Here is a very ‘green’ project for you….check out more details at Studio DIY. I’ll have to send this to my very IRISH Mum in her box of green goodies.
Cut a piece of streamer to your desired length. Fold the streamer accodion style. Make a shamrock pattern that will fit your folded streamers. (you can draw directly on the streamer). Lay your pattern over your folded streamers and trace, allowing the upper half of the left and right leaves to extend over the edge of the streamers slightly. Cut out your clover shape through all the layers, leaving it attached where the leaf extended over the edge. Unfold. Hang your garland or send to your IRISH buddies.
Happy Wednesday. xo
March has arrived and with it comes my favorite color to celebrate the IRISH! Here are some green inspirations I spyed on Pinterest to get you in the spirit. From beautiful flowers to green doors and porches to the different shades of the lovely color. You have to sport your favorite green on the 17th. I adore these green pants with a white blouse and fun leapord belt. Perfect! Look for your 4-leaf clover.
Find your LUCKY shade! xo.
“BE KIND!” Happy Weekend! xo
Relaxing! That is the first thing I think of when I look at these spa-like retreats. I adore the attention to detail especially with the mirror choices. These modern bathrooms are lovely. They have a peaceful and quiet elegance all wrapped into one. 1). The mirror subway tile backsplash is so impressive. I love the way it makes this small space feel so elegant. 2). Choosing one large mirror above the double sink vanity really makes a statement. 3). The two long mirrors in this bathroom give the space such an open feel. Yep that bathtub is calling! 4). I like the use of 2 mirrors above this vanity and the space between is filled with your choice of pictures. Great idea.
Relax and enjoy your Thursday. I think a bubble bath might be what I look forward to this evening. xo
What a wonderful cheese display! Lay plates with your cheese of choice and pairings on a table lined with butcher paper. Use a white paint pen for discription and notes. Clever and casual. I even love these simple napkins. So cute!
A delicious idea for your next wine party. xo!
A delicious savory appetizer that you should make to please your guests. I play around with the ingredients all the time to change it up a bit and make it lighter to a more heavy affair. This version is spicy and full bodied flavor! Easy to make due to my favorite puff pastry ingredient.
Ingredients & Method:
- 1 package of frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
- 1 lb hot Italian sausage, crumbled and cooked
- 1/2-1 cup pesto, store bought or my homemade version. Delish!
- Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
- 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil, finely chopped
Carefully unfold one sheet of puff pastry dough unto a floured board and lightly roll with a rolling pin until it’s 9″ x 12″. Spread the sheet with 1/4-1/2 cup pesto. Grate fresh Parmigiano Reggiano over the pesto. Mix the cooked sausage and chopped sundried tomatoes together in a bowl and add half of the mixture on top of cheese. Sprinkle with a little more Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and finish with a scatter of the toasted pine nuts. Repeat this step with your second sheet of puff pastry. Carefully roll the dough into a log and place on a pan lined with parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut the puff pastry rolls into 1/4 inch thick slices and place them face up, 2 inches apart, on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
A nice way to start a dinner party. xo!
Here are some great examples of birthday cake displays for your next celebration! All of these creative ideas are gladly shared from Martha Stewart. I like to gather ideas in a notebook and give myself a variety of ideas when planning parties.
Gather your ideas! Happy Monday! xo
LoVE Message in a Bottle
Such a sweet little Valentine!
You will need:
- glass bottle with cork top
- white paper
- needle nose pliers
- red embroidery thread
- thin wire
- metal chain
- red felt
- glue gun & glue sicks
1). Cut a strip of white paper: 1.5″ x 11″. Write a LoVE message to your Valentine. 2).Roll up the paper and tie with several wraps of red embroidery thread. Cut a small heart out of red felt, poke a hole in it, and tie to one end of the red thread. 3). Trim the metal chain to half the length of the bottle, and tie the red thread-wrapped message to one end. 4). Cut a 3/4″ piece of wire and use pliers to curve it into a “U” shape. Slide the loose end of the metal chain onto the loop. 5). Turn cork bottle top upside down and push the ends of the “U” wire in as far as they will go. Secure with hot glue and allow to dry. 6). Tuck the message inside the bottle and push the cork back in. Leave it in a spot that’s sure to surprise your Valentine! A sweet project from style me pretty.
Only 2 more days! xo
A yummy pork with applesauce dinner awaits. The pork is moist and flavorful and the addition of the sweet apples is the perfect pairing.
In a medium pot over medium heat, combine 3 chopped apples, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, a handful of golden raisins, 2 teaspoon fresh ginger root, 1-inch piece of ginger root, 3 tablespoon dark brown sugar, 2 cups all natural apple juice, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook until a chunky sauce forms, about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Heavily season the chops with cajun seasoning on both sides. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to the pan. Season chops on 1 side with salt and pepper. Using a pair of tongs, add chops to hot skillet seasoned side down. Season the opposite side of the chops with salt and pepper. Brown and caramelize the chops 2 minutes on each side, then reduce heat to medium and cook another 5 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, until juices run clear. Remove chops from heat and let them rest a couple of minutes for juice to redistribute. Deglaze the pan with a splash of apple juice and 2 tablespoons of butter. Pour pan sauce over chops. Remove ginger from the sauce and top chops with generous portions of warm golden apple sauce.
Pair with a nice Pinot Noir. Savor the flavor! xo
All things PINK!
Valentines Day is this Friday and Love & Pink are on my mind….add a little red if you want to. I spyed these pink inspirations on Pinterest. 1). Roses for giving or recieving on the day of love. What a beautiful shade of pink. 2). The pink door is so welcoming and warm! A beautiful pot of bougainvillea sets the mood for a place to escape in the sun. 3). Ahhhhh…..the beach! Yep warm weather is on my mind. The heart is an added bonus! 4). Tis the season for giving lovely packages of yummy edibles, in pink, of course. 5). My favorite city decked out for the Love occasion. 6). A reminder to get busy making lovely things for Valentines Day for all of my LoVED ones!
Let’s create beautiful PINK odds and ends! xo