Backyard Deck Reveal + Recipe for Pulled Pork Tacos with Smoked Slaw

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Transforming our backyard deck into an intimate dining space has been a dream of mine for a while. A few months ago I developed a plan and a mood board for this space, but I honestly couldn’t have dreamed that it would come together this well. The Home Depot was my one stop shop for this deck transformation. I was able to purchase everything I needed from The Home Depot including the grill, plants, DIY supplies, outdoor furniture, accessories, and dinnerware!

I want to walk you through the updates I made to the deck and close out this post with a recipe for Pulled Pork Tacos with a Smoked Cilantro Lime Slaw.

BEFORE

Let’s take a look back to where we started. Our back deck wasn’t bad, but it definitely wasn’t the space I hoped to have. We had 2 grills, a few mismatched tables, an outdoor loveseat and some string lights that were too big and too heavy.

AFTER

This space is now the intimate outdoor dining area of my dreams! When I started this project I wanted to make sure this was a space where we could grill, garden, and gather and I think it’s safe to say I accomplished all three of those goals!

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Celebrating seasonal vegetables + a weekly menu inspired by spring

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One thing I love about living in the south is that we get to enjoy a little bit of all 4 seasons. I always get excited as the seasons change and the weather starts to get warmer. With the spring comes a shift in the vegetables that are beginning to be harvested. Some of my favorite spring vegetables include parsley, carrots, bok choy, leeks and radishes.

Although I don’t always do a good job of it, I do enjoy cooking with fruits and vegetables when they’re in season because they’re usually fresher and taste better! THey’re also easier to find in stores and most of the time they’re less expensive than vegetables that are out of season.

I’m so happy to be celebrating another shift into springtime and I can’t wait to dig into this week’s seasonally inspired menu.

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DIY Fold Down Drying Rack with Building Guide

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What would it take to make you enjoy doing laundry? I don’t think I can answer that question, but having a fold down drying rack will certainly make it a little easier for me.

I recently built a fold down drying rack for my laundry room refresh and I wanted to share a high level building guide with you. My guides are not in-depth, or detailed building plans, but they should provide you with the visual aid and supply list you need to build the drying rack on your own.

This drying rack is the most sturdy when folded down to a 90 degree angle. If you plan to use your rack at a 45 degree angle, I recommend installing the hinges towards the top.

Supplies

Tools:

To build this drying rack I recommend doing all of your cuts and drilling your holes first. Second, build 3 of the 4 sides of the inside fame. Next add a little glue to the ends of the dowels and then insert into the pre-drilled holes. After your dowels are secure, attach the fourth side and then secure the frame with screws (this part might require a bit of trial and error). Build the outside frame and then or stain all your pieces. Last, attach your hardware (according to the package directions) and mount to your wall.

Again, if you want your rack to lay down flat, attach the hinges towards the bottom. If you want your rack to open to a 45 degree angle attach your hinges towards the top.

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