Library Ladders

I wish we had an entire wall made of built-in bookshelves, with a library ladder strung across the top. How awesome would that be? My dream home definitely has this included. There is such a classic and sophisticated feel about these library ladders. It can really transform a plain shelf into something so much more. It adds an interesting element to the space, in such a simple way. Here are a few of my favorite. I’m bookmarking them in case we strike it rich sometime soon and move into our dream house.

(Image 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Summer Bucket List

It’s the start of June, so I felt it was appropriate to break out the Summer Bucket List. I feel confident we’ll get everything crossed of this list before the summer comes to an end 🙂

1. Go to Mexico!
2. Go Camping
3. Organic Brewers Festival: Forget the overcrowded Oregon Brewers Fest, this one is where it’s at!
4. Ride the Wine Train
5. Day/weekend trip to Hood River
6. Take more walks with Gracie
7. Take my camera out more
8. Take the boat out!!!
9. Make a beach trip
10. Host a summer BBQ

What’s on you summer bucket list?

See my lists from 2013, 2102 and 2011.

Low Country Boil

If there’s one thing we love to eat at our house, it’s shrimp. It’s also potatoes. Hmm, it’s corn. Wait, don’t forgot the onions, too! Throw all those ingredients together in a pot containing water seasoned with Old Bay and you have yourself a low country boil, one of our favorite summertime dinners. It’s super easy, tastes delicious and is great to make when you have friends over for dinner and you can all eat outside. A beer or two goes perfect with this meal, of course.
Low Country Boil
Serves: 2
1 pound of red potatoes, diced into medium sized squares
2 ears of corn, each cob cut into 3 even pieces
Half of an onion, rough chopped in large pieces (or about 15-20 pearl onions, those work best!)
1 pound of shrimp
Fill a pot of water 1/4 of the way with water. We use a Le Creuset pot and it’s just the perfect size. Season the water with Old Bay seasoning. When the water comes to a boil, add your potatoes and cook for 7 minutes. Add your onions and corn on the cob, cook for 8 minutes. Add your shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes. Strain out the water and serve on butcher paper.
This recipe is just my super easy method. You can adjust the quantity of ingredients to your needs. You can also add items like sausage, we just didn’t have any on hand the other day when we made this.
Enjoy!
Happy Monday!