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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fresh Cotton Rugs for Summer | Dash & Albert Rugs

I love cotton rugs.  They are affordable, versatile, and offer a fresh look that wool just can't do.

These simple ticking and awning stripe rugs from Dash & Albert are right up my alley.   They are priced from $30 (2x4') to $414 (9x12'). 

All great basic colors - would look great in any room.  I'm going to replace all of our heavy wool rugs with these light cotton rugs for summer.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Lemon Meringue Pie | Spring Dessert | Lemon Dessert for Easter

This is my favorite pie.  It is a very simple recipe that is very versatile - I make it as mini tartlets for parties or swap the lemon juice for key lime.  In this post, I used meringue, but I typically prefer whipped cream.  Either option is great - the meringue takes a little bit more time, but it does look great when toasted on the tips.

Lemon Pie
2 small pies 8" or 1 large 10"

1 pastry crust (store-bought or homemade)
2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
6 egg yolks
1 cup of fresh lemon juice*
1 tablespoon of lemon zest*

Put pastry crust into pie plate.  I used a ceramic quiche dish because all of pie tart pans and pie plates are packed!

In a mixing bowl, stir together condensed milk, egg yolks, juice and zest.  Mix until combined.  Pour into the crust.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kitchens | The Most Amazing Kitchens | Kitchen Inspiration for Classic & Functional Spaces

I'm dreaming of a White Kitchen... white painted cabinetry, and white carrera marble, that is.  This week, I went to the Boston Design Center - a.k.a. interior design mega world of Boston.  Upholstery, bolts of fabric, framed prints, mirrors, and fantastic kitchens.  My favorite showroom contained two kitchens that I completely fell for.

My design strategy for a kitchen is pretty simple.  It is not a space you decorate.  I don't like patterns, bright colors or anything that isn't functional.  For me, a kitchen must look and feel functional - like a workshop.  It must look clean and uncluttered, it must have a big island, and it feel inspiring to you.

KITCHEN #1 : Classic Cream with Butcher Block, Glass Front Cabinets, and Rustic Accents

I'm going to have Mike make a mini version of this island for our new house - it is going to house our built-in refrigerators. 

I love the shinny nickel plated hardware - very classic without being trendy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe | The Best Lobster Mac & Cheese at Home`

Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe

Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe

I always thought that Lobster Mac & Cheese was just too indulgent to make at home.  It seems like something so frivolous, financially indulgent and, well, a waste.  In Boston (our new temporary home - more about that later!), Lobster Mac & Cheese is everywhere - on every menu.  I see it on menus more often than I do 'Chowdah.'  Most menus have it listed for $25.  Yikes.  I calculated that I would be able to make enough for 2 large servings for less $25.  It still blows my $10 dinner budget, but it is a great splurge for a Saturday night dinner.

After some research on "The Best Homemade Mac and Cheese" recipes, I decided to use The Barefoot Contessa's recipe as a starting point.  I used white cheddar, gruyere and added some colby jack to balance the flavor of the stronger cheeses.

I bought a live lobster and steamed it at home, but that is not necessary.  Actually, I really didn't like cooking the live lobster - I know, I know we all need to be conscious of where our food comes from, and be conscious that eating meat is actually eating a once live animal... but, I think I'll just buy it pre-steamed next time. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Favorite Appliances | Budget Friendly & Great Looking | Affordable Commercial Looking Appliances

 As mentioned before, I'm helping my sister put together her new custom home.  In this post, I've compiled some of my favorite elements that I think make a great kitchen - for function and asthetics.

Above : I love farmhouse apron front sinks.  While I love light blue, I don't know if I would paint my cabinets blue... unless it was a little cottage or beach house - that would be perfect.   I also love this polished nickel elevated faucet.

I really like Sear's Kenmore Pro line of appliances.  I think they have the "Viking" look and functionality without the price.  This refrigerator is a major refrigerator.  The tiles are fantastic, as well as the commercial kitchen look - it will be a long time before this goes out of style, if it ever would. 

Monday, April 11, 2011


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

German Chocolate Bars | Pecan & Coconut Cookie Bar with Brownie Bites | Dad's Birthday Package

German Chocolate Bars for my Dad's Birthday

German Chocolate Bars | Pecan, Coconut & Chocolate Bars

My Dad loves anything chocolate - his favorite being German Chocolate Cake.  The icing of German Chocolate Cake is a pecan and coconut caramel icing.  I decided to try to incorporate chocolate, pecan and coconut into a 'mail-able' cookie bar to send to him for his birthday.
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