Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Montana Vendor Spotlight: Backyard Bungalow

We are getting ready for our first market of 2013 on July 6th, and to kick off the first of many vendor spotlights is one of our favorite vendors: Backyard Bungalow.



Jean Abrams is at the helm of this venture, and we were so excited when she started a blog to highlight her many projects! She's hilarious and so talented. Here is her bio, from her blog:

"Hi, I'm Jean. I live in historic Butte, Montana in a Craftsman home built in 1920. This blog is all about my adventures (and sometimes misadventures) in updating and decorating my house with antiques and vintage goods I find at garage sales, thrift stores, estate sales or wherever cool things from the past are waiting to be discovered."




Some of my favorite posts from her blog:

- Jean's love for silver is right up there with my very own. Gorgeous post!

- The one where she finally reveals their AMAZING kitchen makeover!

-  In which Jean tells us now NOT to install wall tile 

- A recap of her favorite posts of 2012. Don't miss any of these. They're all gems!

- Follow along with Jean on Facebook HERE

Here are a few things she's bringing to our MARKET in July!








Don't miss out on what she's bringing...come shop the market on July 6th in beautiful Somers, Montana!! (just 7 miles south of Kalispell)

Did you know our first 20 in line get a prize? And we're not talking a gumball. We give good prizes. 

We also have free pony rides and a free photobooth this year...who would want to miss that? Bring the kids and come have FUN with us!

See you there! 


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Monday, June 3, 2013

Ribboned Kale, Honeycrisp Apple, & Parmesan salad




There are very few ways that I like eating leafy greens. It's usually when they are saturated in oil and vinegar, or when they're chopped to a manageable size. I've found that I'm more an arugula girl than a kale girl, but a few weeks ago I found a perfect recipe.

Tanner and I took a day trip to Boulder, Colorado and ate at Oak At Fourteenth. Their small but diverse menu boasted a number of dishes that sounded intriguing. We decided on the kale salad, and Tanner ordered a whiskey sour while I sipped on water.

The combination of sweet and savory was incredible. It was cold and refreshing, and so light! I decided that I had to try and recreate it at home. Oak lists a spice called togarashi which I had never heard of. It's basically a blend of different spices - the equivalent of a Japanese chile powder. Oak makes their own blend, but I found a spice shop in Boulder who sells it in whatever amount you want. So good.

I think my version turned out pretty close, so I thought I'd share it with you. A perfect refreshing summer recipe.




You'll need: 

- 1-2 bunches of kale
- Juice of one lemon, to taste
- Olive oil
- 1 Honeycrisp apple, sliced into very thin rounds
- Togarashi (or Seven Spice)
- Parmesan, grated or crumbled
- Sugar
- Cinnamon
- Almonds



Begin by washing your kale and separating the leaves from the stem. Roll the leaves as tightly as you can, and chop into very thin ribbons. The thinner the better.


Set your leaves aside, and have your almonds and sugar/cinnamon ready. Toss a few handfuls of almonds into a pot and cover with water. Simmer the almonds for just a few moments, and then transfer them to a baking sheet. Sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 350 until caramelized.


Slice honeycrisp apples into very thin rounds.


Squeeze lemon, a few tablespoons of olive oil, and a teaspoon of togarashi into a small bowl and mix together. Toss with kale, apples, candied almonds, and top with parmesan. Enjoy!


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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Vanessa's Home Renovation: Part Five


I'm sure you're all waiting to see pictures of something DONE in our house. Well, today I can share with you a couple of our "mostly done" projects!

THE CABINETS


Before we ever even made an offer on the house, I found this HUGE lower cupboard up in Columbia Falls at The Shops at Station 8. Of course I don't have to tell you why I liked them so much...look at that AMAZING COLOR!

Since I'm on a tight budget, I had planned to purchase several old cupboard pieces from another gal I know. Well, I couldn't find as many cupboards as I needed, so I went back to Station 8 and made an offer on this beauty. 

Of course when it came time for my husband to load them and haul them to our house, we realized what a project they would be. My husband (and maybe myself as well) needed some....reassurance that we didn't just make a huge mistake.



We didn't buy this house because of what it IS...we bought it because of what it CAN BE with hard work. 

If the house was already amazing, we would not have been able to afford it. I knew that there definitely wasn't a cheaper option for cabinets that would look so amazing in the end. So, they went to work on my new (old) cupboards!


THE SINK

Years ago I picked up a wall hung kitchen sink from a garage sale. I was always saving it for my dream house. 


I explained to my hubby how I wanted it to look and he went to work. Although I had some amazing old table legs, they weren't tall enough for the sink so we found these legs at Lowe's.


I knew faucets were expensive, so we found this one on ebay for $50. And boy...how I love this faucet! We cleaned up the sink and it just SHINED! My heart was set on a wall-mounted sink with a drainboard...under a window, and it couldn't have turned out more perfect! 



NOW FOR SOME PAINT!



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