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Recipes | Spaghetti Squash & Tomato Bake

05.08.14

I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve found my favorite recipe ever!  We’re hooked!  A friend recently shared this recipe and said she found it on Green Lite Bites.  Roni from Green Lite Bites shares great clean eating recipes, so check out her blog!  I’m only passing along this recipe because it’s that good!  All the credit goes to Roni and also Tracy for sharing with me!  Thanks, guys!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 2-3 large garden tomatoes sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder, basil, parsley for sprinkling 
  • 5 oz fancy shredded Mexican cheese blend (you could use the cheese of your preference)

Directions:

  1. Cook the spaghetti squash
    • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
    • Cut the spaghetti squash longways and cook on a cookie sheet for 45 minutes. *If the squash is too hard to cut, you can bake for 15 minutes whole then cut longways.
  2. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Spray a 11 x 9 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti squash.  
  5. Spread about 1 cup of spaghetti squash on bottom.
  6. Top with a layer of sliced tomatoes.
  7. Sprinkle with kosher salt and spices.
  8. Top with 1.5 ounces of cheese.
  9. Repeat steps #5-8 two more times.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes uncovered.
The first time we cooked it we followed the recipe.  The next time we added ground turkey to the layers, and it was even more delicious!!
The best part of this recipe is the nutritional information.  Roni from Green Lite Bites  provided this great chart.

Servings Amt per Serving
6 3×3 square
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
100 5g 2g old: 2 new: 3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
4g 3g 9g 7g

Seriously?!  100 calories for a hash brown casserole taste-alike?!!


Enjoy!!

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea | Custom Photo Book

05.01.14

We received our wedding book, and I am so excited.  I am so pleased with it!!  Here are some of the details.

All wedding photos were taken by the wonderful Stephanie Davis.  She captured all of our wedding day memories with such ease.

Melissa from Gray Star Design put together our wedding book.  I highly recommend her if you are looking for a way to showcase wedding day photos or any other special event.  I found her Etsy shop and then was directed to her website which offers many different ways to customize your book.  My parents and I both got the 10×10 size, mine with a linen cover and theirs with a photo cover.  They are both stunning.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share what I think would be a wonderful gift idea for moms.  A DIY photo book is a thoughtful present that any mom would cherish.  There are many, great sites that allow you to use your own photos to create a beautiful book.  Here are some of my favorite sources:

My Publisher

My Publisher has several great deals happening now.  They offer new customers a free copy of their first book as well as site-wide sale with 20 – 75% off books through May 5th.  They also offer many great cover and paper options.

Artifact Uprising

Artifact Uprising has more than just photo books!  Aside from their hard and softcover books, they offer products like wooden boxes, wood calendars, wood blocks + prints, postcard packs and square print sets that are totally customizable.  

Blurb

Blurb offers several book sizes, cover styles and 1000s of layouts, and they even guarantee that your book will arrive in 7-10 days.

Shutterfly

Shutterfly offers a “simple” path and a “custom” path.  With the simple path you upload your photos, and they are arranged for you.  How easy is that?  The custom path allows you to add, move and resize pictures and text anywhere.  As an added bonus they offer free shipping!
XO,
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DIY Sofa Table

04.30.14

Welcome back!!  Hope everyone had a fun weekend!  Parker and I went to a friend’s wedding last night, and it was SO much fun!  It was our first wedding since our own, and it made me want to relive June 15th all over again!

Today I have a really fun project that should be titled “Parker’s DIY Sofa Table”.  I showed him a picture of what I wanted, and he went to town.  He made a list of our needed supplies, gathered them at Home Depot and built the table on his own (I assisted).  While I love DIY projects, I don’t have much experience using power tools.  Actually, I should say that I don’t have any experience using power tools, but I do have a great teacher!  Parker is so handy, and I’m so glad he enjoys DIY projects as much as I do…almost…
Here is my inspiration for the project.  I wanted something behind the sofa to add depth to the wall.
I knew the table would be going behind our sofa, which is against the wall, so it really didn’t matter what it looked like because you wouldn’t see very much of it.  If our sofa was in the middle of the room, and I was looking for a console table to go behind it I would probably want something like this, but our sofa will be against the wall as long as we are living in this apartment.
Either way, both of these tables were out of our budget, so I knew if I wanted a sofa table I would have to build it.  Let the fun begin!
Here are the supplies needed:
  • (1) 6 foot cedar board
  • (2) 3 foot cedar boards
  • (1) 4 foot cedar board
  • 2 inch construction screws
  • sand paper
  • Minwax Polyshades stain (We used “Antique Walnut Satin”)
  • electric drill
Our couch measures 6.5 feet wide and 3 feet tall.  The measurements above fit that size couch.  The measurements can easily be adjusted to fit your couch.

