Saturday, September 27, 2014

Herban Essentials Wipes -- Is it Buzzworthy?

I like to keep fun things in my gym bag especially if I don't have time to change or shower after a workout.  I found a bag of these Herban Essentials Towlettes at the Container Store

Each bag contains 20 individually wrapped antibacterial wipes in three difference scents -- lemon, mint and lavender.  They are very fragrant but not in a overpowering, medicinal way.  They smell very fresh and clean, especially the lavender.  They are not full of moisture and I think should probably just be used as a last touch of clean.  The packages are compact so they are perfect to put into a cosmetic bag.  This would make a great teacher gift since they are surrounded by germs all day long.  Just tuck a few wipes in a cellophane bag with vitamin C lozenges and a bag of herbal tea, tie with a ribbon with a note that says, "Get Rid of the Ick, so you Won't be Sick!"

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pop of Pink Vignette

I have had this little starburst mirror from Pier1 for over a year waiting to find a home somewhere in the house.

So, I got to shopping for stuff around my house.  I set up a tray with an orchid, a gold and white box that was on clearance from Target, a mercury glass box from HomeGoods, a small gold letter "m" and a lidded jar of sour cherries, one of my favorite candies.  The spot behind the tray needed something so that's when I thought I'd use the mirror.  It added just the right touch of glam.  The best part of all this was I didn't buy a thing.  These were all accessories in other places around the house and I brought them together.

The little pink artwork is actually an enclosure card that came with a Kate Spade order. 
 I loved it so much that I put it in a gold frame.

My bedroom is very neutral -- the walls are painted Revere Pewter and the bed linens are in shades of grey, taupe, and white.  So this pop of pink is perfect.

I challenge you to put together a tray of things that make you happy, that reflect your style and serve as a reminder of what a great person you are to be around!

Have a fantastic Friday!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

You will eat three bowls of this soup!

I have been really lucky with Pinterest recipes lately.  Mr. Bee had a cold and I thought a good chicken soup would make him feel better.  It wasn't the cool 60s weather I would prefer, but at least it was cloudy which gave the illusion it was cold outside.

It only has five ingredients...chicken, chicken stock, a bottle of Salsa Verde, cumin and great northern beans.  I used one chicken breast I already had cooked in the fridge, and a can of chicken.  Mix it all together in a pot.  I simmered mine on the stove for about an hour, but since everything is already cooked when you put it in, you could eat it as soon as the ingredients are heated through.

I ladled the soup into bowl and topped with little bit of Mexican blend cheese, sliced avocado and tortilla chips.

It was awesome.  For the complete recipe go my Pinterest board on soup.

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's no mystery why I like Laura

My new favorite fall show is NBC's The Mysteries of Laura.

It's a drama that doesn't take itself seriously.  Laura Diamond is a NYPD detective with twins who are out of control and an estranged spouse that is a big kid in a police lieutenant uniform.  I have always loved Debra Messing since her days in Will & Grace.  Her character is a no nonsense mom who wipes blood from a gun shot wound with a wet wipe, and returns a $375 bathing suit after wearing it in an undercover job in a bath house.

I loved the pilot episode which aired last Wednesday and is being promoted along with other Wednesday night fare NYPD and Law and Order SVU.  Hopefully, Laura will be around for a while.  It's just the right mix of mid-week fun we need.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Mix -- Is it BuzzWorthy?

We picked up a box of Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Baking Mix at Costco and this morning Mr. Bee used it to make pancakes.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A study in color -- Shelfie Series Continued

I recently painted one wall in Mr. Bee's study.  Toucan Tango from Clark and Kensington.  It may be my new favorite color.

I wanted an orangy red color that would coordinate with the World Market Suzani curtain panels we have on the windows and the shades of blue and turquoise we have throughout the rest of the house.

I also just wanted to accent the wall we put the Emerson shelves from World Market so there would be a backdrop of color against the accessories. We purchased two shelves and put them end to end along the wall.  I am so glad we went with an open back shelf.  A solid shelf would have made the room feel really small.

This shelf shows an assortment of old and new things.  I found the seltzer bottles at an antique store.  The clock on the top shelf belonged to my grandmother.  You can see I tried to balance the weight on each shelf with solid dark colors of accessories against the airiness of glass.

These are mostly all Mr. Bee's collection of books and memorabilia from his English parents.  I filled in with some of my family's things like the black mantel clock and the black marble candle weapons holders.  Mr. Bee has an atlas from when he was in elementary school and he turned a page to the British Isles.  I found the faux mother of pearl magnifying glass at HomeGoods.

The globe on the stand belonged to his Uncle Desmond.  The other one is circa 1970 and I got it out of the trash at the Goodwill.

I need to find another globe or maybe a decorative box for the empty spot in front of his Grandfather's Aeronautical Society certificate of membership from the 1920s.

I added this mirror from Kirkland's to the other side of the room above a credenza. I love the touch of blues and lime greens.

The last thing on the list for the study is to re-style all of Mr. Bee's diplomas, certificates and his old wooden propeller that belonged to his Grandfather from an airplane crash he investigated back in the '40s.  It's pretty cool and I want to hang it up on the wall.  Plus, it wouldn't be a finished room unless I paint a piece of furniture.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Easy Pesto Tomato Basil Chicken

Recently, I made my own lighter version of Chicken Parmesan using a jar of Trader Joe's Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce.

I seasoned two chicken breasts with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and grilled them just until they  they were slightly pink.  Since I planned to finish cooking the chicken in the oven with the sauce I didn't want them to be dry.

I sprayed a baking dish with oil, sliced each breast into three portions and spread Costco's pesto on top (we keep a jar of this in the fridge).

Then I covered the chicken with the TJ's sauce (I've been able to get three different meals from one jar of sauce). 

I sprinkled the top with grated Parmesan cheese. Covered with foil and baked for about 15 minutes at 350, uncovered the top and baked for about 5 minutes more.

We served it with a spinach salad and vegetables.  Or you could serve it over spaghetti if you want it to be a more rustic dish.  There are several variations you can add...cooked spinach as a layer between sauces, or cook the chicken on a bed of spaghetti squash.