Monday, April 14, 2014

Room Crush

I've been looking at pics and falling in love with so many awesome rooms. Like the picture below. Wow! Now that is a bed fit for a queen. I certainly wouldn't mind having a bed like that to sleep in.
Vintage bed and dress - not my style but looks like you

Yowza! Now that's a shower!!!
Love this bathroom
I am so in love with this kitchen. That bright yellow cabinet looks absolutely stunning.





Hmmm... a mirror as a headboard... nice.
This mirror is already to die for, and how cool is it as a head board!  Gorgeous!
How cute is this nursery?
Adorable Nurseries
Check out the ceiling and that great chandelier.
55 Spectacular and cozy bedroom fireplaces
This would be a very sexy spot for me to have my bowl of cornflakes in the morning... and maybe one of those oranges, too.
Awesome kitchen
Nice...


New York Apartment by Cara Zolot Interiors


I can honestly say, I'd probably never want to come out of that bathtub if it were in my house.


luxury master bathroom designs.


Pretty...
Dining room
Okay, this isn't a room, but how cool is this stair wall? It's so unique.
stair wall

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

I woke up this morning craving some fresh bread for dinner tonight. I didn't have any raisins around to make cinnamon raisin bread, but I did have plenty of Italian herb seasoning. I threw a few ingredients in the bread maker and started her up, anxious to have some Italian Herb bread.

 
 
While waiting for the bread, I was trying to decide what I should make to go with it when I remembered a recipe that I saw on Pinterest. It was for a chicken and spinach pasta bake and it looked so good, I just had to try it. 
 
Ingredients
 
10 ounces dry pasta (rotini, penne, farfalle...)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces chive and onion cream cheese
1 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
1 cup whole milk or heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
freah basil or parsley, for garnish
 
Directions
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Coat a medium casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Cook pasta in salted, boiling water to al dente. Drain and set aside.

While pasta is cooking, heat butter in a medium saute pan set to medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes to slightly soften veggies. Do not brown.
 
Add in cream cheese and stir to melt. Reduce heat to low. Stir in sour cream, milk, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, salt and black pepper. Stir until everything is well-combined and melted. Turn off heat.
 
Combine the pasta, chicken, spinach and tomatoes in a large bowl.
 


Add in the sauce and gently stir to coat.

Pour into the prepared baking dish.

Top with remaining mozzarella.


 
 Bake uncovered for about 20-25 minutes... or until casserole is bubbly and beginning to brown. Top with basil or parsley for garnish.
 
 
 
(Note: In order for the pasta bake to not dry out, place the baking dish on a sheet pan and add 1-2 cups of very hot water to the sheet pan. This will create steam during the baking process and will help to keep everything moist.)
 
Thankfully, the Italian Herb bread was ready around the same time as the pasta. That worked out pretty good.
 
 

 
Sorry for the blurry picture. I was really ready to eat once everything was done and I think I just snapped the picture too fast. Dinner turned out great and let me tell you, everybody loved it. My younger daughter even said it tasted like something she'd order in a restaurant. My older daughter gave me a thumbs up and my husband said this recipe was definitely a keeper. Try it, you'll love it.
 

 
 
Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spreading smiles and laughter

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Cute in a Cup - 04


aww

I don't know why this is so funny to me.








Lawl.. you will love this! Ma, the meatloaf! | #meatloaf, #ma, #cat, #food, #funny



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Hopefully at least one of these pictures made you smile. Good... my job here is done... Ta Ta for now.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Great Outdoors

So my husband and I are starting to plan our summer vacation. Sadly, our budget won't allow us to travel too far away, at least not this year. Oh well, we can still dream... :)
Sunrise at Toroweap, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Grand Canyon
French Alps, France | The Ultimate Photos
The French Alps, France
The Great Wall
The Great Wall of China
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park


Cenote diving - Yucat√°n Peninsula, Mexico


Yucatan, Mexico


Death Valley, Nevada


Death Valley, Nevada
St Mary Lake - Glacier National Park - Montana, USA

Montana

Sorvagsvatn - lake over the ocean
Lake Sorvagsvatn, Faroe Islands (Lake above the ocean.)


Friday, March 14, 2014

She put the lime in the coconut...

"In a world full of beige, I'm not afraid to be neon."



I love that quote from Kayla. Kayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com. Not that I'm actually going neon, but as soon as I read it on her blog, I could definitely relate. With that said, I've been looking for a throw. The problem was, the green that I'm bringing into my living room wasn't easy to find at some of the stores I visited. I ended up going online and finally discovered the one below at Wayfair.com.




It's called the Turner Throw. It comes in a variety of colors, but I ordered it in lime... yes lime. Not a popular color for some, but it's the exact color I've been searching for and at a price of $35.64, it was also in my price range.


Online it actually has more yellow undertones, but I couldn't have been happier when I took it out of the package today. It matches perfectly with the tray on my coffee table. So here it is...






 
 
I've actually been moving the throw around to different places on the couch, but I finally decided on putting it over the armrest. I figured early on that this is what I would do, but I wanted to be sure. I think it gives the sofa a sophisticated, classic look. 








Well, the next thing on my 'to do list' is to get affordable end tables and I found just what I wanted at Target. Below is a Nolan end table in cappuccino for $62.99. In case you're interested, you won't find these tables at the store, (at least not at the store where I shop), but they are available online. I'll share pictures as soon as they arrive.




Nolan End Table - Cappuccino

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Banana Bread

I have always loved the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven. That wonderful aroma fills the house and has my mouth watering until the timer goes off. I slice into it while it's still warm and make a hot cup of tea to wash it down. It makes me forget my worries and puts an instant smile on my face.

 
 
 
Well, I made some banana bread on Thursday. My husband got two slices along with his dinner and when he was finished, he started scooping up the crumbs from his plate with his fingers. To me, that is like the greatest compliment. As soon as he came home from work Friday, the first thing he asked was if there was any bread left. I couldn't help but smile. I got the recipe from All Recipes about 2 years ago and I've been making it ever since. Try it, I just know you'll love it.
 
 
 
Banana Bread
 
 
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lighly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
 
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream
together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well
blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into
prepared loaf pan.
 
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of
the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
(I also add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and vanilla in my bread as well). Enjoy.

 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Decorating with throws

You know, there's just something about the look of a throw placed on furniture. Whether it's placed on the end of a bed to make it more cozy...
Luxury #bedroom
... Or draped over the back of a chair.
eclectic living room
Throws just add warmth and style to a room.
Get the Look: (Faux) Fur Throws and Blankets
I read on Houzz that sometimes a throw looks better messy.

So instead of folding it, simply toss it in the corner of a chair or couch.
I love grey !
Well, my plan is to eventually make everything around me beautiful so I've decided that my next purchase will be a throw for the couch.
❥ white w/ French gilt
My only problem is figuring out where I should place it on my sofa once I buy it.
Goksu Rope Factory Loft
I like the look of pulling the throw over the back of the couch and letting it hang almost to the floor. I read that this can also protect the couch from pets, kids, or even the sun if your couch is in front of a window.

According to Ehow, tucking a throw behind a side pillow gives the sofa a neat appearance. Placing it over the pillow gives it a more casual feeling.
the gallery wall... and love the peach sofa
I'm also loving the look of it folded neatly over the armrest, too.
Light couches, light throws. Would go great with wooden slab bar and forest chic theme

wallpaper

You know what? I am totally undecided.
living room
Maybe you can help me out here.
stunning living room!
Do you currently have a throw on your couch and if you do, where did you place yours?