Thursday, April 17, 2014

Add a little Spring...

It's that time of year when you start thinking about adding some warm weather touches to your routine.  I love outdoor dining, visits to Coney Island and eating lobster by the ocean in run down lobster shacks.  All of these things say, "Summer is here!" to me.  But although I get equally excited about Spring, I don't have as many rituals so to speak.  This post over at Anthro blog got me thinking, maybe a few flower pots to spruce up the decor could help get me in the right frame of mind.  Maybe Spring should be more about the preparation of the coming season?

Why not serve your greens in a to cute flower pot?

Or ice beverages?

Why not incorporate some new lighting (it is so much easier than you think)

Lastly, who wouldn't want to attend an outdoor brunch with adorable name tags?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Salted Caramel Cracker Candy

Are looking to do a little baking for your Easter guests?  Or in this case no baking necessary.  Check out this recipe from Good Housekeeping using saltines and caramel.  It looks like it takes about 15 minutes to whip up and then you have adorable take aways for all your guests

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Link Love

What chic looking Easter eggs

Little Green Notebook
I'm thinking I need my very own orange tree

A Farmgirl's Dabbles
Every occasion should have sriracha deviled eggs

Natural Curiosities
Sometimes things don't go very smoothly...that time is now for me.  So, I'm going to print this out as inspiration.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Things I'm Lovin'

We've had some nice weather lately, but today was the first day it actually felt like Spring.  The hubby and I took full advantage and had a fantastic day.

It was our first outdoor lunch of the season and it was chilly enough that a nice chowdah was in order.

Followed by a visit to a beer garden in Greenpoint which sports some great graffiti

Then home for a nice dinner and glass of wine complete with my latest find smoky glass tumblers.

Lastly we watched Blue Jasmine while burning my new candle that reminds me of Kate Spade.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Silly Fun

To continue with my ad nauseam talk about Easter, I thought why not do something silly and fun for Friday.  Take this quiz over at Yum Sugar and see what kind of  Classic Easter candy you are!  I got Peeps.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lamb Chops with Smoky Red Pepper and Shallot Butter

This is my go to indoor lamb recipe (also have one for the grill).  Easter dinner this year will be consisting of a small ham and a few of these tasty chops.   It's delicious and SUPER easy.  I don't use the shoulder chops that are specified in the recipe but instead use rack of lamb that has been separated into chops.  It is really the butter that makes them.  If you are struggling with a main, you can't go wrong with this!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Eggs

Easter is my favorite holiday, but I don't usually make that known because people then tend to ask if it is due to the religious traditions.  Then I have to say, "No, I just like bunnies, Easter baskets and decorating eggs."  That comment is usually followed by awkward silence.  So, I'm not going to talk about it, but I am going to blog about it...take that.  One of my favorite things is looking at all the creative Easter eggs.  Check some of these out.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Link Love

Easy and cute!

Shannon Berrey
DIY monogrammed lampshades...very sophisticated

Homemade snickers for Easter baskets!

Sa Vitt Jag Vet
Have some extra wine bottles lying around?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Punch

What says Happy Easter like a big glass of punch.  It's great to wash down all that salty ham plus gives you a reason to get your punch bowl out of the basement.  This is actually my sister's recipe and it has been making an appearance at all the family request.

4 bottles of Prosecco
Agave Nectar

Soak fruit, basil and agave nectar (to taste-but more than you would think) over night with 1 bottle of Prosecco
Add 3 additional bottles right before you serve.
Add some fresh basil to the top of the punch.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Things I'm Lovin'

These are a few of the things that I am lovin' this week.  I think you'll find me pretty easy to figure out since I'm going through an estate sale phase right now plus my lamp issue and of course there's always cake.

I got my first milk glass vase to start my collection last weekend for $3 and now I just need to find a couple more with varying height and size.

I picked up these adorable paper eggs at Ikea.  Now to figure out how to work them into the Easter celebration? 

Thinking for the first time EVER I might actually be able to pull off this braid for summer.  My hair is right now the longest it's ever been...woot woot.

Finally, I purchased a $10 1960's industrial heavy metal lamp with great lines. It was paint splattered and the ugliest color of brown.  After a new cord and a few coats of metallic blue spray paint it works as a funky lamp to illuminate my husband's prized pig painting (don't ask).