Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Picture Perfect Homes: The Pop of Color Mix...

The Pop of Color Mix





Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cream Cheese and Bacon Spread...



Cream Cheese and Bacon Spread:

You will need:
medium frying pan
small bowl

Ingredients:
6 oz cream cheese
8 bacon strips
fresh chives
pinch of salt

Method:
1. Fry bacon until crispy, crumble it.
2. Cut the cream cheese in 4 pieces, place in a small bowl and heat in microwave until softened (about 45 seconds, depending on type of microwave).
3. Cut the fresh chives and set some aside for garnish.
4. Mix thoroughly the cream cheese, bacon, chives and salt. If you want a little more bacon flavor, add a few drops of the bacon fat into the mix.
5. Garnish with chives.


Serve with Crostini or French Baguette. 
Enjoy an easy homemade cheese to share and impress while entertaining.


Monday, November 28, 2011

5 Fashion Finds...


Crystal Deco Earrings
Foil Animal-print Dress
Bailey 4 Sequin-Front Tank
Rachel Zoe - Eva Platform Wedge Pumps
MARC by Marc Jacobs 'Bob's Memphis Trip' Colorblock Pouchette  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bed corner done...

Remember my new pillows post last week?... Well, my pillow inserts arrived last week and I was sooo happy to set up my bed finally!
So my bed corner decorating is done for the moment. I say that because eventually things change and it is always good to keep updating and give things a spin.

Ta da!




Gray Chevron Pillow Covers - The Lacey Placey
-->Feather Down Pillow Insterts - The Lacey Placey
White and Gray Standard Pillow Cover Sets - Tahari Home

I truly love and am completely happy with my new pillows and bed look.

There are so many awesome designer pillows options right now, I chose the chevron and that handmade tie dye to give it a relaxed look. But I love that is all white and light gray. 

Do you like it?

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday. XO


Friday, November 25, 2011

Words & Song: Dreams...



Let the magic into your life...


PS Happy Black Friday shopping, exercising to not feel so guilty about last night's dinner, or just enjoying a lazy-duty free day. What the heck, lets try all 3 things today ;)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Picture Perfect Homes: Happy Thanksgiving Mix...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a day to be grateful for the life we are lucky to live and to share a delicious meal with our family and loved ones. This is my favorite holiday of the year. I like everything about it, from planning the menu to being in the kitchen preparing it, from confirming who is coming to playing charades with them after dessert, from setting up to actually cleaning up. I don't mind, its a special occasion. 


MENU
Appetizers:
shrimp with secret family sauce (dad's)
bacon cream cheese spread - recipe soon
crostini
french baguette
Dinner:
honeybaked ham
turkey with herbs
prime rib 
mashed potatoes au gratin
stuffing
traditional gravy
cranberry sauce
Dessert:
apple pie
pecan pie
carrot cake

Yup, we are a big family and we like to do things big.
Now on to some nice pictures I've found on the web.





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Menu Options...

So we are a day away from Thanksgiving day and that means serious food planning. 
You don't know what you are having tomorrow or not feeling inspired?
No prob! Look at these delicious options...

Blue Cheese & Bacon Mashed Potatoes Au Gratin 
Mashed Potatoes, Cheese & Chive Gratin
Brined Roast Turket with Sage Butter Rub
Fresh Herb & Salt-Rubbed Roasted Turkey
Savory Turkey Gravy
Homemade Gravy from Brown Eyed Baker

Everyone has their own special or favorite recipe for stuffing, salad and sauces.

Don't forget to get delicious variety of cheeses.
Brie, Chèvre, Camembert, Roquefort, Gruyere...

Sweets are a must of course.
Apple pie, Pecan pie, Pumpkin pie, Red Velvet Cake...

I hope this helped you get a bit more into the holiday spirit and if you have any personal or favorite recipe to share, don't hesitate and leave your link on a comment.

Good luck with your grocery shopping and kitchen madness tomorrow!



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spaghetti with Smoked Salmon...



Spaghetti with Smoked Salmon

You will need:
medium bowl
large saucepan
small saucepan
wood spoon
knife

Ingredients:
°6 ounces smoked salmon slices or ends, fresh or frozen
°1 1/4 cups light cream
°pinch of ground mace or grated nutmeg
°12 ounces fresh or dried spaghetti
°salt and ground black pepper
°3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, to garnish

Method:
1. Cut the salmon into thin strips, each about 2 inches long. Place the strips in a bowl and add the cream and the mace or nutmeg. Stir to combine, cover and let stand for at least 2 hours in a cool place.
2. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan with plenty of boiling salted water according to the instructions on the package, or until it is just al dente.
3. Meanwhile, gently warm the cream and salmon mixture in a small saucepan, without boiling.
4. Drain pasta, pour the sauce over and mix well. Season to taste and garnish with the chives.

Serves 4-5




I paired it with a Caprese Salad and toasted bread with a drizzle of olive oil.

TIP: I read somewhere that if you place your wooden spoon over the boiling water 
saucepan, it doesn't spill all over. Odd, but it worked.

***
I got the recipe from "Pasta" by Barnes and Noble Books (1999)
(original recipe is made with Tagliatelle)
Not a lot of ingredients, easy to make and I felt like a chef making it ;)
Enjoy!


PS Happy Birthday to 2 of my close friends and my wonderful and amazing beau!
Love them dearly.

Monday, November 21, 2011

5 Home Decor Finds...


Vintage Keys (Set of 7)

Vehicle Vases

Recycled Glass Lanterns

Mercury Owls

Decorative Designer Pillow Cover


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