Friday, March 27

recipe friday



·        Acorn Squash, halved and seeds cleaned out
·        Water
·        ½ C walnuts
·        1/3 C melted butter
·        1/3 C brown sugar
·        ¼ tsp salt
·        ¼ tsp cinnamon


Place squash meat side down in shallow pan with 1” water
Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees
Turn squash over

Top with walnuts, melted butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon

Return to oven and bake 15 minutes more

Thursday, March 26

beach cottage style

I think I have been bitten (and bitten hard) by the 'Warm Weather Bug'. I just can’t seem to get my mind out of the sand... the sun and the sea… yeah, I'm ready for Spring and Summer!

And I am sure you know by now, that when I think of those three items (sun, sand, and sea) my mind goes directly to New England and the beautiful cottages that exist there. But some of us just aren’t blessed enough to own a New England cottage… so why not the next best thing? Create your own cozy cottage style with a little inspiration from great images of seaside cottage homes and comfy cottage rooms.

Wednesday, March 25

quick tip: sticky notes

Before you toss one of these paper reminders in the trash, run the sticky side between the keys of your computer's keyboard to collect crumbs, dust and other grime.

Tuesday, March 24

have you made these mistakes?

House Beautiful magazine asked Ten Top Designers what they would say is their Number One Paint Color Mistake, and here are their Ten Different Answers:

Ceiling Paint
"I never paint a ceiling dead white because all white paint has a bit of gray in it, and it takes the room down. Paint the ceiling a cream shade." –Athalie Derse

Monday, March 23

well done... or maybe just medium?

The warm months are ahead of us right now... and what better way to celebrate than to start cooking outdoors on the grill. But getting the exact right 'doneness' on the grill is an absolute fine art.  Here are some great tips to help you conquer the art of grilling. 

When it comes to cooking meat, do you really know the difference between Well Done, Medium Well, Medium, Medium Rare and Rare? It all boils down to (or maybe I should say ‘cooks down to’) the temperature of cooked meat. No matter which ‘way’ you like your meat cooked, it is best to know the following tips when cooking.