Jul 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Happy 4th of July…. Wishing you a safe,healthy and happy day.

 

 

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Jul 4, 2020

Blueberry Pie for the 4th of July

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Blueberry Pie  (Perfect for the 4th of July)

Ingredients:
Crust
2 cups flour
12 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into pieces
2 tablespoons heavy cream, chilled
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, chilled (This little ingredient is key to the perfect crust)
2 tablespoons ice water

Filling
4 cups blueberries ( I use Organic-taste better and no pesticides)
2 tablespoons lime juice (use fresh if you can)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Assembly
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Directions:
For the crust: In a food processors, pulse the butter and flour until it resembles a coarse meal. With the processor on, slowly add the cream, vinegar, and ice water until the dough begins to hold together. Press the dough into a rough ball, then transfer to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough a few times until smooth. Flatten dough into a disk. Wrap disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

For the filling: Toss blueberries with lime juice, sugar, flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, and vanilla in a bowl. Set aside.

For the pie: Preheat oven to 375°F. Set aside 1/4 of the pie dough. Roll the rest out on a lightly floured surface into an 11″ round, then fit it into a 9″ pie plate. Transfer filling to pastry bottom and scatter the 3 tablespoons of butter over fruit. Roll the remaining 1/4 of dough out on the lightly floured surface and cut out shapes for the top. Place on top of filling. Brush crust and cut-outs with 1 teaspoon cream. Bake until pastry is deep golden (cover edges of crust with foil if browning too quickly), 60–70 minutes. Set pie aside to cool for several hours before serving.

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Jun 29, 2020

Drawer Decor

Posted By: Terri
Category: Glamorous Decor

As this Pandemic lingers -our time indoors is starting to take a toll.  If you’re anything like me you’ve probably been cooped up and taken  some of that extra time to do a bit of decluttering, organizing and basic beautifying of your space.  But that was months ago and now the question bears to be asked: What are we to do as we find ourselves still in STAYCATION mode?

If you’re searching for some other creative ideas to add some style to your space -might I suggest something easy, affordable and super stylish  for upgrading  of you’re drawer decor. Yep, you heard me-Drawer Decor-it’s a thing (or did I just make that up-I don’t know)but suffice it to say that you do pull drawers in and out several times a day and isn’t it a little added bonus to find some pretty in place to beautify your space?

There are so may options out there to get this job done and it takes a matter of minutes to do. I mean literally-a matter of minutes. Below are  a few suggestions to get you inspired.

Materials that you can use to “Put some Pretty in your Drawer Decor” or add some STYLE to your Shelves:

Wallpaper

     Contact Paper

Gift Wrap

Fabric Remnants

Remnants (Fabric & Wallpaper) Work perfectly for lining drawers

 

Gift Wrap

Contact Paper

If If you’re looking to spruce up your shelving for the 4th of July- how about a little redo in red checkered -so festive and fresh and a steal of a deal here! (P.S. they have a large assortment of other styles to choose from – just try a search to see a bevy of beautiful and fun patterns and solids).You can also source under shelf liners and drawer liners to beautify your drawers, shelves and more.

Happy crafting!

 

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Jun 29, 2020

Monday Motivation

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Happy Monday

Wonderful Words to Inspire.

Here’s to a you and all that you desire to accomplish!

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Jun 22, 2020

Tuesday’s Treat…La La La Lemon Bars

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

It took me awhile but I finally perfected the recipe for lemon bars from Joan’s on Third. For those of you not familiar with this place of “fabu food finds in LA” (which as the name states is located on third in Hollywood) is a wonderful restaurant with great bites and a whole lot of celeb sightings.  The only snafu with the original recipe found on the LA Times food column was the omission of lining the pan with parchment paper. HELLO!!! If you don’t line the pan for lemon bars -you will soon find out that they are impossible to lift from the pan in one piece… So follow the easy peasy recipe to the tee but before you even preheat the oven to 350 degrees…put that parchment paper in it’s proper place by lining the pan. Enjoy!

