Beverages on the Go….
Mason jars filled with lemonade, ice tea or sweet tea and lemon water, situated on top of a container of ice. What a great idea for your next party. Looks fun and festive and feels like Spring. YAY!! Perfect for a garden get together.
Tuesday’s Rock. Make it a great one. xo
You can’t go wrong with a white space. Here are some fabulous examples of white living rooms. If you decide to go with a more modern or contemporary look or settle for the traditional feel it all works with white. I am in love with all of these looks, charming and simple. Add depth to a monochromatic room with a rug. Classic black and white will never disappoint.
source: 1). top dreamer 2).top dreamer 3). pinterest 4).denoxa 5). home design 6).top dreamer
Can’t wait to reinvent this look at my ranch;)) xo.
One of my favorite parts of the giving process is in the wrapping of the package. I love to create something with a lot of love and make it as special as possible. Even when I am giving cash, a gift card, or just a simple thank you the presentation is everything! Silver pails are great place to start. They are inexpensive and you can fill them with all kinds of goodies. When I give gift cards, the pail is perfect. Place it in the silver pail with chocolates, a votive candle, a split or pony size bottle of champagne and any other personal thing you know the gift reciever would love. Make a special flag or card to adorn the gift with and use a lot of ribbon to top it off. There are clear cans I use a lot. I find these at the container store and are especially nice for graduates. You can fill with things they will use in college along with cash. For my female gradutes, I love these bags from Papaya Art, they are big and you can fill with lovely items along with cash and the messages on the bags fit well for any occasion. I have a wrapping drawer that I keep things I find that would be perfect on a gift. I am always on the lookout for pretty paper and ribbon too. In my free time I also work on my homemade cards and flags so I always have a lot in my inventory ready to go for that special someone.
Make it special. Wrap it with LoVE. xo
May the LuCK o’ the Irish be with you. I love celebrating my Irish heritage on this very green day. So have fun, go green, and be safe.
Cheers to my very Irish Mom & to everyone else because we are all Irish today. xo
It is going to be a fabulous Spring weekend here but if you are in the mood for a little DIY project here is a quick and simple one. A vellum garland you can show off at your next celebration. You will need sheets of vellum paper, a circle punch, Monofilament line, and double-sided tape. Cut circles with punch and fold each one in half. Connect them with double sided tape and tape to Monofilament line. Position them on line a few inches apart. Hang from ceiling with a thumb tack.
Happy Weekend. Get outdoors and enjoy Spring. xo
The LUCK o’ the Irish…..
The 36th Avenue
Glitter and Nails
May the LuCK o’ the Irish be with you. A little bit o’ GREEN to get you in the March mood. It’s such a fun and playful holiday for the young and not so young. These ideas that I discovered on Pinterest will definitely be on my list this St. Patty’s Day.
Have fun! Be IRISH! xo
New England Home
As I am about to embark on a new lifestyle as a rancher and we are in the process of home buying once again (ugghhh…oh the process). Our dream house awaits. Well not exactly, we found a great house and the bones are so wonderful. Views, light, a lot of gorgeous mountain land to play in (almost 36 acres) but we will be remodeling every room for it to be the house we know it can be. It also gives me years of blogging material. I will be sharing the process with you. Graphic tiles seem to all the rage right now and this is certainly the case on several Pinterest Boards and magazines out there. They are kinda fabulous, maybe a little busy, but I think in a small bathroom it would make a small statement and give this somewhat boring room a personality. Ceramic reproductions have been created so you don’t have to break the bank to have this look. The pattern is virtually printed onto the tile & not throughout as with the encaustic, you receive the same look but for only around $2 a tile. Would you consider this look in your home?
Time for some renovation projects. I will keep you in the loop. xo
Here is an ultra-rich, unforgettable cream pie that I always make for my chocolate-peanut butter lovers. I top it off with a chocolate ganache to make it even more delectable.
FOR THE CRUST: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor finely mix 20 shortbread cookies, and 3/4 cup macadamia nuts. Stir in 4 tablespoon of melted butter. Press the cookie crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the rim of a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Cool completely.
FOR THE FILLING: In an electric mixer beat 1 cup creamy peanut butter with 8-oz softened cream cheese. Add 1 1/4 cups of powered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix until well blended. Mix in one 8-oz package Heath English Milk Chocolate Toffee bits. Fold in 8-oz cool whip topping. Spoon the filling into the crust, smoothing the surface. Refrigerate uncovered for about 1 hour.
CHOCOLATE GANACHE: Melt 8 oz quality chocolate (I use Lindt bittersweet), 1/2 cup heavy cream, and one shot of strong espresso in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally. Spread the slightly cooled chocolate topping over the chilled peanut butter filling and sprinkle with Heath English milk chocolate toffee bits. Chill uncovered in refrigerator for 3 more hours.
My sons favorite birthday cake. So DELICIOUS! xo
My Mom just had a big birthday and we kicked up our heels with a merry party. Instead of your customary birthday card, I picked up a generic love letter saying at my local craft store and turned it into a lotta “LoVE”. I painted it a light pink and decorated it with jewels and bling. We passed it around during the party for everyone to leave her a message. PRICELESS!
Happy 83 Mom! I LoVE you. xo
I cannot think of anything I crave more than a hot bowl of Roasted Green Chile! It is spicy and when I make it they all come running. It is pefect by itself with a dollop of sour cream, sprinkled with cilantro or over a bean and cheesy burrito. It is also great as a dip with chips or served with nachoes or quesadillas. It seems everyone has their own version here in Colorado. I hope you like mine. Great way to take the chill off!
In a large stockpot add 1 can of split pea soup, 1 can of chicken broth and heat. After it is well mixed and getting hot, add 1 can of “Original” Rotel diced tomatoes and green chili’s and 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes. Add 10 oz. roasted Hatch Green Chili’s. (I buy mine at the farmers market when in season and freeze so I have them all year long. I remove the seeds, chop and add to mix. If out of season, you may roast your own peppers at home: I usually roast Poblano Peppers. Smother the pepper in olive oil, place on a foil lined pan and roast at 500 degrees until blackened on all sides. Place the hot peppers in a plastic bag and seal for about 10-15 minutes. Peel the skin off and remove seeds. Chop and add to the soup mixture). Add 3 chopped jalapeno peppers.
Brown 4 boneless pork chops ( I season these with cajun spice) Let cool and chop into 1/4″ small cubes. Set aside. In this same pan, with the juices, heat 12 oz chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
In a sauce pan, melt 1/2 stick of butter until it bubbles. Add 1/2 cup flour. Stir and heat. Start adding the hot chicken broth slowly and stir well. Add spices to roux as you brown: 1/2 tablespoon chili powder, 1/2 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt. Continue to add all the chicken broth until well mixed and consistent with no lumps. Add to main stockpot. Stir well to dissolve and thicken Chili. Add the browned Pork cubes to the pot. Simmer for at least 45 minutes. Play around with seasoning at this point and make it yours.
Have fun! Drink lots of 100% Agave Tequila before, during and after you make it! xo