Thursday, May 24, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018
So, here's what you need:
1 LB bacon
2 x 15 ounce canned cannelloni or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 Bell pepper, chopped
1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped
1 poblano or jalapeno, chopped
HERES WHAT YOU DO:
Cut the bacon into bite sized pieces and cook until crisp and fat is rendered, remove the bacon, add onion and peppers to the pan with bacon grease and cook until softened and starting to brown.
Add beans, stir to combine and allow beans to heat through, once hot mash 1/3 or 1/2 of beans in the pan to create a creamy texture and stir to blend (we do this with a wooden spoon).
Take off heat, add bacon and cilantro and juice of limes, salt and pepper to taste.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
**while my client chose leather for this top (we actually had to buy an entire cowhide to cover a 4' diameter table) costing slightly over $800 (still a bargain when many ottomans of this size and weight cost well over $1,000), I had also shown her options of pleather fabrics for far less money (probably in the neighborhood of $100). While hard pressed to tell the difference, she opted for real leather. As a note, durability of pleather today is far better than the past and is actually stronger in applications like this!
Monday, April 16, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
1.) Same parts sugar and water, bring to boil. GOT THAT? If you're like me and struggle to focus at times, that means for a nice batch of simple syrup take one cup of sugar and add one cup of water. Bring to a boil and the sugar will dissolve. Let cool then place in container (I put in a small bottle I bought at Target for $1. This can be used for a few weeks when stored in the refrigerator.
2.) For a delicious margarita I place two shots of good tequila (like Patron) in a cocktail shaker with ice, add half a shot of simple syrup, half a shot of triple sec and fresh lime/lemon juice combo. Pour into a glass with ice with a salted rim (or not). YUM!
3.) To make a quick and delicious cosmo, I fill a cocktail shaker with ice, two shots of vodka, splash of cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and half a shot of simple syrup. Shake and stream into martini glass, garnish with lime wedge.
4.) We LOVE a whiskey sour in the hot sun, so I make up a batch of freshly squeezed lime juice (are you seeing a theme here...I use a lot of fresh lime juice in many of my drinks), add ice to a cocktail shaker, two shots of whiskey (don't waste the good stuff on a whiskey sour), half a shot of simple syrup and fresh lime juice. Shake like you're washing a dirty shirt in your hands then pour into a glass of ice, garnish with lime.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Monday, March 5, 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
www.cocktailcourier.com introduced to the world (or at least MY world) via Williams Sonoma. The idea is simple: send the gift of incredible cocktails created by some of the countries best bartenders to your favorite people. Want to send your best friend in Nashville cosmopolitans for Valentine's Day? How about margaritas to your parents just for fun? Cocktail Courier asks you to choose the cocktail, the amount of drinks (two-minimum) then they do the rest. From fun cocktail napkins to the recipe and all ingredients (including booze), now you can give the gift of happy hour to anyone with just a click!
Thursday, February 1, 2018
I often chuckle when someone tells me they want a "modern look" because ideas of what, exactly, constitutes modern design is a varied as the people who request it. The literal definition of modern is anything relating to the present, current moment. But what if you're currently sitting in a modern restaurant in the birthplace of mid-century design, Palm Springs, California? On a recent visit to the desert oasis to visit my parents, we popped into one of the latest, most chic modern restaurants in the area. Once again I had to chuckle when I sat down on chairs that looked like something I saw at a garage sale the week before and ate off a table most would plop on the sidewalk with a note that read, "FREE." The difference? I was eating a $25 salad on that table. How did they make it "modern?" A very creative designer found these old pieces and updated them by painting them in high-gloss white. Yup, it's that simple to go from shitty to chic! As we exited the hip establishment after the expensive, unfulfilling meal, I stopped at a collection of urns as they looked vaguely familiar. I picked one up and there it was...a true sign of modern design...AN IKEA STICKER. My point is not a new one, it's plain and simple; to create a cool look, WHATEVER YOU WANT, doesn't have to cost a lot of money. This popular, expensive establishment took furniture from someones grandmothers basement, painted it white and said it was COOL. And guess what? We all bought it!
