Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
On my latest trip I notice quite a few Longchamp totes.
I've been using this Land's End tote (notice the coffee stains)
It is a real "work-horse". I keep it filled with umbrella, keys to the Bahamas house, lotion, tea bags, snacks, nail file, pens and other travel gear. I really like the pockets which a Longchamp does not possess.
I think I'd really like Le Pliage tote.
The beauty of Le Pliage (which means bend or fold in French) is that you can fold it up and take it empty, then unfold and stuff with all the vacation "booty".
How about this? Customize your own Longchamp bag.
Choose bag style, handle style, color, hardware and optional personalization.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I'm back from vacation. It was wonderful to be away and bask in the sunshine.
I thought I'd come back to Spring but it was COLD here in Michigan this morning.
There are some signs of Spring. Can't wait for color in the garden. I'm tired of "neutrals" like gray and beige.
Meanwhile, I'll settle for these colorful treats. I'm addicted.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEREDITH
Friday, March 25, 2011
Houses in the settlement of Hope Town, Elbow Cay
Salt Sea, home of Shelley Malone
This house, Salt Sea, was featured in Coastal Living, February 2011.
This house is typical of Bahamian cottages architecture.
Isn't this cute?
Almost makes you wish you were a gecko.
Happy Weekend everyone!
See you on Monday when I'll be back to reality in Michigan.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The new home of the Sugar Shack...
...just a few step from the Public Dock in Hope Town.
Not only a plethora of flavors but t-shirts, towels and souvenirs displayed with beach-theme panache. Notice the surf board shelf beside the Haagen Dazs freezer and the buckets on the wall holding shirts.
After a long, cold winter, one of the pleasures of warm weather is being able to open the windows and hear the birds.
A humming bird sitting still long enough for a portrait!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
While walking in Hope Town Saturday morning...
...I saw this gentleman biking with these coconut saplings over his shoulder. He was on his way to plant them in someone's yard.
We eat a lot of black beans, especially in the Bahamas.
This soup is very easy and VERY cheap. $.62/can of beans X 2 plus some onion, chiles and spices and you have dinner. Top with sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped cilantro or some shredded cheddar cheese. Even though the recipe says "spicy", I would double the spices and maybe add some crushed red pepper or chopped chili in adobo. Lots of fiber and protein to this soup. Enjoy with a spinach salad and cornbread. This would be a great meal to prepare on a boat on in a vacation house. Easy to have the ingredients on hand. Click here for the recipe.
Happy Monday everyone!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I do not pretend to be an interior designer. I do enjoy styling my own interiors, especially seasonal changes. I'm not afraid of color and hubby and I collect antique Persian rugs and vintage posters. BUT, my fear is accessories. I am not good at all with the "little things" that make a room "sing". I think it may stem from my aversion to dusting. If you have all sorts of "tchotchkes" sitting on a table, you eventually have to pick them up and dust them!
Elle:Decor arrived yesterday and I spotted some great examples of accessories and collections that have FLAIR!
from the article Renaissance Man
These photos make me want to go to flea markets in Europe
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Recently I received a catalog from Olive & Cocoa and then perused their website.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I LOVE coconut but always shied away from anything that contained coconut oil.
A saturated fat, coconut oil was considered an artery-clogger most commonly encountered on theatre popcorn. Recently, however, coconut oil has become a health food favorite pet.
Just make sure that coconut oil is virgin or NOT partially hydrogenated. It is the hydrogenation that creates trans fats. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and usually needs to be heated or melted for use in cooking. For more information click here for the recent NY Times article.
Coconut oil is a wonderful baking ingredient. It makes flaky pastries and whips for frosting making it a great butter substitute for vegans. The oil imparts a slight coconut flavor. I tried the Coconut Oil Poundcake with Almonds and Lime Zest recipe that was in the NY Times article.
The cake was moist with a dense crumb. The coconut flavor was very slight with more of the lime and nutmeg flavor coming through. This is a nice "tea" cake and I would definitely make this cake again. I will also try using coconut oil in other favorite recipes.
Not just for baking, this shrimp stir-fry is made with coconut oil.
I can't wait to try these Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potatoes