Summer Outdoor Decor Tour

Posted in DIY, Upcycling
on June 20, 2017

Hi, friends! Do you ever get the feeling that your brain is moving too fast, and you can’t keep up with everything you want to do? That’s where I’m at currently. I have about 15 different projects I’m working on, from starting an Etsy shop and finishing blog posts to projects around the house and planning some summer travel, along with work. I sometimes think my ambition and work ethic actually sabotage me, because it’s hard to focus on just one thing at a time, and I end up not being as productive as I could be if I just slowed down a bit. 

 

Needless to say, I’ve only been on summer “break” for a little over a week, and I have yet to actually take a second to relax. Luckily, Steve and I are planning a little trip next week, but in the meantime I have a ton to do! One of the items that’s been on my to-do list forever was to photograph our porch and deck decor to share with you guys, because I love the way our yard is looking this summer! Ironically, we haven’t been out on the deck and porch nearly enough as we should to enjoy them, because life has been so crazy – so that’s a priority for the rest of the summer! 

 

After I found the old church pew down the street from us, our outdoor decor really came together quickly. I painted the pew, found an old easel that I turned into a chalkboard, bought an old ladder for the porch, and painted our old deck furniture to give it a little face lift. The lights on the deck and the fresh flowers and throw pillows really pulled everything together! 

 

To hang our deck lights, I installed makeshift posts by cementing 2x2s into galvanized buckets, and topped them with some soil and flowers to make them look a little nicer. I found a post on Pinterest from City Farmhouse that gave me this idea, thanks Jen! The lights on our porch and deck make it look so magical and summery, I’m in love! Here’s a little tour: 

 Our deck before:

And now!

 

Some befores from our porch: 

Found this vintage easel for $5!

The FREE church pew I scored right down the street!

And our porch now: 

I can’t wait to host summer BBQs and parties at our house now that the interior and exterior are coming along! Tell me, have you worked on your yard or outdoor spaces at all this spring and summer? I’d love to see what you’ve been working on! 

Follow along with my DIY and homemade adventures on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’  for more of my day-to-day life and projects! Happy creating!

 

{Interested in collaborations, or have questions, comments, or feedback for me? Please feel free to email at emma@byemmawithlove.com – I’m always happy to chat!}

Strawberry Lemon Mojitos with Basil-Infused Rum

Posted in Drinks, Food, Recipes
on June 16, 2017

 

There’s something one of my coworkers told me about summers as a teacher, when I told her how I’d be working two jobs and be pretty busy all summer, so it wouldn’t really be a break. She said that no matter what, summer is sweet and a complete gift. And she was right. I am working two jobs – three days a week nannying, and some weekends working weddings at Hidden Meadow – but there’s still so much extra time, and the extra daylight and sunshine and warmth has me feeling all kinds of happy. 

 

Summer is also proving to be the perfect time for me to work on accomplishing some goals: getting back into a fitness routine, keeping our house clean, trying out new recipes, getting projects done and getting an Etsy shop started that I can hopefully share with you all soon! Combine all of that with working and time with friends, travel and trips to our cabin, and my summer is going to be jam-packed, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

I’m also trying to remember to relax a bit. Last weekend, I met a mother of the bride who I’m pretty sure is my alternate universe self. She made all of the decorations for the entire wedding, and when I remarked that she must have spent a ton of time on everything, she just laughed and told me that she never sits still and rarely sleeps because she always has a project to work on. I tend to be the same way. From the time I wake up until I absolutely have to go to sleep, I rarely sit down. Sometimes I look at the clock and realize it’s 10pm and I have yet to take a second to relax. I wouldn’t have it any other way, because I love the projects I work on and the ways I fill my time. That being said, learning to relax is something I know I could benefit from. 

 

And of course, alcohol isn’t a necessity in order to relax. But it doesn’t hurt! And there are few things I love more than summer evenings sitting outside on a patio, on our newly decorated porch or deck, or in front of a bonfire, sipping on a drink or two with friends. 

 

 

One of my all-time favorite cocktails will always be a mojito. The flavor is light and so refreshing, and they’re also so easy to make at home! One of our local bars serves a great lemon basil mojito for the summer, and I knew I needed to create a recipe to make them at home. The addition of fresh strawberries and basil-infused rum makes for the perfect easy cocktail to serve next time you have friends over – or for an easy weeknight drink! 