Joan’s On Third Famous Lemon Bars

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided

1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting the bars

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter with 1 cup flour and the powdered sugar, stirring just until the dough comes together. Pat the dough into an 8-inch square pan LINED WITH PARCHMENT PAPER. Bake just until lightly golden, about 18 minutes. Remove and cool the pan on a wire rack to room temperature.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, baking powder and remaining 2 tablespoons flour. Whisk in the lemon juice and eggs until thoroughly combined. Pour the custard into the pan over the baked crust and bake again until it’s set, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove and cool the tart on a wire rack.

3. When cooled, dust lightly with additional powdered sugar and cut into bars. The lemon bars will keep for 1 week, refrigerated.

Makes 9 bars. Each serving: 277 calories; 3 grams protein; 42 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 11 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 74 mg. cholesterol; 44 mg. sodium

Originally posted on August 13, 2013 GTGG
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Jun 22, 2020

Monday Motivation

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

A lovely reminder…

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

 

Chin UP!

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Jun 15, 2020

Morning Bake …Yummy Banana Bread

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

A little Sweet Treat to start your week…

If you’re in the mood for a little bit of baking this week, I have the perfect recipe to  quell your bread craving in the “sweetest” of ways.  Today, I’m happy to share one of my Go To’s when it comes to banana bread. This is a recipe I have been lovvvving for quite some time and once you bake it- I have a feeling you will  add it into your baking rotation ASAP.

It’s quick and easy and soooooo DELISH-not to mention it uses half the sugar and flour usually  required in other banana bread recipes without sacrificing flavor.  The addition of sour cream  makes this bread delectable and so yummy. Start stirring and mix up this wonderful banana bread -you will enjoy every morsel and be back for more. Promise!

 

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

9×5  bread pan (Spray  bottom and sides with Pam Baking Spray)

Ingredients

1 stick butter (softened at room temp)

½ c sugar

2 eggs

2 large ripened bananas

1 tsp vanilla

1 c flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 T cocoa powder

½ cup sour cream

1 c mini choc chips

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar together

Stir in egg, bananas, sour cream and vanilla

Baking soda/cocoa and flour

Add chocolate chips

Pour batter into sprayed/greased and /or floured pans

*I use Pam Baking Spray on bottom and sides

Bake  40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Let cool for about 10 minutes

 

 

***To make plain banana bread substitute cinnamon about 2 T instead of chocolate.

 

Additional options to mix in before baking would include:

Chopped walnuts or pecans

Raisins

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Jun 15, 2020

Monday Motivation

Posted By: Terri

Happy Monday.

When in doubt.. have Faith. It will always see us through. .

 

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Jun 10, 2020

Pretty Patios

Posted By: Terri
Category: Glamorous Decor

Summer is just around the corner and I for one LOVE being outdoors. There’s  really nothing better than enjoying the soft breeze of warm weather days in addition to appreciating all those extra hours of  extended sunlight.

Bearing in mind that we will be “taking IT outdoors” as they say- it’s time to pretty up your patio space. I thought you might enjoy a glimpse at some of my favorite outdoor spaces just to get your inspiration going. Now if you’re thinking GREAT show me all these amazing spaces and NOW what am I to do to get something to look even remotely like any of these images.?Not to worry that this “patio prep” is going to be arduous… because it CAN be easy and affordable -all you need is a bit of resourcefulness and your imagination. If you have an unlimited budget-then by all means HAVE AT IT! If however you  need to keep the budget in check there are soooo many resources and ways that you can spruce up your outdoor area for next to nothing. I have found some amazing finds via Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Letgo and the usual obvious sources of  thrift shops and yard sales. If you’re willing to do a little leg work and some possible DIY-ing… you can pull together an outdoor area that is absolutely beautiful.

Enjoy and be inspired.

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Jun 8, 2020

Summer Craving…The Palm Print Corset

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

I was seeking out a little bit of Summer Inspo  via the internet (because  for the most part storefronts in Los Angeles  remain closed). I came upon this very  pretty palm print from White House Back Market that I think says SUMMER. I love the refreshing color and multiple options in which you can wear this one piece wonder.Just a little something to perk up your wardrobe and  hopefully add a little style step to your day..Enjoy. *Direct link attached to first image on this post.

 

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