This is the story of one dish two years apart. As in, I thought I was making this dish for the first time, and it turns out I made the exact same dish on the same day one year prior. I remembered it as soon as I started cooking. It's creamy and cheesy and lemony and fresh. It's really the perfect Spring dish. If you have a half an hour and a few simple ingredients, you can put this together. It's visually beautiful and the taste is out of this world. It also reheats nicely for lunches throughout the week. Once I realized this dish was a fabulous repeat, it was quickly added to the rotation and we have it frequently. It would be perfect for Mother's Day if you're still looking for something!
If I had to pick the project that really made me turn the corner on DIY and even got me thinking about a blog, it would be this project. Up until these couches, everything I had done consisted of improving on something somebody else had done. I'd never actually made anything. In fact, I didn't own a drill (or a saw, or screws, or any of it). When my bf and I talked about our dream home, I had two requests; a working fireplace, and a big yard, other than that I was open to anything. Having spent the past decade in tiny apartments with very little outdoor space, I was excited by the idea of having a space for al fresco dining and late night fires. When he brought up the idea of buying his grandfather's house to me, with it's nice sized yard and two fireplaces, I was sold. It was a fixer upper and We bought our house late in the summer, and set to work on the inside and all the fun that stripping 50 years of wallpaper entails. Which is to say, we didn't get to enjoy the yard those first few months in the house. Last Spring, I woke up one morning, and it was finally warm enough to start to work on the yard, it was time to transform the space!
When I first moved into my house, the floors were orange. Yep, you read that right, orange. Don’t worry they were tempered by the red countertops. What can I say, the 70’s were a weird time for decor. I knew I couldn’t live with them for long. I’m kind of a hot mess the majority of the time, so I need my house (at least in terms of decor) to be calming. Orange floors don’t do that for me. I quickly painted the cabinets white and did a faux marble top counter. Next up were the floors. After a lot of research, I decided to use a peel and stick vinyl. Some people were horrified when I mentioned this, as they were picturing the vinyl tiles of old. I ended up doing my dining room, kitchen, and bathroom in peel and stick vinyl, you could say I’ve become a bit of an expert. I assumed when I did the camper floors I would use them again, but the previous owner had partially installed a floating laminate wood floor. BF loved the particular look, so rather than cover over it, I found matching flooring and one Sunday my dad and I did the camper floors.
I will say that both types of flooring are easy enough for a beginner and both give you a great finish, depending on what you are looking for. There are some differences, which I’ll get into, and I would use them depending on the situations. I am in no way a professional, and the opinions that follow are just based on my own experience. I just know that I hemmed and hawed about what to use in my own home, and this information would have been helpful to me.