Saturday, September 27, 2014

A yummy fall{ish} recipe…

And good for ya taboot

The squash are out…every shape and color. And roasted squash is the

cats pajamas or so they say

But since it is only fall{ish} and the {ish} means… eh… 87 degrees warm

I decided to embrace my clime, and turn the roasted squash into a warmish salad.

with me?

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Who knew that when you peel Butternut squash there are tiny green stripes?

Nature in all of her glory.

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I roasted the chunked squash with pearl onions and red grapes….sage would be lovely too!

Jewel tones….gorgeous.

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While roasting I cooked up some jasmine and wild rice…I have done this before with Quinoa too.

added some good balsamic vinegar and some finely chopped raw butternut squash

Yep. Raw. The warmth of the rice softens it just. a. tad.

wonderful crunch

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veggies roasted…all caramelized. Fall crack.

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Made a sweet tangy dressing with maple syrup…and added craisins.

Put the warm from the oven veggies on the cool from the fridge rice salad…

breaking all of the rules

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Lovely union.

Try it. Dare.

Warm roasted butternut squash and fruit salad

2-1/2 cups of butternut squash chunks

1 cup of red seedless grapes

1 cup of pearl onions

1 TBSP of olive oil

Roast above at 375 degree oven for 25 minutes (or until nice and caramel brown)

Meanwhile cook:

1 C of wild and jasmine rice ~or~ mixture of quinoa and rice…or whatever grain raises your skirt.

when rice is cooked add:

1/2 c of finely diced raw butternut squash

2 tsp of balsamic vinegar

Put in fridge to chill for an hour…or overnight.

For dressing mix:

2 TBSP of whole grain mustard

2TBSP of maple syrup

1-1/2 tsp of balsamic vinegar

1TBSP of olive oil

When rice is cool add dressing and:

1/4 c of minced shallot or green onions,

1/2 c of dried cranberries.

:: Serve warm roasted veggies and fruit over chilled rice salad.::

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Perfectly fall{ish}.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall…Here?

 

Naw….

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But we are workin’ it

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Yep.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A local magical garden…full of secrets

 

‘If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.’
                                                           ~ The Secret Garden

We have an enchanted little {big} garden in this little town of ours

cloaked in a rich and entertaining history…This year it is 100 years old

Waldo’s Secret Garden

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owned by an Oh SO creative family

And a becoming more famous by the minute wedding venue

have been featured in The knot and Pottery Barn’s wedding blog to name a few

I had a ball strolling the grounds today…

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They put the FUN in funky. Around every corner is something to make you smile

and remind you that life is short….and should be fun.

and let’s face it funky.

 

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Charlotte Anabar … Who traipsed these grounds as a kid…

and lives in and helps manage the property

Has a fab design firm….that carries on this same sense of whimsy in her own designs

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It really is amazing to see the sheer size of this centenarian  property…which can happily fit an intimate party of 20 …to a huge gathering of 300

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If you check out their website, you’ll see some phenomenal wedding shoots

…from rustic to swanky.

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A gorgeous place

to

just

be.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A room re-do. Oy.

Casa Coconut had somewhat of a mass exodus last weekend as
two of the kiddos packed up their goods
and headed out to college.
Another has graduated and is living across the state. We have one left with us. And a dog. A big dog.
The dog and I were kinda sad.
SO
Best  way to combat empty{ish} nest sadness…. A project!
This bedroom has been lived in by two of the boys at different times.
It was a big project when we painted the walls in ochre tones of limegreen to ocean blue
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so big that they never even were re-painted when Kid #2 took over.
…and I found all sorts of *interesting* things along the way as I cleaned
and prepared for *the project*. First car keys, Highschool freshman ID cards
::weep it all goes by so fast::
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A sweet self- portrait. The grin….oh my this DOES look like him.
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Ok….SO I put away the Kleenex and put my worker hat on
The plan was to lighten….keep it as a room….
and maybe use it as an office while kids are gone.
 
 
The abacus was a tribute to our math genius.
and also….because he left it behind.
::sob::
 
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The Library table was one I bought for my parents…and my Dad re-finished
and has since been used in the room as a very sturdy desk.
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The plantation blinds are up temporarily as I get a molding to fit them.
And Look….A bed. See. still a room
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and….I left it all rumply like that on purpose  :cough:  so my guys would feel at home  :cough:
I did.
And the YO became a big OY.
‘cause, well, that was just appropriate.
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Toy soldiers. Baseball cards. swim suits.   Kleenex please.
There ya have it….a shop the house….use what you have….cry while you paint
Project.
Oy.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dreaming of cool ceilings…

Talking to some friends recently…

I would love to put a cool literally ceiling in our foyer…

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This above would be *cool*. But rain coming in would not be cool.

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Bamboo is local….it would be kinda cool.

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wood…gnarly…washed up from the ocean

could be coolish

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Any other cool ideas out there??

Spill…

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