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Blue and White

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Welcoming Spring with blue and white … one of my favorite looks.

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To get ready for Easter … add a few white bunnies.

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February Hearts

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Over the years, I’ve collected various heart ornaments and plates.  I use the heart ornaments at Christmas and then save them for Valentine’s Day.

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Christmas Snapshots

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Just a few snapshots of our Christmas decorations this year.  Love the display of mercury glass with fresh greens.

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Shell bottles and fresh greens … along with red velvet ornaments purchased at ABC Home in NYC.

DSC01100Didn’t have much time to decorate this year … so kept the family room simple.

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Just added red frames, striped ornaments and red mercury glass to existing book shelves.  No time this year to do any more!

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DSC01006I’ve been on a roasted broccoli kick lately.  It started this spring when I bought a tray of broccoli rabe from Trader Joe’s.  Then I found a recipe with balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes … a great combination with broccoli!

I’ve modified the recipe from Country Living, as I like to cook creating the fewest dirty dishes possible.  My husband loves me for it, as he usually has “clean up” duty.

Spicy Balsamic Broccoli Rabe

4 Servings

Ingredients

1  1/2 lbs Broccoli Rabe (2 trays from Trader Joe’s)

3 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced

2 Tbs Olive Oil

1 tsp Kosher Salt

1/2  tsp ground Pepper

1  tsp Red Pepper Flakes

1  1/2 – 2 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Trim the ends from the broccoli rabe.  Thinly slice the garlic cloves.

2.  Place broccoli on large, rimmed baking sheet.  Sprinkle broccoli with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Use tongs to toss the broccoli on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle sliced garlic evenly on broccoli.  (You may use a medium bowl and toss all ingredients to evenly coat.)

DSC010033.  Roast the broccoli until crisp-tender and leaves are slightly charred (approximately 8 to 10 minutes).  I’ve used regular broccoli when I can’t find rabe.  Then I roast for 10 to 14 minutes.

4.  Remove baking sheet from oven.  Sprinkle red pepper flakes and drizzle with balsamic vinegar before serving.

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Enjoy!

Frozen Lemon Cooler

Frozen Lemon Dessert

If you’re looking for a light lemony dessert for those hot days of summer, this is perfect!  It’s lowfat, easy to make and you can even make it ahead of time.

It combines light, airy lemon flavors with crispy coconut.   I usually make it a day ahead of serving.

Frosty Lemon Cooler

Serves 9

Ingredients

1 cup crushed Coconut Cookies  (I use Trader Joe’s Coconut

Cookies.  Trader Joe's Coconut CookiesI’ve also used Mother’s brand)

2 Tbs. Butter, melted

2 Egg yolks

1 tsp. grated Lemon Peel

1/3 cup Lemon Juice

2/3 cup Sugar

Dash of Salt

2 Egg Whites

2/3 cup Nonfat Dry Milk Powder

2/3 cup water

Directions

1.   Crush coconut cookies and combine with melted butter.  (I use 18 of TJ’s Coconut cookies, which results in a bit more than 1 cup.  I put the cookies in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.)  Reserve 1/4 cup of the crumbs and spread the remainder in a 9×9 pan.

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2.  Stir together egg yolks, lemon peel and juice.  Add sugar and salt, mixing well.

3.  In a large bowl, combine egg whites, milk powder and water.  Beat on high speed with an electric mixer to stiff peaks (about 5 minutes).

4.  Add egg yolk mixture to egg whites and beat low just until blended.  I often fold in the lemon egg yolks to mix well.

5.  Pour over crumbs in pan.  Top with remaining crumbs.  Cover with foil or plastic wrap and freeze.

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6.  When serving, dip the bottom of pan in warm water for 10 seconds.  (I usually use a rimmed cookie sheet and fill it with hot water.)  This makes it much easier to cut the dessert.  Cut into 9 squares.

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Summer Tablescape

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Just a few quick snapshots from a recent summer tablescape … using blues and white.  The sources are as follows:

  • Runner from Pottery Barn (2012) – although I believe they still have this.
  • Glass beads from the Irvine Antique Flea Market – over the past 3 years
  • Woven placemats, white dishes and candles from TJMaxx.

I have turquoise linen napkins and white cotton napkins that I use with this table setting.  I also use these same items on our table outside for al fresco dining.  Enjoy!

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Happy July 4th

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Happy 4th of July!

I found this cute red stripe burlap star at Pottery Barn (on sale!)  I ended up making a few more made burlap stars for decorations … directions coming soon!

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