1.27.2015

{DIY: How to Tint Mason Jars}

It's no secret that I love mason jars.  I try to incorporate them into every event that I have at my house, and I just think they're the cutest, most practical items around.  I've used them in so many different ways, and this time I want to repurpose some to serve as storage containers in my study and pantry.

The classic mason jars are nice, but how pretty would it be to tint them in different colors??  I gave it a shot, and here are the details.  The process was so simple, and the results were stunning.  These colorful jars are going to look great on my desk holding all my pretty pens and writing utensils.
ITEMS YOU NEED:
  • Mason Jar
  • Solo Cup
  • Mod Podge (I used Matte)
  • Food Coloring (whatever color your heart desires)
  • Tin Foil
  • Cookie Sheet

DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a solo cup, mix together about 3-4 teaspoons of Mod Podge with your food coloring.  Use as much food coloring as you need to reach your desired color.  I used about 3 squirts of green food coloring for this jar.
  2. Once you have your perfect color, pour your mix into your mason jar.
  3. Swirl mix around mason jar until the entire inside surface is covered.
  4. Once all sides are coated with Mod Podge mixture, place jar upside down on tin foil to drain excess mixture.
  5. Now place your mason jar upside down on a foil-covered cookie sheet.
  6. Place in 200 degree oven…There is no set time for this.  I actually left mine in for about an hour until my entire jar was translucent.  Be sure to flip jar every few minutes so it will bake evenly.





This was such an easy project, and it's perfect for kids, too.  My little Kate loved helping Mommy, and I hope y'all have as much fun as we did.  Read more about ways to decorate your mason jars here.

xoxo,
Katherine

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1.20.2015

{Vegetable Tian}

I'm on a mission to lose this baby weight, and I've just recently fallen in love with a new side dish that I'm going to add to our dinner rotation.  I have a few more pesky pounds lingering, so I've really been trying to cook healthy for us around here in an effort to get back to my pre-baby weight.

My mom introduced me to this recipe last week, and it was amazing!  Forrest and I couldn't get enough of it, and it didn't last long at all in our house.  It immediately became a favorite, and I wanted to savor every last bite.  This picture isn't great, but the flavor is!! Enjoy!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion cut in half and sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 russet potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 3 large Roma tomatoes
  • Sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Dried thyme, to taste
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and saute until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 60 seconds. Spread the onion mixture on the bottom of the greased baking dish.

Slice the potatoes, zucchini, squash and tomatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the onions, fitting them tightly into a spiral, making only one layer. Season with sea salt, black pepper and dried thyme, to taste. Drizzle olive oil over the top.

Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Uncover and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until browned.

** Recipe adapted from For the Love of Cooking.

xoxo,
Katherine

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1.16.2015

{One-Pan Pasta}

I posted this on my Instagram page last night, and I thought I'd share it here as well.  Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta has very quickly made it's way into our dinner rotation, and I love how easy it is to prep.  It's ready in less than 10 minutes, it's full of flavor, and I can throw it together with a baby on my hip! :)  I also love that I can adapt the recipe in so many ways.

When I found out my husband had to work late last night, I knew I wanted something quick and easy that Kate and I could enjoy.  I omitted the basil and red pepper flakes, and I added steamed broccoli so my girl and I could get our veggies in.  It was so yummy!!  I've also added in meats {sausage, ground turkey, chicken}, a little milk, and various other veggies to change it up a little bit.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!

INGREDIENTS:

12 ounces linguine
12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
4 1/2 cups water
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

DIRECTIONS:

Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with oil and Parmesan.



xoxo,
Katherine

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1.15.2015

{Our Home for the Holidays}

Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year, and I can't believe how much better it is now that we have added two sweet babies to our family.  Reeves was the greatest gift we received for Christmas this year, and I took a little time away from here to soak in every second of our very first Christmas with our newest bundle of joy.

The holidays this year were so special and magical, and I find myself always trying to make my home feel like the warm home in which I grew up.  It's really something how traditions spill over into every aspect of my life, and I feel so blessed to have been raised by the most amazing parents who gave us the greatest childhood a girl could ask for.  I only hope I can be half the parent to my kids that my parents were to my sister and me.

This year was a good one…We held tight to special traditions from growing up, and we even started a few of our own.  I think each year will keep getting better, but for now, I'm focusing on the wonderful time just spent with my family.  Here's a little peek inside my home at the holidays…
{Picking out our Christmas tree}
{Santa came to see Reeves!}
{When Yia Yia & Papou are here, all is right with the world!}
{Our twinkly tree on Christmas Eve}
{Looking at lights around town on Christmas night}
{Santa came to see Kate!}
{Decorating our tree}
{Christmas at Yia Yia and Papou's}
{Daddy and his babies}
{Kate loves all the lights}
{Handmade by Kate…The most precious ornament to adorn our tree!}
{Chef Kate cooking in her new kitchen}
{New addition to the house…Mistletoe Kissing Ball}
{The greatest Christmas gift ever!!}
{Not so sure about Santa ;)}
{The night before the decorations came down…Love this tree!}
xoxo,
Katherine

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