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Friday, August 31, 2012

Running with Duke

I have a very lovable dog, he's not the brightest star but he may be the fluffiest! Recently, I have taken up jogging with him. Well, in reality I want to walk and he wants to run so we compromise. The funny things is as we jog, I constantly get stopped by neighbors. Not because of how cute he is ( though true) but because I make him carry his own bag. I just tie it to his leash since I have no real way of carrying it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weekly Wonders: August 29th, 2012

This week, I have founds tons of inspiration in crafty things. I have been trying to stay away from Pinterest, because sometimes I just feel overwhelmed by all the crafty things there. Like somehow I am not crafty enough. Does anyone ever feel like that as well?

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I found sequins in bright colors.

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Glitter Paint. Enough said.

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These little toys are screaming for me to do something to them.

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Why do I keep finding more cards? I was finally using up a bunch and now find myself buying more.

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Halloween is apparently allowed to be displayed now. I am thus allowed to by things. Right?

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Lace. Be it scrapbook paper, handkerchiefs or actual lace.

So what’s been inspiring you?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Easy Mason Jar Margaritas

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So Hurricane/ Tropical Storm Isaac is supposed to be upon us today in Florida,  the aptly Sunshine State. This past weekend, I tried to get in the most of the sunshine while I could. My friend (of the French picnic theme fame) and I had another picnic but this one was themed Mexican. She made delicious tacos, I was in charge of drinks. So Margaritas seemed like the best idea. However, I had a few constraints: I had about a 30 minute drive to the place so they needed to stay cool and not spill. My solution: Mason Jars and Popsicles! Well it worked! They were delicious!!!!!
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Ingredients:
Tequila
Whole Fruit Lime and Strawberry Popsicles
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Directions:
1) In a mason jar, pour 1 oz of tequila. Cut one lime and one strawberry popsicle  and place in jar.
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2) Shake. Once before you pack and once when at your location!
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I hope you enjoy these easy Margaritas for your next outing!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Weekly Wonders: August 22nd, 2012


Summer is almost over, my how the time flies! My summer has been filled with fun trips from New Orleans to Daytona to Shrimp Festivals. But last night, I did a very American thing. I went to a baseball game. Well almost all-American, my mother says it does not count because its inside. Silly Tropicana Field! In their defense, they would have to cancel every other game if not because it rains all the time! Last night, it rained on the way there, while in the game and a few hours later on the way home! Mimi (my grandmother) went with a  traditional hotdog, I had a slice of pizza. I did partake in some peanuts and cotton candy. In my book, everything is good with cotton candy! What have you been up to this week?







Monday, August 20, 2012

Jar Candles

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While in Europe, I bought a jam jar to eat with our baguettes. We used it a ton in Paris, but after that, baguettes just weren’t as common.  I smuggled our half eaten jam back to the U.S. and then promptly forgot about it. I have to admit, I tend to forget about things quiet often, I also forgot about a candle I bought and left it in the garage. The lovely Florida summer heat kind of mushed the candle so I couldn’t light it the way it was, who want’s a parallelogram candle.

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So what to do when you have a dilapidated candle and a cute jar? Remelt the candle into the jar! To preserve the memory (ha, get the jam of it?).  It was actually quite easy, and didn’t take that much time. I watched a youtube video about doing it, but it involved fancy tools and my hairdryer took forever to melt the littlest bit of wax. So I came up with my own method!

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My candle was wider than the mouth of the jar, so I used a knife to cut off parts of wax. (The height was taller, but I just decided to let that melt down) After cutting off two sides (and saving the wax), I smashed the candle into the jar ( I tried to keep the wick in the middle, much easier than having to melt it and having to repour).

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Then I placed the jar in a pot of water and turned the heat to medium. I melt the wax down while keeping the wick up by using a clip. I dropped in the chopped off wax to completely fill the jar.  Once completely filled, I removed it from heat and let it cool. TA-DA.

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P.S.  Plus its now able to travel! I have my own travel candle!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Handy House Tip: Paint Spills

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No matter how hard I try, I always manage to spill a bit of paint. I take pains to be careful about it but it always happens. Enter my new favorite friend: All-purpose Cleaner. Simply spray on paper towel, and wipe away paint spill! Works great on woodwork.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weekly Wonders: August 15th, 2012

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A friend of mine had a marvelous idea the other day, we should have a picnic! Not just any picnic, but a grand picnic! We could not just pick French themed for our picnic, we had to take it  a step further and select French Proven├žale themed. So Saturday evening, we went to a park on the water and had our grand picnic. It was a rousing success, we spent three hours relaxing by the water slowly savoring the delicious food.  We had vegetable tian, cheese and then dessert (and yes, we ate it in the proper French order). Plus to drink, I muddled 12 basil leaves with one navel orange. Then mixed the muddle with 18 ounces of Dubonnet Rouge (or other sweet fortified red wine that is chilled) and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then top each glass with 2 oz. of seltzer water. It was AMAZING. Seriously, Martha Stewart did not let me down on this one. Don’t forget crepes for dessert!

P.S. Check out my adorable plastic ware, it made everything seem classier. Next week we are trying for British themed, anyone have any recipe suggestions?

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Toasted Green Beans

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So I found the most amazing thing in Publix the other week: Toasted Green Beans. They were amazing! Like WOW, we ate the whole thing in one sitting. Then we became sad, because we did not have anymore. Well, off we went to Publix again but this time, we bought the ingredients to make our own. We baked them instead and they were just as amazing!

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Ingredients:

Green Beans (Whole)

1/2 cup Flour

1 Egg

1/3 cup Milk

1 cup Bread Crumbs

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

Salt and Pepper

Directions:

1) Preheat oven for 400 Degrees. Then Blanch the green beans. (Place them in boiling water for a few minutes (till bright green) then quickly place them in ice water).

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2) Take three bowls and place the flour in one, the egg (mixed with milk) in the second and the breadcrumbs (with garlic and onion powder plus some salt and pepper ) in the third. Then roll a green bean in the flour, then dip it in the egg and finally roll in the bread crumbs.DSC04456DSC04460

3) Place coated green beans on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.

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4) Enjoy!

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