Flowers For Friday!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Just a quick post to wish you a happy Friday…with the Camellia…one of my all time favorite flower! 

These are from my Camellia bush that I've had growing in my backyard for 27 yrs., and the best part about it is I do nothing to it! The Camellia is an evergreen shrub or small tree. The colors of the flower vary from white to pink 
and red on the same bush. With a yellow stamen (I had to look that up, or I would have called it the yellow thing in the middle)

I always make a couple of vases of these when they bloom and enjoy them until next year, when they'll bloom all by themselves! Gotta love it!!
Happy Friday!

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Master Bathroom Shower Pictures

Thursday, January 30, 2014

So I've had some people request pictures of the shower side of the Master Bathroom. I really don't know why I didn't take pictures of that side. Because it really is nice! If I do say so myself! Lol

When we began our bathroom reno we really wanted to put in a nice big garden style tub. But, given the limited space, that wasn't possible. And the standard tubs to me really aren't great for anything…except maybe bathing a baby! They're too small to lay down in without your feet hitting the end of the tub! Unless you're super short, which we're not! Also, we hated the wall that kind of hit you in the face when you walked in the room. So our wheels started turning and this is what we came up with. We removed half of the wall that you see when you come into the bathroom and made a walk in shower with a frameless shower enclosure. To this day I love my shower! I don't know how it would be for re-sale with no tub. But, we're probably not going anywhere, so we're happy!
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View of the half wall from inside the shower. That's the top of the door to the bathroom in the top of the picture.

Opening up that wall visually made the bathroom feel larger! And using the frameless glass also makes the room feel more open. Not to mention there is no aluminum tracks for nasty, disgusting crud to build up! Gross! These doors have stayed in perfect condition for 7 years! Although they are more costly, they're worth every penny!

So that's it! Hope you enjoyed this little tour…of the other side!
Take care,
xo, Kathy
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Steak and Arugula Salad

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

You might think by the title of this post that this is your ordinary salad. I say no it's not! I was getting a pedi one day and I was watching Michael Symon make this on "The Chew" and I thought this had a very unique twist on your plain ole boring salad! 
So I immediately left the salon and went to the store and bought the ingredients to make it that night. And I was right! It was a hit! And my husband asks for it often. The recipe actually shows how you could make it into a sandwich and I'm sure that would be fantastic, because the flank steak was some of the best I've ever had! And the grilled potatoes are what really make it. But, I confess that I did mine on a grill pan in the oven with some EVOO and salt and pepper.
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I mean look at that flank steak! Can you say grilled to perfection? I can because I ate it. And trust me it was! Sorry to rub it your faces! But you can have it too. Just run to the store pick up the few ingredients and you will be a happy camper too! Sorry for all the !!'s, I just realized I use a lot of those. But, that's just how I talk, ya know?
So here's the link below for the recipe!
Hope you enjoy it, because it was a good one!
Steak and Arugula Salad

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Progress Pictures Of The Empty Nest!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ok so I couldn't wait any longer to post some progress pictures of this room! Call me impatient! Nothing I haven't heard before! But, I just felt like I've said they're coming for a long time! So without further ado...

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This is what we've got so far. Room painted...check, window trimmed out...check, chandelier hung...check, shelves painted...check. So I'm pretty happy!! I have bamboo blinds that will be hung tomorrow and curtains that will be here today, so much more will be happening in the next couple of weeks!

I also ordered a daybed and a cute little desk and chair that's on it's way as we speak! And the biggest change will be the wood floors which are on back order, but should be here the first week of February! 
Also, if you're wondering about the crib, it's for our Granddaughter. So no ideas. This factory is closed! I found this adorable pillow this weekend at Lowes and I think it fits the nest theme perfectly!

So that's it for now! But, things are happening everyday, so check back often!
Have a great day!
Xo, Kathy

Wall color- Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue/eggshell
Trim color-stock white/semi gloss
Capiz shell chandelier-West Elm
Shelves-Lowes/painted white
Crib-Babies R Us
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Monday with Memaw!

Monday, January 27, 2014

My Memaw when she won for her creation of a citrus jello mold. She won an electric knife! And this picture was featured in the local paper!

I've often wondered where I get my love for the domestic life from. I come from a long line of great southern cooks. My Mom and my Aunts all love to decorate their homes and they all can whip up some tasty vittles in the kitchen!

