Sunday Funday – March 6

I’m feeling very DIY today. The Man and I spent all weekend workin’ on the house and I’m happy to report that our guest room is almost complete! Here are my recommendations for what to read, listen to, eat, and do from my adventures this week…if you want to do-it-yourself!

READ. Bonnie Plants’ “New Gardeners” series. It’s a fantastic orientation for first-timers hoping to cultivate a green thumb, and has a great intro series on kitchen herbs.

LISTEN TO. The Splendid Table on NPR. Not only does Lynne Rossetto Kasper have a wonderful radio voice, she also has great tips for tackling new dishes! Today’s episode, Spring Pickling, includes violinist Joshua Bell’s exploration of food that historically accompanied the Italian classical music he plays. In this case, Tagliatele with Caramelized Oranges and Almonds.

EAT. This strawberry kale salad with granola croutons. Put those ingredients in a jar (greens first, toppings second), shake ’em up. BAM. Instant lunch with absolutely minimal effort.

DO. Painting a room, trim, or ceiling? Blue tape your way around the room as you normally would to protect surfaces you don’t want to accidentally paint (edges, etc.). This technique isn’t flawless, though–it’s very possible a little bit of paint will sneak under the edge of the blue tape no matter how firmly you press down. TIP: Brush a little bit of Matte Medium on top of the blue tape’s edge. Matte Medium, which dries perfectly clear, will fill any little cracks or lifts in the tape so that paint cannot sneak under and sabotage your perfect straight lines.

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