Black Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

Summer is here, which means corn has hit at your local grocery store! This black bean and corn salad is perfect for barbeques, picnics and potlucks. It’s easy to prepare and leftovers can be used to add to your meals throughout the week. Bring tortilla chips to make it a dip, or add chicken for a full on meal.

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  • 4 ears corn, husks removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup edamame, shelled
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Avacado – optional

Grill the corn until lightly charred. about 2 minutes, turning frequently. If you don’t have access to a grill, boil the corn for about 8 minutes. Cut the kernels off the cob and set aside. Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Add the frozen shelled edamame and continue to boil for 3-5 minutes.

In a medium saute pan over medium to high heat, add the olive oil, then the red bell pepper and the red onion. Saute for 3 minutes, then add the vinegar, beans and corn and saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cilantro and edamame and saute for 1 minute more. Remove from the heat to a serving bowl and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or cold. Avocado is also a great addition to this salad. Add leftover chicken or steak for an easy meal! Enjoy!

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Make Your Own Tea Light Covers – By Morena of Morena’s Corner

Are you planning any outdoor parties this spring and summer? Or maybe you just want to spruce up your table at dinner? Here’s an inexpensive and easy way to add some casual elegance to your table lighting. Learn how to use foam core board to make a tea light cover with any design you like!

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Supplies Needed:

  • Foam Core Board
  • Craft Knife
  • Battery Operated Tea Light

Step one: Use a craft knife to cut the foam core board to the desired height. Mine is approximately 4 inches tall.

Step two: Divide the board into four sections. Use the craft knife to cut through the top layer, but do not pierce the paper backing.

Step three: Draw or stencil your design in pencil.

Step four: Use the craft knife to cut on the lines. Do not cut through the back layer of paper.

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Step five: Remove the foam from the cut out shape, leaving the paper backing intact. When the design is complete, you can clean up the edges a bit with your craft knife.

Step six: Fold the board to make a square, and glue the edge together. Place the battery operated tea light inside the candle holder.

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These would be pretty at a reception with initials carved on them. They’d also be great for sports themed parties, where you could carve your team’s logo into the foam. You could even try using colored tissue paper instead of the paper backing to have more color. Have fun crafting and creating!

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Kahlua Truffles – by Sarah of Miss CandiQuik

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Sarah from the Miss Candiquik blog here again! Last month I shared these Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops, but today we’re switching gears and I’m catering to the adults with these Kahlua Truffles!

You don’t even need to turn on your oven! I’ll be honest, I live in Minnesota, so it’s rare that we can ever use the excuse of it being too hot to bake, but I know in warmer climates (which is pretty much everywhere), turning on the oven and baking anything past the month of May doesn’t sound like the best idea…

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I know you will fall in love with these truffles after the first bite. They are a cookie-like truffle filled with chopped pecans and bound together with coffee liqueur and corn syrup. The flavor is light, nutty and filled with hints of Kahlua. And the best part? The longer you let these sit, the more the coffee liqueur flavor comes through.

I can think of so many occasions that these truffles would be perfect for. That is if you even need an occasion – I think these are awesome for, say, a Monday night!

Enjoy!

KAHLUA TRUFFLES

Yields approx. 20 truffles

  • 1-3/4 cups vanilla wafer cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 (16 oz.) package Chocolate CANDIQUIK Coating
  • Chopped pecans (garnish)

Instructions:

1. In a medium bowl, combine cookie crumbs, pecans and powdered sugar.

2. Add Kahlua and corn syrup to cookie crumb mixture; mix until well combined (it may be easier to use hands to mix together).

3. Roll mixture into 1″ sized balls

4. Melt CandiQuik coating in tray according to directions on package

5. With a spoon, dip balls in melted chocolate CandiQuik; set on wax paper to dry

6. Sprinkle with chopped pecans before coating is set.

TIP: These truffles become more flavorful after 1-3 days.

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Summer Reading List For The Ladies

The busier life gets, the harder it is to take time away from your schedule to dive into a good read. Now that summer is just around the corner, you’ll need something to occupy you poolside or on that long plane ride to your white sand vacation far far away.

We’ve rounded up a list of must-reads for all the ladies looking for a summer getaway. Leave us any recommendations you have in the comments. We’d love to hear what you’ve been reading lately!

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#GIRLBOSS- Sophia Amoruso, the Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal tells her story from teenage dumpster diving to now, full blown fashion retailer.

Into The Wild- This story recounts the events that led Christopher McCandless to graduate college and immediately spend his summer on a quest through the wilderness which he never returned from.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying- Find out how Carol Leifer broke the boys club stereotype in the comedy world and made a name for herself writing and starring in shows like Modern Family, The Ellen Show, and Saturday Night Live.

Second Person Singular- This book follows two Middle Eastern men who’s lives intersect under the most curious of circumstances. It’s both beautiful and heartbreaking!

Wild- At a young age, Cheryl Strayed thought she lost everything after the death of her mother. Years later she sets out to hike over 1000 miles in the hope she’d find healing. This book is being made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon that will release in December!

