Throwback Thursday: Home Decor and Project Guides

April 19th, 2018

For this Throwback Thursday, we’ve rounded up three blog posts that are related to the upkeep of our homes, both indoors and out. Spring and early summer are great times to take stock of things that need repairing, replacing or revitalizing, and we hope these guides will help you check things off that list or give you ideas for future projects.

Thursday’s Theme: Renovations

A list of six things to keep in mind while preparing for a home renovation project, working on a renovation project, and ways to make sure any unwanted furnishings don’t go to waste.

Thursday’s Theme: Decor Guides

A roundup of – you guessed it – guides for painting, measure curtains and rugs, and one from the trusted team at This Old House.

Photo by Timberlake Custom Homes, LLCDiscover deck design ideas

Thursday’s Theme: Deck Safety

Spending time on the deck or a porch (especially with family and friends) is a highlight of spring and summer. First, though, you should make sure your deck or porch is still as safe as it was when it was first built. This blog post offers some suggestions for what to inspect and what to replace, if necessary.

Do you have any handy tips or guides you use every year when the weather starts warming up? Share with us in the comments, and we wish you well with all the projects you take on this year!

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Weekly Spotlight: Fairy Garden Accessories

April 18th, 2018

Our next Garden Month topic is Fairy Gardens! These fun spaces can be quite elaborate or as simple as creating a mini trail with rocks in a flower garden and arranging some moss to look like a wreath. If you would like to add some fairies and similar accessories to a fairy garden of your own, look no further than our web exclusives. Here are five fairy-related accents you can use to create a whimsical outdoor arrangement in your garden.

Miniature Fairy Garden Bench, Chair, Trellis | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

  • The miniature Rustic Chair, Garden Trellis and Rustic Bench are all made from the same antiqued metal, which makes a warm, complementary addition to an outdoor space. If you have small plants or vines in a garden, the trellis is also functional!
  • We have a small assortment of miniature fairies, but the Best Friends and Honey Bunny fairies are two of the cutest. With small animals in their arms, these figures are true beings of nature. And if you are interested, you can find our other fairy figurines and accents here.

Best Friends Miniature Garden Fairy | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopHoney Bunny Miniature Garden Fairy | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Tasteful Tuesday: Chicken Sesame Pasta Salad

April 17th, 2018

Sesame & Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopThis fun, Asian-inspired pasta salad will be a great backyard party food contender this summer. It’s also a great dish for making up at the start of busy weeks throughout the year, when you have to rely on quick, but hearty meals (leftovers!).

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 16 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
    (we recommend seasoning with black
    pepper, garlic salt and a pinch of red pepper)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • Broccoli, red pepper, snap peas or other
    vegetables can be added if desired.

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and stir until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Pour into a large bowl.
  3. In a container with a sealing lid, combine sesame seeds, vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger and pepper. Shake well and pour over pasta. Toss until pasta is evenly coated.
  4. Mix in chicken, cilantro, carrots and green onion (and any more vegetables, if desired) and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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