Sunday, July 29, 2018

Silent Sunday 7-29-2018

Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Friday Favorites from I Food Blogger, Jenny Steffens, Cote de Texas, Memories of the Pacific and More

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Good morning! Happy Friday to you! I hope that you had a great week. I am a little tired today because yesterday our Spanish friends(who are returning to Spain in a few weeks) came over to teach us how to make authentic paella, sangria and other Spanish food. It was a great time but I think I need to fast for the weekend because I ate way too much. 


Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

The grey rainy days this week had me craving a little comfort food so I made these Slow Cooker Short Ribs from I Food Blogger. They are easy and delicious.

One Pot Rice and Chicken

This One Pot Chicken and Rice from Sweet Pillar Food is on my list for the next cool rainy day. 

Chamomile Tea from Sweet Boutique

For the hot, steamy days this Chamomile Cold Brew Mint Tea from Sweet Boutique looks perfect. 

Image JSH

The cocktail of summer Aperol Spritz from JSH.


Image Cote de Texas

I love the country homes of the UK, everything always seems so cosy. Cote de Texas has a fabulous post this week if you would love to rent one of these cute cottages and experience it for yourself. 

Image from Memories of the Pacific

If you are a lavender lover than you might think the only place you can see the lush purple fields is in Provence. Luckily that is not so, you can visit Spain where they are just as beautiful and one of my favorite places the San Juan Islands

If you are traveling to France in August here is a great post about What is On and What is Open in August.


Image Colassal

Beautiful glass sculptures

Interesting Reading


I love this plate. I have this planner. I can't wait to get this gingham shirt. I am looking forward to my first Fall candle. I think these leopard loafers would be great for the cooler months. And I will be giving these apple & pear salt and pepper shakers as a gif this Christmas.

What did you discover this week? Did you read, listen to, watch or make anything interesting? If so please share with us!

I hope that you have a happy and safe weekend.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Favorite Soludos: Espadrilles and More

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Good morning! I hope that you are having a great week. I am excited because tonight we are having our spanish friends over and they are giving us cooking lessons on how to make real Spanish paella, sangria and a few other things. 
Speaking of Spain, my favorite summer shoe, espadrilles are from Spain. These classic shoes are typically made from cotton or canvas uppers and have twisted rope soles. They are comfortable, versatile and easy to wear from the beach to the mall, to dinner, in the garden and come in so many colors and styles. I love them so much I even wrote a post about them last year, Espadrilles The Shoes of Summer.

Classic Stripe

I got my first of many pairs in St.Jean du Luz, a beautiful town in the Pyrenees, on a summer visit with friends. They were red and I wore them until they fell apart, not only for their comfort but because they reminded my of my holidays in France.

Platform Soludos

In France in the Pyrenees they are sold everywhere and in every color and in the summer it is the shoe that you most often see on men, women and kids even more so than sandals, flip flops or sneakers.

Lemon Espadrilles

Now days instead of just plain colors you will see embroidered ones with fruits, or sayings , there are leather uppers, and even ones with decorative hemp.

Red Pom Pom

And Soludos, my favorite brand, has expanded their selection in the last few years beyond the classic styles to include colorful mules,  velvet mules and embroidered mules, whimsical sandals and sneakers.

velvet mules

Embroidered Sneakers

embroidered mules

Pom Pom Sandals

There are so many cute patterns and colors that it is hard to pick a favorite but I would have to say the Ibezia Embroidered Espadrilles because I love the colors!

Are you a fan of espadrilles? Do you have a favorite brand? Color? Style? If so please share it. And if you are looking for a pair check out my suggestions below.

If you would like to know more about the history of espadrilles check out this article by Nicole, Fashion Archives: A History of the Espadrilles

Have a great day!

No Churn Pistachio Ice Cream

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Good morning! How is your week? Mine is going well. I am getting a lot done as I am staying put at home because of the rain and flooding. I know many have had the same sort of weather lately hopefully you are not letting it disrupt your summer too much. 

Warm summer days call for a cool dessert. As a child I loved lemon ice and drum sticks from the ice cream man. My palate has expanded as an adult and one of my favorite things to eat and make is pistachio ice cream. Gone are the days of rock salt and churning the machine by hand, in fact for this delectable treat there is no churning needed. This week I made some scrumptious no churn pistachio ice cream and you might enjoy it as well because it is so easy and delicious. 

No Churn Pistachio Ice Cream
Recipe from The Sweetest Escape


2 cups heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup shelled and chopped pistachio nuts


Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl combine the condensed milk, the pudding mix and 1/2 cup of the pistachios. Mix well.

Fold the heavy whipping cream into the pistachio mixture, if you want you can add food coloring to turn the ice cream to the shade that you prefer. Pour mixture into a loaf pan and cover well with plastic wrap.

Freeze the mixture for at least 8 hours. Garnish with extra pistachios and enjoy.

Do you have a no churn ice cream recipe that you like? If so please share because I would like to try a few more, especially a vanilla or chocolate.

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Eye Spy Scallops

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Scalloped Plated Williams Sonoma

Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine was a washout, I guess I missed the forecast where they mentioned rain for a week. I did manage one walk between the raindrops, and the rest of the time was spent perusing Pinterest and reading. 

Mackenzie Child's

Lately I have noticed that scallops, or fish scales as some people refer to them, are everywhere. They are on platescookie cutters, and iconic Madeline's


On old terrines. 

Antique French Terrine

Antique Tart Pans from LaClairie Etsy Store

And tart pans.

  Recipe here,

Image Kitchn

And at the market. 

Image and Flowers from American Meadows

You can add some scallops to your garden

Image/Design Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design

Or the bathroom. I love the scallops on this bathroom vanity. 

