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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Glamour Girl

What's It Wednesday #181
Do you love glamour and glitz? Old world elegance and charm? Me too! I've loved these Florentine chests for so long, and I finally found one! It's worn and aged in all the right places, and that gold gilt gives a bit of Parisian flair.


From its undulating crown


to its glass front and sides. It's a gilded treasure chest!


Each of the glass shelves is crammed with girly goodies,


towels and scents,


and of course

some vintage toiletries for sparkle and shine!


Check out her curvaceous bottom and sexy legs! Three roomy drawers for plenty of storage space.


I just love her! She's my Glamour Girl!
Hugs,
Patti

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer Fare Faves

What's It Wednesday #180

Summer has come and pretty much gone, especially for those of us ready to send our kids back-to-school.

This summer I put forth every effort to eat well. As my kids indulged in cheese toast on Jamaican Hard-dough bread, I took advantage of the delicious fruit that was in season and available. 

I had fun with new breakfast dishes as well. Making these baked egg white and spinach mini-omelletes in a muffin pan  was a huge hit with the family. Super simple and delicious.

When it comes to cauliflower, a good Indian recipe guarantees my kids will ask for seconds and thirds. Aloo Gobi  (Potato and Cauliflower Masala) is a family favorite. 


My mother-in-law taught me how to make my husband's favorite roti. Aloo Paratha is a flat bread with seasoned potatoes in the center. I have substituted the refined white grounded grains for whole wheat flour. 


Bhindi is the best way I can get the little ones to eat okra and eat it with gusto. 


We aren't big meat eaters so we tend to eat quite a bit of beans and lentils for protein. Black beans are one of our favorites so this black bean and corn salad was a big hit.


On the occasions when we had chicken we tend to throw it on a salad and always throw in fruit that is season. Fresh mango or papaya is usually the go to fruit. 

I love edamame. I could eat it every single day. So making it at home is the perfect snack.

Speaking of snacks, the kids get a kick out of making Kale chips. It disappears in less than five minutes.
  

Kale and spinach are my go-to greens for my morning smoothies. Adding pear puts the smooth in smoothies.

I love red quinoa and I love couscous so mixing them together was the perfect treat. This summer I was introduced to a grain I knew nothing about. Farro is now one of my new delicious go to grains. I absolutely love the nutty flavor of Farro. So this salad with red quinoa, couscous and faro with cucumbers, orange peppers and red onions was absolutely delicious. 

This summer I was able to balance quite a bit of beans and lentils with some of my favorite fruits. 

What were some of your Summer Fare Faves?

xoxoxo
Paula

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Saving Summer

What's It Wednesday #179
Those of us who love Victoriana know they embraced flora and fauna. They were passionate about having flowers in their decor, whether fresh or in paintings, rugs, upholstery, wallpaper, and even carved in furniture.

One of the biggest pastimes of the day was flower pressing. Simple flat flowers like pansies, daisies, and violets, as well as ferns, leaves and grasses were often pressed and used to create beautiful bouquets and intricate designs.

This gorgeous tray caught my eye in an antique store and I couldn't leave without it. From a distance I thought it was a painted tray, but as I got closer the incredible detail was breathtaking!

The patina of the old frame

and the attached forged handles just made the vibrant color of the flowers pop. I had to have it!

 Not much has changed in our passion for flora. We still dry our roses and hydrangeas to carry us through the long bloomless winters. Now I know this is just a tray made to serve tea or a small snack, but for me, it's a piece of art and a connection to bygone days.
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Patti

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