Wednesday, June 28, 2017

4th of July Tablescapes & Decorations

Good morning! Can you believe this weekend it is already the 4th of July! Summer seems to be flying by and I feel as if I have not been doing anything but a few trips to the beach, reading, going to bbq's and not much more. 

Image Cindy

I typically do not decorate too much for the 4th of July; I hang my flag and have a vintage ironstone picture filled with mini flags on my counter. But after seeing this elegant and patriotic table from Cindy at Rough Luxe I think I am going to have to up my game this year! 

Between Naps on the Porch

I found a few fun tables capes that I thought you might like. You don't need to run out and buy a inch of stuff just use what you have. 

Image Annie Falk Here

Get out your white bowls that you typically use for cereal in the morning, place them on top of the red plates that you use for Christmas, maybe add some colorful flowers with a few flags for your arrangement. 

Image Home is where the Boat Is

Image Tobi Fairley Setting Kathryn Greeley

You could also add a pot of your red geraniums that you have on your porch, get out your gingham tablecloth, scatter some confetti, add your blue transfer ware plates, tie a box of sparklers to your napkin and you are good to go. Look around your house, I would guess that you already have everything that you need to make a festive tables cape for two or for the next party that you are hosting!

Image Stone Gable

If you need a few last minute items, check out these fun finds from TargetSur la TablePottery Barn and more. 

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Crockpot Chicken Tiki Masala

Good morning! I may have said this before but I will say it again, I would much rather bake than cook. Personally I like sugar better than meat. That said, I do cook and frequently experiment with different foods, as I am not partial to a slab of meat, I like dishes with complex, interesting flavors and spices. Therefore at my house I am the inside cook and my husband mans the grill and occasionally the cast iron skillet

One of the foods that I love most is Indian food and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it even more if it can be made in a Crock Pot. I like being able to come home from the beach or being out on my board and not having to worry about dinner. This weekend I made Crock Pot Chicken Tiki Masala using a recipe from one of my favorite bloggers The Iron You.  First and foremost this recipe is  flavorful and delicious and secondly, it is incredibly easy.  It is better than a restaurant, and you can serve it over basmati rice or cauliflower rice if you are eating low carb. You could also add a piece of naan bread to soak up the scrumptious, spicy gravy if you are not watching your carbs. 

Crockpot Chicken Tiki Masala
Recipe from: The Iron You

2 lbs organic chicken breasts cut into 1" pieces
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 20 oz. can of crushed tomato
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoon Garam masala
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 bay leaves

1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Grease the inside of your crock pot bowl with cooking spray.  Set aside. Combine all ingredients (except for bay leaves, heavy cream, cornstarch, and lemon juice) in a large bowl. Stir to combine everything, making sure that the chicken is well coated. 
Pour the mixture into the slow cooker and place the two bay leaves on top. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low heat for 4 hours on high. 
When mixture in the crock pot is done, in a separate small bowl combine heavy cream and cornstarch  and gently stir into the mixture. Let cook an additional 20 minutes for the mixture to thicken up.
Finally add lemon juice and gently stir to incorporate.
Serve warm over basmati rice, cauliflower rice or plain. You could also add a can or two of drained and rinsed chic peas to the mixture for the last 30 minutes of cooking. 
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Do you have an easy, and favorite Indian dish? Please share if you do, I would love to try something new as I typically make Chicken(or cauliflower/chick pea) Tiki Masala or Indian Butter Chicken.

Have a fabulous week!


Saturday, June 24, 2017

4th of July Fashion

Happy Saturday morning to you! I hope that you have some relaxing and entertaining plans for the weekend. I will be at the beach weather permitting and riding my bike.
The 4th of July is only a few weeks away and we have been invited to several parties and bbq's so I  have been looking for a casual outfit, not necessarily shorts and a t-shirt. I found a few great dresses that I thought you might like as well!

As for accessories, I have seen tassel's and balls in bright colors everywhere this summer. Here are a few in the appropriate colors of the holiday!

Add a great pair of sandals to any of these dresses and you are set to go out to a party day or night!

