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Hi there! So,  whats going on with you this weekend? Today I am finally seeing The best exotic Marigold Hotel I am such a believer in it and confident that its going to be that good, that I have included a trailer. For anyone who has a penchant for movies filmed in India, this is for you!
After two attempts, I have been dying to see it ever since I saw the first preview….cannot wait!! Anyone see it? I have heard nothing but rave reviews.  Then we are off early to a lacrosse tournament for my son, its going to be a long day under the hot sun, but at least the intense humidity has last died down.

Chose two winners who each get to select any one of my frames from my store. So step up claim your frame, and please email me your shipping details!

Congratulations to-

GRC Ltd. and Sue!

Let me know which of these lovely frames you would like in your home…..

Please contact me via email to the [email protected]

And the trailer……

Moving onto a bunch of randomness……

Had a nice time over the Memorial day holiday weekend. Entertained more than I had expected to but it ended up being a lot of fun. I made some dishes that are easy but oh so good. I am always good at getting pictures at the start of the process, but once guests start arriving and I start putting the food out (the prettiest part) I somehow get lost in the chaos and forget to take pics…so the ones featured here are really from the beginning of the process. Sorry will continue to do better next time!

One of my favorite pasta dishes is a light summer pasta dish. Best part it can be served and should be served room temp. I believe I may have originally gotten this idea from Ina Garten. The key is really ripe tomatoes and allowing them to sit for 4 hours plus in the mixture. Its quite simple but so pretty and absolutely delicious with any summer BBQ fare.

It all starts with perfectly ripe tomatoes
With a healthy dose of freshly chopped basil

And about 6-8 garlic cloves cut in half ( I love garlic so you can lose less if you are not a huge fan)

Marinate together with about 1/4 cup olive oil, sea salt and fresh coarse pepper, must marinade wrapped with plastic at room temperature for about 4-5 hours

Once done, cook your pasta ( I use thin spaghetti by Barilla) very al dente. Toss with mixture and serve with a very healthy portion of fresh Parmesan. It is soooo good and best part is its served at room temperature. Bon Appetite!

For appetizers, I love crostinis. I make two varieties which are always a big hit. One is I get two containers of mushrooms, chop them up very fine, add minced garlic a little onion and saute together in olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper, set aside. Drizzle olive oil over your cut crostinis and bake for about 3 min until one side is lightly golden. Remove, add a small piece of fresh mozzarella to each crostini then top with a spoonful of mushroom mixture. Bake for 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted and starting to bubble. The other variety is prepare the crostinis add the mozzarella and then add a this slice of good quality prosciutto on top, bake for 2 min. Take out and add a pinch of freshly chopped basil. Serve immediately  and watch them disappear!

Getting ready for a quick trip into the oven for maybe 3 minutes at most

Second batch getting ready to be inhaled

I also make a mean chicken marsala, its pretty much the typical with mushrooms, butter, marsala wine, fresh parsley but this ones includes chipped proscuitto which gives it fabulous flavor… was a hit!

Make the mixture in a saute pan

Have your dredged in flour and seasoned chicken cutlets at the ready

Add butter and sautee

A healthy dose of fresh parsley

Add to chicken and get ready to bake for about 45 min…….that’s it!
And for Friday, made my white clam sauce and if I may say so myself, it is very good. One of our guests proclaimed it as the best clam sauce he has had in many years! Key to me is lots of garlic and only vongele or the baby clams.

And sorbet filled fruit are one of my all time favorite summertime desserts, less guilt and pretty too!

If you like salsa, I must say Harry and Davids black bean salsa is one of my all time favorites, it has a generous amount of black beans and corn, is seasoned just right and always a hit; I buy restaurant quality tortillas, they are very thin and this too always gets gobbled up.

I love using my Spanish olive trays sold in my online shop for appetizers…..

I love really thin restaurant quality chips, and have you tried the guacamole chips? Addicting!

Sorry if I am making you hungry….suddenly I am craving a full fledged meal! Moving onto non food items……

My friend Debby from that ever so chic and inspirational blog, Inspired Design recently launched her own online shop of her gorgeous prints all from our favorite places, Nantucket, Paris, Italy…they are absolutely stunning and so well priced. I can think of many creative ways to use her gorgeous prints….. Here’s a sampling!

