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5.29.2015

Fab Everyday Creamy Horseradish Sauce Recipe


I love roast beef.  And whether I am eating a cut of prime rib or a French dip sandwich, I need to have it with some horseradish.  Since we like to whip up French dip sandwiches for weekend lunches on a regular basis, I have developed a quick and easy homemade recipe for creamy horseradish sauce using ingredients that I usually have on hand.   This is equally good with a roast beef dinner.

Here is what you need:

 
Click here to watch a short video tutorial for making my Creamy Horseradish Sauce.  Here's the recipe:
 
Fab Everyday Creamy Horseradish Sauce
 
 
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise (I prefer Hellmann's or Best Foods Light Mayonnaise)
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • Dollop of sour cream (I use light sour cream)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Garlic salt, to taste
 
Instructions:
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until completely blended.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to incorporate.

Now, just slather it (generously) onto some French bread along with your favorite French dip recipe!


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5.26.2015

Camping-Themed Party Food Ideas

My sons are a part of an amazing, 105 year-old scouting organization called Camp Fire, and I am their Little Stars club leader.  This is very special for all of us, as my boys are third generation Camp Fire kids, and I am a third generation Camp Fire leader. 
 
Grayson and I are in our Camp Fire ceremonial attire (mine is from about 20 years ago)
 
Our clubs just celebrated our year's accomplishments at our annual award ceremony.  I was tasked with coming up with some camping-themed light refreshments for the occasion.  Here they are in case it helps you with camping-themed party snack inspiration.
 

Chicken taquitos arranged like firewood were "camp fire logs."  Lil' Smokies wrapped in crescent strips were "pigs in a sleeping bag."

Desserts included S'Mores on a Stick and sugar cookies decorated with a star theme (for our Little Stars and Starflight clubs) and Camp Fire's watchword, WoHeLo (which stands for "Work, Health, Love"). See the details and instructions for making the S'Mores on a Stick in this blog post here.  See my long-time favorite sugar cookie recipe from Betty Crocker here.

 
Close-up of the S'Mores on a Stick.

Close-up of the Pigs in a Sleeping Bag.

Close-up of the Camp Fire Logs.
 
I hope to do more with this theme for parties in the future! 

5.22.2015

DIY Front Door Makeover - Make a Good First Impression for Your Home

 
Disclosure: I received a front door handleset from Unhinge Hardware for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience using the product.  I was not financially compensated for this post.
 
If you follow my blog, you know I love me some DIY.  DIYing is a great way to have nicer things without breaking the bank.  However, there are some things you shouldn't DIY...
 
 
When we first moved into our house four years ago, it was filled with stock, builder-grade fixtures.  Everything was cheap gold/bronze and very basic. I discovered that a few coats of spray paint could make for a quick and lovely makeover for many of the bronze fixtures, and saved me the money of replacing everything completely.  That being said... there are some things that aren't suited for the quick spray paint fix.  Case in point, my front door knob and door handle in the photo above.  Something with this much handling won't stay looking good for long, as the paint will wear off.  See how the original bronze poke through in several spots (some really badly)?  Not a good first impression for our home!
 
Thank goodness Unhinge Hardware reached out to me to help me make this right!  They reminded me that it was easy to do a DIY front door makeover by changing out the hardware yourself.  Door hardware and nice knobs are like jewelry for your door.  They are a detail that really helps to set the tone for your décor style.  Unhinge invited me to check out their site to see all of the DIY tips (including easy-to-follow quick-reference guides to help you determine what type of hardware you need for your doors depending on the way they open, what side the lock is on, etc.) to make it easy for someone to do this themselves.  They also have an inspiration board to inspire you on the style of hardware that suits the home décor look you are going for.  Are you more of a Brooklyn Charmer, or Downtown Delight?  London Townhome, Boho Charm, or South Beach Bliss?  They sell hardware for other doors, walls, and cabinetry too - not just front doors.
 
I chose oil-rubbed bronze for the finish so it would match my other external hardware (my outdoor light fixtures and planter pots).  I decided on the Mayfair style handleset (which Unhinge describes as simplicity to blend into your décor) since it goes with the classic, minimalist chic look of my home décor.  When you build your set on the Unhinge website, you customize it for your door based on their buying guides and the kind of knob you want on the inside.  There are several combination options for each handleset.  Oh, and did I mention the price is great?  The cost was about $50 less than the average retail price at stores like Home Depot.  More than a can of spray paint, but way more durable, and still much less than buying a new doorknob handleset at full retail price.
 
