Thursday, June 23, 2016

Here are a bunch of house photos, just for you....

Ok, so since I've been away for awhile now, I thought it was only fair to share a bunch of pictures for you! :) These pictures are totally random and not at all in sequence, but thats ok, right?
So as you enter through the front door, you see a split staircase. 
The foyer area is very roomy and spacious.
 The living room and dining room are on one side and the office and hall bathroom are on another.
 This table is used to throw are keys on after running kids back and fourth all day, ha!
I found this candle holder at Pier 1 Imports. The candle is peach and smells wonderful.
This is the living room. Traditionally, the living room shouldn't have a TV, but this works for our family, or this room would barley get used, ha!
 Another look into the foyer.
 Here is a look into the living room from the dining room.
I love the arches in this house that are trimmed out.
The large arched windows bring lots of light into the space which I love.
Here is the front office.
Office shelves decorated.
This is a window in the dining room.
 I'm still into the Tuscan style decor, but slowly incorporating lighter and brighter items.
 A look into the dining room.
 A closer look...
 See all the arches in the house, I love that architectural detail.
 The trimmed arches follow the window arches.
 I added these faux apples and greenery to this table.
This is the kitchen area. 
 I love the big island area. Plenty of room for the kids and everyone to sprawl out.
 I found the hanging candle chandelier at Ross and added greenery to it. 
 Here is a pano/photo of the kitchen.
 Can you see that sign to the left of the picture? It says....Our Happy Place. I love that sign, I found it at Pier 1 last week.
 Another shot.
Lastly, this vignette is in my family room niche, very Tuscan in style.
Well, thanks for stopping by. Now you got to see a portion of the downstairs area. Hopefully, next time I can post the family room, other dining area, and laundry room/mud room. 
xoxo, Liz
P.S. Sorry for the dull lighting, it's a rainy day today.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy Summer

Hi Friends, sorry I've been MIA for so long, I've been one busy gal this year. I'm not giving up blogging, but will post when I can and more during the holidays, my favorite time to share. :)
This past weekend, my husband and I went to a winery and when I saw this arrangement I just had to snap a photo, along with some other ladies who found the arrangement just as enduring as I. What a cute and unique idea, right?
Such a wonderful and picturesque day.
A little wine, some pretty scenery, and a little food...what could be better?
 So let's move on to a little decorating, shall we? I completely rearranged a few of my rooms in the house, for example, I moved the dining room to the family room. In the dining area, I created a computer niche. It's "practical" vs. pretty, but it works for us.
I definitely like display shelves, so these work for me. I love decorating throughout the seasons, so these shelves create the perfect backdrop to be able to display seasonal items for fall, winter, spring and summer.
I may add some trim at a later date. These are cheap Walmart shelves, $29.00 a piece.
Also, removing the dining room from this area really opened things up, it's a lot more airy now.
I get bored with my knick-knacks, so I like to go down to my basement storage room and go shopping, and change things up.
 I change out my greenery for the seasons, too! 
 I'm completely obsessed with chicken and rooster decor. I found this at HomeGoods.
 I added some sunflowers to my tin flower baskets.
I placed these egg holders in the center of this glass cloche platter.

A few more accessories I found at HomeGoods.
Lastly, this is our newest family member, Ralphie the Yorkie, all of 3 pounds. He is such a sweet and entertaining puppy. We absolutely adore him.  
Thanks for visiting, and enjoy the summer! 
XOXO ~ Liz

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Eggless Pancake Batter

Have you ever had a craving for pancakes, but didn't have eggs, or a store bought mix on hand? Well, today, I'm going to share a tasty pancake batter mix that is eggless and takes just a few seconds to whip up.
Here's what you'll need:
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
2 Teaspoons Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
1 Cup 2% Milk
1Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon Water
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoon Melted Butter
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I'm not very scientific when I cook, I just throw all the ingredients in together and mix thoroughly until there are no lumps. ;)
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Heat Griddle on Medium-High heat, add a little butter once griddle is hot, pour batter in, and flip pancakes once you see little bubbles beginning to form.
 If your batter is too thick, just add a bit more milk and re-mix.
 Here is how the batter looks in the pan. 
 My children wanted Bananas, so I sliced Bananas and added some powdered sugar, and maple syrup. You can get creative, add chocolate chips to the batter, or top with blueberries, or strawberries.
I have to say, for not having egg in the mix....they weren't bad, actually quite good!
 The pancakes themself weren't as fluffy as batter with egg, but still VERY good!
So, if you have a craving for pancakes but don't have the mix, or eggs on hand, don't stress - try this recipe, I think you will be pleased! :)
Have a great weekend!!
XO,
~Liz~

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing With Blackened Chicken

Are you ready for your mouth to water, because it surely will when you make this dressing!
 This recipe is so basic, but full of so much flavor. Here you go...
FOR THE CAESAR DRESSING:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice (1/2 a large lemon)
2 Cloves Grated Garlic
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and fresh black pepper, to taste!                      
I double the recipe for my family and I also add a little lemon zest, and add a squeeze or two more lemon juice.
This chicken is the BOMB, let me tell you! So incredibly juicy, tender, and flavorful. If you don't have a cast iron pan, you need to get one, you'll never cook your chicken in anything else. You can buy one at Walmart/Target, or any kitchen store.
FOR THE CHICKEN:
Wash and pat chicken completely dry. Add the following:
Sprinkle over chicken, front and back.
Cajun's Choice Creole Seasoning
Garlic Powder
Herbs de Provence
Salt 
Pork Rub
Black Pepper
Get your cast iron pan nice and hot. I put it on medium heat for 5 minutes prior to searing the chicken. Place a few tablespoons of vegetable oil in the pan right before you place the chicken in. Place chicken down and cook for 5-7 minutes a side, DON'T TOUCH THE CHICKEN, let it get a good sear on both sides....this holds in all the tasty juice, trust me! ;) Now place it in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes....you're house will smell like a restaurant. 
 This is how it looks when it's all sliced up, tender and juicy. 
FOR THE SALAD:
 3 Romaine Hearts, wash, and slice into bite size peices.
 Cucumbers sliced
Organic Cherry Tomatoes: sprinkle sea salt, garlic powder, and black pepper on them. 
Toss Salad
 You can make homemade croutons or get store bought.
Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmasan and black pepper.
I purchased some store bought dinner rolls. When they came out of the oven I brushed the tops with a butter, garlic powder, and Herbs de Provence mixture. So, yummy!
I hope you will try this, it is SUPER good, promise! ;)
XO,
~Liz~




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