Breakfast Tray with Copper Piping for Home Depot

Home Depot style challenge piping

A few weeks ago, Home Depot asked me to participate in another fun DIY challenge. The challenge was to build something out of piping. I was a little hesitant to accept because I had never really worked with this material or a pipe cutter. 

Home Depot Style Challenge

I chose to to make upcycle this simple tray into a beautiful breakfast-in-bed tray with copper legs. Seeing that baby boy #3 is due any day and Mother's Day is right around the corner, I thought I might drop some subtle hints with this tray.

Copper craft wire

copper leafing on modern tray

I added some feminine touches to the tray with thin crafting wire on the handles and copper leafing on the legs. I think it softens it a bit, don't you?

For the full step by step on this Home Depot Style Challenge and more lovely images, hop over to the Home Depot apron blog and grab my directions. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!

pink and white tulips opening

*styling and photos by Amy Mikkelsen for YSP

St. Patrick's Day Grasshopper IceBox Pie

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This holiday has always been overshadowed by my birthday which is just two days away. Clearly my mother was anticipating the possibility of a "St. Patrick's Day" baby because she gave me a sweet little Irish middle name, Colleen, which I've always loved.

I took some time yesterday to make one of my favorite desserts, grasshopper pie. Anything with mint and chocolate and I'm sold! This pie is one you can make in advance and serve right from the freezer. Doesn't get much easier than that, right? My guess is the little leprechauns will love getting their hands on this pie.

icebox grasshopper pie

***** Grasshopper Icebox Pie*****
(serves 6)

// Ingredients //

22 Chocolate sandwich cookies (I like OREO), crushed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (7 oz.) jar of marshmallow fluff
1/3 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Milk
1 tablespoon Creme de Menthe
2 drops green food coloring
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
15 Andes candies for decorating

// Instructions //

1. In a 9 inch tart pan, combine crushed chocolate cookies and melted butter. Press down into the bottom of the pan and up the sides using the back of a spoon. Set aside.

2. Over low heat, combine marshmallow fluff and almond milk, stirring constantly until combined. Once combined, place saucepan in a bowl of ice and let completely cool. Once cool, add creme de menthe and food coloring and stir.

3. In a mixing bowl, beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Then pour marshmallow mix into whipping cream and fold together gently.

4. Pour filling into chocolate crust, cover with saran wrap and place in freezer for at least 3 hours.

5. When ready to serve, remove pie from freezer, garnish with chopped Andes candies and serve immediately.

I served my pie with a glass of Almond Breeze milk, garnished with a drop of green food coloring and fresh mint!


*photo and styling by Amy Mikkelsen

** This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almond Milk. I received free samples and monetary compensation in exchange for this post. All monies are invested back into my blog so I can continue bringing you exceptional content.

Sweetheart Sangria: Valentines Day

Hello loves! Just a quick note to wish you a wonderful weekend. What are you doing for Valentine's Day? Are you spending it with that special someone or hanging with your best girlfriends? Either way, this rose sangria or "sweetheart sangria" is sure to put a smile on your face.

You can find the recipe for this Valentine's cocktail over on Society Social. It's the perfect way to spread the love! XOXO

*photos and styling by Amy Mikkelsen

Life Lately...

Life lately...Our family has seen a lot of change over the past few months! 

In October we began searching for a new home after finding out we were expecting BABY BOY #3. We knew we needed more space to raise our family and as much as we adored our 1960's ranch on a basement, we were already busting at the seams! I expected our search to last well into spring but we found our new home right before Thanksgiving which threw us into a perpetual state of chaos right before the holidays. We then had to turn around and get our current house ready to sell. With the kids out of school and our house officially on the market, we decided it was easier to get away for the holidays than stay here and have to clean house for potential buyers everyday. We headed to South Carolina for Thanksgiving and stayed in Debordieu. Have you been there? It's a lovely spot near Pawley's Island.

We moved into the new house the first weekend of December and tried to get somewhat settled before Christmas. Luke just happened to turn 8 that weekend too. We took time to celebrate and somewhere there are pictures.  He is such an awesome kid. I call him my gentle giant. He's got such a sweet heart and is so very patient with his energetic little brother, Jett. 

Christmas break was spent lounging in our pjs and visiting with friends and family. We had a lot of visitors to the new house despite it's constant state of disarray. 

The boys are doing a great job of breaking in the place. It's seen a ton of truck action as well as Nerf gun fights and wrestling matches. And I'm getting used to having stairs, especially being so pregnant!  

Had to share a New Years Day photo with y'all too. Daniel (Mr. Your Southern Peach) outdid himself this year. The collards were amazing but the black eyed peas were his best ever. One day, I'll sit down and grab his recipe.

As for now, we are finally in a spot where we can actually start thinking and preparing for baby. The crib isn't assembled and is currently being used as a pretend "jail" where the boys lock up Grandma sometimes. We do not have a name for the baby yet and we still have to get a car that will fit our entire family. We DO have a car seat, some hand me down clothes and lots of love! It's a start...