A Modern Playhouse

a modern playhouse
So this isn't recipe related but it is delectable (and worth blogging about I think)! I've been scouring Pinterest lately for playhouse ideas for my little girl. Her 3rd birthday is coming up and she's quite imaginative and likes to role play. I thought a backyard playhouse would be perfect! On one condition...it has to be stylish. Shallow as it may be, I don't want a large plastic eyesore in my backyard. I like the mid-century modern style of homes (even though I live in an 80s ranch!) so why not make one for our sweet girl?! I enlisted my dad and hubby to do all the hard work and I helped with the design, aesthetics and a little painting  :-) This little house is more than I could have ever imagined for my daughter. She absolutely loves it and even likes to eat her breakfast inside at her special table :)

leveling the yard
building the foundation
a TREX foundation (no splinters)! 
checking out the roof
power tools!
sitting on the front porch
the back view 

side view of crawl door and window
can't forget flowers

the inside
a steering wheel to drive the house ;)
inside view of table and back wall
the completed house 
the front porch with mailbox, house numbers and cafe door

a few details:
paint/stain color: BEHR Cape Cod Gray Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain
table and chairs: Ikea Lack Table in Grey and Ikea Mammut Stools in Blue
house numbers: modern house numbers from the Hillman Group from Home Depot
mailbox: vintage
door paint: Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore
dishes: tea set by Green Toys
watering can and broom bought locally at Grandrabbits Toy shop in Boulder, CO


Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

I love summer. It's my favorite time of year...fresh veggies, fruits and herbs are in abundance and grilling outside is the preferred way of  cooking (not to mention my birthday just happens to be in the summer)! :) This recipe is perfect for grilled salmon.  Fresh, creamy, tangy and very flavorful! Hope you enjoy! 

Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

3 tablespoons fat-free plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
salt to taste

mix it all together and top on your favorite grilled fish :) easy peasy!