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My July Garden

Side Garden

My July Garden
Hey Guys! I’ve been so busy lately, sorry if I am late to the show on the July Garden. I know it’s August and all, but I promise, all these photos are from July. The garden has been really grown into itself this year. There is always something new blooming, colors look good together and all the plants are nice and filled in. I am really, really proud of it. Let me show you around and you can see what’s blooming this month.

Asiatic Lilies

My July Garden
There are lilies everywhere! After 4 years the Asiatic lilies are growing in nice mounds now. I originally had been given individual shoots which I planted all around the backyard. Finally the bulbs have multiplied themselves enough times that I know have groups of lilies producing lots and lots of beautiful blooms.

Side Garden

My July Garden
Purples, blues and yellows along the side garden.


My July Garden
A new cone flower (aka ‘Fatal Attraction’ Echinacea) which I planted earlier this year. The stems are nearly purple, I totally love them.


My July Garden
My rose bush was happily blooming at the beginning of the month, but now there are no more buds. I’m a little worried about it, hopefully it is just a phase.


My July Garden
The zinnias began blooming right after Finn’s birthday – they took awhile longer this year, I imagine it has something to do with all the rain and the cooler weather we’ve been experiencing. Happy to see them blooming, and am looking forward to having many beautiful garden bouquets from these plants that I started from seed.

Asiatic Lilies & Hosta

My July Garden

Day Lily

My July Garden
I told you, lots of lilies. Here are my yellow day lilies. I split these a few years ago and now they are coming in as nice hearty bushes.


My July Garden
I tried something new this year, planting a large coleus as a border annual plant on the side of the house. I am amazed at how large it has gotten, and would like to try it again next year, maybe in the backyard gardens.

Salad Garden

My July Garden
I had to include a shot of the lettuce garden. When it first started growing I was worried that it wouldn’t fill in. It looked pretty sad, but now I have so much lettuce and arugula. We can have salads everyday – it’s way awesome!


My July Garden
The hydrangea (aka Bob Hardy Hydrangea) I planted in the backyard last year is blooming again this year, it’s gotten pretty big too, I’m not sure if it will even fit in it’s spot next year if it continues to grow.

Day Lily

My July Garden
Orange day lilies along the side of the house. I love the color agains the dark blue siding.


My July Garden
The first Dahlias (aka Chilson’s Pride Dahlia) are starting to bloom!


My July Garden

Stonecrop Flower

My July Garden

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August’s 3rd Birthday

We spent Tuesday celebrating our little guy, Gus’ 3rd birthday! If you haven’t been keeping track, that’s 2 birthdays in less than 2 weeks. We’ve been busy! It’s always been very important for me to give the kids killer birthdays that are each their own special day, even though they share birthdays so close together. Me and my young bro have birthdays that are 3 days apart, so I understand the importance of separate birthdays. Not wanting to impose on our friends and family during the busy summer days, I invited everyone over for two very casual birthday celebraishes in the back yard, both took place on weekday nights as not to clog anyones weekend.

Anyways, back to our little G-man and the 3rd anniversary of the day of his birth. We spent part of the day at the train museum in St. Paul – Gus totally loves this place, and is infatuated with anything that has wheels. The museum is located in an old railroad building and boasts a miniature model of Minneapolis and St.Paul, pretty cool huh? We watched the trains go around, and around, and around, pretty exciting stuff for a three year old.

Later in the day we had the fam and a few friends over for cake, ice cream, bubbles, glow sticks, and a train party in the backyard. It was a pretty happy day for our little guy.

It’s bittersweet to watch the smallest one grow up but I am so excited for Gus to keep on growing and learning! Finn starts all day kindergarten this year and I am secretly (and not so secretly) super amped to have the next year to spend a bunch of one-on-one time tramping around with my not-so-little-guy, Gus.

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CSA Recipe : Bok Choy & Broccoli Stir Fry

Bok Choy & Broccoli Stir Fry
Okay, you guys. Here’s another great CSA recipe, a terrific way to eat up all that broccoli that’s coming out of the gardens this time of year. We really like this one! We made it with brown rice and topped it off with some cilantro, cashews and sriracha. It would be great with chicken or tofu too.

Bok Choi & Broccoli Stir Fry
This stir fry is made with a whole head of bok choy. You can slice the stalk up just as you would celery and then chop and wilt the leafy bits. If you didn’t know, bok choy is really good fer ya, it’s full of many vital phyto-nutrients, vitamins, minerals and health-benefiting anti-oxidants. So there.

Also, I used a whole head of broccoli in this thang. I love broccoli, and even my anti-broccoli-suffering-husband ate it. The trick is cutting the broccoli into small florets and then chopping up the stems. It makes it not so broccoi-ish for those non-broccoli loving people. Broccoli is a pretty tyte veg, you guys. Not only can it help lower your colestrol but it also has cancer fighting powers. This is what my friend ‘the internet’ told me ’bout it: Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body of H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function. Better eat yer broccoli.

Bok Choy & Broccoli Stir Fry
Also, don’t forget the sri-rach – duh. Everything needs a little rooster sauce.