Save The Date- Don’t be shy, you know who you are – the perpetual wedding guest. Save The Date tackles love and the meaning of marriage in a fun and playful way.

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Dos and Donts of DIY Wedding Projects

Wedding season is upon us! Planning a wedding can be stressful. We understand wanting to make your wedding more personalized through DIY projects, but what is achievable and what is not? Through intense wedding research, Easy Canvas Prints has put together a list of dos and donts for wedding DIYing! Some baseline words of advice: make sure the benefits outweigh the costs, the project can be done well in advance of the wedding, and the project isn’t a big element of your wedding day.

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Dos:

1. Invitations and Save the Dates- There are tons of online programs that allow you to complete templates for save the dates and invitations. If you know a designer, or someone experienced in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, ask them to help out. This way you are getting the personalized invitations you have always wanted. Knowing that your friend has created them is an added bonus.

2. Flowers and Centerpieces- WARNING: keep these simple! What makes this a do is that you can create the vase and accessories weeks before the ceremony. Have someone trustworthy on the day add the flowers and you are good to go. If you want elaborate flower arrangements this may not be the best option for you.

3. Favors- Party favors can get expensive. There are a lot of great ideas out there that take up minimal time. Get your bridesmaids together for an evening of DIYing! I have seen some great ideas. For a winter wedding, create your own hot cocoa mix. In the summer, put together a smores kit.

4. Table place cards- If you are looking for a super easy DIY wedding project, this is it! We have seen everything from wine corks to pears. I have also seen the use of clothes line clips extensively. If you are looking for a more unique option use ribbon and magnets. Bonus: the Magnets can be a party favor!

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Donts:

1. Photography- With the development of Instagram, many people feel they don’t need a wedding photographer at all. It is a great idea to create a hashtag for your wedding and encourage your guests to take and post pictures of the big day. However, not everyone will do this and the photos are far from professional. Make sure you don’t miss out on getting great pics from your wedding. You won’t regret splurging on this, when you receive the photos.

2. Makeup and Hair- Professional make up artists are trained to know what photographs well and what doesn’t. Your mom may have braided your hair all through grade school, but she should probably sit this one out. You want your whole party to enjoy the day as well, not spend time working on your hair and makeup.

3. Apparel- Making your own veil or glitter shoes can be done well in advance of the day. However, they are far from the same quality. No one wants their veil to fall apart on the way down the aisle! Having the piece of mind is often better than making sure your creation holds up.

4. Cake- We have noticed a big trend in alternatives to the traditional wedding cake. Everything from simple cupcakes to a chocolate fountain. Although your mom’s best friend make a mean cupcake, you might want to invest in another option. The dessert is also a decor element to your wedding. You can still save big in this category going with a simpler design, but steer clear of DIY cakes and deserts.

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Decorative Gift Jars – By Morena of Morena’s Corner

I find that I do lots of little gift giving this time of year: teacher appreciation, Mother’s Day, baby and wedding shower party favors, etc. Here are some ideas for ways to mass produce cute jars for gift giving!

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Supplies:

  • Bird figures
  • E-6000 Glue
  • Paint
  • Glass jars with lids

Step one: Clean the jars and remove the labels.

Step two: Use E-6000 to glue the bird to the lid. Add flower cabochons if wanted.

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Step four: Add depth to the figures. Here are three different ideas you can try.

  • Metallic glaze: Brush it on and wipe back gently with a dry cloth.

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  • DIY Stain: Mix any color paint with a stain medium to make your own stain. Brush on and wipe back with a dry cloth.
  • stain 1024x768 Decorative Gift Jars   By Morena of Morenas CornerGlitter paint: Paint it over the spray paint for a fun, shimmery finish.

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All that’s left to do is fill the jars to have a pretty, handmade gift. Fill the jars with mints, candy, notes, etc. These make pretty party favors, or are great for when you need to give multiples of something, like to teachers or co-workers. Have fun crafting and creating!

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Simple and Refreshing- The Classic Mojito

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It seems as though parts of our country are just now coming up for air after suffering through a long harsh winter. While we enjoy a hot latte on a cold winter day, we also tend to start wishing for the season’s change. We’ve spent some time the last few months dreaming about sitting outside sipping on a cold and refreshing beverage while soaking in a little sunshine. Our personal cocktail of choice is the mojito. Because you can create so many different variations, they make the perfect summer refreshment. If you are looking for a little extra flavor, they also are great with any kind of fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-2 shots light rum
  • 1 can club soda

Directions:

Muddle the mint leaves and one teaspoon of sugar in the bottom of a glass. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side add up to one tablespoon of sugar.? Cut the lime in half and squeeze out all the juices from both halves. Cut 3 slices of cucumber and add them to your glass. You can also use a slice of cucumber for garnish. Fill the glass with ice. Add 1-2 shots of light rum and top off the drink with club soda. You can also substitute the cucumber for any fruit. Soaking the fruit in the club soda for an hour adds a little more flavor. Exclude the rum for a light and refreshing mocktail!

