Remember when people used to use placemats all the time? I don’t remember using them much at my house growing up but my grandparents had quite a few different sets and put some out at their house at every meal and I had some friends’ families that did the same. Do any of you still use placemats in every day life? I definitely love a nicely styled tablescape with placemats but I’m not sure if I could ever make it a habit to use them regularly.

But… if you happen to have some extra placemats lying around or can steal one from your grandma – you might be able to turn it into this minimal wall clock! I love seeing warm, natural accents being brought back into people’s white, minimal homes lately. So I’ve been thrifting some vintage baskets for my walls then I found these thick placemats and decided to turn it into a clock to go along with the baskets.What you need:
Rattan Placemat
Drill
Clock Movement
How to make it:
-Measure to the center of the placemat.
-Drill a hole for the clock movement to go through.
-Secure clock movement according to directions.
xo. Caitlin

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Tomato, Basil & Burrata Flatbread with Avocado @themerrythoughtToday’s post is just one more example of me struggling with keeping it together with work over the summer…seriously, I don’t know what is going on with me! I’ve been really excited about sharing this recipe, I’ve had the ingredient list just sitting on my desk for weeks, making me hungry every time I sit down and look at it. I finally get around to making it to share here, photographed it, cleaned up my mess, sat down to enjoy it, and realized I forgot to put the balsamic glaze on it before I took the pictures. 😩 So you’ll see balsamic glaze listed in the ingredients, but it is missing from the flatbreads in these photos. I guess the upside to it is at least I remembered before I ate it, so I got to enjoy it in it’s full glory. Which is most important. Just don’t be like me and forget it for yours! Although Mike had eaten quite a bit of it before I realized I had forgotten to put it on and said it was good even without it.Tomato, Basil & Burrata Flatbread with Avocado @themerrythoughtA while back Caitlin introduced me to one of my new favorite food loves – burrata! She’ll sometimes bring it to our meetings and serve it up for a quick, delicious lunch. Ever since my first bite, I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy it. (It is a little on the pricey side, so that usually means my tastings are few and far between).
Grilled flatbreads are a favorite during summer months and since this one includes a bunch of my favorite things, I thought adding in burrata cheese would be the perfect blend…and it is! The recipe below doesn’t list exact measurements, so add as little or as much as you like for each of the ingredients.Tomato, Basil & Burrata Flatbread with Avocado @themerrythoughtTomato, Basil & Burrata Grilled Flatbread with Avocado

garlic flatbread
olive oil
8 ounces burrata cheese, sliced into chunks (this is enough for 2 flat breads – just use 4oz. for one)
tomatoes, sliced
avocado, sliced
fresh basil, chopped
salt & pepper
balsamic glaze (I use this one)

Brush both sides of flatbread lightly with olive oil. Grill flatbread over medium heat until lightly charred on both sides. Layer on the burrata, tomatoes, avocado and basil. Grill over medium heat until cheese is melted. Top with additional basil if desired and salt & pepper to taste. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve immediately.Tomato, Basil & Burrata Flatbread with Avocado @themerrythoughtAnd if you’re craving more flatbread recipes, try this Mediterranean Flatbread and this Grilled Potato Asparagus Flatbread Pizza.

-Manda

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I’m continuing to work on some projects for the living room and keep going back and forth between feeling encouraged by the progress and feeling overwhelmed by it not just being done already! But I’m pressing on and I have a few more projects I’m pretty excited about to add to the space! Until everything comes together, this little footstool is going to be the perfect companion for late nights editing and blogging from the couch.What you need:
-Four 1″ x 36″ square dowels
-Tape measure
-Pencil
Miter saw
Wood glue
-Nail gun
Drill
-Screws
-Leather strips (I bought mine from Michaels you could try this if you aren’t near a Michaels.
Staple gun
-Scissors
How to make it:
-Measure and mark: (You will need to be mindful about which pieces you cut out together so you can make the most of your four dowels.)
-Four 10″ pieces
-Four 8″ pieces
-Three 18″ pieces
-Use the miter saw to cut these pieces.
-Create the end squares by using two 10″ pieces for the sides and two 8″ pieces for the top and bottom.
-Dab a bit of wood glue on the end of the 8″ piece, line up against the 10″ piece and secure using a nail gun – *** be sure the put the nail slightly off center because you will also be screwing this together at the center later.**
-Continue for both squares.
-Measure and mark the center of the bottom and sides of the two squares.
-Line up the 18″ pieces at the center mark at the spots and repeat the same steps with the glue and nail gun.
-At each spot where the wood pieces came together, pre-drill a hole down through the center of the dowel.
-Secure with a 2″ screw.
-Take end of leather strip and use a staple gun to secure it around the bottom side of the top 8″ piece of the end square.
-Stretch it across tightly and secure on the other side.
-Trim excess leather.
-Repeat for each leather strip.
xo. Caitlin

