Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bowling for Pineapples

This is something I can’t wait to try this DIY once it warms up!  Backyard bowling is the perfect entertainment for a BBQ or pool party.
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All you need is gold and silver spray paint, ten pineapples and one coconut.  Spray the pineapples gold and the coconut silver.  Let try and have a blast!
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Grapefruit Margarita Review - Skinny Girl

I’ve been a pretty big fan of the Skinny Girl drinks since they came out.  My top two favorites are the traditional margarita and the pina colada.  What didn’t make it onto my favorite’s list is the champagne and sangria.  But let’s get back to the grapefruit margarita review!
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The Skinny Girl grapefruit margarita actually topped the traditional Skinny Girl margarita.  I have to say I had my doubts about buying it but I can now say it’s my new favorite Skinny Girl drink!  The mix of sweet and tart is perfect.  I know this is going to be my go to drink for Summer.  I just added a splash of lime and decided to skip the salt.  I really think that flavored margaritas taste worse not better with salt.  Overall I give this drink five stars.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Beach Home Tour in Menorca

This beach house in Menorca is the epitome of laid back.  I love the clean white lines that allows the eye to focus on the bright blue sea outside.  You can almost feel the ocean breeze!  My favorite room is the outdoor eating space (shown below).  I’ve always loved eating outside and with a view like that I’d probably eat every meal out there!
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Spring-spiration!

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Here’s a look at my latest inspiration for the Spring Jewelry line for 2015.  Inspiration is always a must when you’re designing a collection.  Certain things tend to catch my eye, whether it’s texture, color or shapes.  The beach is always my biggest source of inspiration (of course!) but I also find inspiration out at sea.  The texture and smoothness of the ocean has always eluded me in terms of capturing it in a piece of jewelry but each season I feel that I come closer and closer!
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Beach treasures are another source of inspiration. Items that have been tumbled by the waves and washed up on shore are always a mystery and delight.


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There’s something about being out at sea that’s so inspirational. The heat from the sun shining above and the cool calming sea below you.

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Turquoise was the main color I focused on for Spring. It’s always been my favorite color and I love the way it pops against both silver and gold.


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Expect to see A LOT of turquoise for Spring and most likely it will continue through into Summer.

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Texture was another thing I focused on. Expect to see not only smooth round bands for rings but also ones inspired by nautical and beach finds.

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I started working with enamel for the first time and LOVED it! I’m using it in unexpected ways and most of the Spring Jewelry Line is centered around this.
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Oh yes and did I mention sea glass? There’s going to be some of that too!
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Of course you can’t have a Nautical Jewelry line with out anchors and I’m very excited about the new anchor pieces!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Eat this up!

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These cookies not only look sweet but taste sweet too!  I found this recipe on A Fox in the Kitchen Blog.  I think they make the perfect holiday dessert!
Ingredients
240g of plain flour
60g of ground almonds
1 egg

130g sugar
1/4 tsp of ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of Vanilla extract

75g approx of Raspberry Jam
240g of Butter, softened
Icing sugar (to decorate)
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Method
In small bowl, combine flour, almonds, and cinnamon; set aside.
In large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture; mix only until incorporated. Divide dough onto 2 pieces; press into small disks, about 1 inch thick. Wrap separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
Preheat oven to 175°C. On a floured surface, roll out one disc of dough 1/8 inch thick (keep remaining dough chilled). Cut half of the dough using a round cutter (this will be the bottom cookie) With half of the cookies cut a smaller shape in the middle of the cookie (this will be the top cookie) Transfer to parchment paper lined baking sheets. Dough scraps can be formed into a disk, chilled for at least 30 minutes and re-rolled. Always make sure dough is firm and chilled before cutting or else they will lose shape in the oven.
Bake for 10-12 mins or until light golden brown. Let cool on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes; remove from sheet and cool completely.
Spread about a teaspoon of jam onto the bottom of the cookie and sandwich with a top cookie (one with centre cut out). Then finish off by dusting cookies with icing sugar.