Hi friends and happy Memorial Day weekend! Hope you are having a great and relaxing holiday weekend. We are away in Maine for a few days to “ring in summer”. Hard to believe the unofficial start to summer is here! Hope this posts on time as I scheduled it ahead of time. Enjoy….
1 AN AMAZING EVENT PLANNER. You would think one of my sons is on the brink of getting married, the way my radar is so on all the time for amazing event planners/beautiful wedding ideas. Sadly no, far from that happening. Any pretty eligible blue and white loving, sweet girls out there for a handsome and wonderful 28 year old? He would kill me if he saw this (one perk of my sons not caring to read my blog)!
Absent of a bride on the horizon, my active imagination is having fun collecting all kinds of great ideas for when that day does come:) This “new to me” event planner, Easton Events is off the charts, and what a find!
Someone who like me, is into the smallest details and boy does it show. Her work is stupendously gorgeous and I am officially obsessed with their work. Check out Easton Events by clicking here….
2 FOOD TRUCKS IN PARIS. So funny but almost seems like an oxymoron. The land of gastronomy and food trucks coexisting? Apparently so, and they are, from what I am hearing all the rage, go figure:)
A friend recently returned from France after being there 3 weeks and vouched for this. She also said while in Provence they had what she and her husband declared as the best pizza they have ever eaten! There are over 40 varieties and they tried a few including ones that are topped with go figure….creme fraiche, only in France:)
Now that is really saying something about it being the best pizza, coming from NY!! So I was curious and found a great article on it, click here to read. If you are going to be in that area, it’s called Le Castellat and here is how it’s done-
3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST One of my favorite things to do is share with you all that I found on Instagram this week….always so much to admire and be in awe of. Whether it’s gorgeous parties beautiful food, adorable kids, whatever it might be, it’s so inspirational! Here is this week’s round up-
4 ENCHANTED HOME SHOP HAPPENINGS. Lots going on behind the scenes….. So I spoke to you and even asked you via poll about developing these Christmas ornaments. The vast majority of you loved the idea and encouraged me to do it. So I did.
I have been busy designing these darling chinsoierie pagoda, ball and ginger jar ornaments, and am in the process of getting samples back to approve. I am so excited, I just may be decorating a Christmas tree in August lol. Will keep you posted but with luck they will start arriving late summer/early fall!
My porcelain presale was a huge success, next week the chinoiserie tole will be here, be on the lookout for a one day sale when they are physically at the warehouse. A new silver shipment will be here late June/early July with all kinds of new items like more mint juleps, candelabras and fabulous gallery trays.
And will be expanding quite a bit with the monogrammed linens when the new site launches in about 4-5 weeks-
Have a lot of fabulous new arrivals, which I am over the moon about. Once the new site launches there will be a big expansion into my carefully curated collection of all things that I love, including rugs and accent furniture. Click here to see all of the new arrivals. Here are a few that were just added-
And how GORGEOUS are these benches and this chic umbrellas at prices to be believed!
5 MY YARD IN BLOOM. I am loving the fact that my yard is starting to turn so green and lush…so love this time of year when I start to see everything in bloom. One of my favorite spots is the fountain that has been on this property a long time, which we restored. It is a little slice of heaven, it is so peaceful, I often go there to meditate and just revel in the quiet.
Plus my garden is moving along, and I am indeed seeing some growth, love the idea of the container gardening, makes it so manageable….
I also started getting my covered patio together, and was excited to bring out my blue and white pillows (as well as add some new ones to the mix). Next week I hope to do our main patio as long as we get a nice string of good weather days.
6. A RECIPE WORTH SHARING. I like to share with you recipes that are tried and true. Since we have been eating much more healthy the last few months, I have gone out on a limb and tried many new recipes.
Some were OK but others are fantastic and this one is a winner, worth sharing because not only is it really really good, it gets brownie points for being very healthy!
SOUTHWESTERN CHICKEN SALAD- I did not use the Ranch dressing but instead made this dressing below and it is sooo good!
- 1 Chicken breast (about 1 lb), large
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Bell pepper, large orange
- 1 15 oz. can Black beans
- 1 cup Corn from the can
- 4 Green onions
- 1 head Romaine lettuce
- 2 Tomatoes, medium
- 1 Hidden valley buttermilk ranch dressing
Baking & Spices
- 2 tsp Chili powder, mild
- 1 Salt
Oils & Vinegars
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
Nuts & Seeds
- 2 tsp Cumin, ground
Dressing found at Gimmedelicious-
Healthy Creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing-
- 1 Avocado
- 1 clove Garlic, peeled
- ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro
- ¼ cup low-fat sour-cream or greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice (or white vinegar)
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
Place all the ingredients In a food processor or blender. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides a few times. Thin the salad dressing out with about ⅓ cup water (give or take) until it reaches a desired consistency. Keep in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks. ( I stored mine in a Mason jar)
7. TEDDY AND HIS CLOSEUP I had to end this on such a sweet note. My husband bought this little vintage car, and loves to drive around on Sundays, so Teddy thought it looked cool and jumped right in. So now its the two of them that go cruising, and Teddy walks in after his Sunday drive with a whole new swagger, very sweet!
And they are off……
So friends, that is what’s on my mind this past week…..I look forward to being back with you on Tuesday. Don’t forget to enter your name in the hat for the porcelain planter giveaway, I will announce a winner on Tuesday, click here to enter.
Wishing everyone, a safe, healthy and happy holiday weekend. Until next time……