Thursday, July 24, 2014

This Week's Top Pins

You might have seen on Facebook, but we are on full blown vacation mode this week. The hubby is off from work, and we are soaking up every bit of summer we can, and consuming lots of rest and family time. So far we have enjoyed an extended weekend at the beach, which was pure bliss to wake up to the sound of the ocean everyday! As well as lots of fun summer activities and day trips. Today I have some of my most recent favorite pins from Pinterest lined up for you. 
So just sit back and enjoy the eye candy! 
via : Birmingham Home & Garden


via : Joss & Main

via : Better Homes & Garden


via : Fason Blog


via : honestlywtf

via : honestlywtf






Friday, July 18, 2014

Get to Know Me!

I'm sharing over at Beneath my Heart today, a little bit more about myself. If you are new around here, or have seen glimpse's of our home on Instagram or Pinterest, I thought I would take some time to tell you a little bit more about myself. I know sometimes it's always hard to get to know someone you don't meet in person, and only see online. So today I thought I would give you guys a look behind the curtain. Stop by and say Hi!! I hope you are having a wonderful Summer!! We leave tomorrow for a mini - beach vacation,  and I will be sure to share some summer fun on Instagram (roomsforrent). If you are visiting from Beneath My Heart, WELCOME!! I hope you stay awhile and take a look around!



Happy Friday!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Easy Fruit Pizza

I think anytime I see the word "easy" in front of a recipe, I always go for that one first. I would consider myself a moderately experienced cook/baker. I'm not too afraid of tackling a new recipe or something unfamiliar. Most importantly I like trying new things. However lets just be real here, mom to mom, when I'm cooking in the kitchen, there really isn't a whole lot of time to get my Julia Child on, when it says easy, and I have maybe 20 minutes, you've got my attention. I have been making this fruit pizza for almost 10 years now, it was one of the first recipes I "tweaked" due to my lack of experience back when I was a new wife with little kitchen experience. Also, back then I was never really a fan of pie crusts, that wasn't until two years ago when I decided for the love of baked goods I would finally make a crust from scratch, I will never go pack, never! But in this instance, I did not like pie crusts, and packaged, store bought ones were my friend. So today I'm sharing with you my version of the world's easiest Fruit Pizza, birthed in my very first apartment kitchen! I know there are a lot of versions out there, but I promise you my 3 yr old could make this, if I let her touch the oven :) First things first, to make a fruit pizza, you need a crust, and typically it's a pie crust. Insert my first "tweak", remove so-called pie crust, and replace with sugar cookies.

Now I have made this all ways before, pre-made cut outs, pre-made roll, homemade dough. Nothing is easier than the pre-made cutouts. I line my cookie sheet with foil, and place them in tight rows, because as it bakes I don't want there to be any gaps in between the cookies, 
so it will form a solid crust for the bottom.


I bake my cookies per package instructions, and usually add 1-2 mins to the time, because when they are touching they take a little longer to bake. While my cookies, I mean crust, is baking I slice up any fruit that needs to be cut. You can add any fruit you want to make it completely your own taste, but I said this was easy fruit pizza, so I'm using the quickest to prep fruit for mine today.

Strawberries
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Blueberries
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Grapes
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Tangerines


Once your crust is done, allow it to cool before the next step.
I then remove my crust from foil and place on desired serving tray, this step is not needed, but always makes for a prettier presentation.
Once cooled, I frost my entire crust with Strawberry cream cheese.


"Tweak" #2. I was not a fan of the gelatin that most recipes called for, or having to mix up anything. 
Again, I wanted simple, quick and easy.
So I went for something I liked. My favorite is cream cheese frosting, and what's better than strawberry cream cheese. It's like frosting, but already flavored and sweet!


Once I have "frosted" my crust, I begin to top with fruit. There are many different ways you can decorate the top of your fruit pizza, for some reason diagonal lines has always stuck for me.


