Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Just a reminder of what it looks like now.
Option #2: These William Sonoma Wide Stripe Drapes with a Seagrass/Sisal/Jute rug.
This option would also flow well with the open concept we've got going downstairs.
Option #3: Uses the same rug, but adds a lot more color with these Audrey drapes from Pottery Barn.
I feel like they would looks really good with the blue shutters.
BUT...do they go with the living room and the kitchen? Which option do you guys like best? #1, #2, or #3? Thanks!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
So, I decorated the fireplace. Just the fireplace. No tree yet. Nothing else. Just the fireplace.
Friday, November 6, 2009
But back to colors. It used to be the palest shade of aqua. I put it everywhere. Bathrooms, dishes, bedding--you name it. These days its an inky-black-blue shade. Mix that with my new found obsession with all things under the sea--and you add these beauties to my every growing MUST HAVE list.
I think my bedroom could use some new paint in my new favorite shade and these prints. LOVE. Found here and here.
**Don't forgot to enter my giveaway below! I forgot to mention that it ends NEXT Friday! :)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The galvanized key cabinet from Pottery Barn. Like it? Would you like it to be yours? :) If so, just leave a comment and become a follower. That's it! (Unless you would like earn 3 more chances. Then just blog about this giveaway.) Okay, now that's it. :)
***Update: Forgot to mention this giveaway ends NEXT Friday! :)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
For Port reduction
2 cups Ruby Port (500 ml)
1/2 cup superfine granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
2 fresh mint leaves, torn into bits
6 thin crosswise slices applewood-smoked bacon (1/4 lb), cut into thirds
18 bay scallops (preferably Nantucket; 1/3 lb), tough muscle from side of each discarded if attached
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Make Port reduction:
Bring Port, superfine sugar, peppercorns, and mint to a simmer in a 2-quart saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, then carefully ignite Port with a kitchen match, letting flames die down (this will take a few minutes). Simmer over moderately low heat until sauce is thickened and reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cool to warm.
Heat a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, then cook bacon until some fat has rendered and edges of bacon start to brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.
Pat scallops dry and season with salt and pepper. When bacon is cool enough to handle, wrap a piece of bacon around each scallop and pierce scallop with a wooden pick to secure.
Heat oil and butter in cleaned skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté scallops, turning over once, until bacon is browned and scallops are opaque, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and serve with Port reduction for dipping.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
1. I work at a radio station doing afternoons from 2-7pm here in Seattle. My on air name is Mason. Sometimes I forget my real name!
2. I can't read a map to save my life. If I was ever kidnapped and left for dead a mile from my home with only a map and a flashlight...I proooooobably wouldn't make it.
3. I'm an only child.
4. I couldn't tell time until I was in 6th grade.
5. I love Neil Diamond. And Jay-Z. And Tim McGraw.
6. I never believed in Santa Claus, but I believed in the Easter bunny. For a loooong time.
7. I talk to the tv. I ask it questions. Like really? That's really going to make my hair shinier?
8. I had braces for 7 years.
9. I blow dry and flat iron my hair EVERY day. If I don't..it's huge. People never believe me when they see how HUGE.
10. I've spent $45 on shampoo before. All in the hopes that my hair won't fall out of my head.
I forgot to post pictures of my slipcovers! They're old news at our house now, as I got them in August! But here they are none the less. I should have fixed them a little before taking the picture, but I think we all know by this point that I am extremely lazy. (Although, I think my thyroid might be to blame!) The green rug (that I love, but doesn't go) will hopefully be making it's exit sometime soon. I think it will look great in my imaginary child's room. :) Also, as you can see there are only 5 chairs that are covered. I'm holding out for a bench at the end. Hopefully, Santa gets my letter about that one. :) (Wow, I really abuse the smiley faces. And the parentheses !)
Monday, November 2, 2009
I've been wanting an Anne Wood Bird for some time now and they always sell out like hotcakes! I finally got my hands on this little one and she now resides in our powder room. I think she may need some friends....
Another item from my wish list is a vintage trophy. I think it needs some friends too. I hate it when my purchases get lonely
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I took my Halloween costume winnings and bought this little baby! A french wine bottle drying rack. Although...I think it's too big. It doesn't fit under my cabinets and I'm worried it looks a little weird sitting on the island. Should I return it and look for a smaller one?