Maybe it is my love affair with the beach, but recently I have realized I have an obsession with coconut. Eating coconut, lathering in coconut, decorating with coconut, even sniffing coconut. Here are products that I use on a way too regular basis:
Sunbelt Fudge Dipped Coconut Bars
A little bit waxy, but totally worth it.
Pina Coloda Orange Julius
Don't you remember going to the mall and getting these delish treats? Maybe I should head over there now...hmmmm.
My own Coconut Meringue bites
Oh these are waaaaaaay to addicting to make unless it is right before they will be eaten. I have foolishly made these a couple of days in advance only to end up with a hand full to take to a party, ooops.
The Sweet Toothfairy's Toasted Coconut Cupcake
These are indescribable perfection. After my first Read more [...]
I am a list person. Lists keep me organized and on top of things. You may have seen my Grocery Shopping List where I have everything I ever buy, almost, on a one page printable. My Road Trip Pack List works the same way. I have included anything I could imagine we would take on our family road trips. These road trips might include staying in a hotel or rental property, camping, and staying with friends or family.
Here's how it works:
Print off the list.
Highlight the items you need for a particular trip.
Write in any thing I might have missed.
Gather the highlighted items.
Cross them off with a pen.
Hit the road, knowing you didn't forget anything!
(Note: you could also print off a duplicate list, highlight it as well then when it is time to pack up and head home, you are sure you didn't leave Read more [...]
Whenever I go to a city fair or carnival I am always drawn in by the bright crisp tie dyes that hang from the canopies and are usually sold by some funky hippies. A slight tinge on jealousy always lingers knowing how many times I have tried to make awesome tie dyes but failed miserably. You see in high school, my friend Nicole and I had a great plan to make some rad t-shirts for ourselves. We bought loads of R.I.T. dye and started making awesome designs in a bunch of t's. After the dye set for a few minutes, we unwrapped them and exposed our awesomeness. Unfortunately those awesome designs turned into faded muddy messes every time we rinsed or washed our creations. Well, never again. I found a kit (thanks to our regional YW camp meeting) that does all it promises and then some.
The Tie Dye Kit
There Read more [...]
When I asked Justin what dessert he wanted for Father's Day, he instantly said The Berry Trifle. My mom concocted this about 10 years ago and it has been a family favorite ever since. BEWARE: This dessert is very decadent and rich. I've named it Tropical Berry Trifle because it is full of berries, as well has bananas, crushed pineapple, and coconut extract.
Let's start off with the ingredients that make up this tasty treat.
2 8oz pkg. cream cheese
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
8 oz sour cream
2 tsp coconut extract
2 cups Cool Whip
1 family size frozen Sara Lee pound cake
1 16 oz pkg of strawberries
16 oz. frozen mixed berries
2 bananas, sliced
20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
Prep the fruit. Drain the canned pineapple. Strain the juice from the frozen berries. Slice the strawberries Read more [...]
On Saturday, June 2, 2012 there was an awesome event. A FREE swap meet put on by Desert Green Goddess. Everyone came to a park in the middle of our town and dropped off unwanted clothes, decor, projects, etc. Almost as soon as it was placed on a table, someone else walked by and snatched it up...for free! My 10 year old and I were really excited. We brought some of our old junk, and took home a bunch too. One of our finds was this tattered, but free backpack.
I loved the surfer feel of the fabric and immediately imagined it into a backpack pillow for his Surfing bedroom. I gave it a quick wash with my intoxicating laundry soap combo knowing that would bet out any stains and make it smell like "us". Then I got to work trimming off all of the stray and unraveling threads. Then whipped out my sewing machine Read more [...]
A few years ago I was honored to be the designer/decorator for my friend Laree's house remodel. It was a crazy whirlwind start to finish in four months. She has graciously let me take photos of her home so I can share how amazing the finished product is! Today's tour is of her living room.
