Saturday, April 5, 2014

Easter Cake

Last weekend my youngest sister and I went to the Long Beach Antique Flea Market.  There was so much to see (I have blogged about this amazing event before, too!).  I ended up purchasing a heavy vintage military type jacket for my younger son (for $15), a pewter Air Force plate for my older son as a gift (for $10) , and a crystal vase (for $5), and my sister purchased a beautiful jacket to wear at Christmastime, a bracelet and a serving platter, all vintage.  While we were on our way out, she spotted two cake pans that she could not seem to leave without.  One is a rabbit pan, and the other a lamb, perfect for Easter.  We decided that we would give them to our niece (who loves to bake and decorate), but I wanted to test out one of them first since we were not sure what to do and there were no instructions!

Here is the final lamb cake:

I dug around online and found a recipe to fit the cake mold as well as the instructions for baking and removing the cake from the pan HERE.

In addition to making the cake using the recipe above from scratch, I made homemade frosting and then applied coconut.  Since this was a practice run, all I had on hand for eyes were chocolate chips, but I think I would prefer small black jellybeans and a pink jellybean for the nose.   I snipped some mint and flowers from the yard to make the cake look a bit more festive.

Looking forward to Easter!  :)  

Friday, March 7, 2014

Egg White and Veggie Fritatta

Hello Friends!  Today I thought I would share a recipe that I have been enjoying that is super healthy and delicious.


1/2 onion, chopped into small pieces
1/2 bell pepper, cut into small pieces
1/2 zucchini, shredded
1t. EVOO
3/4 to 1C egg whites
salt and pepper
parsley, chopped (parsley has amazing health benefits when eaten raw)

Set oven to 350 degrees.
In an oven proof pan, heat the olive oil and sautee all veggies until tender.
Pour egg whites over top.
Add salt and pepper and let set over medium heat for 5-6 minutes.
Place in preheated oven for 4-5 minutes.
Garnish with parsley when finished cooking.

Going into the oven!

Remove carefully from oven because the pan will be very hot!

Cool slightly and then cut like a pizza with spatula.

Serve with style.  :)

Please let me know if you try this wonderful fritatta.  Today I had it for lunch along with some amazing French roast coffee.  Perfection.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Little Valentine Love

Yes, I am topiary obsessed.  If you search, I have done an entire post on this very issue.  :)

Modeling her V-Day Scarf!  :)


Saturday, February 8, 2014

More Living Room Changes and a Happy Addition

Here is the BEFORE:

And here is the AFTER:

I am awaiting a lovely new print that will either go above the piano or above the console in the dining area.

Pretty happy with it for now.  My goal was to get the red out!!!!  I obviously love red, but we had been living with an awful lot of it for many, many years.  Now the living room feels more serene and peaceful.

And here is our biggest news!  A week ago we rescued a fabulous 9 year old Golden!  We are just loving her.  Here she is:

Photo: Diamond has found her furever home! Priceless!!!!

Her name is Diamond, but I have already nicknamed her "Lady Di."  She is a bundle of sweetness and we couldn't be happier.  :)

Thanks for reading!

SCAD: A Visit To Savannah, Georgia

Below are a few pictures from our trip to Savannah, Georgia, to visit the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with our youngest son, who will be attending art college this fall.  We wanted to see if this school would be a good fit for him.  All of us absolutely loved it.

I was in heaven with the architecture, the vibe of Savannah, and the friendliness we encountered everywhere we went.  SCAD has done such an amazing job turning old run-down buildings into classrooms, dorms, and even a beautiful museum.  There was art all over this town and everywhere you looked there were parks and huge trees dripping with Spanish moss.

I wish I had taken more pictures, but we were there less than 36 hours and had a mission.  :)

In LOVE with Savannah!!!!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Changes to the Living Room....starting slowly....

Starting slowly with my changes to our living room....from red, red, red to blue, calm, serene.
Here is what I have accomplished thus far:
Installed two beautiful new lamps...

Found a blue and green buffalo check fabric to recover my dining room chairs with...
Scored a great deal on a fiddle leaf fig for the sunlit corner...

Repainted my two red wall sconces a pretty blue....
I have lived with red for so long in this space that it feels a bit odd morphing over to blue as the primary accent color, but I am excited to make the changeover.  Hope you stay tuned to see how it all comes together! I am doing everything on a very strict budget so it will be a fun challenge to complete.  :)

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Beautiful Trinidad, CA, where we spent Thanksgiving 2013.

It is hard to believe that we are already into 2014.  I am enjoying a restful week off from work and beginning to consider which home improvement projects I can tackle this year on a budget (by September we will have both sons in college and the word "budget" will take on an entirely new meaning). 
Before Christmas I was able to score a great deal on two lamps for our living room from Lamps Plus.  I also ordered a new area rug from Pottery Barn (which is currently on backorder and is just as well because I need more time to pull together the "new look" for our living room).

Below is a bit of an inspiration shot of the look I hope to achieve (our fireplace is in our family room so I won't be able to replicate this look, but it is a similar idea):

via Pinterest; source unknown

And here is what we've got right now:

I told hubby that the update would cost less than $500!  Guess I will be shopping the house for most of the d├ęcor!  :)

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