Thursday, August 29, 2013

$30 DIY Whimsical Porch

When I lived in Wilmington one of my favorite things to do was go to the beach, my second favorite thing to do was drive around looking at all the gorgeous beach houses that I hope to one day live in...a girl can dream!  One thing a lot of beach houses had in common (that I absolutely loved) was sheer curtains hanging on the porches.  Driving by those homes with the whimsical sheers blowing in the warm wind made me want to sit on their porch and read a great book.

I am no longer in Wilmington by the beach but I figured why not bring some beach-y-ness and whimsy to my little apartment!  Not only does it create a magical and relaxing outdoor experience but it also adds privacy while I'm outside on my tiny porch.  We are lucky enough to be on the third floor with a pretty flowering tree right next to us, so we do have some privacy already but the sheers really top it off.

This is a cheap project that can really add a lot to a small outdoor space.  It was super cheap for me because I already had the rods and sheers.  All I had to buy was the hanging hardware, which I am sure is somewhere, but couldn't find the pieces.

DIY: $30 Whimsical Porch
2 adjustable Walmart curtain rods, nails and hardware should be included - $5
4 sheer panels, whatever length you want, mine are 84" -  $20-25

Figure out the length you want the curtain rod to be and nail in the hardware.  

Clip in the curtain rod and make sure its level (or close to it, it doesn't have to be perfect).  Take down the rod, and slide on the curtains and clip rod back into place.  You're done, enjoy!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

The other day I was in the mood for chips and salsa, but the jar of Chi Chi's brand salsa in the fridge wasn't really doing the trick for me so I decided to make this yummy corn and black bean salsa. I love this stuff because it's super cheap and easy to make, not to mention it also makes a ton.  

I like to make a batch of it at the beginning of the week and use it for different meals or snacks each day.  It's so versatile, you can eat it alone, with tortilla chips, on tacos, as a salad topping or even in place of salad dressing.  I'm pretty sure I have had this stuff all those ways I just listed and it's only Wednesday!  I think it's safe to say I am addicted.  Try it!

Corn and Black Bean Salsa Recipe

Here's what you'll need:
1 can yellow corn, drained and rinsed
1 can white corn, drained and rinsed
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced italian style tomatoes, partially drained
1/4 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped (you may want more or less depending on taste)
Juice from 1 lime

Combine all ingredients in large bowl.  Tastes great served chilled or at room temperature, you decide.  Enjoy!

This recipe makes about 12 one half cup servings.

Nutrition: Calories: 110; Carbs: 19g; Fat: 1g; Protien: 6g; Sugar: 5g; Fiber: 6g