Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pinterest - My Favorites This Week

ready for summer

honeysuckle mint vinaigrette /Beth Kirby

strawberry banana milkshake cake

waiting for pizza - funny!

Happy Weekend and Happy Pinning!  

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Friday, June 28, 2013

In The Kitchen - Grilled Eggplant Stacks With Tomato, Feta & Basil

We recently got a new grill and I've been using it every chance I get.  I made this recipe for Grilled Eggplant Stacks with Tomato, Feta & Basil the other night and it was outstanding.  The grilled smokey flavor of the eggplant really made the dish.  It was a healthy version of eggplant parmesan.  Loved it!

This recipe is originally from the August 2005 edition of Gourmet magazine and I found it on, which is a great website.  Check it out if you haven't had a chance.

Click here to see the recipe.

Buon Appetito!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Color Inspiration - Vintage Magazine Cover Art

McCall's Magazine, August 1917, Dugald Walker
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I've always been inspired by vintage magazine cover art and I often reference them when putting together a new color palette for design projects.  Here are a few that inspired me with their use of yellow.  Love this bright, cheery color!  

Delineator Magazine, Aug.,1929, Helen Dryden
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Mademoiselle Magazine, May 1936, Helen Jameson Hall
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dog Lovin' - Sleeping With Stuffed Animals

dog sleeping with stuffed animal

Our 1 year old Jack Russell, Lily, loves sleeping with her stuffed animal.  She snuggles in the cutest positions and I can't help but grab the camera.  Shhhh.....

dog sleeping with stuffed animal

Sharing some cute pics of other dogs snuggling with their babies....

dog sleeping with stuffed animal
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dog sleeping with stuffed animal
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Have any cute pics of your dog sleeping with a stuffed animal?  Please send to me ... I'd love to share them!

Happy Sleepy Dog Lovin'....

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sweet Indulgences - Super-Light Berry Meringue Cake

I'm a huge fan of lighter desserts and this recipe for Super-Light Berry Meringue Cakes from Top With Cinnamon is right up my alley.  I don't care for cakes with heavy frostings like buttercream.  I love that these are individual cakes and how versatile they are in terms of creating your own version with different toppings and flavorings.  And, they are so pretty!  

I am a huge fan of Izy from Top With Cinnamon.  If you haven't seen her blog, check it out ... promise you'll be hooked. It's one of my top favorite baking blogs.  She's a 17 year-old from London who is super talented.  Very inspiring!

For recipe and great video instructions from Izy, click here.

Have a sweet day!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Inspiration - Give Them Your Smile

Warm thoughts and a good reminder to start the week on the right foot.  A smile goes a long way.  I recently started making a conscious effort to smile when I'm talking on the phone (not the entire time).  I believe this is reflected in the tone of my voice and have noticed the conversations more light hearted and with laughter.

Happy Monday...may your week be filled with smiles!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pinterest - My Favorites This Week

Play with me!


Welcome Summer!

Rene Gruau - Summer Scene

Happy Weekend and Happy Pinning!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

In The Kitchen - Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta

baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta recipe

I have been making this Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta recipe for years and it's one of my all-time favorites. Friends and family ask me to make it when we are having group dinners and it's always a crowd pleaser.  The recipe is from Ellie Krieger of Food Network and was featured on her Healthy Appetite show.  

I've served it over quinoa as a main course and I've also served it as an appetizer in little cups on it's own.  It would be great served over any grain or pasta.  The dill makes this dish incredibly aromatic.  And, you won't believe how quick and easy it is to make!

Click here to see recipe.

Buon Appetito!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Artist Spotlight - Geoffrey Johnson

artist Geoffrey Johnson
Study for Figure

I chose to feature Geoffrey Johnson on this week's Artist Spotlight because I love the softness of his colors contrasted by the charcoal shadowy figures.  The city scenes remind me of New York.  Geoffrey is an East Coast artist who trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  

artist Geoffrey Johnson
Figures with Light Blue

artist Geoffrey Johnson
Untitled Study

artist Geoffrey Johnson
Figures in Blue/Green

See more of Geoffrey Johnson's work here.  Thank you for inspiring me today Geoffrey!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dog Lovin' - Dog Illustrations In Children's Book

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I have always loved children's book illustrations, especially of dogs.  I still have several of my favorite children's books on my bookshelf and I look through them periodically and smile.  They take me to a happy place!  Here are a few that I came across recently that I felt needed sharing.

Dog Illustration by Ekaterina Trukhan
Illustration by Ekaterina Trukhan

Harry the dirty dog

 I have dabbled with illustrations for children's book and perhaps someday I will finally get around to doing one.  Below is a sketch I did a while ago that I'll nervously share. 

Dog illustration
Illustration by Laura Ashman Jolna

I hope these images bring a smile to your face!

Happy Wednesday!

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