 

 

 

Infusing the rum yourself is super simple, just put a few basil leaves into a glass jar of rum for 12-24 hours. You may want to play around with ratios based on your taste preferences. Alternatively, you can muddle a few basil leaves in with each mojito to achieve basil flavor that way. As with most cocktails, you can and should make it your own, based on the flavors you prefer! I like a pretty even blend of strawberry, lemon and basil. If you’d prefer a mocktail or kids want to get in on the mojito action, just leave the rum out and you still have a delicious sparkling drink!

Serve over ice and garnish with fresh fruit, and enjoy! 

 

Tell me – what’s your favorite relaxing summertime activity? Do you have a hard time sitting still? What’s your favorite summer cocktail? I always love to hear from you! 

Strawberry Lemon and Basil Mojitos
Serves 1
A simple and refreshing summertime cocktail with fresh fruit and basil-infused rum.
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6 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
302g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113
Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 4g
14%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
61%
Calcium
15%
Iron
27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 oz white rum (infuse with basil leaves ahead of time)
  2. 2 strawberries, washed and sliced
  3. 1/2 small lemon, sliced
  4. 3-4 basil leaves (if not using infused rum)
  5. 1 tsp. sugar or sweetener of your choice (I prefer stevia)
  6. 6-8 oz. plain soda water
  7. Extra fruit for garnishing
Ahead of time
  1. Infuse 8-10 basil leaves in a glass jar of rum for 12-24 hours.
To make the mojitos
  1. In a glass, muddle strawberries, lemon slices, sugar and basil leaves, if not using infused rum.
  2. Add ice and rum.
  3. Fill the remainder of the glass with soda water.
  4. Garnish with additional fruit, and enjoy!
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By Emma, With Love http://www.byemmawithlove.com/

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Things I Learned From Our Rainy Wedding Day

Posted in Adventures, Reflections
on June 2, 2017

How is it possible that it’s already been a year since we stood in the rain in front of our friends and family and said our vows? Our wedding day was, in a lot of ways, not at all like I imagined it. But somehow it ended up perfect all the same. 

 

On June 3rd, 2016, I woke up to an absolutely perfect morning. I went for a 6am drive to go find some lilacs, and take a few minutes to myself before the day got started. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and I thought maybe the forecast for a 90% chance of rain was wrong. 

 

A few hours later, we were getting ready, sipping mimosas and listening to music when we heard the unmistakable sound of a torrential downpour outside – and it didn’t really stop from then on. Having a rainy outdoor wedding isn’t what I would have chosen for myself. Of course, no one, when planning an outdoor wedding, expects or wants the weather to be crappy.

 

In my new part-time job as a wedding coordinator at the venue where we got married (more on that soon), I’ve worked at weddings where the weather is absolutely perfect, and weddings where the bride is nearing a panic attack due to the unexpected rain or cold. But having our wedding on an incredibly rainy day taught me a lot of things, so I thought I’d share them with you!

 

1. You can’t control the weather, but you can prepare for it

Obvious, I know. And yet, while planning our wedding, I honestly gave very little thought to weather concerns until just a couple weeks before the wedding. Every bride assumes their wedding day will be perfect, because that’s what you want, and you spend so much time planning every detail. But in reality, the weather is going to do whatever it wants to do, so making a plan is key. About  two weeks before the wedding, I started looking into options for if – God forbid – it rained at our wedding. I bought some cute rain boots, checked in with our photographer and venue coordinator, discussed the option of getting a tent set up over our reception patio, etc. Even though I was still hoping for sun, I prepared in every way I could think of so that the idea of a rainy wedding day wouldn’t be such an unknown. Now I’m glad I did, because it made the day much easier!

2. You can do whatever you want on your wedding day

I realize that this maybe sounds selfish, but it’s also true: your wedding is about you and the person you’re spending your life with, so you are the only two people who get to decide how your wedding day goes. At our venue at the time we got married, the back-up plan was to have the ceremony under a clear tent on the patio. But the whole day, I insisted that we do the ceremony at our original location, in the field ceremony space, because that had been my dream since we booked the venue, and I wasn’t ready to give that up. 

 

I had concerns about this plan. To have our ceremony in the rain meant that all of our guests would have to stand (no one would want to sit on wet benches) and we wouldn’t be able to use the sound equipment, which was a major bummer. I felt like I was inconveniencing our guests and being selfish, until my wonderful then-fiance, family and friends reminded me that it was our day. The decision was made, we let our guests know what was going on, and we had a rainy outdoor ceremony. And I’m so, so glad we did. Our guests still tell us that it was such a memorable and fun day. 

