Monday, April 29, 2013

C. Wonderful

C. Wonderful

I must admit that I'm loving the totes that C.Wonder is offering. Not to mention the price! Sorry Tory.

Friday, April 26, 2013

food, fashion and fun

Food: Make a simple pasta dish this weekend and dine al fresco.

Fashion:  I bought a pair of Jacks on sale.    

Fun:  Take in a historic home tour in a neighboring county. 

I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fish tacos and margarita's

Last night the hubs wanted fish tacos.  I googled Mahimahi and came across this recipe in Self magazine.  Add a side of black beans and a fresh lime margarita and you have dinner.  A few weekends ago the hubs did a Cointreau margarita taste test and I prefer with as opposed to without.  I like a sweeter drink and it is more my liking.  Heck, I use American Honey when I make a mint julep.  Along with a generous amount of simple syrup.  I guess something has to keep me sweet.     Happy Earth Day to you and yours!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Saturday night

Saturday night

After the horrible events in Boston, I feel the need to have a low key weekend.   Friends over on the porch to reconnect and reflect. 

 by blondegigi featuring gap jeans

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Summer tease

Summer tease
The weather is in the 80's and it makes me want to break out my shorts and relax on the front porch or the hammock out back.  Glad my toes are ready.  Now to work on my tan.  Or lack thereof.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lemon Chess Pie

I have already made this pie twice in the past two weeks.  It is the perfect balance between sweet and tart. 


1 Prepared pastry for a 9-inch pie plate or a regular frozen pie crust
6 T butter (melted )
1 2⁄3 cups sugar
4 Eggs
2 T cornmeal
2 T grated lemon zest
1⁄4 c lemon juice
1 t  vanilla


Preheat oven to 450ºF.  Unfold pie pastry and gently ease into pie plate.  Flute pastry around edge of pie plate.  In a large bowl beat together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth.  Add cornmeal, lemon peel, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until thoroughly blended.  Pour into pie shell, and bake in a preheated 450ºF oven for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350ºF, and continue baking until knife inserted in center comes out clean or about 30-40 minutes. Cool on wire rack at room temperature for no more than two hours. Serve at room temperature or chilled. 

Hint:  The butter tends to make the crust stick to the pan.  II placed a round piece of parchment paper under the crust to avoid this.    I also dusted it with powdered sugar the first go around.

photo via taste of home since I completely forgot to take a pic.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Quest for a bar cart

Quest for a bar cart

Our neighbors had us over for drinks around the fire pit last night.  Their picnic table was shabby chic with a lovely tray for the bar, glasses, lanterns and  snacks.  It made me realize that we need a bar cart for our porch.  The search is on!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring sale

The other day I went with the hubs to pick up a special order,  that in turn caused us to go to a nearby outlet mall.  We have not shopped there in years and I wanted to see what stores they had and their spring offerings.  I was not feeling the shopping bug until I went into the Banana Republic Factory Store.  There was a sale going on and I got the dress below for under $17 and a cute top to boot.  

The hubs was sitting waiting for me while I browsed and told me he liked the dress that was displayed on the front of the store and told me I should buy it.  I handed him my bag, told him nope and that I was moving on to the next store.  He told me he would catch up with me and a few minutes later he did.   I also bought
from J. Crew Factory.   The manager of the store gave me a 50% off coupon. SCORE! 

When we got home the hubs said he wanted a fashion show.  I opened my bag from Banana and found he secretly bought me not only the dress, but the linen blazer as well.  He is a keeper!
Now I have to get a green bag since I already have nude pumps.