And a sampling of her wonderful prints up for sale-
Beautiful charming Nantucket
And Paris in Sepia…oooh la la!
Like what you see? Click here to see more! Keep up the great job Debby!

I have to say when I changed my header to reflect summer and its light airy vibe, I had some fun making up a few banners…I think I am going to have a lot of fun changing them around… the experimenting stage! Its so easy with Big huge labs. So don’t be surprised if I have a new one in a few days……this could become addicting!

On the store front, apparently many of you loved the goodies I featured yesterday….good to know! Your feedback is so important to me. A few pieces are left and there will be more from this exquisite line later in the summer. I am adding some beautiful new blue and whites this weekend. Here’s a preview…..

Fabulous very large display bowl about 15″ diameter

Blue and white umbrella stand
Love the shape about 16″ tall

Another elegant octagonal shaped vase with lid 16″ 
Speaking of my online store, I have received so many lovely pictures of various rooms and spaces from customers own homes that I put in “your enchanted homes” section. I love seeing how you use the items you have purchased from me. Keep them coming…love to see and get inspired! You can upload your pictures directly to the store site or email me with your images. Click here to upload your own pictures….. Thanks!
Well that’s about it around here. Hope you are off to a great weekend, whatever that might mean to you. Wishing you a fabulous day and a superb weekend!


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NanaDiana on

Another post full of eye candy, recipes and beauty. Love that pasta/tomato dish and I am copying the recipe over to use for summer entertaining.

Have fun in the sun at the Lacrosse meeting today. Blessings- xo Diana

Renée Finberg on

miss T,

i have given this much thought….
and i have come to my steadfast conclusion that you are

btw the movie was great!

Victoria on

I really love visiting you because I walk away with so much knowledge about so many different things. You have inspired me with the summer pasta and crostini idea for guests we are having over next weekend. I was stressing over it and now you have helped me plan my menu! The prints from Debby look just beautiful, i guess owning a few is the next best thing to going there.
The movie looks great, I do enjoy movies set in India, what a cultural and colorful place it is. Love your new items for the store and think you offer so many beautiful things that are not always easy to find. I ordered a few pieces from the European wood collection and cannot wait to get them, I love how you used the olive trays to serve.
Enjoy your weekend Tina.

Chic Coastal Living on

The food you cooked looks delicious! Yummy! I wish I lived closer to you because we could have great little get togethers! I also love the headers that you created! Looking forward to summer as much as you! Have a great Saturday!

Victoria on

PS Those headers for your blog are all so beautiful, I especially like the one of your house!

Lost in Provence on

Ooh, Tina, more food please in the future if you can–I loved this! But yes, I am absolutely ravenous now!!!
Bisous to Teddy.

vicki archer on

You are amazing Tina… delicious recipes… I love that pasta… that will be our lunch tomorrow… sometimes I even add chopped arugula and lemon zest into that mix… so thank you… Enjoy the film… it’s fun and I believe the book is fabulous too… Happy weekend… xv

christy on

Wow what an amazing post. Love all the beautiful dishes, such great ideas. I love the idea of the chicken marsala, the pasta and those crostinis look SO GOOD!
Its making me hungry now. The movie looks wonderful, hope you will let us know what you think of it. Hope you have a great weekend, good luck to your son.

3 Peanuts on

Than you for sharing your recipes. I love to cook and they all look delicious. I might have to make that pasta salad…I winder if gluten free pasta will hold up in it. I will try it. The chicken marsala looks divine!!! I am kind of on a mini diet/exercise regimen to get in shape for summer so my mouth is drooling as I have been eating smoothies and salads fro days:)

I hope your enjoy the movie. let us know how it is. Enjoy your weekend:)


Castles Crowns and Cottages on


I was just about to go outside to prune my overgrown but beautiful vines on the arbor but I wanted to come visit you first. Oh dear, where do I begin my dear? Your new header IS airy and beautiful, with the same magnificent BLUES and grays but ever so fresh. AND your tomatoes and basil???? This is the season and I am going to consume mass quantities of basil and olive oil!! What a lucky winner of your frames! I have ONE MORE week to go before school is over and then I cannot wait to see what the Paris link participants will come up with. Thank you so much for jumping on the plane ride over the azur seas with me today.

