Friday, June 29, 2012

Menu for the week

Turkey burgers/Corn on the cob/Cucumber salad
Vegetable green curry/Rice
Tuscan bean soup/Salad


Aldi $29
Costco $12
Kroger $26
Super H $ 9

Friends... Summer is here with a vengance. We are planning on taking advantage of it so, look out!

Between hanging outside {mostly in the shade}and enjoying all the Summer goodness, we will be taking cooling-off breaks for some soccer watching... The battle of the European bailout recipients, ha... That's going to be fun.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer scarf

You know you want one... Here is what you need to make your own:

Rayon of your choice
Matching thread
Decorative border

Cut fabric in a triangle shape, measurements: 41x58x41. Fold edges, iron and pin
Sew edge, pin decorative border, sew again.
Now it is ready to wear. That's it! Really easy...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

More ombre dyeing

Because, I seem like I do projects in pairs... I leave you with Ombre project numero dos (go here for project numero uno):
What I learned from this second round of ombre dyeing:
  • Light colors seem to work better than darker colors.
  • To make the transition from darker to lighter make sure that you move the piece of clothing back and forth to avoid a harsh transition.
  • When you are ready to completely submerge the piece of clothing to the dye bath make sure you are not holding on to the shirt with your gloves... You could leave a mark on the t-shirt.
  • Submerge quickly for a very faded color
  • Wash in cold water if want to keep the colors. Wash in hot water if you want the color to fade a little.
  • Do try making this... It is so fun. I'm just saying...
If you want to try Ombre dyeing go here for my complete instructions.

Coincidentally, I made a Summer scarf that goes perfectly with my new t-shirt... Come back tomorrow, I'll show you how you can make one too.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Family Love - Atlanta area photographer

I heart this family...

So Sweet!!!!

See more here.

Please contact me if you want to schedule a protoshoot at: planandplay1{at}gmail{dot}com

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pictures from the weekend

A few words from our weekend:

Pretty flowers

A thriving garden

New comfy chairs

Water games in the backyard

What? You don't play water games with a crown?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Menu for the week

Miso Soup and California rolls
Vegetable stir fry
Club sandwiches and oven fried potatoes
Tomato, spinach and tortellini soup


Aldi $26
Kroger $14
Costco $14
Super H Mart $14

We are back with our weekly menues!... Things have been a bit crazy ever since we got back from our vacation. I had visitors in town and went out of town too... Busy, busy. We are now back to our little family of 4 and trying to get back into a rhythm (as much as we can, since the kiddos are on Summer break).

Plans for the weekend include a whole lot of nothing... Maybe this will be the weekend that I finally get to do some sewing and yard beautifying.... And speaking of the yard... I can't wait to share pictures!!! We have been doing some work on it... It's coming along nicely.

I hope your weekend is grand! See you all on Monday.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Roasting garlic + compound butter

The other day the husband called me at work: "I'm at the store, they have 5 heads of garlic for .50 cents, should I get it" he asked? And without thinking twice I said, yes! But, what should I make with all that garlic? Well, after giving it some thought, a great way to use garlic is roasting it. Then I got thinking... I can make some compound butter with the roasted garlic! So I did. Here is how you do it:

For roasting the garlic you will need:

Whole heads of garlic
Olive oil


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Take one of the heads of garlic. Whack off maybe a half an inch off the top.
Basically, you want to expose the garlic enough so that it’s easy to get out once it’s roasted. Set the garlic in your baking dish.
Drizzle the garlic with olive oil. Pour it over the heads, so the oil seeps down between the cloves. If you want to wind up with garlic-infused oil, pour generously.
Pop the pan into your preheated 350-degree oven. Roast for 30-45 minutes. Start checking the garlic after 25 minutes or so (remember: you don’t want the tip to burn).
For the compound butter:

Cut up a stick of butter and set it in a bowl on the counter to soften up for about 20 minutes.
When the butter is soft, mash it up with a fork.
Grab your roasted garlic and toss it in the bowl with the butter.
Mash it together with a fork until you have a uniform paste. If it’s kind of soupy, that’s just fine. It’ll firm up in the fridge.
Rip off a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper. Scoop the butter on to it. (I use the same method I use for freezing cookie dough - See post here)
Set the butter in the fridge for a few hours, until it’s nice and firm. When it’s hard, it’s ready to use. You can also store it in the freezer until you are ready to use it!

Use it to make garlic bread, stir it into mashed potatoes or roasting potatoes... YUM!

Compound butters are delicious, don't you think? I have made strawberry butter (remember? Go here for a link to the recipe) but I am dying to try these butters: honey nut, citrus and raspberry... Now those sound amazing!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Scottish blue

Dear Crayola, as you are looking for cool names for new shades of crayons, I suggest you consider "Scottish Blue"... It's a cool color, I'll show you what I mean:

How about those blue doors?... I want one so bad!
Blue is the predominant color in the flag of Scotland... Do you know that the Scottish Parlament had even adopted its own Pantone color? It is 300, in case you are wondering.

Monday, June 18, 2012

A visit to Winston-Salem

True story, last time I was in Winston-Salem my friend Maria and I smuggled S'mores paraphernalia to a Christmas lights festival... Yep, we are hard core that way...

A few months back we spent a weekend at beautiful Winston-Salem in North Carolina with my dear friend Maria - in town visiting from Argentina.

This time around we behaved :) We had a great time with Maria, here are few highlights:

Meeting really, really nice people
Talking up a storm and making tons of fun plans
Eating yummy food
And of course, many, many pictures. Here are a few from Community day at Reynolda House:

And a visit to Old Salem:

I even came home with my very own Moravian Star which I have been wanting for a very long time... I can't wait for Christmas to display it.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Limonada frappé (slushy limeade)

Doing a lemonade stand with the kiddos in the neighborhood had me thinking of the limeades I used to have growing up in Venezuela and that I had again when we visited Puerto Rico.

Limonada Frappe (the best way to drink limeade)
In a blender, add lime juice, a couple of cut up limes, a little bit of water and sugar (to your taste). Give it a go until completely blended. Stop the blender and add lots of crushed ice. Blend until its slushy.

Enjoy right away with friends!

The best cure for a hot Southern Summer

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Through their eyes - Ireland

Favorites from Ireland...

Spending 5 days in a beautiful cottage complete with donkeys and sheep to pet every-single-day in Lorrha, County Tipperary

An adventurous boat trip to remote Skellig Michael and seeing puffins up close and personal - County Kerry
Driving through Conor Pass and encountering rush hour traffic - Irish style - Dingle Peninsula
Visiting the magnificent Cliffs of Moher
Exploring around one of the many "Rapunzel's Castles" we encountered - Glendaloch, County Wicklow
Strolling St Stephen's Green, what a beautiful park! - Dublin.
Visiting incredibly moving yet still fun for the kids Kilmainham Gaol (jail). A very educational experience and an insight into the struggles of the Irish people. A must see for sure - Dublin.
Ireland... We miss you already... Hope to see you again soon!

See more "Through their eyes" posts here...