Summer Time Skin And Scents!

Monday, June 30, 2014

This might be a little off the beaten path of decorating, but I wanted to share with you my summer time skin routine and a new summer fragrance that I'm loving right now!

First up is this Beach Collection from Bobbi Brown

This is AMAZING!! It really smells like the beach, only better. It's a combination of suntan lotion, wind blowing through sea grass, a crisp ocean breeze and a hint of jasmine!

While we're sitting on the couch watching T.V. Mike will say, "I smell the beach!"
 I got this collection from Sephora and it comes with perfume, body lotion, shower gel and body scrub.

I'm in love!


If there is one thing you might not know about me is I'm a sucker for any new product!
 And if a celebrity endorses it…forget about it!

 I was watching Watch What Happens Live on Bravo and Jennifer Lopez was on and she says she uses this Rose Day Cream Light from Dr. Hauschka for something like 10 years now.

And I mean come on…that skin is GORGEOUS!!!

Before the show was over, I had ordered it!

It's perfect for hot days. When some moisturizers are too heavy. It leaves my skin soft and smooth with a light scent of Rose. 


Now this little trio is what I purchased at the Ritz-Carlton after my spa treatment. I had the sweetest lady perform my facial and when she evaluated my skin this is what she recommended.

This is the Eminence Organic Skin Care line. The Cucumber eye gel, the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, and the Tropical Vanilla Day Cream.

I can't tell you how much of a difference I've noticed in my skin from using these products. My skin tone is more even, redness is diminished and fine lines and wrinkles are faded.

Another winner!

Plus it's all organic so you can feel good about what you put on your skin.

Do you have a summer skin care routine?
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It's A Bacon Bonanza Up In Here!

Friday, June 27, 2014

I would like to see a show of hands of those of you who don't like bacon!

If you're raising your hand, then you might want to look away now because this post is bacon CRAZY!!
We love bacon in this house any way any how!

We've even had bacon doughnuts! They were super good!!

We did some grilling out last weekend and I thought I would share what we fixed. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

And yes the main attraction was BACON!!

**On the menu**
Bacon Wrapped Filets
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp basted with a Sriracha Glaze
Grilled Corn
Grilled Pineapple
Caprese Salad

First up for an appetizer was a Caprese Salad. Made from tomatoes and basil from my garden. Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, and of course Extra Virgin Oil.
A sprinkle of Pink Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper.
De-Lish!

Applewood smoked bacon cooked halfway in the oven.

These filets were the most tender pieces of meat I've ever eaten. I wrapped them in uncooked bacon and secured them with wooden toothpicks.

Brush the tops with EVOO and add a thick coating of McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning. Don't skimp on a thick cut of meat or burger. Grill pineapple 3-5 minutes per side.

I made a glaze to baste the bacon wrapped shrimp skewers. 3 Tablespoons of Sriracha sauce, 4 Tablespoons of honey, and 1 tablespoon of paprika. Baste shrimp the last couple minutes of grilling.
Make sure you taste before, because the Sriracha sauce is extremely hot. So adjust the honey accordingly.

But first I marinated the shrimp for 20 minutes in 1/4 EVOO, 3 cloves of garlic minced and the zest of 1 lemon. Salt and pepper the shrimp.

Then cut the bacon in half and wrap each one in bacon. Place 3 shrimp on skewers.

These are fresh off the grill, basted and ready to devour!

We grilled everything on my new Technique Nonstick BBQ Grilling Pan. It was the best especially for the shrimp kebobs.

Who's ready to eat?

Are you a bacon lover?
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How To Grill Corn Four Different Ways

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Is there no better time than summer for corn?

When you combine fresh, sweet summer corn and the grill you have the perfect combination!

We love corn around our house, and eat it every chance we get.

Summer corn fresh from the farmers market is the best! We love to grill our corn, and there was a time when I only boiled it. But once you start grilling, you'll never go back to boiling.

**I'm calling this Corn 4 different ways**

 Do nothing, Do a little, Do more, Do naked.

Let's get to it!

First way, do nothing.
How easy is this? Literally put it on the grill as is. Do nothing to it. The husks will appear to be burned, but that's ok, that's what you want. Just turn it often for about 15 mins.

Next, do a little.
Take your corn and peel back the husks, removing the silk. Some would say to soak your corn for 20 mins. in water and drain. But I've found that you don't need to do this.  Season your corn with pats of butter, spices, salt and pepper.  Pull the husks back up covering the kernels.
Take a look at these recipes from Williams-Sonoma for seasoned butters. Pecan, lime, chili, and Italian seasoning will have your corn go from ordinary to extraordinary!

The next way is our favorite way!
Do a little more…
Steamed in foil on the grill. Easy for your guests to eat, because it's shucked and already prepared.
Clean the corn and removed the husks.
Coat with butter, salt and pepper and whatever seasonings you want. I've sprinkled a little Parmesan cheese too. Delicious!
Wrap in foil and grill. The steam makes the corn so tender!
18-20 minutes turning frequently. That's it!

