Easy-to-make Summer Recipes that Pop and Sing


There’s only one thing I adore more than cooking and eating delicious food, and that’s cooking and eating delicious food with friends.  My dear friend Grace Bonney and I decided we needed to throw a little gathering to celebrate good times and bright days with this fun and easy menu.

Entertaining in the warm summer weather is my favorite. There’s always so much fresh produce, and so many vibrant colors and flavors that pop and sing.  Grace told me that she is going to start her summer decorating with a lemon stamped DIY table runner, lemon place cards, and lovely bouquets from the grocery store that she’s amping up with a little of her own creative zing.  Taking all of that into consideration I developed a menu with a nod to Asian fare because I just adore bright and spicy Asian flavors! All of these recipes are easy, approachable, and impressive for guests.


SWEET PAUL’S THAI ICED TEA

Serves 10


Directions:
1. Brew the tea with the spices for 5 minutes and strain into a pitcher.
2. Start by adding sugar a little at a time until you think it’s sweet enough. Allow it to cool completely.
3. Fill glasses with ice. Pour in the tea and add about 4 tablespoons of  half and half in each glass. Stir and serve.


FLOWER POT BREAD

Makes 4 mini loaves

Directions:
1. Soak flower pots in water for at least 1 hour.
2. Heat the oven to 400°F.
3. Mix yeast, honey, and ½ cup warm water in a large bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should be frothy after 5 minutes—if not the yeast is dead and you have to start over.
4. Add the rest of the water, the flour, oil, and salt and mix until you have a smooth dough.
5. Cover the bowl with plastic and let it rise until double its size, about 40 minutes.
6. Fill each pot with some dough about ¾ the way full.
7. Bake until golden for about 20 minutes.
8. Cool on a wire rack and serve with cilantro dipping oil.


COLD NOODLE SALAD WITH SPICY ALMOND BUTTER DRESSING

Serves 4

Directions:
1. Cook soba noodles according to package directions and allow to cool completely.
2. For the sauce, combine almond butter, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds in a bowl and stir until well mixed.
3. Add the noodles, carrots and edamame, give it a light stir and serve with cilantro, lime and a pinch of red chili flakes.


BÁNH MÌ

Serves 10

Chicken Version
Directions:
1. Stir together mayo and sriracha in a small bowl. Spread it on both sides of the baguette.
2. Add lettuce, chicken, carrot, cucumber, some salt and chili and finish with a little lemon juice.
3. Place the top piece of baguette and serve.

 

Vegetarian Rutabaga Version
Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the rutabaga until golden on each side. Season with salt, pepper and chili.
2. Stir together mayo and sriracha in a small bowl and spread on both sides of the baguette.
3. Add lettuce, rutabaga , carrot, cucumber, some salt and chili and finish with a little lemon juice.
4. Place the top piece of baguette and serve.


RICE PUDDING IN A JAR WITH MANGO

Serves 6

Directions: 
1. Heat the coconut milk and whole milk until they are just below a boil
2. Add the basmati rice and keep at a low simmer, stirring frequently, until the pudding has thickened and the rice is tender, about 25 minutes
3. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let cool to room temperature and chill in the refrigerator, at least 4 hours.
4. Just before you’re ready to serve, place the mangos, lime zest, lime juice, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Give it all a stir and let sit 10 to 15 minutes
5. Serve the chilled coconut pudding in individual jars with a healthy spoonful of the mangos on top and a sprig of mint.


A Q&A with Sallie Dale, Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker

 

 

Sallie Dale is our first-ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker. She won our hearts and our Home Maker Hunt with her charming felt flower wreath DIY. Today, she spends her time living in Oklahoma with her husband, cat, puppy and six chickens. When she’s not busy teaching group fitness classes, she’s hoping to inspire Makers everywhere with DIYs on her blog, The Urban Acres. 

How does it feel to be the first-ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker? 

It’s pretty surreal — to enter a contest with so many talented people and get selected is so crazy. I’m still pinching myself and wondering if this is real life.

How did you hear about The Hunt for the First-Ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker? 

I heard about the Mrs. Meyer’s competition from my friend, Courtney. Thanks, Courtney! She Instagrammed it to me and a couple other friends, so I watched the recruitment video and thought maybe I’d have a chance of becoming the first-ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker. So I entered and, wouldn't you know, I actually did win!

How did you decide what you wanted to make and share? 

I saw these beautiful felt flower bouquets on the Internet and wanted to bring the concept to life in a way that made sense with the other items in my home, so I thought of a wreath. 

Was there a defining moment when you knew you had a talent and passion for Home Making? 

My mom has always made a huge impact in my life, as far as Home Making. She was a full-time Home Maker, so I always had that influence. My mom was always crafting and cross-stitching and got me involved in her projects at a very early age.

How do you come up with Home Making projects and from where do you get your inspiration?  

I’m so inspired by other people. I love seeing what they’re making on Pinterest and the Internet. Then, I think about how I can change and evolve it to make it my own. My home also inspires me to make every day. I’m always looking for ways to make it better and cozier. And, of course, nature — I’m constantly inspired by being outdoors.

What was the first DIY you attempted to make? 

My first DIY was paper dolls when I was very little. I would go to my sister’s office and try to sell them to people for candy. As an adult, my first craft was learning to knit. I made a pair of socks and was super excited about it.

If you could be a Mrs. Meyer’s product, which product would you be and why? 

