Still kind of scratching my head about how a man like that watches TV on a couch like this:
Have a great weekend!!
Room photo from this month's Architectural Digest
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I have loved this kitchen ever since I saw in in the October 2007 Better Homes and Gardens. I love the island with that thick slab of aged marble, the built-in refrigerator with the chalk-board front, the little built-ins under the stairs with the baskets, the sliding doors to the garden, and I especially love the vaulted ceilings with the skylight.
I made cupcakes. Carrot-ginger cupcakes with cream cheese icing. With cinnamon sprinkled on top.
They were actually really easy to make, although I would go lighter on the icing next time (it's really rich).
Carrot-Ginger Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: Makes 24 servings, one cupcake each
1 pkg. (16 oz.) pound cake mix
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/2 cup Walnut Pieces, toasted
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
2 cups thawed Whipped Topping (like Cool Whip)
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Prepare cake batter as directed on package; stir in carrots, ginger, 3/4 tsp. of the cinnamon and walnuts.
SPOON batter into 24 paper-lined medium muffin cups. Bake 15 min. or until toothpick comes out clean.
BEAT cream cheese in medium bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Gently stir in whipped topping. Spread over tops of cupcakes. *For sweeter icing, use more whipped topping and less cream cheese. Sprinkle with reserved 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Calories: Calories: 160
Total fat: 9 g
Saturated fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 30 mg
Sodium: 125 mg
Carbohydrate: 18 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Sugars: 10 g
Protein: 3 g
Vitamin A: 10% DV
Vitamin C: 0% DV
Calcium: 2% DV
Iron: 4% DV
Kraft Desserts, MARCH 2010
I've been a busy girl around the house and at work this week!
One of my projects that I've been wanting to get done for a while is to paint a bamboo shade that I got when Linens N Things was going out of business. It's been sitting in the office waiting patiently on me for probably a year now, after I saw and was inspired by Eddie Ross and his dining room from the New Orleans Home & Garden Show.
This project was super easy. The hardest part is finding a place where you can unfold and lay the blind flat (the freezer in our garage worked well for me).
You'll need a bamboo shade, some paint, a brush, and a rag to wipe off the excess.
I decided I wanted to go for a whitewashed effect, so before applying the paint to the shade, I would wipe off much of the paint from my brush. If you are doing this, you don't want too much paint on your brush at all. If you're going for a more solid look, you can skip this part.
Our back porch is nothing to get excited about. Unfortunately, the only thing it has in common with this space is that it's also long and somewhat narrow.
Martha emailed me today (personally, I'm sure) about some eco-friendly craft ideas she's had, and among the belt-buckle frames and tin-can jack-o-lanterns were these gems:
Painted recycled glass vases/jars/bottles. So pretty! And so easy!
How about a birdbath or birdfeeder out of an old basin? I really like this idea, and may use it for a replacement of our birdfeeder, since ours has seen better days.
And when you go to the beach, why not bring along your very own beach-towel bag?? There are so many cute patterened beach towels out there, and any one of them would make into a really cute and washable beach-tote!
I am back! Work and a wedding kept me busy last week, but I was able to squeeze in some gardening. Last weekend I went to a "plant swap"! How genius is this - you bring some of your extra perennial plants that you don't want or need, and trade them for some that other people have brought. I took some yarrow and strawberries (which are totally invasive, by the way!), and walked away with enough plants to fill in my bed!
I took home some purple coneflowers, which will look like this when they're fully grown:
And an obedient plant, which will look like this (only in pink) when it's mature:
I took some irises to plant around the base of my tree. They're a little floppy right now, but next year they'll look better.
Here's hoping that the Easter Bunny brings you lots and lots of chocolate!
Have a great Easter weekend!
This week I've been really busy at work helping to train a new hire, and I am so glad that tomorrow starts my weekend!
Today I am posting over at Elizabeth Anne Designs about bookcases and shelves. Go check it out here . Do you use your bookcases and shelves more for display, practicality, or a little of both? And are you one of those people who arranges by color or re-covers their books??? I've thought about covering mine old-school with the brown paper bags, but I didn't know if afterwards I'd look like a dork.