Thursday, September 27, 2012

String-Free Sweet Corn

It's officially fall, and with fall comes the harvest.
I live in IOWA, people - and that means it's prime sweet corn season!

My opinion is 100% biased, but the world's best sweet corn comes from Iowa.
We are big fans of it at my house - no fancy seasoning,
just a little bit o'butter and let the flavor speak for itself.

But while we love to EAT the golden goodness, cooking it was always an eyeroll-inducing hassle for me.
Shucking the corn within an inch of its life always took more time than I was willing to spend, and I could never for the life of me get all those darned silk strings out of there - I would be picking them out of my teeth for the next 24 hours. Hate that.
And THEN, in order to boil it all at once, you'd have to break out the giant pot that was a pain in the kiester to clean.
Not anymore!
Thanks to a heads up from my pops, I've learned that you can get the same super sweet corn flavor, but faster, no shucking, and SILK-FREE!
Sign me up!
Even though I'm pretty sure I'm the last midwesterner alive to
figure this out, I'm sharing the knowledge.

The key?
Yep, that's my style of cookin'.

Here's the simple 1-2-3:

Don't forget the hot pad or some sort of protection for your hands - it will be HOT!
The silk strings will slide right off with the husk.  Amazing!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Simple Season: Fall On the V Side

I've made no secret that I love everything about fall... I love the feel of it, the smell of it, and I love decorating for it.
But this year, I don't know if it's managing the life change from one kiddo to two, or things ramping up at work, or heck, maybe I'm just needing a good dose of simplicity in the middle of this crazy life.
Whatever it is, this year is definitely a scaled-back version of decorating for the change in the seasons.
Things are pared down.
Just a few touches here and there.
And I like it.
I can breathe a little better.

So normally this time of year I'd be putting together a full tablescape to blog about... from the place setting to the centerpiece yadda yadda yadda.
But hmmm.  Here's my table today:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Finding Beauty in the Fall

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.
It's finally fall and after a long, hot, dry summer, I'm 1,000% ready!
I know most people think spring when you think about the most beautiful time of the year for plants and flowers outdoors.  But the truth is, fall is totally underrated. 
The all the changing colors provide a beautiful backdrop for rich fall plants, whether in containers or planted in the ground, and that makes it easy to Find beauty in the Fall.
We don't have very mature trees at Casa V, so I'm excited to do some Fall gardening and spruce things up with containers with some color!
I love covering the porch and the deck in pumpkins and mums - there is something about them that makes any entry warm and inviting for fall.
I pinned this picture the other day and thought it would be a fun way to spruce up my outdoor space for fall!
And it's pretty simple, right?
I mean, even I can do this! :)
You just need:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Corn Husk Wreath [tutorial]

It's September!
And that means I can finally do what I've been jonesing to do since mid-July:
decorate for Fall! ;)
This year I'm feeling a little more low-key in the fall decor department than in years past,
but the mantle for sure needed a little TLC.
We have a row of three square windows that sit above the Giant Mantle of Doom,
and I knew just what I wanted to hang in front of them.

I love the look of a corn husk wreath for fall (well DUH, people... I'm in IOWA. :) )
They are beautiful and structural, and shockingly easy to make.
Here's how: