Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pinterest - My Favorites This Week

Fav's - Panda Sushi

To Entertain - Late Summer Table Setting

Dog Lovin'  - Sittin' Like A Puppy

Culinary Pleasures - Sweet Paul's Lamb Burger w/ Feta Pesto
view recipe here

Happy Labor Day Weekend and Happy Pinning!

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Friday, August 30, 2013

In The Kitchen - Vegetarian Polenta Lasagna Stacks From Bev Cooks

I'm a huge fan of polenta and this recipe for Vegetarian Polenta Lasagne Stacks from Bev Cooks immediately caught my eye.  It's a perfect dish for using the end-of-summer zucchini and a great alternative to traditional lasagne.  And, a lot less labor intensive!  I tend to buy polenta in logs and am always trying to think of new recipes to incorporate it in.  I love the individual serving presentation of this dish ... it's very pretty on the plate.  I'll be making this for Labor Day!

Click here for recipe and to see more lovely dishes from Bev Cooks.  Thank you for inspiring me today Bev!

Have a great Labor Day & Buon Appetito!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Artist Spotlight - Stephen Fowler's Dog Illustrations

I came across  artist Stephen Fowler on Etsy and just love his whimsical dog illustrations.  He is a prolific illustrator with an impressive body of work and also illustrates other subject matters.   Stephen's illustrations will add a touch of fun to any room!

Learn more about Stephen and his process for creating his works of art here.  Stephen also does custom illustrations upon request.  Click on each image to view on Etsy and to see more of his work.  You'll be glad you stopped by!

Thank you for inspiring me today Stephen!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dog Lovin' - Agility Training At Home

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Having a German Shepard and a Jack Russell requires a commitment to making sure they get enough exercise.  This has been a challenge for me since I have Lupus and am not able to walk them daily due to my physical limitations.  Because of this, I am always looking for new ways to exercise them in our small backyard.  

When Lily was a puppy, her trainer, Anthony Gio Giammarco from K9 Bar Academy, introduced her to agility training using the tunnel.  I love how it not only exercises the body, but provides great stimulation for the dog's mind.   I just ordered a tunnel from and will be adding the additional equipment as Indigo & Lily progress.  And, I'll also be calling Anthony for some lessons - he's amazing!  Hope to have some great pics and feedback to share with you in the future.

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Here are some great links with how-to agility training tips at home:

I ordered the following tunnel & chute from ... can't wait to update you!

Happy Dog Lovin'!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sweet Indulgences - Apple Meringue Tart From Judy Zeidler

Apple Meringue Tart recipe from Judy Zeidler

I had the privilege of meeting Judy Zeidler a few years ago and was immediately inspired by her enthusiasm for cooking and her love of food.  Since the Jewish holidays are coming up next week, I am sharing Judy's Apple Meringue Tart, which is a perfect dessert for this important celebration.  

Judy is an accomplished and well-known author of several cookbooks and has her own syndicated television show, Judy's Kitchen.  Her articles and recipes for the Jewish holidays are published yearly in the Los Angeles Times  and Jewish Journal and she won a Los Angeles Times Best Recipe Award for her Potato Latke recipe.  

Judy Zeidler

Thank you for inspiring me Judy!  Click here for this recipe.

To read more about Judy Zeidler and her cookbooks, visit her website.

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Have a Sweet Day!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Inspiration - Wisdom From Dr. Seuss

I was a huge fan of Dr. Seuss as a child and still am.  He was a great teacher for children and as an adult I still am inspired when I see one of his quotes. Wisdom to follow throughout the years!  What direction will you choose to steer yourself this week?

Happy Monday!

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pinterest - My Favorites This Week

Dog Lovin' - Looks like my Lily

Art - Ron Van Dongen "Anemone Coronaria, 2005"

Breakfast - pancakes finished with raspberries

Words To Live By - the wisdom of Dr. Seuss

Happy Weekend & Happy Pinning!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

In The Kitchen - Parmesan & Herb Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I spotted this recipe for Parmesan & Herb Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms from Tim Vidra and thought it was a fantastic and creative idea.  A must share!  Love the flavor combinations of this dish and am a big fan of the presentation. I've shared my quinoa cakes with you in previous posts and this presentation is similar ... very appealing on the plate! 

For tips on How To Cook Quinoa, visit Gimme Some Oven blog for a great article.  I always use low sodium chicken broth instead of water to cook my quinoa for added flavor.  And, did you know 2013 was named International Year Of Quinoa?

Thank you for inspiring me today Tim!

Click here for the recipe.  Buon Appetito!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Artist Spotlight - Food Illustrations by Watercolorist Marta Spendowska

I love food illustrations and would hang them all over my kitchen walls if I had the wall space.  For now, I'll have to settle for my Pinterest board.  I came across this wonderful watercolorist, Marta Spendowska, when searching for new food illustrators. I love her use of color and the fluidity of her painting.  Such a talent!  She paints many other subject matters as well and her website gallery is fantastic.  Her work is also for sale on Etsy and her website.  Drop by and pay her a visit when you have a chance ... you'll be glad you did!

Thank you for inspiring me today Marta!

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