Even my 96-year-old grandpa was willing to stand in the rain for us!

 

3. Rain makes colors pop – and rainy day photos are amazing

This is what our photographer, Becca at Just Be. Photographs, told me when I reached out to her in a panic about having a rainy wedding day. And she was absolutely right. If anything, the rain made the pictures more fun because we were able to be creative with rain boots, an umbrella and some different locations, and no one was squinting or sweating in the sun. Becca did an amazing job with our wedding photos, and I don’t think having a rainy wedding affected that at all – if anything, the rain made them better! 

 

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4. Rainy day accessories are fun

This goes along with the last point, but finding bright rain boots and cute umbrellas for our wedding day was so much fun, and helped to make the day less dreary. I wore purple rain boots for the whole wedding until the dance, and they were comfortable, dry, and also cute for pictures! 

 

 

5. The weather doesn’t matter

We didn’t get our sunset pictures, our guests couldn’t fully hear the ceremony, we weren’t really able to play lawn games or have a bonfire, and a few people weren’t able to make it to the wedding because of the muddy roads. This was all disappointing, and I’d be lying if I said there’s not part of me that wishes we’d had perfect weather. 

 

But at the end of the day, our wedding was about the two of us, standing (in the rain) in front of all of our closest family and friends, declaring our love to one another. It was joyful, it was fun, it was memorable, and it was everything we hoped it would be. 

 

To this day, the sound of rain brings back happy memories for me, and I smile every time I think about throwing our umbrella down for our first kiss as husband and wife, or when Cyder (my dog of honor) laid down in the mud and rain during our ceremony. 

 

Your wedding day is one of the biggest, happiest days of your life, and rain or cold or clouds can’t change that. It’s still the most special of days, and I look back with so many lovely memories. 

 

We’re going to be starting a new tradition tomorrow for our anniversary that I can’t wait to share with you next week, but for now I want to hear from you! Have you attended a rainy wedding? What was the weather like for your wedding? Did you have an outdoor ceremony? I’d love to hear from you! 

Follow along with my DIY and homemade adventures on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’  for more of my day-to-day life and projects! Happy creating!

 

{Interested in collaborations, or have questions, comments, or feedback for me? Please feel free to email at emma@byemmawithlove.com – I’m always happy to chat!}

 

Strawberry Rosé Sangria

Posted in Drinks, Food, Recipes
on May 25, 2017

National Wine Day. What a beautiful holiday. We’ve all established by now how I feel about wine, and any day dedicated to wine is a good day in my book. With this beautiful spring weather we’re having in MN/WI, and the holidays this time of year – Mother’s Day brunches and Memorial Day cookouts – I’ve had sangria on the brain lately. 

Sangria is by far one of my favorite summer drinks, and it’s always a crowd-pleaser. Being a typical twenty-something, I’m also a big fan of rosé, so the meeting of the two was bound to happen at some point. For Mother’s Day, we had a little brunch at my house, and I made a pitcher of Rosé Sangria that may or may not have been gone in a matter of about 15 minutes. It got rave reviews and my mom and siblings were impressed, and I didn’t tell them how easy it really was to make. 

This recipe comes together so quickly, and takes like summer in a glass – semi-sweet rosé mixes with the tartness of lemons and the sweetness of fresh strawberries and a hint of refreshing mint for the perfect summer drink. 

For my sangria, I used a bottle of semi-sweet rosé from a local Wisconsin winery because it’s my favorite, but you’ll want a bottle that’s a bit on the drier side so that it won’t be overly sweet in the sangria. If you’re looking for help finding the perfect bottle of rosé, I strongly suggest checking out Jess’s post over at Plays Well With Butter on all things rosé – she’s brilliant and so helpful! 

 

As with most sangrias, this blend is best enjoyed at least a few hours after you make it, or let it chill overnight and give it time for the flavors to really meld. Serve on frozen strawberries instead of ice to keep it chilled without watering it down, and top it with a splash of sparkling water or rosé prosecco for some bubbles if you prefer. 

 

I have lots of new stuff coming for you all soon! For now, I’m gonna go pour myself a glass of sangria and sit on our newly decorated front porch (stay tuned). Cheers! 

