Deuce Cities Henhouse


Well if you know anything about me, you probably know that I’m not really a “pink” girl, that is until recently. It started with the blog, when my new design went up in January it was all blues and gray and then all of a sudden my links turned pink, and then my profile photo took on a pink hue and then, what do you know, my title “Deuce Cities” turned pink too.

It’s been downhill ever since.

I was tidying up our bedroom yesterday afternoon when I realized that my side of the bed was turning pink too. My bedside table legs, my ghana basket and the flowers are all showing signs of pink. I’m hoarding pink and spreading it all over my little corner of the world.

Cool basket huh, I found it over here and am using it as storage space for Penny’s baby blanket that I have not been working on.

Maybe it’s as simple as being surround by 3 boys 24/7, maybe this is how I speak out and take back my space. I’m protesting trucks, dirt and legos by painting the legs of my bed side table pink, duh.


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End of Summer Kids

Don’t mind this messy face
No-Shirt-Kids make me happy. We’ve had a great summer and I’m already feeling like it’s over. We had a cool bit of weather last week and it kicked me straight into fall mode. I am really looking forward to being cozy this fall but I don’t want the summer to be over just yet. I’m sure we have a good 3-4 weeks in front of us, but I can’t help but feel like it’s over.

Anyway’s, I love these summertime kids (and Elsa too). This summer the house has been full of lots of happy kids sounds. Imaginations are running wild, and even Gus is getting in on the action. Finn has been the best-ever older brother! If all of us had awesome older brothers like Finn we would increase our childhood-good-memories quota by half.

There has also been a fair share of pushing, shoving, pointing fingers, fake cries, blaming, bugging, picking on, and driving one mom totally batty. Luckily the good days out weigh the bad, and this summer will be one of my favs on record.

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Ikea Catalog 2013

Unless you live under a rock, or don’t care much about swedish furniture, then you know that the new Ikea catalog is out. I know, I know, it’s been out for a few weeks and I’m late to the blog party on this one but I thought I’d throw my two cents in. I am a nerd and get excited for the new catalog every year!! I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive in the mail but in the mean time I have discovered and download the Ikea 2013 catalog app and thumbed through the pages. I gotta say, the app is pretty cool and it comes bundled with a bunch of extra morsels of Ikea goodness.

I put together a few of my fav bits from the new catalog. Numero uno is always I-N-S-P-I-R-A-T-I-O-N. This time the catalog is chalked full of storage and organization solutions. There’s nothing like an Ikea catalog to get you in the purging and organizing mood. It can make you feel like cleaning out your closet and re-organizing your entry way all in the same day. With fall around the corner I am feeling the urge to get tidy, organized and cozy. It’s like nesting but without the baby.

I also have a crush on this little Råskog kitchen cart in turquoise for no ther reason than the fact that it’s the best shade of blue-green ever, I’m not even sure where I would use it, I just love it.

Ikea is hitting the nail on the head with a brand new line of colorful LED lighting too, the PS Collection is colorful and exciting and I like a good chunk of it’s offerings. In the above right photo you can see featured both the pendants and the wall sconce, I’m thinking perfect for a kid room.

Okay, onto real business :) You may have noticed that I drew all over the Ikea collage above. I got my bamboo stylus in the mail this weekend, and I love it. What I really wanted to achieve with it was being able to mark up posts and pictures. It took a little trial and error (and I’m sure there will even be more in my future) but after testing out many different apps and a few different methods I finally got the hang of it.

I took a little from everyone’s comment suggestions and downloaded 4 different drawing apps for the ipad over the weekend. Here are my favs. Coming in at first place without a doubt the “procreate” app! Not only does it offer a variety of brushes, pencils, pens, markers and colors it also allows layering and the ability to export to your drop box account as a photoshop doc. For $4.99 you can’t go wrong. Seriously, try it out.

The other app that I really like was not meant for drawing, but it works, and it’s called “Air Display.” It’s main function is to make your ipad operate as an additional display for your computer. I installed it on both my ipad and my macbook pro. I can now use the ipad as a second display and tablet thus allowing me to draw with my stylus in photoshop using all my PS brushes! It’s on the high side at $9.99 but I think it offers a lot of functionality and will make it’s self very useful in the long run.

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Spicy Green Beans

Like I said in a post last week, our garden is becoming the ultimate bloody mary bar, at least that is what it aspires to be. I really want to can home made bloody mary mix by the end of the summer as well as spicy pickles, beans and peppers as bloody garnishes.

Our CSA box last week came fully stocked with Dragon Tongue Beans, garlic and an assortment of peppers. Obviously it’s bean time!!

My good buddy Colz passed a long this delicious spicy pickled bean recipe and I’m gonna share it with you. She told me that she just pickled and refrigerated her green beans (stays for about 6 weeks), I canned mine (stays for about a year) in a hot water bath because I am hoping to enjoy them in bloody mary’s for many many Sunday mornings to come.

Spicy Pickled Green Beans

This is on a per jar basis so you can easily pack up a jar as you grow em. Each jar includes the following ingredients

▼ Beans, duh
▼ Red Peppers I used 2 Arbol peppers per jar
▼ 1 tsp corriander
▼ 1 tsp peppercorn
▼ 2 garlic cloves
▼ 2 bay leaves
▼ Jalapeños (optional)

The Brine

▼ 1 cup cider vinegar
▼ 1/2 cup white wine (and a little for you)
▼ 1 tbsp sugar
▼ 1 tsp salt
Bring to a boil, continue to boil for 2 minutes

We also got this amazing and super beautiful yellow watermelon in our CSA box and we happily ate it while canning. The perfect compliment to a gardeny afternoon.

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Etsy Finds

Well this Etsy Finds post is inspired by my black thumb. I just killed every succulent I own, and if you know anything about succulents they’re supposed to be fool proof. I don’t know what I am doing wrong. I had moved mine all outside to get some extra sun and within 3 days they were all goners. Time to start over (insert major league sad face here). So I started by looking around on Etsy for some succulent inspiration.

Not only can you buy pre-made succulent arrangements or kits but you can also order succulent cuttings in an assortment of different quantities and varieties of succulent plants.

So tell me, what am I doing wrong? Do succulents hate being moved outside or what? I love succulents and I want to have them in my home. I need help!

1. Another World Jurassic Woodland Centerpiece from Another World Plants – $85.00 + $35.95 (for shipping)
2. 11″ Succulent Wreath from Succulents Plus – $69.00 + $25.00 (for shipping)
3. Succulent Vertical Living Wall Art Kit, 12 inch from So Succulent – $65.00 + $14.50 (for shipping)
4. Succulent Centerpiece in a Rustic Cedar Box from Rooted in Succulents – $40.00 + $18.00 (for shipping)

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