Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summer Sweet Corn and Black Bean Salad

Did you all have a good summer?  I can't believe it's over and we are nearing the start of fall!  Why does summer always go by so quickly?

I've really been loving all of the sweet corn this year.  I made this easy corn salad for a picnic on the beach and it was delicious.  We ate it as a side with tortilla chips, but it would make a great main meal if you added grilled chicken breast or shrimp.

Recipe adapted from Live Eat Learn.

Dressing Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of plain Green yogurt
- 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cumin

Salad Ingredients:
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups fresh corn (approx 3-4 ears of corn)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup canned mild green chilies
- 1/4 cup packed chopped cilantro
- Avocado, cubed
- 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese

1.  Mix all dressing ingredients and set aside.
2.  Heat oil and garlic over medium heat.  Add corn and cook about 10-15 minutes or until corn is tender and slightly browned.  You could also use frozen corn for this - thaw and cook until slightly browned and slightly charred.  Toss in lime juice and salt.
3.  In a large bowl, combine beans, pepper, onion, chilies, cilantro, and corn.
4.  To serve, top with avocado and cheese.  Drizzle desired amount of dressing over top (you may have some leftover).  Garnish with sliced limes and additional cilantro, if desired.  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

$50 Beautycounter Gift Card Giveaway!

UPDATE:  I used to select a winner.  Congrats to Elle who said she would love to try the Tint Skin.  Thanks to all who entered!

I am thrilled to be able to offer you this giveaway today!  I started using Beautycounter 2-1/2 years ago after wanting to find safer products for my skin.  I realized that I already ate mostly organic and only used green cleaning products in my home - why would I use products with harmful chemicals that were absorbed into my body on my skin?  

The first product I tried was the Anytime Eye Cream.  I have sensitive skin, and every single eye-cream I tried (and there were many!) irritated my eyes and skin.  This is the first product that did not.  I became a believer and have slowly been expanding my collection ever since.  The products in these photos are my own personal products - I use them all and truly am impressed with everything I have tried.  That's why I am so excited for you to try them for yourself!

I introduced my sister, Kristen, to Beautycounter and after hearing me rave about everything I was using, she tried the products for herself. She liked Beautycounter so much that she recently became a consultant. She is sponsoring this giveaway and is also giving away a Protect Lip Balm to the first 3 people who place an order with the 33 Shades of Green Social!  If you have any questions about Beautycounter or need a product recommendation, contact Kristen at Kristen(dot)Ditta(at)gmail(dot)com.  She will be happy to help!

About Beautycounter

The Beautycounter mission is to get safe beauty products into the hands of everyone.

According to their site: There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don't have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data ... and the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids every single day, day after day.

At Beautycounter, they've banned more than 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard.

Check out this glossary of ingredients carefully chosen for use in the Beautycounter product line and this list of ingredients that you will NEVER find in their products.

I was a die-hard Lancome girl for years - I used their cream cleanser religiously and was nervous to switch.  I'm happy to say that the Beautycounter cleansers are great.  I use the Routine Clean in the morning, the Soothing Face Wash at night, and if my skin is feeling dry, the Nourishing Cleansing Balm.  I love all three.

I've slowly been switching over my lipsticks to all Beuatycounter.  The lip sheers are so soft and creamy and I love the lip gloss too.

Dew Skin and Touchup Skin Concealer Pen are two more of my favorite products.  Also, Beautycounter introduced their first mascara last week!  Click here to watch the inspiring video.  I am really looking forward to trying it.

I even have Beautycounter in the shower!  The shampoo and conditioner both are the citrus mimosa scent and smell so good!


Now thru May 19th, Beautycounter is offering a gift with purchase. Spend $150 and you will receive the Lustro Face Oil 3 for free! The Lustro Oil is $68, so that's a great deal. I use this oil several times a week and love it. I like to add two drops to my moisturizer before applying for an extra dose of moisture. I also like to use it int he evening on my face after I've cleansed when my skin is feeling dry. It feels like a mini facial for your skin!

Enter to win a $50 Beautycounter gift card to be spent on any products you choose. Also, don't forget - the first three people who place an order through the 33 Shades of Green social will receive a free Beautycounter Protect Lip Balm! Just in time for summer. If you make a purchase, make sure to click on the "33 Shades of Green Social" link on the Beautycounter page. Shop Here.

There are several easy ways to enter - Choose one or do them all to increase your chances of winning! Please leave one comment for EACH of your entries. 

1. Check out the Beauycounter site and leave a comment to share the product/s you'd like to try if you win.

2.  Follow Beautycounter by Kristen Ditta on Facebook

3. Share on Facebook and tag Kristen

4. Share on Twitter and tag me @33shadesofgreen

5. Share on Instagram and tag me @33shadesofgreen and Kristen @littledittygirl

6. Place an order with Beautycounter through the "33 Shades of Green Social" Link at top of page.

7. Schedule an online social (Earn free product!) with Kristen by contacting her at

Good Luck! Giveaway will close on Monday, May 23rd and a winner will be announced. Please leave your email address in your comment if you do not have a blogger account so that I will be able to contact you if you are the winner.

