Shelter loves…..

1. I have to give a loving shout out to my hometown of Marshfield, Ma. I love living in this seaside town…but living near the water has drawbacks during large storms. I am thankful my home and family were all safe during the blizzard this week, but much of my town was under water and a number of people lost their homes due to the storm surge. My thoughts are with them! xo

The picture of the beach above is about five minutes from my home. The second picture (below it) was taken yesterday during the high tide. The water literally took over much of the small village area of Brant Rock. I have never seen this area so flooded in my life, the waves were crashing over the seawall and into homes. ( I grew up in Marshfield and am back after leaving for 17 years).

2. Sometimes we all need to remind ourselves of this…
3. I love a feminine mix of floral and leopard print. This image is making me rethink my daughter’s room rug choices.
4. Art is subjective, but these cheery watercolor prints by Sarah Martinez would add a beautiful pop of color to your home or office.
5. As you know Superbowl Sunday is this weekend! Go Pats! I am heading to a friend’s house. I think I may bring these. They look somewhat healthy, right?? This entire site is filled with yummy recipes.
6. I love layering graphic tees under blazers and sweaters this time of year.

Thoughts on home – Thanksgiving table update

Hello Loves! Today I’m sharing an update on my Thanksgiving preparations. I’ve got almost everything in order for the table. I’m purchasing the flowers tomorrow! Mind you this is a table on a “budget”, so I’m going to mix a couple different types and bouquets to get a custom look. Here I have shared some common Fall/Thanksgiving bouquets for inspiration……
 I am however going to mix my colors up a bit. I was out scouting over the weekend and think I am going to combine the two floral looks below. The orange roses will be deeper and richer in color. 
My kids and I also gilded pumpkins yesterday. They loved it and I was really happy with the results! The smaller pumpkins are going to be used as place setting markers and I may guild the stems today. 
I am using these dishes on top of my china. They are from a family collection and are Spode, pattern: Florence. I’m loving the fretwork pattern and brown color!! Finally I had a couple of people ask for the stuffing recipe I use. I mentioned it is from the old school Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook! I combine these two, double it and add a bit more spices and of course more BUTTER!!!
Bread Stuffing
3 Tablespns chopped onion  (I also use celery)
1/4 cup butter
4 cups bread cubes (about 7 slices of bread)
1/4 teaspn salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 t poultry seasoning
1/2 t sage
2-4 T water or chicken broth
Cook onion and celery in butter.  Combine w bread and seasonings.  Toss with enough broth to moisten.  Makes enough for 3-4 lb chicken.  You have to at least quadruple the recipe.
Herb Stuffing
12 cups slightly dry bread cubes
1/3 cup snipped parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
11/2 teasp salt
1 teasp sage
1 teasp thyme
1 teach dried rosemary ( more if you use fresh)
6 T butter
1 cup chicken broth.
Makes enough for one 12 lb turkey. I usually double this recipe  Also use celery.  And adjust seasonings to taste, often using a little more than the above recipes.

Shelter Loves

Happy Thursday!

Here are my thoughts today! I have lots on my mind. Isn’t it funny how one cold day in the middle of July instantly makes you think of dressing for Fall? I’m not ready for the chilly weather yet but I do love a good fall sneak peek!

** Love that Dior quote!! It’s so true….I may have to try that sweet red bow and pony look too!

1. I came across this butterfly this week. One would make a great statement art piece in an array of settings!
2. Now is the time to buy summer sandals, they are all on sale. I like the leather and leopard mix of these tiny wedge DVF sandals.
3. oooowww I love a good cocktail + bar arrangement!! I can’t wait to arrange mine. I like Camille’s tips for styling and making a set up your own!
4. This clutch has been popping up everywhere – i like! Check out MacKenzie’s clever organization tip here.
5. I’m going to take my kids blueberry picking next week. I’m planning to make this crostata with the fruits of our labor… my Mom made a delicious blueberry cake this week with her picks.