The shipping was super quick, and the handleset arrived with two keys.  My husband was able to switch out the full doorknob, handle and lock set in about 30 minutes.  It was a very intuitive DIY process, especially considering that Unhinge has an Entrance Handleset Installation Guide linked right on the product page that includes instructions and pictures.  The door and lock feel solid and secure, and of course look much nicer than my finagled DIY option from before.
 
Here is my new and improved front door, from the inside and the outside:
 


 
So that you can see the transformation, here are the before and after pictures:
 

 
Get your new "door jewelry" from Unhinge Hardware here!  What are some easy DIYs that you have done to give your décor a quick update?

5.20.2015

Camping Themed Party Food: S'Mores on a Stick

 
Our little family loves to camp, and we love experimenting with s'mores (click here to see my post with s'mores variations recipes to keep things exciting at your next campout).  I recently had to come up with some camping-themed treats for a party (more details on that will be on the blog soon).  A camping-themed party would not be, well, a camping-themed party if s'mores weren't involved.  Here is a mess-free snack that captures the goodness of s'mores without a camp fire.
 
S'Mores on a Stick
 
What you need:
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate candy melts
  • Wax paper
  • Cake pop sticks
Steps:
  • Melt the chocolate candy melts in a bowl per package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs in another bowl.
  • When the chocolate is melted, set the bowls of chocolate and graham cracker crumbs side by side.
  • Dip a marshmallow into the chocolate, covering it about halfway.  Use a spoon to smooth off the excess chocolate.
 

 
  • Next, while the chocolate is still wet on the marshmallow, dip the tip of the chocolate-covered marshmallow into the graham cracker crumbs.


  • You may want to roll the tip of the marshmallow around to get a nice, even coverage of graham cracker crumbs on the tip of the chocolate.  Leaving some of the chocolate exposed has a nice look to it, but you can add as much graham cracker crumble as you want. .



  • Set the marshmallow on wax paper to cool and allow the chocolate to dry and firm up.
 

  • After the chocolate has dried and firmed completely, insert a cake pop stick into the non-dipped side of the marshmallow.


  • Final step: enjoy!  Both the kids and I loved these; they are really tasty.

Stay tuned for next week's post with more camping-themed party snack ideas.  Don't forget to share and pin if you are inspired!

5.12.2015

Travel Tuesday: Camping Pasta with Clam Sauce


This is a great non-perishable meal to make while camping - it uses only dry or canned ingredients!  Inspired by this recipe for Old-Fashioned Linguine with White Clam Sauce. See instructions and recipe below.

Cooking the pasta over our Coleman propane grill, with spices prepped in a bowl.

The seasonings simmering with the olive oil, clams, mushrooms, and clam juice.

Here is the pasta tossed with the sauce and ready to enjoy!


Here's the recipe!  Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Camping Pasta with Clam Sauce

Ingredients:
1 package of your preferred long-noodle pasta (linguine, angel hair, or spaghetti would do)
tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 pinch crushed red pepper
Garlic powder (to taste)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
1 8 ounce can sliced mushrooms, drained
cans chopped clams with juice
teaspoons dried parsley
 
Directions:
Prepare pasta in boiling water per package directions.  When al dente, drain and place in a bowl.

While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.  Mix all dry ingredients (except parsley) in a bowl. 

When oil is hot, add the dry ingredients and sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly. 

Add mushrooms and stir to incorporate into seasonings and oil.  Add cans of clams with juice.  Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Toss with reserved pasta in a bowl and top with dried parsley.


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5.06.2015

Cool Camper - Camping Fashion Inspiration

I love camping... It's amazing how a weekend in nature can totally refresh and reset you. But just because I like to rough it for a few days does not mean that I can't have a little fab in there too.  You can still look cute while camping, without sacrificing function.  For your camping style inspiration, here are a few looks from my most recent camping trip at Pedernales Falls State Park.
 

Chambray Button-Down Shirt from Forever 21 ($22.50), High-Waisted Jean Legging from Express ($79.90), and the Minnetonka moccasins I have had forever.
 
Plaid Flannel Button-Down Shirt from Forever 21 ($19.90), distressed high-waisted boyfriend jeans from Forever 21, and my Minnetonka mocs.
 
