DIY: Freezer organization

This may be the simplest DIY that I ever post, but it's one of those things that when it's done you think, why didn't I do this sooner?  So I thought I'd share.

Let's talk freezer organization.

We have a small chest freezer that resides in our basement.  It's the perfect size for the two of us, but I often find that I have to dig & dig & dig to find what I'm looking for.  And, I end up buying duplicates of something already in the freezer, because I didn't realize we already had it.

These are the foods that we always have in our downstairs freezer: a variety of meats, fish, shredded cheese, homemade pasta sauce, homemade strawberry jam, & garlic bread.

Since it's cheaper to buy meats in bulk, we generally do, and then put them in portion-sized freezer bags with the help of our FoodSavor -- this is a must have kitchen gadget, in my book.

In an effort to alleviate the pile-up/completely unorganized frozen goods mess in our freezer, we simply purchased 4 inexpensive plastic storage containers.






























We then separated our meats by box:  Beef, Pork, Venison, Fish/Wild Game (my husband is an avid hunter & fisherman, so yeah -- that explains the venison & wild game).  Homemade pasta sauce, homemade strawberry jam, & garlic bread get their own space on the freezer ledge.  Chicken & shredded cheeses get their own space in the built-in basket.


Viola!

Such a super easy DIY that is a complete no brainier, but will certainly make our lives easier.  I would encourage everyone to take the 10 minutes it takes to organize their freezer.  It will save you time, money, & headaches in the future.



Happy Sunday.


Have you seen this article for 10 naturally perfect places in Wisconsin?  Sign me for all of them, please!

Adding this DIY terrarium to my list!

You better believe I'm going to be making this double chocolate zucchini bread once our garden goods are ready -- YUM!

Gallery walls are intimating -- see these helpful tips for creating a modern gallery wall.

How adorable are these DIY flags, using up old fabric scraps?!  Love.

Girl's Day: Door County

Because my mom is impossible to buy for (when she wants something, she just goes & buys it), we often times opt to spend the day with her versus buying her gifts for special occasions.  As was the case for this past Mother's Day.  We wrote in her card for Mother's Day to keep Saturday, June 6th open & to wear comfy shoes... that her present was a surprise (she's hates surprises...)

We picked mom up & headed north, to Door County.  There's a plethora of things to do in Door County, and we really didn't have an agenda.  We first stopped in Sturgeon Bay, at the farmer's market, to sample some Renard's cheeses & peruse the handmade goods from the street vendors.  Then we walked through the shops that line Third Avenue, viewing unique clothing, gifts, & art, while taking in the aromas of coffee & candy shops.


We couldn't walk by without sampling some fudge -- the butter-finger was amazing!

Next, we went to Egg Harbor for lunch at The Bistro Bar & Grille & had ginormous club sandwiches the size of our heads.  It was a beautiful day in Door County -- not too hot, not too cold, with a little breeze, so we were able to sit outside while we enjoyed our lunch & drinks.


P.S.  Their strawberry-lemonade is SO good!



















































After strolling around Egg Harbor for a bit, we went further north & stopped in Fish Creek for an obligatory photo on the oversized purple adirondack chair at Julie's Park Cafe & Hotel.

*cell phone photo





























We got a couple crazy looks when we all hopped up there & busted out my selfie stick, but we just laughed & had a wonderful time!

Our next stop was Ephraim.  One of my favorite spots in Ephraim is The Hardy Gallery building.  To be honest, I've never actually gone inside, because I can't get past how cool the outside looks.  It's fun to photograph & makes a wonderful backdrop, if you're lucky enough to get there without crowds.  I love reading all the names & messages that people have painted in the past.  We counted at least 4 wedding proposals & I'm sure there are a lot more!

*cell phone photo

We couldn't leave Ephraim without ice cream from Wilson's.  None of us were hungry, but like I said, you can't go all the way up to Ephraim without stopping at Wilson's!



We each got 1 scoop, which FYI, is really like 4 scoops, so consider sharing.  I had butter pecan, my sister & mom got Mackinac Island Fudge.   We sat on the bench across the street that overlooks the bay & watched tourists paddle board & kayak.


To end the day, we stopped at the Wood Orchard Market on our way back down the peninsula, and we were so glad that we did.  They have the cutest mix of gifts & local eats & treats for a reasonable price.  I definitely recommend stopping there if you're in the area, especially if you have kids.  They have some fun outdoor play activities for the kiddos to play with & doodle on while you shop.

It was a wonderful girl's day -- we made memories that I will treasure forever & it was better than any tangible gift that we could have given her.  Happy Mother's Day to the best mom & friend... you are so loved!

You can read about our last girl's day here.

Create: DIY Indoor Herb Garden


















Browsing the web, I came across this lovely idea for an indoor herb garden.   I immediately used it for inspiration & decided we needed an indoor herb garden, stat.  I even added 'make an indoor herb garden' to my summer list.

I love the idea of being able to cut fresh herbs for cooking dinner, right from our kitchen table.  I also want to try my hand at drying out the herbs, to use for later.

Here's how we made our indoor herb garden...


Supplies












- Various sized soup cans  -- we used all the same size
- Seeds -- we planted basil, parsley, & oregano since those are the herbs that we use the most
- Large terra-cotta saucer
- River rock
- Potting soil
- Hammer
- Nail
- Ribbon
- Card stock

To begin, remove the labels from your soup cans & make sure they are washed well.

Then flip the cans over & put several drainage holes in the bottoms of the cans with the hammer & nail.

