Friday, June 20, 2014

Get Creative with Storage

Hey everyone!

I don't know about you but I'm always trying to find ways to organize our stuff. Whether it's clothes, office supplies, hats and mitts or feels good to have a space for everything tucked away. Wicker Emporium has featured my mood board I did this week in efforts to get creative with storage.

There are lots of storage options out there and they can look beautiful in your home. When furnishing kids' rooms, look for side tables with multiple drawers. I don't know about you but my kids love to collect trinkets from inside and out. Having drawers in their side tables allows them to hide their treasures and keep them in a safe place.

How pretty would that robin's egg blue cabinet look in a bathroom? A perfect spot to store your towels and toiletries. Lovely.

Want to know how a dresser can be used for more than just keeping your socks, undies and t-shirts organized? Head over to the Wicker Emporium website and see my blog post.

Happy Weekend.

Keep it Beautiful.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday Yummies: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Hey everyone!

I've got something delicious for you. Do you love rhubarb? Picking the rhubarb from my garden at this time every year is a sure sign that summer has officially begun. I've got a yummy rhubarb crisp recipe that is easy to make and tastes oh-so-yummy! Last week our big guy stayed up later and helped me bake this up...

Here's What You Need:

1 cup of sugar
3 tbsp all purpose flour
3 cups of diced rhubarb
3 cups of diced strawberries
1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup of butter
1 cup rolled oats

Here's What You Do:

1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees
2. Mix white sugar, 3 tbsp of flour, strawberries and rhubarb. Place in a 9X13 dish (I actually used a deep dish pie plate (my Nana's) and had enough to make a smaller that I froze).

3. Mix 1 1/2 cups of flour, brown sugar, butter and oats until crumbly. Yummy.
This is our big guy workin' the pastry cutter...

4. Place the crumble over the top of the strawberry rhubarb mixture.
5. Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

Oh heaven on a plate! Warm strawberry rhubarb crisp with a little vanilla ice cream? Yup. Summer is here!

Keep it Beautiful.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How To Build an Outdoor Foundation For Your Playhouse or Shed

Whether you want to build a playhouse or a shed, your structure will need a foundation. Click here and Mr. Fix-It and I will give you some tips and tricks on how to create a safe and solid foundation.

Keep It Beautiful.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Coral Living

Hey everyone! Have a great weekend? We hit the cottage and had fun-in-the-sun! Speaking of sun, I love the colour coral in home design. It screams summer, sun and oh-so-fabulous.

In a nursery or in accents like throw pillows, coral instantly gives the room a fresh, summer look.
Censational Girl
Check out these chairs...pretty eh? And hello, so is the price!

TJ Max
The coral headboard, blue walls and simple white duvet looks pretty lovely to me.

Come and check out my "Coral Living" Pinterest Board and get some ideas for your fresh.fabulous.sophisticated room that is waiting for a hit of coral.

Keep it Beautiful.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wednesday Yummies: An Asian Feast!

Hey everyone!

Are you a meal planner? I find that when I have suppers planned for the week that we feel more organized and healthy. I actually look forward to the flyers being delivered to our door and whatever happens to be on the front page of our grocery store's flyer is what inspires me to make for the week.

Last week, chicken, asparagus and peppers graced the flyer's front page so I knew it would be a perfect opportunity to cook up a delicious feast pairing these ingredients with the goodies sent to me by Blue Dragon. Do you remember the recipe I shared with you for Chinese New Year? Well I have another one to share with you. Last Friday night, Mr. Fix-It and I put the kids to bed, cracked opened a bottle of red and cooked up an Asian feast. Here is what we came up with...

General Tao Chicken Stir Fry in a Chinese Curry & General Tao Chicken Stir Fry in Chilli Coconut Sauce

Hoisin Infused Spring Rolls

Here is what you need:
- sliced cabbage (I used the shredded cabbage from a coleslaw bag)
- half an avocado
- crushed peanuts
- chopped fresh cilantro
- Blue Dragon Hoisin Sauce
- Blue Dragon Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce
- Blue Dragon Spring Roll Wrappers

Here is what you do:
1. In a small bowl, add a couple of tablespoons of Hoisin Sauce and Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce to 1 cup of shredded cabbage. Let it sit and get happy together.
2. Following the directions on the Blue Dragon Spring Roll Wrappers package, combine the cabbage, avocado, peanuts and cilantro in the centre of the wrapper. Roll it up and enjoy. We dipped the rolls in the Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce. Yum!

General Tao Chicken Stir Fry in a Chinese Curry

 Here is what you need:
- chicken (diced) We used two boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- red and yellow peppers (chopped)
- asparagus (chopped)
- green onions (chopped)
- fresh chopped cilantro
- Blue Dragon General Tao Stir Fry Sauce
- Blue Dragon Chinese Curry Stir Fry Sauce

Here is what you do:
1. In a large pan, cook the diced chicken in a tablespoon of olive oil.  Once the chicken is fully cook add the Blue Dragon General Tao Stir Fry Sauce. Set aside.
2. In a large pan, cook peppers, asparagus and onions. Add your chicken back to the pan pour the Blue Dragon Chinese Curry Stir Fry Sauce over the dish. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

General Tao Chicken Stir Fry in Chilli Coconut Sauce

Repeat step 1 and 2, except pour over the Chilli Coconut Sauce at the end instead of the Curry Stir Fry Sauce. Delish!

A little grilled bok choy and white rice = perfect matches for our chicken dishes.

There you go. Super easy and delicious meals that are perfect to add to next week's meal plan. A great go-to supper for a week night meal or for a weekend date night :)

Blue Dragon is also having a great contest on right now. "Like" the Blue Dragon Facebook Page and you will be entered to win an awesome prize pack of ingredients to create your own feast!

Keep it Beautiful.

“Disclosure:I am part of the Blue Dragon Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”
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