August 30, 2010

Hints of Turquoise.







{images via house beautiful, haute design, we heart it, and Kristen Hutchins}

Once again I'm posting about my beloved color turquoise. I just love the way you can easily make big statements with a dash of color or morel. Let the inspiration continue, as turquoise is still the color of the year, whether it's shabby chic, rustic country, minimalistic or modern, etc. Every decor and trend watching blog worth their weight has absolutely voted turquoise as the color of this year. So whether it's been spring or summer, fall or winter, all we see is this lovely colour making its way into our hearts and homes.

Loves and Hugs, Lisa.


August 24, 2010

Statement Pieces.

Colonial Strawberries & Cream Carved Louis Chair.
Mademoiselle Hettie Console Table.
Willows Shell Carved Bed.
Carved Dressing Screen.

 The collections of Sweetpea & Willow  are so exquisite they are worth taking a look at.  I just love the colors! So, if you are in need of some french decor inspiration, then head on over and browse through their wonderful collection of chairs, sofas, beds, mirrors, and lounges just to name a few! Have fun!

Loves and Hugs.
Lisa  

August 23, 2010

Afternoon Tea and Prayer.






Well it's the start of the week and I'm looking forward to trying out a new recipe for my afternoon tea.
But my mind has been preoccupied with a talk I had with hubby last night about something he thought I should have done. I feel somewhat, ...I'm not sure what I feel and at every turn I feel like I'm going to just burst into tears. I believe God desired me to aid in a present situation, involving a teen girl and her mother, but I flat out refused to get involved, even though he asked me to. Bottom line I was scared because the Police were involved.

I however keep myself busy in order not to think to much. eg.cooking, baking, laundry, cleaning; well you get the point. OK,yes to avoid the whole situation Can anyone relate??????
 Sometimes God desires more from me than I think I'm able to give, and it makes me so MAD!!! So I guess that's where I am now. 
So I'll be praying about this for sometime as I need to overcome and learn the lessons God wants to teach me.


 
Strawberry Scones (adapted from Good Things Catered)
When I make scones, I almost always prepare them up to just before baking (through step 5 in this recipe), then freeze the shaped dough. The scones can be baked straight from the freezer, with just a few minutes added to the baking time.
2¼ cups (10.8 ounces) all purpose flour
¼ cups (1.75 ounces) granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 egg
¼ cup plain yogurt
½ cup milk
1 teaspoons orange zest
1 cup diced fresh strawberries
1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

2. In a small bowl, combine the egg, yogurt, milk and zest and whisk to thoroughly combine. Set aside.

3. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine (or mix with a whisk in a large bowl). Add the cubes of butter and pulse several times, until the butter pieces are all smaller than pea-sized (or cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or two knives). Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

4. Add the strawberries to the flour mixture and toss to coat. Add the wet ingredients and fold them into the dry ingredients, mixing just until the dough comes together and all of the flour is hydrated.

5. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and pat it into a large ball. Cut the ball in half, and shape each half into a flat disk about ½-inch thick. Cut the discs into 8 wedges.

6. Place the wedges on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle sugar on top. Bake until slightly browned on top, about 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the scones cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. The scones are best served when still slightly warm.



Love Lisa.

August 20, 2010

A Weekend of Books.







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This post has been inspired by the arrival of some new books I ordered some time ago. 
This weekend I'm hoping to curl up and lose myself in each one. 
 Don't you love the smell and look of new books, that no one else has touched... I swoon, well that might sound a bit melodramatic, but pretty near to the truth. LOL
I hope someone out there can relate. Tell me I'm not weird.

Have a great weekend everyone whatever you do.
Lisa



August 19, 2010

Country Kitchens.




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There's just something about rustic kitchens that I simply adore. I love the organized clutter of them and the relaxed, unpretentious way everything seems to fall into place and nothing stands on ceremony. 
Nothing has to match or make sense and anything vintage  is welcome from the plates to recycled beams. Some how, looking at these images, I think I can smell apple pie in the oven, if I think hard enough of course.

Loves and Hugs, Lisa.



August 18, 2010

Bliss List #5


Via here.

Via ALEF Magazine.

Via here.

Via here.

Via here.

Via here.

A romantic trip for two,
A designer dress, probably a few.
Purple shoes to adore
A princess bed, for sure,
Glitter in the air
And lovely cupcakes, not to share.

Loves and Huggs,
Lisa



August 16, 2010

Sipping Pretty.









Happy Monday everyone, there is nothing like a cup of tea to begin the day and finish the day. I have much to do this week, proposals to write, meetings to plan, spinning classes to attend, shopping for the kids, cooking meals, not to mention laundry and ironing, so wish me lots of energy everyone. Here is some lovely inspiration from me to you, enjoy!!!

And remember to take time to be alone to pray, meditate and rejuvenate. Have an inspiring week, love to all.

Lisa xx







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