Rosé Sangria
Serves 6
A simple and refreshing summer sangria with rosé wine, strawberries and mint.
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122 calories
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7 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
182g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
54%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 bottle (750mL) rosé wine (semi-dry to semi-sweet)
  2. 1 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  3. 1 lemon, sliced
  4. 10 fresh mint leaves
  5. Sparkling water or prosecco (to top)
  6. Frozen strawberries (for serving)
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, lightly muddle strawberries, mint and lemon.
  2. Pour rosé into the pitcher, and stir well.
  3. Chill for at least an hour or overnight.
  4. Pour over frozen strawberries, and top with sparkling water or prosecco.
  5. Garnish with fresh strawberries, lemon slices and mint.
  6. Enjoy!
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By Emma, With Love http://www.byemmawithlove.com/

 

 

 

My Lilac Love Affair

Posted in Reflections
on May 18, 2017

Since we moved into our house at the end of the summer last year, this spring has been an interesting experiment as we see the plants that grow in our yard. About a month ago, I made an exciting discovery. I was in the backyard with Cyder, at the edge of the yard where we have several bushes. It was there that I noticed something wonderful. 

I immediately ran into the house and proceeded to freak Steven out by running around the house giddy with excitement over the fact that we have four lilac bushes in our yard. If you know me, you know I have a thing for lilacs. 

Growing up, lilacs were my mom’s favorite flower, and my sister and I would run down the street, scissors and a vase in hand, every spring to pick a bouquet for Mother’s Day. Something about the smell and the tiny delicate flowers left a huge impression on me. Even after leaving home, lilacs became my favorite flower, and I would hunt them down every spring to be able to have some in my home, even for just a few days.

Last spring during preparations for our wedding, I talked to my amazing cousin/florist about the possibility of having lilacs in my wedding bouquet. She gently warned me that since lilacs only bloom for a short period of time, finding them for a June 3rd wedding would be a long shot. I accepted that it was probably not an option, until the day before the wedding, when I drove through Lake City, MN on my way to our wedding venue. There, all by themselves on the side of the road, I saw them – a row of perfect lilac bushes still in bloom! 

Which is exactly how, on my wedding day, I ended up waking up at 6 AM to go for a little drive and a mission all by myself. I was armed once again with a pair of scissors, and a bucket that my mom scored from our waiter at dinner the night before (thanks, mom!). I drove to Lake City, ran to the lilac bushes and found every single bloom I could possibly fit into a bucket. I was bound and determined to have lilacs on my wedding day. I can only imagine what the people driving by must have thought of the girl on the side of the highway, picking lilacs at 6 AM. The whole drive back to our hotel, I inhaled the sweet scent of lilacs and enjoyed the calm time before an incredibly busy and surreal day. 

My lovely sister and maid of honor was happy to help put lilacs in our ceremony decor, and the end result was beautiful – just the right pop of color along the aisle. 

My sweet husband doesn’t quite get my obsession with these flowers. I stop at every bush I see while we’re out on a walk with the dog or exploring on the weekends, in order to take yet another picture and smell the characteristic scent. He just laughs at me impatiently, but I can’t resist!  

Now, as I fill every vase, basket and jar in our home with fresh lilacs, I’m feeling incredibly nostalgic – for my childhood, my homes throughout the years and for our wedding day, which was almost a year ago! I think it’s so crazy how a scent can bring back so many memories, but I’m so very thankful that I’ll get to relive these memories year after year, with the beautiful lilacs in our yard. 

With our 1 year wedding anniversary coming up in just a couple weeks, I have a couple more wedding-related posts for you coming up soon. I can’t help but think back to our beautiful wedding day! But for now, I want to know: do you have a flower or scent that has special significance to you? What’s the story behind it? I’d love to hear from you! 

Follow along with my DIY and homemade adventures on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’  for more of my day-to-day life and projects! Happy creating!

 

{Interested in collaborations, or have questions, comments, or feedback for me? Please feel free to email at emma@byemmawithlove.com – I’m always happy to chat!}

 

One Room Challenge: Week 6 {The Reveal!}

Posted in DIY
on May 10, 2017

It’s finally here! The big reveal! I’m so excited I can barely contain myself. In fact, I keep running around the kitchen, moving things around and then putting them back, fiddling with everything in an attempt to make everything exactly perfect. Of course, there’s no such thing, and I’m far from done with our kitchen, but for now I’m pretty darn happy about this room! 

 

So, without further ado, let’s look back to where this kitchen began, and see how far it’s come! 

