Trend Alert: 8 Colors to Try This Season

Trend Alert: 8 Colors to Try This Season

Fall is here! Make holiday house guests and potential buyers feel at-home with the comfy, cozy and even cheerful shades of the season.

Guest post by  Michelle Lee, Houzz

Now that October is here and it’s officially fall, breezy colors and summery decor will start to feel out of place. Make holiday houseguests and potential buyers feel at-home with the comfy, cozy and even cheerful shades of the season. Follow along as we uncover eight trendy colors that will last through the new year.

1. Pumpkin Spice

As everyone is lining up for their long-awaited pumpkin spice lattes, the hue also has a well-earned spot in home decor. It’s bold, exudes warmth and resembles the always festive holiday, Halloween. This color works well when painted on one wall, as shown above, or through accessories like rugs, pillows, and throws if you’re color shy. It pairs well with neutral colors and monochromatic palettes as it takes the spotlight in all of its seasonal glory.

2. Autumn Red

If you don’t use autumn red in autumn, when will you use it? Although it’s a dramatic shade, it can infuse any room with a fiery and fun vibe. It adds intense energy to contemporary and modern rooms while being a happy addition to any playful, eclectic space. Use it intentionally and sparingly in a room to enhance its overall effect.

 

3. Emerald Green

There’s so much to love about this deep shade of green. Unlike the previous colors that are more playful, emerald draws from its roots in Mother Nature to create a sense of calm in any space. Serving as the focus in this kitchen, emerald green cabinetry marries perfectly with blond wood tones and light countertops. Wouldn’t you like to spend all holiday season here?

4. Navy Blue

Even darker and more daring than emerald green, navy is a close cousin to black. If you’re not psyched about displaying the iconic holiday colors in your home, but still want to stay on the dark side of the spectrum, this shade of blue is perfect for you. Honoring its origin from the British Royal Navy, this color embodies ultimate elegance, sophistication and power. Bringing navy into your home this season can have surprisingly health benefits too. It’s been shown to have a calming effect on the human body by slowing heart rate and metabolism.

5. Wine

Often an overlooked shade of purple, wine would make a lovely addition to any home this fall. Following suit with the deep tones discussed above, it has the strongest effect when used sparsely, as seen in this Chicago bedroom. Purple has historically been a color of royalty and power. Its wine pigment is no different, conveying richness and seduction in every capacity.

6. Steel Gray

Gray is one of the most versatile hues on the spectrum and can easily be used all year-round. Having said that, it’s often hard to choose the right gray for the season. Light gray can be seen as a winter wonderland while charcoal can be hard to distinguish from black. Steel gray is a solid middle ground. It’s the star of the show in this contemporary London kitchen with its sharp, clean and defined lines.

Photo by Gary Quigg Photography – Discover eclectic living room design ideas

7. Mustard Yellow

A hue that echoes the falling leaves soon to come, mustard yellow provides warmth and joy to any space. It plays well with other bold colors, like the bright blue sofa and TV stand in this eclectic living room. For year-round summer lovers, this color can also serve as a happy reminder of the sunny days and will brighten up any interior.

Photo by Chalet – Discover traditional bedroom design inspiration

8. Brown to Beige

Brown is a classic fall color, but too much of it can make a home feel more like a cave. Instead, use brown as an accent color and brighten it up with a lovely beige tone. Add in some white decor for a gorgeous layered look, like you see in this Denver bedroom.

 

 

Source: Houzz/ Sharon Lee

Posted on October 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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16 Cities Where It’s Actually Getting Cheaper to Buy a House

Home prices are surging across the country. The national median price for an existing single-family home was $255,600 in the second quarter of 2017, up 6.2% from a year earlier. Home prices were up in 87% of cities the association tracks. In 23 cities, including Seattle, Salt Lake City, Reno, and Ann Arbor, prices increased by 10% or more.

Limited supply is behind the rise in prices. More people are interested in buying homes, noted Lawrence Yun, the association’s chief economist. But with relatively few homes available, prices are skyrocketing and properties are selling quickly, leaving some people out in the cold. “An increasing share of would-be buyers are being priced out of the market and are unable to experience the wealth building benefits of homeownership,” he said.

