Friday, April 17, 2015

Black Beauty

If you know me, you know I have a major soft spot
for the color black. I love using it as an accent in our home
and I love to wear it. I love refinishing furniture with it then giving it an aged look.

In small doses, black can be a show stopper and a focal point. The eye is
always drawn to a luxurious dark color and if the lines are right, it can seduce you.

I love that it's classy color but it can also be rebellious. 
Maybe that's why I like it so much.

Black. Black. Black.

 So I finally, finally designed business/calling cards.
You're probably thinking, "What does this have to do with black?!"

There's been a loooong back and forth debate on whether or not
I needed to change my {cell} number to a local area code.
This prompted the delay because opinions are like, well... you know,
so I had a meeting with myself and decided to keep it.
Besides, it's only a number.

My business cards are just like this except with my name and phone number on them.



What do you think?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Green Dreams

 As a young girl, I always dreamed of living someplace 
 where three-rail white fences popped against green pastures and horses grazed all day. There would be a few huge oak trees in those pastures, where I'd lay in the shade, and just
watch my horse for hours on end. 

I was probably dreaming about Kentucky since I was so 
infatuated with horses and I'm pretty sure every book I read that involved them, was set somewhere in the Blue Grass State.

Well, we aren't in Kentucky but we're close enough!
We surely landed in one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. And it truly feels like my dreams came true.


We had rain off and on yesterday and when we got a break,
I had to get out and take some pictures of our front walkway.

This spring has been amazing. I have never seen so many shades of natural green in my life.

I love how the blooms just pop against that luscious green. 



We repainted our outdoor furniture in black and it all just looks so pretty.





Our California wine barrels just love it here. Moisture keeps them tight. Back home, I had to water them so they wouldn't dry out and fall apart.








I am so, so happy to see my Cecil Brunners sprout up!
I know they won't cover the pergola this year but 
I think they might climb up quite a bit. 
I swear they get taller by the day.







There is no greater satisfaction for a gardener than seeing your garden bloom. 
And to think, this is just the beginning of spring. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Quick Cheesecake Trifle Parfaits

I love cheesecake!
I could eat a Costco cheesecake, morning, 
noon and night because
with cheesecake, you can dress it up so many different ways.

I wanted to make something light and fruity so
I decided on Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle Parfaits.
These came together rather quick and 
easy and looked very pretty.

I made these for our Easter dessert and 
I had to share because if you are short on time, 
these are perfect. You can make them in advance 
(up to a day) 
and pull them out of the fridge, garnish and serve. 

My family loved them.

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle Parfaits


Serving size: 8 generous portions

2 boxes of instant cheesecake jello pudding (3.4 oz boxes)
4 cups milk
1 family size Sarah Lee pound cake (16 oz)
2 containers of strawberries
juice of one lemon
1 cup of sugar

Whipped cream
chocolate curls

1. Wash and trim strawberries. Dice into small, bite sized pieces. 
 Place in medium size bowl and sprinkle with sugar and lemon juice. 
 Stir gently and set aside.

2. Cube pound cake into 1/2 inch squares and set aside.













3. In mixer, empty pudding boxes and add milk. Mix on low until incorporated and switch to    medium. Whip for 5 minutes.













4. In goblets, layer pound cake, pudding, strawberries, pound cake, pudding, strawberries. Refrigerate  at least one hour.


















5. When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and chocolate curls.



















I know this isn't totally by scratch but it is a quick and easy dessert that is really pretty to look at and tastes very good without being too heavy. I think this would be a great summer dessert, as well.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Red Wall

Hmm... so about that red wall.
Remember the one? The dining room? 
Yeah, that one.



Yep, I decided after all this time, I do not like it.
I tried to like it but I just feel the color is just too heavy for 
our home and although I love red, it's just not working.
I hit the Mister with my thoughts and surprisingly, 
he agreed. 


Don't ask what color we're going with 
because I am absolutely clueless.

I'll keep you posted. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Claw-foot For The Master

And yet another stroke of luck!
There are so many treasures to be had 
at Habitat For Humanity ReStore.
You just have to have the time to browse and 
revisit again and again because there
are always new things coming in.

This latest trip was a score!
We found a cute little chandelier for Sissy's room,
the boys found lots of trinkets and treasures to fill their pockets 
{note to self: check the pockets before laundering!}
and Momma got a new {old} claw-foot tub for our master bath remodel.



Yes, she's a little rough but I know we will bring her back to the 
beauty she once was. 
I wasn't sure I wanted to include a tub in our remodel, 
mainly because new tubs are a fortune, but I'm sure now!
For the price on this one, it will definitely have a place and be
worth every bead of sweat and sore muscle. My studious husband
has already found the hardware through a great site at the fraction of
the cost of most places specializing in claw-foot tub hardware.

Now to decide on how to finish the outside.

Since we haven't decided on the style
of our bathroom yet, I've been pinning inspiration
photos just to get some kind of idea of possibilities.

All inspiration photos were taken from pinterest.

We've got white on white. {LOVE this bathroom, by the way!}



Gray.


Pink.


Black.


Black feet.



Teal.


And another white but with silver feet.


So, which is your favorite?
Oh, the decision!

I just cannot wait to have a soak!