Thursday, July 30, 2015

Darling Decoupage Transformation

Don't you just love seeing 
anything decoupaged?

We just finished these pretty plaques up 
(we think they turned out adorable!)

We didn't take a "before" picture
but they looked a lot like these....

maybe worse...they were faded pretty bad!
So....we painted everything a creamy white....

Then we found some
 pretty Waverly wallpaper 
and cut some of the flowers out....

Then worked on a couple of different designs....

We put painted the background of the frame
and then we put a coat of Mod Podge
on the frame and placed the flowers on them

and then put another coat of Mod Podge over
 to seal the flowers in place. 

What a change!!
(for the better for sure!)

What projects are you guys working on this week?
We'd love to hear about them!

In the meantime...join us over at
and get inspired!

Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Traveling Lavender Class & Herbed Pasta

Last week we had our 
Traveling Lavender Class

Everyone met at our store
(and thankfully the rain held off for our party!)

Tables were set outside 
and we shared how to cook with culinary Lavender
while everyone dined on:

Cherry Turkey Wraps with Raspberry Lavender Vinaigrette
Herbed Pasta with Goat cheese
and Lavender Pineapple Dream Cake

After our talk & meal we traveled west down
Route 6 to Schooner Farms 
Where we were treated to walking
the Lavender Labyrinth
and learning how they make their lavender hydrosol

Because the 4th is coming up
we thought we'd share the Herb Garden Pasta recipe
 because it would be perfect for a picnic or get-together!


1/2 pound uncooked penne pasta
1-1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil,plus 1-1/2 teaspoon separated
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon organic culinary Lavender buds, chopped
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 red onion, minced
2 teaspoons fresh chives, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3 Tablespoons vegetable broth
2 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup goat cheese
Fresh basil for garnish

Cook the pasta according to the package's directions, and drain.
Place the pasta in a large bowl and toss with 1-1/2 teaspoon of olive oil..
Add the basil, parsley, lavender, salt and pepper.
Toss well to combine.
(We added more lavender because we wanted to taste it more
~ you can do this at the end if you'd like to adjust your herb flavors!)

In a large skillet, mix together the remaining 1-1/2 teaspoon of olive oil,
garlic, onion, chives and rosemary.
Saute the ingredients over medium-low heat for 4 minutes,
stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes, and continue sauteing until
 the skins of the tomatoes are slightly charred and just beginning to burst.

Add the vegetable broth and butter, and add the tomato and onion mixture
 to the pasta.  Toss well to combine.  Sprinkle with the goat cheese
and garnish with as much fresh basil as you want!

Serve immediately.  Makes approximately 2-4 servings.

Wishing everyone a lovely 
4th of July Weekend
with friends & family!

Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Day with The Captain

Last night I was cleaning through one of my piles of
"things that need to be organized"

And I came across this book...

It's selling for $8.99-$17.50 on eBay right now
(but I really don't think I can part with it ~ after all I just found it again lol!!)

I don't remember when or where I picked it up...I just did
because I remember watching
The Captain
all of the time

What is kind of that when I got on to find out a little
more about my book and 
Bob Keeshan
I saw that Bob was born on today's date back in 1927

So...I thought you could indulge me in a little
nostalgia this afternoon!!

There were so many fun characters that would show up
at "The Captain's Place"

Mr. Green Jeans...
whom I always thought was a funny guy...
and of course Mr. Moose

But my favorite was always
Bunny Rabbit 


He was a bunny who didn't have many all
but always the best reactions!

AND he ALWAYS got a carrot or two in the shows...
some of them were
  "Jim-dandy" extra large carrots! ;)

Just in case you haven't gotten enough of the Captain...
here's bunny in moose up to trouble ~ 
can you guess what is about to happen?

Thanks for tagging along with us down memory land today!!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Keep Calm & Garden On!

Last weekend was our annual
Garden Party Open House

and as promised...
we thought we'd share a few pictures....

 Lots of vintage gardening tools mixed in with 
whitewashed iron pieces and some of
Karrie's gorgeous floral arrangements....


Pretty floral antique plates mixed in with
lots of wire baskets
and our favorite find...
Vintage Card Seed Co. Bean & Corn seed boxes!

Glass Cloches, wire urns and lots of garden markers
were sprinkled here & there!

Wonderful old galvanized watering cans!!
{super swoon-worthy!}

 Of course we had lots of vintage stamped silverware
necklaces to choose from...

as well as our newest addition...
leather cuffs!

Hobnail lanterns in soft sea-breezy colors
along with BOLD bright wreaths
for your doors

Hope you enjoyed a little taste of what was
to be seen last week for our Open House!

This week we are busy filling the store back up...
and getting ready for our Traveling Lavender Class on Thursday
{oh heavens!  we can't wait to share that day with you!!}

Here's to a wonderful week!!
Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Garden Party

Hello Sweet Friends!
We've been so crazy busy this week getting ready
at our store tomorrow & Saturday!

We'll share some pictures with you next week...
but for now...

Have a wonderful weekend...
{wether it's in the library or garden!}

Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sweet 'n' Tart

 We enjoy a good rhubarb pie or crumble.... 
even a delicious rhubarb jam
but other than that 
we've never made anything else with rhubarb

that is until now....when we made this delicious

Strawberry-Rhubarb Mousse

12 oz rhubarb,, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
1 quart strawberries,hulled
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1//2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs. separated into yolks and whites
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bring rhubarb, strawberries and water to a boil 
in a 2-quart saucepan over high heat.  
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 
until tender, about 4 minutes. 

Transfer rhubarb and strawberries to a blender
 along with 1 tablespoon brown sugar,  
plus the salt and cinnamon; puree until smooth.  

Whisk rhubarb puree, yolks, and remaining brown sugar
 together in the pan  and return to medium heat.  
Cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened,
 about 3 minutes.  Transfer to a large bowl and let cool.

Whisk egg whites in a bowl until stiff peaks form;
 add to rhubarb mixture, fold gently until combined; set aside.  
Whisk cream and vanilla in a bowl until stiff peaks form; 
add to rhubarb mixture.  Fold until combined. 

Spoon into serving cups; chill before serving.

**You can also freeze the mousse!! **
How deliciously refreshing would that be?

Enjoy your Monday everyone!!

Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

Find the original recipe on Saveur
The original recipe did not call for the strawberries... 
we didn't have enough rhubarb, so we added some strawberries 
we had  on hand.  It also called for apple juice instead of the water ~
 again, we didn't have any on hand...
but we don't think it made much of a difference at all!

Monday, June 08, 2015

A Magical Place

The smell of earth
Strange and magical sights
A place that makes you believe there are fairies....

 A greenhouse...perhaps, but a wee bit more rustic...
An old potting shed!

Old pumps, old Terra cotta pots and dirt...
lots of dirt

 There's nothing more we love to do
(ok...except junk...)
than to visit places that sell plants...
in fact our husbands shiver when we either go to antique stores
or greenhouses ~ lol!!

We love them...perhaps it's because we tagged along with grandma
to the local greenhouses...

 We couldn't really tell you why...we just are drawn to them...
and the older the better ;) right?!!

Finding pretty herbs to plant...
flowers that will bloom...

or just looking at the architecture and styles of the good old-fashioned
potting sheds....  that's what speaks to us!

Hope you are all enjoying your Monday!
It's raining off and on today ~ we thought it would be a perfect day
to hang out looking at about you??

~Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls


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