Sunday, June 30, 2013

New Ways to Read the Feed

I'm sure you've heard by now, but Google Reader is shutting down tomorrow.  That means I'm not going to be in your feed tomorrow, because, well, there won't be a feed.  So here are a couple of new blog reader options. 

Bloglovin’ wants you to move over to them, so they have made it super easy!  Just click over to their site and register for a new account then you can easily import your reading list from Google Reader.  Most bloggers (including me) are registered with bloglovin but you can read any blog through their RSS feed.  Here's a great tutorial on how to use bloglovin'.
Feedly is another great option.  I haven't checked them out yet, but from what I've read, a lot of people are moving their feeds over.  This article gives a detailed explanation about feedly.
You can also follow me on Facebook.  I post links to my blog post each day. 
What blog reader are you using? 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Crib turned Porch Daybed

I cannot tell you how happy I am to have this daybed complete. It's been over a year since I decided to do it and I don't know what took me so long.  

I followed these suggestions and sawed about 9 inches off the legs. We also added a piece of plywood under the mattress to reinforce the seat so adults could sleep sit on the daybed. Instead of making a cover for the mattress, I decided to use a crib sheet. Thank you, Target.
The daybed is in our sunroom and it is the perfect place to curl up with a book. The girls love playing on it, and I'm sure there will be a few naps on it this summer. All we need is a few more pillows.

Linking to Nest of Posies

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Herringbone Painting {diy}

I saw this painting on Pinterest knew that I wanted to make one of my own. The girls helped me paint the canvas and I used this tutorial as a taping guide. I love the bright colors on my dark wall.
Have you ever been inspired by a painting on Pinterest? 

P.S.Some of my other Pinterest inspired projects, washi tape birdhouse and fabric pumpkin

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ten on Ten {June 2013}

Ten on Ten: take a photo an hour for ten consecutive hours capturing the ordinary beauty in your day to day life. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

{light and delicious} Strawberry Cake

Strawberry season is in full swing here in Pennsylvania and it makes me so happy.  They are a family favorite.  After strawberry picking yesterday, the girls and I made a light and delicious strawberry cake.

I make this cake every summer because it is simple and I always have the ingredients on hand.  I love the cake plain, but it is great with ice cream too.

Strawberry Cake
adapted from Martha Stewart 

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.

Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl and mix until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, milk, and vanilla. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate.

Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.

Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 45 minutes. Cool, serve and enjoy. 

Do you have a favorite strawberry cake recipe? 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Crockpot Cheese Tortellini {freezer meal}

It has been a while since I shared a freezer exchange meal.  So I thought I'd share one of my favorite meals from our May meal exchange.  It is a simple freeze and dump crock pot meal that fills you up.
Crockpot Cheese Tortellini

1 small bag of fresh spinach
2-14.5 oz cans of Italian style diced tomatoes, drained
8 oz cream cheese, diced
1 pound ground sausage or chicken/turkey sausage
4 cups chicken broth
1- 19 oz bag of frozen cheese tortellini

1. Brown the sausage and put the first five ingredients in crockpot or bowl and stir. 
*If freezing, put the sausage mixture in a freezer bag and freeze. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking.*
2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

3. Add the tortellini during the last 30 minutes of cooking. 
4. Enjoy! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

June goals

In June 2013 I will:

~Enjoy time with family
~Read five books
~Be happy 

Hello June! I'm so excited that summer is finally here.  Next week the girls and I are heading down south to visit family.  My sister and I have tons of Pinterest projects we want to accomplish.  Since I only get to see my family a few times a year, so I want to savor every moment with them.

I typically read 2-3 books a month, but I'm hoping to read a bit more during our vacation.  My reading list: Rules of Inheritance, The Secret History, Drowning Ruth, Delirium and...well I haven't decided yet.  Any suggestions?  Have you read any of these books? 

I'm generally a positive person, but this month I want to make an effort not to complain or yell or speak negatively about anyone.  To help with this goal, I've decided to do the Orange Rhino Challenge this month.  Wish me luck! 

Linking with Hello Monday and Miscellany Monday