Before (when we first moved in): 

Once it was painted: 

And the finished (for now) product!! 

 

Over the past 6 weeks, I painted the kitchen, installed new cupboard hardware, installed new pendant lights, refinished and painted the pantry doors, and refinished the coffee bar and our high top table. The final touches were lots of DIY decor projects and some fun farmhouse finds to complete the look.

Bonus: I spent until $400 total on this kitchen makeover!

I’m still working on a few small things, and dreaming about new countertops, backsplash and a farmhouse sink, but for now, I’m pretty darn happy about our kitchen. In fact, I smile every time I walk in the room! All the little details really make the room extra special!

 

I’m looking forward to sharing a few of the DIY projects I did for the kitchen soon, but first I want to hear all about your One Room Challenge stories!! Even if you aren’t doing the Challenge, I’d love to hear about the projects you’ve been working on. Anything fun for the spring? I’m always eager to chat! 

Follow along with my DIY and homemade adventures on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’  for more of my day-to-day life and projects! Happy creating!

 

{Interested in collaborations, or have questions, comments, or feedback for me? Please feel free to email at emma@byemmawithlove.com – I’m always happy to chat!}

 

Find the other One Room Challenge posts:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5 

 

 

 

Strawberries n’ Cream Scones

Posted in Dessert, Food, Recipes
on May 9, 2017

I have pretty much the greatest mom. She’s one of the most kind, big-hearted people I’ve ever met, and she’s so supportive of everything I do. She encourages me to follow my dreams, and is always there to lend a listening ear. I know I’m extremely lucky to have such an amazing mother, and I feel lucky that I’ve inherited a lot from her: her eyes, her smile, her ability to see the best in people, her love of music, and also a deep appreciation of baked goods.

 

Growing up, my dad cooked a lot of our meals, but my mom was definitely the resident baker in the family. She made cookies, muffins, cakes, you name it. She even went above and beyond by experimenting with all sorts of adapted recipes for me when I had several food intolerances as a kid. Lucky for me, she was always happy to teach me her tricks and allow me to experiment with baking on my own, as well. In fact, one of her favorite anecdotes to tell of my childhood involves me mixing muffin batter, per the package directions, “by hand” – not with a spatula or spoon, but with my actual hands. Alas, I’ve come a long way in the world of baking. 

 

Ironically, this scone recipe actually does require mixing with your hands, so maybe my childhood self was right all along. The inspiration for these strawberries n’ cream scones was none other than my lovely mother – I wanted a special treat to serve on Mother’s Day, and these scones definitely fit the bill. 

 

They’re buttery, soft, crumbly, and just the right amount of sweet. The base recipe for these scones is the same as my cranberry orange and rosemary scones  – whole wheat pastry flour, greek yogurt, and ice cold butter. This batch gets the extra addition of vanilla extract, a bit of cinnamon, and a bunch of fresh, juicy strawberries. The juice from the strawberries gets just the tiniest bit incorporated into the scone batter, making for the perfect strawberry flavor without being too overpowering. 

 

 

Top them off with a simple vanilla glaze, and you’ve got the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee for breakfast, as a summer dessert, or for Mother’s Day brunch! Bonus: people will be crazy impressed that you made scones, and you don’t have to tell them how easy they really are! 

 

How delicious would one of these be with a cup of coffee?!

 

I can’t wait to share these with my mom on Sunday! Do you have any special Mother’s Day plans? Is food involved? I’d love to hear from you! 

Follow along with my DIY and homemade adventures on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’  for more of my day-to-day life and projects! Happy creating!

 

{Interested in collaborations, or have questions, comments, or feedback for me? Please feel free to email at emma@byemmawithlove.com – I’m always happy to chat!}

 

