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The Red Kitchen Table

I reupholstered our kitchen chairs with this cute fabric I found in an IKEA discount basket. The fabric caught my eye because it was floral without being too bright, and it had red, black and blue in it which are the main colors seen in my kitchen. Without even having this project on my radar, I knew the fabric would perfectly hide the tired, worn chair cushions that gave away the age of our set while giving it a fresh new look. After nearly fourteen years, it was very much needed. This DIY cost me only eight dollars and a pack of staples, and when it was complete I was beaming with pride.
You see, this is not just any old kitchen table and chairs.
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Throwback Thursday: Nashville 2016

Visiting Nashville for the first time will definitely rank high on my treasured list of life highlights. We traveled with a group of friends including my pregnant sister, her boyfriend, a lifelong best friend of both G and I, and friends from home who know how to make the most of our time together and never fail to make us laugh. The house we shared was so cozy and inviting that we immediately felt at home and often found ourselves sitting around the coffee table with our feet up, a drink in hand, playing Catch Phrase instead of touring around the city. That says a lot about the home, but more about the people we shared it with.

On our first night, however, we stayed at The Gaylord Opryland Hotel which is unlike any hotel I have ever seen. Big and beautiful doesn't even begin to describe it so I encourage anyone visiting Nashville for the first time to check it out, even just to walk through the extravagant indoor gardens or to eat at one of the many restaurants inside. That same…

Gluten Free Big Mac Salad

This salad hits the spot and really kills the craving to hit up the drive thru. It has all the flavors of a Big Mac without the gluten or the guilt.

One small onion. (A medium onion if you're making your own sauce, see below.) Lean ground beef. Epicure Burger Seasoning (Optional) Iceberg lettuce. Dill pickles. Red Onion (Optional) Mushroom (Optional) Cheddar Cheese Epicure Big Burger Sauce OR Mayonnaise, white vinegar, sugar, ketchup, relish, onion and a pinch of salt.

Step 1) Finely chop a small onion and fry it with the ground beef. Season the beef with Epicure Burger seasoning and when cooked, drain any grease that remains. 

Step 2) Make your salad by first layering washed and rinsed lettuce, ground beef, chopped dill pickle and cheddar cheese. I like the addition of red onion and mushrooms, but that's your call.

Step 3) Create the dressing. You can use Epicure Big Burger Sauce and follow the instructions on the bottle using some of the ingredients listed bel…

Gluten Free Avocado Toast

If you need to follow a recipe to make avocado toast, we can't be friends.

I'm kidding, I'm kidding - but really, avocado toast is pretty near impossible to mess up. Mash up that green beauty, smear it on toast and jazz it up however you see fit. You can add a fried egg, a spritz of lime or a kick of spice... But with bacon and goat cheese it tastes really nice. You can make it on a rice cake and leave out the bread, you can make it in seconds and go back to bed...
See how excited avocado toast makes me? It's seriously my favorite breakfast.

Pictured above and below are two variations that are simple, delicious and gluten free! 

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Gluten Free Mexican Dip

This dip came to be when I had leftover corn on the cob from a previous meal, three lime wedges, a ready-to-use avocado and a big bag of corn chips staring me in the face. I mean, what's a girl to do other than make a dip? Add some cheese to the mix and you're laughing!

I will definitely make this again, maybe next time adding some black beans and red onion. It's bright and colorful and fresh, the cheesy layer combined with the smooth avocado and crumbled feta gives it that creamy texture you want a dip to have, and the hint of lime makes it taste like something you'd eat in Mexico.

1/2 block of cream cheese. 1 small tub of sour cream. A sprinkling or a dash of hot sauce, taco seasoning or Louisiana Hot & Spicy dip mix by Epicure.
Mix all of this together and spread it on a pie plate or shallow bowl for your base layer.
Grilled corn. Avocado. Tomato. Green or red onion. Feta cheese. Fresh lime juice.
Simply layer the above ingredients however you see fit an…

It's September First And I Am Currently...

FEELING out of shape and a bit nervous about taking my workout from the comfort of my living room to a studio full of women for my first session of Pound classes this fall. 

READING sewing patterns, or at least trying to. 

LISTENING TO Brothers Osborne, Port Cities and Lady Gaga's Joanne album on repeat.

WATCHING Big Brother and The Sinner, which is so incredibly twisted - and just starting season two of Game of Thrones. Totally late to the GOT party, but better late than never.

PLAYING the guitar after months of neglecting it. It was a gift from G years ago and sadly it's not something I really stuck with, but every now and then I pick it up, attempt a song or two and get inspired to learn more.

WORRIED ABOUT gettingeverything I need for a fun weekend in Montreal in a carry-on bag.

WORKING ON a formal dress by pattern, hoping that it's something I can wear to a friends wedding next summer.

CONSIDERING cutting my hair even shorter but concerned that I'd have to put more time …

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Guys, I am going away this weekend and desperately need to delete pictures from my phone to free up space for more pictures - and if you know me, you know that almost all of the pictures on my phone are pictures of food. So what I'm saying is, I need to delete pictures of food so I can take more pictures of food.

I have very good intentions when I take pictures like this. I can't keep a good thing to myself - which is nice of me, don't you think? Whether it's a good show I've watched, a good book I've read, a beauty product I swear by or in this case an awesome gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe - I need to inspire at least one person to watch it, read it, buy it or try it. Like, now.

Which brings me to this picture of milk and cookies...

To you this is just another picture of milk and cookies - nothing special, they don't even look that good - but to me it's so much more. It's a reminder to never give up, to keep fighting the good fight, to …

10 Things Tuesday: 10 Things You Don't Know About Me

1. I have never watched a Star Wars, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings movie.

2. I think Sushi is disgusting.

3. The only thing I have ever barbecued was a hot dog, and that's after someone fired up the grill for me. Everything else is out of my comfort zone. 

4. I get my best sleep when I am wearing an eye mask and earplugs. 

5. I would absolutely love to go on a solo adventure to another part of the world.

6. I have clothes in my closet that are over ten years old that I still wear.

7. One of my biggest regrets in life is when my family went to Disney World with a large group, and instead of exploring the theme park with my Mom and sisters, I ran around with my new friends trying to impress a cute boy. 

8. I never, ever make my bed in the morning.

9. I don't fart around my husband and if I have, I was likely sound asleep.

10. I don't wear (or own) eye liner, eye shadow or nail polish.