Last but not least.
Do naked.
Now I'm not talking about you. Unless you're in to that. But be careful!! That could be very dangerous!
No I'm talking about the corn. Silly!
Just clean your corn and place on the grill. Turning frequently. Just be sure to watch it, because it can burn easily. You want good char marks and the corn will blister in places, but that will give it that nice smokey flavor that you want.

So there you have my corn 4 ways!

Do you and your family love grilling out in the summer?
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How To Make The Perfect Bed!

Monday, June 23, 2014

When you think about making a bed you might think, "Who doesn't know how to make a bed?"

Now I admit I don't make my bed everyday. I'll go in spurts of making it. And sometimes I have to conscientiously think about making it.  Whew! I feel so much better getting that off my chest! Making my bed starts my day off feeling like everything is organized and right with the world.

My husband is a freak about the bed! Let me reword that!
You see he has to have the sheets and blanket a certain way. The sheet can't be longer than the blanket and at night he pulls it down so it looks like a hotel...like I said "Freak!" I could sleep in it any ole way or how!

So I started thinking about what makes for the perfect bed and started doing some research on the art of making a bed! 

This is what I found from Martha Stewart, who is the Queen of Homemaking!
First you need to start with good quality materials. Don't skimp or cheap out on bedding!
I mean after all you spend a third of your life there!

Materials-
-Mattress Cover
-Fitted Sheet
-Flat Sheet
-Blanket, Comforter, or Duvet

Step 1-

Begin with a good-quality mattress and box spring. Protect the mattress with a cotton cover; Martha adds a wool pad.

Step 2-

Unless you're using a fitted sheet, make hospital corners with the bottom sheet, starting at the bed's head: Drape the sheet evenly over the bed, leaving about 1 foot of fabric hanging beyond the head. Stand beside the bed, toward its center, and pick up a side hem. Pull the hem toward you into a taut crease, then raise the creased section over the mattress so the sheet makes a triangular tent over the bed. With your other hand, smooth the sheet flat along the mattress's side. Then fold the creased section down over the side, and tuck the sheet snugly under the mattress. Repeat the process at the foot and other side of the bed.

Step 3-

Add the top sheet, and make hospital corners at the bed's foot.

Step 4-

Leave the sides untucked for easier sleeping. Finish with a blanket, quilt, or down comforter.

Extra Tip:
Give your linens a spritz of linen spray, when making the bed up or after pulling your bed down at night.
This spray by Jo Malone is a beautiful soft scent. 


You can also make your own linen spray:
Pour 3oz. of alcohol in a bowl. Add 30 drops of an essential oil of your choice and mix thoroughly. Add 1 1/2 Cups of distilled water and stir together. 
Use a funnel and pour into a plastic spray bottle.
It's that simple!

Sleep Tight!

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Tampa's Famous Columbia Restaurant's Filet Salteado!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Today I'm sharing with you a recipe that my husband has been making for quite a while now for his guys at the fire station.

If you've ever visited Tampa, hopefully you've eaten at the Columbia Restaurant.

It's definitely one of Tampa's most familiar landmarks, for it's Florida's oldest restaurant, founded in 1905.

The food is not only delicious, but the restaurant feels like you've stepped back in time. With it's hand painted-tiles and custom made wrought iron chandeliers that give it an Old World Charm.

This is what Mike orders every time we visit the restaurant, and so he started making it. I thought I would share it with you!

Filet Salteado is a delicious sauté of tender filet, potatoes, onion, green pepper, chorizo sausage, garlic all perfectly combined with red wine and served with yellow rice. 
Yum!!

Recipe is at the end of the post.
All the ingredients chopped and ready to go into the hot oil.

Potatoes and Filet sautéing. One thing he omits is the mushrooms. He's not a fan! 


Here's Mike hard at work, Gotta love him!

The finished dish!
As the recipes states it can also be prepared with chicken, pork or shrimp!
Might have to try that!
We also serve them with Plantains, there at the top left of the picture.








Filet Salteado*

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Ingredients

1 lb. tenderloin filet, cut in 1-inch cubes
1 Spanish onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 chorizo (Spanish sausage), sliced
½ cup sliced mushrooms
Salt and pepper to taste
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
Vegetable or peanut oil for frying
1/3 cup red wine
1 green pepper, chopped

Preparation

Sauté diced tenderloin in hot olive oil. When meat is brown, add chopped garlic, onion, and green pepper. Set aside. Deep-fry diced potatoes in vegetable oil for 10 minutes or until brown; drain on paper towels. Add chorizo, mushrooms, salt, pepper and potatoes to the meat. Add wine and bring to a boil. Serves 2.

* May substitute chicken, pork or shrimp for filet.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

I would love to hear your reviews!!

On another note, I hope you're enjoying the new blog design! The commenting system is still processing but should be up and running by tonight! Fingers crossed!
If you're a blogger I would love to hear what commenting system you're using. So drop me a line!

Happy Hump Day!!

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New Updates To The Living Room!