But, it was my Grandma (my Mom's Mama) that I think instilled the love of home at a very young age. They lived on the Withlacoochee River, with an orange grove on their property. And it holds a very special place in my heart. Because it was always filled with  family! (A lot! My Mom is the youngest of 5!)  There was always fishing, boating, gardening, picking oranges, getting dirty, and most of all…food! We would all pile in there on the weekends and my Grandma, my Mom and Aunts cooked every meal! No takeout, no pizza... home cooked meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of the kids would sleep on cots on a screened porch at first then they enclosed it. Thank you!! I never remember my Grandma getting irritated with all those people in her house!

It became a joke that when we would arrive, before I would even speak to anyone, I went straight to the kitchen to check all the pots to see what was cooking on the stove! And there was always something cooking when we got there! Everything was fresh from my Grandpa's garden and totally from scratch! There were fresh collard greens, fresh green beans, "real" mashed potatoes, pot roast with gravy and homemade fried chicken just to name a few! Homemade desserts too! She also made all her own pickles and jams! And her biscuits were to die for!

My Grandpa always had a beautiful garden and orange groves. One of my most vivid memories is laying down in the rows of his garden and smelling all the fresh vegetables. I can remember helping him juice oranges that he would sell. And then my Sister and I would make an Orange Juice stand on the side of the road and sell oranges and juice. Such simple uncomplicated times. It brings a tear to my eye to think that those times are gone. But, they're in my memory, forever!

So I keep this picture of my Memaw in my kitchen to remind me of where my love of home and family come from, and to never forget.
Hope you have a great day!
xo, Kathy

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Lunch Lady Brownies for Gasparilla!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Don't these look heavenly! I was looking for something to make to snack on while we're watching the Gasparilla Parade. Here in Tampa, once a year we have a parade called "Gasparilla" it's when pirates invade our city and take it over! Not really! But it's a long time tradition. If you'd like more info on Gasparilla here is a link to answer all your questions: Gasparilla Pirate Fest And although we've gone to the parade when the kids were little. We now prefer to just watch it on t.v. So I think I might whip up these little goodies, along with some chips and guacamole and maybe some hot wings too! Oh and we're also painting the empty nest room too! (Progress pics next week) Yay! It's a good day Tampa Bay!!!
Here's the recipe if you'd like to try these:

Lunch Lady Brownies
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • frosting
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine butter, cocoa and sugar. Mix in flour and beat well. Add in eggs and vanilla, mix just to combine.
  3. Spread batter in prepared pan. Batter will be thick so you'll have to use a spatula to make sure you get to your corners.
  4. Bake for 22-25 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Frost while still warm.
  5. For frosting, sift together sugar, cocoa and salt. Cream butter in mixing bowl. Gradually add in sugar to butter, alternating with milk. Mix until creamy. Spread over warm brownies.
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Life In The Open…Kitchen Shelving That Is!

Friday, January 24, 2014

If you patrol Pinterest at all, you've probably noticed open shelving in kitchens becoming more and more popular. At first, I didn't give this idea much thought. Maybe it's been a slow brain washing, but I've become intrigued by them.
When I first noticed them I thought who would want their whole world of mismatched mugs, beer koozie's, and free glasses exposed for everyone to see? That's where the open shelving concept won't work. You're going to have to coordinate your glassware and pitch out all of the plastic big gulp cups! Keeping your items in one color family is a way for it to look neat and tidy, and it won't make your eyes go crazy. It gives them a place to rest.  I'm loving the idea of all white dishes!
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Traditional kitchen by San Fransisco Designers & Architects

The photo above looks like they just took off the cabinet doors. Which is what I've been thinking about doing first. Instead of ripping the cabinets down and installing shelves, then realizing that you made a huge mistake! Doors are easy to put back. Baby steps!
Here's what mine look like with doors...

Here's an idea of what they would look like with no doors. I just opened them so they would be out of the picture. Can you get the idea? Some Pros and Cons about open shelving: 1. Are you organized? If you're not, then this is not for you. 2. Are items that you place there going to be used frequently? It will provide easy access to everyday items. 3. Dust might collect on things a little faster, but it will be easy to see and easier to clean off. 4. Open shelving makes the room look and feel bigger  5. Is it just too trendy? In 5-10 yrs. will you be regretting your decision?
Love these from Ballard Designs. Nice and hefty looking. I think for the kitchen they have to look and perform for more heavy duty items. So what are your thoughts on going door-less? Or with open shelving? Do you think it's too trendy? Or do you love the idea?
Too many questions!!
Have a great weekend!