We had the cedar boards cut down to the lengths listed above.  You can do this on your own, but Home Deport does it for free if you buy the wood from them!

First you will sand the wood to smooth all edges and correct any imperfections.  I don’t have a photo of this, but a tip is to sand in the direction of the grain in long, smooth strokes.
Next you will use the 4 foot board to create a stable base for the table legs.  We drilled 3 screws on each end.  It should look similar to this:
After you create your base you will add the table top.  If you use the same board lengths as we did, your table legs will be 4 feet wide and your table top will extend 1 foot past the leg on each side.  Drill 3 screws through the table top into each leg.  Your table should now look like this:
*Important: make sure the screws are positioned over the center of each leg to prevent the wood from splitting*
After your table is built you will stain it.  Staining can be tricky.  Similar to sanding, it’s very important to apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain.  If you don’t you can cause it to look uneven, and that would be tragic!  You can apply coats to your desired color.  We applied 2 coats and waited 6 hours between each coat.  This is after 1 coat:
Coming along, huh?  After the second coat dried we positioned the sofa table behind the couch.  Let me show you a before picture prior to the table. (Yes, our apartment came with an orange accent wall.  I have mixed feelings about it.)
I actually don’t have an after picture of the sofa table alone.  I know, what was I thinking?  I tend to be impatient with projects and really wanted to get it behind the sofa so I could start styling!  Here is an after photo behind the couch:
Here are a few close up views:

 

 

After all was said and done, this project cost $40.00.  What a steal!!  Let me know your thoughts.  I love hearing from you!
Xo,
Claire
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diy // greek key trim curtains

04.27.14

This weekend I knocked out a project I’ve been thinking about for months now.  I’ve learned that curtains can make or break a room, thus deciding I wanted to recreate these beautiful, custom made Greek key trim curtains that 

Amanda from Amanda Carol Interiors

 has featured in her living and dining room.  If you remember back in February I featured Amanda on the blog.  Check it out 

here

 if you missed it!

Gorgeous, huh?  Amanda has mentioned on her blog that splurging on custom drapery is worth the investment.  I agree, and feel that window treatment can really bring a space together.  However,  I do not want to splurge on having custom curtains made as we are living in an apartment and will only be here temporarily.  When we purchase our first house I will definitely take that step.  For now,  I did my best to recreate Amanda’s beautiful Greek key trim draperies.  Here is our bare window.

I found this great, Greek key trim at Hobby Lobby.  I used the 40% off coupon from their app, and it ended up costing me $15 for four yards.  Score!

I found these neutral curtains at Target for $18 each.  Believe it or not, I had to patiently search for these.  I periodically searched Target, IKEA, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Homegoods and finally after several months, Target began to carry these.  They’re just what I was hoping to find.  I wanted a material that was light and airy looking but was thick enough to actually block the sun coming in the window.

I laid the fabric out and then pinned the trim to make sure I was going to like the final product.

I liked it, so I made it permanent…..with……hot glue.  Don’t judge me.  Remember that time I said I wished I could sew?  Yeah, I was really wishing during this project.  Oh well, hot glue did the trick, and no one will know except all of you :).  I lined each side of the trim with a thin line of hot glue about 6 inches at a time.

After gluing the trim down, I ran an iron over the curtains and then got to work on the rod.  I purchased these curtain rods awhile back and really wanted to reuse them, SO I did what I do best.

…Take one guess.

You got it!  I added a coat of gold spray paint!

Here are the rods and curtains after the makeover.  My photography skills are a work in progress :).

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