Life, Family and a Cozy Home

Life, Family and a Cozy Home

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Simplicity And The Shore!

Living in South Florida we have collected hundreds of treasures from the beach. They fill bowls and decorate frames. On a recent day at the beach we were given 2 perfect sand dollars by this lovely couple. Actually, they were given to my kids, they are mine. 

I picked a few other shells. I had this old picture I painted over and hot glued the shells. A little sanding to give it a distressed beachy look and Simplicity at its best!

Since we are moving back to the NE I am loving ways to take a piece of FL with us. Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

Looking for a low key easy peasy cookie recipe? Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies.

1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (I used crunchy but you can use creamy too)
1/2 Cup Nutella
1 Egg
1tsp Vanilla
1 Cup Sugar
Reeses Pieces
** Preheat Oven To 350 degrees

Mix all ingredients (except candy) together. Spoon onto parchment paper about tablespoon size. Dip fork in sugar and make lines and press down on each cookie.  Place about 3 candies in each cookie.

Bake for 12-15 min. Let cool and ENJOY!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pumpkin Pie

I'm no sweet genius! (ha! love that show). However , I do make an oh so simple and just as delicious Pumpkin Pie. It has been rainy and muggy down here in SF so I needed a little reminder that it is actually Fall.

When I bake this pie the house smells so warm and well...FALLISH. And the kids love it, they will eat it for breakfast.

1 can of Pumpkin
A dash of cinnamon, pumpkin spice , nutmeg & vanilla
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs.
1/4 cup ( a little more for sweetness) sugar
A big dallop of whipped cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Patience & A Few Small Projects

I sit down to write this on a rainy Saturday morning. My house is filled with moving boxes and I am patiently (nail biting, toe tapping, arms crossed, pacing the floors) waiting for my big move. Just a couple months away. As I pack my beloved items I think...hmmm this could use a little twine, that should be more distressed. So, in between the packing I stop to create for my new home.

These great candle sticks were bought black. (I should have left them black), since I can't leave well enough alone I painted them turquoise, then...the inevitable...White!

I just hot glued some twine and How Cute! Perfect for Fall.

I got inspired by a picture of a turquoise farmhouse on Pinterest. Disclaimer: I am not an artist!

When the inspiration comes I have to follow it. I had this top to a wine box that was waiting for me to do something with it.

Kind of folk artsy.  It was fun to do and I love the color. Ok, so my 6 yr old could have made this. I still love it!

Have a great weekend !! xoxo

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Turning Old Into New

Hello friends, this old rocking chair has been in my family for over 50 years. My mom recently told me she stripped it of years and layers of paint. Took her hours. The seat needs some fixing. I just can't part with this old chair.

Some white paint, a little distressing and the chair has new life! The saying across the top is
"De tendre "which is french for "unwind".

Love this french pillow which was bought at a Renningers market.

Sometimes all you need is some left over paint and a piece of furniture you already have to create a fresh new look! So simple.

Enjoy the day! xoxo

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Meatball Sliders

I am constantly looking for fun dinner ideas. Last night I made Meatball Sliders and they were a huge hit!

You know I don't measure so I will apologize ahead of time for my recipe. The measurements are approximate.

Mix together your chopped meat with dash of sea salt, about 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (italian style), 1 egg, chopped onion 1/2 cup , 1 chopped garlic clove. Fresh parm about 1/4 cup grated in. I mash with my (clean) hands. Then make balls , any size you like. I line a baking sheet with foil and line them up. Into the oven on 350 for about 30 min.

I don't make my own sauce. My husband does but since I made dinner..jar sauce it is! I like this one and it was buy one get one free. Warm up the sauce and  put your meat balls in on a low simmer for at least 3o min.

ok..not a pretty picture. They were delicious. Plate those babies up on a soft potato roll, some mozzarella if you like,  french fries, and I did serve salad and carrots (not pictured).


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Inspiration! Where are you?

Hey friends! I didn't fall off the face of the earth, I am still here. I have been enjoying reading everyone else's blogs, just uninspired with my own. Hopefully, I am back! In a weird place lately. Half my house is packed with boxes for our upcoming move and the other half is decorated for Halloween. Okkaaay.So not ready for the Halloween stuff, we are barely out of summer. My son found the bin and when I turned my back he had fun decorating the house.

 Love these labels...I think I bought them at Target.
This was a battle I didn't want to fight. So, Trick or Treat! Yeah. Anyway, I have some new small pieces I LOVE.

Anthropologie! Love this store. It's a planter but I can't bring myself to put a plant in it. I love this piece.

 Picked this one up at Goodwill.
How cute?

Have a great Tuesday and heres to staying inspired! xoxo