ENJOY your day, pet Teddy for me and big hugs to you! Anita

carolyn bradford on

Every recipe on here looked incredible! That pasta dish looks divine and I’m making it this weekend for sure! I have one similar I should give to you as well! I envy you going to a lacrosse game! That will be one of the things I miss the most now that my son has graduated from high school this month! Wow! Enjoy every minute of it! Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful too!!

Lisa on

I have to try your dishes, they are so pretty but really sound so good! I am not much of a cook but am trying to expand my horizons. Love visting you because you share so much and its always so beautiful and interesting! I love the blue and whites for your store, really really love my ginger jars that I bought from you.

How clever how you used the wood trays to serve food, that might be next on my list.

Have fun this weekend and enjoy the movie!

Teresa at Splendid Sass on

Coming back later for these recipes. All looks amazing, and the sorbet looks divine!
Take it easy in the heat today! It was cool here this morning when is unusual. WOuldn’t it be nie if the humidity would disappear?!
Congratulations to the winners!!
Happy Saturday.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. on

Good morning…so much to talk about today. I love your header changes and yes, it looks like you have plenty more ideas in store…you know I love good recipes…that pasta is one of my all time favorites…and I must try your chicken and mushrooms…maybe for Sunday Supper?…Love all of the new goodies in your shop. Have a wonderful weekend, Tina. Mona

Yvonne @ StoneGable on

Hi Tina! You always give us such great, full of information posts!!!! I love your light and breezy header!
All of the food you have been cooking looks fabulous! BUT I just love chicken marsala!!!!! Now I am hungry!
I would like to invite you to join ON THE MENU MONDAY with this great post! Linky goes live at 8:00pm Sunday!
Thanks for all the inspiration!

Karena on

Tina a wonderful post filled with so many delights, several recipes I will make, probably the trifle this weekend!

The tomatoes with angel hair pasta will be a fave!

Love the trailer for Marigold Hotel!

Art by Karena

classic • casual • home on

That movie was great…makes you want to go to India. And I wish you would and bring back things for your fun store!

for the love of a house on

Love your new header Tina (is Big huge labs a site for banners?) Your recipes look wonderful and simple- my favorite kind, thank you for sharing! The movie looks wonderful- can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
Happy weekend!

Leslie on

Hi Tina!

What a fun post! There is so much to comment on and I’m running out the door! So glad you shared the clip from the movie, great preview! Your pasta looks delicious ~ nothing beats the fresh basil, garlic, olive oil combination, and I am a big fan of various crostinis. So easy and so many variations. Your Chicken looks perfect and I like the sorbet in the fruit!

michele on

oh tina, we like the same food. this is exactly the kind of thing i die for. hearty, simple, trattoria fare. did you know it’s not our imagination, that angel hair pasta really does cook up to be a bigger volume than regular spaghetti. it’s true. it’s science. a lady in a boutique today was raving about the movie you wanna see. all i wanna see is moonrise kingdom and i will have to drive all the way to the north shore to find a theatre showing it!

thank you for your kind comments–i always look forward to them, lovely lady.


Red Door Home on

Looks like you were very busy in the kitchen! I am sure your guests were delighted as it looked delicious. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Terri ~the dressed up cottage on

Nice post full of a little bit of everything!!
Looks like you had a great week-end and it also looks like anybody lucky enough to be invited to one of your get togethers….is lucky enough indeed. The food looks great, and the best part is not killing yourself in the kitchen, but leaving yourself time to enjoy your guests. Easy dishes are always the best and you present everything so prettily as well.
I cannot wait to see ” The Best Exotic….”
I love every actor in it, and that is exactly the kind of movie I crave. Tell us what you thought of it, once you see it.
Have a great week-end.

Amy @MaisonDecor on

I could kill you for showing all those yummy recipes with carbs!! hah! I am trying to be such a good girl, but these look delish! Now when I make chicken marsala it seems like the marsala flavor tends to fade…what is the secret to keeping it marsala-y when it comes out of the oven? Do you add a dash before you serve? Love the crostinis….omg, I am so hungry right now…just made sauce and some big fat meatballs…might have to make some crostinis! xo

De tout, de rien on

Lovely post as usual Tina. I’m sure you’re happy that you’re mostly settled in and able to enjoy entertaining in your house.

