Home Projects

Take your Backyard to the Next Level

Hey Ya’ll,

It’s that time of year where everyone is spending more time outside in their backyards, so why not make this an extension of your indoor living. There are two options on taking your backyard or patio to the next level, a mini makeover or a major makeover.

 

Mini Makeover

Pathway Lights

Available at Costco for $40 (8-pack)

Amazon.com alternative

Bistro Lighting

Available at Costco for $50 (48 ft long)

Amazon.com alternative

firepit

Available at Lowes for $100

Major Makeover

perg

Available at Lowes for $500

Target Pergola

Available at Target for $375

pat

Available at Target for $788 (On Sale)

I hope some of these ideas help inspire you to expand your indoor living space outside, and  take your space up a notch or two.

With Love,

Jenna

 

Home Decor · Home Projects

Easy (and Inexpensive) DIY Wall Art

Hey Ya’ll!

I was briefly chatting with one of my cousins last week and she was talking about the blog and how some of the DIY projects are difficult for those who don’t frequent Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Fear not! This project is (honestly) as easy as pie. You can make your own custom art for $5-7!

Nikki, this one is for you!

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Materials Needed:

  • Mod Podge (I bought the 8oz. bottle in Satin)
  • Paintbrush (any brush will do, but I’d advise 1/2″-2″)
  • Canvas, 8″x 14″ (Buy a pack at your local craft store for ~$3/canvas)
  • Pretty Paper (Paper Source is your best friend- you can also go to World Market in the gift wrapping section)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

 

Directions:

1.) Grab your sheet of paper, flip the good side down and trace your canvas. Be sure to add at least 1/2″-1″ on each side so you can fold the paper over your edges of your canvas.

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2.) Cut your sheet of paper, place on your canvas, and fold the creases on the edges of the canvas

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3.) Take your sheet of paper and set to the side. Paint a layer of your Mod Podge on the main side of the canvas as well as the edges, lay your paper on the canvas, flip over, and smooth your canvas to the paper pushing out any air pockets. Let dry for 15 minutes.

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4.) Paint a top coat of Mod Podge (don’t panic, it dries clear) on your paper and let dry for ~30 minutes (or until dry). Hang up your work and enjoy!

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With Love,

Jenna

Recipes

Delightful Breakfast Tacos

Hey Ya’ll!

Let me preface this post by saying, just because these are technically breakfast tacos, doesn’t mean they’re only for breakfast. I honestly eat these tacos for lunch or dinner at least 5 times a week. I have a breakfast taco addiction…

This is a quick and easy meal to make any time of day for yourself or your family.

Ready? Let’s go!

Embarque & Co’s Breakfast Tacos (1 serving or 2 tacos)

 

Ingredients:

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  • 2 corn tortillas
  • Olive oil (I used extra virgin)
  • 1/2 C Veggie Mixture (chopped mushrooms, bell peppers and onions, but you can change the mixture to your liking)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Avocado
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 strips of Turkey Bacon (optional)

Directions:

1.) Grab your skillet, place it on the range and put it on medium low heat.

2.) Drizzle some olive oil in your plan, and throw on your tortillas in the pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side

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3.) Place your veggies in the microwave and cook for 1:45 (to neutralize the harsh taste)

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4.) Place your tortillas on a paper towel and blot excess oil

5.) Throw your veggies in the skillet, add your eggs (and bacon if you’d like) and scramble

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6.) Cut your avocado in half and dice without breaking the skin of the halves and sprinkle on a pinch of coarse salt

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7.) Scoop out your avocado and place on your tortillas

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8.) Use your spatula, and plate your scrambled egg mixture on your tortillas

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Devour!

 

Hope ya’ll enjoy this as much as I do!

 

With Love,

Jenna

Parties/Entertaining

How to Throw a Memorable Bonfire

Hey Ya’ll! Hope you’re having an awesome day!

I had a bonfire party with some of my girlfriends the the other week and we had a great time! A bonfire party is a fun, and inexpensive way to celebrate life with those you love. I know certain areas of the northern hemisphere aren’t exactly ready for bonfire season, but if not, you can keep this stored in your entertaining archives.

 

Mandatory Party Items:

  • Dry firewood
  • Kindling (Dry twigs)
  • Tinder (dead leaves and pine needles)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Newspaper
  • Lighter fluid (in case the fire doesn’t take)
  • Speakers and music
  • S’mores Ingredients (graham crackers, marshmallows and candies)
  • S’mores roasting sticks
  • Blankets (incase the air is chilly)
  • Decor to set the mood (I set candles up around my home to create an intimate and comfortable environment)

Step 1: Pick a theme or tone you want to convey 

Since this was an intimate bonfire with about 7 ladies, I decided to take more of a relaxed environment with candles.

Step 2: Pick the menu

This this is a bonfire, so I decided to go with a s’more bar. I picked my friends’ favorite candies to add instead of just chocolate (I bought Reese’s, Snickers, Hershey’s with and without almonds, Ghirardelli chocolate with sea salt, Milky Way and Twix)

For beverages, I had white wine, red wine, beer (I love the Shiner Birthday Pilsner) and sparkling water. This covers almost all the bases your guests could ask of. If your guests would like something more specific, I wouldn’t worry about it- they are more than welcome to contribute to the party.

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Step 3: Pick the music

This should be consistent with the theme. I chose (my favorite Pandora playlist), Hipster Cocktail Party. It’s a great combination or Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, as well as a nice mix of today’s music from The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Of Monster and Men, and other great artists.

Step 4: Prep the fire

The best (I personally believe) way to build a fire is by building the teepee style structure.

It starts with newspaper, tinder and kindling in the middle. Above this, build the teepee with the firewood and more kindling.

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Photo credit: campfiredude.com

Note: Make sure you have a backup plan for if your bonfire isn’t starting (we ended up roasting the marshmallows over the gas oven 😉 I didn’t have any kindling)

Once your guests start to arrive, just light, turn on some tunes, roast your s’mores and enjoy!

With Love,

Jenna