 Check out my adorable photo bomber coming in for a kiss!
 
For beauty/makeup while camping, I really do keep it simple. For my hair, I make sure it is curled and styled before I leave for the weekend, then I just let the curls fall out in natural messy waves over the course of the weekend.  If it gets bad, a ponytail will happen by the end of the weekend, NBD.  For makeup I stick with eyebrow liner and mascara (sometimes a bit of eyeliner), but forego the foundation and eye shadow.  It's amazing how pulled together yet "natural" you can look by not ignoring eyebrow grooming, and putting on a bit of mascara.
 
Do you have any beauty tricks for camping or travel?  What do you have to put on at the very least?  Comment below or hit up @fabeverydayblog on social media to let me know!

5.01.2015

Three Ways to Style Your Yard with a Hammock

 
Disclosure: I received a hammock from Designed for Outdoors for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience using the product.  I was not financially compensated for this post.
 
This is my favorite time of year in Central Texas.  The weather is warm (but not humid yet), the grass and trees are green, the flowers are blooming, and the skies are blue.  Not coincidently, this is my favorite time of year to be outdoors and enjoy my yard.  Since we bought our home four years ago, we have been slowly and steadily customizing our backyard space to make it our own little oasis.  One of our first projects was our hanging potted herb garden.  Last spring we added this DIY cinder block garden bench under the shade of our beautiful Texas Live Oak trees.  What's always felt missing beneath the oaks is a hammock to lounge on and enjoy our greenbelt view while the boys play in the yard.
 
I recently had the opportunity to review a hammock from Designed for Outdoors.  They have a huge selection for all needs and style tastes (along with a lot of other outdoor furniture and décor accessories).  I chose the Single Layer Fabric Hammock in Trellis Quartz.  How fabulous is this detail?
 
 
The single layer fabric (as opposed to the quilted option, which is also available at DFOHome.com) seems perfect for a warm-weather climate like mine, yet still feels very sturdy.  It's also been put through some heavy rain and windstorms since I have had it, and it doesn't appear to be any worse for the wear.  Thank goodness, as I think a hammock should be an investment piece to enjoy in your yard for years to come.
 
 
At first, I wasn't sure what to do with it in the yard, style and décor-wise.  I knew that I enjoyed relaxing on it for sure, especially since we can gaze out into the massive greenbelt behind our house while lying in it.  In the photo above, you can also see the Taupe Metal Hammock Stand we got with it (we decided on that instead of the tree hanging kit so we could have the option to move it around the yard).  Designed for Outdoors has several different metal and wood hammock stand options.
 
 
My boys also love lying on it with me, as you can see!  Solo relaxation doesn't last very long when you have two little cuddle-buddies like I do.
 
Now that I've had a month to enjoy it, we are experimenting with ways to style our yard décor along with the hammock.  We have come up with three different looks, which I am sharing here to help you with your own outdoor décor inspiration. 
 
Calming Chic
 

In this simple styling of our Single Layer Fabric Hammock in Trellis Quartz, we paired the hammock with a light blue lattice-cutout outdoor side-table from At Home.  Blue and gray damask outdoor pillows, throw blanket, and vase also from At Home.  Designed for Outdoors also carries a big selection of pretty outdoor throw pillows.


This is an ideal way to comfortably chill on your hammock with your copy of Vogue, and have a place to set your latte.

Cozy Casual

 
In this styling, we used the same light and cozy ombre throw blanket from At Home with the pretty hammock from Designed for Outdoors.  I also got a white outdoor side table, outdoor throw pillows in yellow swirls and gray chevron stripes, and vase from At Home.  The lemonade pitcher is from Crate & Barrel (no longer available, but you can find similar options here).

 
Doesn't this just make you want to curl up with a good book, enjoying the spring warmth with a cool beverage?
 

Rustic Romantic


The spring days aren't the only time we can enjoy our Designed for Outdoors hammock... We decided to create a romantic oasis under the limbs of our Texas Live Oaks.  We got a rustic/contemporary side-table, string lights, a furry throw blanket, and pretty throw pillows from At Home to complete the look.  The champagne flute is the beautiful Edge Champagne Glass from Crate & Barrel.


What's your favorite?  Comment below, or hit @fabeverydayblog up on social media to let me know!  Don't forget to check out Designed for Outdoors to get a fab hammock of your own!