A New Addition To The Garage For The Rainy Days

Welcome to the 783rd Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all your amazing and much-appreciated comments on our 800th Tablescape Thursday post! I can’t wait to see what the next 15 years holds. If it’s half as fun as the first 15, I know it will be awesome! If you missed the Tablescape Thursday post, you’ll find it here: Celebrating 800 Tablescape Thursdays & Looking Forward to Many More.

No biggie updates around here for this week, just a couple of smaller ones to share. If you’ve been reading BNOTP for a while, you may remember when I gave my garage a makeover with new paint, new lighting, and new epoxy flooring.

Garage Makeover Renovation


I love the new lighting, but my favorite part of this transformation was (and still is) the flooring. The flooring has held up great and looks as beautiful today as it did when it was installed 1-1/2 years ago. The only negative I’ve noticed is on rainy days when I’m often wearing duck boots, when I arrive back home, the floor can feel quite slippery as I’m exiting my SUV, especially if my foot happens to land on a spot the wet tires drove over as I entered the garage. I’ve experienced this twice, and both times I was wearing duck boots—once in LL Bean duck boots, and more recently while wearing my new floral Sperry duck boots. I don’t know what it is about duck boots. The floor has never felt slippery in any of my other boots/shoes. So weird!

Granite Garage Flooring, Garage Makeover


To fix this once-in-a-blue-moon issue, I purchased a large non-slip floor mat that’s advertised as being great for halls, entrances, patios, and garages. I had just placed it down on the floor when I took this photo, so it hadn’t had a chance to completely flatten out on the far end. I gave it a test, getting in and out of my car, and it didn’t budge. (Floor Mat is available here: Indoor/Outdoor Floor Mat.) Hopefully, this will solve the duck boot slippery issue once and for all. lol

Garage Floor Mat, Non-slip


Wreath Update: A few months ago, right around Thanksgiving, I shared a Pepperberry wreath I had ordered from Lynch Creek Farm for my front door. It arrived the day before Thanksgiving, right on schedule for the time frame I had requested when I had placed my order.

Pacific Pepperberry Wreath from Lynch Creek Farm


It has been hanging on my front door for over two months and I think it’s finally time to take it down. It still looks pretty good considering how long it’s been hanging here! I’m going to save all the faux berries and baubles, they still look way too pretty to toss. Just wanted to share how pleased I am with how well this wreath held up. I will probably order another one this year when Thanksgiving rolls around again. I remember they had so many to choose from so it will be fun to try a different design the next time.

Lynch Creek Farm Natural Wreath, 2 Months Later


So, I would love your input on something. I’ve been seeing these Pomegranate Arils available in various grocery stores and I finally decided to buy some when I was shopping at Trader Joe’s recently. Have you tried these, and if so, what’s your favorite way to eat them? I read that they are great in salads or as a snack, but what I’d love to know is this: when you eat them, do you swallow the whole aril, seed and all? I did a search on that topic and the info I found online stated that it’s fine to eat the entire aril—including the seed, but the times I’ve eaten them, I was eating them as a snack by themselves, and I just couldn’t bring myself to swallow the seeds. Maybe it would be different if I was eating them with another food—like a salad. Do you ever buy these to place on salads or to eat alone? Do you eat the whole aril, including the seeds? I’d love to know! The juice is really good, just not sure I like the idea of swallowing the seeds, too.

POM Pomegranate Fresh Arils


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  1. Hi Susan. I eat the whole arils by themselves but I have used them in a winter fruit salad and also a salsa. My daughter eats hers by themselves also.

  2. Franki parde says

    We Luv arils!!! Try them w/Prosecco, carbonated drink …
    drop them in ((use a crystal glass, flute,) & they “put on a performance”… Luv that wreath!! franki

  3. Hi Susan! We love pomegranates at our house! I always buy the whole pomegranates, and seed them myself. Our 3 year old granddaughter loves them! We eat the whole seed….delicious & great fiber!

  4. Goodness how times flies, it seems like just yesterday since you had the floor done in the garage! What a great idea for the mat at the car! But it is really weird that the duck boots are the only shoes that make the floor be slippery when wet. Must be the type of rubber sole. That wreath was beautiful when you got it, I loved it! I have only had a Pom once, and I ate the seeds, I loved them…the juice too. I have no knowledge of how to do them. LOL A friend of mine in AZ has a Pom tree in her yard and she eats the seeds too for a snack. She gives them away as well, but most people she gives them to juices them for the juice. I have no clue how things are done with Poms. I’m anxious to know though! Hugs, Brenda

    • That is such a gorgeous wreath; I see why you left it on until now.
      Still love that garage floor too. Bad duck boots; bad, bad duck boots!

