How to: Paint Your Farmer’s Porch

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When I started this year’s summer break, I had a lot of grand plans – the grandest, to paint our farmer’s porch (a project I abandoned last year.) As you can see in the picture below, the floor of the deck was somewhere between teal and green (and chipping where it hadn’t been totally replaced and not painted over). The ceiling was close to the same. I knew this would be a biggie, but with all the “free time” I had this summer, I knew I wanted to get it done.

For you first time DIYers out there… this is not a project for the faint of heart. I significantly underestimated how much work it would be, but it was so rewarding at the end!

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Read more to learn how to successfully paint your porch – even first time painters like me.

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Easy, High Protein Breakfast Scramble

scrambleOne of my goals this summer was to eat more protein — and for me, the most reliable meal of the day is breakfast. I NEVER skip breakfast. My parents always made sure we ate the “balanced breakfast” they always advertised in the cereal commercials growing up, and I took that lesson through college and into my adult life.

Funny enough, I didn’t actually eat eggs until I was an adult, living in NYC and completely broke. I knew I had to start eating eggs because they were healthy and cheap – and definitely better for me than $1 street-cart bagels and off-brand cereals. I had a former roommate make me every kind of egg around, and as an egg beginner, settled on scrambled. (As a aside, my now-favorite is poached, hence my love for eggs benny.)

Scrambled eggs were not enough, and this quickly turned to a new breakfast routine as I was able to afford more and more throughout my time in NY.

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Add some protein to your day with this quick and easy scrambled egg breakfast, recently edited to be easy, low calorie, and super high protein!

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Iced Coffee Protein Shake

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If you read my summer checklist, one of my goals this year was to eat more protein. I’ve started a wedding diet that includes tracking my macros alongside a heavier workout schedule (like teaching 7 spin classes a week!) – but in truth, I’m using the wedding as an excuse to live a just a bit healthier and ease into my newly-strict gluten free diet.

Turns out, eating more protein is REALLY HARD! I was doing some research around Pinterest and came across a coffee protein shake recipe put out by Blender Bottle. I am an iced coffee hound, so this one really struck my eye. It looked good!

It was not.

Seriously, it was terrible. The shake was at once watery and thick, with way too much banana and none of the taste of coffee.

That’s when we started playing around with our own recipes. Every Sunday, we make about 3.5 gallons of iced coffee to keep in the fridge for the week in giant mason jars. The process is a bit of a pain, but it saves us so much time, and we get to try beans from all the trips we take around the country! (Currently, we’re drinking a bean made for a coffee company in Lancaster, PA that we picked up on our road trip to the Taylor Swift concert in DC.)

I used probably 2 jars full creating this recipe, but we’ve finally settled on something we like that tastes like coffee (not water or protein) and has a smooth, shake-y texture. Plus, each scoop of powder has 25 grams of protein, which SIGNIFICANTLY amps up my protein intake for the day.

We did the hard work for you — so get drinking!

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Iced Coffee Protein Shake
Serves 2
3 cups chilled coffee
1-2 scoops protein powder – we use Ascent Protein, it’s gluten free and has zero artificial ingredients
1/2 to 1 cup almond milk
1 handful ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until ice is crushed. Enjoy! (with a metal straw, because the otters of the world love you)

Looking for more breakfast ideas? Check out my recipes for:
Eggs Benny Bonanza
Yummy Acai Bowls
High Protein Breakfast Bowls (coming soon)
Scrambled Eggs with Summer Corn Salsa

 

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Summer Corn Salad & Salsa

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Every summer on my Summer Checklist, I try and come up with a few new go-to recipes that I can bring into my rotation to make my life easier as time goes on. I like these recipes to be easy, quick, and healthy – and this summer corn salad/salsa is exactly that!

My mom always makes this salad and eats it right out of the bowl She’s a vegetarian, and the dish has a decent amount of protein, which is always a concern for her. Mike and I use this as a salsa, and actually brought it along to a neighborhood dinner as an appetizer recently, to great feedback!

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Read more for the recipe for this fresh-tasting, filling, summery deliciousness!

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Painted & Stenciled Wedding Signs

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There’s no getting around it – wedding costs add up. All of the little things – votives, menus, signage, candles – build into a crazy decor monster that you’ll never be able to use again.

Even on the resale sites, wedding signs cost about $15-$50 each. To use one time! I absolutely refused to spend that amount of money on anything so small for my wedding, which is where my DIY day came in. I decided to shop around and buy blank wood surfaces on which I could stencil my custom signage instead.

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These craft wood surfaces were so cheap at Michael’s – no more than $6 each!

For a wedding of our size (way bigger than we expected) at a venue like ours (essentially, a gigantic field), it’s definitely necessary to have signage to show people where to go. Plus, cute rustic signs are so trendy right now, and so easy to make! I did my buying before I did my planning, so it took me a bit to go through and decide what wording I wanted to include where.

Supplies:
– Craft Wood Signs (I got mine at Michael’s)
– Small letter stencils (I used Martha Stewart’s Typewriter Font)
– Large Letter Stencils (got mine at Lowe’s)
– Stencil Dauber Set (Also Martha’s)
– Craft Paint

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