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Monday, July 28, 2014

Salmon with Kale and Soba Noodles

Within the last couple of weeks, I was out shopping.  I decided to go in and have lunch at Boudin Bakery Cafe.  They have the best breads around and their menu is awesome.

I noticed they had a new salad on display.  Wild Pacific Salmon with kale and Soba Noodles.
I must say I was intrigued.  The salad looked so good and healthy too.

What's not to love with fresh salmon, mixed greens and noodles?
My inspiration photo below:


I knew I wanted to make this at home.  There was no recipe,
so I set out to recreate it from the  picture.

Soba noodles are so good. Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It is synonymous with a type of thin noodle made from buckwheat flour, and in Japan can refer to any thin noodle. 

Please excuse my fuzzy photos.  For some reason, I neglected to use our camera and ended snapping a few pictures with my cell phone. 
The soba noodles are on the bottom.  Tender, Tangy with Citrus.

 Grilled salmon

Mixed salad greens
Cilantro- 2 chopped tablespoons
Orange- segments
Cucumber- sliced
Tuscan kale
Sesame seeds

I used a bottled sweet chili sauce, however there are plenty of recipes online if you choose to make your own.

Soba noodles cooked and then tossed with sweet chili sauce
Soba noodles are cooked 5-8 minutes depending on your  package.
Rinse with cold water and then rub them, so they separate.
You want to untangle them and get rid of the starch.

Ginger Sesame Dressing

1/2 cup virgin olive oil
3 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic- minced
2 tablespoons of honey
1 1/2 tablespoons peeled- minced  fresh ginger
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 1/2 tablespoons water  

Combine all ingredients in a jar. 
Put in microwave for 30 seconds to melt the honey. 
Refrigerate until ready to use.

Tweet: http://ctt.ec/Wc2mo+   #yummy asian salmon salad  #healthy

 This salad is  addicting!  I practically inhaled it.

 Boudin Bakery has a seasonable bread club with loaves of bread in cute shapes.

Have a good week!

I am linking up with the following blogs:
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants 
Thursday's Favorite Things @ Katherine's  Corner
What'd you do this weekend @ Tumbleweed Contessa

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Golden Opulence

While my husband and I were shopping one beautiful sunny day, we ventured into ZGallerie.

We were browsing through the store and noticed these fabulous gold goblets.  We both were enamored to check out the whole collection.

This fabulous stemware is the Montecito collection. I know they have to be hand washed, however, they are gorgeous.  They happened to be on sale, so we bought 9 each red and white wine glasses.
I created a table setting in our breakfast room with our new gold stemware.

They come in  gold and silver in a set of 4.

I can imagine using these especially around the holidays.  
 Gold looks good with many colors, so the possibilities are endless. We shall use these golden beauties.

Gold chargers add some opulence.
 I am using the fabulous Pinwheel Pinched Taffeta
 tablecloth from Your Chair Covers.

4 different gold votives were added for ambiance.  I also crisscrossed a wide gold ribbon to add more impact.
The gold flatware is from Horchow.
Wallace 65-Piece Gold-Plated Grand Duchess Flatware.
 It's in sale right now with free shipping. 


This must be a Home Goods table, because the gold dinnerware is also from there....Love that store!

I love using these creamy rose balls I found at Home Goods.  
They sit perfectly on top of the gold candle holders I  found at Home Goods.

Look, I am using my pillow cases again. 
 The king size pillow cases fit perfectly over these breakfast room chairs.  Adding a gold sash makes it really pretty.

It's a little overcast here today, so it a refreshing change.  Another new week to enjoy life.
Happy blogging and thanks for visiting.
Tweet: Opulent Golden table I created using Zgallerie's Metallic stemware, glass with gold dishware.#Blog #Blogcontent #lifeandlinda

I am linking up with the following blogs:

Tuesdays at Our Home @ Maria Elena's Decor
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday @ Kathe with an E
 The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants  
Whimsy Wednesdays @ The NY Melrose
 Centerpiece Wednesday  @ The Style Sisters
 Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop@ Katherine's Corner
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of The Home 
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Show and Tell Friday @ Romantic Home
Grace At Home @ Imparting Grace 
Be Inspired Features @ Elizabeth  & Company
Say G'day Saturday @ Natasha in Oz

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dream and Be Inspired!

Lovely Anita from Castles, Crowns and Cottages has a  new linky party going on.
 Artful and virtual European dream destination.
Below is our chosen European vacation......


Beautiful music by world famous, Andrea Bocelli to listen  to, while you dream with me......


I was especially captivated by Italy,  when I watched the movie,

under The Tuscan Sun.

Beautiful hillsides with cypress and vineyards. A Tuscan villa would be heaven.

My husband and I both enjoy wine, so we would be right in our element.

We might even try some grape stomping.

Do you remember Lucy stomping grapes?


Beautiful and hearty food to enjoy.

 I would venture out and take some cooking classes.

 Visit different small towns and explore Italy.

 Cruise along in a gondola

         There's something magical about water.

Take in the magnificent architecture

Enjoy Alfresco dining

Wouldn't it be heavenly to sit back and enjoy a lovely meal and take in the scenery.... Or

Dine in an exclusive Italian cave restaurant carved out of limestone.

Partake in some sweet desserts.

There's so much to do and see.

Italy will someday be our next dream vacation.

Take me away Italy.......

We have been so fortunate to experience Paris with a lovely barge trip through Burgundy, plus our Honeymoon in Australia, right in the middle of the Great Barrie Reef. 

I hope you find this post intriguing and irresistible as well.

I would also like to share this incredible video from an Italian director Rino Stefano Tagliaferro  who animated Classic Artwork paintings.
There is some nudity, as in most ancient historical paintings , however it is a bittersweet visual video about the elusive nature of beauty and youth.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Peach Creamsicles

With the days of summer, there's something refreshing about popsicles.
It also brings back memories of being a child and eating those juicy popsicles on a hot summer day.

I was out recently and came across this Zoku Pop maker.  It was on sale.   I have seen many different designs out there.  They even had a bug shaped pop maker.

I was thinking how one could make so many different flavor combinations.
I wanted peach.

These popsicles are made with  fresh yogurt, fresh peaches and  Vanilla flavored Almond milk.
I was inspired by skinnytaste

Peaches and Cream

2 cups finely chopped peaches
1 cup Chobani yogurt...I used peach.....or vanilla
2/3 cup Almond Breeze vanilla unsweetened almond milk
A dash of almond or vanilla flavoring
sprinkle of salt

Blend and pour into mold.  They freeze right away, due to the unit being in the freezer for 24 hours.

These are amazing because it freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes right on your countertop without electricity. Quickly make striped pops, yogurt pops or (for the first time ever at home) flavored core pops. To enjoy Quick Pops at a moment’s notice, simply store the compact base in your freezer. The kit includes six durable, reusable plastic pop sticks that have unique ridged designs that allow pops to adhere securely, with special drip guards for tidy eating. A specially designed Super Tool helps to quickly release the frozen treats from their molds. The unit can make up to 9 pops before refreezing the unit again.

The only wait time is to freeze the unit for 24 hours first.

Here's a video on how they are made.


Get creative, juices, chocolate sprinkles.... Not only will your kids love them, you will too!
Always look for coupons, when ordering online.

Stay cool!

I am linking with Natasha in Oz G'Day Saturday Linky Party with

Joanne from What's on the List




This post was written by:

Linda from Northern California.
I enjoy blogging, Designing Blogs, Decorating, cooking, entertaining, gardening and clogging.
I hope you enjoy your visit. Your comments make me smile.

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