Our final trip of the summer has come and gone. Even though it rained almost the whole time we were there, we still managed to squeeze in some staple cottage activities during the few dry hours we had outside and made up our own fun inside as well. Here are some of the highlights from the trip: Continue reading
If Lucy had a say in this post, it wouldn’t be happening. She actually hates water. Being a terrier, she would rather dig in the dirt than dip one paw in the water. Regardless, here are three things that would be great for the water-loving dog.
1. Lifejacket. Lucy has a life jacket she wears when we take her on boat rides. She is less than thrilled with it. (see photo below)
2. Water Toys. West Paw Design’s Hurley toy is great for playing fetch in the water since it’s totally buoyant.
3. Cooling Bandanna. Dip this bandanna from My Outward Hound in water then tie it around your dog’s neck to keep them cool when it’s hot out (and they aren’t swimming). Lucy’s thinking this is a must have since she’s not a fan of those super hot summer days.
We’ll be dusting off her life jacket again this week at the cottage. I know she can’t wait!
Happy Monday! I’m back and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated from our lovely beach trip! We got crab legs not once, but TWICE, and every day was sunny and beautiful. Can’t ask for much more than that! We didn’t get in until late last night, so my apologies for the late Monday post. Stay tuned though, I have some fun stuff planned for the upcoming week! The photo above is one of the pics from my trip. Check out my photos on instagram for some more fun highlights @stuffstephdoes.
Enjoy the rest of your day!
I think this will be the 42,876th time I’ve mentioned it, but, B and I are headed to the beach this week! Woot! Design Sponge posted this awesome diy beach bag project out of a mesh screen and since I am completely in love with it, I used it as inspiration for planning my next few days of soaking in the oceanside rays. Here’s some of my essentials for beach days:
1. A good read. I’ve started this book already and I’m sure I’ll finish it up this week. // 2. Keep a hat on to protect your hair and scalp. How adorable is this hat from Target? // 3. Sunscreen is a must! I always put stronger, oil-free stuff on my face to keep up my youthful appearance 🙂 // 4. Need to stay hydrated when the sun is beating down on you all day. // 5. I typically keep the books away from the beach because I don’t like to get them sandy, so I read magazines down by the water. I try to keep it well rounded balancing out the modern design with a healthy dose of celebrity gossip.
Alright I suppose I should actually pack instead of blogging about it! Enjoy your Tuesday!
We’ve finally hit somewhat of a “cold front” with temperatures in the low 90’s (which is totally amazing compared to the scorching triple digits we had last week). When it’s this hot, it’s hard to get myself to actually cook around a hot stove and I find myself veering toward more salads and other cold dishes.
Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans, and to everyone, really, because I wish everyone a happy day 🙂
This week has been ridiculously crazy with the power and the random Wednesday off from work. Thankfully our power was restored yesterday and we can spend this perfectly timed midweek holiday stocking up the fridge and catching up on laundry/chores that didn’t get done over the weekend.
How are you spending the holiday?
image via Columbus Underground
Boy oh boy what a weekend it’s been. A terrible storm came through Columbus and left hundreds of thousands of Ohioans without power in triple-digit heat. Us included. And it’s estimated that power won’t come back until this coming Friday. In fact, our Governor declared a state of emergency for Ohio (as well West Virginia and Virginia’s Governors) and asked for electricians from other states come in to help fix the damage. We passed a fleet of electricians coming in from Michigan to help.
Saturday was spent finding places with power and a/c to stay comfortable in the unbearably warm temperatures. You don’t realize how much we take power for granted until you don’t have it at your disposal anymore. We were fortunate to have wonderful friends offer us their air-conditioned guest house until power is restored in our neighborhood. We now have a comfortable place to stay complete with internet access, so the blog will continue during our little powerless adventure! (in case you were worried, because I’m sure you were). But really, there are a lot of people who don’t have an air conditioned place to hide away to, so be sure to keep them in your thoughts and be thankful for the basic utilities you have access to. I know it has put a little perspective on things for me.
How was your weekend? Did the storm pass by your area?
I’ve sort of ignored the music portion of my monday posts the past few weeks. Sorry about that. Here’s an oldie that I thought was fitting for the situation.
I made this potato salad for the Father’s Day festivities this past weekend and it was a definite hit! Brandon isn’t a fan of mayonnaise, and I when I saw this recipe I thought it sounded so summery and fresh I had to try it out.
German Potato Salad (a recipe from Whole Foods)
- 2 pounds Yukon Gold or yellow potatoes, unpeeled
- 1/2 pound bacon
- 1 large white onion, chopped
- 2 tbs canola oil
- 3 tbs whole-grain mustard
- 6 tbs apple cider vinegar, or to taste
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbs chopped parsley
Boil potatoes in a large pot until tender, 15-20 minutes. Don’t let them get too soft! Drain and cool slightly, then slice. Put sliced potatoes into a large bowl.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet. Put on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. When cool enough to handle, crumble into small pieces. Drain off all but 1 tbs fat from the skillet and return to medium heat. Add white onion and cook until lightly browned, 7-8 minutes. Add onion and warm bacon to potatoes. Gently toss together.
In another bowl mix together oil, mustard, vinegar, green onions, salt and pepper. Pour over potato mixture and gently toss together until coated. Garnish with parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8.
I made it the day before and let it sit in the fridge overnight. It was still very good. I doubled the recipe since we were having people over but there were a ton of leftovers, partly because there was so much other food. I also think it would have been better with a little less vinegar. Regardless, it was very good. Definitely a keeper!
Of course I buy some produce all year round, but once the temperature starts to rise I find my fridge is constantly stocked with fresh cut fruit and veggies. I made this pico for chip dipping and taco topping this past weekend. It was too tasty not to share!
I started this project nearly a month ago back when I was working on the anthro-inspired flower pillow. I was waiting until the fear of frost was gone for Central Ohio to finally plant my herbs and was told May 15 is the magic number for frost free nights. I cheated on May 5 after looking at the 10-day weather forecast and there was no frost in sight, so I’m taking the gamble a few days early.