The cost of a home may be steadily ticking upward in most parts of the U.S., but there are a handful of places where the opposite is true. In these 16 cities, the median selling price of a home actually dropped from 2016 to 2017, according to National Association of Realtors data.

16. Dover, Delaware

Capitol building in Dover in Delaware

Capitol building in Dover, Delaware | iStock.com/prosiaczeq

  • Price drop: -1.5%
  • Price change: -$3,000

Home prices in Delaware’s capital fell 1.5% from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. The median home price is now $201,000, down from $204,000 a year earlier.

Next: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

15. Cape Girardeau, Missouri

The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge in Cape Girardeau, Missouri | iStock.com/fozzyb

  • Price drop: -1.5%
  • Price change: -$2,300

In the second quarter of 2017, the median home price in Cape Girardeau was $146,500, down from $148,800 a year previously. Prices are up considerably from 2015, though, when the typical home sold for $136,100.

Next: Abilene, Texas

14. Abilene, Texas

Aerial view of Abilene, Texas

Aerial view of Abilene, Texas | iStock.com/Kit_Leong

  • Price drop: -1.6%
  • Price change: -$2,600

The median home price in the West Texas city of Abilene fell 1.6% over the past year, from $164,300 to $161,700. But buyers will still pay quite a bit more than they would have just a few years ago. In 2014, the typical home sold for $136,200.

Next: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

13. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids City Hall

Cedar Rapids City Hall | iStock.com/beverett

  • Price drop: -1.6%
  • Price change: -$2,500

Buyers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who waited to choose a home got a slight bonus for their procrastination. Median prices fell from $157,000 in the second quarter of 2016 to $154,500 a year later.

Next: Wichita, Kansas

12. Wichita, Kansas

A warm, beautiful sunset along the Arkansas River in Wichita, Kansas

The Arkansas River in Wichita, Kansas | iStock.com/ricardoreitmeyer

  • Price drop: -1.8%
  • Price change: -$2,500

With a median home price of $135,900, Wichita is already one of the cheaper cities in the U.S. to buy a home. (The national median price for a single-family home was $255,600.) A year ago, the median home price in this city was $138,400.

Next: Charleston, West Virginia

11. Charleston, West Virginia

charleston, west virginia

Charleston, West Virginia | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • Price drop: -2.5%
  • Price change: -$3,600

In the second quarter of 2016, the median home price in the West Virginia capital of Charleston was $141,800. A year later, it was $138,200, a fall of 2.5%.

Next: York, Pennsylvania

10. York-Hanover, Pennsylvania

York, Pennsylvania, clock tower

York, Pennsylvania, clock tower | iStock.com/MrsJohannah

  • Price drop: -3.2%
  • Price change: -$5,300

Median home prices in the York-Hanover metro area fell 3.2% from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. The median home price dropped from $168,100 to $162,800.

Next: Naples, Florida

9. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida

running on beach

A man runs along the beach in Naples, Florida. | Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

  • Price drop: -3.2%
  • Price change: -$14,500

Home prices are dropping on Florida’s Gulf Coast. In the Naples metro area, prices fell 3.2% from 2016 to 2017, from $449,500 to $435,000. But the typical home is still twice as expensive than it is in some parts of the U.S.

Next: Elmira, New York

8. Elmira, New York

Mennonite horse and buggy on a snowy winter

A horse and buggy near Elmira, New York | iStock.com/SimplyCreativePhotography

  • Price drop: -3.5%
  • Price change: -$4,000

A 3.5% median price drop in Elmira, New York, meant home prices went $115,600 in the second quarter of 2016 to $111,600 in the second quarter of 2017. But the median home price is roughly $10,000 higher than it was in 2014.

Next: Bismarck, North Dakota

7. Bismarck, North Dakota

pinned Bismarck on a map of North Dakota

Bismarck, North Dakota | iStock.com/dk_photos

  • Price drop: -3.8%
  • Price change: -$9,600

Home prices in North Dakota’s capital city fell 3.8% from 2016 to 2017. In the second quarter of 2016, the median home price was $251,900. A year later, it was $242,300.

