Weekend travel + a busy work week = "It's Thursday already?"
I return quickly with some good news for anyone who has a small painting project on the horizon. Today through July 2nd, Glidden Paint is running a promo where you can sign up for a free quart of any of Glidden's 282 colors. You pick your favorite color (or the color you need for your project), fill out your shipping info and that's it. Paint should arrive in a few weeks. Go here to get your paint or call 1-800-GLIDDEN, there is a specific option when you call just for ordering your free paint.
I picked Spring Green for a yet to be determined paint project. What did you pick and what are you going to do with it?
What did make it to the reception was a boat load of beer, literally. The outside reception had a seaside theme to it. The bride reclaimed an old, wooden fishing boat, embellished it with marine-esque decoration, filled the bow with flowers and used it as self-service iced beverage (read beer) area.
A boat load of beer.
Since it was Father's Day we stopped by my Carolina hometown on the way back for a quick lunch with my dad. My mom was finishing up some pillows for my sister and I added the left over fabric below to my collection of remnants, destined one day to become pillows. With any luck in the next few weeks I will have a completed guest room to share. Be on the lookout for the orange to make an appearance then.Soon to be pillows
Overall I was a big fan. The grilled pizza has a thin crust, so it will cook fast. The final flavor and texture of the cooked crust is one with a smoky crunch, but with just enough "chewy" in the cooked dough to keep anything from tasting overcooked or burnt.
The prep and grilling process is pretty simple and once the pizza hits the grill grates it cooks in a flash. Not only does it taste good, but it is also a quick alfresco dinner.
So how exactly do you grill pizza?
1-Start with a few balls of homemade pizza dough. I make several batches of dough, separate it into portions and freeze it for quick dinners so I had some on hand. If you don't want to make your own, see if your local pizza place will sell raw dough.
2-Roll the dough into personal sized rounds (about 1/8" thick). The smaller, "personal" sized pizzas will be easier to handle on the grill. You will need to use flour or cornmeal to keep the dough from sticking as the rounds get rolled out. I used flour last night, but I think light cornmeal would add a nice texture and flavor.
3-Heat the grill to medium high heat. Brush the top of each dough round with olive oil (I also added a bit of garlic) and place it olive oil side down on the hot grill.
4-The crust will set quickly (about 3 minutes). It will be set when it slides easily off the grill. While the crust is setting/cooking (olive oil side down), brush more olive oil on topside of the dough round. After first side of the crust sets, flip the round with tongs or a spatula.
5-Once the "done" side is facing back up, top the pizza with toppings of your choice while the bottom of the crust cooks on the grill. Last night I used a little tomato sauce, basil from our garden and fresh mozzarella.
6-Once the toppings were added and both sides of the crust were cooked, I moved the pizza up to to top rack of the grill and closed the lid, just to keep the cheese melting.
That's about it. You should be able to grill several pizzas at once. Surprise your neighbors, invite them over for an backyard BBQ, open up a bottle or two of wine and instead of burgers and dogs, throw the dough on the grill.
If you give it a shot here are a few more tips.
-Get creative with your toppings, but have everything sliced and ready to go because the first side of the crust will cook very fast. Also the toppings should be minimal or the crust will burn long before the ingredients are warm or melted.
-Don't worry if the dough droops a little through the grill grate, it will firm up fast.
Who would like to host a little celebration in their backyard this summer. I am thinking dusk so we can watch the lightening bugs come out. You provide the garden and reason for celebrating; I will bring the wine and ...
Image and more about this 40th Birthday party at Celebrations at Home
Or maybe these pompoms instead:
Image and a tutorial from Martha Stewart
From The Newlywed Diaries
A small decor item or large furniture piece that you love from a flea market or thrift store can be the start of a collection or add vintage flare to your room.
I have a few things that I am hunting for. I will let you know how it goes.
We learned at closing that the sellers left a few decorative items in the house. Most of these items were in the bathrooms. What was left was really not my style (Bathroom B) and on the way to being outdated (Bathroom A). But it was nice to have a few rooms "done" before we even turned the key for the first time. I never would have thought that 2.5 and 3 years later we would not have touched either room.
There is most to say about Bathroom A, our downstairs half bath. Gold fixtures, the builder-grade decogon mirror, paint and wall decoration have now all been upgraded. No before pictures, sorry.
It was a gradual process, we found the light fixture first on major clearence at Lowe's. Major being about $11 compared to $80ish. The mirror change followed a few months later when I realized I already had a mirror stashed in a closet that would fit the space. The faucet was a quick upgrade as I was preping the house to host a baby shower last summer and the toliet paper and towel holders came a few months later after a trip to the Pottery Barn outlet. Finally, earlier this year I had a paint color inspiration and decided to finish it off.
It was truely gradual with no planning, initial inspration or goal. Each upgrade followed from the one before. So now the room looks like this:
This is the wall decoration over the toliet. It is the only thing on the walls, except for the white crown moulding at the top (thanks to the husband):
Our other two bathrooms are on the list to do some work on. Tile for sure. Still tossing around ideas about what else to change and what direction to go, but I do know that the ducks and gold hardware will be gone.
It does seem like a fun DIY project.
Image from Better Homes & Gardens May 2009 via 320 Sycamore
The color of the cabinet's are fabalous. Check out the LA Times article for the color.
I think I want open shelving (and a love seat) in my kitchen now.
Love the fabric, drape and wall colors mixed in this shot with the light from the window.
The horns may be a bit to rustic for me as a centerpiece, but how about the color coordinated stack of books on the mantel.
It makes me long for the days when early June ended worry over "school nights" until August.
Umm, I love this idea from Girl with Fabric's nursery. She hung them in a horizontal line on the the walls. No, I have no need for nursery decor quite yet, but with 26 letters it may take me a few years.
If that is a little to much project for you. How about individually framing these hip flash cards from The Land of Nod and hanging them in a grid over a crib or a changing table.