Garden Girl

I channel my Martha Stewart alter ego most when I garden. It’s so cool when you are making a meal and can run to your own garden for fresh ingredients. Saves money and time. I especially love when I have fresh bell peppers. If you don’t need to use them immediately, you can slice and freeze them. You can easily have a small garden in your own back yard without spending lots of money.

Raised Garden Bed for $39.97 from Home Depot (pictured below)

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Greenes-Fence-4-ft-x-4-ft-x-10-5-in-Dovetail-Cedar-Raised-Garden-Bed-RC4T12B/203477967/

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-Pretty Haute Girl

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Juice Junkie

I love fresh juice. So I was extra excited when I bought the new Breville Duo juicer. I like to throw everything in there and drink it.

20140124-102903.jpgHere is my new juicer !

20140124-102911.jpgA little secret for you. Put a produce bag in the canister for easy clean-up.

20140124-102926.jpgGranny Smith Apple, Honeycrisp Apple and Lemon.

20140124-102942.jpgCarrotts, Celery and Cucumbers

20140124-102954.jpgPineapple.

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20140124-103011.jpgThis is the juice from a cucumber.

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20140124-103044.jpgFinished product. All of the fruit makes 2.5 glasses of green liquid gold.

-Pretty Haute Girl

Chardonnay Grape Juice

I was fortunate enough to purchase a home with a full grown grapevine. My own mini vineyard ! So excited. Eventually I will make actual wine , but it was too many steps for my first harvest so I decided to make grape juice.

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The grapes on the vine.

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After the harvest.

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Soak and wash the grapes.

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This takes the longest time. Pluck all the grapes and wash them.

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Smash all the grapes while simmering on low until all the juices are out of the grapes.

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Put the remaining smashed grapes in a cheese cloth and allow to drain.

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Finally strain and store in an airtight glass bottle. Great in a vodka cocktail of course.

-Pretty Haute Girl

Have A Seat

I love fabrics ! I love the texture of a striking textile. So, I love to recover furniture when I see one that catches my attention. I went to Hobby Lobby and found this one on sale. 40% off. I wiped down all the chairs then sprayed with matte black spray paint. I then distressed the edges with sand paper. I finished up by wiping on wax to seal the spray paint.
The cushions were extremely easy. I cut the same square of pattern and centered it over the old cushion and used a staple gun to attach it to the seats.
Really simple for a new set of chairs.

#done

-Pretty Haute Girl

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Eat Drink & Be Merry

For my very first post I decided to document the party I just had.  At the party we all decided to have a goal to reach in the next six months. Mine was to start a blog. So here I am sharing my experiences with words and photos. I hope you enjoy, come back and check out what’s new for time to time.

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Here is the invite for the party. I’m all about formal invitations mailed out if you have time. E-vites just don’t seem as personal to me.

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I turned the center island of my kitchen into a spread. I used what I had around the house and just kept editing until I liked the way it look. People weren’t expecting it when they walked in. Guest were greeted with a welcome cocktail.

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For the floral arrangements I went to Central Market to purchase a pre-made arrangement. However, they are so expensive that I stole a look at one and grabbed similar bunches (3 for $10) and made my own. Voila! 20 bucks vs 65$.

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We had a pizza competition. This is mine.

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This is the winning pizza !

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During prep for the party I went to Costco and purchased pineapples ($2.99) and made infused vodka for the welcome cocktails. So delicious. Totally worth the effort. Your guest will thank you.

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For the party favors we all took ceramic mugs and oil-based sharpies and each wrote a positive word that described the others. Bake the mug on 350 for 30 minutes and allow to fully cool before taking them out. It was something nice that will last forever that is very personal. My mug makes me smile.

Overall we had a blast and just had time to talk to each other without interruptions.  That was the goal, so mission accomplished !

-Pretty Haute Girl