I’m dying to go see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but no one in my family wants to go, so I have to find a girlfriend to go with. Definitely a girlfriend movie!

Enjoy the rest of your week-end!

Sharon (Roses and Rust) on

You are clearly as talented a cook as you are a decorator (and shop keeper :)). This food looks amazing! x Sharon

The Pink Pagoda on

Your beautiful food photos made me hungry! I’m going to use these recipes next week. They look fantastic!

Segreto Secrets on

Omgoodness you cook too!! What don’t you do well!! They looked amazing! I can’t wait to try some of the recipes!! xo Leslie

Donna in Potomac on

Saw Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a few weeks ago and totally enjoyed it. Having visited India a few times, and being a lover of all things Indian, it was like travelling back..where everything is a fast-paced visual feast of colors. One viewer made the comment, IF you want to see your favorite British actors with a tan, this is the movie – ha! Speaking of Indian movies, this week I’ll be going to the sold out premiere of Arrange to Settle, a movie filmed here in DC. My friends son has a part in it, as well as being an executive producer, so should be fun!

Your food looks delish and even though you cooked your butt off, it looks totally worth it. My current obsession is thin-crust pizzas on the grill…one with a smear of pesto, topped with tomatoes, mozzarella & fresh basil…the other with a smear of roasted garlic paste, topped with wild mushrooms, brie or mozzarella, and fresh thyme. Boy you really got me started! Enjoy the movie.

'LUSH' on

Yum, yum, yum, and wow, wow, wow……….that’s about all I can get out in terms of over excited love for every dish, and every item, photo, idea, you post!!! I am trying a few of your recipes! And, I love your banner, but I do say, I am especially partial to the ones in which your own home is included!

Acquired Objects on

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Acquired Objects on

Mona showed your chicken marsala today and I had to come over for your recipe and glad I did because now I can try out several of them. I’ve never been to big huge labs and time to give it a whirl since I love your banners you’re playing with they’re beautiful!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Fashion-isha on

I absolutely love your randomness! You have the most chic randomness! And it’s so sweet of you to feature Debby! I love our blog community!!
Have a fabulous week!

zanetastyle on

Hello Tina!
Lovely recipes and I am going try it…like your carbonara…I make it regularly now! Love it! and must say your new header is fantastic and so are the samples…very very you, you are so true to your style(: one can spot it miles away.
hugs Z

Dianne on

Loved the movie…..and how apt I just pulled my silver out of the cupboard, cleaned it and it is now on display.

Garden, Home and Party on

I love your new header. The recipes are mouthwatering and our days are warming so I’ll look forward to trying them soon.

Our French Inspired Home on

Looks like you need taste testers? Curious to know how the sorbet was stuffed into the fruit? It appears so perfect in the pineapple. I could froget the pasta and just go for the tomato salad. Mmmm. yum.

Debby Steele on

Tina!!! Thank you sooooo much!!! I got all excited when I saw the mention of my new shop. I thought, “Hey, that’s me!” hee hee. It means so much to me. Let us know how you liked the movie. Your cooking has my mouth watering. Love Ina Garten. I think it’s really cool if you have a section on your blog showcasing all of your lovely items in people’s homes. I’m rambling, huh? I LOVE header #1 with the flowers for summer and it is addicting which is why I change my design so often! xo

Belle on Heels on

How did you like the movie? I think the husband and I are going to see it tomorrow night.

And where is my dinner party invitation? This all looks so yummy! That’s one of my favorite Ina recipes as well. Always a big it. You need to do a step-by-step for your antipasti platters. They always look so divine!

[email protected] on

HI Tina! I’m back from a weekend away so I’m just getting to your post now – it’s not even 6am and i’m hungry for all of that food you made! 🙂 I noticed your customer section on the your site the other day – what a fantastic idea! Glad to hear it is all going so well! 🙂

Sue on

Oh such delicious looking food!! I really like the idea of the putting the sorbet Into the pineapple ! Thanks so much for hosting the give-away. I sent you my info. 🙂 Sue

mwaxter on

This is making me so hungry! I have to try that pasta and the chicken dish. I too love crostinis and learned to make some great ones from a cooking class I took last summer. If you like goat cheese, one of my favoites which is so easy is goat cheese with chopped grapes or apples and a sprig of mint, the flavors really wake you up.

john on

The beginning of this post was like history porn.

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