Next: Trenton, New Jersey

6. Trenton, New Jersey

Trenton, New Jersey

Trenton, New Jersey | iStock.com/MIHAI ANDRITOIU

  • Price drop: -4.4%
  • Price change: -$12,000

The median home price in Trenton dropped by $12,000 from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. A year ago, a typical home in the New Jersey capital sold for $274,900. Today, the median price was $262,900.

Next: Kankakee, Illinois

5. Kankakee, Illinois

city of Chicago on a travel map

Chicago and its surrounding cities | iStock.com/Seltiva

  • Price drop: -5.3%
  • Price change: -$7,200

The median home price in Kankakee fell 5.3% from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. The typical home in this Illinois city now costs $128,400, down from $135,600. Prices are higher than they were a few years ago, though, when the median home price was $114,800.

Next: Decatur, Alabama

4. Decatur, Alabama

train tracks

Historic railroad station in Decatur, Alabama | iStock.com/Jeffrey Schreier

  • Price drop: -5.6%
  • Price change: -$7,200

In Decatur, Alabama, the median home price went from $129,600 in 2016 to $122,400 in 2017, a fall of 5.6%. In 2014, the median home price in this Southern metro was $118,700.

Next: Florence, South Carolina

3. Florence, South Carolina

Multidirectional street sign in Florence, Oregon

Street sign in Florence, Oregon | iStock.com/kschulze

  • Price drop: -6%
  • Price change: -$8,700

There’s been a 6% drop in median home prices in Florence, South Carolina, over the past year. The median home price in the second quarter of 2017 was $136,400, compared to $145,100 a year earlier.

Next: Glens Falls, New York

2. Glens Falls, New York

Hudson River

The Hudson River near Glens Falls, New York | William Waldron/Newsmakers

  • Price drop: -6.2%
  • Price change: -$10,700

Home prices in this city on New York’s Hudson River fell 6.2% from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. The median home price in Glens Falls went from $173,500 to $162,800.

Next: Springfield, Illinois

1. Springfield, Illinois

Illinois State Capitol

Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

  • Price drop: -9.3%
  • Price change: -$13,300

Illinois’ state capital had a bigger drop in home prices than anywhere else in the country. The median selling price for a home in the second quarter of 2017 was 9.3% lower than it was a year earlier, $129,800 versus $143,100.

 

Source: Cheet Sheet and NAR

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm
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10 Things in Your Bathroom You’re Probably Forgetting to Clean

 

10 Things in Your Bathroom You’re Probably Forgetting to Clean

You missed a spot!

By Lea Schneider

If you’ve showered yourself with good intentions about doing some spring cleaning, there are a few spots you don’t want to miss.

Routine bathroom cleaning means hitting the fixtures and the floor with a good once-over. That’s a terrific start, but for a deeper clean, consult this checklist for 10 things you don’t want to skip.

Bath Mat

It would be great if only clean feet hit the clean bath mat. Since the whole family is in and out of the bathroom all day long, it’s pretty likely your bath mat needs attention. Start by giving it a safety check to see if it is losing its no-slip backing or if it no longer lies flat, as both are trip hazards. Most bath mats can go in the washing machine. Some can be air-dried and others put in the dryer. Check your rug’s tag and follow manufacturer directions.

Organizing Tip: When you buy a new bath mat for a frequently used bathroom, buy two. This way you can routinely throw one in the wash and reach for a clean one to put down in its place.

Shower Curtain

Shower curtains don’t need to be cleaned often, but spring cleaning is the perfect time to take care of this task. Most fabric curtains can be taken down and washed—again, check the tag and follow the directions. As for waterproof liners, inspect them to see if you find mold and mildew forming along seams or areas that often stay wet. Replace with a fresh liner or remove the soiled one and clean it.

Toothbrush

It might be time to toss that toothbrush. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should switch to a new toothbrush every three to four months or when bristles become frayed. The ADA does not recommend any cleaning methods as a substitute for a new brush.