I would be the Honeysuckle Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner because I love Honeysuckle and I like to think I’m pretty multi-purposed.

How do you feel about getting to collaborate with our influencers, Paul Lowe and Grace Bonney? 

I’m super excited to collaborate with them. It’s crazy! I can’t believe I get to create DIYs with them! It’s awesome to meet people that are DIY pros.

Mrs. Meyers celebrates Home Making successes, but also the projects that didnt turn out as planned, or that took quite a few tries to get right. Do you have any stories about this? 

I have a really great story for this. I like to call these projects “DIYs gone awry.” The first time I made sugar cookies didn’t go according to plan. I was so confident that I was going to do it right the first time, so I made them. My husband comes home and says, “Were you making cookies with ZuZu.” And ZuZu is our 5-year-old niece. I told him, “No, I made them.”  And he asked, “Did you make them with your feet?” 

It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re trying to make a perfect DIY. What’s your advice to Home Makers who may struggle to get over the hump of perfection? 

I think if you struggle with perfection you need to change the way you think about it. If you get it right every time, you’re missing out on an opportunity to grow. You learn a lot from failure. 

What advice would you give to other Home Makers looking to showcase their Making acumen? 

If you’d like to showcase your skills and get your DIYs out there, you need to start a blog or an Instagram. It’s so easy and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you don’t believe it, go to someone’s blog and look backwards. Their most recent posts will be much better than their initial posts. You just have to start — just do it!

What do you hope to accomplish over the next year as the First-Ever Mrs. Meyers Home Maker? 

I’d love to show people how to make a simple handmade home and give Home Makers ideas they can take and make their own.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Back to Basics: How to Clean with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar have been used for decades as home cleaning solutions in the battle against dirt and grime. But what if we could give the power of baking soda and vinegar just a tad more oomph? That’s the question that inspired us to create our brand new Baking Soda Cream Cleaner and Vinegar Gel No-Rinse Cleaner. They’re classic must-haves on your cleaning supply list. Just ask Thelma. We even improved them a bit by making them more convenient to use and better smelling with Lemon Verbena scent.

So what exactly can you use them to clean? How much time do you have? The list goes on and on, but here are a few of our go to’s.

WHAT IT IS:

Also known as sodium bicarbonate, this mildly abrasive cleaner is perfect for sprinkling on surfaces without having to worry about any scratching or leaving a gunky residue.

Where to use it:

Use it to clean and brighten tubs, sinks and showers. It also works wonders scrubbing away cooked-on grease and other tough grime in your kitchen.*

How we made baking soda even better:

We added naturally abrasive limestone flour, which means our new Baking Soda Cream Cleaner won’t dissolve away before you’re done cleaning. Plus, a thick and creamy texture means that it stays put, rather than running all over.

WHAT IT IS:

You can make vinegar from all sorts of things, like fruit, rice, grain or fermented beverages. It’s active ingredient, acetic acid, cleans, dissolves and makes surfaces shine. 

WHERE TO USE IT:

Tackle all sorts of household chores, from cleaning appliances and countertops to making sinks and showers shine. Even the soap scum found on shower curtains and ceramic tiles are no match.** 

HOW WE MADE VInegar EVEN BETTER:

An updated design thickened it up a bit and added more application control, which means the days of splashes and drips are long gone. Also, not to brag, but you can’t find anything quite like our new Vinegar Gel No-Rinse Cleaner in our market. 

* Avoid wood surfaces, mirrors and small appliances.
** Avoid wood surfaces, marble and soapstone.

DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub

At Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, we love the scent of Lavender. Its calming scent makes everything a little nicer – whether you’re doing the dishes or taking a bath. So if you love Lavender half as much as we do, you’ll want to have this scrub on hand next time you get in the tub. Its natural ingredients are great at exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. Plus, it’s easy to make, and you probably have most ingredients on hand.

MATERIALS & TOOLS

• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 1/2 cup raw sugar
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 5-10 drops Lavender essential oil
• Dried Lavender (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Put your coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it until it melts. Coconut oil melts quickly – 45-75 seconds (depending on your microwave) should do the trick.

Let it cool about five minutes so it does not melt the sugar in the next step.

Mix together your sugars. Then add your liquefied oil and stir.

Add 5-10 drops of Lavender essential oil, depending on the level of fragrance you want. You can also stir in the dried lavender at this point if you’re using it. It adds a colorful touch and some extra fragrance.

Store in a covered container – empty Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Soy Candle jars work great!

To use, simply massage into your skin. Then rinse and pat dry. If using in the shower, be extra careful and never use on your feet. The oil is slippery and could increase your risk of falling.

DIY Hanging Flower Garland

Who doesn’t love flowers, especially during springtime? But some are just too pretty to stay in the garden. Put some blooms in your home and on display with this eye-catching floral décor.

MATERIALS & TOOLS

• Branch
• Scissors

• Flowers
• Greenery
• Twine

INSTRUCTIONS

Using your scissors, trim each flower or piece of greenery leaving about an inch of stem. Then, cut your twine into sections about five feet long.

 

Tie a double knot around the top of each stem. Repeat fastening the other flowers with the twine in equal intervals of space from each other.

 

Trim any extraneous twigs or sprouts from your branch.

 

Tie the garland strands about five to six inches apart on the branch. Then, take another section of twine and use it to make a double knot on each end of the branch. Finally, hang and enjoy!

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