  5. The mat is a great idea Susan, and I love the Lynch Creek Farm wreaths. I have been wondering the exact thing about pomegranate seeds, can’t wait to see what your other readers say!

  6. I love your blog and follow it regularly. Yes you definitely eat the seed as well I usually eat them just with a spoon as a snack yummy Your tablescapes are my favorite also have done most of the same puzzles you have so keep up the great things you do I am in Canada so can’t always get things you show but enjoy seeing them

  7. Sherry Moore says

    Susan, I’ve been eating Poms for several years! So much easier than cutting up a whole pomegranate, but do be sure you are buying them fresh. They seem to spoil rather quickly. I love them especially on my morning oatmeal and they are delightful sprinkled on a salad! And yes, you eat the entire aril. Plus they are so very healthy for you! Enjoy

  8. Sharon Caulineau says

    Hey, I was just thinking, that wreath still looks so pretty, maybe you could place a couple three hearts picks around in it and keep it at least through Valentine’s Day. Just say’in. Blessings, Sharon

  9. Hello,
    Spinach salads and Poms are very pretty; oranges add even more color. Just search for recipes and you will find many. Enjoy

  10. I love arils, & have them in my fridge now. I enjoy them on yogurt, mixed with pink grapefruit sections, & sprinkled over salads. For Christmas morning, I cover a platter with supremed red grapefruit sections, sprinkle with arils & garnish with sugared mint—it’s delicious & SO pretty!

  11. Love seeing your gorgeous garage. The mat sounds like a great idea. Thanks for having us over, Susan!

  12. Susan,
    I just love that wreath and it is perfect for Winter!!!
    Thanks so much for hosting this lovely party!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it along with visiting all the links!! Thank You!! I hope you are having a great week!! And thanks for providing so much inspiration!!

  13. Deborah Warren says

    Hi Susan,
    It did feel a bit weird to munch up seeds and all before I tried them. My daughter said think of it like eating raspberries and sunflower seeds. I tried and find them delicious ever since. Salad is a go to but I also really love them on salmon and chicken. Especially with a little feta crumble. Enjoy!


    I love the POM arils. I add them to cereals, cottage cheese, yogurt, salads, etc. You eat the whole thing and they are great for crunch and color. I make a green salad during the holidays with mesclun lettuce, blueberries, raspberries, sometimes oranges and a maple vinaigrette topped off with the arils. It is so tasty and there are no leftovers!

  15. Our neighbor gave us a small plant about three years ago, and by the time it grew and started flowering, my husband could not remember what the plant was. So finally, the fruit set in (only one survived) and I got to taste a pomegranate for the first time ever. I even had to Google how to open it and what to eat from it. I liked the flavor of the juice, but I just could not swallow those little hard seeds. I was so disappointed because I read that it’s a miracle fruit for health, and has been harvested and prized for thousands of years – I think I saw it as part of ancient carvings and art. Maybe the one I harvested was not a good one, because those little seeds were rather large and hard – I was afraid I’d break a tooth! Maybe the next harvest will be better…

  16. I love pomegranates but unfortunately, they are very expensive at our end, but when I have people over and do salads (summertime) I will splurge and get some. If you need any recipes with pomegranates let me know and I am happy to share those as well.

  17. Susan, can you tell me where you got the storage cabinets in your garage. We need them SO BAD!!! Thanks!

  18. My sister has an epoxy garage floor and said the same thing and did the same thing to correct it. Glad you (or she) hadn’t had any falls!

    I bought a gorgeous centerpiece for my MIL from Lynch Creek and she told me recently it is still fresh and beautiful – and she hated to part with it. I tell ya, I will def be using them again. Talk about fresh and long lasting! And that is indoors, too!!!

  19. You eat the whole aril. They’re great fiber. I’m not sure how you would avoid the seeds lol, never heard of that. I never buy the pre-packaged ones, I buy a dozen or so pomegranates whenever they look beautiful, they’re great decoration. I de-seed a few at a time outside on my deck in a large bowl, and keep the arils in the fridge to use throughout the week. Love a bowl of pomegranate arils for breakfast with vanilla Greek yogurt and toasted walnuts.

  20. Terri Santiago says

    I love Airls, I put them in my cereals, with cottage cheese.
    I have bought the whole pomegranite, but it is so much better having the seeds removed and cleaner.
    Pomegranite juice stains your clothes.

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