Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DIY Bar Tray

Who knew that trays would be a massive trend in home decor? Obviously the tray has been around for quite some time; now it just costs a ridiculous amount of money.



I made this customized serving tray to hold liquor on my bar in about 30 minutes for less than $20 - you can too!
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Beignets

Growing up, my family visited New Orleans a lot, and as a kid I was in heaven eating beignets at Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter.



I just got back from a quick NOLA trip, where I got to see all my best friends AND my favorite aunt and uncle. Not only did I get to stuff my face at Cafe Du Monde with my girlfriends, I brought home a box of their famous beignet mix so I can stuff my face at home!
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Maple Soy Steak Tips

There's something about maple syrup. I don't love sweet sauces (I kind of hate BBQ, and don't get me started on ketchup), but that rich maple flavor, especially when combined with some salty counterpoints (mmmm, salt) is one of my favorite starting points for a great marinade.


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

No-Sew Lengthened Curtains

Okay, full disclosure: these start with a pair of actual curtains, but lengthened with a fabric of your choice. And you could sew them, if you so chose, but my sewing machine was on the fritz.



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Monday, July 22, 2013

Bolognese

This is one of my go-to yummy, feeds-a crowd, not-too-bad-for-you basic recipes. Yes, it's pasta and meat sauce, but you can dress it up enough to serve to company, or just make a big batch and freeze it for yourself!


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Friday, July 19, 2013

B+W Striped Shorts

Remember 2 years ago when I finally discovered Polyvore?

Is anyone still on there?

Summer Nights
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Washi Tape Projects

Do you:
  • Have a stash of washi tape at home and are brainstorming for your next project?
  • Love looking at washi tape because it's so pretty but can't think of an excuse to buy some?
  • Not know what the hell washi tape is but get the feeling it's all over Pinterest and Etsy?



If so, read on!
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Fresh Grape Fizz

I love Trader Joe's. But they're not perfect. Maybe it's only their locations in Boston, but the produce at TJ's here has some longevity issues. Still, I do almost all of my shopping there, so I end up buying some questionable fruits and veggies.

Back to the subject at hand. I bought a 2 pound carton of their seedless grape medley, and two days later the grapes were looking as if they might not last another 6 hours. What to do with a heaping pile of slightly-softening fruit?


Make a cocktail!
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

I'm back!

After a year and a half of defunctitude, The Pumpkin Patch is back in action. We've made a few small tweaks here and there to the blog's template and design, but basically the goal is to get back to posting delicious recipes, fun craft ideas, and fashion inspiration.

I'm not sure how many readers could possibly still be in existence, but stay tuned this week for brand new posts!
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