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Shrimp & Guacamole Bruschetta Recipe – By Julie of White Lights on Wednesday

Hi all. Julie from White Lights on Wednesday back with another recipe that’s sure to make any summer party a hit! If you love Mexican food, this little appetizer with a kick is just the ticket to make your mouth happy.
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Bruschetta is one of my favorite things to order when I go out. There is an endless list of possible topping and combinations to give you the most amazing little bit you’ve ever had. And for this carboholic, it doesn’t hurt that it all comes on a little toasted piece of bread either.
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You can make this recipe for a crowd, or just put together a few for yourself to start a great dinner and save the extra shrimp for some pasta or nachos. Either way, you’ll wish you had made extra. You can totally dress these bruschetta up with some extra goodies like tomato, olives, or green onions too. I was going for simplicity and the guacamole I used had plenty of kick and flavor for us. Enjoy!
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Shrimp & Guacamole Bruschetta

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 pound 31-40 shrimp
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 French style baughette
Unsalted butter, room temperature
Your favorite guacamole {I like Wholly Guacamole original or spicy}
Quesco fresco, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Peel and devein shrimp. Rinse, and pat dry with paper towel. Place in a medium bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic salt, onion powder, and pepper. Sprinkle over shrimp and toss until shrimp are well coated.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil. Add shrimp to skillet and cook for 3 minutes, flip shrimp over and cook until pink all the way through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from pan to a bowl to cool.
  4. Cut baguette into 1/2″ thick slices, do not use heels of loaf. Spread a thin layer of butter on one side of each of the baugette slices. Toast bread in a large skillet over medium heat, in batches, until golden brown. Remove from skillet to a baking sheet, toasted side up.
  5. Spread about 1 teaspoon (or more if you like) of guacamole over each crostini. Sprinkle with some queso fresco.
  6. Once shrimp are cool enough to handle, butterfly each piece – cutting through the back (where the vein was) and laying the shrimp open on top of the cheese. Serve immediately.

*Note: You can prepared the crostini and shrimp ahead of time and assembly the bruschetta when you’re ready to serve.


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Tips and Tricks- Adding Color to your Home

We were so excited to see Better Homes and Gardens palette of the year. This year it includes delphinium blue, cobalt blue, beige, poppy, sunny yellow, leaf green and lilac. Here are some great ideas of how to incorporate these vibrant shades into your home.

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Color Palette of the Year

  • Paint an Accent Wall- Although it does require a little work, painting one wall in a room can give your room a little extra personality. If you are working with a smaller room, use lighter colors to add more depth. Warmer, darker hues catch your eye more and will make the room seem smaller.
  • Add Pillows and Throws- Adding pillows and throws to your decor is a cheap and easy way to introduce another color and brighten up a room. Head on over to Home Goods or Marshals to find some great deals. This is also a great way to switch around your style by season. Add brighter hues for spring and summer and warmer tones for fall
  • Flowers and Plants- The famous bluebonnet flowers are in full bloom down here in Texas. Pick wildflowers to add some of these brighter colors to any space. If wildflowers aren’t your thing, purchase fresh flowers or a plant at the market. Plants like English Ivy or Lady Palm help keep the air fresh in your home and add leaf green color to your space.
  • Add a Rug- While some area rugs can be pricey, they do pull great color into a room. If you have more contemporary style, choose a patterned rug to add more detail. A runner in the entry way also adds some color and style to a more bland part of your home.
  • Window Treatments- Window treatments can really change the look of a room. These are also something that can be changed seasonally. Add a fun cobalt blue pattern for this summer color scheme. They can be a little more expensive depending on your window sizes, but really dramatically change the style of a room.
  • Wall Art- Changing out the photos and art on your walls can be a great way to incorporate more spring and summer colors. Create canvases of family photos taken during the different seasons.
  • Bedding- Purchasing new bedding is the best way to reinvent your bedroom. Investing in something that produces a better nights sleep is never an issue for us! If you have a down comforter, you can change the look dramatically by just purchases a new duvet cover and some throw pillows.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops – By Sarah of Miss Candiquik

Hi everyone, I’m Sarah stopping over from the Miss CandiQuik Blog! I’m all about desserts and sweets that aren’t too difficult to make.

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So it looks like a chocolate chip cooking and all, but it’s really what’s on the inside that counts. A cookie lollipop dipped in a peanut butter coating! Kids and adults alike with love them. Trust me, they didn’t last long at all around here!

These are great displayed at a party, or you can package them with clear wrap and ribbon and give out as small gifts!

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Here’s the how-to:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops

Yields approx. 16 cookie pops

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz.) package Vanilla CANDIQUIK Coating

2 tbsp creamy peanut butter

1 package Double Stuff OREO cookies

lollipop sticks

mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

Melt vanilla CandiQuik coating in tray according to directions on package. Stir in peanut butter until well mixed.

Gently pull apart each Oreo cookie; dip the top of the lollipop stick in the coating and press the lollipop stick in the center of the cookie halves. Repeat with all cookies.

Pour CandiQuik coating into a deep cup (this makes it easier to dip + I use a disposable cup for ease of clean-up).

Dip the cookie lollipops in melted coating; allow excess coating to drip off and place on wax paper to dry.

While the coating is still drying, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

ENJOY!

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