Strawberries n' Cream Scones
Serves 12
A simple, subtly sweet scone that's perfect for a special breakfast or brunch.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
16 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
16 min
Total Time
40 min
218 calories
33 g
22 g
8 g
2 g
5 g
76 g
112 g
15 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
76g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218
Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 5g
26%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 22mg
7%
Sodium 112mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 33g
11%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
2%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Scones
  1. 2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 1/2 c. sugar (or sugar substitute)
  3. 1 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 c. unsalted butter, frozen
  6. Juice from 1/2 lemon
  7. 1/2 c. plain greek yogurt
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  9. 1 c. fresh strawberries, largely diced
For the Icing
  1. 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  2. 1-2 Tbsp. half and half
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Scones
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, and stir to combine.
  3. In a smaller separate bowl, grate the stick of butter.
  4. Add greek yogurt, lemon juice and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix with a hand mixer until just combined.
  5. Add grated butter to the dough, mixing only until incorportated - do not over-mix.
  6. Add strawberries to dough, kneading lightly by hand until mixed in.
  7. Form dough into two flat circles about 1/2 inch thick, and cut each into 6 wedges.
  8. Bake on parchment paper or a lightly greased cookie sheet for 15-16min, or until slightly golden brown. Be careful not to over bake.
  9. Remove scones from oven, and cool on cooling rack.
Icing
  1. In a small dish, combine glaze ingredients, and whisk until smooth. add half and half a small amount at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  2. Once scones are mostly cool, drizzle icing over each scone.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Dough can be made ahead of time and frozen for convenience.
  2. Store cooked scones in the fridge to maintain freshness. Best enjoyed immediately, or within a couple days.
  3. I have made this recipe with both sugar and stevia, and both have turned out great! It's completely up to preference.
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Adapted from Brenda @ Turning Waters B&B
By Emma, With Love http://www.byemmawithlove.com/

One Room Challenge: Week 5 {Coffee Bar Upcycle}

Posted in DIY, Upcycling
on May 4, 2017

Oh my goodness, friends, we’re so close to the end of the One Room Challenge! I am so so so excited to share the big reveal of our kitchen makeover with you, and I’m very busy putting all the finishing touches on everything. So for now, I wanted to give you one last sneak peek – the old cabinet I upcycled into a coffee bar! 

As soon as I made these shelves last fall, I had a plan to create a coffee bar to go along with it. I had been looking for the right piece since we moved in, but nothing seemed quite right. And if you know me, patience isn’t exactly one of my strong suits. But in this case, it really paid off, because I found this lovely antique cabinet on Craiglist. 

It was falling apart and mismatched, but isn’t that how all great makeovers begin? I was able to update the cabinet into a perfect coffee bar using just some sandpaper, spraypaint, wood, and basic hand tools. The total cost (including the cabinet!) came to less than $100! And the finished* product is exactly what I had in mind. 

 

*disclaimer: I still need to put the door hinges on and put a coat of poly on the top of the wood. It’ll be fully done by the reveal next week, I promise!! 

This is one of those projects that maybe looks impressive (at least to me), but was actually so simple to put together. It was as easy as sanding down some of the chipping paint, giving everything a coat of spray paint (including some oil-rubbed bronze spraypaint for the hardware), and making a new tabletop. 

Excuse the awful-lighting nighttime pics!

 

To build the tabletop, I bought boards that were the same width as my shelves for a nice uniform look. This also saved me the trouble of cutting the boards! I wanted to bulk up the tabletop a bit, so I created a little overhang by first gluing, and then securing a board to the front with a couple small nails. I used my usual method of staining wood to stain the boards before attaching them together.

 

I used liquid nails to attach the board to the top of the cabinet, and voila! The coffee bar was basically done! 

I gave the old, worn out hardware a quick coat of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint, which really pops nicely against the white. All that’s left to do is to install the hinges and seal the top, and it’ll be all ready to go for the kitchen reveal next week. 

 

I have had so much fun during this One Room Challenge, and I’m going to be so sad when it’s over! I can’t wait to share the finished product with you all next week! 

 

How are your One Room Challenges coming along? I’d love to hear about them! 

Check out my previous One Room Challenge posts:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4 

Follow along with my DIY and homemade adventures on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’  for more of my day-to-day life and projects! Happy creating!

 

{Interested in collaborations, or have questions, comments, or feedback for me? Please feel free to email at emma@byemmawithlove.com – I’m always happy to chat!}

 

One Room Challenge: Week 4 {Farmers’ Market Sign}

Posted in DIY
on April 27, 2017

This One Room Challenge has sparked something for me. It started with a few simple projects, and it’s since inspired me to do about a million other projects in not only our kitchen, but our house in general. Sometimes I feel like my brain gets ahead of itself – I’m so focused on the next project and all the things I want to do, that it’s hard to focus on one thing at a time. I’m pretty sure our entire house is going to look completely different within a couple months, but my life would be boring without a million things to do! 

 

This week’s project for the One Room Challenge was a relatively simple one, but it made a huge difference in our space. The owners before us had a TV mounted in their kitchen, leaving a large gaping space over the fridge.

