Monday, September 29, 2014

New Look for an Old Chandelier

 When my sister-in-law moved into to her house the dinning room had a standard shiny gold chandelier. They did not like it and decided to paint it white to match the trim and moldings in their beautiful dining room. Take a look at how well it fits in and adds to the room!

Love that ceiling medallion!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fantastic Fish Stew

I am hungry all over again just looking at these pictures. I made this stew in a mad dash last night as it dawned on me that I had to cook the fish I bought the day before. I ran to the store at 8:30pm for parsley and wine. This was so easy :: onion, garlic chopped and sauteed in olive oil. Add 2/3 cup chopped parsley and then chopped tomato - really just as much as you like. Once vegetables are starting to wilt - add 1 and 1/3 cup water or broth and 2/3 cup dry white wine - I'm not sure what that means exactly and I added Pinot Grigio because that's what I like to drink. Once stew is simmering  add fish cut up into large pieces. They will break down during cooking so no worries about size. Cook until the fish is flaky. Ladle over bread or rice! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Inspiration Piece?

We have a new favorite local furniture store :: lots of name brands, great prices, special order options, fun art, and a friendly staff.  They are located in Middletown, MD, about 45 minutes away.  Gladhill Furniture. We were just there yesterday to scope out prospects for a few clients.  Worth the trip.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Save or Splurge?

This first image is one of a pair of side tables we found at Target on clearance for $55 - originally $80. We grabbed both! We loved how they were rough and shiny at the same time. 

Yesterday I was in Pottery Barn and found this side table which retails for $299. I was shocked - I like the one from Target far better. So there are cool deal out there - you just have to be open to them - and also shopping in the right discount store! You know our favorites :: Target, HomeGoods, West Elm, etc. It's not always a hit - but often you take home an inexpensive gem!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cooking with Cast Iron

I pull out my cast iron grill/skillet when I make pancakes, tofu and chicken. I use the smooth skillet side for pancakes and tofu and just recently rediscovered the grill for grilling marinated chicken breasts. It was a big hit!

I pounded the chicken breasts to make them faster and easier to cook - then marinated them for 30 minutes in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Placed them on the oiled grill and cooked and occasionally flipped them until golden. Delicious. Clean up needs a good scrubbing brush and soap. Don't go too crazy - you want to keep the iron seasoned.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What I'm Reading

On vacation over the summer I came across this book in our vacation home. It sounded intriguing - so I started it - and then could not put it down! Tana French has written 6 or 7 books and her latest is due out in this month. This turns out to be the second in the series. I'm not sure that all of her books follow these same characters. But the first two do. The first one is called In The Woods - I'm reading that one now. Written in 2007 and 2008 respectively they both take place in Dulin - recounting different cases the Dulin Murder Squad are trying to crack. The writing is gorgeous and the stories and characters immediately draw you in. I highly recommend the first two at least! I would describe Tana French as a mix of Kate Atkinson and Gillian Flynn. Enjoy!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Unsightly Computer Cords

I am playing around with ways to hide or corral the computer cords behind my desk. They are a mess and collect dust. I thought of putting them inside something attractive - like a basket. So here is my first attempt. I like the idea - although the basket is too small and perhaps needs a lid. I will update idea when I have found a better basket. Anyone have a good idea about this problem?