What are your plans for the 4th of July? Party? Beach? Or a day at home? I hope that whatever you do you have fun and are safe.

Note: This post includes affiliate links that if you click I may earn a few cents. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Favorits from the Sits Girls, Cosy Little House, Simply Delicious Food, Baker By Nature, You May Be Wandering, Town & Country, Julie Blanner and More

Good morning a happy Summer to you! I hope that you are having a fabulous week! As I mentioned this week, "summer weather" has been hit or miss here, mostly a miss. But that's OK I am sure that something better is to come.

Image Here via Pinterest

I have mentioned many times that I love pizza, grilled cheese, pasta and burgers but I might have failed to mention that I am always in search of the perfect sandwich. 

Image Bake By Nature

This weekend I will be making this scrumptious looking Philly Style Italian Hoagie from Baker By Nature

Image Simply Delicious Food Via Pinterest

If a sandwich is not your style than perhaps this beautiful Roasted Tomato Caprese Tart from Simply Delicious Food

Image from The Sits Girls

There is ALWAYS something  to celebrate  even if it just a new day, so why not whip up a batch of these beautiful Champagne Cupcakes from the Sits Girls?

Image Julie Blanner

If you would like a new cocktail to serve at your summer festivities try this Margarita Float from Julie Blanner.

Image from Town and Country Magazone

I know that many people are fans of Jane Austen, myself included so I thought you might enjoy this Guide to Jane Austens Countryside from Town and Country, just in case you are planning a trip to the UK any time soon. 

Speaking of which if you are planning a trip and need help with any of the arrangements like flights, hotels, fun activities or excursions contact Sandy at You May Be Wandering she is a travel expect/guide and can help you plan a small trip and a grand adventure! 

For those of you who will be traveling this summer and staying with friends and family here is a great article about 10 Rules to Every House Guest Should Follow.

Image Angie 40 by 40

I discovered a great new blog this week, the 40 by 40 Project. Angie is almost 40 and has made a list of 40 things she wants to accomplish before she turns 40. 

Image Cosy Little House

I discovered Angie from this post that Brenda of Cosy Litte House wrote about Angie's fabulous 350 sq. ft apartment in New York. I am amazed that this beautiful place is 350 sq. feet.

And last but not least, it is never to early to start thinking about the 4th of July! If you are having a bbq, or a summer party you might want to pick up a few of these fun plates, cups, napkins and more. 

If you watched, read, made, ate or did anything this week that we should know about please share in the comments.

I hope that you have a fabulous weekend.

Note: The above collage contains affiliate links. 


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Just Curious...What is on Your Summer Bucket List for 2017?

Summer is finally here, at least on the calendar, the weather not so much. No matter because with all of the crazy rain I have been able to spend a little time thinking about my bucket list. 

For the last few years I have made a list of the things that I absolutely want to do over the summer season and I almost always complete them all but a few things always get away because of time or weather. This year I decided to focus on 10 things only. 

As you can see my list is very simple, no grand adventure although I am open to one if it comes along, I want to enjoy family, friends, and the simple pleasures of Summer. 

Do you have something special planned for your summer? A wonderful holiday, a family reunion, time at the beach or just enjoying life at home? 

Whatever you do I hope that you enjoy it. The season is short and soon winter will be upon us so get out there and catch some fireflies, splash in the ocean, take a hike in the mountains, eat a Popsicle, have a BBQ. 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Eugenia Kim Straw Hats, DIY and More

Image and Hat here

The last few years these whimsical Eugenia Kim straw hats have been everywhere and although I like them I don't like the price. If you are a fan of Eugenia Kim, I have put together a collage of a few of my favorite hats.

If you would like a similar look for less I have included a few options as well. 


Hat Nordstrom

Hat Nordstrom

Hat Nordstrom

Last but not least, if you are a DIYer, than here a a couple of links so that you can make your own hat!

Me and Mr.Jones "Wish you were here" tutorial.

Are you a fan of hats? As I age I find myself wearing a hat more and more because although I love a tan I really do not want to have any skin issues. If you do not wear a hat at least remember a little sunscreen. 

I hope that you have a beautiful Tuesday!

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