Steve asked me awhile ago if I could make something to put over the space, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to put there. I looked at a lot of Pinterest boards for inspiration, but I still had a hard time choosing what to write on a big sign. 

 

I ended up keeping it simple – farmers’ markets happen to be one of my favorite things about the warmer months in Minnesota/Wisconsin, and a farmers’ market sign is also the perfect touch in a farmhouse kitchen. 

This sign was seriously easy and cheap to make. I bought some discounted (already cut) boards at the hardware store, making sure that they were straight and similar in length. I liked the idea of more rough edges, so I didn’t try to even out the lengths at all. I stained the boards before attaching them together, and used one of my favorite tricks for achieving a worn, barn wood look: I used 3 different colors of stain, using one or a combination of a couple for each board so that no two were exactly the same. I like using Minwax Weathered Oak over the top of whichever stain I use, in order to give it a bit more of a worn look. 

Once the boards were stained and dry, I used two boards on the back and a few screws to fasten them together. 

All that was left was the stenciling of the words! I used stencils, white chalk paint and a sponge dauber to spell out the words, and I didn’t worry too much about being super neat. My goal was to make it look like a homemade farmers’ market sign, and that’s exactly what it is! 

All in all, I think this sign is exactly what that open space in our kitchen needed. I also love how it matches the wood of the farmhouse shelves perfectly. 

 

Next week I’ll be sharing another big project with you – the coffee bar I’m upcycling from an old antique cabinet. I can’t wait for you to see the finished project, and the big reveal of the whole kitchen in just a couple weeks! How are your One Room Challenges coming along? Are you updating anything for spring? I’d love to hear from you! 

Follow along with my DIY and homemade adventures on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’  for more of my day-to-day life and projects! Happy creating!

 

{Interested in collaborations, or have questions, comments, or feedback for me? Please feel free to email at emma@byemmawithlove.com – I’m always happy to chat!}

 

 

One Room Challenge: Week 3 {Pendant Lights}

Posted in DIY
on April 20, 2017

I can’t believe we’re halfway through the One Room Challenge! I feel like this project is snowballing out of control – for every project I finish, I think of and start about three more. But I can’t help it! I love the way our kitchen is coming together, and its got me feeling super inspired. 

 

This week, the project was the lighting in our kitchen. We have pretty standard builder-grade lights throughout our house, which don’t exactly have the charming vibe I’m going for. But we’re also on a pretty tight budget, which limits our lighting upgrade options. 

 

So, in today’s episode of “Reasons Why I Love Amazon”: I found the perfect build-your-own pendant lights that were affordable, simple to install and so perfect for our kitchen! 

 

 Before:

  

And after! 

I ordered the lights in sections: the pendant lights themselves, the wire cages, and the Edison bulbs. The total cost came to $70 – less than $25 per pendant. Not bad at all! The installation was also really simple {Hubby may or may not have done most of the installation work, but I helped!}

Honestly, the hardest part was cutting the rope/wire down to the right size, and straightening out the cords, which were a bit crooked from the box. 

The cords were way too long!

A wire cutter/stripper will be your best friend for this project

If you already have pendant lights, it’s super simple to swap them out. Otherwise, a wire cage is a great addition to existing pendant lights, too. It’s the perfect industrial addition to any space. 

 

Our lights are still a bit crooked since the cords were wrapped up in the boxes, but they’ll straighten out with time, and I still love the way they look. 

Our kitchen is beginning to look much more streamlined, and I’m getting so excited about the finished product in just three more weeks! Due to my never-ending list of projects, I’ll probably be doing more than just one project each week. Here are a few projects coming up for the One Room Challenge: 

 

  • Farmers’ Market sign
  • hanging herb planters
  • coffee bar
  • pantry door makeover 
  • kitchen high-top table makeover 
  • hanging butcher paper memo board

 

As you can see, I have lots to do, and so little time! I sometimes wonder why I do this to myself, and then I remember how much I love having a project (or 10) to work on. This One Room Challenge may just turn into a full room-by-room makeover by the time I’m done with it. 

 

I’d love to hear about your One Room Challenge, or the projects you’re currently working on! I’m always happy to chat 🙂 

Follow along with my DIY and homemade adventures on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’  for more of my day-to-day life and projects! Happy creating!

 

{Interested in collaborations, or have questions, comments, or feedback for me? Please feel free to email at emma@byemmawithlove.com – I’m always happy to chat!}