Bok Choy & Broccoli Stir Fry
Recipe from Driftless Organics


▼ 3 scallions, whites chopped & greens separated & sliced
▼ 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
▼ 1” piece fresh ginger, minced
▼ 1 medium head bok choy, stems sliced, greens separated & coarsely chopped
▼ 1 medium head broccoli, stems sliced, florets separated & cut into bite size pieces
▼ 1 tbsp olive oil
▼ 1 tbsp each tamari & rice wine (or rice vinegar or sake)
▼ 2 tsp sugar
▼ 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
▼ ½ tsp Chinese 5 spice seasoning (optional)
▼ 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
▼ ¼ cup cashews

Heat oil in large skillet or wok over medium/high heat. Add scallions whites, garlic, & ginger & stir until fragrant (1 minute). Add bok choi & broccoli stems & stir until starting to brown (2-3minutes). Add broccoli florets, tamari, rice wine or vinegar, sugar, 5 spice, & toasted sesame oil. Stir another minute. Add bok choi & scallion greens & stir until wilted. Serve with rice or noodles & top with cashews & cilantro. Add tofu, chicken or beef if you wish.
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Thinking About : Ideas for the Bedroom

Vintage Modern Bedroom Idea Board
Hello, happy Friday! I’ve been thinking hard about ideas for the very-much-in-the-future bedroom revamp and I wanted to share them with you. I need to do these weird exercises in design and inspiration so that I can stay focused on the prize. The sunroom (is essentially part of our bedroom) which you may remember was overhauled this spring. I totally love it now and we use the space all the time. However because the sunroom is looking all foxy and babelicious its making the bedroom look lame and boring. Something must be done.

The Sunroom
I am totally in love with the navy sofa and coral combo that I used in the sunroom, and would like to continue that idea in the bedroom – just in more subtle ways, emphasizing on neutral whites and grays. As always I love a nice marriage of modern pieces and vintage favorites, and have plans of accessorizing in rose golds and brass accents.

I have always adored wallpaper and it’s something I’ve always wanted to add to our bedroom. Wallpaper hasn’t happened yet because I haven’t stumbled upon the perfect pattern or had the perfect plan to have the balls to buy and install something. I’m getting there though :) In the past, we have wallpapered the vestibule and the music room. I really love having those bold patterns throughout the house and would like to continue patterning it up in our bedroom. I saw this very feminine and floral paper from Hygge & West a few weeks ago and I have been thinking about it ever since. I don’t know if it will stay stuck in my brain as I continue on throughout the process but for now I really like the idea of it. I’ll have to convince Jeff that he likes it too – could be the hardest part of this whole reno.

What about having a real bed you guys? I told you earlier this week that our mattress currently rests on a broken bed frame and a pile of old books – so it’s time. I don’t have a specific bed in mind just yet, but I think we’d like to have something upholstered with legs as opposed to upholstered with no space underneath – I have no idea what the technical bed designers term for this is. Anyway, a real deal bed would be tyte.

We already have the black and white rug (from RugsUSA) and I’d like to have it stay in the bedroom. Check that off the list!

Okay, okay, so I’m still kind of obsessed with the functionality of the fauxdenza. We don’t have a library space or anything in our house, but we have a lot of books and have been keeping them all in our bedroom. Maybe that will change a bit as we have big plans of remodeling the basement over spring of 2015. For now though, we are in need of practical storage in the bedroom that doesn’t take up a lot of visual space. I’m actually thinking about installing a wrap-around-fauxdenza. Maybe overboard? I dunno. Would that would be to much ‘denza in one space? I am really liking the idea for now – we’ll see if it stays as time moves forward.

So that’s it in a nutshell. Here’s a sweet list of all the items shown above.

Floral Wallpaper
from Hygge & West
Upholstered Bed
from Crate & Barrel
Brass Sconce
from Cedar and Moss
Solid Bedding in Navy, Gray and Coral
Bertoia Arm chair in White
Brass Planter
from Ferm Living
Vintage Accessories such as a cool oscillating fan
Fauxdenza for Book Storage
Black and White Rug
from RugsUSA
Mid Century Nightstand
from West Elm
Modern Chest of Drawers
from Ikea
Desk Lamp
from Ikea
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Hey-a, Folks! I have a confession. For the last 4 or 5 months I have been a bad housekeeper. Keeping the house tidy used to be something I kinda actually enjoyed, but then things got busy. I’ve been spending a lot of time focusing on the blog, gardening and hanging with the kids, avoiding the daily cleaning chores that used to bring me peace and calm. I especially avoided the deeper cleaning aspects of keeping a tidy home.

When we decided that I would stay home with the kids part of the arrangement was that I would be responsible for keeping the home (aka cleaning up). I know that kind of sounds old fashioned but the entire reason that I was staying home was so that I could be with the kids during the day, and it would allow us all more time together as a family on nights and weekends. I had been managing a restaurant for a long time, and those were not typical or family friendly hours. This was a chance for us to be together more often, and we wouldn’t have to spend our precious family time cleaning.

We just recently got a new vacuum and my love affair with keeping a clean home has been reignited. We had a long run with a more affordable hoover wind tunnel. It broke a few years ago and we spent almost as much money as it would have cost brand new to have it fixed, at the time we didn’t really have the dough to go out and buy a new vacuum. We promised that the next time the vacuum gave out we would use a little rainy day money and invest in something that would last. After much research and debate we decided on this Miele S6270 vac (not sponsored or anything b-t-dubs) and so far it’s been the best.

What I really like about it is that it does an awesome job cleaning the hardwood floors, and it’s easy to get under furniture. It even sucks up the little dust pieces along the edges of cabinets, dirt our old vac was to clunky to get at. I hardly use the broom anymore. I also love that it’s a canister vacuum and I can tuck it away in the mudroom cabinets instead of downstairs in the basement. Now it’s always within reach.

In celebration of the new ‘cuum, I decided to go back to an old tradition that I hold near and dear. Weekly chore to-do lists! I used to live and die by these things people. For me, having a list like this makes cleaning really easy and not so daunting of a task. Besides the laundry, most of these chores take me less than half an hour per day and leave me with a really happy and clean home that the fam and I enjoy being in. I’m back to the old tidy me!

Look, I love how it tucks into this cabinet! I’d love to hear your housekeeping tips, do you keep lists too, do you have an awesome method for keeping a tidy home? Lay it on me my Type A homies!

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