Entries Tagged as 'make'

Outdoor entertaining is my favorite!  I’m joining a group of bloggers hosted by Melaine of My Sweet Savannah to share our ideas for outdoor tables.

We have lived in California and Arizona and I loved that the outdoor entertaining season was a bit longer. Living in Connecticut makes you appreciate the outdoor days even more because the season starts around Memorial Day and ends around Labor Day.  I’m always managing to squeeze in way more than that, but the one thing you need is a Plan B.  Because rain happens.  A lot.

Outdoor-Entertaining-Spring-Peonies

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Arizona Bridal Brunch

Monday, April 10, 2017

I had the opportunity to help my sister with a few details for a bridal brunch for the last of three daughters in a family of all girls.  It was in Paradise Valley, Arizona and many of the guests were from New York City and Toronto.   The bride wanted to play up the Arizona Desert theme.  After all, they had Mariachi Pasion, an all female mariachi band at their wedding reception.  How cool is that? For the bridal brunch invitations, we turned to Wedding Paper Divas and of course they had the perfect look with their Succulent Cluster Invitations.

Arizona Bridal Brunch + Wedding Paper Divas Invitations

We both loved all the details like the back of the invitations and the lined envelopes.  We went with the luxurious Premium Double Thick Paper.

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Green Bean Salad with Walnuts

Our weather has been rainy and cold, but that has not stopped me from thinking of dinner on the patio and picnics on the beach.  This simple recipe is one that I go to over and over again.  What I love about this dish is that it’s best at room temperature.  I can make it ahead and serve hours later.  For picnics, I’ll pack it into a large Weck jar and give a shake before serving and then add the walnuts.

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Modern Easter Baskets 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I’m taking a different approach to the traditional basket with a Modern Easter Basket or bowl.  I miss those years when my kids looked forward to decorating and dying Easter eggs.  Sometimes they had so much fun, we would repeat it the next day after buying more eggs.  Now they are 17 and 22 so no more egg dying after school, but I still like to have a basket of eggs on the table for a little springtime decor.  I loved this Købenler bowl from Terrain(and not just because of the Danish design) but I like that I could use it for Easter/Spring now and then re-purpose it all year long both inside the house and out on the porch or patio.

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Easy Make Ahead Salmon

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Now that I’m working I love to get a head start on dinner in the morning.  Before I leave for work I can start my salmon baked in foil and have the mess cleaned up.  I usually have cherry tomatoes and shallots on hand.  I’ll stop and get salmon on my way home.

Easy Make Ahead Salmon

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Happy first day of Spring!  When we were in Copenhagen last week I was seeing pansies and spring plants everywhere.  I was a little concerned that I might not find any pansies today, but I didn’t have to go far.  Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk had me covered.   The sun is shining and I need pansies for my planters.

First Day of Spring + Spring Cleaning

We have tulips on our table and pansies on the porch. I don’t buy tulips all that often because I would only buy them in the Spring and they just don’t last that long.  But when I saw these I knew I had to bring them home for my new Canyon Crock from Studio McGee. Read More >

Make Easy Weeknight Soup

Monday, March 6, 2017

Easy Weeknight Soup is our answer to dinner in 5 minutes on a busy night. I love to cook on the weekends when we have a little extra time and then savor the benefit of a delicious bowl of soup after a long day. And no cooking involved other than re-heating. We sometimes serve with a little crusty fresh bread or on those nights when we don’t have fresh bread, I’ll take a few slices from the freezer and put them on the panini press for a couple of minutes. A little fresh grated Parmesan cheese and basil makes it seem like you’re not even eating leftovers.

Easy Weeknight Soup

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DIY Checkerboard Chalkboard Wall

Friday, February 17, 2017

We have had our chalkboard wall since we’ve owned this house.  I’ve loved the idea even before having one.  However, over the last few years I’ve sort of tired of the whole chalkboard thing.  That was until I saw Amanda’s on Perfectly Imperfect Living.  I had seen the checkerboard calendar idea on Martha Stewart for an office, but I never really thought about making our current wall into a checkerboard chalk wall.

A few Saturdays ago I mentioned it to Brent without much reaction.  Then a few hours later over lunch I showed him Amanda’s.  Well, that was it.  We went to our local paint store and chose four shades of Benjamin Moore black and gray from the paint chips.  You can actually make any color you want in chalkboard paint now, but you probably already knew that!  Of course I stuck with shades of gray and black because basically our entire house is black and white.

DIY Checkerboard Chalkboard Wall

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DIY Valentine Art + Lucite Frames

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DIY Valentine Art + Lucite Frames

Here is a simple project for diy Valentine art using lucite frames. I love these Lucite frames from Crate & Barrel.  For the large piece I cut the watercolor paper to the right size (6 x 8) and then painted stripes.  I usually paint and then cut the paper, but I wanted it to look like it was for this specific piece.  For the small frame, I used a heart punch and cut out hearts creating tiny abstract hearts as you move around the paper.  I’ve saved “love notes” from my kids over the years.  These of course were from when they were tiny—and they make me so happy.  So why not preserve them and frame them?  Together they create a little Valentine art.

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7 ingredient healthy cookies

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

7 ingredient healthy cookies

When Madeline was home over the holidays she was baking and cooking up a storm–and using things I typically don’t have on hand.  Nothing fancy, but not stuff I generally use–almond butter was one of those items.  I’m always reading labels and trying to use less processed foods.  So when we first started using Almond butter we bought it.  It’s expensive and processed, so I thought, why not make it?  Have you tried making it? It’s super easy, but takes a lot of waiting time.  I looked at quite a few recipes and then decided to trust this recipe from  The Pioneer Woman.   She soaks hers overnight and then gives them a quick rinse.  She then instructs you to bake them overnight at a really low temperature.  Once you have your dried out almonds, you’re all set to make almond butter.  Everyone says you don’t have to use a food processor–yes, you do.  I’ve never had a blender that could do this job.  When you first pulse the almonds, it will give you a fright, it’s so loud!   It takes several minutes and a few times scraping down the sides with a spatula, but then it starts to come together and before you know it, you have a ball of almond butter.  See below.

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