Food Life

California Crisps

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I am SUCH A SNACKER. I eat more snacks than I do actual meals, and I truly think snacking is what keeps my weight down and my metabolism up. I’m not sure how I found this amazing company, California Crisps – perhaps it was through an accidental instagram search – but I love their stuff so much!

The dried pineapples are my total fav, and they even make suckers with their dried fruit. You have got to check them out! And if you’re a snacker like me, these need to be in your pantry. No flavors added! Just good ol’ natural fruit.

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Decor DIY Life

Leif Shop Sequin Basket

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I love to keep you guys updated on the things that inspire me or simply make me happy here at The Weir House, and this sequin basket is one of those things! Do you know that feeling when you come across a product that’s so “you”, there’s no doubt in your mind that you’re going to buy it? It’s like an immediate add-to-cart-and-checkout spasm, and you don’t know how you lived life before it?

ENTER SEQUIN BASKET.

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This impulse purchase is quickly turning into one of my most favorite things. And there are so many ways you can utilize this basket: use it as a catch all, or do what I did and…PUT PLANTS IN IT. Right now, it’s currently sitting on a mile high stack of cookbooks with succulents spilling out of the top, and I literally cannot get over how adorable it is. It adds such a fun personality to my home.

Ok, ok. Enough rambling. Oh, and if you wanna put plants in your own basket, buy a plastic plant saucer and voila! No mess, just cute!

 

Food Life

Mexico The Cookbook: Mexican Street Corn

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WHAT JUST HAPPENED TO MY TASTE BUDS.

Remember this post about my new cookbooks? I finally made a recipe from the Mexico Cookbook, and I literally just wanna jump on my couch Tom Cruise style and scream about how much I’m in love with this book.

I don’t even know what to say other than this recipe will maybe cost you $10 to make, and after you eat it, you’ll wanna jump on the couch, too. You feel?

Less talking and more eating. Got it! Here’s the recipe below. You’re welcomeeeeee!

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Ingredients:

6 corn on the cobs

Sea Salt

1 Cup Queso Fresco

3 Limes

1 Cup Mayonnaise

Chili Powder

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and put the corn on the cobs (with husks) directly on the oven rack and cook for 30 minutes.

Rub half a lime over each cob. Spread the mayonnaise over each corn cob. Crumble the Queso fresco and sprinkle over the cobs (I use a lot of queso and put extra on the plate to add as you eat!) Season with sea salt and chili powder.

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Decor Life

Sherwin Williams Peacock Blue

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We’ve been in our house for almost one year; it will be one year on October 23! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? Every day I wake up in this house, I make my cup of coffee, sit in my favorite chair for at least an hour, and visualize what my next decor move will be. Interior decorating is my JAM. I come from a long line of women who love design: my great grandmother used to sell furniture; my grandmother had her own shop filled with antique finds, and my mom and dad taught me everything I know about decor through architecture and decorating. I grew up with my mom and her sisters getting lamps and art for Christmas, and I used to think, “How boring. That will never be me!” Oh, how the times have changed! I’d kill for a lamp and some new art! Ha!

Decorating on a budget is hard, though. I remember thinking to myself last year where my house would be at a year from now. I’m a little sad that I haven’t made much progress (with money being the biggest factor). We strive to live a life of balance and save for taxes/health insurance, vacations, dinners out, clothes, and a little home touch ups here and there. Putting money into so many different pots means only a little is left for the home. I’m happy, though! I think struggles bring out creativity, force you to see things differently and work with what you have…so I went out and bought a $50 gallon of paint from Sherwin Williams. Ohhhhh, I have major heart eyes for this teal!

I jumped back and forth between a soft mint/green/gray paint color and this slap-you-in-your-face-teal. If you know me in the least bit, it’s no surprise that I went with the punchy color. I love jewel tones!! I am so pleased with how it turned out, and it’s absolutely crazy what a can of paint can do to a home. CRAZY. I plan to add a few different shades of green in this space for contrast, which is one major reason I went with teal.

My decor goals in these next few months are 1) purchase and hang velvet, chartreuse curtains for a pop of contrast 2) coffee table 3) rattan barstools 4) a rug 5) a console table for under the TV 6) the most fun part – adding personality!

I am so excited at the direction our house is moving in, and I cannot wait to add piece by piece! Feeling super rejuvenated after this paint job. Woo Hoo!

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Food Life

Summer Fruit Platter

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I put this fruit platter together in less than 5 minutes…and that’s a good thing!

When Summer time rolls around, I just want to be outside getting my tan on. I’m sure it’s the same for you! This fruit platter is quick while still serving as a beautiful presentation. All it takes is

  • Sliced watermelon
  • Sliced pineapple
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Carnations/carnation petals for good measure

Seriously — how easy is that? Take it to the beach, the park, a friends house, a pool party…wherever!

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Top it off with a Sparkling Rosemary Paloma from Style Me Pretty Living and you’ve got cause for a celebration, party girl! *Edit: drinks stand no chance in the Florida heat! Add lots of ice and hope it doesn’t melt, like mine 😉

Sparkling Rosemary Paloma Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz rosemary simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • sparkling grapefruit soda (You can use Izze, San Pellegrino, Joia)
  • squeeze of lime
  • rosemary for garnish
  • grapefruit for garnish

Instructions

  1. Salt the rim of a glass by rubbing a slice of lime along the rim and dipping into margarita salt. Fill the glass with ice. Add all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of grapefruit.
  2. Rosemary Simple Syrup: Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar to a pot. Add 2 sprigs of rosemary. Bring to a simmer and cook until all sugar is dissolved. About 5 minutes. Let cool completely

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