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Loaded Baked Potato Frittata from Two Peas and Their Pod!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Loaded Baked Potato Frittata

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This frittata is loaded with potatoes and all of your favorite baked potato toppings!


4 tablespoons olive oil
4 small russet potatoes, washed and chopped
2 green onions, chopped
8 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
5 strips cooked bacon, chopped
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Cheddar cheese
Sour cream, for serving


1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet and cook the potatoes until tender, about 5 minutes. Add in the 2 tablespoons of green onion. Set aside.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Stir in the 1/4 cup green onion, bacon, potatoes, and 1/2 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Pour mixture into a greased 10-inch skillet. Put the skillet on the stove and cook over medium heat until the mixture is half set, do not stir. You just want the frittata to set up. Put the skillet in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and top with remaining cheese. Put the skillet back in the oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Cut and serve warm.
I have to say when I saw this recipe it captured my attention! I mean a loaded baked potato all baked together with bacon and melty cheese in a frittata! Yum!!  I think I'll make it for dinner, because there's something about breakfast food on a cold winters night that just warms the soul! I've tried many recipes from Two Peas and Their Pod
and they have all been healthy and delicious! Bon Appetit!!
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Throwback Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I promised some before pictures of the Master Bedroom and here they are. Boy, does that seem like a long time ago! We decided to add on when we wanted to have our second baby. He's now 24 yrs. old. The day I went to the Doctor and he made it official, we went downtown and pulled the building permits. Would I ever do that again? Heck no! We had no idea what we were in for! But, we were young and didn't give it a second thought and it all worked out in the end. I remember the night I went into labor he was caulking baseboards!
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Clearing all the Azaleas and grass.

He loved to play in the wood box

This is the corner where we just put the chaise lounge. You can read about that here.

Always working hard...

My husband also built the deck and railing. That was phase 1 before the pool went in...

Phase 2 pool goes in...

How it looks today!

24 yrs. later...
This is before we painted the fireplace white. This photo won a  Pottery Barn coziest spot contest! And this is my pup Sydney's favorite place!

And this is how it looks pretty much today.  It's even changed since these pictures were taken!
But like they say, "We've come a long way baby!!"
xo, Kathy

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January Favorite Things!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hi everybody! I hope everyone had a good weekend!  So I've been trying to figure out if a favorite things post is what you guys would be in to. So I would appreciate any feed back. I personally love to go to blogs that kind of mix it up now and then. I also love to hear what other people are in to, and love to hear about new products. Or maybe even things that have been out for a while that I haven't discovered. It's kind of like snooping in someone's cabinets when you use their restroom! Come guys know you've done it, at least once! I'm kidding! Don't do that! Did you ever see Father of the Bride with Steve Martin? It didn't end so well for him!

1. JBL Wireless speaker- We are serious music lovers in our house! Our youngest son is an awesome guitarist! :) We listen to all kinds of music, and for years I've been wanting something that I could play all over the house. And this delivers. Portable, wireless, bluetooth. With 12 hours of play time. And it sounds great! JBL

2. Downy Unstopables-Can't say enough about this product! They are scent boosters you add to your wash. Your clothes will smell fresh for weeks! My favorite scent is Fresh!

3. Philosophy's Purity made simple- Love this facial cleanser! It will remove any and all makeup without drying your skin out. I have very sensitive skin, so I have to be careful what I wash my face with. This has never bothered my skin, and we all know I don't want to be bothered! I get mine from Ulta.

4. Clarisonic Mia 2- I know this has been around for a while, but I thought I'd throw it in here, because I can't say enough about this little machine! It uses sonic frequency to deeply clean your skin. But, doesn't irritate. As I said above I have sensitive skin and it has never irritated it. Use in combination with the Purity facial cleanser, and you have your own little at home spa treatment. Ulta

5. Crest Whitestrips- I have to confess. I'm obsessed with white teeth!  When your teeth and smile are bright it just shows all over your face. It also makes you look younger too! That's a fact!

6. Bare Minerals True Romantic Trend Collection Marvelous Moxie- In "Feel the Love". Wow! That was a mouthful! Great lipstick! Good staying power! Got mine at Ulta.

