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So I have been working on my living room since we moved in...six years ago. It has gone from formal kid free living room, to housing a couch that doubled as a trampoline, to a giant empty room waiting to be decorated. I wish I had photos of every stage, but I never thought to take room photos as I went about my day...live and learn. I finally decided I was done living with an unfinished front room and decided on a fresh new color palette of coral, navy, white, and gold and ran with it. My accent wall was painted a fabulous shade of coral and my amazing father helped us create white built in bookshelves and then the room sat...and sat.
We realized at this point that we should have extended the laminate flooring we had done throughout the whole downstairs just last year when we remodeled the kitchen, so in classic Tiffani fashion, I had the flooring finished in a second, more labor intensive phase...and I couldn't be happier!
I then found a black statement mirror at Home Goods and repainted it with Glitterblast in gold- if you haven't discovered Glitterblast yet, go right now...stop reading and find something, anything, you need to make sparkle. This stuff is AMAZEballs- shout out to my sister for introducing this into my life. My husband should be a little worried- if I can paint it, it may just end up glittered!
On a whim I found two darling navy and white chairs ON SALE at Target, SCORE!, and the softest rug you have ever felt from Costco. Seriously soft, like my toddler goes and just lays down while drinking his morning smoothie, doing nothing but resting on this rug, soft.
And that's where we stood- the room still needed something...so I bought some fabric and decided to cover every old throw pillow in my house, 14 to be exact.
I am in love with the new space, it makes me smile every morning I come downstairs. My annual photo books have a new home and all of our homemade quilts and throws are on display in wire baskets. The window seat's drawers are the perfect place to store extra pillows and bedding for overnight guests (our window seat is slightly larger than a twin mattress so it's perfect place for a good night's sleep!) and any extra supplies (can we say folding step stools?). I hope you enjoyed the "tour" through my new living room space. What home areas have you been making over lately??
I thought I would quickly share one of my favorite salads that I ate at least twice a week with our garden tomatoes. It is super easy and so delicious.
This salad has spring greens (baby spinach could also be delicious), fresh garden tomatoes sliced, fresh mozzarella sliced, torn basil leaves, balsamic dressing, and homemade croutons.
Homemade croutons are so easy to make and I think make all the difference. After eating fresh homemade croutons, it is almost impossible to eat store bought croutons. To make croutons I don't do anything fancy. I slice up a loaf of sourdough or french bread into cubes. I drizzle the bread cubes with olive oil and a few tablespoons of melted butter. Into the bowl with bread cubes I sprinkle garlic (fresh or dried), basil, and parsley. I give it a good toss and put them on a lined cookie sheet. I put the pan in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. At about 10 minutes I give them a stir. Super easy and super delish!
I am looking forward to enjoying the next few weeks of my garden tomatoes, but I'm curious what fall vegetables will you be putting in your salad?
It's back to reality and the California heat!!! I spent an amazing couple days in beautiful Iowa. I went with family to visit the family farm and I was in love.
We're excited to be hosting a local artisan craft faire this year to help our friends and family get a jump start on holiday shopping! If you're interested in more details and want to come check out all the fun, drop us an email and we'll keep you posted with all the details as the day approaches! For now, mark your calendar for Sunday, November 2nd, starting at 10am, we hope to see you all there!
After some thought and research we have decided to venture into the gluten free world. I should note I have a son who is a very picky eater and is very tiny. There are a few key things he eats that are full of flour that I need to find a replacement for, one of them being waffles. He LOVES waffles and would eat them daily if I let him. After buying my first gluten free box of waffles for $5 for 6 of them I realized I need to come up with a better plan. So I am a Mama on a mission to make some of his favorite recipes gluten free and cost effective. I already encountered what I think will be my biggest hurdle - the fact that 2 of the 5 of us have a nut allergy as well. After several tweaks and adjustments I think I found the right combination! In fact I would call it a success! They were lightly crisp on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside. The husband didn't even ask what was different and I scored big time finding most of the special flours at Winco in the bulk bins.
Gluten Free Waffles
1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/4 tapioca flour
1/2 cup potato starch
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons of sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Yields: 8 waffles
1. Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk.
2. Pour into waffle iron, in batches. (I use a cooking oil spray to coat my waffle iron)
Next time I make this I am going to double the batch so I have extras to freeze. It will make school mornings much easier! No more buying a box of waffles for $5.
Next, I thought it would be fun for the ladies to write some wishes for the baby. The download has 2 to a page and measure 5x7. And don't worry if you are throwing a girl shower I made them in pink as well!
I found these cute photo books on Pick Your Plum that will work perfect to glue the completed pages in. In the back of the book I made a library card style pocket to hold all the advice cards for the Mama. I love that the front of the book has a peek through opening. I was torn about what to put. I searched for something special for a mom who is having a baby boy. I ended up putting a few lines from one of my favorite books The Giving Tree.
Hope you enjoy the printables! Be sure to become a follower and message us with pictures of how you use the Wishes and Wisdom pages!