We were going for an Anthropologie meets glam funky look, and I think we nailed it.
The walls are bright and funky, while everything else is layered neutrals adding texture and depth. I'll be honest, I knew this was going to be a love it or hate it room. Before any furnishings were brought in, I think my sister and I were the only two in the LOVE it column. But, after we added all of the furnishings, most were converted to our side.
Voluminous curtains add weight and balance to each side of the room.
It all started Read more [...]
I am a huge Habitat for Humanity fan, and I'm not just talking about their ReStore shops. So when I was asked to be apart of a series that donates to Habitat, shows off your home improvement projects, and gives away gift cards to my readers, I was all in!
The awesome bloggers from One Project Closer and The Better Half have been putting this series on for four years. But, good news for us, they are expanding the series for this, their fifth year. They have invited Burlap & Denim and 13 other blogs to help promote and choose the winners, as well as featuring that winner in an article on that blogger's site! That means 14 chances for you to win!
Jocie & Kim from One Project Closer's The Better Half
How it Works
If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the basics: you submit pictures and a story Read more [...]
So I have this neighbor named Kimble. He's the "Big Kid" in the hood. And by kid, I mean he loves toys, and has a lot of them. His house is amazing and even has a basement with a tiered theater, arcade (seriously, a real arcade), vending machines stocked with all the goodies free for the taking (try telling your kids to only take one! Sorry Kimble about all the junk my peeps have eaten!) and tons more. Kimble also collects Vespas, Harleys, and off-road vehicles. That is where the Man Cave comes in. His three car garage couldn't hold it all anymore so it was time to build something that would (and he did most of the building himself!). Kimble is a successful businessman and had some spare land behind his warehouse. He started shopping for shipping crates, leveled out the ground and hired a crane to set Read more [...]
I was almost finished prepping dinner when my husband called and told me we had been invited to go boating with some friends. We had to take our dinner and eat it on the run. "But I made salad for dinner!" I thought. Then I hit me, cook up a few tortillas and stuff the salad inside. That was the start of my family's favorite dinner. I'm not a huge recipe blogger, but I have had too many requests for the recipe for these, I figured this would be easiest done with a photo heavy post, so here goes.
18 chicken tenders (1/2 Costco bag)
1 pkg chicken taco seasoning
First for the chicken. Dump raw chicken (mine was frozen) into slow cooker (no need to add water or anything else just yet). Cook on low for 6 hours. Remove chicken. Measure 1/2 cup of the chicken water left behind in the Read more [...]
Oh I love this time of year, it's Peony season at our house! When I selected many of the plants for our back yard, I did so with cuttings in mind. I love cut flowers inside so I chose plants based on colors that I would like to see inside during their blooming season. For this post I am focusing on my white peonies (heart heart) and blush roses (heart heart heart). First prepare the vase. This is an inexpensive one I picked up at Ikea (it's only $1.99). Fill with water (and floral food if you have some). Cut strips of clear floral tape (available HERE) and stretch tight to make a grid across the top of the vase. Then grab your favorite clippers (mine are Fiskars like these) and start cutting.
Gather all of your flowers and set by your vase. Let's start with the peonies. First remove any leaves that may Read more [...]
I'm not clinically OCD, but I do exhibit many obsessive compulsive disorders, especially in my kitchen. I disclosed this in my pantry post (My Corner Market: Tips for an Organized Pantry) and since it has been pinned over 47,000 times on Pinterest as of today, I figured there was something about my crazy organization skills my followers liked. Today I am sharing a few of my favorite organization tricks from the rest of my kitchen (to see the open house of my Midnight Beach Kitchen, click HERE).
To start off, I like to keep everything in a handy place for where I might use it. For example, my KitchenAid mixer sits in a corner with the flour close by. In the drawer just below I have all of my measuring cups, spoons etc. In the cupboard above are my baking supplies like salt, nuts, baking powder etc. For my "wrap" Read more [...]