7. It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation- Since going through the dreaded menopause, my skin has definitely changed. I've tried so many foundations, I've lost count. I first saw this on HSN and was impressed with the demonstrations. So I decided to try it. Love it! Good staying power, doesn't settle in to your pores, color stays true even after wearing it all day. It's a full coverage powder foundation that claims to have Anti-Aging benefits! Can't beat that! I got the set and it comes with a dual airbrush foundation concealer brush. It Cosmetics

8. John Frieda Hot air brush- This is great to add volume and soft curls to your hair. It also smooths your hair so it's not frizzy. I ordered mine off of Amazon

9. CLR Granite Cleaner- Last but not least is this great product that I found to clean my dark granite. It doesn't streak or leave a film of cloudy residue! Decor tip- Dark granite is a maintenance problem! It shows every little fingerprint and smudge!

 Wow! That was a lot! And again please let me know if you enjoy the favorite things post! I'd love to hear from you!
xo, Kathy

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Empty space gets a cozy chaise!

Friday, January 17, 2014

A while back I did a post about our empty space in our Master Bedroom. It was  pretty much the only "lonely" area in our entire house. You can read about it here. It's now filled with a cozy chaise lounge from Ikea. And it's exactly the look I was going for in that corner. It's the Kivik chaise in Blekinge white. Here's the link for it: Ikea. One thing to remember about Ikea furniture is you've got to get it home by yourself, and assemble it too. So make sure you bring a vehicle that will hold all your new goodies! 
It's very comfy and with the little side table that I got from Target, (Also from this post) it's the perfect spot to relax.
I think it's the first time that I love how my little corner looks!
Also, I'm thinking of adding some navy blue to the room. I've been eyeing a new duvet and shams. From where? Everyone together...Pottery Barn! I think navy will look great with the grey (Revere Pewter) walls.

I've got some throwback pictures of the bedroom that I'll be posting next week. So you can see for yourself how far this room has come!
Have a great weekend!
xo, Kathy
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How I Store My Makeup

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

If someone said rate what you love more, house decorating or makeup? I would have to think long and hard! Because for me there is almost nothing better than coming home from the store with a bagful of new makeup! Except maybe a bagful of new home stuff from say Target or maybe even Pottery Barn! I Love it…all! For me, I think makeup brings out the creative side of you and shows off your personality. Just the way decorating your home does. I have a long time best friend (you know who you are!) and she and I would always joke that, when you feel bad just put on a little more lipstick! The only problem with this addiction is storage. I'm not a hoarder by any means, but I do have a fair amount of makeup. And I do like to keep it organized and looking halfway attractive. I have a vanity table that I sit at to do my makeup. But, I want to repaint it and get a new chair or stool. So it's not picture ready now, so those pictures will have to wait. This is what I've come up with for the moment and it seems to be working out pretty good, as long as I keep rotating the old with the new!
Coffee Beans work great to hold all your brushes!
The picture above is an acrylic organizer from The Container Store, The drawers in the top picture are from, and the glass container with my brushes is a container that some flowers were sent to me in once.

I have another cheapy storage container with drawers that I keep in the linen closet to keep items that I just can't get rid of yet! See, no hoarding tendencies here!! How do you all store your makeup? I'm always looking for new ideas!
XO, Kathy

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K & M live here!

Monday, January 13, 2014

I'm confused...who lives here, and what are their initials? You can't miss these babies when you walk in our house! It's no secret that I like things that make a statement and these typesetter plaques from Ballard Design fit the bill! I love them no matter!
I saw Bill and Guiliana Rancic use the same thing in their new, gorgeous home and knew that's what I wanted for this space! If you haven't seen their home google it and you'll see what I mean!

Also, I'm thinking about painting the large shelf on the right a creamy white. Thoughts? I'm in the mood to lighten things up a bit. We originally stained it to compliment the dining room table. But, you know once it's painted...yikes! I'll think about that another day, Scarlett!

Also, I thought I'd share with you a couple of things we picked up at Ikea the other day. First, we got this really nice lamp that's sort of a hammered metal finish. We bought a lampshade but it was too white looking, so I switched it out for this one that was in our bedroom. I'll save the new one for the empty nest room that we're working on. Which by the way is a disaster area! I was hoping to put some progress pictures up, but to be honest we didn't get much done this weekend. :( Also from Ikea are these cute little faux plants. I put them on these Pottery Barn candlestick holders and added a little green moss around the base. It kind of gives these candle holders another purpose!
So that's it for today! I'm doing these pictures and post from my IPad today, so please excuse the not so great pictures!
Happy Monday! :)
XO, Kathy

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