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DIY: Wicker Couch

There is nothing like the euphoria of finishing a DIY project, and that’s the high that I’m on right now. This weekend, we spent some time refinishing a new (to us – and free!) wicker couch. Someone was giving it away on our Next Door app and Trevor jumped on it. We got the couch home and it sat in our garage for a while (while we were in North Carolina).  Fast forward to last weekend and we kicked it into high gear. We borrowed a pressure washer from boss and got to work. The washer did a great...

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Grilled Vegetable Panzanella

I’d been meaning to make this Panzanella recipe for quite some time so when we had a beautiful Sunday for grilling, I jumped at the chance.  This is easily going to be my go-to summer salad recipe. It has everything we love – grilled onions and red peppers, mozzarella and even grilled, crusty bread (which is amazing on its own!). As I said, I made this Panzanella for dinner Sunday night, and I’m glad this doesn’t make a ton because Trevor and I ate pretty much all of it (sigh). We had this alongside a piece of venison, but I...

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Weekend Recap: Saratoga Farmers Market and Blueberry Picking

After traveling for the last few weekends, it felt so good to be home and enjoying summer to its fullest. I really wanted to get to the Saratoga Farmers Market on Saturday because we hadn’t been at all this summer. Its one of the best things about living in such a nice city like Saratoga Springs because there are so many great farms close by and the market really is hopping on a Saturday morning (its open 9-1 on Saturdays and 3-6 on Sundays in High Rock Park).  We bought some early heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and, of course,...

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Summer Cooking Bucket List 2017

At the start of every summer, I like to do some serious recipe research of things I’d like to tackle with some extra free time on vacations. After looking through Pinterest boards and what some of my favorite bloggers are cooking, I create my summer cooking bucket list. It’s so easy to get stuck in a recipe rut so this gives me a little opportunity to make sure I’m stepping out of our usual comfort zone and trying really spectacular food all summer long. Previous summer cooking lists: 2014 2015 This year’s list has a little bit of everything...

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My favorite heirloom kitchen items

Food bloggers get really wrapped up in showing the latest and greatest kitchen tools. While that’s all well and good, I keep going back to some of my old favorites. These almost all have been gifts at some time or another, and hold a special place in my heart. I’m not a sentimental person when it comes to stuff, but these are the things that no matter where we move in life, I’ll definitely pack them.  These are just some of my favorite heirloom kitchen items with a little story on each one.  This list would be incomplete without...

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