Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Round Dining

I love the concept of this table.  I definitely want a round table in my dining room...haven't narrowed it down to one yet.

via Pier1

via westelm

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Coastal Trend

As I continue to search for furniture (and I am not having much luck)...I have noticed the coastal trend everywhere.

 via neimanmarcus.com

via neimanmarcus.com
via neimanmarcus.com
via neimanmarcus.com
via www.horchow.com

Not sure I could pull it off in my home, but it is pretty cute.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Showers Bring May Flowers

I saw the most creative... cutest thing on the HomeGoods blog.

Love the bright spring colors and eggs...this totally encompasses everything spring means to me.

I keep a collection of all of my favorite finds around the web on Pinterest ...follow me!!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Painting the basement

So one of the first things that I did when I moved in was painting.  I painted my bedroom, the hallway, and the basement.

I love how the basement turned out..... My favorite part is the fireplace accent wall...

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dining Room Rug

I just ordered this rug for my dining room floor to go on my dark hardwood floors.

Can't wait for it to get here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

How ya hanging...2

So I am still working on my closet and I found some great skirt hangers at Target.

 I think things are coming along great.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How ya hanging...

So now that I have moved...I am obsessed with staying neat and organized.

One of my major focuses has been my closet.....

I am loving my new pants hangers.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

This looks delicious....

I have been obsessed with adding fruit to water to add a little flavor...and then I saw this.....

Another great idea.....Fruit taste great in water.  

Can't wait to try this!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Water with Lime slices

My new favorite drink...water with lime slices!

I tried this one week when I was at training for work.  The hotel put out pitchers of water with lime slices.  I loved it!

A great addition is blackberries or raspberries...so pretty (and let's not forget tasty) .

Another plus is that there are some great health benefits to adding lime (or lemon) to your drinking water...http://www.livestrong.com/article/265708-what-are-the-benefits-of-lime-or-lemon-juice-in-water/

Friday, February 17, 2012

Planning a Tea Party - My Table Setting

Here is a glimpse of how the tables looked at the tea party.

There were white table cloths with a silver lining, white chair covers, white cloth napkins and of course....tea cups and saucers.

I found these great white folding chair covers.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Planning a Tea Party - Flowers

A tea party must have...fresh flowers.

I bought flowers that matched the colors of the tea party and placed them in a simple vase.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Planning a Tea Party -DIY Cupcake Tray

If you have a color scheme or theme for a party a great thing to do is make a cupcake tray that stays in line with the theme.

The colors for the tea party are white and blue. I could not find a cupcake tray that I like so I went to Party City and bought a paper cupcake tray.

After putting it together, I added some ribbon to the three layers....and voila...

Planning a Tea Party - Party Favors

So I am planning a Tea Party for my mother's birthday.

I did a lot of time researching tea etiquette, decorations, types of tea, brewing tea, and food....(more on all of that later)

The first thing I tackled was...Party Favors!!

Since the tea is being hosted for my mother and her girlfriends, I put together favor bags that catered to women pampering and accessories.

So everything would fit, I got some gift bags from Target and got some pretty tissue paper.

Here is what I included:

  • Wallet size calendar card
  • Animal print coin purse
  • Bath and Body Works anti-bacterial pocket size hand sanitizer
  • Nail Polish
  • Chocolate Candy
  • Notepad and Pen
  • Some chocolate chip cookies
  • ..and of course some tea to try at home!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy Cleaning

I just saw the cutest dish brush at Pier 1... definitely makes the gloom of having to do the dishes a little brighter

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My New Dish - Bacon Wrapped Scallops

This year I decided to have a seafood feast at home for New Year's Eve.  I love seafood and as I looked through the selection of seafood available at the Wharf in DC, I for some reason was drawn to the scallops.

Every once in a while I would order scallops if I am out to dinner, so I thought I could give cooking them a try....especially since I am trying to build up my cooking resume.

So, I got a pound of scallops (along with some shrimp and crab legs) and headed home.  I found several recipes online for making Bacon Wrapped Scallops...so I made up my own rendition that combined a couple of recipes I found online.

So here is what I did:

  • Rinse of the scallops in cold water and dried them off.
  • Cut a slice of bacon in half (use the thinnest cut of bacon you can find)
  • Wrap the bacon around the scallop and secure it with a toothpick
  • Sprinkle pepper over each piece
  • Broil for 10-20 minutes
  • All Done!!
I had to leave my scallops in the oven for 20 minutes because the piece of bacon that I used was a little thick. The thinner the bacon, the less time you have to leave them in the over, the more tender the scallops will be.

Some recipes suggested cooking the bacon some before wrapping the scallops....that is another great way to reduce the amount of time the scallops are in the over.

I am looking forward to making this as an appetizer...maybe for a dinner party

What new dish did you try a new dish for the holidays?