Signature Recipe: Lemon Chick Pea Pasta

Most people who love cooking or baking has a signature dish or recipe. My mom was known for her brownies. My stepmom has her cucumber and tomato salad. My aunt makes awesome green beans with ham. My grandma, well, she hates cooking. But she used to make some damn good pickles–does that count?

Now that I eat most of my meals at home, I’ve begun experimenting with recipes so I can come up with my own thang. Baking has always been easy for me and I already have my Citrus Crunch Layer Cake to claim as a signature. However, I needed more experience on the cooking front.

Vegetarian Lemon Garlic Tomato Chick Pea Pasta by The DIY Homegirl-003

After experimenting in the kitchen for a few months, I can finally say I have a signature dish: Lemon Chick Pea Pasta. Read along for my recipe and to learn how I created this healthy vegetarian dish!

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Easy and Thrifty DIY Furniture Makeovers

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There’s more to life than DIY and makeovers.

Well, not really, but there is more to life than constantly subjecting yourself to complex DIY projects and makeovers… like those that require weeks or months to finish, several trips to the home improvement/craft store, multiple processes, and many glasses of wine.

Don’t get me wrong, a big DIY project is a great way to boost your creativity and pass the time. But sometimes, less is more.

Continue reading to check out this round-up of easy DIY furniture makeovers. These ideas are sure to save you money and sanity!

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Sweet & Sour Grilled Strawberry Pizza

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There are certain ingredients that when paired together, guarantee success. Some of these include tomato and basil, cilantro and lime, lemon and garlic, cheese and almost anything, etc. One pairing I recently learned about was balsamic vinegar and berries.

Since balsamic vinegar is sweet and tangy, it’s doubly wonderful when used with fruits that are sugary. I’d been pondering ways to use the bottle I had in my cupboard (leftover from a pasta salad experiment.) And then one night I had a creative vision: grilled pita bread, topped with strawberries in a balsamic syrup.

This dessert is delicious and makes the best of summer: fresh, in-season fruit plus the smokiness of grilling. Continue reading to learn how to make this quick and easy snack.

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How to Give Your Tools a Glam Makeover with Gold Spraypaint

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Have you ever been so amazed at how wonderful spray paint is that you start looking for more and more things to paint?

I used to get frustrated when spraypainting but when I learned how to do it correctly, I fell in love. I started going through everything to see what else I paint, and went to town on several frames, brackets, baskets, etc.

It was during that frenzy of painting that I decided to give my prettify my tools as well. Read along for my tips on how you can also give your power tools the Midas touch with a few coats of gold spraypaint.

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The DIY Homegirl Expands: More DIY, More Homegirl

 

When you hear “DIY,” what do you think of? For me, it’s drill bits, primer, moodboards, and paint cards (the more the better). I’m guessing most of us also think along those lines when we hear “DIY.”

In reality, we DIY in many different ways; we just don’t realize it. Cooking, cleaning, gardening, healing, even exercising can be DIY activities. DIY isn’t just for our homes, it’s also for our bodies, minds, and souls.

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I’ve come to a turning point with The DIY Homegirl. I’ve felt the need to connect with more people plus I the pressure of creating material that’s fresh and unique—while only about decorating. That’s where the expansion comes in: my blog is going to be more DIY and more Homegirl. Read along to find out more!

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Living in a White Box: Kick-Ass Kitchens

If you’re like me, you love to look at beautiful kitchens—the ones with freshly painted cabinets, lovely hardware, tons of storage, and perfect organization. And then you look back at your tiny apartment kitchen, sigh, and hope to have the perfect one someday.

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But just because you rent your home doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful kitchen! There are many ways you can customize your rental kitchen to be unique and suit your lifestyle. Continue reading for my tips and ideas that will help you turn a ho-hum rental kitchen into a kick-ass kitchen.

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Blissfully Bohemian Bedroom Makeover

There isn’t much that rivals the feeling of completing a room makeover. That feeling of relief, contentment, and accomplishment once everything is all set in place… priceless.

Of course, if you also have Multiple Project Personality, then you’ve already started a new project before finishing your grand makeover. (See Diary of a Home Office Makeover for more info on that.)

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Nevertheless, I’m pleased to announce my beachy bohemian bedroom makeover is finally done. Continue reading to check it out!

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Diary of a Home Office Makeover: Part 1

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I tend to rearrange furniture when the seasons change and have noticed a new trend that goes along with rearranging—purging.

This year, I started my purging early. Before summer actually began, I decided to do a huge overhaul in my home office. My home office is more than just a desk and some files: it’s where I work full-time and where I create, blog, paint, etc.

Continue reading to learn about what’s in store for my office makeover and how I’ve accomplished the first part of this process: purging.

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How to Be an Imperfect DIY’er

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Contrary to popular opinion, I am not perfect. (Shocking, right?) I’m definitely a perfectionist, though.

You may recall one of my past posts, When the Mystery Smell is Your DIY Project. The failed project that inspired that post taught me a lot… and yet, after another recent DIY fail, I found myself frustrated.

So, I resolved to turn around that negativity. During the process, I learned a few things about how imperfection can be a wonderful tool. Read along for my tips on how to embrace imperfection and how it can be beneficial.

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Adding Unique Texture to Furniture: DIY Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

Sometimes I wait to participate in a trend until the point it’s no longer a trend. There’s this small rebel inside that doesn’t want to do something just because everyone else is. It’s like reverse peer pressure.

Case in point: chalk paint. I finally jumped on the chalk paint/distressed furniture bandwagon while making over my bedroom.

To save money, I made chalk paint based on other bloggers’ experiments— except the paint came out very thick and lumpy. I decided to go along for the ride to create a unique, textured piece of furniture that’s perfect for my bohemian bedroom.

Bedroom dresser makeover with thick textured DIY chalk paint texture bohemian distressed shabby chic white makeover by The DIY Homegirl

Read along to find out how I achieved this look and to see more of the dresser.

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