, diced
1 avocado, diced
basil leaves, finely sliced
salt & pepper to taste

To make:
1. Gently remove gills and stem from portobello mushrooms so that there is a cavity for filling. {I used a small knife to cut out the stem and a grapefruit spoon to remove the gills.} To each portobello mushroom, add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar or vinaigrette. Let mushrooms marinate while the stuffing is prepared.
 2. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a frying and heat. Add spinach, red pepper  and garlic and cook until spinach is bright green and red pepper is slightly soft. {You can also add diced onion or diced green onion if you wish.}
3. Add cooked spinach mixture to mushrooms on top of the balsamic marinate.
4. Add tomato, avocado and feta cheese. Sprinkle with basil leaves and add salt & pepper to taste.
5. Add to grill on medium heat and grill for 15 minutes or until heated throughout, golden brown and cheese is melted.
Remove from grill and serve. I served our grilled stuffed mushrooms as a main course with this delicious rainbow salad for a meatless meal. 
So, so good!
These mushrooms make an absolutely delicious dish to serve for summer grilling season!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

5 Tips For Creating A Comfortable & Beautiful Glamping Space

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Our family absolutely loves our camping trips every summer. It's our favourite way to unplug and relax. And you know I love talking about how I organize our camping kitchen,  our favorite camping tips and our delicious camping recipes. Now I want to share with you how we set up our glamping space where we enjoy a cozy and comfortable sleep in our tent.
Getting a comfortable night's sleep in a tent can be tricky if you are not prepared. After years of experience, I want to share with you how I set up our cozy nest so we are ready for counting sheep after a full day of fun outside cooking meals, boating, fishing & swimming.
1. Invest in A Portable Bed. If you haven't already, invest in a queen size portable bed that comes with an air mattress on a fold-up frame. It's da bomb. It's roomy, comfortable and it get's you up off the ground so it feels much like a real at-home bed.
2. Ditch the Sleeping Bags. Although sleeping bags are comfortable and fun for kids, they are not so fun for adults. Tossing and turning in a sleeping bag and getting wrapped up like Twizzlers is not my idea of catching some good Zzzs.
I like comforters, blankets and quilts. That way, I can layer things according to the temperature outside and I never feel all twisted up. I bring a fitted sheet to cover the mattress and then I bring a comforter and a quilt and I find it's enough for most summer camping trips.
3. Bring Comfortable Pillows. Always bring comfortable pillows. It's no fun to go camping and wake up with a cramped, kinked neck from sleeping on flat pillows that you don't normally sleep on. And I like to bring a few extra toss pillows so I have something to curl up with when I read.

4. Use Portable Tables as Night Stands. If you have room, bring small portable tables to use beside the bed. We have small tables that fold flat for travel and storage, and they really bring an extra level of comfort to the camping bedroom. They are great for holding lanterns, radios, flashlights, water, glasses and any other thing you like to have at arm's reach at night.

5. Toss Out A Rug. Adding a rug beside the bed is so much more comfortable on the tootsies than a bare tent floor. And my little dogs like to sleep on it at night too. It just adds that extra level of comfort to a tent that makes it feel warm & cozy.
Years ago, when we started out camping as a young family, we used to sleep in sleeping bags on air mattresses on the tent floor. But as time has passed {and we have gotten older!} we have gradually upgraded to a few things that make our trips much more comfortable. If buying new equipment is not in the budget, searching yard sales and online buy/sell sites can often yield barely used camping equipment for a really great price.
Our family is going camping soon, and I really look forward to spending some unplugged time with my kids and husband in the great outdoors. And I have to say that I enjoy it all the more knowing that we can get a really good night's sleep in our cozy and comfortable tent!
If you are looking for more camping ideas, don't forget to check out this board on Pinterest:
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