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How are you doing this fine Tuesday?

Before I get to this insanely BRIGHT RED tomato… I wanted to catch you up a couple of things…


First… the SPINACH popsicle…. which I created in this post.

This is what it looked like. Not bad… right? You can see the bits of blueberries in it. It tasted delicious! M loved them… she really did. But… her little digestive tract did not 🙁 Without getting too graphic on the blog… let’s just say I was poopie diapered out….

For now… I’ll be keeping the spinach out of the pops 😉


Moving on….

I mentioned last week I was working on a little house project. To give you a little history… I LOVE going to antique shops and flea markets! I also love decorating 🙂 I’m not sure exactly what my style is… its pretty eclectic. I guess it would be cottage, country, and coastal/beachy? One of my favorite decorating blogs is The Lettered Cottage. If you like the eclectic cottage style… check it out 🙂

Several months ago I found this old birdcage at a consignment shop. I purchased it for a whopping ten dollars. It was old and rusty. My plan was to refinish it and use it for something in the house.

Here is what it looked like when I purchased it…


I took all the pieces apart and scrubbed it clean.


After it dried I painted it inside and out with BRIGHT RED paint


Once dried, I put it back together. After thinking about what to do with it, I decided to use it as a candle holder and place it on top of my china cabinet. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out 🙂 Here’s the finished product…

Sorry… my chandelier got in the way of the picture…


So there you have it… a BRIGHT RED birdcage sitting pretty in my dining room 🙂


Now…. for this BRIGHT RED tomato…

These are the heirloom tomatoes from my garden. I’m so very proud of them for two reasons.

  1. These are the first two tomatoes from my garden
  2. These are the first two tomatoes I’ve successfully grown EVER!! 🙂


Look at how beautifully BRIGHT RED it is!! It tasted just as good as it looked!! I could’ve eaten it just like an apple! It was that good!


After eating a couple of slices with a sprinkle of salt… I arranged this plate to go with our dinner.

Sliced heirloom tomatoes from my garden, layered with local fresh mozzarella, layered with fresh basil from my garden. Drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.



Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!!

24 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on July 20, 2010 at 9:03 am

    So creative! I love the birdcage – it looks great. And too bad on the spinach…LOL!

  2. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on July 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for that Lettered Cottage link!

  3. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on July 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I love the birdcage. I love decorating too, but since I move every single year it’s hard to hang things up or buy something that’s just perfect for the place I live in right now. (Why bother when you’re moving in T minus 8 months?) I love how you painted it red though. It’s great with the naval aviation poster!

  4. Yum Yucky said on July 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

    oh no. there were baby diaper blowouts?? Dang-it!

  5. Mia said on July 20, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I love fresh meals like that!

    I hear you on the diaper blow outs. I used to to nanny (same little girl for 2 years – loved her!). Her mom and I definitely learned which foods to avoid. Blow outs = not fun, especially when you are out and about! 😉

  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on July 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

    i LOVE that birdcage! so cute…now i want to go find one too 🙂

  7. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on July 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I love the birdcage 🙂 I’m totally stealing that idea to brighten up my living room!!

    The tomato salad looks divine.

  8. Ameena said on July 20, 2010 at 10:24 am

    You are so creative and talented in the kitchen and with home decor…I wish you could come out here and give me some home decorating tips! I really need a splash of red in my living room!

  9. tanyasdaily said on July 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

    The cage in RED looks great!

  10. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary said on July 20, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Your caprese looks marvelous!! All home grown and local 😀 I love that.

    The red cage is so cute! I wish I had an eye for decorating WITH color… everything in my house is nuetral… Need some red!!

    A sad thing happend last week… I accidentally threw away one of my popsickle sticks 🙁 Had to order a new set on amazon. And right when I was about to make your orange julious pops 🙁 🙁 Hopefully the new ones (with 6 holders YAY) arrives soon.

  11. Natalie @ Coffee and a Book Chick said on July 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Wow, I love how creative you are with your crafts and cooking — and am jealous on the beautiful tomatoes!!!!

  12. Andrew said on July 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Your tomato and basil dish has inspired lunch, thank you! I only wish my tomatoes looked that ripe and nutritious.

  13. Marisa @ Loser for Life said on July 20, 2010 at 11:08 am

    You did a fantastic job refurbing that cage! I wish I was crafty like that!

    Your tomatoes look amazing! Ours are having some squirrel issues right now 🙁 Driving my hubs crazy – his tomato garden is his pride and joy!

  14. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on July 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

    What a fantastic idea with the birdcage! Love it!!

  15. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on July 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    LOVE what you did with the birdcage! I would never be that creative :). It looks just gorgeous now 🙂

  16. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl said on July 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Love what you did with the birdcage! Such a great idea! Your tomatoes look great!

  17. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on July 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Aww, poor M!
    Great job on the birdcage, I have no where near that creativity!! 🙂

  18. Mo@MommyRD said on July 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Wow, I’m impressed by those ‘maters. I can’t wait to go back to MN later this summer for some of those out of my mom’s garden. Great looking caprese salad!

  19. lynn @ the actors diet said on July 20, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    great job with the bird cage! your red post was quite lovely.

  20. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on July 21, 2010 at 2:24 am

    “These are the first two tomatoes I’ve successfully grown EVER!!”—CONGRATS!!!!!!!!

    and yes, spinach is kinda tricky for tiny tummies sometimes! be glad you’re not cloth diapering like i did!

  21. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on July 21, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Your pictures are incredible! I want a lesson!! Can you come over when your finished cooking, gardening, painting….?

  22. college grants said on July 21, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Keep up the good work, I like your writing.

  23. Nicole, RD said on July 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Beautiful tomatoes! And I love your decorating style!!

  24. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on July 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I LOVE the birdcage!!!! So cute!