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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.

I am linking up with the following blogs:

Tuesdays at Our Home @ Maria Elena's Decor
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants 

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


Monday, July 14, 2014

Lemon Yogurt Roll-ups

Recently my husband and I had breakfast at one of our favorites restaurant.

Katrina's is well know for great food and large portions.  Voted best of the best in
Sacramento magazine.

Katrina's is owned by a husband and wife, of course Katrina is the lovely wife and your husband is Lewis.  They can cook up a storm!

It's a very small place located off Hwy 49 in Auburn, California.

It is a small yellow house, but it can accommodate quite a few, since the also seat guests on the side and front porch.

We recently tried the Lemon Yogurt pancakes..  Lemon luscious and so light.
I decided to try to make them at home.  I think the next time, I will add club soda to make them lighter.

Use your favorite pancake mix, or  make them from scratch.

Lemon Yogurt Roll-ups

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup  lemon greek yogurt
2/3 cup milk
2 tbsp lemon juice
zest from 1 lemon 

After I cook these babies, I than spread some lemon curd over the pancakes, then proceeded to roll them up.  It makes a pretty presentation with some powdered sugar.
This would be a heavenly dessert, complete with whipped cream.
Try some Meyer lemon syrup sometime.  Yumm!

Lemon Curd Recipe -this recipes comes from Ina Garten

3 lemons
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
4 extra-large eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice (3 to 4 lemons)
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Using a carrot peeler, remove the zest of 3 lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith. Put the zest in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the sugar and pulse until the zest is very finely minced into the sugar.

Cream the butter and beat in the sugar and lemon mixture. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the lemon juice and salt. Mix until combined.

Pour the mixture into a 2 quart saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly. The lemon curd will thicken at about 170 degrees F, or just below simmer. Remove from the heat and cool or refrigerate.

I have my favorites....There' so much to choose from.
Eggs Benedict is out of this world.  We have tried so many restaurants, none come close to Katrina's.

I have also been busy working on a few blogs.  Liz from, Infuse With Liz wanted to change to a 3 column template and some minor tweaks.  Betty's invitations for her daughter's wedding should arrive on Monday.  I designed them.  Another client Maria that sells snow cones and does face painting wants some changes to her website. She has a Wordpress site.  I am slowly trying to learn it too.
Don't forget I created a new site just about Blog Designs. A Blog Fairy, because my fellow bloggers have given me the name, Fairy Blog Mother., which that name wasn't available.

I have two doctor appointments this month for check-ups.  Let's hope all goes well.

Stay cool and enjoy your summer.



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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