One Bouquet, 4 Ways

On a recent shopping trip, Prince Charming brought home a large bouquet of flowers.  I couldn’t wait to get them all set up.  It was huge so I knew I’d be able to divide it up and distribute the beauty around the house.  I was so excited that I forgot to take a picture of the bouquet in its original state!

Anyway, here is what came of that bouquet:

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Simple glass vases and just a few flowers in each make for a nice arrangement.

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I just love this water jug!  I use it for my kitchen table flowers all the time.

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A pop of purple against my dark bookcases.  (And any excuse to get my antique shoe forms in a photo.  I love them!)

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For my daughter… every gal needs some flowers!

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Two Toned Dresser

So I had this dresser….. I bought it over a year ago because I loved the look and shape of it, just not the finish.

Then we moved, my BFF lovingly stored it in her basement until we found our permanent home.  That is when the dresser moved to the garage and sat for months until I finally decided what to do with her.

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And so the transformation began.  I had the place in my house that I wanted her to go and I knew what picture I wanted to hang above.  So I hatched a plan that would tie the picture and this chest of drawers together.  I was going to paint her in a lovely terra cotta color.  But once I painted the top, I changed my mind.  That would be a whole lot of orange!!!  I decided to paint just the top a terra cotta color and the rest old white and then lightly distress it.  To get the right color, I mixed 2 parts Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange with one part Emperor’s Silk.

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Once the painting was complete I roughed her up a bit and then gave her a good coat of clear wax before starting the dark wax.

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I really worked in the dark wax and wiped it off quickly.  I didn’t want the white to get too dark but I did want it to settle into all the details.

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Here she is with her intended art:

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I’m still not sure about the orange top, but that’s the beauty of chalk paint.  She can be changed in a short afternoon!

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Validation

Have you ever wondered “Am I any good at this?”

I wonder that exact thing every day. 

Lately, I feel like the universe is telling me “Hey!  Have some confidence!  You ARE good at this!”

For example, Tuesday I FINALLY stenciled my daughters room.  Just a focal wall to offset all that purple.  I had the idea in my head to try to mimic the pattern of her bedding.  It seemed like a good idea.  Then I added more to it – it had sparkle like glitter, and maybe have jewels….

Perhaps I went too far…..  But then I did it and it came out better than I imagined!

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(full “how-to” in the future)

Or dinner the other night…. I was following a recipe but decided to cut a little of this, add a little of that…… And I ended up with this….

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It was soooo good!

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Or just hoping that someone out there likes your decorating…. and your blog…

Then you get featured on Wow Us Wednesdays with Savvy Southern Style and you feel validated.

And it feels amazing!!!!

Weekly Menu 6/24–6/28

I can’t believe it is the end of June!!!  My how time flies!  I am really enjoying the fabulous flavors of summer and all of the good grilling weather.  I hope you are too!

Monday – Shrimp and Chorizo Spicy Fettuccini – loosely based on this recipe.  I will be using less chorizo and adding a little parmesan and pasta water to make it saucier.

 Spanish Spaghetti with Shrimp and Chorizo

Tuesday – Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Wednesday – Chicken Milanese with Tomato and Fennel

Picture of Chicken Milanese with Tomato and Fennel Sauce Recipe

Thursday – Honey Beer Braised Ribs with Grilled Corn Salad

Honey-Beer Braised Ribs Recipe

Friday – Dijon Brown Sugar Marinated Steak with Spinach and Apple Salad

Girl Power Art

As I have been decorating my daughters room, I have found that I am very picky when it comes to art.  I like signs, things with words, meaningful words.  And for a little girl you can’t always put up Barbie (although I did), princesses and ballerinas.  I want my daughter to grow up feeling confident and being classy.  She isn’t in to sports, so the usual “girl power” stuff won’t work.  (Sorry, Nike!)  She is a dancer and an artist, a true performer in all ways.  And, of course, a girly girl.  Only dresses and skirts – every day!  She even wears faux pearls with her school uniform! 

 

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I started off with spray paint in the colors of her room.  Just the accent colors though, because her room is PURPLE!  I got some pre-cut mats and white frames from Hobby Lobby.

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I found some quotes that I liked and some cute girly silhouettes and made my own art using Microsoft Word.  All the clip art was free. 

Here are the quotes –

“Keep your head, heels and standards high!”

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous!” – Coco Chanel

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh

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Then I sprayed the frames and mats in varying colors.  Once they were dry, I set up shop at the kitchen table and just using scotch tape, I stuck my MS Word art to the back of the mats.

