Category Archives: Summer

Watermelon Cocktail (Low cal cocktail)

Hey yall! Hope you had a wonderful Father’s day! We had a great low key weekend—enjoyed a bit of pool time, family time and chill time:) A few weeks back we got together with some friends and I wanted to whip up a refreshing summer cocktail. This watermelon-tini fit the bill! Obviously the sweeter the watermelon the better….but if you happen to get one that lacks sweet just add a touch of honey. It’s hot….stay cool with a homemade watermelontini:) You’re welcome;)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Roast beef hoagie on a Pretzel roll with bacon-horsey dip

Hey yall…almost back to reality after some recharge time at the beach. I am pretty sure I could stay there for the season…maybe someday:) Wanted to pop in and share an easy idea to take on the road this summer. Weather you are going to the park or crossing the country….keep fueled up with a healthy lunch…that is tasty too:)

Summer road trips often mean packing lunch to-go….that is where this recipe was conjured up in my head. My mom used to pack sandwiches for the road when we traveled. I remember the blue cooler packed with ice packs, fruit and foiled sandwiches. We drove everywhere when we went on vacation…which I think was the norm back then. I still love a good road trip…and these Roast Beef Hoagies with Horsey Dip are perfect to pull together for your summer travels. June is Dairy Month and the perfect time to explore all the fresh and delicious items you can find in the dairy aisle. My friends at Heluva Good! sent me a couple dips to try and they were both very tasty. The Heluva Good! French Onion is a perfect dip for your veggies and this Heluva Good! Bacon Horseradish dip adds a zesty kick to any sandwich. I made some “homemade” pretzel bread to make the hoagie…so so so good!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Self Watering Planter

I planted a salad garden this week….in a container. It is my first attempt at getting back into growing some of my own veggies. I thought I would start small and see how it goes. In my effort to keep my container salad garden alive I came across a really neat way to make sure my plants day hydrated….

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I have seen this technic used in the past and thought I would give it a go:) You basically take a plastic water bottle of some sort, poke holes in it and embed it into the dirt so that it slowly releases water to the root system and not just the top of your plant. Sounds like genius to me!

 

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First I place some recycled brown paper crumbled up on the bottom of a large planter ( newspaper would also work fine.) I drilled some holes in the bottom of my plastic planter. Using a 5/16th drill bit, drill several holes in the water bottle. I placed a good amount of potting soil on top of the paper then put the water bottle in the center after I have poked several holes in with it with my drill. The idea is to fill the water bottle with water and the plant will slowly drink what it needs…. At least that’s what I am hoping will happen:)

I added my plants (for now I planted one tomato, one red pepper, one lettuce, and one basil.) along with a little more potting soil. Filled up the water bottle in the center and just periodically checked to make sure the water bottle had some liquid in it. The first time I filled it up it ran empty right away just because the soil was new. As the plant drinks it will slowly leave water in the bottle. It kind of tells you how moist the soil is.

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This container veggie garden is a great beginner garden project. The kids can get involved…perfect Memorial Day weekend project!

I hope you have a great holiday weekend:) I’ll be back next Wednesday:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

10 outdoor porch swings that won’t break the bank…

Hey yall!! Almost spring break week here…and we cannot wait! Heading to the beach soon…but I have a few fun things to share this week first…What we were up to the weekend….

 

My Grammies had a screened in porch at her beach house. Growing up she didn’t have central air so if it was above 85 degrees the house is pretty hot. It forced everybody to congregate on a nice enclosed screened in porch. There were many nights in the heat of the summer that I would sleep out there. It wasn’t carpeted she just had an AstroTurf type of material on top of the concrete. But she had cushions and pillows and I would take a sleeping bag out there and fall asleep. It was the beginning of my lifelong love of front porches. So many  nights where we would play cards, eat dinner, have parties with friends… all on this little 12 by 24 patio. It was also a perfect spot to watch a thunderstorm roll in over the island…talk about lulling yourself to sleep. It was the one spot in the house that was a guaranteed breeze. I love a good porch.

 

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Our home has such  nice outdoor spaces to enjoy….it is a major reason we fell in love with this home.  We have a screened in porch on the side we have a nice wide front porch and we have a nice patio in the back with a fire pit. We love to be outside when the weather turns nice (that will happen this year right!?!?)  This front porch is a perfect spot for a porch swing and if you follow me on instagram…you already know what we were up to this weekend. Our swing is a 2 seater and it is made by Hampton Swing (sold through Brookstone.) It comes in several colors….it was easy to hang once we figured out where our joist were:) It is so comfy! A perfect addition…and I love that it is in the sun. If you see someone passed out on it…no worries…it’s just me. I cannot leave this swing! Here is a round up of a few others that we considered…

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I wanted something that was low maintenance. Something that was conducive to nap taking and something that was unique and interesting. I rounded up a few that came in the running and also the one that we ended up getting. I like that most of these swings take care of themself. All they might need every season is a nice hose down and they’re ready to go. A few you could just top with some different cushions every year to kind of mix it up but you don’t even have to do that if you don’t want to. You can find some great outdoor cushions and pillows at Homegoods, Target and Lowes on the cheap. Even if you don’t have a front porch you might have a little spot in your yard to put up in a frame and create a sitting area with a swing of your choice. There’s usually some spot somewhere on the outside that you can carve out. Perfect for springtime naps with your favorite book when you can grab even just a few minutes of quiet time. I tried to round up most of them that were under the $500 price point. There’s also some suggestions for maybe building your own swing / daybed to catch some outdoors zzzz….ahhhhh Spring:) (links below to products that are in the pic:)

 

Brookstone//Single Swing Brookstone//Hayneedle//NagHeadHammocks//ATGStores//Walmart//PorchSwingCO//DIY//etsy

Blue Hanging Rope Chair Porch Swing Seat Patio Camping Max. 265 lbs

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Tomato Cobbler

Did you have a good weekend?Pretty low key here..we made it to the lake to clean up a few things and grab some furniture…Happy end to summer I guess. It seemed that this one kind of passes us by…although I am ready for fall. I kind of like the hibernation that fall brings. I am really an introvert about 8 months of the year….and I love the quiet that fall brings:) But, before we go all pumpkin…let’s use up those tomatoes from the garden ok….

I know….cobbler is usually sweet…but this easy tomato cobbler is the best use of all those tomatoes at the end of summer:) I have used this recipe forever…I think I tore it out of a Martha mag a long time ago. I bet you have everything you need to pull it together tonight….

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Tomato Cobbler
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ⅓ C Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ⅓ C fresh Parmesan
  • ¼ t salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • ¼ C dried parsley
Instructions
  1. Spread some olive oil on bottom of baking dish.
  2. Toss in tomatoes
  3. In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients (salt and pepper to taste)
  4. Even spread on top of tomatoes
  5. Bake 400 for 20 minutes

 

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It couldn’t be easier really…..and your payoff is huge:)

 

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Have a wonderful week friends:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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