Monday, September 15, 2014

Sea Themed Tablescape

We had a dinner party the other night and it was revolved around seafood.
I dressed the table in a pretty turquoise tablecloth.




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I used my plates from Kohls.  I added some netting to make it look more beachy.

I also bought this cute seahorse candle holders at Kohls.

I created two water towers for the table.
 I hot glued some burlap around the bottom of the vases and added a starfish.  Inside, there is colored marbles, a tropical scene and shells.  My husband added a few drops of blue.  I finished them off with white floating candles.  They made an awesome  display of lighting.

Pier 1 is where I found this  beautiful pieces.  Salad bowl and pitcher.


I need to work on my photography skills.  My husband says we need to buy another lens....LOL
Happy Monday.
I will share the recipe I made soon.  Cajun Seafood Pasta.  The dessert was Chocolate Yummy.

You may have noticed I changed my blog theme again.  Gotta love Fall!
I may be tweaking things here and there in the next couple of weeks.
I also have a new blog design to show you.  Mama Jax's blog, a very talented artist who lives in New Orleans.  Ron from Uptown Acorn referred her to me.  Thanks so much Ron.
Stay tuned for Mama Jax's blog reveal....

I am joining the following link parties:
 Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings the Heart Of Your Home
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Table It @ Rustic and Refined 
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E 
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 
The Scoop @ Confessions Of A Plate Addict 
 Inspire me Monday @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Monday, September 8, 2014

Curry Shrimp with Vegetable Noodles

I saw this recipe in a Sur La Table catalog and it looked interesting.
It's  an excuse to use my  Paderno spiralizer again.
It does a great job of making vegetable noodles.

This is a little spicy, however not too hot.  I would  add more red paste curry next time.
My camera's battery died, so I had to take a few pictures with my  cell phone.




Curry Shrimp with Vegetable Noodles

Serves: Yields 4 servings
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons Panang red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Juice of one lime, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 pound medium shrimp; peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 yellow squash, spiralized
  • 2 zucchini squash, spiralized
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 6 large basil leaves, chopped
  • Zest of one lime, about 1 tablespoon

 Instructions:


Place a large saucepan, on the stove over a medium heat and add the vegetable oil. Saut é the shallots and red pepper for 3 minutes to soften the shallots. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add curry paste, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, and coconut milk and cook another minute.

Season shrimp with salt and pepper and add to the broth. Simmer 3 minutes or until cooked through. Add spiralized yellow squash and zucchini and toss with the curry sauce. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes to warm through. Remove lid and add scallions, cilantro, basil and lime zest. Toss everything together. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


The next time I make this, I will change it up a bit.  I will stir fry the vegetables and make the sauce in a different pan and then mix everything together.
I would also make some rice.  you need something to sop up the rich curry sauce.
You can purchase the spiralizer at Amazon or Sonoma Williams.



For fun, I made this little fishes under the sea marshmallow pops.
Great for your kids or grand kids to create these cute little babies.


I had to share this morning early, one of our Schnauzers got skunked!  Ick!
Off to the shower with peroxide, liquid soap and baking soda.
They never learn....LOL


Have a wonderful week.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pool-time Dining

It's hard to believe Summer is almost over.  Where does the time go?  Just when we get everything all situated down by the pool,  in another month, it will be time to put everything away.


 It's time  do some pool side entertaining. My husband has been busy installing led lights, to make the evening more colorful and fun.  We ordered a new daybed and it came late, so next summer, we plan on enjoying our pool area more.
I did two dinner parties days apart. I set the table both times with our new melamine dinnerware.
It is so colorful and pretty. I bought it at QVC.
First dinner party.




Our pool beach entry, looking toward the tall palm tree.  My husband Paul, wrapped the palm tree with rope lights.

My wonderful hubby getting things ready.

Second dinner party.  I changed the tablecloth and the napkins.



Our Outdoor kitchen.  I had my husband install led lights under the outdoor kitchen island and palapa for some night time drama and ambiance.  You can change the 20 colors with a remote control.

Beautiful sunset



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Here's our new daybed 
 



I am off to enjoy our new daybed with my hubby with a glass of champagne.
Happy Labor Day.

I am joining the following parties:
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicate House 
Table It @ Rustic and Defined
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday Garden Party @ Creative Country Mom
What's It Wednesday @ Elephants and Ivy
Fluster's Creative Muster Linky Party @ Fluster Buster
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Sizzle into Summer @ Diy By Design

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Grand Babies

I have been busy getting ready for two dinner parties. I hope to post the tablescape of one of them soon.  I wanted to share my Grand babies, or toddlers now.....My how they have grown.

Lilly Dot and Jacob are growing up so fast!

Lilly is taking ballet classes and she looks like the prettiest little ballerina...of course I am partial.
She is now 4 years old.

Excuse the flash in the pictures.



Lilly made cupcakes for her classmates.


Lilly Dot is a girly girl.

Here's Mama (Michaela) and daughter and the news is, they are expecting a little boy the day before Christmas.

Jacob is such a handsome little boy with his red hair and blue eyes. He is also 4 years old.
Here's Jakey with his new haircut.

 Jakey is opening his presents from Nana and Papa Paul.
They  went to Chuckie Cheese to celebrate his birthday.

Here's Mama ( Tiffany) and Jacob.
They are such a joy!

The first dinner party is tonight, so I am busy getting ready.  It will be down by the pool.
Brats, baked beans, potato salad and cobbler for dessert.
Here's  my new dishes for the dinner party.

I also have a new blog to design.  Stay tuned!




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