Blueberry Crostataadapted from Julie Rosendaal
Ingredients
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
coarse sugar, for sprinkling
Directions
1) Preheat oven to 425F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cornstarch to get rid of any lumps. In a large bowl, toss the berries, sugar and cornstarch mixture, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt.
3) Unwrap the puff pastry onto the sheet. Mound the blueberries into the middle of the dough, leaving an inch or two around the edges. Fold the edges over the filling, just enough to keep the berries from sliding out, overlapping and pinching where needed.
4) Brush the pastry with egg and sprinkle with the course sugar. Bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes. If the dough is browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil. Cool for a few minutes and serve with vanilla bean ice cream.

6. Fall fashion sneak peek. Here are two looks I’ll be wearing this Fall. I’d love to find a cool (maybe even vintage) leopard coat.

Al fresco with friends

I love this time of year. The weather is finally warming up in Boston. It doesn’t get be much then dining outside with amazing friends, wine and good food. My friend is coming over Thursday night with her kiddies, our children will run around the yard while we sip wine. I’ve decided that I’m going to make Avocado and grilled corn salad. It’s delicious. I’ll most likely serve it with a side salad, with some grilled chicken and a crusty french bread. Dessert is going to be ice cream sandwiches. If you’re pinched for time and can’t make the homemade version just purchase cookies from your local bakery and fill them with your favorite ice cream or sorbet. (I think that’s what I’ll be doing on Thursday)

I love the concept of this image,  delicious food displayed for all to enjoy.
There’s something very romantic about dining under the stars
Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

5 Ears Corn, husk removed, brush with olive oil and grilled, remove corn with sharp knife
2 Avocado’s, diced and sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning
2 C. Tomatoes, red and yellow cherry variety or equivalent
1 Small red onion, finely diced
¾ C. Feta, crumbled
1 ½ C. English cucumber, skin on and chopped small dice

Add to a large bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

Cilantro Vinaigrette

6 T. Olive oil

2 T. Sherry vinegar
1 t. Garlic powder
2 T. Fresh cilantro, minced
½ t. Salt
10 Grinds of fresh ground pepper

Add all of the above ingredients in a small glass jar with a lid. Shake really well. Taste and adjust seasoning and ratios of oil and vinegar as you desire.
peanut butter and jelly with raspberry yogurt ice cream sandwich

home made ice cream sandwiches – I have to try these this summer! Yum. Father’s Day maybe?

   1. Pillow / 2. Bench / 3. Wine Glass / 4. Outdoor Globe Lights / 5. Dining Table / 6. Kate Spade 7. Pottery Barn

Bring color to the table with the food and fresh flowers!
We can’t forget the wine selection, 14 Hands Red Blend,  is under $12.00 and very good!

June’s Recommended read + a goal!

I like to cook, I actually love to cook if there is someone to cook for. I especially enjoy cooking for company. I pour a glass of wine, listen to music and work away. Sadly, I’ve been so busy focusing on my life, kids and business that I haven’t set aside much time for cooking lately! I was always busy but some how found time to cook at least four days of the week when my husband lived with me. There is something about sharing a meal with someone that’s more enjoyable then dining alone. As you know, it’s just my kids and I now, so cooking hasn’t been my top priority. Although, eating healthy should be. I constantly try to introduce new and fresh foods to my children but children will be children and on some days I’m lucky to get my three year old to eat anything never mind something “foreign”. 
That brings me to this month’s recommended read.   Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook “My Father’s Daughter”. It’s currently in my Amazon cart and I will be eagerly awaiting the books arrival. I agree with Gwyneth’s approach to cooking on a number of levels. I too try not to eat processed foods, I also eat fresh, and organic when possible. I love that she includes her children in the cooking process, I try my best to do the same! 
Okay, now onto my goal. No, I’m not trying to copy “Julie” from the well known book and film “Julie and Julia”, but I do need some motivation to start cooking again. It’s healthier, cheaper and also some what therapeutic. 
Here’s my objective: To cook one meal a week from Gwyneth’s cook book! I can’t promise I’ll finish the entire book but I’ll do my best! I’ll often take photos and share my results and even my son’s critique when possible! Fingers crossed that this spurs my desire to cook and make cooking fun again! Happy June! xx. Julie