Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Watermelon Wednesdays #2....A Yummy Dessert Basket

Not only is this a healthy dessert from Martha Stewart...it's a pretty one.  


Directions



  • 1 medium oblong seedless watermelon, (10 to 12 pounds)
  • 5 to 6 pounds mixed cantaloupe and honeydew melons, seeds and rinds removed, cut into 1/2-to 1-inch-thick wedges (32 to 36 slices)
  • 3 pounds red papaya, seeds and skin removed, cut into 1-inch-thick wedges (8 to 10 slices)
  • Lime zest, for sprinkling
  • Pink Hawaiian sea salt
  • Raspberry-Lime Ginger Sauce
  • Toasted Coconut Brittle
  1. Trim ends off watermelon, then cut watermelon in half at an angle. Remove flesh from each half with a melon baller; set aside. Scrape out any excess flesh with a spoon for a clean, smooth interior.
  2. Stand watermelon baskets upright on trimmed ends. Fill bottom third of each basket with about 40 watermelon balls. Place assorted melon and papaya slices on top of watermelon balls against the back of the basket, evenly dividing fruit between baskets. Fill in front with remaining watermelon balls. Sprinkle with lime zest. Serve with sea salt, sauce, and brittle as accompaniments.


    ENJOY!!


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Loving the look of Coastal Pink..

So I've been away from the computer for most of these past ten days.  I'm glad it's now the weekend and I can catch up with some things around the house and of course, reading all of my favorite blogs.  I feel like I missed so much....and  what better way to celebrate the weekend than Pink Saturday.  


I just love pink.  And try to incorporate it into my home decor wherever I can....sometimes I have to catch myself because too much pink makes things look too feminine.  So here are some of my favorite pink rooms.... 

Do you think these rooms are too pink?



Linking up to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound....

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Springtime table ideas...

Well I've been a bit quiet this week...as I've been experiencing some serious computer issues.  I started the week off by dropping my laptop and well, one thing led to another and I've learned a very hard lesson about not backing up your hard drive.  Unfortunately, my hard drive was shot and I lost 5 years of photographs, music, books, papers, all my contacts...well the list goes on and on.

So I bought a new laptop and have sent my old hard drive off to this place in California that Apple referred me to...in hopes that they can recover my photographs.  The rest I can eventually replace but I've been heartbroken about losing all my photos.  This is a big lesson learned...and now I will be backing everything up on a regular basis. I'm not very computer savvy so I didn't realize how important backing up your hard drive is.  Well - I know now.  

So anyway - onto more pleasant subjects...Spring table decor. I thought I'd share some beautiful coastal accessories from Williams-Sonoma's new catalog.  

  
Hope you enjoyed browsing this awesome coastal collection. Now I'm off to catch up on reading all my favorite blogs.  Have a great Sunday!!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

G of the Sea....

Meet little G of the Sea.  Isn't she cute?  

According to Sephora, G of the Sea is a beautiful mermaid with gorgeous flowing hair and an adorable green tail.  Inspired by the magical world of her underground playground, this new, limited-edition Harajuku Lovers fragrance features a citrusy woody-floral scent.

Love Little G


Hope your having a wonderful day!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Watermelon Wednesday's #1....Refreshing Punch

Kicking off Spring and going into Summer, every other Wednesday I'll be posting creative food and beverage recipes to infuse watermelon (my favorite fruit) into your spring and summer season.  This first week starts off with a fabulous punch recipe from Martha Stewart Living...



Ingredients

Serves 8 to 10
  • 1 oblong seedless watermelon (about 14 pounds)
  • 3 cups seltzer

Directions

  1. Cut top third off watermelon; trim bottom just enough to make a flat surface. Scoop out flesh.
  2. Working in batches, puree watermelon in a food processor. Strain through a fine sieve; discard solids. (You should have about 9 cups juice.) Cover rind with plastic wrap. Refrigerate juice and rind until chilled, about 1 hour. Combine juice with seltzer; transfer to rind.

Doesn't this look so refreshing?
So excited it's almost Spring.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Loving the smell of lavender.....

I recently discovered the online shop Dreamy Whites....and decided to order a lavender pillow for my living room.  It arrived yesterday and it is so pretty I thought I would share some photos of it.

It came so beautifully packaged....along with a matching sachet,
 a burlap sachet of lavender and a bouquet of lavender.


I just love this little pillow.  It smells so wonderful. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tickled Pink....

I've really been enjoying playing with flowers lately.  I've been practicing on how to make different arrangements with some of my favorite spring flowers.  While I have always loved roses, it seems all of a sudden, every where I turn...I'm either seeing them somewhere...or buying them for my home. 


This was really quite simple to make.  I soaked some floral foam in water...making sure that it was really moist.  I put it in the bottom of this pretty green glass pedestal bowl and randomly inserted the pink roses.  From there I dropped in some white flowers & greenery to break up the pink...and then draped moss around the inside of the bowl to hide the floral foam.




  
I'm really pleased with how this came out...and the flowers really lasted a long time.  I think my next creation will be with daisies.  They are perfect to ring in Spring.  

Happy Pink Saturday!

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Ultimate Kitchen....

Hope your having a wonderful Monday.  Thought I'd share some of my favorite kitchen photos from Country Living's Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Decorating.   

The ultimate Farmhouse Sink!!
Wish I had a kitchen door to turn
into a chalkboard.
Open shelves look terrific in this farmhouse kitchen.
The splash of yellow and marble countertops
are my favorite touches.
What's there not to love in this kitchen?
Looks amazing to cook in. 
The lower cabinet doors in glass
 are an interesting feature. 
Soft and pretty colors. 

I think my favorite is the first one with the wonderful sink.  But it's almost a tie because I really love the vintage one (5th photo) with the amazing red stove.  Which one do you like best?




Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Sunny Saturday.....

Well Spring is officially in the air here in South Florida.  It's a gorgeous day.  So with that...I thought I would spend my afternoon shopping around for some springy outdoor accessories to spruce my backyard up. And here are some sunny photos to keep all of you who are still struggling with cold weather optimistic that warm weather is right around the corner.  


Have a happy Saturday.