Image House Beautiful

And the tiles in this kitchen. 

Image here design from Eva Quateman Interiors

There are  scallops on bedding on pillows, tables and even candles.

Dress here

You can even add a few scallops to your wardrobe with sandalsdresses

Shirt Image

I personally love the scallop details, it makes even a plain shirt or bedding look a little dressy and more elegant. 

Are you a fan of scallops in the house or garden or do you prefer your scallops in the kitchen and for dinner?

I hope that you have a great day. More rain, heavy winds and grey weather here so I will batten down the hatches and stay home. 

Image Damn Delicious

Note: If you would like to add some scallops to your summer table Sugar and Cloth has a great tutorial. And if you prefer to eat your scallops you might like this recipe from recipe for lemon scallops from Damn Delicious.

If you feel like shopping just click the photo below!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Silent Sunday 7-22-2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Friday Favorites from A Dish of Daily Life, Camille Styles, Marc & Angel, Greige Design and More

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Similar Balloon Dogs Here

Good morning! How was your week? Mine was great, we had friends in town this week so in between work we squeezed time with them at the beach, and enjoying long dinners and laughs.  I have big plans for the weekend on my paddle board so hopefully the weather will be nice. 



Summer is a time for lazy days and easy dinners, this Grilled Lemon Cream Pasta from A Dish of Daily Life seems like a perfect meal. 

Image Foodie Quine

As doe this Bulgar Wheat Salad with Cherries, Feta and Pistachio. If you are looking for more easy salads check out my post summer salads you want to make now, they are all easy and delicious. 

Camille Styles

Every weekend my husband and I end the day reading and relaxing with a cocktail on the front porch, typically I have a Blush Lily, (you can find the recipe here) but I do like to try new things and I think this, Frose from Camille Styles looks like an excellent drink to try. 

Image From Also the Crumbs Please

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake! If you like chocolate brownies, cookies, cakes and more check out my other blog Once Upon A Chocolate Life for recipes. 


Image Greige Design Kitchen by deVol

I am a huge fan of individuality and interesting design and decor which is sometimes hard to find in this day and age but this Gorgeous Kitchen featured on Greige Design is right up my alley. 

Interesting Reading

I love hydrangeas, unfortunately I do not have any in my yard, only in containers on my porch. If you would like to learn more about their care check out this post from My Sweet Savannah.

I am a huge fan of Marc&Angel Hack Life and this post 12 Notes to Self About the Hard Things You Need to do to be Happy is one of their best. 


Quote: "Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles that we have and offer thanks for all of the troubles we don't have." 

If you like quotes you can see more of them on my Pinterest board Wit, Wisdom and Inspiration or on Between Sisters Between Friends a quote blog. 


I love these ikat Soludos, don't you?

I hope that you have a wonderful and safe weekend. As always, please share your recipes, books, podcasts and whatever else you found interesting this week!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Greek Pasta Salad

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Good morning! I am so excited because I was invited by Mary Ann of the beautiful blog  Classic Casual Home to join Sue of The View From the Great Island, Annie from Most Lovely Things and Cindy from Rough Luxe Lifestyle to share a summer salad with you today.

I made an incredibly easy Greek pasta salad that you can eat warm or cold at home or take along to a bbq, summer party or picnic.

Summer is a busy time and frankly many days it is simply too hot to cook. Rather than carry in or eat out why not fix yourself a refreshing salad? I love salad but to be honest I am a little lazy sometimes so I like to make salads that are as easy as possible and this Greek Pasta Salad fits the bill. You simply gather the ingredients that you like, chop, add to cooked pasta, toss together and enjoy!

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

16 oz. cheese tortellini pasta
1 cucumber chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes cut in half
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
3/4 cup quartered artichoke hearts
3/4 cup of mini mozzarella balls, you can replace with feta
1/3 cup red onion, diced
fresh herbs(basil, oregano) to taste

Optional: red/green peppers


Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, once done drain and set aside.
Meanwhile prepare the vegetables, cut the grape tomatoes in half, dice the artichoke hearts, and the cucumbers, chop the onions, and place everything in a bowl. Mix lightly, then add desired amount of dressing and mix again. You can eat it warm or cold.


juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 minced garlic clove
1 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper

Place all ingredients for the dressing in a jar and shake vigorously until combined.

Note: I realize that feta cheese is traditional in a Greek salad but the day I made this the guests wanted mozzarella.

This salad is delicious on its own as lunch or a light dinner but if you want something a little more than add a grilled chicken breast. 

You can also add or subtract the ingredients that your family does or don't like and make it more personal. 

Please visit the rest of the ladies and try their scrumptious salad recipes as well. 
Mary Ann of the Classic Casual Home  
Annie from Most Lovely Things 

Have a great day and please share your favorite salad recipes as well!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Little Things Lately

Lately life has been busy with longs walks at the beach, dipping my toes into the water, but mostly strolling along with my dear friend. Wonderfully long dinners, with old friends and new, eating grilled meats and vegetables and drinking copious amounts of sangria. Mornings are spent at yoga and afternoons soaking up the sun. This summer I am taking a "holiday" from life. I am scaling back on work and social media so that I can enjoy time with my family and friends and of course my pups. I am reading and relaxing. Everything has not been sunny and bright though, this week two friends lost their loved ones, one lost her aunt and the other her father. A blog friend just had a baby and her husband announced he was leaving their marriage. Life, one minute carefree and filled with joy and a breath away filled with sadness. A lesson my friends, life can change in an instant, make sure that you tell your loved ones that you love them and live life to the fullest.