Statement Hanging Art

Gallery walls aren’t the only way to fill up a big, blank space! Today I’m sharing the new large-scale artwork we picked out for our living room and how I hung it from the ceiling for an even bigger statement. This post is brought to you by our friends at Minted!

Instead of a gallery wall, try a large piece of art that makes a big impact in the room. Add interest by hanging it from the ceiling with this tutorial from LoveGrowsWild.com!


Okay, so we tackled the big makeover of our living room earlier this year, and I’d say it’s about 85% finished. All the major things are checked off the list like board and batten walls, DIY farmhouse coffee table, feed sack-inspired pillows, and a big, chunky-framed floor mirror. I just haven’t finalized all the little finishing touches just yet. Sometimes you need to live in a space for awhile and soak it all in before you can decide what needs to happen next, ya know?

Once we added the board and batten treatment to the walls, I knew I wanted to keep this space open and airy and not clutter every single wall up with something. So rather than put back up the gallery wall we had in here previously, I opted for a large-scale piece of art on the wall behind the big couch that would make a huge statement in the room, without adding the cluttered feeling of a gallery wall.

In keeping with our signature farmhouse style, I picked out a black and white bull with a gorgeous horn silhouette. This guy is HUGE… I’m talking 40″ x 54″ huge. It took a few days to get used to a giant bull sitting with us in the living room, but he’s part of the family now, and we lovingly named him Beau. The first thing you see when you walk through our dining room into the living room is Beau the bull, and I love the big statement he makes in here. But once sweet Beau arrived on our doorstep, I had to figure out how I was going to hang him on the wall with about 2 inches of trim sticking out from the board and batten we added to our walls… [Read more…]

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Old Door and Office Sign
Perfect Pasta Salad
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Perfect Pasta Salad

The perfect pasta salad recipe! Tender noodles tossed in a zesty Italian dressing with vegetables, meat, and cheese… great for a potluck or a light meal!

The perfect pasta salad recipe! Tender noodles tossed in a zesty Italian dressing with vegetables, meat, and cheese... great for a potluck or a light meal! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Okay, guys… let’s bring on the summer recipes! I’m so ready for steak kabobs on the grill, glorious slices of apple pie, my famous orange-lemon shake-ups, and this perfect pasta salad. Summertime is AWESOME when it comes to good food. It seems like anytime there’s a potluck or a backyard barbecue, this is my go-to side dish to bring. It serves a ton of people, needs just a few simple ingredients, and seems to be something that everyone loves.

The foundation of this recipe is spiral noodles and Italian dressing. Super easy, right? I’ve tried a few different dressing variations over the years, but this is the one I always come back to: 2 cups of Italian dressing (I just grab a bottle from the store) and 1 packet of Italian dressing seasoning mix (found right next to the salad dressings). Adding in the seasoning packet gives an extra kick of zesty flavor that makes this pasta salad really stand out from the others.

Everyone has their own pasta salad preference, but here’s what I like in mine: cucumber, cherry tomatoes, colby jack cheese and salami (or summer sausage). If you like black olives, go ahead and throw those in there too, but we usually leave them out. I cut all my pasta salad add-ins into nice, big chunks so it’s easy to for picky eaters to eat around anything they don’t like… Wyatt always leaves a pile of tomatoes in his bowl, and Jeremy steers clear of the cucumbers. I personally devour every last bite of mine! [Read more…]

Mushroom Swiss Burger

Meaty mushroom burgers topped with swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms… juicy, flavorful, and great for stretching a dollar!

Juicy, meaty, mushroom burgers topped with swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms - get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

So today is all about burgers, which I think is the perfect way to kick off summer! Summertime in our house tends to get a little crazy with the boys out of school and Jeremy and I both working from home, but then…

… I decided it was time to dive into our master bedroom renovation! We have big plans for this long-awaited makeover, and this week has been full of sawdust, paint cans, and power tools. Our house is a hot mess, the laundry is once again piled up, and we’re stuck sleeping on couches until it’s all done, so I sincerely apologize for it being a little quiet on the blog this week! I have lots of fun posts coming up for the next few weeks though, so hopefully I’ll be able to get all this behind-the-scenes work done and keep new content on the blog for you guys! P.S. I’m sharing sneak peek photos on Instagram, so be sure to follow along!

