Saturday, March 17, 2018

St Patty's Day Happy Hour

So what to drink?

Blue Lagoon: 
Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in your vodka and blue curacao. Top the rest of the way with lemonade, and garnish with a wedge of lemon.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Why I choose yellow....

Yellow is the color of sunshine. 

It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. 

Yellow produces a warming effect, 

arouses cheerfulness, 

stimulates mental activity,

 and generates muscle energy.

Those are probably the reasons why I pull out all my yellow dishware and accesories during the winter months!

 Our winter months in NY are grey and gloomy, 

and this year we have had over 150" snow!

So, those are probably the reasons why I choose to decorate with yellow all winter long!

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ten on the 10th....

The Ten on the 10th group was challenged this month to find "home decor" that could be created for less than $10!

I was stumped at first, but then realized that I change my family room cornice-valances quite often.  I refer to them as "cornice-valances" but they are truly neither.  

They are simply lined fabric stapled to a thin board and nailed to the inside of the woodwork:

The directions and other treatments can be found in these old posts:
Here and Here and Here

I LOVE fabric and am always searching for remnants on sale.  This pair can be made with less than a yard of fabric and can be lined with the cheapest of white fabric.  The trim is the most expensive part, but I can often find a few yards in the sale bin, too!

Fabric was $7 yd
Trim remnant was $4 for 3 1/2 yds
Lining was $3 yd
Total was $14, so only $7 per window!

The best part is that I can change them out so easily.  I just pull the fabric and staples off the boards and make new ones - OR - use the old ones.  I have about 6 different fabric patterns and change them quite often!

These have also been on the same windows:

These are in the morning room windows:

I added a band on the top of each panel to coordinate with the slider curtains:

And this is currently in the dining room:

It was made with a dupioni silk that I purchased for only $8!

We have been in our home for almost 8 years and I love the idea of having just toppers on the windows.  There are shades on each window, so we can have privacy at night, but during the day I enjoy the brightness - and I have a husband who keeps the window glass nice and clean for me!!

Visit these other blogs to see what can be created with only $10:

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Cheesy Potato Mounds....

Jenna @ The Painted Apron has fabulous recipes and beautiful presentations of her foods!  I saw this recipe and wanted to try it, however I decided to work with what I already had in the house!

Here is the recipe that gave me the inspiration: Jenna's Cheesy Chive Potato Crowns

But I added my own flair -  because I was too lazy to go to the grocery store!

2 cups frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
1/4 c green pepper , chopped
2 oz shredded asiago cheese
1 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 t.  Garlic seasoned pepper
1/8 t.  Jalapeno seasoned salt
1 t. olive oil
Toss ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Spoon into well greased mini muffin pans, pressing mixture down with fingers or the back of a spoon.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes and check potatoes.  Continue to bake until golden and edges are crispy.  Carefully remove from pan and serve warm
Note: a silicone pan makes for easy removal  and I used an egg shaped silicone pan

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Academy Awards....

I love the Academy Awards - who wouldn't want to win an Oscar for acting?

Geez, I have certainly had many scenes in my life that were worthy of a nomination!

I have been waiting for my invitation and I always plan ahead, so this year I thought I would wear red, but not sure which design.....

...and have my hair styled similar to this....

...and of course I will wear my Louboutins:

BUT, sadly, no invitation arrived.

So I will lounge on my couch with a wine spritzer, cheese and crackers and possibly some popcorn!

I am still not sure why I don't get an invite to the Awards....

I go to the movies weekly....

....I am very opinionated....

...and I would be a great presenter, dressed in red, joyful and proper...

...and I would make sure that I had the correct envelope...

...I would gently kiss the winner on both cheeks....

...BUT, again, this year,  I guess I will just stay home, on the couch, in my PJs, rooting for my favorite stars, drinking wine spritzers and eating cheese and crackers.

Want to join me?

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