Once you are finished, refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Ingredients :

1 Package of pre-made Sugar Cookie
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1 Package of strawberry cream cheese
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1 Package of Fresh Strawberries
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1 Package of Fresh Blueberries
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1 bunch of Green Grapes
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1 sm. can of Tangerines



Every time I serve this dessert, people are always going back for seconds. It's light, and fresh, but still satisfies that sweet tooth! I hope you enjoyed this easy Fruit Pizza, and I know you will enjoy it once you make it!

Be sure to stop by the rest of my talented friends, and see what they are up to this summer:



Thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Master Bedroom Updated Tour

It all started last fall. The hubby and I were dreaming about getting a new King sized bed. Well we are still dreaming about it, because we have yet to go out and buy one, although we've narrowed down our choice. To prepare for a slightly larger bed than our current queen, in order to still fit our nightstands, we decided to swap our master bedroom around a bit. We went from it up against our Board and Batten wall shown here:

To the wall directly opposite, which happens to have an eaved ceiling. When the foot of our bed was at this end, we always had to slightly duck to walk by our bed, now that the head of our bed is up against this wall, the room feels much larger, since you don't have to duck walking through it. 


You can also see in this photo, above the fan and nightstand on the left, yes the wall is two different colors, I had just finished painting a new color (BEN MOORE : HAZY SKIES) throughout our entire room, and had an idea for the lower section of the eaved wall. The eaved wall always bothered me from a design stand point, because the rest of the walls have the board and batten treatment, but the lower half of this wall wasn't tall enough to continue it on this side of the room. Loving the look of old barn wood, planked on walls, I decided this would be the perfect spot for it, and it would serve as a focal point for our room. In my head I was dreaming of the rough weathered wood paired with an upholstered slip-covered head board {keeping that project in mind for when we upgrade to a king size bed!). So one non-eventful weekend in Feb. I convinced the hubby to help me carry these 18" boards upstairs.
AFTER:


For bedding, I got a linen duvet cover from IKEA, along with two of these cute linen pleated pillows from IKEA as well. The front throw pillow, I diy'd out of painters drop cloth, and stenciled the numbers on. The No.2 - representing the two of us, and the 8.5.05 is our anniversary. 


I love the warmth, and the dimension that the planked barn boards bring into our room. They almost resemble something similar of what you would expect to see originally part of our 1846 farmhouse.

BEFORE:


AFTER:


Below you can see how our bedroom looks, if you were looking into that part of our room from where our Home Office is, which I revealed last week. 


Since the boards were original to a barn, and coated in dirt, I gave them a good sanding to clean them up a bit, and bring out the woods original tones. I debated sealing them, or rubbing some light stain on them to protect them, but decided just to keep them in their true raw state.

I created a small gallery wall, of more intimate family photos, and some candid ones of the kids, we felt captures their personality best. The other frames are filled with some love quotes, and then our initials in different styled letters to fill in the gaps. {Both letters purchased from Hobby Lobby}


BEFORE: 


Where our bed used to be, now holds two identical white IKEA dressers, originally from the kids room, until I played musical chairs with all the dressers {except mine} in our house. 

AFTER:


The hubby needed better storage for his clothes, and after finding this $5 beauty, it allowed me to switch things up, and now provides plenty of room and a better drawer layout for all his clothes. 
Which has completely taken away my excuse of not being able to put the laundry away due to lack of space :p


I brought up my beloved Pottery Barn "Rooms For Rent" sign, which was my inspiration for this blog's name, and still one of my favorite decor pieces to date.


 With the night stands now up against a wood background, I wanted them to pop a bit more, but still be subtle, from their original wood finish. So I gave them a quick coat in ASCP 'French Linen', which is a nice muted grey. Working in the same color scheme it keeps the room monochromatic, and very refreshing.


To see how I gave these lamp shades a quick update, check it out  here
To go back and take a look at how we added our Board and Batten check out here, and here.

Tomorrow I'm joining up with my favorite friends for a little 
Seasons of Home
-summer edition-
where I will be sharing my go-to summer BBQ dessert!