Out and About: June

Out and About June
Hi friends, happy Friday! As we are heading towards the end of June already (WHA?) I thought I’d pop in and share some things I’ve been up to lately and some places I’ve been around the web!The Inspired Room InstagramA few of my Instagrams from this month. There’s a sneak peek of my secret garden, it’s still not done but when it is I’ll give you an updated tour!

Love the Home You Have - New York Times Best Seller by Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room blog

We got the sweetest gift in the mail from our amazing publishing team at Harvest House–a framed copy of the Love the Home You Have cover above the New York Times Best Seller announcement!

It was such a thoughtful gift and I loved hanging it in my office where I can see it every morning as I start the day. If you don’t have a copy yet, it would make a great summer read! You can order it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Luke Jack and Lily - Cannon Beach

My son just had his birthday and I got all teary eyed with a post called Eighteen Summers on (in)Courage.

Here’s a little radio interview I did recently about my book, feel free to listen in by clicking above!

Port Townsend - Palace Hotel

My husband and I had a two day getaway to Port Townsend last week. So fun!

I took some photos so I can share an “Out to See” and drive-by of the area with you soon.

Love Your Home Challenge Summer Edition - The Inspired Room

Next week I’ll be sharing my first Love Your Home Challenge of the summer! I’ve loved seeing some of your challenges! Share yours on Home Love Stories or Instagram with the hashtag #lovethehomeyouhave

What are you up to this weekend?

Simple Summer Salad {with Arugula, Grapes and Goat Cheese}

Garden

Hello! It’s Kylee here today. One of the things I was looking forward to most about owning a home with a yard was being able to have a garden. We have the tiniest little sliver of a yard on the side of our townhouse, but as it turns out, it’s plenty of room for a mini garden! I’ve slowly but surely been planting things here and there. It makes me so happy every time a new flower blooms or a strawberry appears!

A couple of months ago my husband built me a raised garden bed and we planted a few veggie starts. The arugula has really taken off the past couple of weeks and so it has been going in all of the things! I’ve been especially obsessed with making a super simple salad with arugula, red grapes, and goat cheese. I’m not normally a fruit in my salad kind of person, but this combination is just so perfectly light and refreshing that I can’t get enough.

Arugula grape and goat cheese salad

Ingredients

Salad:

Arugula

Red Grapes

Soft Goat Cheese

Walnuts (optional)

Dressing:

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Salt

Pepper

I usually just make these individually for lunch and don’t measure anything out. I just combine the salad ingredients to taste and drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic over it*. Top it off with a little salt and fresh ground pepper and there you have it! A super simple salad that totally seems gourmet.

*I like to make things easy on myself by drizzling the dressing ingredients individually right over top of my salad in the bowl. That way I avoid using another dish that I will inevitably have to clean, but if you prefer to have a more evenly mixed dressing you could whisk it all together first in another bowl or make a whole batch to save in a jar for future salads. For this method, typically you would want to mix together an oil to vinegar ratio of 3:1 with some salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

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