Monday, March 7, 2016

DIY Copper Trellis Tutorial

Are you ready for Spring?  I know I am!  We had an easy Winter here in Michigan, but I'm still excited for the warm days of Spring.  I'm most excited about being able to get back in the yard and garden.  I made this copper trellis last Winter and had it out in the yard last Summer.  It's an easy project and can make a huge impact in your landscaping.  This is the perfect project to make now during the last couple of weeks of Winter as you wait for Spring!

Supplies you will need:
A.  (7) 5' long 1/2 diameter copper pipes
B.  (24) copper tees; 1/2" size
C.  (4) end caps; 1/2" size
D.  (4) 45 degree connectors; 1/2" size
E.  (2) 90 degree connectors; 1/2" size
F.  Gorilla Glue
G.  Pipe or tube cutter (make sure you buy one designed for copper or brass)
H.  Permanent marker
I.  Tape measure

OK, now you can get to work cutting your copper pipes!  Here's what you need:

- (14) 10" long pieces
- (16) 1" long pieces
- (8) 20" long pieces
- (4) 12" long pieces
- (2) 10.5" long pieces

Use your tape measure and permanent marker to mark where you will need to cut.  The pipe cutter takes a bit getting used to, but once you do, it's very easy to use.

Now, the fun part!  Make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands when you glue your pipe together.  Trust me, the Gorilla Glue is strong stuff - you do not want it on your skin!

Gather 4 of the 10" pipe lengths and 8 copper tees.  Glue one tee to each end.  Squeeze glue to the inside of the tees, and insert pipe.   Use a flat surface so that the tees are lined up on each side. 

Next, gather 4 of the 1" pieces.  Glue to the inside of 2 of the copper tees and pipe units.  See photo below:

Place the 2 pipe units without the 1" pieces standing upright on a flat surface.  Take the 2 units with the 1" pieces and place perpendicular to the other units.  Glue together at 4 connection points.

This photo explains what I'm talking about a little better.  The 1" pieces disappear between the 2 tee pieces.

Repeat this entire process two more times until you have a total of 3 units that look just like the photo above. 

Let pieces dry for several hours or overnight.

Now, take 4 of the 20" long pieces and glue to one of the units you made earlier. 

Glue another unit on top of the 20" pipes and then glue on 4 more 20" pieces. 

Glue the final unit to the top of the (4) 20" pieces.  Glue 4 more of the 1" pieces to the very top.

Almost done!  Glue a 45 degree connector piece to each of the 1" pieces at the top.  Glue the 45 degree connector so that it is facing the center of the trellis.

Take one of the 90 degree connector pieces and glue a 10" piece to each side.

Glue to two of the 45 degree connector pieces on the trellis located at opposite corners.

Take the other 90 degree connector piece and glue a 10.5" piece to each side.  Glue this to the 2 remaining 45 connector pieces on the trellis.

Glue an end cap to each end of the 12" long pipe pieces.  Place the trellis on its side and glue each of the 12" pieces to the bottom the trellis.  Let dry overnight before using.

Here is a shot of the trellis after I finished it but before anything was growing on it:

Here are a few completed photos.  Like I mentioned, it was Winter when I made this, so I was thrilled when the weather warmed up and I was able to put the trellis to good use in our landscaping.  I found the perfect spot in our front yard and planted Morning Glories at the base of the trellis.

The Morning Glories seemed to love the trellis - they grew like crazy!

By August, the trellis was almost completely covered in vines.  I think it's so pretty and I loved how it looked in our front landscape.  I think I'll be putting it in the same spot this year.

I have a few other recommendations for what to grow on the trellis.  Clematis (A) is one of my favorite perennial vines.  There are so many beautiful varieties.  I'm thinking this copper trellis could be a very elegant and pretty alternative to a traditional tomato cage (B).  Hyacinth Bean (C) is one of my very favorite annual vines!  It grows quickly and the flower spikes are gorgeous.  The flowers dry into pods with seeds.  You can easily dry the seeds and then grow again the following year.

I've shared this post with Marty at her Inspire Me Tuesday Party.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Grey & White Gingham Baby Quilt

If you've read the blog before, you might have noticed how much I enjoy sewing baby quilts.  There is something so fun about making a homemade gift for a new baby.  I made this quilt last fall for my friend Kelly who had a baby boy.

I used two different shades of grey and a white fabric to create the gingham pattern for the front of the quilt.  Gingham is so popular right now, and it was fun to create the pattern out of squares of fabric.

For the back, I used Michael Miller's 'Zoology' pattern.  I've always liked this pattern - I just think it is an adorable fabric!

I kept the binding simple, and used a navy and white polka dot pattern.

I took these photos back in September.  Boy, do I wish it was still that warm outside right now!  As I type this post, it is a cold January day and it is only 11 degrees!

I hope your 2016 is off to a great start!


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