    *make sure your dog is supervising...

Next, fill the cans up about an inch or so with small river rock or pebbles.  Honestly, I grabbed some stones from the landscaping around our house & they worked swell!

 Fill the cans with potting soil, but leave about an inch or two of space at the top.

 Next, plant your seeds & give them a sprinkling of water.


























Now comes the fun part... arrange your cans in the terra-cotta saucer & adorn them with ribbon & labels.

 

 Water every few days & watch your herbs grow!








This is such an easy & budget friendly DIY... and, it makes for a great center piece on your kitchen table!



Happy Sunday.




A round-up of the best 50+ peach dessert recipes.  They've got my mouth watering!

Kelle posted 48 examples about how to capture water fun this summer... she has quite the eye for composition.

Have you heard about capsule wardrobes?  How do you feel about them?  I know I would never have the guts to get rid of 2/3 of my current wardrobe, but Lindsay shared how she simplified her wardrobe & it's quite inspiring!

We recently purchased a home-made popsicle mold kit, and I can't wait to try out these recipes!

Megan, a fellow chick with curly locks, shared her process here.  Ive tried DevaCurl before but wasn't impressed (maybe I didn't do it right?)... have you tried this product? And if so, what are your thoughts?

Current Happenings.

Post idea inspired by Emily's 'Five Things' posts, at Cupcakes & Cashmere.
(a great way to stay active behind the camera, to document the little things)














Last Sunday, we celebrated Flag Day















Pretty robin eggs that I've been stalking



Nothing beats ice cold lemonade on a hot & humid day


 Miscellaneous yard blooms


 The world's easiest cherry cobbler (it's yummy, too!)

#gardenlife

So I title this post like I'm an avid gardener.  This couldn't be farther from the truth.

I've always had lofty goals of having a beautiful garden... of actually eating vegetables, on a daily basis... of wearing a garden hat & caring for my beloved plants.  And for the neighbors to be like "Oh!  Have you seen their garden?!"

So, I bought a pair of garden gloves & we planted a garden.

My husband did a majority of the work.  He rented a sod cutter & crafted out a small rectangle in our yard that would become Our First Garden.















We decided to keep it small this year.  This is our first go at a garden & in all honestly, it could totally flop, though I'm hoping it doesn't.

Next, we purchased a soil test & pretended we were scientists... turns out our soil is on point!




















































































We shopped at a local greenhouse, Lindsley's Greenhouse, and purchased a variety of seeds & plants.
Zac did most of the planting; I mainly played with the dog & took photos -- that's what I do best.
























































We are hopeful for a great growing season & look forward to eating the fruits of our labor.



























































If anybody has gardening tips, throw them my way would ya?

Happy Sunday.




Fifteen things every new parent needs for baby, according to Emily.

Erin's yard make-over looks like a botanical garden -- you go girl!

Completely digging Cori's floral & stripe outfit.. and she made the skirt, go figure.  Somebody PLEASE teach me how to sew.

Dang. Grace's weekly exercise routine puts mine (or lake thereof) to complete shame.  What an inspiration she is!

This strawberry watermelon smoothie was just added to my pin board -- looks delish!

Make: Pizza Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad.

It's a side that nearly everyone loves, but yet we only make for a special occasion.  You know, for a family gathering, a baby or bridal shower.  And why?  I mean, most of the time I could make a meal just out of pasta salads, but yet I never whip one up for supper.  Hmm, maybe that should change.

Anyways, we all have a favorite, and this one happens to be mine:


Pizza Pasta Salad 
(This recipe shared to you from a former co-worker of mine; I have no idea where it originates from)

12 oz. box of Rotini noodles, cooked, drained & cooled
1 - 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes w/ basil, garlic & oregano, drained
1 can pre-sliced black olives, drained
Pepperoni, cut-up
Dried Hard Salami, cut up
Fresh mozzarella or provolone cheese, shredded
1/2 c. (more or less, depending on how saturated you like your pasta salad) Newman's Italian dressing (I've heard Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil works just as well, but I've never tried it)

Add everything together in a serving bowl, toss, & enjoy!

Summer List

In just a couple weeks, summer will officially be here.  The anticipation of longer days & warmer temps has me all kinds of giddy.

Inevitably, summer is a busy season for us all -- weddings, vacations, family gatherings & graduation parties fill up most weekends, but since attending class & studying will no longer be occupying my evenings & weekends this summer, I've curated a Summer To Do List.




I can't wait to fill this list with check marks & share my adventures with you!

What's on your summer list?

Happy Sunday.



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Date Night: Fishing off the Pier

I have a tendency to label any activity that Zac & I do together as a date.  

Grocery shopping together?  Date.
Breakfast & picking out lawn fertiziler together?  Date.
Going for an evening run & then pulling weeds together?  Date.

It sounds silly really, but we have such busy lives (I know, along with 90% of the population) that I have to cherish the moments we spend together, just the two of us.  So I find that whenever we're together, I usually document the time with photos & call it a date.

In my book, dates don't have to be fancy & expensive... cue, fishing.
A recipe of deep-fried cheese curds, beer, & two fishing poles are the perfect ingredients for a simple & fun summer date night.

We've been pier fishing fairly often lately & we find it very relaxing, even if the fish aren't biting.









This particular night we were fishing for walleyes & ended up with a sucker fish.  Oh well, it was still fun & completely worth this sunset...


The best part about fishing date nights?  They are usually followed up with ice cream for the drive home.

What's an ideal date night for you? I'd love to hear!