Monday, June 27, 2011

Manic Monday's Mosaic ~ Blue/Rainbow

Painting by George Rodriquez

Monday! The start of the week (and the end of the weekend). 
Today I'm feeling inspired by color blocking, a Spring/Summer trend that uses combinations of different colors that support and compliment each other. I'm specifically inspired by color blocking with ROYGBIV rainbow colors from the multi-hued Empire State building light-up of this past weekend to a multi-layer cake. I'm going to try to incorporate color blocking into something I do today. 

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Friday, June 24, 2011

YAY ~ Friday!

The Perfect Time for Strawberry & Peach Sangria
adapted from Bon Appetit


1 750-ml bottle dry white wine
1 1/2 cups Essensia (orange Muscat, a sweet dessert wine)
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup peach liqueur
3 peaches, each cut into 12 slices
1 large orange, cut crosswise into 6 slices
1 large lemon, cut crosswise into 6 slices
1/4 cup strawberry syrup (optional)
3 to 4 cups ice cubes

Mix white wine, Essensia, strawberries, peach liquor, peaches, orange slices, lemon slices, and strawberry syrup in large pitcher, smashing citrus slices slightly. Let stand at room temperature at least 2 hours or chill up to 4 hours. Serve sangria over ice.

Strawberry syrup can be found near the maple syrup at some supermarkets and specialty food stores.

“Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.” –Dalai Lama

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday's Quote ~ Longfellow

 Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.                        
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Fathers Day, Pani!

From Florida with Love!

Dad, Thank You for Teaching us to Dance!

Happy Father's Day, Pani!
We miss you &
Wish you and Mani were here!
Images via:  my own photo and

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wednesday's Quote

Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things that you didn't do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore.  Dream.  Discover.
                                                         -Mark Twain-


Monday, June 13, 2011

Corn on the Cob ~ a Summer Favorite!

Bobbie Flay's Grilled Corn & Tomato Relish

4 ears grilled/shucked corn
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
a bit of olive oil
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil, plus whole basil sprigs for garnish
Mix ~ Enjoy

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weekend ~ Outside Spaces!

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