Monday, June 16, 2014

A little bit at a time…This is my mantra!

I've been working on the living room side for a little while now. One thing I wanted to do was give my T.V. console a wee bit of an update. I thought about painting it and still might in the future. But for now this is what I've done.

I really like all the dip-dyed baskets that are out there now. So I thought I'd give it a try, and it turned out great!

This is how the console looked before...


And this is after…

I painted the baskets, changed out the handles to something with more shine and weight. Then I sprayed a little wooden bowl white, and added green apples to give it a pop of color.

So easy to do, I just taped off where I wanted my stripe. And spray away!!



It's amazing what a little spray paint can do for something that you've had forever!


Next I added a little gallery wall above my new white chairs and I love it!


Next I finally decided on the area rug for this space. It's the Moroccan Trellis Wool Rug From Overstock. You would have to feel this to believe it! And I feel like it was a good price as well!
It's the softest rug ever!



It's an off white cream with a navy trellis design. It adds a "WOW" factor to the room!
I just want to take my shoes off and walk on it all day! It's that soft!
Ok enough about the dang rug!!


Last but not least, we found a cute new store in our area that sells modern vintage things and I must say It's now one of my favorite stores!
I bought this dough bowl and antique Japanese floats to continue my coastal look. I got them at a great price!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my new updates!

I'd love to hear what you've been up to!!
XO,

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Come See My Home Featured At Southern Hospitality!

Friday, June 13, 2014

And the hits just keep on comin!!

Last week my master bedroom was featured at Savvy Southern Style which I'm still pinching myself!

And now this week my home is being featured over at Southern Hospitality!




I can't tell you how honored I am that Rhoda invited me to share my home on her blog in her Feature Friday series.

As a new blogger trying to inch my way into the circle is hard. But, with veterans that are so respected in the blogging world like Rhoda at Southern Hospitality reaching out to give a rookie a hand, means the world to me!
 And it just solidifies that I'm on the right path!

Thank you Rhoda! You are an extra special person!



Make sure you tell Rhoda Hi, and that I sent ya!!
XO,
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Did You Forget To Decorate The Hallway?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

 Do you ever have those days when you feel really productive?
 I had a very productive day yesterday. Not that I did anything earth shattering!
 You know the usual, wrote a post, did some banking, grocery shopped, organized and cleaned out my fridge, did laundry, cooked some Bangin grilled shrimp for dinner, and spray painted a couple of items that I'll be posting on in few days.

And of course always thinking about what's next for finishing up the living room side of the remodel.
 But, as I've said before I'm trying to take things slow and not rush this time. It's very hard for me to do that, because I'm a very fast decorator!
 The other part of the remodel that I want to take on is the "Hallway!"
Now I've gotten some head turns from friends and the husband with very puzzled looks, when I mention decorating the hallway.
Why?

Because it's the forgotten room!!

There is something about hallways that have always intrigued me. They are kind of mysterious in way.

But, I think you tend to forget about decorating your hallway.
Here's some examples of some beautiful, well thought out hallways. The ones with more than just family pictures in them!


This hallway is exactly what I'm referring to. Walking down this hallway would be exciting, because you would wonder what is beyond those double doors...


What's not to love about this hallway?
 The bookshelves, the beautiful curved beadboard ceiling with dark wood beams!

 Exquisite!

I could see myself lingering there and taking forever to come out of the other side!


How cute is this hallway leading to a playroom? Painted with chalkboard paint, your kids would love it!

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Maybe a gallery wall?

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Although my hallway is not as grand as these, I like to take elements of them and incorporate them into my vision.

We'll see where the hallway leads to!

Did you forget about your hallway?
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New Obsession-Navy And Coral!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

As I incorporate my new color of navy into the living room. I've been on the search for a second accent color that will play off well with the navy.

I thought about apple green or yellows or even sticking with just the navy/white combo and not having a second color. 

 Then I stumbled across a picture from Houzz with navy and coral.

I instantly knew that this was the color combo that was for me, for summer, at the moment, until fall, for a while, until the next obsession takes me over!

Traditional Living Room by Santa Ana Interior Designers & Decorators Darci Goodman Design

I like, I like!!

I think it works well with the coastal feel of my room and brings a freshness and uniqueness to the room.

I felt like so many colors had been done. And done. And done. Coral combined with the classic navy has a little edge to it. Which I like!

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I recently purchased these pillows from Birch Lane and I love them! The bold navy and white stripe is just what I was looking for. And if you ever needed to use these for self defense they would be great! Because they are the heaviest pillows I've ever seen!

These are from Target from their Threshold line. 

I got my new area rug about a week ago and I'm slowly, I said slowly, finishing the room. Which is hard for me, because I decorate fast! But I'm trying a new approach, to take things slow. We'll see. Old habits die hard!

So I'll have the completed living room done in a couple of weeks and I'll post the finished pictures of my living room then. 

I would love to hear what you think about the navy/coral combo.

Do you like it? Or not? 

I love to hear your comments and opinions!

Have a great one!!
Xo,
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