Organizing Tip: Buy a multi-pack of toothbrushes so you have extras available as soon as you need them.

Toothbrush Holder

The spot where you store your toothbrush typically has an accumulation of drippings and toothpaste. Use some hot soapy water to clean your holder. A small scrubbing brush is good for reaching into tight spaces.

Hairbrush

Cleaning your hairbrush and combs should be a regular task. After all, dirty hair and a buildup of products is not something you want to brush back into your clean locks. Clean your brushes by first removing any hair from the bristles. (A comb and a pair of scissors are helpful with this task.) Then shampoo your hairbrush in warm water, rinse well and allow to dry.

Loofah

You may not have given much thought to the pores in your loofah, but according to the Cleveland Clinic, they can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can even lead to skin infections. They recommend to weekly soak it in a diluted bleach solution for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly. The Clinic also recommends replacing your loofah every three to four weeks.

 

Trashcan

Grab the bathroom trashcan and banish the germs. Give it a good cleaning inside and out. Allow it to dry well. Add a liner for easy maintenance.

Vents

From floor vents to bathroom fans, these often-forgotten spots definitely need a spring cleaning. Those on the floor have dirt and hair fall into them, while ones on the ceiling can collect dust. To clean them, first remove the vent cover. Then use the brush attachment to your vacuum to clean the top and underside of the cover. Use your nozzle attachment to vacuum up debris, then replace the clean cover. For fan vents, a wet sponge is useful for collecting dust that has accumulated on the cover.

 Drain Stoppers

Why wait for a clog? Now is the perfect time to fish out any accumulation of hair and prevent buildup. Remove the drain stoppers from your sink and shower. Give them a scrub and return them to the drain.

Medicine Cabinet Clutter

Do a bit of spring organizing and reclaim storage space by purging your drawers and cabinets.

Jose Zuniga of MakeSpace recommends sorting through everything in your medicine cabinet and vanity drawers. “Throw out anything that’s expired, including old medication. Only keep the items that you use on a regular basis, such as your toiletries and grooming supplies, in your bathroom,” he says.

“Now that you’re left with only the items you use on a regular basis, look to your walls. They’re prime real estate for storing your bathroom supplies without hogging any floor or counter space. For the extra items that you don’t use often—like first aid supplies and spare rolls of toilet paper—put them in a labeled basket or clear storage container and store it on a closet shelf,” he recommends.

As you organize, give shelves and drawers a quick wipe to ensure you’re starting with a clean slate.

Armed with a fresh eye for attention to detail, your bathroom will not only look clean, but it will feel clean, too.

Professional organizing expert Lea Schneider writes for Home Depot about cleaning and organizing. She provides advice and tips on cleaning everything from shower curtains to different types of bath mats to loofahs.

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 6:58 pm
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Smart Pergolas Adjust to Any Weather

Smart Pergolas Adjust to Any Weather

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 6:08 pm
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Getting Preapproved- FAQ’s

Getting Preapproved- FAQ’s

Can I apply before I find the home I want to purchase?

Yes! When you apply in advance, we can issue you a pre-qualification letter that will affirm to the seller of the home that you are a qualified buyer. We can also help you determine a comfortable price range to look in and keep your payment within your budget.

What is a rate lock?

A rate lock is an agreement between the borrower and lender that allows the borrower to secure an interest rate range for a specified period of time. This can offer you protection from fluctuations in the market. It is your choice whether or not to lock your interest rate, your loan officer will be able to advise you on whether and when to lock.

Who do I contact if I have a question about the servicing of my loan?

If you need additional information regarding the servicing of your mortgage loan, please submit the following information in writing: your name, your loan number and the additional information you are requesting.

If you believe an error has occurred regarding the servicing of your mortgage loan, please submit the following information in writing: your name, your loan number, and the error you believe has occurred.

What are title and escrow?

Title companies act as a neutral third party during a real estate transaction by handling the transfer of funds and documents between the parties involved. As a neutral party, the title company protects both the buyer and seller by ensuring that all conditions are met for the sale prior to the exchange of funds. Title companies also offer title insurance for property owners, this provides insurance against loss due to title defects, liens and other issues.