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Grilled Parmesan Beans with Creamy Garlic Dip @themerrythoughtOh the goings on behind the scenes. If you could have watched this recipe come into being, you could have seen my words from last week about interruptions come to life. During the making of this recipe, there was also prepping of the boys for an adventure, my parents dropping by (which is not a complaint mom, just a note of what happened, come over all the time! 😉), boys coming back very early from the adventure due to an accident, cleaning up said accident, a small grill fire, and the maker becoming very hot & bothered, because summer…and fire…and running around like a crazy lady. My *favorite* is when people tell us how lucky we are to get paid to just take pictures of things we make. Yup, that’s it…just snapping a few pictures and then we’re done. 😜 Really though, I do love what I do, or I wouldn’t put up with all the craziness of it, but ya never really do know what’s going on behind all those blog photos…Grilled Parmesan Beans with Creamy Garlic Dip @themerrythoughtI made this dish last summer and loved it and never got around to sharing the recipe then. I’ve been waiting for the fresh green beans to be ready so I could start making this again. We have a gentleman farmer that lives around the corner from us and he has a killer garden every year and I love watching him work on it (when I need some motivation, I just go drive by his house and watch him working away in the summer heat and then get my rear in gear! He’s like 70’s, early 80’s (?) – I hope he doesn’t read this and feel offended, ha! – so he’s definitely inspiring for my lazy days!). I also love all the fresh produce I can get – like these beans, right around the corner, without having to garden myself (one of my most detested chores – come look at my overgrown gardens if you need to see it to believe it). I usually only make this with green beans, but he had some yellow wax beans out, so I decided to throw those in as well. These are a perfect summer side dish, and can be made even healthier by leaving out the dip. (I’m a dip with everything kind of girl, so…). I would add in a little minced garlic to the olive oil that coats the green beans if you’re not going to make the dip.Grilled Parmesan Beans with Creamy Garlic Dip @themerrythoughtGrilled Parmesan Beans with Creamy Garlic Dip @themerrythoughtGrilled Parmesan Beans with Creamy Garlic Dip

Creamy Garlic Dip

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1-2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste

Whisk together ingredients. Taste and adjust as desired. Refrigerate for at least one hour or until ready to use. (Use within 24 hours).

Grilled Parmesan Green Beans

1-1.5 pounds fresh green beans (and/or yellow wax beans)
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup parmesan cheeses, shredded

Trim green beans. In a large bowl, toss beans with olive oil and salt pepper until beans are thoroughly coated. Heat grill to medium heat. Grill beans in a vegetable tray/basket, stirring occasionally, until lightly charred and tender (about 5-7 minutes). Sprinkle with cheese, serve immediately with creamy garlic dip.Grilled Parmesan Beans with Creamy Garlic Dip @themerrythought
What are your favorite things to grill? While you’ve got the grill fired up for the beans, you might as well try out these Grilled Peach S’mores for a yummy dessert to enjoy!

-Manda

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We tend to take on a lot of more involved projects for DIYs that we’re sharing on the blog – we love a good woodworking project! But some days it’s important to just take on a project that you can do within a few minutes and feel some of that joy of simple crafting! My go-to for those days is to give a refreshing little makeover to something I already have – a fresh coat of paint, a new lamp shade, replacing old artwork with new. Since we’re living it up in the summer heat finally – I decided to spruce up a few summer essentials that I use often!I love simple white lace-up canvas shoes but I tend to get them dirty really quickly – I decided to add a pattern to them to distract from the dirt that would surely cover them in matter of days. And then as I was going through summer accessories to find the shoes, I grabbed a plain pouch for sunglasses and added a bit of gold handwriting!

Find out what you need & how to make them in the video below!

xo. Caitlin

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  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:15 am

    Meyrilu - Amazing! Thank you for share, I will try it 🙂ReplyCancel

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