Monday, July 30, 2012

Million Dollar Property Monday

This week's Million Dollar Property is located in San Francisco, California.  This Italianate mansion boasts 7 bedrooms, 8 full baths and an interior over 14,000 sq. ft..  For $27,000,000 you not only get this Bay Area mansion, but also views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Marin Headlands, and Fort Mason.

You can view Sotheby's listing here.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Frosted Cupcake "Sundae" Cones

We love these adorable faux ice cream cones...who need cupcakes when you can have these?

Get the recipe here...Martha Stewart Living

Friday, July 27, 2012

Peach Perfect Cocktail

Peach Perfect Cocktail

1 1/2 parts BACARDI® Superior Rum
1 1/2 parts White peach puree
1/2 part fresh lemon juice
3/4 part Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
Club Soda
Crystallized ginger or raspberries for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker (except club soda) and shake with ice. Pour all contents (including ice) into a long glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with crystallized ginger or raspberries on a cocktail pick.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DIY Dećor - Pallets

The trend of re-purposing pallets has created some great designs.  I love finding new reuse projects for them such as chairs, patios, daybeds, fences, etc.  Here are a few.

Pallet Coffee Table

Glass Topped Pallet Coffee Table

Pallet Daybed

Pallet Island

Gray Pallet Coffee Table

Platform Pallet Bed

Pallet Headboard

Outdoor Pallet Bench

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Leontine Linens

Leontine Linens was founded  by Jane Scott Hodges in New Orleans in 1996.  Leontine Linens is known for its truly couture products.  In 2002, Leontine Linens acquired the Eleanor Beard Studio, a historic company located in Hardinsburg, Kentucky that since 1921, has made couture linens.  We love this southern company, their beautiful products, and attention to detail.

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Sweet Peach Tea


1 ounce tea leaves (Earl Grey or Darjeeling, about 1/3 cup loose tea or 7 bags)
1 lemon, sliced
1 piece ginger (about 2 inches), peeled and smashed
1 quart boiling water
8 cups ice cubes
2 peaches, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 cup sugar
8 sprigs mint
1 peach, pitted and sliced
Place tea, lemon and ginger in a heatproof container and add boiling water. Let tea steep 7 to 8 minutes. Place 4 cups of the ice in a pitcher, then pour in tea. Blend diced peaches and sugar in a blender until smooth; mix into tea. Serve in glasses over remaining ice and garnish with mint and peach slices.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Million Dollar Property Monday

This listing by Sotheby's International Realty is located in Charleston, South Carolina.  This $3,995,000 historical property boasts a perfect location (South of Broad) and 5,000 Sq Ft..

 You can visit this listing here.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sweet & Low Local


2 oz. Camarena Silver Tequila
½ of a lemon, quartered
8 mint leaves
1 tbsp. sugar-free sweetener
3 oz. soda water
Garnish: lemon wedge


 Muddle lemon, mint, and sweetener in a cocktail shaker. Add tequila and ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a tall glass. Top with soda water and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Recipe via Cosmopolitan

Lemon Layer Cake with Curd and Blueberries

This beautiful cake is made from layers of light cake, lemon curd, and fresh blueberries.  The blueberries layered between this airy cake are thought to be brain boosters.  No guilt!

Get the recipe here...  Martha Stewart Living

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pineapple and Mango Rum Cocktails


    2 1/2 small ripe mangoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups), plus 1/2 mango cut into slices with skin, for garnish
    4 ounces best-quality golden rum
    4 cups fresh pineapple juice (from a 4 1/2-pound pineapple)
    Fresh tropical fruit, such as dragon fruit and star fruit, for garnish


   1. Puree mangoes, rum, and 1/2 cup water in a blender. Pour 2 ounces puree into each of six 12-ounce glasses. Fill glasses with ice, and top off with pineapple juice. Garnish with tropical fruit.

Recipe via Martha Stewart Living

Thursday, July 19, 2012

DIY - Rope Cuffs and Bangles

DIY: Neon Rope Cuff

Dorothy Perkins gold bangle / Ted Rossi leather bangle, $79 / Silver cuff bracelet / Braided jewelry / Braided jewelry / Magnetic jewelry / Beauty product

I love Polyvore and not just because I like designing sets.  I love their DIY ideas and now I can customize my cuffs and bangles!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

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     1/2 cup granular sweetener for ice cream*
     2 tablespoons cornstarch
     1/8 teaspoon salt
     2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
     1 cup half-and-half
     1 egg yolk
     1 teaspoon Key lime zest
     1/3 cup Key lime juice
     1/2 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers


   1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat.
   2. Whisk egg yolk until slightly thickened. Gradually whisk about 1 cup hot cream mixture into yolk. Add yolk mixture to remaining cream mixture, whisking constantly.
   3. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids. Cool 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Place plastic wrap directly on cream mixture; chill 8 to 24 hours.
   4. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions; stir in Key lime zest, Key lime juice, and crushed graham crackers halfway through freezing. Let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
   5. *Granulated sugar may be substituted.
   6. Note: We tested with Whey Low 100% All Natural Granular Sweetener for Ice Cream.

Total time does not include freezing.

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JUNE 2011

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hooked on Pinterest - Painted Floors

We are a little obsessed with Pinterest.  We love finding new recipes, fashion ideas, and decoration inspiration.  One of my many to-do projects is painting my bedroom floor.  I've always painted it as it is seriously distressed (I hate carpet glue - especially nasty 40 year old black carpet glue)...I want to give it some style and have decided to use Pinterest as my are my favorite designs.

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