Can I still qualify for a loan after short sale, foreclosure or bankruptcy?

This will depend on a number of factors: whether your waiting period has expired, whether you have been able to do any credit repair needed and your current income and employment situation. Contact us anytime for a no obligation, free evaluation to see what we can do for you.

How do points work?

Points can be paid upfront at closing in exchange for a lower interest rate throughout the life of the loan. One point is equal to 1% of the loan amount. Although this means you will be required to pay at closing, you will lower your payments by doing so.

By comparing the costs of the points at origination to the savings you would gain from your lowered monthly payments, you can judge how many payments it would take to recoup the money spent on the points. If, for example, you plan to move or refinance in 3 years, but it would take 4 years of payments to gain a savings from the points, then paying points would not be a good investment

How will my credit score affect my mortgage?

Your credit score is determined by a credit bureau and used to determine the likelihood that you will repay the loan, the number can range from 300-850. The amount and type of credit available to you, the balance owed, your consistency in making payments, credit inquiries and any defaults or late payments all factor into your score. You can view a copy of your credit report from the 3 major bureaus once every 12 months for free by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com

Your credit score can play a big part in qualifying for a mortgage. Depending on the type of loan you are interested in, there may be a minimum score required and your credit score will also be reflected in the price of the loan. If you are in need of credit repair we would be happy to advise you on ways to improve your score.

What are closing costs?

Closing costs are the costs incurred during the loan process. These costs can include origination fees (the charge for processing the loan paperwork), credit report fees, appraisal and inspection fees, title insurance, recording fees and underwriting fees. Depending on your loan, closing costs may also include fees for escrow deposit or discount points as well.

Typically, closing costs will be between 2 and 5% of the cost of the home. Your loan officer will provide you with a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) after you submit your loan application, which will outline the expected closing costs. The GFE is only an estimate, though, and closing costs can change during the transaction.

You may choose to pay your closing costs at the time that the loan closes, or finance them into the loan. You can also consult your realtor about the possibility of asking the sellers of the home to pay some or all of your closing costs.

Most lenders will be happy to run your information for you. Some local lenders will also help you do FREE credit repair.

 

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 5:23 pm
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Chipotle Barbacoa Copycat Recipe In A Slow Cooker (Low Carb, Paleo)

Chipotle Barbacoa Copycat Recipe In A Slow Cooker (Low Carb, Paleo)

This copycat Chipotle barbacoa recipe is made in a slow cooker (Crockpot) using only 10 ingredients. Healthy, easy, naturally low carb, paleo & gluten-free.

Ah, Chipotle – my love. I adore the chicken, the fajita veggies, but the beef barbacoa? To… Die… For. Especially with the fresh guacamole, for which I can never resist paying extra. “Why can’t you make this at home?” I wondered. It turns out, you can! My copycat Chipotle barbacoa recipe is one of the easiest dishes you can make in a slow cooker.

If you didn’t adore your Crockpot before, I think you will, after you find out you can make beef barbacoa just like Chipotle’s in it! The best part is that the prep time takes a total of five minutes. Simply puree together everything except the beef and bay leaf, pour the mixture over beef chunks in your slow cooker, place the bay leaf inside, and let your Crockpot do all the work.

I know what I will be making this Fourth of July!

INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine the broth, chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, garlic, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, dried oregano, cumin, sea salt, black pepper, and ground cloves in a blender (everything except the beef and bay leaves). Puree until smooth.
  2. Place the beef chunks in the slow cooker. Pour the pureed mixture from the blender on top. Add the (whole) bay leaves.
  3. Cook for 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low, until the beef is fall-apart tender.
  4. Remove the bay leaves. Shred the meat using two forks and stir into the juices. Cover and rest for 5-10 minutes to allow the beef to absorb even more flavor. Use a slotted spoon to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g17%
Total Carbohydrates 2g1%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 0.3g
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A3%
Vitamin C3%
Calcium1%
Iron18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Net carbs per serving: 1g

Source: www.wholesomeyum.com

Posted on July 3, 2017 at 5:27 pm
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HONEY LIME MOJITO FRUIT SALAD

HONEY LIME MOJITO FRUIT SALAD

Honey Lime Mojito Fruit Salad – A quick, easy, and refreshing summer fruit salad with a tangy honey lime dressing, and the addition of mint for a splash of mojito flavor!

honey lime fruit salad

Ok, I know, there are only about a bajillion fruit salad recipes out there.