Okay, so now that I’ve filled you in on life here at the Fourez Farm, let’s talk burgers!

This burger recipe came about for two main reasons: #1 I looooove mushrooms and #2 I’m trying to drop a few pesky pounds. See, not only does this recipe have buttery sautéed mushrooms on TOP of the burger, but I snuck a whole bunch of them INSIDE the burger too! [Read more…]

Old Door and Office Sign

The office makeover is nearly complete! After weeks without seeing any sunshine, I finally was able to photograph a few of the last projects we did in here this week, so look for the final reveal on the blog soon! And just in time too… big changes are going to start happening in our master bedroom next week! But more on that later…

This project was more of a happy accident than anything else. Originally, this corner of the office was a little reading nook, but it never felt right to me. The chair was too small, the side table was too short, and I never really used it. Then I remembered an old door we had in our backyard last fall… it just might be the perfect rustic touch I needed in here! We pulled it out of our barn and set it up in the corner. Oh my… I’m in love!

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Okay, so if you are friends with me on Instagram (you can follow me here!), you know that this wood beauty actually was painted white when we pulled it out of the barn. And at first, I LOVED the chippy white paint. I mean, it’s totally dreamy, right?

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Well… because the door sat out in the elements for a few months, it took quite a toll on the paint job, and every time I walked into my office I would find more and more of my beautiful chippy white paint laying on the ground. (insert sad face)

One day, Jeremy walked into the office and said, “Um… hey babe… I know you like the rustic, vintage look and all, but that paint looks REALLY REALLY rustic… Like it’s all falling off, and you can see little raccoon paw prints on the paint right here.”

Sigh…

He was right. Sometimes I get caught up in the excitement of finding old treasures so much that I don’t see what’s really right in front of me. After that, all I could see was gross, creepy raccoon paw prints, and that was NOT what I wanted to see on my beautiful old door. Time for Plan B. (thanks for the reality check, darling.) [Read more…]

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Strawberry Peach Salad

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. This recipe (plus a fun salad-inspired giveaway) has been sponsored by Kuhn Rikon.

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Guys… I’m obsessed with this salad. Like, I’ve actually eaten salad for lunch almost four times this week, obsessed. Normally I’m a side salad kind of girl… eating bunny food as a main dish doesn’t usually satisfy my carnivorous taste buds, so it usually just ends up as little greenery on the side of my plate. But THIS salad is anything BUT a boring side salad.

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

It’s filled with the best flavors of summer… fresh, sweet, juicy, ripe peaches and strawberries, plus cool cucumber, creamy goat cheese, crunchy almonds, and a honey balsamic dressing that will knock your socks off. So much flavor, so much texture… basically it’s a summertime party in your mouth! Oh yes, I just described salad as a party in your mouth. That’s just how GOOD this salad is!

This recipe is perfect while peaches and strawberries are in season, but feel free to sub in other fruits too… blueberries, watermelon, oranges, cantaloupe… they would all be great options! I’m normally not a huge fan of balsamic dressings, but this one has just the right amount of sweetness to curb the flavor of the vinegar, and it’s super easy to make. Just 3 ingredients (plus a little salt and pepper)! You can reduce this recipe to just make a salad for yourself for lunch or make the full recipe to serve guests at a dinner party, but either way, promise me you’ll try this awesome strawberry peach salad this summer!

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Strawberry Peach Salad
 
Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing.
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 2 fresh peaches, sliced
  • 12 strawberries, sliced
  • ½ large cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

  • Dressing:
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place greens in a large bowl and top with peaches, strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, and almonds. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl (or shake them in a mason jar) and pour over the salad when ready to serve.

– adapted from Comfort of Cooking


Did you notice that gorgeous cutting board and knife while I was chopping up my produce? Kuhn Rikon was kind enough to send me some supplies to help with my summer-inspired salad… a salad spinner, box mandoline and grater, peeler, cutting board, and several of their knives… all very high-quality and perfect for easy kitchen prep!

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