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I placed them in the frame and hung them up.  Viola!  I think the total project cost me $50 and took about 90 minutes (not including drying time). 

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I will share my daughters room in its totality when I’m done.  I have some other tricks up my sleeve!  Smile

Weekly Menu 6/17–6/21

I am savoring the flavors of the season this week.  It’s a serious tomato fest!  And some comfort food all mixed in.

Monday – Pasta Bolognese

Picture of Weeknight Bolognese Recipe

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef (knockin’ it off my Pinterest list!)

Wednesday – Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes (big, fat beefsteak tomatoes work too!)

Thursday – Taco Cups with chunky salsa

Friday – Baked Popcorn Chicken

Fried Green Tomato BLT with Pimento Cheese

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While on a trip to the mountains, I tried this fantastic sandwich.  It is most surely a southern dish – the pimento cheese and fried green tomato should have tipped you off.  It was so delicious that I had to try to recreate it.  Here is my attempt.

4 slices sourdough bread, toasted

pimento cheese spread

lettuce

6 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked

1 green tomato, sliced 1/4 inch thick rounds

1/2 C cornmeal

1/2 C flour

1 egg

salt and pepper

In one bowl mix together the cornmeal, flour and salt and pepper.  In another bowl mix up the egg and a tablespoon of water.

Cook the bacon first.  While it is cooking,  prepare the tomatoes.  Slice them up and place them in the egg wash.  Then dredge them through the cornmeal mixture.

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Once the bacon is nice and crispy, remove from pan and let drain on a napkin.  Leave the bacon grease in the pan over medium heat.  Now fry up the tomatoes, yes, in the bacon drippings.  Let them get golden and crispy.

In the meantime, toast the bread and spread with pimento cheese spread.  Once the tomatoes are done, add them to the bread.  Next layer on the lettuce and the bacon.  Top with the second piece of bread.  Cut in half and serve.

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Home Office Progress

I am still working on Prince Charming’s office for his birthday, but we are making progress!  Who can ask for more than that?!  I bought a great chair off of Craigslist and I am hoping not to have to reupholster it.  Keep your fingers crossed.  The cabinetry has been installed.

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And today was painting day for the cabinetry.

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Won’t it look fabulous with this desk?…..

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The walls are getting painted next week.  Then the beauty begins – furniture, window treatments, pillows… I can’t wait!

Weekly Menu 6/10–6/14

This weeks menu takes us full swing into summer!  I am betting that most kiddos are out of school and swimming all day or attending camp.  Seasonal fruits and veggies are at their best and farmers markets are bustling.  I am on a tear to eat healthier!  Our first vacation is over and it’s bathing suit day every day so a slim down is in need!!!

Monday – Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado (minus the cheese and just a tad of bacon make it slimmer)

Tuesday – Fried Green Tomato BLT with Pimento Cheese (light on the pimento)

Wednesday – Teriyaki Tuna with Soy Glazed Brussel Sprouts

Thursday – Pasta All’Amatriciana

Friday – Pizza for the kiddos and a spinach salad for me!

(all images from google.com)

Caprese Chicken and Creamy Quinoa

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So here is the truth – when I create a dinner, I don’t know how it is going to turn out.  I’m not a chef, I’m just a gal who likes to cook.  I throw stuff together and hope for the best!  Last night when I made dinner, I didn’t photograph the process because I didn’t know if it would be “blog-worthy”.  But when Prince Charming took the first bite he proclaimed that it was the best meal I had made in a while.  Wow!  It was pretty simple too, so I guess I’ve been slacking! 

Everything in our house lately has to revolve around basil and tomatoes.  Our little container gardens are producing an abundance of the stuff!  I’m not complaining! 

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Caprese Chicken

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

1/2 C fresh basil

1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

1/4 C parmesan cheese, shredded or grated

1 clove garlic

1 medium tomato, sliced

1 C shredded mozzarella

Marinate chicken in the balsamic salad dressing for at least 2 hours.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Make your pesto – combine basil, EVOO, parmesan, and garlic and blend with an immersion blender until it makes a thick sauce.  I like my pesto thick, not runny.

Put chicken in an oven safe dish and bake for 20 minutes.  Take it out and layer with pesto first,  then slices of tomato and then the mozzarella.  Bake for another 15 minutes until the cheese is all melty and gooey.

Creamy Quinoa

1 C quinoa

2 C chicken broth

1 small tomato, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 C shredded parmesan

1/4 C heavy cream

Put quinoa and chicken broth in a pot and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until all broth is absorbed.  Turn off the heat.  Stir in the tomato, garlic, parmesan and cream until well combined. 

Serve up the chicken atop the quinoa.