Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My moms in town and I'm taking her on a quick jaunt up to see Niagara Falls.  It'll just be a couple of days and then I'll give you the low down when I return.  Talk to you soon.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Link Love

Nothing says, "hello spring" like lemonade cake

Le Log Deco
This hidden storage space is genius.

Hapa Nom Nom
Asparagus with poached egg in roasted garlic miso butter

 Laa Loosh
Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Styling

I know Spring means you're suppose to clean...but Spring styling sounds like so much more fun.  I saw this great post over at Amber Interiors that I can't get out of my head.  It is so simple...yet so helpful.  It seems like something I should have already known but somehow seeing it laid out like this helps me picture it better.  Check it out and see what you think.

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.