Monday, January 22, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Monday, December 4, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
TIP: WHEN IN DOUBT TRY IT OUT.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
1.) We grill cherry tomatoes by preparing them indoors in a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. Let them sit in the mixture before placing directly on grill, then continue rotating until nicely browned. Place back in bowl with olive oil mixture.
2.) This seems incredibly simple (and it is) and is wonderful as either a salad or appetizer. We find incredible tomatoes at either our local farmers market or grocery store, slice it up and lightly dress with olive oil, salt and pepper. The juicier the better!
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
VANITY: $169.00 at Lowe's
TOILET: $110 at the Home Depot
NEW FAN from the Home Depot: $29.99 plus installation
TILE FLOORS: $65.00 plus installation
NEW MIRROR: 19.99 (from Ikea, painted with high gloss paint, slightly darker than wall)
REPLACE CEILING PANELS WITH WOOD: $36.50
Because functionality often trumps beauty, we needed to keep the drop ceiling for a few reasons; A.) it concealed pipes from bathrooms above and B.) Sheetrocking would be cost prohibitive, SO, I decided to take this one into my own hands and ran to the Home Depot where I found 3/8" thick lightweight wood. I removed each panel, traced them and cut accordingly. I've not decided what color to paint the metal railing at this point nor what stain to use on wood (it's a bathroom, so stain, even clear, is essential to keep wood looking good). For now, however, an hour later and less than $40 invested, I think the results are great.
UPDATE: Upon closer examination, some of the wood pieces bow up and appear to not fit properly, a quick pop down to the hardware store for drop ceiling clips solved that. The key pieces here are the lightweight wood (so the frame will hold) and remembering to stain the pieces for moisture protection.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
We tend to shop at big stores like Cost Co and Sams club for home goods, so with that comes enormous, ugly packaging. Because I don't want a bottle of dish soap the size of bag of flour on our countertop, I use various smaller bottles to use in plain view. Several years ago I purchased beakers in various sizes to use as vases, water jugs for dinner parties and mixers for cocktails (often fun, for example, to have fresh lemon juice, freshly squeezed orange juice and other mixers out for guests during cocktail parties). For dish soap, I grabbed a smaller beaker and added a cocktail pour-spout to the top for a fun, simple holder of dish soap.
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE:
I love to save interesting bottles for various future uses. In the past I've placed cool bottles on tree limbs so things like apples or pears could grow into them (then add vodka and let sit for a month for flavored vodka), I use them for water during dinner parties, vases, or water for guests on bedside stands. After cleaning them it's often difficult to get them to DRY. My quick tip to do that...roll up a paper towel in a funnel-shape and stick in the bottle. 24 hours later the towel will absorb the water and you'll be ready to go!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
BEFORE YOU ROLL, DON'T FORGET THESE TIPS:
1) If you like more expensive paints like Benjamin Moore or Farrow & Ball but would rather not spend the money, take the color and code to your local Home Depot and have them match it for you for more than half the savings. In addition to color and brand matching, Home Depot will also take any object you have and match the color. When we lived in California I wanted to paint our kitchen the color of one of my favorite yellow ware pottery bowls, so took it to the local hardware store where they did the same for me. Now the Home Depot will do it too!
2) If you have beautiful trim, show it off by painting it in high gloss. To really make it pop, paint it white.
3) High Gloss is different from Semi-Gloss and, while it gives a beautiful finish, surfaces MUST be prepped and primed as every imperfection will only be highlighted by the incredibly shiny finish.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
WHAT'S OUT: We took one look at this old broad and new she needed a makeover from tits to toes, so we ripped out the carpet (yup, that's right), the hideous tile underneath, tossed the vanity, toilet and jacuzzi tub and installed a new subfloor and durock for tile (previous owner removed tub and shower to install jacuzzi and added shelf unit for towels. To create a space for the tile-enclosed new bathtub and shower AND to give more space to the master on the other side, we bumped into the bathroom two feet to achieve that.
WHAT'S IN: Lowe's actually has some incredibly good looking vanities and bath products, so we spread our wings and headed over to find a deep grey vanity with marble top, Kohler cast iron bathtub and splurged on a Todo toilet. For a unique twist, I suggested wall tiles for the floor that looked like brick pavers. Total spent with plumbing and electric work: $3,650.00