Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Grilled Corn Salad

Summer is finally winding down. For some, that may be a sad truth, but for Sarah and I, it is the most exciting time of the year. For us, summer is one long, torturous heat battle that we lose year after year. But anyway, we figured that Labor Day was the perfect time to say "sayonara!" to summer with one last tasty, summery meal on the grill. Found in The Broad Fork cook book, this grilled corn salad is the perfect summer dish using fresh ingredients for some out of this world flavor!

Here's what you need:
- 4 ears of corn
- 2 jalapeño peppers (original recipe calls for red, we used green)
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 cup fresh basil, torn into pieces
- Olive oil
- Sea salt

Here's what you do:
- If using a charcoal grill, prepare your coals. Make sure they're good and hot before you begin.
- Remove corn husks from your corn.
- Brush your corn and jalapeños with olive oil and season with sea salt. Place directly on the grate of your grill. 
- Grill for 5-20 minutes, turning often to evenly grill the corn. The jalapeños may need to be removed before the corn. Once the peppers begin to char, take them off of the grill and let them cool.
- Once your corn is grilled to your satisfaction, remove and let cool a bit before handling.
- Using a knife, cut the kernels off of the corn cob and finely chop your peppers. (We removed the seeds to help keep the heat down, but it's up to you depending on how much spice you like - this dish is still pretty hot without the seeds!)
- In a medium bowl, mix together the corn and the peppers.
- Tear your basil into small pieces and add to bowl. Add lime juice and toss to combine.

Fresh, spicy, sweet, and AMAZING. I'm sure I probably say this often, but this has got to be one of my favorite dishes we've ever put on this blog. My summer could have been a lot better if we had decided to make this sooner. I am absolutely pleased with this recipe and it will definitely be added to our summer picnic dish arsenal!

We hope everyone had a nice long holiday weekend, and here's to the next (and best) season of the year!

Sarah & Nick

Sunday, September 6, 2015

DIY Geometric Mobiles

It all started with my desire to own air plants. I don't know why - maybe I'm just turning into a crazy plant mama (like my own mom is), but I just really wanted to have some cute little air plants in our apartment. What's not to love, really? Plants that require no soil? Sign me up! Before I knew it they were in my Amazon cart and on their way to Pittsburgh, so my next step was figuring out what their homes were going to be.

I ended up stumbling upon this DIY Brass Geometric Mobile kit from Urban Outfitters (which has since sold out) and knew that I wanted something similar for my air plant homes. Apparently geometric mobiles for air plants are all the rage, but considering I needed 12 of them, buying was not going to be an option. So it was DIY to the rescue! And why not DIY with a project as simple and cheap as this?!

Here's what you need!
- Coffee stirrers
- Gold spray paint (optional - if you really want that brass look)
- Scissors
- Ruler
- Wire

Here's what you do!
- Cut your coffee stirrers into your desired lengths (lengths will vary depending on shape.) You'll need four size A, four size B, and four size C. Cut a piece of wire about 5 feet in length.
1. Thread your four size A pieces onto your wire, centering as best as you can.
2. Take one end of the wire and thread through each coffee stirrer piece, making your four size A pieces into a square.
3. Thread one size B piece onto the end of each wire.
4. Bring the two size B pieces together and twist the wire together.

5. Thread your last two B pieces onto each wire.
6. Take the end of the wire and thread it through the A piece on the opposite side of the square.
7. Complete with each wire - you will see a pyramid start to form.
8. Ta da! A pyramid!

9. Take your two C pieces and thread one onto each piece of wire.
10. Bring the two C pieces together and twist the wire together. Add your last two C pieces onto each piece of wire.
11. Take the end of the wire and thread it through the A piece on the opposite side of the square. Complete with each wire - you're almost done!
12. Yay! You've made an awesome geometric diamond!

Just twist the ends of your wire around the corners and trim any excess! Now you have awesome geometric shapes that you can use for mobiles, wall installations, anything you can dream of!

You can follow these same basic steps with varying lengths of coffee stirrers to make different shapes. Ultimately we decided to hold off on spray painting ours gold, but if you really want to make these look like faux brass, give 'em a coat of gold spray paint!

Make sure you stay tuned because in a few days we're going to show you where we have all these cute guys displayed in our apartment! Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend (and 4 day work week - woop!)

Sarah & Nick