5 Ways to Photograph Flowers

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by

Hey everyone!  Recently I’ve been going back into my photo library to dig out some floral photos (see what I kinda did there?).  Maybe it’s because I’m longing for some colourful outdoor photos again.  But I also found lots of photos I had taken of cut flowers and greenery indoors too.  So I thought I’d share some ways to photograph flowers differently than you might usually do it.

Organized Closet with IKEA ALGOT and Chalkboard Labels

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by

Organized closet.  Sometimes I feel like those two words are only true for a few minutes at a time.  But in an attempt to declutter a kid’s bedroom as part of a redecorating project, I turned to IKEA’s ALGOT system and one of my favourites…chalkboard labels, to help make an organized closet a reality.

Organized Closet with IKEA ALGOT and Chalkboard Labels

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Hot Cross Buns in the Breadmaker & Easter Plans

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by

Well Easter's right around the corner!  It seems to have snuck up on us a bit, falling right at the beginning of the month.   Here’s just a quick post to share with you some of our traditions old and new, and then give you a recipe for hot cross buns you can make in your breadmaker.  If you try them I promise you’ll never buy them at the bakery again!

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Dollar Store Easter Craft Goes Shabby Chic

Friday, March 27, 2015 by

Hey there friends.  Long time no see!  Maybe some of you have been hit by spring fever like I have? And now suddenly the end of the month is in sight and Easter is quickly approaching.  How about a little Easter craft?

Shabby Chic Easter Eggs from a Dollar Store Craft Kit

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I don’t know how you feel about Easter crafts.  A lot of traditional Easter stuff like flowers (too early where we live), pastel colours (not a fan), rabbits (they eat my favourite grape hyacinths to the ground as soon as they finally bloom) doesn't really work for me.  But for whatever reason eggs and nests and such do work for me, and I love to decorate eggs in lots of different ways.

4 Ingredient Easy Quesadillas for a Crowd {Cooking Without a Recipe}

Friday, March 6, 2015 by
Well we haven’t done anything foodie on here for awhile, so let’s change that today!  This is another one of my go-to recipes, great for a week night or weekend, and really easy.  We eat a lot of Mexican, and everyone really loves these easy quesadillas.

Easy Quesadillas with Four Ingredients

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You’ve probably made quesadillas of some sort before too.  There are so many variations around, it’s easy to    keep the ingredients on hand, and sometimes a good way to use up leftovers like some roasted chicken.  This version has only four ingredients and is super easy.  Four.  You don’t need a recipe.  Even the kids can make it themselves start to finish. 

Kids Can Cook By Themselves

* kids in the kitchen *

I’ve blogged about cooking without a recipe before here.  I really think it’s a time saver and a way to make your life easier.  Sometimes you need a few things you can easily shop for on the way home when you don’t have a plan.  Or be able to make without opening pinterest or a cookbook and constantly refer to … while you’re also helping with homework, or unloading the dishwasher, or letting the dog in and out the back door. 

Chocolate Australian Labradoodle

* always in the way during meal prep *

Of course I think it’s important to be creative and adventurous… but sometimes you just gotta eat, right?

Also once you get them going you might as well make lots.  If you’re actually feeding a crowd, or your crowd is just your family of hungry boys then this recipe is for you.  And if you’re only going to have some of them, they freeze really well and just need to be heated through again on the griddle or non-stick pan, or even in the oven.  So here we go…are you still with me?  Don’t be distracted by the dog…

Making Quesadillas

* make lots *


Four Ingredients:

1.  Eight inch (the small ones) flour tortillas.  I use the white ones for this recipe, but your choice.  To make the complete for a crowd recipe, use two packages of them.

2.  Refried beans.  They come in a few different varieties.  We like the ones that have green chilies in them for a little extra heat, but I sometimes use the plain variety too.  All good.

3.  Salsa.  Any kind.  Any kind at all.

4.  Shredded tex-mex cheese.  I actually consider this a staple and my fridge is never without it.

Easy Four Ingredient Quesadillas

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How to Make Them:

1.  Empty the can of refried beans into a medium bowl.  Add just enough salsa to make a more spreadable consistency…about 3-4 big tablespoons.

2.  Then get your griddle heating, or your frying pans.  Whatever you use for making pancakes, grilled cheese, etc.  A medium-low heat, just enough to toast the quesadillas and melt the cheese.

3.  Then clear up a big prep space for assembling the quesadillas.  Lay out as many tortillas as you have space for.  Spread one half of each one with the beans/salsa mixture, then sprinkle (or load up!) the same half with shredded cheese.  

Optional:  If you are feeling fancy you can snip a little green onion over the cheese for an added layer of flavour.  Totally optional, but around here green onions rarely get used up with one recipe so there’s usually one or two hanging around in the fridge anyway.

Easy Four Ingredient Quesadillas

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4.  Fold them over and warm them in the pan on each side till the tortilla is lightly toasted and the cheese is melted.  Repeat until all the tortillas and bean/salsa mixture have been used.

Quesadillas on the griddle

* yum, they’re almost ready *


4.  Remove them from the pan to a cutting board and cut each one in half.  Then I usually just pile them all up on the cutting board and bring them to the table.  Maybe with a container of sour cream and some more salsa for dipping.   A few raw veggies with some ranch dressing and I call that a weekday meal, or anytime food for a crowd.

Easy Quesadillas with Four Ingredients

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Note:   If you only use one package of tortillas, or don’t use all of the bean/salsa mixture, I often will use the remaining bean mixture to make a layer dip…beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese.  Serve it alongside the quesadillas with corn chips for dipping, or cover it with plastic wrap and it keeps well in the fridge for a day or two.   Here’s a great way to make it for a party.

These are on the table in less than half an hour.  Perfect for those busy weeknights, or weekends when you need something quick and satisfying.  Enjoy!

More quick and easy dinner recipes:

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Roasted Tomato Soup // Garlic Shrimp // Easy Caprese Pasta

xo andrea

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Inspiration for an Eclectic & Affordable Tween Boy’s Bedroom

Friday, February 27, 2015 by

There’s something about a long winter that makes me go a little lot stir-crazy.  Staring at the same four walls day in and out, I start to get annoyed by things that didn’t seem so bad in the lazy hazy days of summer.  Half-finished projects, stuff accumulating in dark corners.  Once the Christmas stuff gets cleared away the momentum continues to tidy and organize and update and fix.  Does anyone else have the same situation?

Two Ways to Paint Lettering Onto a Rustic Sign

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by
Oh Hello Sign // 2 Ways to Paint Lettering Onto a Rustic Sign

Well it’s no secret that I like to have signs and labels and pretty lettering in my home decor and on the gifts that I give.  And there are enough different way of accomplishing it that you’re sure to find a way that suits you, if you like it too.  For this project I used two different ways to paint lettering onto a rustic board to make a sign that hangs in this newly decorated space.  You can read about the whole transformation here.