Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pool-Time Dining

It's hard to believe Summer is almost over.  Where does the time go?  Just when we get everything all situated down by the pool,  in another month, it will be time to put everything away.
 It's time  do some pool side entertaining. My husband has been busy installing led lights, to make the evening more colorful and fun.  We ordered a new daybed and it came late, so next summer, we plan on enjoying our pool area more. I did two dinner parties days apart. I set the table both times with our new melamine dinnerware. It is so colorful and pretty. I bought it at QVC. First dinner party.
Our pool beach entry, looking toward the tall palm tree.  My husband Paul, wrapped the palm tree with rope lights.
My wonderful hubby getting things ready.
Second dinner party.  I changed the tablecloth and the napkins.
Our Outdoor kitchen.  I had my husband install led lights under the outdoor kitchen island and palapa for some night time drama and ambiance.  You can change the 20 colors with a remote control.
Beautiful sunset
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Here's our new daybed 
 
I am off to enjoy our new daybed with my hubby with a glass of champagne. Happy Labor Day. I am joining the following parties: Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicate House  Table It @ Rustic and Defined Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life Tuesday Garden Party @ Creative Country Mom What's It Wednesday @ Elephants and Ivy Fluster's Creative Muster Linky Party @ Fluster Buster Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner Sizzle into Summer @ Diy By Design

Wild Animal Tablescape

We had a dinner party the other night and we thought it would be fun to have an exotic animal dinner party. Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! 
Liz from Infuse With Liz, do you remember sending me these leopard print curtains?  I used them for the center of the table,along with our cool monkey lamp.
 I love this adorable monkey candle holder.  Most of these items I had already. I recently ordered a few things for Halloween at Pier 1 to pick up the other day.  My husband went with me because we were dropping off our previous cook top and windows at

Foothills Habitat for Humanity.

We both went into Pier1 and ended up browsing around.  My husband found the leopard print glasses, cocktail shaker and the gorgeous wooden  bowl and platter.
Hawthorn Wood bowl and platter from Pier1.
One of our guests made a comment to my husband, she could be his second wife,
after looking around at our decor and hearing the story of my husband picking out the glasses, cocktail shaker and wooden bowl and platter....LOL
I happened to have the grape leaves salad server, which matches perfectly.
The salad plates are different.  Elephants, lions, giraffes, and rhinos.
Come join us.  Pull up a chair....  Happy weekend everyone. The menu was:  Braised Short Ribs - Mashed Potatoes - Gravy Roasted Brussel Spouts,  Pear, Walnut Salad with Gorgonzola - Leaf cut-out bread and Carrot Cake. I have to share this beautiful painting Jax Frey sent me as a thank you for designing her blog. Her blog is Mama Jax Thanks again Ron from Uptown Acorn for referring Jax to me.
Dishes from Zgallerie Glasses - Pier1 and Horchow Flatware- Horchow Wood bow & Platter- Pier1 Napkins- Pier1 Round rattan chargers- Crate & Barrel Wrought iron chargers - JCPenney I am joining the following linky parties: Thursdays Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner  Say G'day Saturday @ Natasha In Oz Best of the Nest @ Driven by Decor Bouquet of Talent @ Life on Lakeshore Drive Inspiration Monday Party @ Redhead Can Decorate Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings The Heart Of Your Home Table It @ Rustic and Refined

Apple Cider Caramels

It's that time of year when we are look forward to beautiful fall color.  Time for soups, casseroles and baking.  I have been wanting to make these lovely caramels for awhile now.
These are creamy and chewy treats that  will melt in your mouth.  They are different because of the added cider, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. They will make lovely gifts or party favors.  I can see different possibilities...dipping them in chocolate  or ?
I wrapped them individually in parchment paper.
 Source:  Food and Wine
We bought this cute owl when we did our shopping at Pier1 recently.  Again, my husband picked it out.
Here's part of the slab of caramel before cutting.  I used a 13x9 baking pan. Also, I am pleased to say, I am getting back into clogging again.  It's been awhile, so I have to get my feet dancing around again. I am also going to a day of clogging at the Harvest Stomp next month with some friends.
Have a terrific week.  If you missed my  Wild Animal Tablescape, you can see it here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sea Themed Tablescape

We had a dinner party the other night and it was revolved around seafood. I dressed the table in a pretty turquoise tablecloth.
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I used my plates from Kohls.  I added some netting to make it look more beachy.
I also bought this cute seahorse candle holders at Kohls.
I created two water towers for the table.  I hot glued some burlap around the bottom of the vases and added a starfish.  Inside, there is colored marbles, a tropical scene and shells.  My husband added a few drops of blue.  I finished them off with white floating candles.  They made an awesome  display of lighting.
Pier 1 is where I found this  beautiful pieces.  Salad bowl and pitcher.
I need to work on my photography skills.  My husband says we need to buy another lens....LOL Happy Monday. I will share the recipe I made soon.  Cajun Seafood Pasta.  The dessert was Chocolate Yummy. You may have noticed I changed my blog theme again.  Gotta love Fall! I may be tweaking things here and there in the next couple of weeks. I also have a new blog design to show you.  Mama Jax's blog, a very talented artist who lives in New Orleans.  Ron from Uptown Acorn referred her to me.  Thanks so much Ron. Stay tuned for Mama Jax's blog reveal....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Curry Shrimp With Vegetable Noodles

I saw this recipe in a Sur La Table catalog and it looked interesting. It's  an excuse to use my  Paderno spiralizer again. It does a great job of making vegetable noodles.
This is a little spicy, however not too hot.  I would  add more red paste curry next time. My camera's battery died, so I had to take a few pictures with my  cell phone.

Curry Shrimp with Vegetable Noodles

Serves: Yields 4 servings
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons Panang red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Juice of one lime, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 pound medium shrimp; peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 yellow squash, spiralized
  • 2 zucchini squash, spiralized
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 6 large basil leaves, chopped
  • Zest of one lime, about 1 tablespoon

 Instructions:

Place a large saucepan, on the stove over a medium heat and add the vegetable oil. Saut é the shallots and red pepper for 3 minutes to soften the shallots. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add curry paste, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, and coconut milk and cook another minute. Season shrimp with salt and pepper and add to the broth. Simmer 3 minutes or until cooked through. Add spiralized yellow squash and zucchini and toss with the curry sauce. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes to warm through. Remove lid and add scallions, cilantro, basil and lime zest. Toss everything together. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
The next time I make this, I will change it up a bit.  I will stir fry the vegetables and make the sauce in a different pan and then mix everything together. I would also make some rice.  you need something to sop up the rich curry sauce. You can purchase the spiralizer at Amazon or Sonoma Williams. For fun, I made this little fishes under the sea marshmallow pops. Great for your kids or grand kids to create these cute little babies.
I had to share this morning early, one of our Schnauzers got skunked!  Ick! Off to the shower with peroxide, liquid soap and baking soda. They never learn....LOL
Have a wonderful week.

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