But, why not add another that really jazzes up the typical honey/lime dressing combo?

I love sipping on a nice cold mojito when it’s hot outside.

Sometimes when it’s REALLY hot all I can tolerate is an icy beverage and a big bowl of fruit salad.

Here’s where the fruit salad and the mojito combine, get married, and make my fave new summer salad ever.

fruit salad with mint

You can really play around with whatever fruit combo you like best for this – I add the pineapple instead of oranges because it somehow tastes completely spectacular with the mint!

AND – yes, it is a mojito salad, so the addition of rum is totally optional, but I highly recommend it if your having a fun adults only gathering this summer!

I’ve done this with plain rum, coconut rum and they’re both amazing.

Most of the time we make it without because we do have kiddos – the addition of mint with the sweet lime dressing is really what makes it taste mojito-ey anyway, and you won’t miss the alcohol if you don’t use it.

fruit salad with mint

Welcome to your new favorite way to cool off this summer!

Enjoy!

~Nichole

 

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Honey Lime Mojito Fruit Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Servings: 10
Author: Nichole
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Ingredients
  • 1 Pound Strawberries, Quartered
  • 1 Cup Red Grapes, Cut in half
  • 12 Ounces Blueberries
  • 4 Kiwi, Peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Chunks, Fresh or canned
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Mint, Chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 Ounce Rum, OPTIONAL
Instructions
  1. Place the prepared fruits into a large serving bowl, set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lime juice, chopped mint, and rum if using.

  3. Pour the dressing over the fruits and stir gently to combine.  Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.

Honey Lime Mojito Fruit Salad: This fruit salad recipe is easy and healthy, perfectly refreshing and makes enough to take for summer parties! Summer fruits topped with the best honey lime mint dressing, that makes it taste like a mojito!
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Posted on June 25, 2017 at 7:24 pm
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Champagne Popsicles

CHAMPAGNE POPSICLES

Yes, friends you read that right—Champagne Popsicles! These are so easy to pull off, you’ll want to make a lot because they are perfectly refreshing!

Champagne Popsicles via Bakers Royale copy

 
You can use Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne and their Berry Fusion Sparkling Wine for the body and then filled it out with berries, apples and pomegranate arils. Of course you can use any fruit you prefer, but I would get something at the farmers market or something you don’t want to waste from your fridge. Extra ripe— Check!

Champagne Popsicles | Bakers Royale

You really could use any wine, but I would stick with something sweet- but not overly sweet. I think the sweetest I would go would be a sangria or moscato. YUMM! The possibilities are endless and I would change it up as the seasons change and fruit comes in and out of season.

For those that are not drinkers of alcohol, I would recommend a sparkling water, coconut water or fresh fruit juice as the base for your popsicles. Yummy!

Champagne Popsicles on Champagne | Bakers Royale

Now that you know how I like my champagne popsicles, make sure you come back and share what kind of champagne popsicles pairings you come up with because we can all use a little more inspiration.

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CHAMPAGNE POPSICLES

YIELD:Makes 10 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Barefoot Bubbly Berry Fusion
  • 3/4 cup Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne
  • 8-10 oz of mixed berries, apples and pomegranate arils

Directions:

Fill half of popsicles wells half way up with Barefoot Bubbly Berry Fusion and the other popsicles wells half way up with Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne. Layer each well with a variety of fruit. Cover top of popsicle mold with foil. Create a hole in the center of each well just large enough to insert a popsicle stick; insert popsicle stick. Transfer to freezer and chill until frozen solid, about 2-4 hours (time may vary according to freezer type and how full it is).

