Ashleigh F

Gender Neutral Playroom Reveal (Finally)

With 1 girl and 1 boy, this gender neutral playroom keeps both of them happy!

playroom reveal

It was well over a year ago that I promised that a ‘playroom reveal’ was coming soon. I’m sure most had given up on me. I would have, anyway. But this past week, the stars aligned and I found myself with both the time and energy to finish off some of the unfinished details of the room and to give it a good clean.  I still need to get a shot of the desk/craft area, so will update as soon as I get around to tidying that area.

playroom entrance

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Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowl

spaghetti squash taco bowl

Here’s a recipe I make ALL THE TIME. I have no idea how or why I haven’t posted it before….I guess it’s just such a staple around here that I take it for granted. But it’s solid, trust me. Even my husband is totally cool with this Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowl, and that’s saying something considering the response I usually get when I announce that we’re having spaghetti squash (or zoodles) for dinner.

My usuall M.O. is to prep a pound of ground turkey taco-style (with Ortega … it’s the only kind my family likes). I then split it up and put half (or maybe 60%) into the spaghetti squash bowls and set aside the other half for the kids’ tacos. So it’s kind of like preparing one meal for the whole family which is one of my #lifegoals. I can usually accomplish the one-meal-for-the-whole-family trick on two nights of the week … taco night and breakfast-for-dinner night. Open to suggestions on other family-friendly meals to try! (We have a 3 year old and a 6 year old). Read More

DIY Wood Square Photo Wall Art

 

DIY Wood Square Photo Art

Kind of a dumb project title, I know … but I wasn’t quite sure what to call these … they’re kind of like pop art, but not quite. I did use wood squares, and added photos … and I did it myself … so “DIY Wood Square Photo Wall Art” works, right?!?!?!

I might also add that my daughter is horrified by the pink one. Her exact words? “Now everyone will know how crazy I am!” Apparently I am not allowed to hang it anywhere in the house….which kind of defeats the purpose of this project. I may just have to replace it. The irony, of course, is that the pink one is actually my favorite – it’s just so….her!

Anyway, this idea was heavily inspired by some nursery art that I saw floating around Pinterest. I can’t find it now, but basically they had used cute animal pictures and mod podged them to brightly colored wood blocks. I just wanted personalized versions, so I whipped these up. Seriously one of the easiest and cheapest projects I’ve done in a long time. Read More

Capital Grille-Inspired Coconut Cream Pie

capital grille coconut cream pie

Right or wrong, my husband and I are waaaaay past the getting-each-other-something-special-for -Valentine’s-Day stage. We had been growing more and more apathetic each year about our V Day gifts for one another and then a couple years ago, my husband put the final nail in the coffin when he came home with an arrangement that included featured fluorescent dip-dyed carnations. I about lost it and BEGGED him not to buy me anything for Valentine’s Day ever again. He has complied and I am happy to report that our marriage has recovered from the incident.

Anyway, while we don’t buy gifts for one another, I do try to go out of my way a little bit to show the guy that I love him, and usually that takes the form of cooking for him. His all time favorite dessert is the coconut cream pie at the Capital Grille. He loves it so much that we’ll sometimes make a special stop there after dining elsewhere to pick up this decadent dessert to take home. We’ll sit in bed, put on some crap show and chow down on the most coconutty pie you’ll ever taste. That’s romance right there. Read More

Clementine & Thyme Gin Cocktail (Vermont-Inspired)

 

Clementine and Thyme Gin Cocktail

Ahhhh….Vermont. It never gets old. For such a tiny state, it’s amazing how much Vermont has to offer. Countless outdoor adventuring opportunities, a food and drink scene in Burlington (and elsewhere in VT) that rivals cities ten or twenty times its size, culture, history, you name it. We just took our fourth trip up there  (in less than 16 months – eek!) and this time hit the ski area of Jay Peak (more on that another day) and then spent the tail end of our trip in Burlington and ate our way through the city. Read More