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Posted on June 25, 2017 at 6:54 pm
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RATATOUILLE Crostini with Goat Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts

RATATOUILLE Crostini with Goat Cheese and Toasted Pine Nut

I love Summer food, especially when I can throw things in the crock pot, make enough for the week and then not get the house hot each day. This Savory recipe is just perfect for bringing together the flavors of all the beautiful summer veggies we have during this season.

  • TOTAL TIME:
  • SERVINGS: 24 CROSTINI

INGREDIENTS

RATATTOUILLE
This is where you can make your ratatouille to taste. I like mine spicy but my one year old doesn’t- so I make it without the heat and then sprinkle chili flakes on the finished product. I like to use:
1 Eggplant
3 Zucchini
1 can diced tomatoes (can be substituted with 1 pint cherry tomatoes- whole)
1 can tomato paste
3 large button mushrooms
2 small sweet vidalia onions
4 cloves garlic
7 or 8 mini bell peppers
3 sprigs basil
herbs de provence to taste
salt and pepper to taste ( I add at the end)
basil to garnish
toasted pine nuts to garnish
CROSTINI
1 Baguette or Pugliese bread
goat cheese
olive oil
1 clove garlic

HOW TO

1. Rinse all your veggies and dice into bite size pieces

2. Combine all ingredients in crock pot and pour over the tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Cook on high for one hour, then turn to warm, uncover and allow to simmer in crock pot for another 2-3 hours.
3. When ready to serve, slice bread to 1/2 in thickness and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Place under broiler until lightly golden brown.
4. Remove from Broiler, and rub with garlic clove.
5. Spread small amount of goat cheese on each piece of crostini, then cover with warm or cold ratatouille
6. top with pine nuts and fresh basil to garnish ( I also throw on red chili flakes from time to time- YUM!)

MAKE AHEAD

Make the ratatouille a day in advance—it’s even better on the second day after the flavors have come together. If it’s not enjoyed all at one sitting, it keeps well in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 9:51 pm
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DIY Stock Tank Pool for Budget friendly Summer Fun!

 

DIY Stock Tank Pool for Budget friendly Summer Fun!

So maybe an olympic size lap pool is out of your budget. Yea, us too. But trending for summer fun in the yard this year is an easy DIY project that uses something from the farm & ranch supply store. Stock tank pools are the perfect plunge pool to cool off from the heat, yet take up very little space and don’t cost a lot to DIY. You can install them above ground, or dig them in. Choose galvanized metal, or poly as a liner for an unground version. Loving this fun idea!

Tractor Supply Company has a great primer on creating a stock tank pool. It isn’t quite as easy as filling a kiddie pool from the hose, but it is a simple DIY. This tutorial will give you all the basics on how to create a site, pumps and sealants.

 

 

Stacey at ‘Embracing Motherhood’ has the happiest kids on the block! They even have a video tutorial on how to make a stock tank pool!

 

Katie and her husband from ‘Let’s Add Sprinkles’ made this cute little oasis in their hot Texas garden for less than $300! Great DIY stock tank pool tutorial – they leveled the land and added decomposed granite for the pool “pad”. Can’t you see yourself soaking in this on a hot July afternoon?

Wanna Stay Cool? DIY A Stock Tank Pool!

 

Marty from ‘A Stroll Through Life’ was so inspired by the last tutorial from ‘Let’s Add Sprinkles’, that she and her family made their own stock tank pool!

 

‘Sew and Tell Quilts’ did an in-ground version of a DIY stock tank pool. This tutorial has lots of photos, and they also shared what went wrong to try to save you some headaches. Ahhhh!

 

This galvanized stock tank pool was made with gorgeous decking, from ‘Good Home Design’. The tutorial is photos only, but there are tons of great tips in the comments of this post!

 

Here is a DIY stock tank pool done by ‘Hot Tub Advice’ on Pinterest. No tutorial, but great inspiration on how to create your own little hideaway! (A cool one!)

 

This next one was uploaded by Pinterest user Rebecca, and just goes to show what you can do with the tutorials you have already seen! Great inspiration!

 

Another Pinterest user upload by Sara, this is cool copper looking stock tank pool!

Source: The Budget Decorator

 

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 9:26 pm
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